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Team Brief 2017

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 - October 2018


Staff flu vaccine

Winter is only a few weeks away and so this week we’re launching the most extensive staff flu vaccination programme we’ve ever mounted.

It’s a vital part of our winter resilience planning and this year we’ve recruited an unprecedented 200 volunteer peer immunisers to ensure it’s as convenient as possible for staff to get protected… and to reduce the chances of spreading the flu virus to our patients.

Our occupational health and public health flu teams have also organised a significant programme of mass vaccination clinics for those who want to “drop in” and get the best flu protection available.

Please think about doing the right thing this winter. The free vaccine on offer to staff is the best protection you can get against flu. Don't infect, protect.

Winter plan
A huge amount of work is underway to ensure our winter plan is as robust as it can be and I want to thank everyone involved for their efforts. Demand for unscheduled care over the summer months has been unrelenting and reflects levels of activity normally only experienced during winter months. So there is little doubt the pressures this year will be significant and so we must be as prepared as we possibly can be with surge capacity at the ready and really effective team work between community partnerships and the acute sector. There are also significant public communication campaigns planned both nationally and locally to direct people to the most appropriate services such as minor injury units or local pharmacy experts to ensure emergency departments and GPs are free to deal with those who really need that level of healthcare.

RAH hosts national flu campaign
The national public flu vaccination campaign is being launched from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley on Thursday (October 4th) by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman so we can expect to see some of our colleagues in the media reports and broadcast news bulletins.

New group to support innovation
Innovation in technology and artificial intelligence is increasingly important as the NHS modernises and helps patients self-manage complex and long-term conditions.

It’s at the heart of our Moving Forward Together programme and it’s essential to maximising the effectiveness of our resources to meet the growing needs and expectations of patients.

I’m very proud of the leading role so many of our clinicians play in this arena and I’m very conscious of the huge opportunities for us to drive this agenda forward with university partners and private industry.

Our reputation in this field is growing and I’m also pleased that we now have a new Innovation Governance Group - chaired by our eHealth Director William Edwards - to harness and support the very best ideas and help win funding support to ensure they can be taken forward and delivered with maximum efficiency and to the maximum benefit of patients. Click here to link to Innovation Governance.

Lanyards that support diversity
You may soon see pop-up “rainbow stalls” around our hospitals and community settings offering free multi-coloured ID lanyards.

Apart from being bright and cheery they symbolise a campaign to send out a message of support to the LBGT+ community and I am now proud to be wearing one!

Recent studies have shown that the levels of fear of discrimination by some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people remain at alarmingly high levels.

This affects the confidence of patients in this group to access healthcare and it also affects the confidence of staff in this group from feeling completely comfortable to be themselves with colleagues and friends at work.

I noticed the other day that our HR Director Anne MacPherson and our Employee Director Dorothy McErlean are also wearing the new rainbow lanyards which is pleasing. Perhaps you’ll join us when you get a chance?

Welcome and thanks
Tom Steele joins our Board today (Monday 1st October) as Director of Estates and Facilities - and in welcoming him aboard I want to pay tribute to Mary Anne Kane and the entire management team of the directorate for running things for the past seven months.

It’s worth reminding ourselves of just how vital a role the estates and facilities workforce is to everything we do.

The extensive remit of the directorate reaches into the heart of everything we do. In many ways the porters, domestics, cooks, plumbers, laundry staff, procurement, sterilisation service workers, engineers, landscape and maintenance workers and everyone in the busy estates and property management business are the engine room of the NHS.

Tom comes to us with an impressive background including a time as Director of Facilities at NHS Services Scotland and I am delighted he’s here to lead this vital workforce and continue to support us all in what we do to deliver for our patients.


Jane Grant, Chief Executive