Leadership message from Dorothy Hosein

Dorothy Hosein

I hope you are all well and have survived Hurricane Ciara and then Dennis. I can only imagine how challenging it has felt driving out into the storm to care for patients when everyone else is following the advice to stay indoors and keep warm. Thank you for everything you do for our patients whatever the weather.

The staff survey results are now available, and I am pleased that the number of staff completing the survey has increased. Importantly there has also been an increase in the number of staff that feel our top priority is patient care and that the Trust acts on patient concerns. I was pleased to see a small increase in the number of staff not planning to leave the organisation. However, I am aware from travelling around the region that this is an area we need to continue to focus on to improve. May I take this opportunity to remind you that if you are thinking of leaving the organisation, I would like to speak to you personally to hear your feedback. A call can be organised through my office 01763 268742 or email OCE.EEAST@eastamb.nhs.uk.

I don’t doubt that you will all have seen in the news the growing concern regarding the coronavirus. Senior colleagues from operations, clinical and resilience teams are part of daily national calls to ensure that we protect you and our patients to the best of our ability. More information will be published once we receive it but the following can be accessed now.

I was extremely pleased to read the article from Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock. In particular that the NHS has joined forces with the police and Crown Prosecution Services to approve a joint agreement on offenses against emergency workers. The Trust will always support the prosecution of people who abuse our staff and work closely with the police to bring these cases to court. Any incidents of abuse on our staff are completely unacceptable.

I would like to finish by marking LGBT History Month which is a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our staff. I was incredibly moved by Alistair Baker’s story published on Need to Know earlier this month. It is dreadful to think that people have to live by a version of themselves to minimise prejudice. May I remind you that as a Trust we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our work.

Stay warm and safe and I hope to see you soon on my travels.

Dorothy

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