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Areas of focus

For an organisation that has more than 9,000 colleagues providing services 24/7 across hospitals and in the community, it is safe to say that there is a lot going on. It’s important that we have a common set of priorities that we all contribute to in order to achieve what we are here for - offering safe and high-quality services to our local communities.

That is why we have our areas of focus each year. Whilst they don’t detail absolutely everything that we all must do in the coming year, they do allow each of us to be on the same page about what we are focusing on as an organisation and the key areas that we should be considering in all we do.

The areas of focus are a vital part of how we will achieve what we set out in our new Trust Strategy - Putting Patients First, so they reflect our four strategic priorities.Our Areas of focus for 2023/24.

The areas of focus for 2023/24 are:

Deliver outstanding care and experience

We will:  

  • Improve access, standards of care and outcomes across all our services  

  • Have plans in place to ensure the right people with the right skills are in the right place at all times to provide safe, high-quality care 

  • Focus on embedding a culture of continuous improvement 

  • Embed evidence-based practice across all services and ensure we have the processes in place to truly learn when we get things wrong 

Create the culture and conditions for our colleagues to be the very best they can be  

We will

  • Create a culture of wellbeing in all services  

  • Embed our values and expected behaviours  

  • Empower our leaders at a local level to lead their services and teams  

  • Enhance our use of technology to improve the experience of our colleagues  

Make the best use of our financial and physical resource   

We will:  

  • Agree and implement a financial strategy to deliver long term financial sustainability  

  • Make the most effective use of our resources and reduce waste in everything we do 

  • Focus on using a range of data and evidence to inform our planning, performance and productivity  

  • Plan and use our estates and other physical assets to prioritise patient care and promote best value

Working in partnership   

We will:  

  • Support the development of the new health and care system in our area 
  • Work collaboratively with our partners to deliver key programmes of work to improve services for local communities 
  • Work with partners to improve the health of our local communities and reduce health inequalities  
  • Strengthen our approach to engaging with and involving our patients, carers and communities to further improve our services 

These aren’t just words on a page. Our teams will come together and put everything they have into achieving these priorities, and this will lead to huge changes to the services we provide, the experience of our patients, and how it feels to work at UHMBT.