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Team Brief 2017

Team Brief is the monthly communication to all staff from the Chief Executive which is cascaded throughout the organisation to give local managers the opportunity to add to the core corporate messages and localise them. A feedback facility ensures that Team Brief addresses the issues raised by staff.

A full archive of Team Brief is available on StaffNet (you must be on the NHS network to access).

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Team Brief - May 2017

In this edition Jane Grant, Chief Executive talks about:  Supporting staff heath and wellbeing, staff in the spotlight, working together to deliver high quality efficient patient care and HSE inspections feedback.

Supporting staff health and wellbeing

One of my early tasks will be to work with colleagues on a new induction message for members of staff joining the organisation.  In my message I am keento stress that staff working in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde should feel valued and respected in a positive working environment.

One of the ways we do this is through the development of a Staff Health Strategy based on the provision of an occupational health service, employee assistance, protective health and safety guidance, supportive human resources policies and  opportunities to encourage staff health and wellbeing.

I’ve been impressed by the many opportunities in place to support staff health and wellbeing in the organisation. These include a wide range of physical and mental health interventions, such as the activestaff programme and our stress in the workplace policy.

This month sees the start of the biggest mass participation programme of the calendar year – the walking challenge. Last year around 5000 NHSGGC staff participated in the challenge and I hope that even more of us will sign up for this year’s event which gets underway on 15 May. To sign up visit: www.activestaff.worldwalking.co.uk

Staff in the spotlight

I hope that you have had the chance to see the ‘Scotland’s Superhospital’ programme which has been airing on the BBC over the past couple of weeks.  The programme has provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the fantastic care and treatment the NHS provides day-in, day-out to our patients.

Whilst the focus of the programme is the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, I know from my previous experience in NHSGGC that this same high quality service and compassion is evident in every hospital and community service across NHSGGC. 

So now that the Chairman’s Awards 2017 are open, I would encourage you all to consider nominating your colleagues and teams to get the recognition that’s deserved. To nominate visit: www.nhsggc.scot.nhs.uk/chairmansawards

And if you have an example of a good service or innovation that you would like others to know about, then the corporate communications team would like to hear from you.  They will work with you to publicise your service and share examples of good practice with all. 

Working together to deliver high quality efficient patient care

Whilst the vast majority of our patients are treated quickly, we are challenged in a number of areas to meet the national waiting times guarantee. 

We all know how important it is to meet these targets so that our patients are treated as quickly as possible.

Over the coming months our senior management team  will be working with staff to agree a way forward to improve our performance and return us to a position where patients are routinely treated within target timescales. 

Work also continues to review all opportunities for cost efficiencies to ensure that we operate within our means. 

As we continue to work through this critical programme of work, I am committed to doing so in partnership with staff and would encourage you to get involved in identifying where efficiencies could be made.

HSE inspections feedback

Colleagues will be aware that a pre-planned inspection by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) took place in March.  The inspection focussed on a range of health and safety issues including patient falls, skin health of staff and needlestick injuries to staff.

Following this inspection, which covered various hospital and community sites, the HSE have highlighted a number of areas of good practice across the organisation and also commended a number of staff in ensuring best practice in health and safety management.

The HSE have also identified a number of areas where improvement is required. Colleagues will be working with the HSE over the coming months to agree and implement an action plan which will ensure that all areas identified will be fully addressed.

 

Jane Grant, Chief Execu