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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 - September 2016

Our financial challenge remains

When the Board approved the draft financial plan in June I shared with you - through a staff communication Core Brief - the scale of the challenge we faced despite an increased financial allocation.

The combination of increased patient demand for existing and new services, rising medicines costs and rising staff costs have created an unprecedented challenge of identifying £69million of recurrent in-year savings to break even during this financial year.

I was also able to share with you comments from our auditors that by only managing to achieve financial balance for the financial year 2015/16 by using some non-recurrent funds (i.e. our services cost more than we had year-on-year budget to pay for) that this position was not financially sustainable.

Our finance director Mark White reported to the Board in August that, despite best efforts of staff, we were had overspent by £9.5m for the first quarter of 2016/17 and that it was already apparent that we will be reliant on non-recurring sources of funding and reserves again this year.

I recognise the significant efforts by clinical and non-clinical staff working with their management teams to identify opportunities to deliver services to patients more efficiently and to design service models that achieve savings while sustaining or improving patient safety and quality.

Indeed I am aware of several such schemes that improve care for patients while delivering efficiencies that have been nominated for the Chairman’s Awards.

I look forward to working with you all as we continue the work to identify more ways of delivering services more efficiently in the face of our mounting challenge to close the remaining, and widening, financial gap.

Employee director retires

I want to share with all staff my appreciation of Donald Sime in his roles as Chair of the Joint Trades Unions and Professional Organisations, Joint Chair of the Area Partnership Forum and Employee Director on the NHSGGC Board for the past 11 years.

Working alongside my senior executive team he has helped pave the way for momentous changes and challenges during this period ranging from the implementation of Agenda for Change to ground-breaking acute modernisation programmes and the introduction of joint health and social care working.

Donald will begin his retirement at the end of this month – ending a 44 year career with the NHS in Glasgow.

I also want to take the opportunity to welcome Dorothy McErlean who, as staff side secretary of the Joint Trades Unions and Professional Organisations for the past eight years, will take up the reins from Donald on October 1st.

Recognition of excellent work

We have now received our formal feedback from Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison following our Annual Review which was held in the Teaching and Learning Centre on the QEUH campus last month.

In her letter to the Chairman Ms Robison records her recognition “that there is some excellent work going on in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. Whilst there will always be improvements that can be made – which the Health Board accepts – we should also recognise that the hardworking and committed staff in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde have achieved a great deal for the benefit of local people in the last 12 months, including excellent performance against most patient waiting times.”

I want to echo that recognition and thank all our staff for their continued endeavour and dedication to deliver safe and sustainable services to patients whilst delivering best value for every NHS pound spent.

I have asked that Ms Robison’s full review response letter be posted on our StaffNet and website so that you can read it in full.

Shared services

The national shared services programme has been identified as an approach to reviewing all our services locally, regionally and nationally.

Colleagues in NHS National Services Scotland are supporting the programme which applies three themes to all projects – how we standardise, simplify and share.

Our Board is actively involved in a range of work including human resources, logistics, public health, radiology and pharmacy aseptic dispensing. All workstreams have full project plans and options shaped by the working groups will be discussed through a range of governance groups both locally and nationally.

We recognise that our workforce is key to delivering these services and there is full partnership involvement at the development stage and when detailed proposals emerge we will ensure full partnership involvement in the process.

Further communication on specific workstreams will follow.

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