As we start to see the first glimmer of spring, I want to thank all of our staff for their hard work.
It's been a busy and exciting few months. Winter always brings with it real challenges for the NHS - but we have risen to those challenges with the normal MSE grit, commitment and good humour.
We are constantly working to improve the care we provide to our patients, and never rest on our laurels. It's been so gratifying to see major projects - like opening an additional ward at Basildon and the infusion suite at Southend to create extra capacity - sitting alongside initiatives like Home for Lunch at Mid Essex making a real difference to those we care for.
The first phase of our clinical changes are also now in place, including a new interventional radiology hub at Basildon, spinal surgery centre at Southend and a centre of excellence for planned orthopaedic surgery at Braintree Community Hospital. These have all been a huge success thanks to the dedication and willingness of the teams to work together to provide the best services that we can for the population that we serve.
And improving services for patients goes hand in hand with improving working conditions for our staff.
We are now just weeks away from merging our three Trusts so we can work as one team. Working as one organisation will allow us to continue to make changes that we know will lead to better outcomes for patients, and also benefit the thousands of people who work here. We will attract people wanting to join us at one of the biggest Trusts in the country, with world-leading specialties. And it will offer better career progression and development opportunities for those who are already part of the team.
There is a lot to look forward to in 2020, and your on-going support is really appreciated.
Chief executive, Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group