We are immensely proud to have led Barnsley Hospital over the last few years. The Trust has come a long way since 2014/15 when our last Trust Strategy (2014-2019) was developed and our teams have achieved a significant amount in that time.
We have seen this Strategy set a framework for the success of the organisation and the work that has been delivered from this plan has resulted in turning the Trust around and creating a solid foundation on which we can build and maintain a sustainable future to provide outstanding care for our patients.
In 2014 the Trust had significant financial issues, elective market share had declined in Barnsley, our core market, and there were concerns with a number of our services. The Trust also had a breach of licence imposed for 4 hour Emergency Department performance, governance and finance.
Since that time the Trust has worked closely with its staff, commissioners and partners to achieve the ambitions laid out in our five year Strategy. With this support the Trust has successfully implemented a number of key initiatives including overall improvements in quality and patient safety, sustainably stabilising our financial position and achieving our Cost Improvement target three years in succession.
Operational performance has been maintained and we have seen the lifting of our licence breaches for the 4 hour target, governance and finance. We have also grown our Barnsley elective market share significantly and repatriated Orthopaedic and Urology services. 2017 also saw us make a successful bid to deliver Ophthalmology services.
This new Strategy has built on these excellent achievements. Although we have come a long way, there is still lots of work to do and this plan has been created to deliver our visions, aims and objectives over the next three years.
The Strategy has been built around the needs of our patient population while at the same time identifying the changes required of healthcare for the future as set out in the Five Year Forward View, working with our partners locally in the Integrated Care Partnership and regionally through the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System.
We look forward to leading the Hospital through the next three years and, based on the excellent work to date, we cannot wait to see what our teams will achieve through delivery of this Strategy.