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March 7th 2016

Gavin Boyle
The first day in any new role is an important one – if a little daunting!  As my first action as your new chief executive I wanted to share with you a little bit about me and what I stand for but also my hopes for our Trust and some of the challenges we face.

An email is not the best way to communicate - but I will be out and about lots over the next few weeks and have set myself a goal for you to all know me, at least by sight, by the end of the first month.  I’ve also arranged for some open meetings at London Road (14th March at 9am) and at the Royal Derby (18th March at 9am) for anyone to come along and hopefully I can meet many of you then.

Working in the NHS is a huge privilege; there are a few walks of life where it is possible to make such a positive impact on people’s lives.  It’s an institution that I love and think distinguishes us as a nation and as a civilised society.  I heard John Berwick the global patient safety guru and big NHS fan say an interesting thing recently “you’ve not inherited the NHS from your predecessors, you’re  borrowing it from your children” – That says to me that we all carry a huge responsibility not only to sustain the NHS but to make it better.

But this task is considerable with rising demand, increasing expectations and not enough money to go around.

So as we set about this challenge together for the part we’re responsible for, that’s to say our hospitals and local health system, there are 4 things that are really important to me:

  • Patient care is the priority – quality has to be the organising principle. Delivering the best possible patient care is why we’re here – that’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.
  • All our people matter – every one of us has a unique and essential part to play and we need to allow everyone at Derby to make their contribution to the full.
  • Partnerships – no organisation can meet these challenges alone – the future is about cooperation and working together as a system.
  • Strong and sustainable – sometimes people ask me does it matter about the money? It absolutely does – but being strong financially is not an end in itself it’s a means by which we achieve independence to make our own choices about how to improve the care for our community.

In essence the challenge is to improve the way we work collectively through our partnerships, by better engaging our people and through redesigning services – so that we can improve safety, clinical outcomes and patient experience – and because quality and efficiency are often two sides of the same coin – regain our financial strength and independence as a result. 

My first impression of Derby are that we are already well on the way to meeting this challenge.  As a near neighbour I’ve come to know you quite well and have been really impressed by the progress being made here. Whether it’s Superhospital!, our “GOOD” rating by the CQC, impressive staff survey results or the ambition to develop services which has led to countless national awards for innovation, quality and experience – it all seems to me that there’s a great foundation to build on.  But we mustn’t be complacent and I sense a real appetite and energy within the Trust to step up to the next level taking us on our journey from ‘Good’ to ‘Great’.

So a bit about me, I’m 49 (but look considerably younger obviously!) – married to Sharon and have a daughter Hattie (23) and 2 sons Henry (16) and Fin (15) and a granddaughter Lilia!  I’ve worked for the NHS, mostly in hospitals for over 25 years and this will be my 10 th year as a Foundation Trust Chief Executive.  Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a cycling nut – mostly mountain biking – and I will be building cycling into my daily commute – so one less parking space to find!  

Finally I’m hugely proud to be joining the team, I will serve you to the best of my ability and I hope you will support me in taking our Trust from brilliant to even better.


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