Bedford Hospital’s chief executive, Stephen Conroy, found himself in a plaster cast as he spent the morning with the Trauma and Orthopaedics team.
Stephen swapped his suit for scrubs to work in the hospital’s Plaster Room, as well as shadowing medical and nursing teams as they undertook their ward rounds, last Thursday (July 30).
He headed into the front line as part of new programme launched by the Trust, which will see members of the executive team swapping their day jobs for something new.
The ‘In Your Shoes’ programme is taking place over the next five months, with each executive director spending half a day per month working in a different hospital department, ranging from domestic services and the switchboard, to sterile services and the endoscopy unit.
Speaking of his first placement, Stephen said: “During my morning I was really impressed to see the care and compassion shown by the members of staff, with patients being treated as individuals.”
“This programme is designed to give our executive team an opportunity to experience first-hand how our many different departments operate and the pressures and challenges our staff experience on a day-to-day basis; it is so important to see things from this perspective when overseeing the running of our hospital.”
He added: “It will also be a great opportunity to meet members of staff from across our organisation, including many who work behind the scenes, and to hear their thoughts, views and ideas.”
This week, Chief Operating Officer, Eileen Doyle, is putting in a shift with in the hospital’s busy catering department, which serves around 1,500 freshly-prepared meals a day for patients, visitors and staff.