GP & Partner Bulletin - May 2015

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May 2015

Welcome to the May issue of Pulse The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust's GP and partner bulletin. Each issue will round up the latest news from inside the Trust and present it in this e-newsletter. If you would like to make any comments about this issue or if you have any suggestions for future content then please email the editor

HEADLINE NEWS

Perfect Week for Patients

The Trust is joining in with the national Perfect Week for Patients initiative which will be held across three of our hospitals starting next month. The Perfect Week is about helping the Trust and our partners focus and improve the quality of patient care by allowing staff from health and social care to work together and test new ideas that can improve the way patients move through the system. This is about getting patients in, treated and out of hospital as quickly and effectively as possible.

We are currently recruiting volunteer Ward Liaison Officers who will act as ‘fixers’ supporting the hopsital wards to allow the safe and timely discharge of patients. Our Perfect Week for Patients will run over three separate weeks for three hospitals, namely the The Royal Oldham Hospital on 10th – 17th June; Fairfield General Hospital on 24th June – 1st July; and North Manchester General Hospital on 8th – 15th July.

Maternity Services - External Review Update

Our Improvement Plan to further improve our maternity services following the outcome of an independent expert review carried out last year into a small number of cases is progressing well. We have received some really positive comments and input from staff. All our staff on our maternity units at Oldham and North Manchester are responding extremely positively and professionally to the improvement plan and the task ahead. This programme of work will ensure we can provide the very best care to our patients and will help our maternity services be known for our quality, safety, compassion and openness.

In an effort to further improve the care we provide across our maternity services, we have now received confirmation that colleagues from Newcastle NHS Trust have agreed to take part in a shared learning arrangement (a sort of “twinning”) across our two organisations. A small group of their maternity and obstetrics staff will come to visit us in the next few months to meet our staff and see our services. Our staff will then have the opportunity to visit their teams at Newcastle later in the year. The programme will be led by our Chief Nurse, Gill Harris. This is a really important and exciting partnership that sits very well within the context of the national maternity review announced by NHS England last month.  

Hello My Name Is...

The Trust has signed up for the “Hello my name is” campaign which was launched by Dr Kate Granger, a registrar in elderly medicine from Yorkshire, who became frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was an inpatient last year. Dr Granger, 31, has terminal cancer and has made it her mission to get as many members of NHS staff as possible, pledging to introduce themselves to their patients.

To kick start the campaign 30 healthcare apprentices designed their own ‘Hello My Name is ….’ posters and discussed the importance of staff introducing themselves. They also held information stands to highlight the new campaign to staff. Over the forthcoming months the Trust will continue to embed the campaign across the organisation through ongoing training and awareness raising for all frontline staff.

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New ‘patient centered’ Pain Service goes live

A new integrated community Pain Service that puts the emphasis on people to manage their own pain is being launched across Oldham in June.

The new joined up ‘patient centred’ service goes live on 1st June and will be delivered by a partnership that includes The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Pennine MSK Partnership and the Psychological Medicine Service at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

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New service to support palliative care in North Manchester

A new North Manchester Macmillan palliative care support service has been launched led by specialist staff from the Trust in partnership with local health and voluntary agencies.

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Trust screens the first UK participant to a diabetes trial

Research nurses at the Trust have screened the first participant in the UK to a diabetes trial. The team of specialist nurses identified the first patient who was seen at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

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Trust employee scoops national catering award

Howard Cartledge, the Trust’s catering lead has been awarded the Hospital Caterer of the Year award at the Hospital Caterers’ Association annual leadership and development forum in Glasgow.

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New walking group for people affected by cancer

The Trust has helped set up a new walking group for people who have experience of cancer.

The group has been formed by Bury’s I Will if You Will initiative in conjunction with the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at North Manchester General Hospital, and it is open to patients who have or have had cancer, their relatives, friends and carers.

 

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Belinda wins national award for leadership in midwifery

A postnatal ward manager at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has won a prestigious national award in London.

Belinda Jackson, post natal ward manager at North Manchester General Hospital scooped The British Journal of Midwifery Practice leadership in midwifery award.

 

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Introducing the Macmillan pop-up service

Read all about how an empty shop in Cheetham Hill, North Manchester, was used to provide a popup Macmillan information and support service. We hope it will inspire similar initiatives elsewhere.

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Trust’s new Porter Request System scoops HEFMA award

The Trust’s new Porter Request System was named the overall winner of the Innovation Award at the Health Estates & Facilities Management Association (HefmA) annual conference this month. The HefmA is made up of eight regional branches across England and 380 directors and senior managers of estates and facilities in the NHS.  This is a fantastic scoop for the Trust and well-deserved recognition for a really excellent system that has proved successful in supporting patient care and improving the patient experience.

 

Change to Vitamin D and Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) Reporting Units and Reference Ranges

In keeping with National Pathology Harmonisation for reporting PTH results please read the attached guidance doc.

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Share decision making and ask three questions

At the Trust we want patients to have all the information they need about their condition and to be an active partner in choosing which treatment is best for them. Engaging with and involving patients to feedback on their experiences and make them aware of the tools available to aid them in the decision making process are now available on the Trust’s website.

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Warrington drop-in for people with ‘aphasia’

Aphasia is a communication disability that affects 1 in 3 who survive stroke. It can also be caused by an accident to the brain or haemorrhage. Warrington’s drop-in is run by people who have aphasia. They know what it’s like to live with the frustration of knowing what you want to say, but finding it hard to say it. Drop-in is very informal - and it’s free. 

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EVENTS

The Christie at Oldham, presentations with Julie Davies, Lead Radiographer

16 June 2015 from 17:00 to 18:30 

Location

Oldham

Venue

The Christie Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital

Category

Foundation Trust Events

Description

 A free talk about The Christie Service at Oldham,  for staff, patient's public and our FT members.

Cost

Free

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

01706-517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk

'Manage your arthritis - its such a relief', talk with Lead Physiotherapy Practitioners

01 July 2015 from 14:00 to 15:00 

Location

Bury

Venue        

Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital

Category    

Foundation Trust Events

Description

 
A free talk by for staff, patient's public and our FT members.

Cost           

Free

Contact      

Angela Greenwood

Phone        

01706-517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk

 The Big Pink Charity Dinner & Dance


11 July 2015 at 19:00 

Venue

Uppermill Civic Hall

Description

 

Supporting the Victoria Breast Care Unit at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

Cost

£35

Files

pdfThe Big Pink Charity Dinner Dance - July 11 2015

 

Have you read the June issue of Pennine News, the Trust's monthly magazine for staff and stakeholders?

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