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Letter from Trust Board to EU colleagues

EU thank you

Earlier this week, the Trust's Chairman and Chief Executive sent an open letter across the organisation following the result of the EU referendum to offer thanks and appreciation to our colleagues from overseas and to recognise the valuable contribution you are making:


Last week's referendum result to exit from the European Union will undoubtedly have implications for the NHS but it will take time to understand what this will mean for all of us.

What is clear across the NHS and certainly for us as the Board of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, there is no change to the respect and appreciation we have for our colleagues who work in our hospitals or within our local communities, who come from overseas.

As a Board we fully support and echo the comments made by the Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS:

""We must make EU NHS staff feel welcome and valued. He said it was important the 55,000 EU nurses and doctors working in the NHS were supported.

"It is really important we make them feel welcome. If you are a European doctor or nurse you might not feel too welcome at the moment. The essence of delivering high quality care is dependent on a workforce that feels valued and secure."

As NHS Leaders we will be working to enact these sentiments across our organisation and call on you as our dedicated workforce to do the same.

We recently welcomed nursing colleagues from Italy and acknowledging the pressures on recruitment of both nursing and medical staff within the UK, see a continuing reliance on overseas staff in the future, indeed we will continue to explore further EU recruitment in coming weeks.

There is much discussion about the implications of Brexit on NHS policy, NHS funding, drug trials, public awareness of the impact of the EU on the NHS as well as the workforce. These debates will evolve over the coming weeks and months and we will share with you updates and information through bulletins and the staff intranet.

We will be establishing a Brexit team led by HR but involving other key stakeholders and partners to help lead and manage this agenda and will provide more information once this team is in place.

If you have any concerns about your personal situation then please speak with your line manager in the first instance who will be working closely with us as the Executive and our HR colleagues.

Sue Jacques, Chief Executive

Professor Paul Keane OBE, Chairman

On behalf of the Trust Board



Published: 28 June 2016

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital