“Fantastic trust doing extraordinary things”

Thursday November 10, 2016

Staff at Worthing, Southlands and St Richard’s hospitals are doing extraordinary things to improve patient care, according to one of the country’s largest membership organisations.

The chief executive of NHS providers, which represents 928,000 people working for the NHS, commended colleagues from Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust during his keynote address at their annual staff conference.

“You are doing some really extraordinary things,” Chris Hopson told an audience of hundreds. “It’s a fantastic trust and you should be really pleased and proud to work for it.”

Nearly 10% of the hospital trust’s 6,500 employees attended this year’s two conference dates on 25 October and 1 November, at Fontwell Park Racecourse.

The annual event, entitled Where Better Never Stops, enables colleagues to share examples of improvement that are enhancing the quality of care, as well as hear from invited guest speakers which this year also included Tommy Whitelaw, from Dementia Carer Voices, and Marcus Powell, director of leadership at The Kings Fund.

Supported by the Love Your Hospital charity, the conference was also an opportunity to reflect on another record-breaking year during which Western Sussex Hospitals was as acknowledged as one of the country’s very best performing hospital trusts.

In April, the Care Quality Commission rated the organisation as Outstanding – an achievement only five acute hospital trusts nationwide have received.

Chief Executive, Marianne Griffiths, commended colleagues for all their hard work and said she could not be more proud to work with so many compassionate and talented people.

She added: “One of the things I am most proud of is our ever-improving hospital standardised mortality rate which at 89.5 puts us in the top 16% of trusts in the country – with our elderly population this is just extraordinary and testament to the hard work and dedicated focus of staff.”

Mrs Griffiths reiterated that the trust’s number one priority remains recruiting more outstanding staff and outlined the organisation’s commitment to appointing many more apprentices in the coming year, as well as nurses, doctors and support staff.

In addition to presentations on quality improvement, innovative use of new technology and how to reduce waiting times, staff also attended various workshops on conducting medical research, Lean improvement science, and looking after your own health and wellbeing.

A market place provided further information for NHS workers, as well as an opportunity to network, receive a flu jab, and sign up to various groups and initiatives taking place around the trust.

For more information about Western Sussex Hospitals, including job opportunities, please visit www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk.

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