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November 2019

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Council of Governor Elections - Reminder to Vote
We are currently underway in the Council of Governor elections for the following seats:

Public Constituencies
  • Elmbridge (3 positions)
  • Hounslow, Kingston-upon-Thames and Richmond-upon-Thames (2 positions)
  • Spelthorne (3 positions)
  • Woking and Guildford (3 positions)

If you live in any of the areas above and became a member before 4th October 2019, you would have received a ballot paper in order to cast your vote. You can vote either by ballot paper or electronically for the candidates you would like to see representing you (full instructions provided on the ballot paper). As a member of the Trust, it is important that you have a say on who you would like to see having a seat on the Council of Governors.

Voting closes on 15th November and results will be announced on 18th November.

Non-Executive Director Recruitment

We are currently recruiting a new Non-Executive Director and hope to be able to confirm the appointment at the December Council of Governors' Meeting.

Staff Achievement Awards
Staff Achievement Awards
On Thursday 3rd October, the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals Staff Achievement Awards took place at the prestigious Sandhurst Military Academy. Major Russell Lewis kindly hosted the awards, designed to recognise those teams and individuals who depict the Trust values, helping work towards our vision to provide an outstanding experience and the best outcome for patients and the team. Some of the categories included Quality of Care, Personal Responsibility, Patients Choice, Digital and Collaboration.

All of the nominees and winners are worthy of recognition, and It was fantastic to be able to take some time to celebrate our passionate and dedicated colleagues. At Ashford and St Peter's we always say "It takes a team" and these awards really personify that. If you'd like to take a look at the video from the staff achievement awards, please see here;

Graphic of the transformation programme
ASPH Transformation Programme Update
There is currently significant estates work being progressed across the St Peter's Hospital site. These works form part of a long term transformation programme, and whilst short term disruption is inevitable, the prize is a transformed, modern, fit-for-purpose hospital infrastructure, able to deliver the highest quality, modern healthcare.

As part of the programme, there have been a number of parking changes at St Peter's Hospital, with the main outpatient car park closing to allow for work to begin on a new, multi deck car park. The number of visitor spaces remains approximately the same, but these are located in different places. The A&E car park is now reserved for blue badge holders only, and the Hazel car park has been converted for visitor parking. The estates and car parking teams have been present around the site to direct people to the new parking areas, helping them find spaces, and their way into the hospital. For further information and maps detailing the new parking locations at St Peter's, please see here.

There were also changes to staff parking, with the number of allocated parking spaces being reduced and priority given to clinical colleagues. Remote working has been encouraged for those colleagues whom this is feasible for. Whilst this is a challenging time, in the long term this will be a great asset to the Trust and will improve parking arrangements for visitors and staff.

There have also been changes at Ashford and following the land sale, substantial work is taking place including a new day nursery. This is now complete and we'll be holding an official opening event shortly. We have also resurfaced and re-lined the main hospital car park.

World Mental Health Day display
World Mental Health Day
We recognised this important day on 10th October, highlighting the importance of mental health with the key theme of suicide prevention being on the agenda for 2019. We ran two insightful events to raise awareness of the different areas of mental health with staff and visitors across the Trust, and provided training for clinical staff around mental health topics. To enable us to support staff with mental health concerns, and to improve staff wellbeing, we are looking to recruit "Workplace Wellbeing Guardians" who will be trained in mental health first aid and to be the first point of contact for staff, and advocates for all health and wellbeing matters.

Raising awareness through education and the promotion of mental health is critical and it is important to recognise the work we have done to date, and the number of patients and staff we have helped both in our Trust and in collaboration with the team at Surrey and Borders Partnership (SABP). We are proud of the work our mental health team undertakes with adults and children and the future is encouraging with the opportunity to prioritise wellbeing for all.

Giving a flu jab
Flu 2019/2020
The seasonal flu campaign is well underway at Ashford and St Peter's, and whilst it has been relatively mild and we are yet to see any widespread flu outbreaks; preparation for winter and the associated pressures has been ongoing for some time. Planning to avoid flu illness and infection for staff, patients, and carers, is very much a part of this.

This year we have 25 Peer Vaccinators from various divisions who have been doing a really great job of vaccinating colleagues within their work areas, making it as quick and efficient as possible for people. In addition to this, Occupational Health are running a drop in flu clinic at both St Peter's and Ashford. Ashford and St Peter's Medical Director, David Fluck, recently spoke about the importance of being vaccinated on BBC Radio Surrey - if you'd like to listen, the link is here (if you'd like to skip straight to David's part it's at 1hr 12mins). If you'd like to receive the flu vaccination, speak to your GP or pharmacy - it is free for certain individuals, take a look at the NHS website for further information.