Board of Directors meeting - Thursday 30 April 2015
21 April 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
- Quality and safety report
- Finance report
- Monitor compliance report
- Fit and Proper Person requirement
- Staff Survey report
- Annual Plan update
- Car parking report
- Prime Minister's Challenge: Single front door – business case.
The meeting will be held on Thursday 30 April at 10am 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:
Give the gift of life
16 April 2015
With spring now upon us thoughts turn to the outdoors and keeping fit and healthy, but Sherwood Forest Hospitals are asking local people to think of others less fortunate, such as those that need life-saving organ donations.
New organ donors are urgently needed in the local area and with this in mind the Trust, as part of its organ donation campaign, is holding several events and a poster competition to encourage people to say yes to organ donation by signing the organ donor register.
Claire Ward, Non-executive Director at the Trust, said: "Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine, but they depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families. We are urging local people to support the ongoing demand for organs that the NHS faces every year.
"Most people think of organ donation as the giving of major organs such as heart and lungs, and are unaware that they can also, for example, give the gift of sight to someone who is blind or partially sighted through corneal donation."
To actively encourage awareness of the importance of organ donation a community-wide competition will be launched by the Trust on 16 April for members of the public to design a poster based on the theme of 'What organ donation means to me'.
Claire Ward added: "Raising awareness and providing ways to give plays a significant role in transforming the lives of others through donation, and I would like to encourage everyone, whatever age, to put their creative skills to the test and enter our competition.
"The winning artwork will play an integral part of the Trust's campaign and will be displayed across all areas of the Trust."
Winning poster designs will be unveiled at an organ donation event being held in the King's Treatment Centre at King's Mill Hospital during week commencing 18 May. Prizes will be given to the winners.
The tireless campaign will then continue through the rest of that week at King's Mill and Newark hospitals with a series of events and activities to encouraging more people to sign up to the register.
1. The competition is open for everyone. The posters will be judged in two categories - under and over 12 years of age. The competition is free to enter.
2. Submission of entries for all categories must be in standard A4 size paper.
3. There are no restrictions on the type of medium used to create the posters. You may draw, paint, make a collage, use digital tools or use photographic images.
4. All posters for submission into the poster competition to be posted to Susan Hodgman, ICU Secretary, Critical Care Unit, King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4JL.
6. The submitted entry must be the original work of the artist.
7. All submissions will be assessed on their overall aesthetics, but will also take into consideration the following aspects: caption, creativity, presentation and design.
8. There is no restriction on the number of submissions by any artist.
9. Each submission should contain the following information of the artist on the back of the poster:
a. Full name of the artist, contact phone number and age of the artist (or their parent/guardian.
b. E-mail ID of the artist (or their parent/guardian) if less than 16 years of age.
Please ensure correct spellings and details for effective communication of the results.
10. The last date for the entries is 15 May 2015 at 5pm. The Trust will not be responsible for any loss or delays.
11. The decision of the judges will be final and binding on all participants.
12. All eligible entries shall become the property of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust once submitted. The copyright for these posters will be with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust once submitted. These posters may be used in any form to support organ donation activities and charitable work.
13. The winners of the competition will be contacted individually.
14. Prizes for the winning entries will be awarded. The prize winners will be invited to receive their prizes in person at King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4JL. Further details will be available in due course.
Bowel cancer awareness – know the symptoms
15 April 2015
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month by encouraging local people to be aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer UK running throughout the month of April to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of thousands of people in the UK each year.
Nurse specialists will be on hand to discuss the symptoms of bowel cancer, screening, treatment options and resources at two events; the first on 22 April from 10am to 12pm in the main entrance at King's Mill Hospital and the second on 29 April from 10am to 2pm in ASDA superstore at Newark.
Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK affecting both men and women, with around 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Approximately one in every 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime.
Sharon Hudson, Lead Macmillan Colorectal Nurse Specialist at the Trust, said: "We want to draw attention to three key actions that people can do to reduce the impact of bowel cancer on our community. Firstly, if you are aged over 60 participate in screening. Secondly, make positive lifestyle changes including eating a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Thirdly, know the symptoms, which include blood in poo or bleeding from the bottom, changes in bowel habit lasting three weeks or more, extreme tiredness for no reason, weight loss for no reason and a pain or lump in the tummy.
"People may experience one, some, all, or none of these symptoms. While these symptoms may be due to other conditions, it's important to see a doctor to be sure.
"Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive message – saving lives through early detection – as bowel cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if found early."
Sherwood Forest Hospitals looking to recruit more nurses
Monday 13 April 2015
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is aiming to recruit 140 nurses to strengthen numbers in an aim to further improve the quality of care provided to patients and reduce expensive agency costs.
Registered nurses are being sought across King's Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community hospitals, with a particular focus on the Emergency Care and Medicine Division, including geriatrics, gastroenterology, respiratory and the Emergency Admissions Unit.
Throughout the country hospitals are finding nurse recruitment a challenge due to a reduction in overall numbers of undergraduates entering nurse training, coupled with a national drive to support safe registered nurse staffing levels across wards and departments.
Susan Bowler, Executive Director for Nursing and Quality at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “High quality patient care is our primary aim and this recruitment campaign will allow us to increase the number of permanent nurses working within the Trust, while maintaining safe staffing levels.
“Being able to employ nurses on permanent contracts allows us to train and develop our staff. We want our nurses to be the best they can be and that’s why we offer supportive management and a range of training opportunities, as well as a clean and modern environment to work in.
“As a Trust we know the challenges we face, but since the Keogh Review in 2013 our nurses have risen to those challenges and made significant improvements. We are really proud of the close-knit team spirit and the confidence our nurses have in each other to provide the best patient care.”
The Trust’s drive to recruit more nurses also includes looking overseas, with over 50 nurses already joining the Trust from Europe, including Spain, Italy and Romania. All of the nurses recruited from abroad must be registered and possess strong English language skills.
Nurse recruitment open day
As part of the recruitment drive the Trust will be holding an open day for registered nurses at King’s Mill Hospital on Saturday 25 April from 10am to 3pm.
Trust staff will be on hand throughout the event, which will be held in the main entrance of the hospital, to speak about the range of opportunities available across the Trust. Interviews for nursing vacancies will be held during the event.
Shantell Miles, Practice Development Matron at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, who is organising the open day, said: “We are looking for nurses who put empathy, compassion, understanding and kindness at the heart of everything they do.
“We have a wide range of opportunities across our hospitals, so if you’re a nurse who wants the support of the team that surrounds you, great training and development opportunities, the time to care for your patients and a good work-life balance, then come along to our open day.”
For further information about the open day, please call 01623 622515 extension 3947 or visit www.caretobeproudof.co.uk/open-day.
Anyone interested in applying for nursing jobs at Sherwood Forest Hospitals should visit www.caretobeproudof.co.uk.
Trust welcomes friends and family feedback
13 March 2015
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has welcomed NHS England's announcement that the Friends and Family test is to be expanded, allowing millions more patients to give their views on care and treatment received.
The test now includes acute outpatients, day case patients and minor injuries units, as well as ambulance and patient transport services and dental practices.
Lisa Dinsdale, Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality at the Trust, said: "The Trust has received very favourable results since the test's launch in 2013, testament to the outstanding care our staff are committed to provide."
Positive comments received recently include:
'All the doctors, nurses, carers and hostesses made my wife's stay in the maternity ward exceptionally comfortable, and we welcomed Joshua Mark into the world with all of their respectful and professional care. Every single member of staff we met was so helpful towards us. Thank you.'
'I was brought into A&E after I cut my hand doing some DIY. Everyone from the receptionist, the nurse, carers, and doctors were very helpful and caring. One nurse called Mark made me comfortable, and reassured me all the time. I'm very happy with the service I received at King's Mill and would certainly recommend the hospital to my family and friends.'
'The staff on the ward really cared for my elderly frail mother, who had fallen at home. They staff helped her to eat her meals, assisted her to have a bath, and generally aided her recovery. I was very impressed with the standard and level of care we received.'
Lisa Dinsdale added: "Enhancing people's experience of our services is a key goal of improvement initiatives.
"The Friends and Family test plays an important role in assessing expectations, experience and satisfaction. Feedback not only provides us with the tools to focus on areas of improvements, but to celebrate areas where care is outstanding. I would encourage everyone to participate in this test."