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Trust Board scrutinised operational and financial performance
11 October 2019

Isle of Wight NHS Trust Board met on Thursday 10 October to hear important updates on services from across the organisation.

Board members were vaccinated against the flu as part of this year’s campaign, called Protect Together.

Find out more about the campaign here.

The Trust has joined forces with Isle of Wight Council and Isle of Wight NHS Clinical Commissioning Group to try to improve vaccination rates across the Island.

The meeting was opened by representatives from the Trust’s new wellbeing service, run by the Isorropia Foundation.

During a presentation to mark World Mental Health Day, the Board heard moving personal testimony about the impact of Isorropia’s work.

Trust Chair Vaughan Thomas said: “I would like to thank you for sharing your story. You spoke with such clarity, consistency and have been such an inspiration.”

You can learn more about Isorropia’s work here.

Maggie Oldham’s Chief Executive Update reiterated some important changes to the Trust’s senior leadership team.

She welcomed Joe Smyth to the Board. Joe has joined as Interim Chief Operating Officer to oversee day-to-day operations in Acute and Ambulance services.

Maggie congratulated Nikki Turner on her new role as Director of Acute Transformation. Nikki will be supporting Maggie’s work with our partners to improve services and deliver the Health and Care Plan.

Maggie also thanked Martin Wakeley who has been supporting the Trust as Managing Director for the last three months but who leaves the organisation later this month.

Maggie Oldham then updated the Board on developments in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and its plans to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan.

There is a public engagement event being held in Cowes on 17 October in support of that work.

More information about the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP is available here.

Further updates were received from the Medical Director and in relation to operational performance and finances.

During the Director of Nursing update, Alice Webster highlighted the 100% pass rate for the Trust’s new Registered Nurses who have arrived from the Philippines.  

The OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) allows them to practice fully in an NHS setting.

Maggie Oldham said: “We are absolutely indebted to our new colleagues. I want to thank them all for choosing to join our Trust.”

For more information about the meeting and to read the papers, click here.

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