Leadership message from Luke Squibb

Luke Squibb

Over the previous weeks and months we have experienced unprecedented demand on both the health service and EEAST. Following the first peak of COVID activity we then went on to experience the heatwave throughout August where we saw the demand on our service massively increase.

Thank you to all of our frontline and support service staff who have worked tirelessly over this period to provide an excellent level of care and response to our patients which we can all be extremely proud of.

The coming weeks and months will provide new challenges that have not been seen before in the NHS. With the rising number of COVID infections across the country and the start of the flu season the pressures on our health care system are likely to increase again. To keep yourself, family, friends and patients safe over this challenging period there are a few simple steps that we can all take to ensure we remain well over this winter period. COVID has not gone away and with infections rising it is important more than ever to ensure you follow all government and Trust guidelines such as maintaining social distancing both in and out of work, regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds and ensuring you wear a facemask when in the cab of a vehicle with another colleague.

With the flu season upon us also it is really important to protect yourselves and loved ones this year more than ever as we know that frontline staff are more at risk of being exposed to, and therefore spreading the virus and with vaccination being and important part of infection control this year is the time more than ever to ensure you all receive your flu jab. Look out for further information on the Trusts flu vaccination plan over the coming weeks and remember to check Need To Know regularly for coronavirus and other important updates.

The gratitude for everything that you all do extends far wider than the Trust.

Earlier this month I was presented with a cheque for over £5000 from the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps to support the wellbeing of staff across EEAST and the recognition of all the hard work and dedication that has been seen throughout the pandemic so far. This was an amazing achievement and something they had decided to do completely off their own back recognising the dedication you have all shown to our patients throughout these difficult times and acknowledging the challenges that we will all face going into winter.

Please remember to look after yourselves and your colleagues over the coming months and remember there is a great team of managers and support services available across the Trust should you need any additional support or guidance as we head into these challenging times ahead. Never feel that you are alone, there is always someone in green here to support you.

Thank you

Luke

Published 24th September 2020

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