Please focus on thanking your colleagues

Kevin McGee

HELLO and welcome to the latest Chief Executive’s blog.

Over the past weeks and months one thing we have been keen to do repeatedly is say a huge thank you to everyone for all the work they have done during this time of unprecedented demand and challenge. The work has taken its toll physically and mentally and it is important that we say Thank You as often as possible.

Next week we are encouraging everyone to do just this. We want you say thank you as a Board but we also want you to consider who you can thank and take the time to pass on your gratitude.

You may have seen some banners that have gone up around the Victoria Hospital and Clifton sites over the past week and you will see some videos on social media from managers thanking people for everything they have done. We want to create a movement on social media too, so please can everyone pass on their thanks on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using the #BTHThankYou hashtag.

Supporting our Blue Skies Christmas appeal

AS Christmas is approaching (can you believe it? Already!) our charity, Blue Skies, has launched its annual Tree of Lights Appeal. Like many other things, it cannot be the same this year as it has in the past and the annual Tree of Lights and Remembrance Service has to be different. We have decided to create a video for this event, which will allow you to enjoy the special lighting ceremony, readings and music, whilst keeping safe at home.

The link to the video and all other details of this year’s campaign can be found in the appeal leaflet (https://bthnet/misc_notices/2020/Tree of Lights leaflet 2020_Digi.pdf). The video will be available to view from Monday, December 7, 2020.

This is, as always, an important event in the Blue Skies calendar where you can celebrate and remember the lives of family, friends or colleagues in a very positive way.

As you will see in the leaflet, we would like to invite you to add a name of a loved one(s) into the Book of  Remembrance which will be on display from January 2021. You also have the
opportunity to contribute to our Tree of Lights Appeal which aims to enhance bereavement care at the Trust. This year you also have the opportunity to purchase a decoration for our Online Christmas Tree.

Final push for Staff Survey returns

WE at BTH truly recognise our staff as our greatest asset, and your feedback is essential to the Trust if it is to continue to thrive. We want to check that everyone in our BTH family is okay, and find out what we can do to make things even better? That’s why we really want you to have your say through the annual National Staff Survey. Already, 45.7% of staff have taken part – that’s over 3,200 people – so please, let’s get this number even higher. If you haven’t completed your staff survey yet ,please take five minutes to let us know your thoughts. Every voice counts! The survey closes on Friday, November 27.

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