Leadership message from Nicola Scrivings, Trust Chair

Nicola Scrivings

I know this has been a turbulent week for everyone at the Trust following publication of the Care Quality Commission's latest inspection report last Wednesday.

We have heard a wide range of views and experiences from you over the past days, especially through the virtual staff engagement sessions we have run. To get more feedback and answer your questions, we are running further sessions this week so do please try and join if you can. At your suggestion, we are flexing the timings to provide more options to take part. Please remember your line manager is also briefed and can give you updates as well. 

The times of the briefings and links to attend are:

You should now be aware that Dorothy Hosein, our CEO, is currently on sick leave. In his role as Deputy Chief Executive, Dr Tom Davis is covering for Dorothy and will report directly to myself. I know you will join me in sending Dorothy our best wishes.

In terms of our commitments to you, we are moving forward to support staff to speak up and speak out. Janice Scott, your Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, will be out and about reminding us all how she can support staff to share concerns and comments safely. Our staff survey on inappropriate behaviour will also be with you shortly. I know the national staff survey is out as well at the moment, but as Tom said last week, it is really important that you complete these surveys so we can hear from you all about the issues that are affecting you in the workplace. 

Can I also remind you, with World Mental Health Day coming up this Sunday, 10th October, of the wellbeing support that we have available for you. This support is here for you regardless of whether stresses are caused by work or your personal lives, so do please see what's available.

Finally, I would like to end by saying thank you for continuing to focus on patient care in the midst of COVID 19, a rapidly approaching winter and the CQC report. It is your commitment, and the progress we have made this year on performance, that gives me the confidence we can successfully work together to continue to build the positive and open culture that we all want here at EEAST. 

Nicola Scrivings

Published 8th October 2020

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