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Tony Chambers

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Chief Executive of Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust.

Tony Chambers has written 26 posts

  • Jul14
    Thinking about the future of the hospital…

    Chief Exec's Blog: Thinking about the future of the hospital…

    We are faced with three principal challenges. First, the financial squeeze continues as we pay off the national deficit. Second, a rapidly ageing population where we will have a million more people over seventy by 2020. Third, the rising expectations of those we serve – from new technologies and cancer treatments to the need for 7 day services.

    On the surface of things the challenge seems simple enough… this organisation currently costs £210m pounds per year to run, yet we can only afford to be an organisation that costs £190m. We need to deliver services for £20m less every year, whilst keeping the same standards of safety, kindness and effectiveness. There isn’t enough money to carry on doing what we’ve always done. It is time to do things differently – and we only have two years to do it.

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  • Jun30
    What do you see...?

    Chief Executive’s blog: What do you see…?

    It’s not always possible due to the many other competing priorities that we have in our working day. It’s something I try to do whenever possible. If you don’t I would urge you to give it a go. Simply walk through the hospital and look… really take a good look. What do you see?

    Every minute of every day, working in the NHS – in our own way we each have an impact on the people we care for and their families. Yet how often do we slow down, press ‘pause’ and recognise these small but significant moments of impact?

    I’m particularly interested in those moments of kindness. And how do we capture it and bottle it? We haven’t used a bottle, but we think we’ve made a start…

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  • Jun09
    Countess Rock – Safe, Kind & Effective

    Where does the time go?

    We are almost into the summer [although A&E still feels like winter] and many of us will be thinking about or going off on our holidays. Holidays for me are all about walking up without the alarm, alfresco meals, unexpected afternoon naps and local food. Day trips are part of the fun too; and growing up included Kendal Mint Cake, Grasmere Gingerbread and Blackpool Rock. This has got me thinking…

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  • Mar20
    UN International Day of Happiness

    Happiness
    It happened again.

    I woke up this morning with a smile on my face and a spring in my step. My morning run was a breeze. The Labradors and I whistled in the dogs case barked a tune of happiness. I smiled and waved at people as they whistled the same tune too.

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  • Mar09
    Risky Business

    It is about 18 months since, Professor Don Berwick published A promise to learn – a commitment to act, a report on the safety of patients in England.

    The Berwick report followed tragic events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which triggered a need to re-examine what the NHS does and determine how it can improve further. Don Berwick’s report did just that, and found that “The most important single change in the NHS in response to this report would be for it to become, more than ever before, a system devoted to continual learning and improvement of patient care”.

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  • Dec01
    Sign up to safety

    Today, we are signing up to safety! You may be wondering what that statement actually means. Well, with a million people using healthcare services every 36 hours, providing and receiving healthcare is complicated stuff. 

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