Message from Kath Dean – interim managing director


As we rapidly approach the end of 2021, I wanted to reflect on what we have achieved this year and take a look at what 2022 will bring.

Firstly, I would like to say that I am immensely proud to have worked as 2gether’s interim managing director for the last twelve months. My tenure in this role comes to an end this month and 2gether’s new managing director will be announced shortly.

It has been a challenging time for the NHS and we have had to adapt so much in a short space of time. Thank you to everyone for pulling together to keep our services running.


There have been some real highs this year and plenty of awards including a Kent CIPD award for our people team; we were highly commended in the HSJ awards for built environment project of the year; and a BICSc award for commitment to training and assessment in healthcare for our domestic teams. There was also an Our Health Heroes national award for Tina Hughes, domestic at QEQM hospital.

Congratulations to everyone that has been involved in our award nominations and wins.

Colleagues continue to be nominated for the monthly #2getherTeam Awards by 2gether and trust staff; patients and visitors. So far this year we have had 90 nominations and 36 winners. Some of these awards are for individuals being recognised for going above and beyond, and others are for teams that have shown great resilience. It is certainly a highlight for me when I get the opportunity to meet the winners and present them with their awards.

Looking ahead
We saw lots of building works taking shape across our hospitals this year, with the new ITU at William Harvey, the emergency department expansions at William Harvey and QEQM, and the new orthopaedic centre at KCH. These will help to make our hospitals fit for purpose by catering for the needs of the community.

The work we do across the hospitals is vital to patient safety and care. We need to make sure we are communicating across our departments as well as with EKHUFT to keep a joined-up approach for our main purpose of caring for patients.

Best Wishes