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Message sent on behalf of Interim Chairman, Sir Peter Dixon

28 March 2017

Sir Peter DixonDear Colleagues,

In stepping down as Chairman, I wanted to wish everyone at SECAmb well and to thank you for the hard work you have put in over the past, very difficult, year.

I do believe that we have started on the road to a new and successful SECAmb. There will be not just a new Chair and Chief Executive, but a largely new leadership team and in a few short months the new HQ and EOC at Crawley, with a CAD system that is fit for purpose.  

There remains a huge amount to do, not least in ensuring that we find ways of delivering our services more cost-effectively, but I hope that the changed culture we have been trying to develop will take hold and help us to work together towards delivering the best possible patient care.

The future is not going to be easy and there will undoubtedly be setbacks along the way, but with much improved relationships with colleagues in commissioners and other providers we have a strong basis of support within the system.   We shall need honest and open conversations with them about future models of care and what can be achieved within the funding available to us.   We shall need similarly honest conversations internally, which I am sure will involve new and different ways of working, if we are to succeed.

SECAmb had a great past and much to be proud of.  The problems of the last few years have diminished that hugely and demonstrated all sorts of weaknesses but we should now aspire to an organisation we can be proud of once more.   This time it will have the systems and the culture to support it going forward.

Goodbye and good luck,

Peter

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