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The history of hospitals in Hartlepool dates back to an old infirmary built for the Hartlepool Union Workhouse which opened at Holdforth Road in 1889. That’s over 130 years of health care in the area – pre dating the NHS itself. When the doors of the now Hartlepool Hospital (or University Hospital of Hartlepool to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. As ever, the discussions with colleagues were wide ranging – from summer uniform and cordless hoovers through to population health and partnership […]
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 […]
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’ 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 […]