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This week’s message is all about celebrating Team ASPH - as showcased last Friday at the fabulous annual Staff Achievement Awards.

It was a fantastic and inspiring event! My highlight of the year - celebrating all those colleagues who have gone the extra mile on behalf of patients and others, who do a fantastic job in often difficult circumstances. Those who received awards are all worthy winners; however I know they feel able to do their job well because of the support of their colleagues and in this way, the awards recognise and celebrate the efforts of everyone.

The awards were hosted by TV broadcaster and journalist Victoria Derbyshire, who some of you may know has been a patient here at Ashford Hospital. Victoria joined Andy Field, Louise McKenzie and me on stage to hand out the awards, including recognising colleagues celebrating 25 and 30 years’ service with the Trust. Victoria commented on how ‘privileged’ she felt to be there again with us and how ‘magical’ the awards were!


We will soon be launching the Trust’s exciting new digital employee recognition platform. Based on the Trusts core values the ‘4 p’s. The platform provides a means to recognise and thank colleagues for their hard work, whilst also providing greater rewards.

The digital platform offers the opportunity to:

  • Send and receive e-thank you cards
  • Nominate colleagues for employee of the month, and be nominated by colleagues, patients and visitors
  • Nominate colleagues for the next Staff Achievement Awards
  • Be recognised for your long service
  • Receive Epoints and spend them on a wide range of products, vouchers and experiences

Finally, I would like to thank all those behind the scenes who worked very hard to make the event so special; Louise McKenzie, Karen Archer-Burton, Heather Bixley, Louise Atkinson, Anna Scott and Becky Fairbairn.

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive



Each week Suzanne Rankin, our Chief Executive, sends a message to staff about events at the hospitals, special achievements, and plans for the future.

We shall be adding them to this section as well as including them on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

From time to time, we shall ask other members of the Trust Board and clinical team to give their perspective on the week in our hospitals.


About Suzanne

Suzanne was announced as the new Chief Executive in June 2014.

Suzanne began her nursing and management career with the Royal Navy, including deployment during the 1990 Gulf War; a spell as Senior Nursing Officer at NATO Headquarters in Lisbon; and Nursing Officer in charge of the 56-bed Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit at the former Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire.

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