19th July 2016
Sir Bruce Keogh, the National Medical Director of NHS England, visited the L&D on Friday 15 July to give an inspiring speech to L&D staff about the NHS, its future and the role they have to play.
In his keynote speech at the summer staff event ‘Good, Better Best’, where the theme was patient safety, Sir Bruce described the L&D as an ‘outstanding organisation’.
Citing our ‘good’ CQC rating, our outstanding Emergency Department, our low rates of infection and our ability to deliver services within budget, he called on staff to continue to be the drivers of change and help build a sustainable NHS for the future.
Sir Bruce commented: “The NHS will be driven by economies, science and technology, and demographics, and with a 4-5% increase in demand every year, the pressures are going to be tough for the foreseeable future. However, advances in information technology and genomics will have a massive impact on how we are able to deliver health services.”
Improving mental health provision, cancer services, services for people with learning disabilities, obesity and diabetes, urgent and emergency care and the provision of services across 7 days – these were, he said, all key priorities for the NHS in the years to come.
The L&D’s ‘Good, Better, Best’ staff engagement events take place twice a year, with 80% of staff attending a session.