Public invited to join RJAH AGM via online broadcast

Release Date: 17/09/2020

Public invited to join RJAH AGM via online broadcast

Members of the public are invited to tune in to The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital’s first ever virtual Annual General Meeting next week.
The coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible for the organisation’s AGM to be held in its usual format, with restrictions on gatherings of more than six people currently in place across the country.
It will now be broadcast live on the Microsoft Teams platform on Thursday 24 September (2pm) via this link – anyone wishing to watch will need to download the Teams app onto their device. This is free and easy to do, whether from your desktop, or from the App Store or Google Play. There is no need to register for a Teams account, as you will be given the option to view the AGM as a guest.
Leaders at RJAH were keen to ensure that people could still observe and participate in the meeting as the Trust reviews the 2019/20 financial year.
The meeting will certainly reflect on the impact covid-19 has had on the hospital, and the way it has responded to the challenge. But, with the AGM covering the period from April 2019 to March 2020, it will also be a chance to look back on a year that saw RJAH perform more knee and hip replacement procedures than any other centre in the UK, and one which saw it win a Special Commendation in the Acute or Specialist Trust of the Year category at the prestigious HSJ Awards.
Frank Collins, Chair of the Oswestry-based hospital, said: “The AGM is an important event in any organisation’s calendar, and it is no different for us at RJAH.

“This is a chance to share our story of the last financial year, and also to set out our vision for the months ahead. That vision has understandably been shifted by the impact of covid, and we look forward to sharing some of that with you next week.

“I am delighted that we have found a way to make this meeting open to the public in the current climate. I would encourage anyone who is interested in our hospital to join us on Teams. You’ll be able to watch a number of interesting presentations, and to take advantage of the Q&A function on the site to ask any questions you may have about what you hear.”
As well as an opening from Frank, the meeting will hear from Stacey Keegan, Acting Chief Executive of RJAH. There will also be presentations from Craig Macbeth, Director of Finance; and from Mo Ramzan, a director at Deloitte LLP, who are RJAH’s auditors.
Stacey said: “This will be my first AGM since joining RJAH, initially as Interim Chief Nurse, in November last year. The 10 months since then have not been what I, or indeed anyone else, envisaged at the time – but I am proud of what we have achieved and what we continue to do to support our patients and our people.

“I look forward to telling some of that story at our AGM. It is a shame that people will not be able to join us in the room, but I am delighted that we can make use of the technology available to us in order to broadcast the meeting.
“I hope as many people as possible can join us, and I look forward to being with you next week.”

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