As I have been your new Chief Executive for just over a month, I thought now would be a good time for me to write a short blog to share some of the highlights of my first few weeks in post.
For those of you that follow me or the Trust on social media, you will know I have been giving an update on my comings and goings every day since my appointment using the #NHSCEOFirst100dayshashtag. I know that the world doesn’t all revolve around social media but given the amount of staff and partners who use it, I felt this would be a good way to give people a daily snapshot of what my days look like. This followed some feedback I had upon appointment from some colleagues who wanted to know what the difference would be moving from being the Deputy CEO to CEO role or what being a CEO in the NHS was like. The daily tweets are meant to give a small insight into my daily work/focus, and I wanted to use my first blog to expand on this a little and reflect on what I’ve seen, heard and felt over my first month.
I also wanted to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to you and all our colleagues. I’ve been overwhelmed by your hard work and commitment to continue to provide outstanding care for our patients over what has been an incredibly difficult winter, and also for the ‘welcome’ (I know I’ve been here a while!) I’ve received since starting as CEO on 1 April. I have been truly touched by the support and messages of congratulations and wishing me luck from so many of you.
I feel really proud and privileged to be your CEO, and I’m looking forward to working together over this next phase of our improvement journey.
You can read my full blog by clicking here. I’d also appreciate it if you could share the blog within your teams – especially with colleagues who may not have access to a computer. I will share another blog at the end of month two.