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Welcoming new staff to the Trust One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is welcoming new starters as part of their Corporate Induction session and last week was my latest opportunity to do so. It’s a great opportunity to welcome people to the Trust, explain all about what we do and how we do it and discuss the journey we're on towards outstanding. It struck me this week jus ...

Hi all It's been a week of discussing with our Board and our staff our plans for the future.  The result of the General Election means that we will have both continuity as a result of the current Secretary of State retaining his position, coupled with a little uncertainty as we all learn what impact the new arrangements in Parliament might have on plans for the NHS.​We're in t ...

Last week I carried out one of the most important of my annual legal duties as your Chief Executive. That is to sign off our Annual Accounts and draft Annual Report, once they had been cleared by our Audit Committee and in time for them to be submitted by the national legal deadline to NHS Improvement. That all sounds very dry and technical, but one of the things it enables us ...

Events in Manchester Like most of you, the events in Manchester last week affected me deeply. No words can express sympathy or sorrow enough for those caught up in those terrible events and I know that some of our own staff were directly affected. The worst of times can also bring out the best in us - it was heart warming to see how so many people offered to help in so many di ...

Delivered by Dr Buki Adeyemo, Medical Director Hi all Our new Electronic Patient Record is now live!   I'm very pleased that as a result of the massive effort of hard working members of staff our Trust, though affected by last weekend's NHS-wide cyber attack, were able to pull through and launch our Raising our Service Excellence (ROSE) electronic patient record over the wee ...

Hi all Well what a week we have had - some fantastic events and some real challenges; a real reflection of the NHS! At the end of last week I was delighted that the work we have led across the health economy on compassion funded by Health Education England was recognised nationally. Rob Cragg, our Deputy Director of People and Strategy, and Dr Sarah Leamann, Assistant Directo ...

Hi all It’s been a busy week with a real focus on what the Staffordshire health and care system can do to support the financial challenges that are mainly in University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP). Part of the solution from our perspective is a North Staffordshire and Stoke multispeciality comm ...

Hi all It’s been an exciting week, as some of our Trust’s important plans and annual deliverables approach their delivery. It’s also been a busy week for understanding how we can lead transformation across the whole of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Digital by Choice: Road to ROSE Day – we’re entering the final lap! On Monday, I chaired the latest meeting of our Digital b ...

Hi all As I didn't put out a blog last week, I hope everyone managed to get some sort of break and time with their family and friends over the Easter period. Thank you to all of our staff who worked over Easter – it really is very much appreciated. It’s also nice to have had some sun over the weekend – no doubt keen gardeners have been kept busy! General Election 2017 – NHS t ...

Hi Our Behaviours Framework Our Leadership Academy last week launched our new Behaviours Framework. Lots of consultation has taken place with staff and service users across our organisation listening to what behaviours will enables us to live our values. For me personally, when either myself or my family receive support from health or social care services, it is often the way ...