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May 26th 2017

Gavin Boyle

You know how much I go on about the importance of appraisals, well this week it was my turn to sit down with John, our Chair, to talk about my role over the past year and also how we can make our working relationship even better.  It was a good conversation with much for me to reflect on but also left me with a spring in my step too, which is the way a good appraisal should work.  So if you’ve not had yours yet, remember to have a word with your line manager because as you know - you’re worth it!  

We had Trust Delivery Group this week which is a committee of the Trust Board which focuses on the operational running of the Trust.  We reviewed formally our response to the cyber-attack of last week and had a comprehensive briefing from Mark Norwood, our Head of IT.  Once again I would like to praise Mark and his team for their diligence, which ensured we were not infected but also for their prompt and proportionate response, which increased our level of protection. We also had a briefing from Rob Walker who leads on all our business continuity and emergency planning arrangements within the Trust.  Part of his role is to make sure that our major incident preparations are up to date and I am conscious, particularly at this time with the national treat level raised to ‘critical’, that being confident that we could respond well is so important, although we hope of course that we’ll never have to.

No-one could fail to be appalled by the horrible events in Manchester on Monday night. The distress and grief caused to the families most affected is unimaginable. However, what’s made the greatest impression on me over the last few days are the many stories of kindness and solidarity that have emerged. As you might expect I was particularly moved by a story you may have seen in the Derby Telegraph relating to one of our own nurses, Georgina Foulk, who works in our Paediatric department, who was caught up in these terrible events and together with her fiancé, spent hours tending to the needs of the distressed and injured. This was a selfless act of compassion and I know that all her colleagues here at DTHFT were incredibly proud of her.

One of the best things about Derby Teaching Hospitals is the diversity of our workforce. There can’t be many parts of the globe or cultures not represented amongst our number. This is a huge source of strength for our hospitals. Having so many different perspectives is an important part of how we can become better for the future.

With that in mind I’m delighted to be part of the Hope Exchange programme, which provides an opportunity for overseas healthcare leaders to spend time here in Derby to learn about our hospitals and healthcare system. I was delighted this week to meet with Tuija Ikonen, a physician from Finland, Fariza Habibi, a hospital manager from Portugal and Roman Lewandowski, who’s a Hospital Director from Poland.  It was great to hear their stories about their different healthcare systems, but the most overwhelming thing was the similarity between us. I was impressed by a sense of being amongst like-minded colleagues, motivated by a desire to deliver the best possible service, despite the challenges.  

Speaking of which I’ve spent quite a bit of time this week with some of our senior clinical leaders talking particularly about the financial pressures we face as a Trust. Actually, these conversations were not about money but actually about freedom and how by addressing our financial challenges we can achieve greater independence to make decisions about our hospitals for the benefit of our local community.  

Just a reminder – blog readers will know that I’ve joined a merry band led by Stuart Benney from our clinical audit team doing a coast to coast cycle ride for a variety of Derby Hospitals’ charities.  If you would like to sponsor us, here is the link to our just giving page:


I’ve currently raised just under £200 but I did throw down the gauntlet to say that if my sponsorship got over the £500 mark that I’d do the trip on my Brompton!  So if you want to see your CEO cycling over huge hills for hundreds of miles on a tiny bike then click on the link or have a word with Heather who’s got my sponsor forms.

Finally, thanks to everybody who will be keeping the hospitals running over the bank holiday weekend, although I hope everybody gets a chance to spend a little bit of time with their loved ones enjoying the sunshine.

Have a great weekend.


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