#Thank you Friday

What a day.

This week is the golden anniversary of Poole hospital opening so there has been a lot of celebrations all week with photos and a plaque being unveiled by Dorset royalty, AKA Mr and Mrs Redknapp senior.

Today however was a day for saying thank you to all the staff who work at the Trust. Alongside goodies, wellbeing stands, information about the future Trust developments and lots of health promotion we also had several presentations by expert speakers from both within and outside the Trust in their speciality topics.

And for me I got to meet a leader in the NHS who had become a heroine of mine.

Sometime, about 15 months ago, I fell into a tweet chat looking at the NHS70 celebrations. I think I was hunting for ideas on IPC through the ages and stumbled into the conversation by mistake. But it caught my attention, so I lurked to learn more. There were twelve 30 day challenges all with an aim to change the perceptions of nursing and midwifery. Two of the challenges really interested me, to start blogging and to inspire children to consider nursing as a career option.

Clearly, you know by reading this that I’m still blogging and if you go back a few months you’ll be able to read my experience of talking about careers in nursing to primary school children.

Through the tweet chats I met, if that this right twitter term, another nurse who seemed to get how to do things within theNHS. To do them without the committee led approval approach that had pushed me away from change projects in the past. This seemed like something I could drive myself within my team.

It energised me to start thinking in a different way which in turn helped me envisage a different way of working. I had been looking at starting a new career, learning a new skill and starting again. But this made me think maybe, if I could feel different about my work then I could change the way I felt about my career. The impact of blogging, of reflecting on where I’ve been and who I’d become re-energised me.

It was a profound effect.

So today, getting to meet that person was a little exciting to say the least. It was a joy to meet her. But to hear how we both felt the same about change, about nursing in general and the importance of support for colleagues was great. I’d met a kindred spirit.

There were many other sessions. Each had their own wisdom for me to take away.

To think differently about how my children make decisions. Not being children or adults their decisions may be wrong, but they are still theirs. Respecting how they got their is important.

To find out who my organisations super connectors are, to get to know them and understand how they work. Then become one.

Then two other sessions showing how change has radically impacted upon patients.

One was about a hand splint, designed by an OT. This I had heard lots about already as my sister, a physio based at Torbay Hospital, has been using it. The impact upon patients in reducing infections (previous treatments had a 50% infection rate) and improving outcomes was inspiring,

Sam, a midwife at Poole, shared her units progress in reducing the number of stillborn babies. Through monitoring important metrics and reducing key risk factors such as smoking they had brought the rates down below the national average many years before the target dates.

So today I will take away this, to look at and take care of my energy and that of my teams so we can continue to deliver our goals.

Definitely a day to say thank you.