Hello colleagues, Martin here.
Next week sees a new way of working for many of us with the introduction of compulsory masks or face coverings in hospitals. This will look and feel quite odd I think, particularly for those of us in a non-clinical environment. However, we need to remember that the sole purpose of the policy is to reduce the spread of Covid-19 (and no doubt, other infections) so that we can continue to progress towards our new normal. Staff will have received a letter from Kevin McGee on behalf of the Lancashire and South Cumbria in-hospital cell giving more details and addressing some of the questions you may have. You will also see our own posters and messaging within the Trust reminding staff and visitors about face coverings and masks, and highlighting our campaign to 'Keep Your Distance'. Social distancing together with scrupulous hygiene is absolutely essential to us overcoming this corona challenge. Wearing a mask in no way negates the need for keeping your distance so do please follow the guidance - stay two metres apart; keep to the left on our corridors; don't loiter unnecessarily; work from home if you can.
Social media has become a way of life for many of us, and it has certainly become a really effective means of communication and interaction/engagement. Our corporate accounts have thousands of followers and are often used as the main source of information. Social media and digital means of communication have been a lifeline lately and are undoubtedly crucial in maintaining connections, and telling our own stories. However, there are clearly some downsides. If you use social media - even purely in a personal capacity, you really need to familiarise yourself and comply with our social media policy. We also issue some really useful guidance and do's and dont's to help you avoid damaging pitfalls. This is especially important if you connect yourself to our Trust by saying you work here. There are occasions where staff make, like or share social media posts which are not compatible with our values - the values that are so important to us and which our Trust builds its reputation upon. Please, think about what you are posting or sharing. We do have instances of members of the public formally complaining about social media activity made in a personal capacity but which affects the Trust if you are known to work here.
Finally, before signing off I'd like to say a massive thank you to all our biomedical scientists as their day of recognition - 'Biomedical Science 2020' was yesterday, Thursday 11 June. The work of BMS staff is fundamental to a successful NHS and reaches many parts of our service, sometimes quite under the radar of most. I am really glad that there is a week to celebrate their enormous contribution - we couldn't do this without you!
Have a great weekend everyone, and if you are working, thank you.