"Encourage colleagues to speak freely amongst their peers eradicating hierarchy": Leadership message from Marcus Bailey

Marcus Bailey

I wanted to wish you all a belated happy new year and with the winter months now officially set in, we are heads down and fully focused on making sure our patients are kept safe. I wanted to say thank you for all your hard work in keeping our patients exceptionally well cared for and for your continuous support to one another.

I know that many of you have been upset by the events of last year and I wanted to thank you personally for your support and the kindness shown to one another throughout this awful time. I know that the friends and families have appreciated the support and words of kindness that they have received. Please be reminded that if you are struggling or are worried about anyone, then our new Occupational Health Provider Kays Medical are on hand to provide help and support which includes a specialist mental health, physiotherapy and wellbeing service and a dedicated crisis support line. Also following on from the recent Get Real Change Dragon’s Den session, Dorothy is supporting and has sponsored a project which is focusing on improving mental health support.

I’ve carried out a few of the Air and Share visits over in Norwich, Waveney and Longwater. I’ve listened to you speak openly, air your thoughts and share your experiences of working within EEAST and I’ve responded to some of the comments received so far. These sessions help us to drive change and it’s been so valuable to hear from all our colleagues across the Trust.

We held our usual bi-monthly AGM/GM Briefings on Monday. Instead of holding separate sessions, we decided to try and combine the two briefings, as we are trying to encourage colleagues to speak freely amongst their peers eradicating hierarchy. The session appeared to go well. However, we are in the process of gaining feedback and will then review this before organising further sessions for the rest of the year.

On Wednesday of this week, the Executive Team attended an away day. This was an opportunity to have time away to consider our achievements to date and the challenges which lay ahead. The Get Real Change team also came along for part of the session and led a discussion about leadership behaviours and shared some ideas and facts on those behaviours which are effective and those which can have the opposite effect. 

We have been working with our commissioners to negotiate next years contract for A&E and this is ongoing. 

As I’ve said previously, we do take any concerns about your health and wellbeing extremely seriously and we will always offer support. If you feel that you do need support, then you can contact Kays Medical on their 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme by dialing 0808 196 2374. Alternatively, if `in crisis’ support is required then please call 0808 196 2370. These are highly trained individuals who will be able to help if you are considering self-harming or are having suicidal thoughts. 

If you ever have any questions or would like to provide any feedback then please drop me an email.Once again thank you for all that you are doing to support each other, and our patients.


Published 6th February 2020

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