11 April 2016 CEO Blog post

Thanks for the welcome!

This is quite a place. Reflecting on my first week the strength of pride in working here is what has hit me. Whether it's people who have been here for 30 years plus, or just a few weeks, the sense of service and the desire to care shines through.

I've spent some time with the fabulous staff on Sheldon Ward. Lorna and Jackie's leadership means that the atmosphere is caring and calm. The patients I spoke to know they are in good hands and seeing the eyes light up of Margaret on her 101 birthday when she saw her family (and the cakes!) was the best part of my week.

I have a huge list of places and teams to visit. I will be getting out and about as much as I can. Please do say hello and introduce yourself if you see me passing. My executive colleagues are working hard to be visible too. It will be important you tell me how we are doing on this.

I see my job as a simple one. To create the time and space for good people to do great things.

We have a lot of very talented people here and we must continue to adapt and listen to our patients and each other. Being new means I have a real chance to listen. We face some big challenges but I know together with the Board we can tackle them and succeed.

I was invited to the Medical Advisory Committee last Tuesday night. A chance to meet some of our consultants. I want to continue to strengthen the involvement and engagement of our senior clinical leaders in our planning for the future.

This week starts with an update with Monitor on our progress. Not just with RTT but with how we are continuing to enhance and nurture the culture here. We are making progress but have more to do. More about that soon.

I was delighted to get a sneaky peek into the new building last week. Wow! It's state of the art and big. It will have a real impact on how we can provide even safer care. We will make sure there are opportunities for anyone who would like to see it.

Wednesday sees my first staff open forum. It is open to all staff, 12.30pm, in the lecture theatre. It is a chance for me to meet more of you and to feedback on what I have taken from your emails and letters to me and from speaking with some of you. I hope you can make it.

And so finally, thank you. My Dad asked me on Wednesday what is was like. It was a simple answer. 'A privilege'.


Mark Brandreth
Chief Executive


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