Leadership Message from Rob Ashford

Rob Ashford

I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide the leadership message this week, I wanted to firstly acknowledge the continued hard work we all put into delivering care to our patients whether you are operational, in AOC or working in a support function, your contribution is equally as important.

As great as it is to see some nice weather again, we know this tends to add to our workload, but do your best to enjoy it yourself, and have some valued time with friends and family.

As you are no doubt aware, we recommenced working parties for the Building Better Rota’s project last week. It was great to see so many familiar faces returning as working party reps, along with some very welcomed new faces too.

I am always humbled by the commitment and effort you all put into what is a very complex yet vitally important programme of work, the progress you have all made already is fantastic so thank you.

We should not underestimate what the new rota’s will bring, not only in terms of response to our patients but will also go some way to address some of the many long-standing challenges and frustrations you all face daily, such as missed/late meal breaks and late finishes.

The working parties themselves were very well attended with very positive discussion and constructive challenge. The outputs from these are currently being reviewed and updates will be posted on the BBR Pages on EAST24 along with responses to the questions raised. 

Further working parties are planned for June, July and August and after each we will provide updates. I look forward to seeing those involved again at these. In the meantime, should you like any further support or information, please contact the BBR team at rota@eastamb.nhs.uk or contact your working party rep and local manager.

Many thanks and best wishes to all our staff for your continued hard work and dedication.


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