Date of release: 28 April 2020
Welcome to my first blog!
This is the first instalment of what will hopefully become a weekly update from me to you. I intend to use this platform to promote and showcase the excellent work all of our teams are involved with at the Trust. I also want to use this opportunity to speak to you directly about what I’m up to and promote awareness of good practice and celebrate it.
First of all I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone for their extraordinary efforts during this challenging time. The Covid-19 outbreak means we are all experiencing an extremely testing period, but especially for frontline staff, who are taking on additional challenges, along with the many nursing staff who have been redeployed across the Trust.
Everyone is having to work differently and we are all doing different things, but I have been hugely impressed with how staff have embraced changes to their ways of working. I have also been humbled at the amount of help, kindness and support there has been for each other and how people have adapted to working in different environments.
Like all hospital trusts nationwide, one of the challenges affecting many areas of the Trust is PPE. We are doing everything we can to make sure we all have the right equipment and quantities so frontline staff can perform their duties while remaining safe. Guidelines on PPE are changing regularly so if you’re concerned about what you should be wearing, please consult the daily update on our intranet.
I must stress the importance of protecting the health and wellbeing of our staff as we respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. This is a challenging time and we may feel tested, both physically and emotionally. There is lots of helpful information and resources that should help you to feel happy and healthy at work and at home, via our website. When staff are on their days off they must take the time to rest and recuperate, so they can return to work refreshed.
Post Covid-19, which could still be a period of weeks or months away, there will need to be a period of adjustment as a sense of normality returns to our working lives and staff return to their previous roles. The pandemic has seen us all adapt our ways of working, and under the new #NoGoingBack directive being developed by the Trust, we aim to establish pathways that will lead to improved care.
I continue to urge all staff to stay safe and look after each other.