We know how confusing it can be sometimes for everyone connected with our hospitals and community services to understand the wide variety of strategic objectives and plans and how they all fit together so every year, we outline what our key areas of focus are for the coming year.
Particularly in these difficult times during the Coronavirus pandemic, things are changing very fast. Though the pandemic has put many things on hold and remains at the forefront of our thoughts, we must continue to move forwards in other equally important areas.
Usually at this time of the year, we have shared our priorities for the upcoming financial year so that all colleagues and our patients, visitors and local communities know about the areas that we are focusing on for the upcoming year.
However, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, we had to review the priorities we had planned for this financial year (2020/21) and tweak them to allow us to not only deal with the here and now but also identify the areas that we really did not want to lose sight of.
The quality and safety of care that we all provide remains our key priority. To ensure we remain focused, and services 'recover and improve' as we emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic, we have set four headline areas of focus to guide all that we do:
Dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic as safely and effectively as possible
Core focus on colleague psychological and physical health and well-being
Continued emphasis on quality and safety of services
Post COVID-19 future - the work of our Recovery Cell
There are obviously lots of things going on and they by no means capture everything that is going on across the Trust but these are the things that we are committed to putting a real focus on.
Rather than leave this information in a corporate report somewhere for no-one to see, we thought it was important that we share them with our staff, patients and the general public. That is why we produce a graphic version of our priorities – we like to call it our ‘plan on a page’. This plan on a page will be displayed on digital screens across our three main hospitals and shared via social media.