South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust News
Earlier this month SWFT won the HMFA Governance Award 2014, which was awarded by the Healthcare Finance Managers Association at their Annual Conference.
We won this prestigious national award for the on-going and systematic improvements that large numbers of you have delivered to the timeliness of data capture across inpatient, outpatient and Community settings. This, alongside the transformation work to help the flow of patients through our services, has helped us to improve our responsiveness to deliver care to patients.
One of the initiatives we have introduced is a monthly Data Quality Award. These awards recognise teams or individuals that have shown best practice in data quality improvement. Their actions are then shared across the Trust to support improvements in other areas. Award winners receive acknowledgement from Glen Burley, Chief Executive and Nicky Lloyd, Director of Finance and Chair of the Data Quality Committee. As well as this, a new training programme has also been implemented to ensure that all areas of staff are confident in how to achieve excellent data quality. This has also been supported by members of the Finance team delivering ‘Lunchtime Learning’ sessions.
Nicky Lloyd, seen after accepting the award said: “I am really thrilled that our staff have been recognised for this fantastic achievement. It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved that we have been able to improve data quality across the organisation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teams involved for continuing to strive for excellent data quality.”
The HFMA is the professional body for finance staff across all NHS organisations. The awards programme has established itself as the key annual awards event for the NHS finance profession, recognising the vital contribution that finance staff make in the delivery of high quality, cost effective healthcare. The HFMA awards celebrate best practice across the UK, showcasing excellence in achieving successful financial management and governance.
Half Marathon runner raises Thousands for Warwick Hospital
A Warwick man has raised over £2200 for Warwick Hospital after completing the ‘Bupa Great Birmingham Run’ on 19 October 2014.
Julian Bowden-Williams was sponsored by friends and family for completing his first ever 13.1 mile run in 2 hours and 3 minutes. His employer – Birmingham based EY (formerly Ernst & Young) – have also kindly donated £500 to help him exceed his £2000 target. The money that Julian has raised will be donated to Warwick Hospital’s Maternity Unit and the Children’s Ward, Macgregor, These two departments are close to Julian’s heart following the birth of his son Sam, earlier this year.
Julian wanted to fundraise for these two areas to show his appreciation for the support the staff gave him in the run up to and after the birth of his son. Julian said: “We received excellent care from the Maternity Unit leading up to Sam’s birth and during the actual birth itself, which took place on what was the busiest shift that the staff had seen in years. We were able to take him home the same day and that was the last we thought we had seen of the hospital for a while.”
However, on Sam’s first night back at home he became ill and had to be re-admitted to hospital. Julian added “He spent three nights on MacGregor Ward being treated for a mystery infection and had to undergo a range of very frightening tests. Luckily he made very quick recovery and has been extremely healthy ever since.”
Julian also commented: “We will never forget the time that we spent this year at Warwick Hospital – the kindness and professionalism of all of the staff that looked after Sam and saw us through probably the scariest time of our lives. This is my way of saying thank you to them.”
Maternity Ward Manager Michelle Waterfall said: “We really appreciate Julian running such a long distance to raise money for the Maternity Unit and MacGregor Ward. His generous donation will be used to help improve facilities for partners so they can stay over. This allows them to be with mum and baby at what is such an important time for the whole family.”
Julian is still accepting donations for his run, so if you’d like to donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/ and search for his full name. Alternatively, you can simply text the code JBWB99 and your amount £X to 70070.
Members of staff at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) have taken part in the first ever Staff Friends and Family test. The results of the national survey were extremely positive with the Trust not only achieving the highest scores within the local area, but also exceeding the national average.
The survey asked staff two key questions; would you recommend the Trust as a place to work and would you recommend the Trust as a place to receive care or treatment. The results show that 78% of staff would recommend the Trust as a place to work, this beats the national average of 63% and placed SWFT in the top 10% of all trust’s across the country. The second result highlighted that 83% of staff would recommend the Trust as a place to receive care or treatment. Again, this result surpassed the national average of 76%.
These fantastic results reinforce the Trust’s latest recruitment campaign; #irecommendswft. The new campaign focuses on how the Trust’s current workforce recommends SWFT as a place to work. To support the campaign a new website has been launched www.irecommendswft.com. The website features a video, where prospective employees can find out first hand from staff what it is like working at SWFT.
These results are a testament to SWFT’s commitment to their staff, which was demonstrated further by being named in the top 100 of the best places to work in the NHS. This list was recently compiled by NHS Employers and the Health Service Journal (HSJ).
Glen Burley, Chief Executive said: “I am delighted with these results. We are always looking to make improvements to our services, so the new Staff Friends and Family Test is another great mechanism for getting crucial feedback from our workforce. I strongly believe that the attitude of staff is a key driver to improve the overall quality of healthcare. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff; it is because their commitment and hard work that we are able to deliver safe, effective, compassionate care.”
On Friday 26 September the Aylesford Unit at Warwick Hospital took part in ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Aylesford Unit has a dedicated Macmillan Support Team who provides anyone affected by cancer with information, advice and support.
This fundraising event highlighted the support that can be given to patients with cancer as well as showing the Trust’s appreciation for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity.
Staff in the department all prepared delicious sweet treats and invited colleagues, patients and visitors to join them on the day for coffee and cakes. They also had different fundraising activities to help raise money, which included; Guess how many sweets are in the jar and a raffle. Homemade cards and hats were also available to buy on the day.
Shirley Griffin, Macmillan Information and Support Nurse Specialist said: “I am really pleased the Trust has supported ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. It was a great opportunity to raise awareness of how Macmillan Cancer Support can make a difference to the lives of patients with cancer. I would like to say a special thanks to all of the staff in the Aylesford Unit for their hard work to make the morning a success, and to everyone who visited and showed their support.”
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Photo Caption: Trust staff and volunteers enjoying the coffee morning, (L – R) Barbara Joules, Pharmacist, Christine Carroll, Volunteer, Lisa Jewell, Pharmacist.
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On Friday 19 September 2014 Orchestra of the Swan, with Artistic Director, David Curtis, gave a very special performance to support the £1 million fundraising appeal for the new Stratford Hospital.
The concert which has kick-started a calendar of events for the Cancer and Eye Appeal took place at the Stratford ArtsHouse. The evening was a great success, with a full house; money is still coming in, with the figure standing at approximately £6,000 so far. On the night members of the Appeals Committee also sold raffle tickets. Prizes were kindly donated by the local community and included; Bed and Breakfast for two at The Bell at Alderminster, a luxury hamper, box of beauty goodies, wine and a large cuddly teddy bear – which found himself centre stage on the night after being won by a member of the orchestra.
All money raised from the evening is helping towards the Cancer and Eye Hospital Appeal. The appeal is supporting the new hospital in Stratford which will house a cancer unit and a state of the art eye treatment centre, increasing access to these services for patients in South Warwickshire. The fundraising money will be used to make enhancements to make treatment more comfortable for patients. Further details can be found at www.stratfordhospital.co.uk
The evening was the first in a series of events planned for the appeal. On 13 November, they will be hosting a Christmas Fair in Pillerton Priors, which will have a selection of food, drink, craft and gift stalls, raffle prizes and a chance for visitors to find out more about the hospital development. During December the Appeals Committee are also organising a Christmas Drinks reception, which will be hosted at Stratford Town Hall. Further details about this will be available nearer the time.
Denys Shortt OBE, Chairman of the Appeal (Chief Executive of DCS Group) said: “The evening was a great success. As well as fundraising for the Appeal and it was a good opportunity to raise awareness within the local community about the new hospital. Thank you to everyone who supported the evening, we hope your support continues with future events.
Jenny Farrell, member of the Appeals Committee said: “Thank you to everyone who came to the concert; it was lovely to see so friends and many members of the local community supporting the Appeal. I would like to say a special thank you to Orchestra of the Swan, the Stratford ArtsHouse and for all of the raffle prizes which were generously donated. I am looking forward to the fundraising events to come.”
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A new website has been launched to showcase the benefits of working at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust: www.irecommendswft.com
The website offers job seekers an insight in to what it is like working at the Trust, including; information on the support they can expect, details of specific roles they are recruiting to and an opportunity to find out about the local area. The website also features a video, where prospective employees can find out first hand from staff what it is like working at the Trust.
As shown in the video, SWFT’s workforce is extremely proud to recommend their Trust as a place to work. This is further demonstrated by SWFT’S staff survey results. They have featured in the top 20% of all trusts nationally for recommending the Trust as a place to work or to receive treatment for the past 3 years running. There are many other categories where the Trust has also performed in the top 20% including staff engagement. SWFT is committed to working with staff and ensuring their opinions and ideas are valued and implemented as much as possible.
A further testament to the Trust’s commitment to their staff is being named in the top 100 of the best places to work in the NHS. This list was recently compiled by NHS Employers and the Health Service Journal (HSJ) and was judged in the following areas;
- Leadership and planning
- Corporate culture and communications
- Role satisfaction
- Work environment
- Relationship with supervisor
- Training and Development
- Employee engagement and employee satisfaction
Dan Pearce, Head of Recruitment at SWFT said: “We are thrilled to launch the new website. We hope that the site demonstrates the values of the Trust, showing our commitment to staff which supports us to deliver safe, effective, compassionate care.”
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Photo caption: Helen Lancaster, Director of Nursing, with Ward Manager and Ward Clerk
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South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) is inviting members of the Trust and local residents to attend their Annual Meeting on Thursday 11th September 2014 from 2pm – 5pm at the Trident Centre.
During the meeting there will be a presentation from the Trust’s leading Orthopaedic clinicians, who will be introducing the Orthopaedic team, sharing with the audience details of the service and discussing any future plans.
We will also take this opportunity to present our new Going the Extra Mile annual GEM Awards. The GEM Awards recognise staff in 3 categories; Clinical, Non-clinical and Teams. These are awarded on a monthly basis throughout the year, however the new annual award will be a chance for us a select an overall winner from each of the categories. During the event we will also be recognising our outstanding nurses with our annual ‘Woods Award’. These awards 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 attendees can visit interactive information stands that show the work the Trust is undertaking with the Food for Life Partnership - a network of communities working together to transform food culture. SWFT Dieticians will explain how they’re ensuring frail and elderly patients receive nutritional support following discharge from hospital, while the Trust’s Sustainability Team will show how we’re reducing our carbon footprint and supporting the local economy by sourcing produce that is close to home.
There will also be an opportunity for and Trust members and local residents to meet the Governors and the Board of Directors of the Trust, and to ask them questions.
The event will be held at the Trident Centre, Poseidon Way, Warwick, CV34 6SW. If you would like to attend the AGM please contact the Membership Office on free phone 0800 085 2471 or email email@example.com
On Saturday 16th August, Anna Green an A-level student from Bidford on Avon took part in the Birmingham Colour Run at the NEC, through a personal challenge to raise money for the Aylesford Unit at Warwick Hospital.
In 2013 Anna’s mother was sadly diagnosed with breast cancer. She was told her mother would have an operation to remove the tumor and then undergo 4 months of chemotherapy treatment in the cancer unit at Warwick Hospital. Now treatment has finished and with her mother starting to gain energy, she thought there wouldn’t be a better time to raise important funds, particularly for a unit that is a place close to her heart.
Anna aims to raise a staggering £1,500 of which she is keen to exceed by taking part in the Birmingham Colour Run with a group of friends. The event was no ordinary 5k run; participants are asked to start off in white and aim to finish the run covered in multi-coloured paint. Following a challenging year, Anna felt that taking part in this fun and energetic run epitomised how far her and her family have come. She told us “Most people choose to complete a half-marathon, a swim or a cycle race however when I stumbled upon the Colour Run with my mum, the values behind the run couldn’t have fitted better for the reason I am fundraising. Just because it is only a 5k run doesn’t mean it is any less significant! It celebrates being healthy and happy showing that a positive attitude can take you anywhere. As well as promoting individuality and the importance of giving back to your local community, something I felt passionately about.” During her mother’s treatment Anna and her family spent a lot of time at the Aylesford Unit and got to see first-hand the fantastic work the staff do.
Anna added: “I am so unbelievably thrilled and grateful to each and every one of my friends that they were willing to stand by me in completing this challenge and so thankful to anybody who will donate and support us in giving to this worthy cause. The Aylesford Unit has not only helped my mum, but also many others, and I know that it is so important to recognise the amazing work they complete everyday.”
Ali Gray, Fundraising Manager, said: “We are really grateful to Anna for fundraising for the Aylesford Unit. It is thanks to this sort of support that we are able to offer our patients enhanced equipment and nicer environments to receive treatment, making every step for families, a lot easier to cope with. The Trust is looking forward to opening a further Cancer Unit when the new Stratford Hospital opens. This will help support local patients and means that families’ like Anna’s won’t have to travel long distances for appointments.”
Anna concluded by telling us: “My mum stands by the saying ‘don't let the world change your smile, let your smile change the world’. And it's that phrase that is the inspiration we have behind us in deciding to raise funds and give back to the unit that's cared so deeply for her. So thank you from all of us for any donations, big or small.”
To read more of her story or to make a donation please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/scrambledlegs1/
Photo caption: Anna and her mother Sue at the finish line of the colour run and a team photo of Anna and who friends who all took part in the colour run
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) is supporting patients and staff with difficult conversations by hosting a Dying Matters Awareness Week, which took place between 4 - 8 August 2014.
The week is in association with the national Dying Matters campaign which aims to highlight the importance of having conversations which can often be difficult. Patients only get one chance to have their dying wishes met, which is why SWFT sees it as vital to talk, plan and make arrangements for the end of life.
Dying Matters is a coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales which helps people talk more openly about dying. Their members include organisations from across the NHS, voluntary and independent health and care sectors (including hospices, care homes, charities); and a wide range of faith organisations
During the week there were information stands at Warwick Hospital and Ellen Badger Hospital in Shipston. Members of staff were on hand to talk to members of the public and advise colleagues about how to deal with difficult conversations. There were leaflets available for patients, visitors and staff to take away covering important topics including; dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. As well as this, members of the Palliative Car Team visited other Trust sites to share the information with staff and patients across Warwickshire.
Helen Lancaster, Director of Nursing said: “It is great that we are raising awareness of Dying Matters. Death is a difficult subject to talk about, so it is really important we support our staff and ensure they equipped with the right knowledge and confidence to have these conversations with patients and their families. Dying Matters Week is a great opportunity for us to share information about an often unspoken subject.”
Photo Caption: SWFT staff at the Dying Matters Awareness stand at Warwick Hospital
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On Friday 19 September 2014 Orchestra of the Swan, with Artistic Director, David Curtis, will give a very special performance in support of the £1 million fundraising appeal for the new Stratford Hospital.
The Trust is inviting you to attend this concert, which will be held at Stratford ArtsHouse. Money raised from the evening will help towards the Cancer and Eye Appeal.
The new hospital in Stratford will house a cancer unit and a state of the art eye treatment centre, increasing access to these services for patients in South Warwickshire. The fundraising money will be used to make enhancements to make treatment more comfortable for patients. Further details can be found at www.stratfordhospital.co.uk
There is a selection of seats available. To book your ticket please call the Box Office: 01789 207100 or to buy a ticket online visit: www.stratfordartshouse.co.uk
Jenny Farrell, member of the Appeals Committee said: “I am delighted with the support we have had for the appeal so far. It is thanks to this support that we have been able to organise such a fantastic event. I would like to say a special thank you to Orchestra of the Swan and Stratford ArtsHouse. I am really looking forward to the evening and organising more fundraising events for the appeal in the future.”
David Curtis, Artistic Director said, “Orchestra of the Swan is part of the fabric of our community and works with many community groups, schools and care homes. All our players are committed to enhancing the quality of life in our town and we are delighted to support this hospital fundraising appeal”.
Photo caption: Jenny Farrell and David Curtis, with members of the Orchestra of the Swan outside the Stratford ArtsHouse