What Chief Executive Sloman Says

What Chief Executive Sloman Says

I trust that you have all had a good summer – with the good weather arriving as late as ever.

 

Next week we have got the annual public meeting on 21 September 2005.  At this meeting Jeremy Corbyn our MP will be giving out achievement awards to staff. 

 

There is so much to be proud of at the Whittington.  Choose and Book is going really well at the Whittington.  As part of the ‘early adopter’ programme we were one of the first hospitals in the country to go live with Choose and Book during 2004. Working with four GP practices and the Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust, we began to accept electronic bookings for a number of outpatient clinics last year.  Now almost 90 per cent of the Trust’s specialty areas are implemented on Choose and Book, and we are on target to have the full system live in the next couple of months, in accordance with the outlined Government targets.

 

In the Spring the Whittington was selected to be an area demonstrator for the new national cancer waiting times which are 31 days from decision to treat to first treatment for all cancer patients and 62 days from referral to first treatment for cancer patients referred as urgent target waits and we are meeting these.  A crucial element in meeting these targets has been the development and appointment of a patient navigator. This means that all patients with suspected cancer have their diagnostic and treatment co-ordinated by a dedicated person within the specialist team.

 

After a huge amount of work the Agenda for Change project is on the final lap of its work on job matching. Ninety six per cent of staff have returned their job descriptions and 80 per cent of employees have had their banding results agreed and sent for assimilation. However there is still a huge amount of work to be done in September if we are to meet the national target of 95 per cent of staff assimilated by the end of the month. Job matching panels are continuing to run until the end of October.  Once the September targets have been met the project team will be turning its attention to job evaluation.

 

The financial situation continues to be a priority for the Board.  We have committed to breaking even this financial year.   We managed it last financial year, so let’s do it again this one and hopefully get the equivalent of three stars next year!

Working on it!