George Eliot Hospital’s new strategy emphasises the importance of working with other health and care partners in the North Warwickshire area while maintaining focus on key hospital services that serve local people.
The new strategy agreed by the hospital’s Trust Board follows a listening exercise with staff who had the opportunity to attend a series of events run by Chief Executive Glen Burley and Managing Director David Eltringham to give their views.
The strategy is built on four key themes and will help the hospital set its objectives over the next five years:
- Embrace our role as a District General Hospital, delivering the best quality, safest care to our local population
- Take a leading role in the development of place-based services, adopting a system-wide view in developing and delivering new models of care
- Listen to and engage with our staff to create a culture of true partnership
- Transform our services and support our progress by focussing on our key enabling factors - ICT, our estate, workforce and education.
Chief Executive Glen Burley said: “The healthcare landscape is changing following the government’s NHS Long Term Plan which prioritises prevention of illness, encourages joined-up integrated care and local models of treatment and support. We must work with our healthcare, education and local authority partners to develop plans that serve patients across our North Warwickshire community.”
“We are a proud local Trust and we also remain committed to providing high-quality, safe services to local people and realise that we must focus on important areas such as emergency care, planned operations and cancer treatment.
“We can only do all this if we take our dedicated staff with us. That’s why our staff have influenced our journey through an engagement process that has captured their ideas, concerns and priorities as we plan for the future. Our staff are already leading change in our Emergency Department – trialling new initiatives such as a GP assessment unit and changing the mix between nurses and doctors in the department. We will continue to listen to our teams as we improve across our range of services.”
He added: “Being part of a Foundation Group with South Warwickshire NHS Trust and Wye Valley Hospitals Trust means that we can share our knowledge between the partners and collaborate where appropriate to do things even better and more effectively.”