Coronavirus and the new medicine bag restocking process

Dr Tom Davis

At a time of national focus on the NHS and our response to COVID19 (formerly Coronavirus), I would like to thank you all for your continued hard work and focus on keeping our patients safe.

We are working closely with the regional and national teams and through our business continuity management group, we are monitoring our response as part of the wider NHS. Over the next few weeks there will be further direction and communication as the national picture changes.

From 15 February we will be moving to REAP level 3 as part of our enhanced response and you will be seeing a communication around non-essential visitors to all our sites.

From a clinical perspective, the roll out of the new medicines bag restocking process is well underway and is now moving from its initial testing phase to the start of the region wide roll out program.

Over the coming months this will be introduced to each main hub across the region with the medicines team supporting the local management team in ensuring the transition to the new system is as smooth as possible. There will be plenty of resources available to familiarise yourself with the new system in the build-up. Part of the lessons learned from the testing phase was how best to reach the operational staff that are both in place now and also those in their training phase; the Hertfordshire teams produced a video relating to the new system and disseminated this via the closed social media groups. We will be recreating this video to add to the training material available.

The new process has received some very positive feedback in achieving its goals of a more consistent and streamlined process for dealing with medicines on a daily basis.

We have had a fantastic response to the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian advert and will be shortlisting and interviewing in the next couple of weeks. I look forward to introducing the new Guardian to you all over the next couple of months.

In other work, the Executive team have been working on the Senior Technician pay band agreement and will be meeting with Unison within the next month. We continue to work with Kays, our new occupational health provider and welcome David Evans to the organisation. David brings a huge amount of HR experience and we look forward to working with him over the next couple of months during which time he will be supporting us in embedding the new occupational health offer.

Keep safe and look after yourself and each other.

Dr Tom


Published 13th February 2020

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