Chief executive Julie Gillon and director of nursing, patient safety and quality Julie Lane spent some time visiting some of the wards at the University Hospital of North Tees this week, visiting elderly care wards in the west wing, as well as the short stay unit and the acute medical and gastroenterology unit.
I really enjoy getting out across the trust and speaking to our staff about how they are doing, and finding out any challenges they are facing and if there’s any way I can help.
As a registered nurse myself I find it really interesting to see how ward environments and ways of working have changed over the years. It’s amazing how far we have come and how much things have developed over time.
I spoke to staff of all levels, some who have been in the trust many years who have a wealth of wisdom, and some just starting on their nursing journey, eager to learn and develop.
I find going to the wards extremely beneficial, where I can see first-hand that the care we provide our patients is the best it can be. I hope that staff see the visits as my way of keeping in touch with them and finding out how the executive team and I can help them. Not only does this keep me embedded in the true principles and values of the NHS; of course, it’s why we are all here and what we are all about. These opportunities also help me to formulate our strategic direction and to develop our plans to deliver safe and effective services, fit for the future.