13 May 2015
Chief Exec's Blog - after the election
Since my first blog last week, the question I have been
asked by many is, "What do you think the outcome of the election
means for the NHS and for our Trust?"
Listening to those I have chatted with, there is real variation
in how people feel about the outcome. Some are pleased, some
neutral and some very worried indeed. They are pleased on the
pledges made for additional NHS and Mental Health funding prior to
the election, neutral in that some think it will make little
difference and those expressing concern feel it marks the beginning
of the end of the NHS as we know it.
So, what do I think about the result? Well, it came as a
surprise, bearing in mind what the opinion polls were suggesting.
It could mean less disruption, as I assume on-going commitment to
the Health & Social Care Act. It may mean greater certainty, in
that there is commitment to The Five Year Forward View (a 5 year
plan for the NHS).
Whatever it means and irrespective of what I think, there are
- People will continue to present in need of the services we
provide in our Trust
- People will continue to expect those services to be safe and of
a high quality
- There will never be enough money to do all the things we would
like to do
- We will be expected to become even more efficient
- Recruiting, developing and retaining sufficient numbers of
staff to meet the demands of today's NHS will remain hugely
So, our priorities remain quality; staffing and efficiency.
Continually seeking to improve what we do and creating more time
to care by reducing the things that get in the way.
Recruiting, developing and retaining sufficient numbers of
staff. Fully engaging our staff in the challenges we face and
improving the standard of appraisal of all of our staff
Encouraging innovation as a means to greater efficiency, and
living within our limited means.
Elections and governments will come and go. Based on what people
look to our Trust to provide, I have decided to put to one side the
outcome of the election and to focus on these three key areas. I
encourage our staff, our partners and our local system to do the
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