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A Bittersweet Farewell

Sue Tranka

Sue Tranka
Chief Nurse

 

As I approach my last day at ASPH this Friday (13th Dec) to go on secondment, I leave with mixed senses of sadness, pride and excitement. Sadness that I am leaving such wonderful colleagues, pride at all we’ve achieved together during my time here and excitement for the future. Excitement on a personal level as I embark on the next stage of my career, and for ASPH as you embark on a huge journey of transformation.

I started at the Trust on 17th September 2017, my first role as Chief Nurse. Clearly stepping into an executive role is a brilliant opportunity, but it certainly brought feelings of trepidation. What was apparent to me from day one was that I had nothing to be anxious about. From executive colleagues to those working on the front line throughout ASPH, I have encountered warm, supportive, committed and encouraging colleagues. People who have embraced me for the person I am and the experience and perspective I’ve brought to the organisation, as I hope I have reciprocated.

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Urgent and Emergency Care: A Journey of Improvement

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

You may recall a few months ago that James Thomas used the message to announce the relaunch of the Making Every Day Count programme. He described the sustained pressure we face with record (and increasing) numbers of patients attending the Emergency Department and requiring admission.

Since then we’ve been working in partnership with a team of specialists who support NHS organisations in dealing with the challenges we face, to really focus on improving the flow of emergency patients.

Through hard work, commitment and a willingness to work differently the ED team, supported by colleagues throughout the Trust, have achieved some fantastic results. They’ve introduced the #Fit2Sit campaign, which encourages frontline healthcare professionals and paramedics to put an end to patients lying down on trolleys and stretchers if they are well enough to sit or stand. This simple initiative helps the patient retain mobility, frees up trolley space, porters and often speeds up the whole process.

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I’m not a band, I’m a person and my name is ...

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

One of the things that sometimes strikes me as I walk around the hospitals is the way colleagues address each other according to their band. For most it’s not a conscious decision – more ‘learned’ language – but it’s likely we’ve all heard and experienced comments such as ...

  • “The band two does that”
  • “Ask the band five”
  • “That’s the responsibility of the band seven”
  • Or even “ask the student”

I’ve been reflecting on this and how referring to someone as a band may make them feel. Maybe discuss it in your teams and decide for yourselves. I suspect it can make colleagues feel fairly disregarded and dehumanised. We are a team of people who care about the NHS and the patients and come to work to do the best job possible, not a group of abstract bandings!

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Medical Director

 

I’ve taken over the message for this week and would like to talk about a really important event happening over the next five days - World Antibiotic Awareness Week. This event is dedicated to increasing awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, and policy makers, to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance- one of the biggest threats facing us today.

Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, persistent overuse and misuse has encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, occurring when microbes such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them. Public Health England’s latest Surveillance report shows that there were an estimated 61,000 antibiotic resistant infections in England during 2018 - a 9% rise from 2017.

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Welcome

Each week Suzanne Rankin, our Chief Executive, sends a message to staff about events at the hospitals, special achievements, and plans for the future.

We shall be adding them to this section as well as including them on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

From time to time, we shall ask other members of the Trust Board and clinical team to give their perspective on the week in our hospitals.

 

About Suzanne

Suzanne was announced as the new Chief Executive in June 2014.

Suzanne began her nursing and management career with the Royal Navy, including deployment during the 1990 Gulf War; a spell as Senior Nursing Officer at NATO Headquarters in Lisbon; and Nursing Officer in charge of the 56-bed Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit at the former Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire.

Past Messages