Judith

Speech

 

I am delighted to welcome you to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and would like to thank you for choosing to work with us.

I sincerely hope that you will enjoy working within our Health Board and that you feel supported by us to fulfil your career ambitions whilst working with us.

Whilst with us I hope that you both experience and actively uphold our values and behaviours. These Values and Behaviours were created by those that work here and the communities we serve.  Those values are:

    • To put people first
    • Take personal responsibility
    • Have a passion for improvement
    • And pride in what we do

It is these values that guide we way we do things at Aneurin Bevan and I know you will share our aspiration to live these values every day. 

In recent years Aneurin Bevan has risen to many challenges. Planning and delivering Clinical Futures, building and opening a new £300 million Hospital and dealing with the crisis of Covid 19 has not been easy; But I am immensely proud of the way the organisation has coped.

No doubt we will continue to be challenged in the future. The long term ramifications of the Pandemic will be with us for some time as will the challenges to our environment. The need to become carbon neutral by 2030 is a challenge that will impact on the way we work and deliver health care. The sustainability challenge is one that we have to meet to ensure the continued good health and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

If we have learned anything in recent times it is to remind us that the success of the NHS is dependent on the dedication and hard work of staff across the whole of the organisation. Whatever your role, it is ultimately one that is critical to ensuring that people get the care that they need when they need our help.

What we also all know, and I have always believed, is that our ability to provide high quality care for patients is dependent on how well we look after each other. I am proud to say that staff wellbeing is and will remain one of the top priorities for the Executive Team.

To this effect I am proud that the Executive Team have invested heavily supporting the wellbeing of staff.

What the pandemic has also shown is the critical importance of working not just to support our health colleagues but those from across the social care and the wider public and third sector organisations across Wales.

Delivering great care is no longer enough. Finding ever more effective ways to engage and work with strategic partners and directly with the communities we service is just as important if we want Wales to thrive. 

As the Chief Executive I know that it is important to make time to talk to all staff. To this end I make regular efforts to hold Chief Executive Drop in sessions where staff can come and talk to me, offer opportunities for staff to shadow me and my executive colleagues and make every effort to respond to questions via the Ask the Chief Executive function on the intranet. I also ask all members of the Executive team to conduct regular ‘walk abouts’ so that they can see for themselves the work you are doing and so that you can talk to them about the issues you face or ideas you have.

Please feel free to talk to me when you see me around. Your views and ideas are vital in ensuring we are flexible to the needs and expectations of the population we serve whilst also ensuring our own wellbeing and work life balance.

I would like to wish you well in your new role. I know that all of our roles can sometimes be very challenging but ultimately they are rewarding as we continue to offer the best services we can to the population we serve.

Diolch yn fawr

Thank you