Chief Executive Blog

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. Our reality surrounding the state of economics within the sector, though alarming, was sadly not unusual, and this was an indicator of the challenges and opportunities going forward into a different future. It is always a blow […]

Careers in the NHS – are we talking loudly enough about this?

In December last year, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive Officer for the NHS spoke about the possibilities of a career in the National Health Service. I read the piece with interest because this is something we continuously aim to highlight and progress across the Tees Valley. It is no great secret that there are workforce issues […]

Smoking in pregnancy – the journey continues

Julie presents on smoking in pregnancy at South Tees

Earlier this year, I spoke about the launch of an initiative aimed at tackling smoking during pregnancy, as part of the Yale System Leadership group, in partnership with the Local Maternity Service (LMS). As we edge towards the end of the year, I thought it appropriate to offer an update on progress to date, and […]

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. For just over two years, we have […]

Our continued journey to financial stability

Julie Gillon on a ward walk-round in EAU at the University Hospital of North Tees

It is impossible to read the daily news without coming across stories of struggling NHS organisations. Each facing their own unique financial challenges; bespoke to the communities they serve. Whether it is funding cuts or debt recovery, it is clear that public funded health care providers up and down the country are facing unprecedented pressures […]

‘Working together to shape the future of healthcare’

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. Ahead of the bank holiday period, a hot topic for discussion […]

Dying Matters Week – a great opportunity for us all to reflect on our own awareness around the topic of death.

As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Chief Executive Julie Gillon reflects on the importance of getting end of life care right, to make the experience easier for patients, family, friends and clinicians delivering care to people in their final moments. “This week is national Dying Matters Week and is a great opportunity for us […]

‘NHS staff will get the backing they need’

‘NHS staff will get the backing they need’ is just one of the many 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. A recent report from the Nuffield Trust, Health Foundation and King’s Fund, claims […]

Addressing health challenges in our region – smoking in pregnancy

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. As a part of the Yale System Leadership Programme cohort for 2018/19, one of our objectives is to create a piece of […]