Chief Executive Julie Gillon
I am Julie Gillon, Chief Executive for our Trust. This blog will share what I am proud of, how I think we can grow as a Trust and what we can all do to improve our organisation’s future.
First though, a bit about me, I started my career in the NHS as a Registered Nursing holding several Senior Posts including Senior Nurse directly accountable to the Director of Nursing and Quality. I joined the Trust in the Summer of 2002 to take up the post of Senior Project Lead and Assistant Director of Strategic Planning to manage the requirements of the National Orthopaedic Project. During this time I worked closely with Department of Health representatives to achieve change in working practices within A&E and emergency care pathways, to support the Tees Review of Services.
In 2007 as Head of Strategy and Planning, I project managed the Foundation Trust application and led the Foundation Trust consultation process. Whilst in this post I deputised for the Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Acute Services over a range of projects. Following this I was successfully appointed as Director of Acute Services and delivered the Care Quality Commission ratings into GOOD from a previously FAIR position.
As Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief Executive I was responsible for managing a significant and complex portfolio in addition to supporting the Chief Executive and Board to ensure successful delivery of quality, financial and operational performance and I was delighted to be appointed interim chief executive in the Autumn of 2017.
Here you can read a summary of the fantastic work being undertaken by the Trust and I welcome your feedback and questions and will try to respond as best as I can.
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Today is International Nurses’ Day and I wanted to reflect on the journey our profession has travelled over the years, to our current day position and importantly our ambitions for the future.
Health Care and finance – often unpalatable, always essential
In 2017 North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust was declared a health care organisation in financial deficit. As we edge towards a more positive economic outlook we will continue to be transparent and open about our position.
Careers in the NHS – Are we talking loudly enough?
In December last year, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive Officer for the NHS spoke about the possibilities of a career in the National Health Service.
There are over 350 different careers within the NHS, every one of them making a difference to people’s lives every day. If we talk to the children of our region about the possibilities of surgeons from Stockton and hematologists in Hartlepool, we start to invest in the future.
Reflecting on the year and on the NHS Constitution
I’ve recently re-visited the NHS Constitution and considered the history of our Trust and our place in the NHS and its immeasurable impact on our lives. I also reaffirm my aim of a more aspirant future for us all.
Smoking in pregnancy – the journey continues
As we edge towards the end of the year, I thought it appropriate to offer an update on progress to date following the launch of our Smoking in Pregnancy initiative, and ambitions beyond the project.
Project Choice – the graduates of 2019
As we know, the NHS is one of the biggest employers in the UK. In Stockton our University Hospital of North Tees site is the largest employer in the town. Of course we do not work in isolation, we rely on solid working partnerships with many other organisations.
As a Trust, we continue to work closely with NHSI to deliver robust financial recovery plans in a bid to tackle the ongoing challenge of financial stability.
On Thursday 16 May, I was accompanied by Lindsey Robertson, Care Group Director and Ruth Dalton, Head of Communications and Marketing as we visited wards 32 and 33 at University Hospital North Tees.
Recently I met with staff from across the Trust in the latest of my coffee mornings. These sessions are a great opportunity for me to understand what is going on within your areas, and how the executive team might be able to offer support.
Just one of the ambitions the Long Term Plan sets out. At a national level, health care providers are feeling the strain of increased staffing vacancies, with the biggest shortfall in nursing.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with colleagues at the Durham Centre to explore one of the most topical issues in health care to date. Smoking. More specifically smoking in pregnancy.
This week, our Trust is focusing on raising awareness around alcohol misuse and the impact it can have on your health. The North East as a whole has a 45% higher death rate from liver disease than anywhere else in the UK.
What the Long Term plan means locally for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
The NHS Long Term Plan was released earlier this month. Since the launch I have been reflecting on the work we deliver here at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
Celebrating Good Care – Moving to Outstanding Care
Recently I spoke at an event around leadership and its role in helping the trust move from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’.
Coffee and a chat in Hartlepool
These week I met staff in Hartlepool for a coffee and a chat.
A day in my life
A member of the communications team joined me for the day to highlight the typical working day of a chief executive of a health trust.
Thank you to our volunteers
It was great to attend the annual volunteers event to say thank you and reflect on all of the hard work of all the staff and wonderful volunteers in our trust.
Exciting new partnership
The opening of a new training facility at Hartlepool Hospital will offer a unique opportunity for training and learning, it’s about training the healthcare staff and social workers of both today and the future.
I held an informal event recently where staff were invited for a coffee and a chat.
Celebrating our stars
I would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated and went on to win an award at the annual Shining Stars event.
Praise from Jeremy Hunt
Jeremy Hunt has sent a letter of praise for our Emergency Care services.
Myself and Julie Lane spent some time out on the wards speaking to the staff.
Top performing urgent and emergency care service
We have been recognised as being the best in the country for reaching our accident and emergency targets.
CQC rating good
We have been rated good by CQC.
MP visits research centre
The Trust welcomed local MP to take a tour of a new research centre which is set to raise the profile of research in the area.