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Trusted, Open Governance

02 Feb 2016 15:05:28
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Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of the population we serve, building a healthier future together. To help us achieve this mission and the vision of the Trust, we have five Strategic Objectives which outline our priorities and provide a sense of purpose and direction:

• Patients - Excellence in healthcare
• Colleagues - Engaged, accountable colleagues
• Governance -Trusted, open governance
• Finance - Strong financial foundations
• Partners - Securing the future together

For the first time, as part of our 2015 PROUD Awards, the Trust presented awards which recognise colleagues who have demonstrated a particular commitment to delivering our five Strategic Objectives.

Fiona Middleton, Assistant Director of Patient Safety and Risk, was our first ever winner of the Governance Award. This objective outlines our governance priorities to be open and transparent about what we do, be responsible and accountable, learn when things don’t go well, be supported by clear policies and structures and always be compliant, giving patients confidence in all that we do.

As part of her role at the Trust, Fiona is a regular contributor to the Quality Assurance Committee, a committee of the Board, and she provides governance information through the Chief Nursing reports, on a monthly basis. This is in addition to the various groups and committees of which she is a member. She also currently leads the Document Ratification Group, which ensures that all policies adopted by the Trust have a clear, specific order, purpose and procedure before they are approved.

Fiona is also very much involved with risk strategy and risk management across the organisation and regularly prepares the risk register for presentation to the Trust Board and other Committees, after following up the status of outstanding risks in all areas.

She said: “I have worked at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust for 14 years and I have been in my current role within patient safety for the last five. I am passionate about patient safety and supporting colleagues to provide safe and effective services to ensure we get things right for those we care for.

“I work with a wide variety of colleagues across acute and community settings and I am very proud of the support and commitment they provide to me and my team and the work that we undertake. I look forward to continuing our work throughout the coming year and working with colleagues to further raise awareness of safety and risk.”

Tracey McErlain-Burns, Chief Nurse, congratulated Fiona on winning this award. She said: “All of the nominees for our PROUD Awards were richly deserving, but under the banner of Governance, one of our Strategic Objectives, I can think of no better winner than Fiona. This is a richly deserved award and I offer her my greatest congratulations and thank her for all that she contributes.”

Fiona said: “I am extremely honoured that I was nominated for this award, for undertaking a role which I truly enjoy. I would also like to say thank you to my team who continue to support me to achieve our objectives” #TRFTPROUD


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