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Better Together - newsletter edition 7

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Paul Robinson appointed as new Chief Finance Officer

23 January 2015

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Robinson, the Trust's new Chief Finance Officer.

Paul, who will begin his role in March, joins the Trust from Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust where he has worked for two years as Executive Director of Finance. During this time he was the lead for development and delivery of financial planning, successfully delivering a surplus, whilst achieving efficiency targets.

Paul has previously worked in a range of NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) during his long career and has a strong track record of delivering financial targets in large, complex healthcare organisations.

Paul O'Connor, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: "I am delighted to welcome Paul to the Trust. He has worked in the NHS for over 25 years and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of financial leadership.

"As Chief Finance Officer Paul will play an important role in ensuring that we deliver our financial objectives, enabling us to invest more money into improving the quality of our services on offer for our patients."

Paul is a Chartered Management Accountant and lives in Sheffield with his wife, Clare, and their three boys.

As Chief Finance Officer Paul will be a key member of the Board of Directors. He said: "I am excited to be joining Sherwood Forest Hospitals at a time of immense change for the Trust.

"While challenges still lie ahead, I am confident that I can bring all of my experience and energy to help continue the improvement journey and deliver excellent services across the local healthcare community."

Paul replaces Margaret Ashworth, who has served as interim Chief Financial Officer since June 2014.



Trust helps to ring the changes on tinnitus awareness

23 January 2015

Most people have regular health checks but how many get hearing tests?

To encourage people to think more about their hearing, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is supporting National Tinnitus Awareness Week (2-8 February) by holding two events where people can learn about the causes of tinnitus and treatment options available. 

The word 'tinnitus' comes from the Latin word for 'ringing' and is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. This noise may be heard in one ear, in both ears or in the middle of the head or it may be difficult to pinpoint its exact location. Although tinnitus is often described as 'ringing in the ears', sufferers can experience other sounds including buzzing, humming or whistling.

As well as being caused by regular exposure to loud noise, triggers for tinnitus can include ear or head injuries, infections, medication side effects and emotional stress. It is also commonly associated with age-related changes within the hearing system.

Prolonged exposure to noises over 85 decibels has also been linked to noise-induced hearing loss. Firework blasts can often have a volume over 120 decibels and participating in or watching many live sports, from motor racing to shooting, can also be a noisy activity.

Michelle Booth, Clinical Lead for Adult Audiology at the Trust, said: "We see every day the distress and frustration that tinnitus can cause. Whilst hearing damage is more common amongst those who have had prolonged exposure to noise above 85 decibels, even a single incident of exposure can trigger tinnitus.

"I would encourage anyone who is experiencing noises in their ears, or has had any distortion of their hearing for a prolonged period, to attend one of our events to learn about the condition and discuss treatment options".

The first event will be held on Monday 2 February from 10am-midday in the main entrance at King's Mill Hospital. Members of the audiology team and tinnitus support group members will be on hand to give out information and answer questions about tinnitus and management of the condition.

The second event will be held on the same day from 2-4pm in the Conference Centre at the hospital.

This will be an opportunity to learn about local service provision and management strategies, and to talk about tinnitus with professionals and people who are living with the condition.

This event will also incorporate the third meeting of the Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark Tinnitus Support Group.

To reserve a space at this event please contact Michelle Booth or Cheryl Gamlin on 01623 622515, extension 3036 or 3341.

More details about tinnitus can be found on the British Tinnitus Association website:



Board of Directors meeting - Thursday 29 January 2015

16 January 2015

Members of the public and stakeholders are invited to Sherwood Forest Hospitals' next Board of Directors meeting, taking place at King's Mill Hospital.

The Trust holds Board meetings each month to discuss quality and safety, finances and plans for the future. The meetings are chaired by Sean Lyons, Trust Chairman.

Amongst the topics on this month's agenda are:

· Patient story

· Monitor compliance

· Quality improvement plan progress

· Patient experience report

· Finance report

· Fit and proper person test.

The meeting will be held on Thursday 29 January, 9.30am in Classroom 1, Level 1, King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4JL.

A copy of the agenda and papers will shortly be available on the Trust's internet site:




Plans unveiled to bring simpler urgent care services for Nottinghamshire patients

Friday 2 January 2015

Patients are to benefit from improved urgent care services in parts of Nottinghamshire - as plans are submitted for planning approval. 

Plans are being submitted to make changes to the emergency department at King’s Mill Hospital and at the Minor Injuries Unit/Urgent Care Centre in Newark Hospital in order to make access to health services simpler for patients. The proposals are to create a system which enables patients to access the most appropriate services such as Primary Care 24 and the emergency department quickly and easily at King’s Mill Hospital.

Plans for Newark Minor Injuries Unit/Urgent Care Centre will provide additional consulting rooms so that healthcare staff, including hospital staff and GPs, can work alongside each other. The two services are currently in separate locations.

The changes follow feedback from patients who said it was often confusing whether to go to the Emergency Department or Primary Care 24 at King’s Mill Hospital, or between the Minor Injuries Unit/Urgent Care Centre and GP services at Newark Hospital.

The improvements will result in more integrated healthcare services, improving the way patients are initially assessed and allowing different healthcare staff at both locations to work in a more joined up way.

This is being funded as part of a successful bid to the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund during 2014 - money set aside to improve access to GP services. The improvements will cost in the region of £1.2 million, about half the amount at each hospital.

The investment at Newark will help meet the proposals set out in the Vision and Strategic Direction for Newark Hospital to strengthen urgent care services.

The plans are an important part of the Better Together transformation programme – a five-year plan to transform health and social care services to improve services whilst also making them sustainable to meet the growing demands on health services across Mansfield and Ashfield and Newark and Sherwood.

Local GP and clinical lead for urgent care, Dr Mark Folman said: “The way that our emergency and urgent care services work together is critical to sustainable services; and new consulting rooms will help hospital and community services to really integrate and help meet the future challenges set out in NHS England’s ‘Five Year Forward View’. GPs provide thousands of urgent appointments every day, and the public know that emergency departments or urgent care centres are also an option. This is good news because it will help ensure patients get the best care through those services working more closely together.”

Paul O’Connor, chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals who run King’s Mill Hospital and Newark Hospital, said: “Urgent Care services are for those patients who do not need our emergency services, but patients are often confused about where to go for the best, most appropriate treatment. Patients need quick access to the right service, and having GPs working alongside hospital and community staff will give patients invaluable access to a range of clinical expertise in one location.”

Primary Care 24 and the out-of-hours GP service is operated by Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services (CNCS). Chief executive Richard Carroll commented: “As a Social Enterprise, we are keen to support the Better Together transformation programme and the single front door scheme to benefit local communities. We will certainly do all we can to support these initiatives, to further improve the provision of out of hours care across all our communities and help the healthcare organisations to realise their ambitions."