HULL AND EAST YORKSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST
CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S BRIEFING – JULY 2012
1. NHS LA
After significant review of progress against the new requirements for Level III and our
preparedness for inspection, we have taken the decision to apply for certification at Level I.
Alongside the failure to deliver CNST Level II this is disappointing. Nevertheless, the risk of
applying for Level III, failing and being moved to zero was paramount in the decision-making. I will
be looking to review the governance team, its role, leadership of the agenda and its fitness for
purpose over the next few months. We need to focus more on outcomes and leadership than on
outputs and plans.
2. NATIONAL AWARD
The Trust was successful in its bid to the HPMA National Awards, and won the Excellence in
Organisational Development category at the award ceremony in London in June. This award
looked at our leadership and workforce development strategies, our reward and recognition
schemes and how we communicate and engage staff. This was a prestigious event and we have
now been asked to share our learning across England.
3. THE BIG CONVERSATIONS
To develop and strengthen staff engagement we launched our 5 ‘Big Conversations’. We will be
meeting with about 500 staff to look at three areas:
- What things get in the way of doing the best job you can?
- What idea do you have that will make the biggest difference?
- How can we communicate better with you?
Feedback so far has been excellent. We are looking to select 30 teams to work with, 10 in
September, 10 more in December and another 10 in March, to help them make services better.
Once we have collated all the ‘big ideas’ we will ask staff what the top things are that they want us
to focus on.
Quarter 1 has been outstanding in terms of delivering all our key performance targets and
indicators. A green across the board! We achieved the C-Diff threshold for the first time since
2010 and the finances are on track. This puts us in the strongest possible position as we head
towards our FT progressing to the next stage.
5. NHS CONFEDERATION UPDATE
The appointments to the NHS Commissioning Board are all but complete. The now Chairman of
the Board spoke powerfully about the need to take risks and to learn lessons together. David
Nicholson then spoke for the first time as CEO of the NHS before he formally becomes CEO of the
Commissioning Board. The message was stark but clear, the ‘cuts’ are not £20 billion over 5
years, but a 10 year retraction with possibly up to £40 billion in budget reductions. The
implications for us are enormous. With the demise of Strategic Health Authorities, loss of PCTs,
ending of Clusters and the beginnings of CCGs, no-one is going to lead the strategic planning and
design of Providers, other than Providers. It will be down to Boards to create a landscape that
ensures we survive and deliver complex acute care in a very different way that we do currently.
12 July 2012