South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

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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Learn more about the future of Stratford Hospital

The Governors who represent South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust are inviting members of the public to learnphoto2 more about the Trust’s plans to develop services at Stratford Hospital.

A small project team, which includes representatives from our Governors, have been looking at the options to develop Stratford Hospital for a number of months. There are many reasons to support such developments including a growing population in South Warwickshire, in particular the elderly population.  

In March the Board of Directors approved the next phase of the planning which was to work with architects on the design and to use this information to complete a full business case for consideration. This business case will detail the suggested phases for the project, the first of which is to develop Cancer and Ophthalmology services.

The Trust is welcoming members of the public to attend an event to hear more from Jayne Blacklay, Director of Development about the proposed developments, including more about each phase and have the opportunity to ask Jayne as well as the Elected Governors for Stratford District and Borders, any questions.

Event Details

· Date - Wednesday 8 May 2013

· Time - 6.30pm

· Location -  Stratford District Council, Council Chamber, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HX.

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

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Photo Caption (Left to right): Breda Attwood (Staff Nurse) and Dee Dunne (Manager of Outpatients at Stratford Hospital)

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Partnership with local GPs strengthens health services in Shipston-on-Stour

A new medical model has been introduced in Shipston on Stour in partnership with local GPs. This has involved increasing the resource in the community to provide more care in the patient’s own home and by reducing the number of beds at Ellen Badger Hospital from 26 to 18 as in-patient demand decreases. There are many benefits for patients receiving care at home which includes:

- Builds patient confidence in their own environment

- Reduces the risk of falls and losing muscle strength

- Less risk of catching healthcare acquired infections

- Enables tailored care plans

- Eases the transition from hospital to home

Last year this model was introduced in the Nicol Unit at Stratford upon Avon Hospital. Although we reduced the number of beds we were actually able to treat more patients through better use of beds and enhanced and expanded services in the community.

What does the community team do?

The team work with patients who are over 18 years old to offer care in the patient’s own home. This group of patients require support from health care professionals but it is not appropriate for them to be in the acute setting. The team also work to facilitate ‘early supported discharge’ where patients can return home from the hospital setting when they no longer require acute medical care. They also help with ‘admission prevention’ by working closely with GPs and Community/Specialist nursing to enable patients to recover at home, for example, patients with chest or kidney infections.

The team responds 7 days a week from 8.30am to 10pm. At any one time the team may be supporting 30 patients to stay at home by working with them daily. The team respond to patients within two hours and conduct short-term assessment within three days in order to establish a suitable pathway for each patient. This may include referral to social services or a financial assessment if they have ongoing social care needs.

The team also offers rehabilitation to regain confidence and strength with daily living tasks that are necessary to remain living at home, for example, mobilising indoors, managing their stairs, maintaining personal care or preparing meals and drinks.

What staff are in the team?

Team members include rehabilitation assistants, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. At any one time there may be 30 people working intensively to enable patients to remain living in their own home.

What are the aims of the team?

The team aims to reduce rising emergency admissions for people aged 65+ and reduce hospital length of stay for this group. There are many benefits to this, including preventing loss of strength and confidence. This team also aims to integrate services across acute, community, GPs, social services and other organisations, for example Age UK. These processes will ensure that only people who require hospital care will be in the hospital setting.

Patients have responded very positively to these changes in Stratford:

Patient Comment about care at home from the community team “My husband became ill and it was very worrying, the nurse came and examined him. She worked with the out of hours GP and I found nothing but help, kindness, understanding and reassurance.  Thank you it is such a comfort to know you are there if we ever needed you again.”

This new model in Shipston on Stour has already improved care with more patients being discharged from hospital to their own homes with continued rehab and suppot at home.

The Day Unit at Ellen Badger is also changing in line with this new medical model and has been renamed to an ‘Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre’, refocusing care for patients and reflecting a new approach to rehabilitation.

Ian Philp, Medical Director at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am delighted to see that the lessons we learnt on the Nicol Unit in Stratford upon Avon, to improve services for local people, are being transferred to Shipston. I am looking forward to working closely with colleagues at Ellen Badger Hospital and GPs in Shipston to improve services for patients.”

Dr Daniel, GP, Shipston Medical Centre said: “This is a really positive change in the way we provide medical care at the Ellen Badger Hospital that will improve quality of care provided, benefiting the local and wider community.

“We now have two doctors providing all the medical cover with daily ward rounds improving both continuity and communication. We also plan to increase the medical services we offer at the Ellen Badger Hospital, such as intravenous treatments and blood transfusion in certain circumstances. This will allow us, the local GPs and nurses, to treat more patients closer to home and the closer links with community services this will enable a quicker supported discharge home for inpatients.”

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Support for Breast Care Unit from Dragon Theo Paphitis

Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis is well known for delivering the crushing words 'I'm out'. But when local mum of three,Runners and Theo Alexandra Fraser, asked for his support sponsoring running vests for the Stratford-upon-Avon half marathon,  he came straight back with a resounding 'I'm in!'.

Alex was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last year, only weeks after having a hysterectomy. She underwent numerous operations and has more surgery to come but decided to gather friends and family around to run the half marathon to raise money for Warwick Hospital’s Breast Care Unit.

She and her husband William, who also had to have major surgery on his spine last year, will be joined on the run on Sunday 28 April by friends, family and lots of the medical professionals who have helped her recovery.  

They'll all be wearing running vests proudly bearing a bright pink bra- courtesy of Theo having recently launched his lingerie company Boux Avenue, and, as someone who is passionate about health charities, he was delighted to help. 

Theo said: “Approximately 48,000 women get breast cancer in Britain each year - someone's wife, mother, sister or friend.  When Alex Fraser was told she had the disease, she decided to set her sights on raising £20,000 for the Breast Care Unit at Warwick Hospital. You don't need to be a dragon to see that this is a cause worth backing, so I am thrilled to be able to help.”

Glen Burley, Chief Executive of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said:  “I would like to say thank you on behalf of the Trust to Alexandra, to Theo and all.”

The runners have called themselves Team Capricorn- named by the Fraser's son Harry because Capricorn is as far away from Cancer as it's possible to be….

and that's a place we'd all love to be. 

If you would like to support Alexandra please visit her Just giving page -


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Photo caption (Left-right):  Alexandra Fraser, Theo Paphitis, Greta Spink of Alcester Grammar School and Katherine Lapworth (great friend of Alexandra)

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Trust congratulates Assistant Practitioner Graduates

On Monday 15 April, seven of the Trust’s Assistant Practitioners graduated from Coventry University, receivingAssistant Practitioners Foundation Degrees in Healthcare. The newly graduated Assistant Practitioner are:

Brian Arnold - Feldon Ward, Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital
Janet Harper - Virtual Ward based at Bramcote Hospital
Sharon Wickes - Virtual Ward based in Rugby
Donna Haycox - Continence Service based in Rugby
Lindsey Lear - Virtual Ward based at Whitnash Lodge in Leamington
Gemma Smith – Atherstone District Nursing Team
Christine Saunders - Intermediate Care Team in Leamington

The role of an Assistant Practitioner is to work in support of trained nurses and improve access to prompt and skilled nursing care.  All of the graduates received a great amount of support from other members of staff who provided guidance for their development and facilitated their learning.

Each graduate commenced their Foundation Degrees in December 2011 and have forged the way ahead for Health Care Assistant development.  Several of the graduates have also secured Assistant Practitioner posts within the Trust and others are awaiting interviews.

Ellen Davis, Lead Nurse in Education said: “Our congratulations go out to the new Assistant Practitioners of whom we are very proud of. This qualification in Healthcare is a platform for each of the graduates to progress to their first year of nurse training.”

Glen Burley, Chief Executive said: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to congratulate each of the Assistant Practitioners on their foundation degrees.

“As a Trust we are keen on developing our staff and will continue to ensure other members of staff are able to develop in their careers.”

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Photo Caption: The seven Assistant Practitioner Graduates at Coventry Cathedral

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