As an organisation we have consolidated the good progress we have made in patient care, treatment and experience in recent years, whilst further strengthening our links with partners both locally and nationally.
This year we have also had the opportunity to reflect upon our vision, values and objectives, clearly laying out where we want to head as an organisation. This has resulted in a revised vision for DBTH, which is ‘to become the safest Trust in England, outstanding in all that we do’. While undoubtedly ambitious, we feel that with the skill, expertise and dedication we can count on amongst our colleagues, this is an entirely achievable destination for the Trust.
Ensuring we offer the best possible experience for our students and learners is also hugely important, as we strive to provide them with meaningful placements and have shown further commitment to this vision by partnering with Hall Cross Academy, one of Doncaster’s leading secondary schools.
Together, we have created the nation’s very first Foundation School in Health and throughout the next few years we will work closely with the Academy to provide the best support, information and advice to enable local students to follow a career within the NHS.
Throughout the past 12 months, we have also implemented a number of campaigns and projects such as ‘Making Mealtimes Matter’, ‘Sleep Helps Healing’, increasing visiting times and our ‘Sharing How We Care’ conference and newsletter, all with the aim of ensuring that patients remain at the heart of everything we do.
We can once again describe good progress in terms of our financial performance. Thanks to our identified savings and continued drive towards improved ‘Efficiency and Effectiveness’, we have been able to meet our control total of £6.6 million deficit, slightly ahead of our plan by £23,000. This meant that, as a Trust, we qualified for bonus payments from NHS Improvement (known as Provider Sustainability Funding or PSF) which equated to £10.7m, resulting in the first surplus year-end position since 2015/16.
Throughout the year we have seen significant capital developments and infrastructure improvements, totalling £11.2 million to improve patient care, services and facilities. With partners we have also been able to see notable improvements including the opening of a Costa Coffee and further dining facilities at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, as well as a refurbishment of the site’s ‘Gate Four’ entrance, which now features a brand-new Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) office.
These changes are in addition to a multitude of smaller improvements and refurbishments which have taken place on all sites throughout the year, and we are also pleased to have started work on a brand-new CT scanning suite, a project which has been supported by our regional partners, as well as the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust, to the tune of £4.9 million.
As ever, Trust staff and services have been shortlisted for a number of local, regional and national awards. These improvements and achievements have been made as a result of our collective commitment and hard work, and members of Team DBTH continue to amaze us as they strive, each-and-every-year, to develop and innovate for the benefit of patients.
Overall, as we reflect upon 2018/19 and preceding years, we believe it is clear that our development as an organisation has been substantial. This is a testament to the hard-work and dedication of members of Team DBTH and speaks volumes for the talent, care and innovation we can count on amongst our colleagues.
We can’t wait for you to join us and make 2019/20 even better.
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