13 May 2015

Chief Exec's Blog - after the election

blog-mini-greenSince 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 some certainties:

  • 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 challenging.

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 same.

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