Published on Wednesday 30 December 2015
A message from Chief Executive, David Allison
As this is the final week of the year, I would like to look back at a small selection of our milestones in 2015. It has of course been another busy and challenging year for us all, but also a year in which there have been many great achievements, reflections and all round great teamwork.
We held a really inspiring event early in the year when Dr Kate Granger visited Arrowe Park Hospital to give a very moving address about her experiences as both a clinician and a patient, and her work in founding the #hellomynameis movement, across the NHS.
It’s pleasing that our Trust is one of over 100 NHS organisations who are fully supporting the campaign in reminding professionals to say a simple ‘Hello my name is…’ greeting before any care is delivered to the patient they are looking after.
With the introduction of our electronic health record system Wirral Millennium, we’re well on the way to being the first acute hospital trust in the UK to be truly digital. It’s been a long road to get us to the stage we’re at, and there have been challenges along the way, but I’ve been enormously impressed by the positive way this system has been adopted by colleagues across the Trust this year.
And our patients and staff are really seeing the benefits. It’s important to remember that this system isn’t just about creating digital systems and streamlining processes, it’s one of our key drivers of quality and safety of patient care.
Who can forget the exceptional day we faced in March when a problem with our electricity supply at Arrowe Park meant we were without power, apart from emergency supplies to our critical areas. This was clearly a massive issue for us, and this meant that we had to mobilise the entire hospital and declare a major incident.
As the only acute hospital in Wirral, this was always going to have a huge impact on our services and other providers in the region – and this is where a huge collective effort right across the hospital came together. It was very pleasing to see how well our emergency planning procedures worked in practice, and this is down to how well our colleagues pulled together to respond to the issue!
It goes without saying that I am immensely proud of the efforts our nurses go to throughout the year, and an investment in nurse recruitment in 2015 represented our recognition of the crucial role nursing staff play in delivering safe, quality care and the best possible patient experience.
As well as a successful recruitment campaign, we also showed our commitment to focus on nurturing our existing staff to further develop their own nursing skills. This combination of recruiting additional nurses and increasing skill levels ensures we are able to meet the demands of modern healthcare, delivered with traditional nursing values of compassion and care.
In the summer our Neonatal Unit was chosen out of many from across the country to feature in a ‘prime-time’ TV pilot. Well done to the Neonatal Team for the tremendous patient care that was captured here. Unfortunately we have to remain tight lipped about this programme, but as soon as we have a transmission date it will be communicated to you all as it will bring tremendous exposure to the Trust.
The Proud Awards were fantastic once again in 2015, with staff from a range of departments being commended for their brilliant work. I would like to offer my congratulations to this year’s winners.
It was fantastic to see our workforce was highly commended in the HSJ Value in Healthcare awards in September, highlighting our approach to providing opportunities for young people.
Our HR team were also successful this year in winning the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Excellence in Human Resources Management (HRM) award.
A huge effort was made by colleagues during the annual Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections in September and we expect the results early next year
Staff have been urged to “Stay well this winter” and have been encouraged to get their free flu jab, to help prevent the risk of flu among employees and patients.
In November we hosted a prestigious three-day surgery conference at our Wirral hospitals. We welcomed delegates from as far as Germany and Singapore to the 6th annual BIARGS (British and Irish Association of Robotic Gynaecological Surgeons) Conference.
The Trust unveiled its brand new Isolation Unit in November with the facility in Ward 25 now providing excellent care for some of our most vulnerable patients.
We have been working ever closer with our partners in Wirral to help reshape how we deliver health and wellbeing services in our community. A £3.4 million funding boost was confirmed in November following our success in achieving ‘Vanguard’ status by NHS England earlier this year. You will be hearing more about the Healthy Wirral initiative as we head into 2016.
Last month I also congratulated Dr Bev Oates for being named Clinical Leader of the Year at the 2015 HSJ Awards, which is the largest celebration of healthcare excellence in the UK.
Ward 21 Dementia Team was also announced as winners of the Patient Champion of the Year category in the NHS North West Leadership Recognition Awards 2015 and is a real credit to the Trust.
Our Stroke Service also continues to shine after being named the Second Best Performing Trust in the Advancing Quality Awards 2015. Advancing Quality measures the prompt response in treating a stroke.
Clatterbridge Rehabilitation Centre, as part of the Cheshire and Merseyside Network, also won the HSJ Award for ‘Specialised Services’. This is a fantastic achievement and reflects their dedications to providing highest quality neuro-rehabilitation care for patients.
And finally, our maternity services are also flying the flag for the Trust nationally. A recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) survey revealed even more new mums at Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital are reporting a positive experience of care.
The wording above is of course only a snapshot selection of news items spanning the last 12 months.
As we say goodbye to 2015, I wish you all health and happiness as we head into the New Year.