Dorothy talks volunteers, flu and the draft trust strategy

Dorothy Hosein

I hope that you are all keeping well and adapting to the colder weather. You will of course be aware that our Flu Vaccination programme has started and I would encourage you all to get protected.

When I say protected, I am of course referring to not only your own health but also your patients and families.

I would like to pass on my thanks to the Waveney team who have made a fantastic start, with over 40% of staff vaccinated – keep up the good work.

Our team of vaccinators are setting up clinics across the region so please check East24 and NeedtoKnow for your nearest clinic.

We have launched our Draft Trust Strategy this week. This strategy sets out our priorities for the next five years. It’s important that you all review the strategy so that we shape our strategy to work for you. The Executive team will be visiting all areas across the Trust to receive your feedback and input into our plans. Details of impending visits are advertised on NeedtoKnow and through your local management team. If you’re unable to attend a session but would like to share your views you can email StrategyFeedback@eastamb.nhs.uk.

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the first EEAST Volunteer conference which provided a fabulous opportunity for me to meet and listen to our volunteers. It is apparent that we need to make some improvements to ensure this key group of colleagues are better welcomed and supported by the organisation. An action plan has been developed from the conference and will be shared within the coming weeks.

October is the month when the United Kingdom celebrates Black History Month. This national celebration aims to promote and celebrate black contributions to British society and to foster an understanding of black history in general. Across the NHS there are many celebrations this month and I'm delighted that EEAST is supporting and involved. Members of our Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) network will be sharing their personal stories next week.

In honour of Black History Month I will finish with a quote from Maya Angelou the acclaimed American poet, singer, auto biographer and civil rights activist:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

As we know day in day out, whichever role you’re in, you have contributed to our rating of outstanding care for our patients. A huge thank you for that.

Take care and I look forward to seeing you in the next few weeks on my travels. I will be in Welwyn Training Centre and Bedford tomorrow and Barton Mills and Newmarket on Friday 18 October.

Dorothy

Published 10th October 2019

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