South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Annual nursing awards reward fantastic nursing within the Trust

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust announced the ‘Woods Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Woods Nursing Team of thePhotos 308 Year’ at the Trust’s Annual Meeting last week. Graham Murrell, Trust Chairman, alongside Helen Lancaster, Director of Nursing, presented the winning nurses with their certificates and trophy.

The Woods’ Nursing Awards take place within the Trust each year to recognise and reward outstanding nursing practice. The awards were named after Mrs Woods, a previous nurse at Warwick Hospital, who left the Trust a sum of money after she passed away to recognise excellent nursing.

Each year the Trust launches these awards as part of International Nurses Day in May. Members of staff are asked to nominate their nursing colleagues in two categories – Nurse of the Year and Nursing Team of the Year. A judging panel reviewed the nominations and the winners were chosen because they went above and beyond their role for patients.

Rebecca Bennett, Clinical Sister on Malins Ward, Warwick Hospital was awarded Nurse of the Year 2013 for her dedicated work in helping to reduce the number of pressure ulcers within the Trust. Rebecca has led her team of nurses in making the correct changes needed for preventing pressure ulcers.

The runners up prizes were awarded to Julie Reading and Jayne Stanton. Julie works in the A&E department at Warwick Hospital and was recognised for her calm, caring attitude and helping fellow staff feel at ease and confident to do their job. Jayne Stanton, a District Nurse based in Nuneaton, was also recognised for her patient focussed approach, Jayne listens to their views, offers advice at the appropriate level and pace and encourages independence where possible.

The Nursing Team on Campion Ward at the Central England Rehabilitation Unit, in Leamington were chosen as the Nursing Team of the Year 2013. This was in recognition of the care for they give to patients who have had an acquired brain injury. The Team are confronted daily with severe, complex disabilities and sometimes challenging behaviour and yet always manage to make the ward a bright, cheerful and safe place. The runners up prizes were awarded to the Squire Ward Nursing Team at Warwick Hospital for delivering excellent patient care to older people and the Dermatology Day Unit Nurses for their ‘can do’ attitude, providing an outstanding service to dermatology patients.

Helen Lancaster, Director of Nursing said:  “Once again, this year’s nominations have highlighted the level of commitment and compassion our Nurses deliver to patients. I believe it is very important to recognise the fantastic work carried out by the Trust’s nursing teams and the Woods Awards enable us to do this.”

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Photo caption: Nurse of the Year winners (left-right) Jayne Stanton, runner up, Rebecca Bennett, winner and Julie Reading, runner up.

Rebecca Bennett on Malins Ward

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Medical Leaders to present at Trust Annual General Meeting

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust is inviting members of the Trust and local residents to attend their Annual Meeting on Thursday 8th August 2013 from 2pm - 4pm at Warwick School.

During the meeting there will be a presentation from a number of our Medical Leaders including Professor Ian Philp on Leading Strategic Change. Our Associate Medical Directors will each present to provide the audience with a greater understanding of Clinical Leadership in the NHS.

We will also take this opportunity to recognise our outstanding nurses with our annual ‘Woods Award’. These awards recognise outstanding nursing practice within the Trust and were created by the husband of Mrs Woods (a previous nurse at Warwick Hospital) who established a fund after she passed away to recognise outstanding nursing.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity for attendees to meet the Governors and the Board of Directors of the Trust, and to ask them questions.

The event will be held at Pavillion Halse Suite, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP.  If you would like to attend the AGM please contact the Membership Office on freephone 0800 085 2471 or email

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Fantastic Opportunities for qualified nurses at CERU

***Sue Bleasdale (General Manager for the CERU and previous Ward Manager) is available for interviews.

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust are now recruiting nurses to join the newly developed Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU) at Leamington Spa Hospital.

The unit, which is due to open in Autumn 2013, is one-of-a-kind in the region, specialising in caring for people suffering from an acquired and traumatic brain injury. In addition to this, the unit is also the rehabilitation centre for the major trauma pathway from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW). Last year, the unit was awarded Level 1 status following a national review of services for adults with an acquired brain injury and is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for in-patient rehabilitation for the most complex of brain injured patients.

The Trust is now in a position to recruit additional staff to this interesting and rewarding area of rehabilitation.

These positions are fantastic opportunities for nurses who are passionate about making a real difference to our patients’ lives and contributing to their recovery. With a united, caring team around them, new nurses that join the team can feel proud of the multidisciplinary service that this unit provides to our patients.

If you are a skilled, professional nurse who can be ‘trusted to provide safe, effective, compassionate care’ for our patients then please apply for a position via the NHS Jobs website.

The Trust’s Central Recruitment Programme Assessment Centre will be used to appoint these positions and will take place the week commencing 27 August 2013.

The Assessment Centre will be an opportunity for applicants to understand the culture, leadership, and learning opportunities within CERU. As well as an interview and a written assessment, a group exercise will be undertaken against the core values and behaviours that our nurses pride themselves with.

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**Photo Opportunity – Fruit and Flower Garden Party for patients

On Friday 2 August at 2-4pm, staff based at the Leamington Spa Hospital will be hosting a Fruit and Flower Garden Party for patients and their families.  The aim of the day is to raise money for the Brain Injury Appeal and further developments of the garden.

The Garden Party will commence at 2.15pm with the official opening of the unit’s garden by patients and relatives from the Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU) and the Stroke Unit.  This will be followed by the Hitchman Unit’s Sunflower Growing Competition.

A number of teams will hold stalls at the event, including:

· The League of Friends and the Hospital Volunteers

· The Trust’s Sustainability Team –all the new garden furniture including picnic tables specifically designed for wheelchair users and raised planters are made from recycled lemonade bottles.

· Warwickshire Dietitians will be promoting the  healthy eating 5-a-day message to attendees  focusing on the vegetables, herbs and fruit trees which staff and patients on the unit have grown.

· South Warwickshire local Food COOP and  Master Gardeners, Garden Organics will be attending to provide information on their services to local residents.

Fresh fruit, tea and cakes themed with fruit and vegetables will also be available on the day.

The Trust’s Chief Executive, Glen Burley and General Manager of the Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU), Sue Bleasdale will also be attending to show their support for the event.

Catherine Wickens, Senior Specialist Dietitian- Community and Rehabilitation and organiser of the Garden Project Group said:
“It has been a real pleasure to be out in the garden with patients and their families many of whom are keen gardeners and have been great in keeping our newly planted vegetables and flowers well watered in the hot weather.  Clinical staff and volunteers are now able to plan group sessions linked to stimulation of the 5 senses (sight, touch, taste, smell and texture) in a lovely outdoor environment.”

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Support the Brain Injury Appeal in Leamington and help us reach our target of £235,000.  The Central England Rehabilitation Unit at Leamington Spa Hospital cares for people suffering from an acquired brain injury, stroke or tumour.

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Friends and Family Test shows that patients consistently rate Warwick Hospital highly

The Trust surveyed approximately one third of all inpatients for the new Friends and Family Test  and consistently received feedback that patients were ‘extremely likely’ or ‘likely’ to recommend the services to their friends and family. On average, between April and June, 94% of patients were ‘extremely likely’ or ‘likely’ to recommend the services.

The Friends and Family Test (also known as the net promoter score) is a measure of patient experience of services, using a single question that asks how likely, on a scale ranging from: extremely unlikely to extremely likely, a person is to recommend the service to a friend or family member if they needed similar treatment. The results of the test, covering responses from April-June 2013, have been published by the Department of Health for the first time.

The Trust’s overall Friends and Family Test scores* were as follows and places the Trust in the top quarter of all Trusts based on a high response rate:

April, 76
May,  83
June,  81

This indicator is just one way that the Trust gathers feedback on services and these results are consistent with the positive comments posted on NHS choices and our excellent staff survey results which placed us in the top 20% of Trusts where staff would recommend their trust as a place to work or receive treatment.

The Trust has a Patient Experience Group, led by the Director of Nursing, which meets monthly and the results and comments posted by patients are discussed in great detail. There are also patient representatives that are included in this group who help the Trust work through the data to find ways to make improvements. The data is also discussed at the monthly Senior Nurses meetings where focus is placed on the ward level data that can be found on the Trust website.

The Trust continues to make improvements based on feedback through the Friends and Family Test and NHS Choices, for example, increasing the availability of hot drinks on the ward. Some of our wards have also displayed their results and comments on the wards so that patients and visitors can see more about the changes we are making.

We are now working to use this test in some of our community settings as well as continuing to work to improve our response rates in some areas. In particular we are working to improve our response rate in A&E which is a new area for this survey. Our response rate was too low for the findings to be valid, therefore we are keen to raise this level to that of our inpatient survey. This will ensure that we have a representative sample of patients being surveyed.

Glen Burley, Chief Executive said: “We welcome the Friends and Family Test as an additional way for patients and visitors to provide us with their feedback. I am delighted that these results have reflected the excellent care that our staff provide for our local population. We will continue to use these comments to make improvements.”

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*The Trust is required to ask this question to at least 10% of inpatients on the day of or within 48 hours of discharge. Patients can choose from one of 6 answers:

o Extremely likely (classed as a ‘promoter’)

o Likely (classed as ‘passive’)

o Neither likely or unlikely (classed as ‘detractor’)

o Unlikely (classed as ‘detractor’)

o Extremely unlikely (classed as ‘detractor’)

o Don’t know

To work out the ‘net promoter score’, the number of detractors is subtracted from the number of promoters and then divided by the total number of responses. The score can therefore the score can be as low as -100 (everybody is a detractor) or as high as +100 (everyone is a promoter).

The data, broken down to ward level is available on the Trust’s website /why-choose-us/friends-and-family-test.aspx

The national results of the Friends and Family Test have been published on NHS England website and NHS Choices. 

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Warwick Hospital to benefit from HEE funding to improve training and patient care

Health Education England (HEE) has funded nine trainee-led projects that will improve junior doctors’ training andDSC_1056 education, and in turn, improve patient care. Dr Tim Robbins, Dr Petra Hanson and Dr Shirish Dubey were of lucky winners and have been funded £4540 from HEE’s Better Training Better Care (BTBC) programme to develop a project across Warwickshire to ensure junior doctors have the opportunity to spend some time in their new post before taking this up formally.   This will mean that  they are better prepared to start work on new wards when they change jobs.

Winning from 200 applications, this project will ensure that junior doctors have the opportunity to prepare for changing clinical jobs and are ready from the very first day they start on the ward. Uniquely this project ensures junior doctors are prepared whenever in the year they change their rotation. The project is being piloted this year in the Coventry and Warwick Foundation School, with the intention from Health Education England for this project to be spread nationally if successful.

Project lead, Dr Tim Robbins said: “It’s a great opportunity from Health Education England to improve patient safety, junior doctor training and patient flow in our hospitals. The idea is a simple one but one started in Warwickshire with the very real possibility of changing training for every junior doctor across the country.”

From apps or simulation training, to databases or mentoring, the nine winning projects either have a local focus that is generalisable in a national context, or simply impact the role of the trainee on a national level.

Patrick Mitchell, Director of National Programmes, said: “Since the launch of the inspire improvement initiative back in February, I have been overwhelmed by the level of enthusiasm and commitment shown by the trainee doctors and the number of original ideas they put forward. I look forward to seeing the development of all the projects, but fundamentally to the potential role out of the successful projects across the nation.”

If you’d like to find out more about the BTBC programme, visit or email

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Richard Bryson, Communications Officer, Health Education England
020 8433 6862

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Photo caption (L-R): Dr Petra Hanson, Dr Tim Robbins, Dr Shirish Dubey

Health Education England:
HEE was established on 28 June 2012, working as a shadow Special Health Authority from 1 October 2012. It took on its full operational responsibilities from1 April 2013. It has five national functions:

  • providing national leadership on planning and developing the healthcare and public health workforce;
  • promoting high quality education and training that is responsive to the changing needs of patients and local communities, including responsibility for ensuring the effective delivery of important national functions such as medical trainee recruitment;
  • ensuring security of supply of the health and public health workforce;
  • appointing and supporting the development of LETBs; and
  • allocating and accounting for NHS education and training resources and the outcomes achieved.

For more information on HEE visit our website - or follow us on Twitter- @nhs_healthedeng or Facebook-


Better Training Better Care (BTBC) aims to improve the quality of training and hence the quality of learning and, consequently, the quality of patient care by enabling the delivery of the key recommendations from Professor Sir John Temple’s Time for Training, Professor John Collins’ Foundation for Excellence and other related reports. Department of Health Ministers commissioned both reports and Medical Education England (MEE), which has now transitioned into Health Education England, is taking forward the work.

BTBC seeks to deliver improved patient outcomes, safety and experience through better training and better systems of care and contains two overlapping components:

  • the identification, piloting, evaluation and dissemination of good education and training practice; and
  • improvements to curricula and the underpinning education and training frameworks to ensure training is fit for the purpose of providing safe, effective and improving patient care.

    The BTBC programme consists of nine workstreams that have been developed with an emphasis both on the need for local and national activity.

Trust congratulate Warwickshire Freewheelers’ achievements

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust proudly support Warwickshire Freewheelers, a local charity who provide anFreewheelers urgent out-of-hours service supporting the Trust’s hospitals by transporting blood, urgent patient samples and blood products on their motorcycles.

The charity delivers this valuable service across the whole of Warwickshire and since going live in July 2012, the riders have travelled more than 40,000 miles. Having recently completed their 1000th journey they are promoting the milestone to recruit more members.

Chris Brown Freewheeler’s spokesman, said: "This is an opportunity for riders who love the open road on two wheels to aid their local community and potentially save lives while riding one of Triumph's latest machines. It may be the urgent consignment that could help save the life of a fellow biker close friend or relative."

Glen Burley, Chief Executive for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We can’t thank the Warwickshire Freewheelers enough. The service they provide helps saves the lives of many patients across Warwickshire. Completing their 1000th journey is extremely commendable and highlights the hard work and efforts made by the charity.”

Warwickshire Freewheelers are appealing for riders, or if you do not hold a motorcycle license they are also hoping to recruit more coordinators and behind the scenes members. For more information please contact Lee Nash, Chairman on 07814 721555 or George Dye, Membership Secretary on 07801229850 or visit to download a membership form.

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Trusted to provide safe, effective, compassionate care

The Orchard Centre supports Health and Well-being 2013

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust promoted their ‘Health and Well-being’ campaign at the Orchard Centre inPicture 190 Rugby on Monday 10 June 2013.

The campaign encourages staff to consider the importance of their own health and well-being, with a focus on raising awareness about the values and aims of the organisation and how that supports the delivery of high-quality care for patients. Key messages range from information on bike schemes to different and unusual hobbies, with experts on hand to provide answers and advice.

At the event members of staff were invited to take part in a Pilates taster session, promoting the health and relaxation benefits of the exercises.

Of the experts, there were representatives at the event including Clinical Health Psychology, Dietetics, Human Resources, Learning and Development, Occupational Health, Trade Unions, Recruitment and many more. Additionally all staff who attend one of the events will have the prospect of entering a free prize draw supported by local companies.

As part of Health and Well-being, Further sessions will be taking place in Leamington and Nuneaton.

Maggie O’Rouke, Senior HR Projects Manager said: ‘Staff are always focused on the wellbeing of patients, therefore this campaign acts as a wonderful occasion for the Trust to focus on our staff and encourage them to live healthier lives. It was also a great opportunity to provide them with information about the support and information available.’

The Trust continually aims to protect and improve the overall health and wellbeing of patients and staff. To support this, the national campaign; Making every Contact Count encourages key messages, including; stopping smoking, recommending alcohol limits, healthy diets, physical activity, stress levels and sexual health. Throughout health and well-being these messages will be promoted.

Photo caption: Members of staff enjoy the Pilates taster class

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Staff and Patient Walkathon kick starts fundraising appeal for newly named Central England Rehabilitation Unit

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust’s rehabilitation facility in Leamington which delivers high quality care forPicture 223 patients with acquired brain injuries is undergoing crucial redevelopment work. To support this, the Unit has been renamed the Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU).

The facility offers exceptional standards of care to patients and was accredited as one of the top ten units specialising in Neuro-rehabilitation in 2012. The new name builds an identity for the unit which will support its future of providing a centre of excellence to a range of communities located throughout the Midlands and further afield. 

Whilst funding has been secured for the building work, the Brain Injury Appeal aims to raise £235,000 from fundraising. This money is vital for enhancing the facilities and will assist in providing patients with a comfortable environment to recover in.

Coinciding with ‘Health and Well-being 2013’ the Trust launched a fundraising walkathon on Monday 17 June. Each participant has pledged to walk 100 miles in a month, and thanks to a generous donation from Warwickshire County Council they are able to monitor their progress with pedometers. Not only will this help raise money for the appeal, but also encourages staff to keep active and consider the importance of their own health and well-being.

Sue Bleasdale, General Manager at the Central England Rehabilitation Unit, said: ‘We are really pleased with how the developments are progressing. The new facilities and identity will support our future as a national centre of excellence, offering patient-centred rehabilitation. We are extremely grateful for all of the fundraising efforts so far and hope more people will help us reach our target.’

Supporting the fundraising campaign, Channel 4’s Dr. Dawn Harper says: ‘I am really proud to be supporting the Brain Injury Appeal at Leamington Hospital. These injuries can affect anyone, irrespective of age and the damage caused impacts both patients and their families.  Please give your support to this worthwhile campaign, which will provide patients with an improved environment, ensuring their stay is as comfortable as possible.’

Please support the fundraising appeal by donating online:

donate via your mobile phone by texting: SWFT11 £2/£5/£10 to 70070

For more information on the appeal or to discuss fundraising ideas please call the Fundraising Manager on 01926 495 321 extension 8049.

Photo caption: Members of staff at CERU get ready for the Walkathon

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The Health and Wellbeing event is the 3rd session the Trust have organised for staff, with previous events at Warwick Hospital and in Rugby and the final one due to take place in Nuneaton.

SWFT invite members of the public to stroke awareness event

The Governors that represent South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust are inviting Trust Members and local residents to an event to find out more about Strokes Services and how the Trust can help patients who are affected by Strokes.

This event is a great opportunity to hear more about the services and future plans of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. You will also have the opportunity to ask the hosts Raj Thanvi, Consultant for Stroke Services and Sarah Mountford, Co-ordinator for Stroke Services, any questions.

The event will be held on Thursday 11 July 2013, 6.30pm at The Graham Adams Centre, St James Road, Southam, CV33 0LY. The event is free to attend and hot drinks and refreshments will be provided. Spaces are limited so pre-booking is essential. Places can be booked by contacting the Membership Office on Free phone 0800 085 2471 or by emailing

The event is open to both Trust Members and members of the public. Information on Foundation Trust Membership will be provided on the day and can also be found at

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