At the end of October I will standdown as chair after coming to theend of my second term in office. It iseight years since I was appointedchair of St George’s Healthcare NHSTrust and each year has been a greatprivilege as well as a challenging andlearning experience for me.
A lot of good progress has been madeduring this time and while significantchallenges remain I am confident thatthe future for the trust is a bright one.The trust has long been associated withdeveloping new and innovative ways ofworking to deliver improved care to all ofits patients. We have been associatedwith many clinical innovations, bothmedical and surgical and this pioneeringspirit can be seen today in many of ourclinical departments such as the majortrauma centre and hyper-acute strokeunit as well as in our responses toinfection control and patient safety.These innovations are possible becauseof our unique relationship with StGeorge’s, University of London, withwhom we share not only our campus buta relationship that goes back nearly 300years. I am confident that in workingtogether, the greater St George’s willbecome the even more successful inteaching, research and innovative clinicalcare. I am proud to have served as amember of Council of the University.Integration with community servicesWandsworth (CSW) is also helping toshape new services and more appropriatecare pathways for children, adults andolder people.I remain immensely proud of the factthat, in 2009, we were named Largetrust of the year by Dr Foster Intelligence.As the NHS adapts to modern daychallenges, we must not lose sight ofpatient safety and quality of care whichmust be top of all of our agendas. Thelaunch of the trust values makes it clearto staff, patients and visitors alike whatkind of organisation we aspire to be andthese must be at the heart of everythingthe trust does.Our financial performance continues topresent the biggest challenge. Whilst wehave managed our finances prudentlyover the last few years and paid off ourhistoric debt, colleagues should be in nodoubt that developing a robust financialposition is crucial to securing the trust’slong-term future. Our failure, so far, tobecome a Foundation Trust (FT) is a resultof our financial position and this remainsa major disappointment to me.Becoming an FT will ensure increasedlocal involvement and provide the trustwith more control over its finances. It willalso provide a badge of quality care thatwill increase the confidence of all thosewho use our services.I would like to acknowledge the supportof our volunteers and charities. A lot ofwhat we achieve would not be possiblewithout the support of our volunteersand the many charities that work onbehalf on the trust, in particular StGeorge’s Hospital Charity.The Grosvenor Wing main entrance, newchest clinic and state-of the-artsimulation centre have all beensupported by generous charitabledonations. I am very proud of theGrosvenor Wing main entrance whichnow reflects our commitment toimproving the experience for all ourusers. The area was designed to providea designated patient transport loungeand a bigger and more comfortableseating area for visitors. It also houses aM&S Simply Food store and cafe, whichI’m sure everyone can agree is a big hitwith staff and patients alike! It is nowhard to remember the dark anddepressing entrance and reception areaof eight years ago which was not worthyof such a great institution.Of course, our work would simply not bepossible if it were not for the dedicationand commitment of those staff who livethe trust values and ensure that patientsreceive the care they need. I would liketo take this opportunity to thank you allfor the support you have given meduring my time as chair.Looking to the future I would like to wishthe new chair, Christopher Smallwoodevery success and I am sure that he willenjoy his time at St George’s Healthcareas much as I have. I will look back on mytime at the trust with happy memoriesand there will always be a part of methat remains in SW17.
Naaz Coker, chair
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Reflection from Naaz Coker,chair,