5 July 2016 CEO Blog post

Happy Birthday!

Today (5th July) is the 68th birthday of the NHS. What a special thing it is and what a privilege it is to work in it. Let’s hope it endures and continues to thrive for a long time.
We should take a moment today to reflect on what it has achieved and what it continues to achieve. Still, in healthcare terms, the envy of the world.

However, you know we are facing changing times. I can’t write this blog without commenting on the Brexit vote and issues that have emerged afterwards. The Kings Fund has produced a publication on the implications. It is a good factual (non-political!) read. I would recommend it to you. http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/articles/brexit-and-nhs

Whatever your views and however your voted I want to make two points:

  1. The NHS (and RJAH) needs be able to recruit staff from the EU when there are not enough resident workers to fill vacancies. If we can’t……we have no NHS.
  2. To our staff from outside of the UK, whether from Europe or elsewhere in the world – we appreciate you, we respect you, we value you and we love you. You are part of the RJAH family, now and in the future. 

In these difficult times it is important that we find any opportunity we can to recognise the fantastic work of the NHS. I am constantly struck by the outstanding individuals and amazing teams of people we have at RJAH.

This week we have launched our Celebration of Achievement Awards. This will be an annual awards ceremony, where we get the chance to come together and say thank you to some of the people who make this organisation what it is. The inaugural awards will be on Thursday 24 November at the Lion Quays Hotel.  There will be 17 awards in total, and we will be recognising people from all across our hospital. I would encourage staff to have a look on the intranet for the details of the categories. I am delighted we will be joined on the evening by governors and the League of Friends as we recognise the work of our volunteers. You are so important to us.

For now, I am off to eat cake –well it is traditional on a birthday and 68 years of the NHS is a good excuse. 

Have a good week


Mark Brandreth
Chief Executive


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