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.
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Team Brief - February 2019
I usually update you on two or three developments in my regular monthly Team Brief but this month I wanted to concentrate on events over the past couple of weeks, which have been challenging for a number of staff, patients and families.
As you will know, from previous Core Briefs and from media reports, there has been considerable focus on three separate, and unconnected, outbreaks of infection in Glasgow hospitals. Our thoughts are with the families affected by these incidents and we need to continue to support them and all the other families needing our care.
Our immediate priority in responding to these incidents has been the safety of our patients and staff. Additional measures have been put in place to reinforce our strict infection control processes, including environmental improvements.
It is right that we now look to see what lessons can be learned from these incidents so that we can further improve our safety and the quality of care we provide. Over the coming weeks, there will be separate internal and external reviews of our services and environment. The external review, announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, will report in due course. Our own review will assess whether we need to make any further immediate changes beyond those that we have already made to respond to these incidents.
Within NHSGGC we’ve seen infection rates in our hospitals steadily reduce over the past few years. This has been achieved by embracing best practice such as the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. Working together, we must keep focused on this and strive to improve further the control and prevention of infection in our hospitals.
I want to thank you all for your hard work and understanding over the last few weeks. I fully appreciate that it has been a challenging time for staff and your dedication to providing high quality services is truly appreciated by myself, the senior management team and the NHS Board.
Jane Grant, Chief Executive