Leadership message from Dorothy Hosein, CEO

Dorothy Hosein

Hello colleagues

I hope that you are all well and staying safe as we continue to battle COVID 19. I would like to reiterate my thanks for all the fabulous work which has meant that we have kept our patients and staff safe during this terrible virus. Although we are seeing a change in restrictions it is important that we continue to do all we can both at work and in our personal lives to keep each other safe. Social distancing is still the best initiative to prevent the spread of the virus and therefore the advice remains the same, for all those that can to continue working from home. Advice on remote working can be found here.

I would like to express my thanks for all those involved in the antibody testing programme. We have tested 4,300 staff and volunteers in 8 days which is phenomenal. I have been so impressed by the “can do” attitude, with staff and colleagues working at pace to ensure we tested all those who volunteered. Just a reminder that if you would still like to be tested this needs to be arranged by midday tomorrow (Friday 12th June). Please follow this link to reserve a slot.

You will have noticed in Need to Know last week that I have launched a project to thank our “Children of EEAST”. I thought it was important to recognise the difficulties and sacrifices our children have made to support us in continuing to care for patients. Nominations can be made here.

I know that many of us are upset and very saddened at the death of George Floyd and I share those feelings of hurt and sadness. I am committed to equality and have been working with the BAME network since I joined the Trust and would of course welcome more members. At a virtual meeting on Monday I had the opportunity to listen to their views on recent events. It is clear that I and perhaps others do not always know how it feels for others and I would therefore encourage you to be open to conversation and listening. I want to develop an organisation that is open and against any form of racism or inequality and join our BAME network. I would encourage you all to read the document produced by the National Ambulance BME forum which provides advice on becoming an ally for BAME colleagues and can be found here.

My thoughts have also been with all the family, colleagues and friends of Neil Ruch whose funeral was held this week. I know that he will be greatly missed by everyone he worked with.

Take care of yourselves and each other and stay safe. I am missing being able to visit you face to face but with your local managers are looking at ways in which I can arrange virtual catch up meetings. So hope to speak to you soon.

Kind regards
Dorothy Hosein, CEO


Published 11th June 2020

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