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Every mind matters

You will have seen a number of messages last week in the build-up to World Mental Health Day which took place on 10th October. This day highlighted the importance of mental health with the key theme of suicide prevention being on the agenda for 2019. Working at ASPH our role is two-fold in that we have a responsibility to look after the mental health of our patients but also to look after our own mental health. There is a wealth of evidence showing a close link between positive staff ‘wellbeing and experiences’ and ‘increased patient safety and outcomes’. We are unable to care for others effectively if we aren’t in the best frame of mind ourselves so please remember that ‘every mind matters’.

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Celebrating Team ASPH

This week's message is all about celebrating Team ASPH - as showcased last Thursday at the fabulous annual Staff Achievement Awards; a fantastic and inspiring event, celebrating all those colleagues who have gone the extra mile on behalf of patients and who do a fantastic job in often challenging circumstances.

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Change and Improvement at ASPH

Back in July, James Thomas used the weekly message to talk about the Making Every Day Count Programme. James described the sustained pressure our urgent care services are under; how winter pressure is usually abated by May, yet this year continued into the summer months. As we are about to enter a new winter period, it’s clear we need to make some bold changes to improve the situation for patients and the team.

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World Patient Safety Day at ASPH

On Tuesday this week ASPH marked the first ever World Patient Safety Day, led by the World Health Organisation, to recognise and highlight the importance of providing safe healthcare.

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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