South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

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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Learn more about the developments at Central England Rehabilitation Unit

The Governors who represent South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust are inviting members of the public to learn more about the development work at Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU).

CERU offers exceptional standards of care to patients with acquired brain injuries and was accredited as one of the top ten units specialising in Neuro-rehabilitation in 2012. The development work will secure the unit’s future as a national centre of excellence and help meet the high demands for their services by increasing the unit’s capacity to 42 beds. The new unit will also offer enhanced facilities and will assist in providing patients with a comfortable environment to recover in.

There are many reasons to support the developments at CERU. To highlight these the Trust is welcoming members of the public to attend an event to hear Mr. Derar Badwan, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and Sue Bleasdale, General Manager, discuss the proposed developments, including more about the fundraising efforts and also give you the opportunity to ask the speakers any questions.

Event Details

· Date - Thursday 18 July 2013

· Time - 6.30pm

· Location - North Leamington School, Sandy Lane, Blackdown, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RD

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 Freephone 0800 085 2471 or by emailing

Information on Foundation Trust Membership will be provided on the day and can also be found at

more information please contact communications on 01926 495321 ext 8385

SWFT supports Dementia Awareness Week (20th – 24th May)

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust proudly supported Dementia Awareness Week (20th – 24th May).To help staff and members of the public learn more about the progressive disease, information boards were on display at Warwick Hospital throughout the week. In addition to this, wards at Warwick Hospital held afternoon tea parties to support the awareness campaign. All of the money that was raised from these events was donated to Dementia Research

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

Madeleine Curran, Matron and Dementia Lead for the Trust said, “I am really pleased that the Trust was able to support Dementia Awareness Week. Increasing awareness amongst our staff and the local community is very important as dementia affects lots of people and impacts the lives of family members too. The week was a great success; the promotions have assisted in creating a unified approach from all of our clinical staff when caring for patients suffering with dementia.”

SWFT celebrate International Nurses Day

To raise awareness for the great work that their nursing staff do, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust celebratedPicture 099 International Nurses Day on Monday 13th May 2013.

The day which takes place each year on Florence Nightingale’s birthday (12th May*), is an opportunity to show appreciation for all the great nursing which takes place around the world.

On the day, nurses were able enjoy hand massages during their breaks, provided by Beauty Students from Warwickshire College. Cakes were also kindly provided by G4S, Warwick Hospital’s Hotel Services provider. The Board of Directors also visited teams throughout the day to talk to nurses and staff on the wards about the role of nurses, the difference it makes to patients and to show their gratitude. To thank our nursing staff in the community Susan Lee, Head of Community Nursing and Bie Grobet, General Manager of Integrated Adult Services North & East, visited teams throughout the day.

Whilst recognising the great nursing which is practiced across the Trust today, SWFT also acknowledged nursing from the past. This was celebrated by senior nursing teams dressing up in traditional uniforms from the past and present and a time line of photographs on display.

The annual Woods Awards, which recognise great nursing practice, were also opened on the day. These awards recognise excellent nursing practice from individuals and teams across the Trust. The Woods Awards were created in memory of Mrs Woods, a previous nurse, whose husband created a fund after she passed away with the sole purpose of recognising great nursing.

Helen Lancaster, Director of Nursing said: “The day was a great success. It is really important to celebrate the contribution that Nurses make to the health, wellbeing and experience of patients, their families and carers across the NHS. This is an opportunity every year for the Trust to come together and celebrate the hard work and efforts of our nursing staff, both in our hospitals and in the community.”

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Photo Caption: Matrons at Warwick Hospital in period nursing uniforms

The Woods Award winners will be announced in mid June 2012.

*International Nurses Day took place on Sunday 12 May 2013; the Trust celebrated a day later.

SWFT is proud to feature in Top 40 Hospital shortlist for the fourth year running

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce that they have been recognised as a ‘Top 40Glen 001 Hospital’ for the fourth year running. The award, run by CHKS a leading provider of healthcare intelligence, rewards trusts throughout the UK and has acknowledged SWFT as one of the best-performing organisations.

The CHKS award, which is renewed annually, is awarded based on 23 key performance indicators of clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

This CHKS award further certifies the excellent scores that the Trust received in the National Staff Survey which was released in March 2013. The Trust scored well in a number of areas with the majority of scores being in the top 20% of all Trusts nationally. The Trust has also received a high percentage of positive feedback from the NHS Choices website. This website gives patients the opportunity to comment on their experiences with the Trust.

Glen Burley, Chief Executive said, “I am extremely proud that SWFT has been acknowledged as one of the country’s top-performing trusts. It is particularly rewarding to know that the Trust has continued to achieve this recognition for the past four years running, demonstrating our on-going commitment to providing a consistently high level of care to all of our service users. I would like to thank all of the staff across the Trust; it is their unified working that has enabled us to achieve this.”

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Awarded by CHKS Ltd in the CHKS Top Hospital Awards 2013

More information about the awards can be found at:

Glen Burley, Chief Executive at SWFT with the CHKS Top 40 Hospitals certificate

A ‘Sunflower Day’ to raise money for the Brain Injury Appeal

On Friday 17 May, staff at the Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital will be holding a coffee and cake morning to raise money for the hospital’s Brain Injury Appeal.  The Theme of the morning will be a ‘Sunflower Day’.

The Brain Injury appeal, which was launched in September 2012 is aiming to raise £235,000 to go towards providing state of the art facilities for patients in the new hospital.

The coffee and cake morning will take place from 10am in the Hitchman Day Unit at the hospital and the organisers of the event are welcoming all to attend to show their support for the appeal.

As well as coffee and cakes, attendees will also be able to enter the ‘Who can grow the tallest sunflower’ competition, with a prize being awarded to both adult and children participants.

Cakes and Sunflower seeds will be sold on the day for £2.50.  Additional Sunflowers and seed pots will be available to purchase at the unit for £1 from 20-31 May 2013.

An announcement of the winners of the competition will take place on Friday 2 August 2013 at the Feldon Ward tea and scone garden launch day.

If you would like to take part in the competition or would like to find out more, please contact Natalie Percy via 01926 317740.

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For more information please contact communications on 01926 495321 ext 8385