Our Chief Executive’s Blog
Gavin Boyle is Chief Executive of University Hospitals Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
“Working in the NHS is a huge privilege; there are few walks of life where it is possible to make such a positive impact on people’s lives. It’s an institution I love and which I think distinguishes us as a nation and as a civilised society. I also believe that we have a responsibility to safeguard it for future generations.
My priorities are delivering the best possible patient care, enabling our people to play their part, working in partnership and being sustainable in improving the care for our community.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading my regular blog and finding out more about the work of the Trust.
Another jam packed week with a Trust Board meeting, more CQC visits (yes really!), a meeting with our Inclusion Committee and 3D surgery too! One of the things we like to do with our Board meetings is to move them around so that we take the opportunity for the whole...read more
So this week - more CQC; we were in the news; I spent a smashing day at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital and met some of our emerging leaders, too! We had further visits by our CQC inspectors this week, this time to medicine, surgery, maternity and children’s...read more
Well the big event this week must be the beginning of the CQC’s unannounced inspection of the Trust. This is a scheduled part of the routine inspection process and although we didn’t know precisely when it would be, we were expecting them about this time. But more of...read more
It’s been another busy week across our hospitals and you have continued to provide excellent care. I want to thank the A&E team and the wider Queen’s Hospital Burton team especially this week as I know that they had their busiest ever day yesterday. 275 patients at...read more
A big part of our ambition as a University Hospital is to be at the leading edge of technology and making sure that the benefits it brings are there for our patients. On Wednesday, a group of some of our surgical and anaesthetic leaders met to take stock of the...read more
The first full week back after Christmas is always a challenging one for the NHS. The specific reason is never entirely clear but experience shows that there is always a big surge in people needing our help in an emergency. We know this happens every year and,...read more
Despite planning for the seasonal increase in medical emergency admissions, there’s always immense pressure placed on our front line staff at this time of year. I’ve been so impressed by the flexibility and commitment of all of our people in rising to this challenge;...read more
So, in a Jools Holland Hogmanay, annual round up kind of style, I’ll be giving a run-down of some personal highlights from the year that was 2018! Before that though, I’ve loved seeing all of the social media posts and pics over Christmas, including the occasional...read more
So I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas – it seems to have crept up on me this year – but more of our festive goings on in a moment! It’s always a good start to the week when I get along to staff induction to meet some of our new colleagues. We had a good bunch on...read more
Once a quarter or so, we hold the Senior Leadership Forum, bringing together a wide range of leaders from each of our five hospitals from all sorts of different professional backgrounds. This is a really important thinking space and helps to bring our five hospitals...read more