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Senior nurse shortlisted for national award

Thursday 18 September 2014

A senior nurse from Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has reached the final of a prestigious national award.

Adam Hayward, Assistant Director of Nursing, has been shortlisted in the Rising Stars category at the coveted Health Service Journal awards 2014. This year’s awards saw over 1300 entries, with Adam one of 11 to make the final shortlist.

A qualified adult nurse, Adam was appointed to the role of Practice Development Matron for Dementia in October 2012 and in recognition of his dynamic work, has recently been appointed to the position of Assistant Director of Nursing.

Paul O’Connor, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “The thing about Adam is his great enthusiasm. You always see him, you always hear him and you often hear him before you see him.

“You feel his input all around the Trust, he is a great advocate for the Trust and its services and he has a huge amount of energy. He is an inspirational leader and you sense that he wants to bring dementia and the care of the elderly to the very forefront, to being the core of our future of the Trust.”

Over the last 18 months Adam has led the Trust-wide Enhancing Patient Support initiative to improve care for some of the Trust’s most vulnerable patients, re-writing the Trust Dementia Care Pathway and Strategy, and leading to improved working within the organisation and with partner agencies locally and nationally. He has showcased the Trust’s work at Westminster Hall and took part in a Cabinet Office Review of improvement work around dementia care.

Adam, who will find out if he has won at an awards ceremony in November, said: “I am thrilled to make the shortlist for this year’s HSJ awards and to receive recognition for doing a job that I love, in an organisation which I am so proud to work for.”

The HSJ awards were created in 1981 to recognise, on a national platform, the projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation. By shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and best practice, the awards give impetus to improving the quality of health care in the UK.

Alastair McLellan, Editor of the HSJ, said: “The HSJ Awards are the greatest celebration of one of the world's finest healthcare systems. The excellence it recognises is the best example of why the NHS remains Britain's best loved institution.”


Upgrade to imaging system agreed for Sherwood Forest Hospitals

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Patients at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will soon be able to benefit from faster x-rays and other medical images delivered straight to their doctors’ computers, with an upgrade to the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS).

It has been developed in conjunction with staff at the Trust, who had the opportunity to influence the specification to ensure it meets the needs of patients locally. It will be rolled out over the next 12 months by GE Healthcare across a consortium of seven NHS Trusts in the East Midlands, including Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. These trusts have worked together to secure a replacement for the existing system, which has been in place locally since 2006. 

The upgraded PACS brings a range of new features which will enhance the overall healthcare experience for our patients. It is designed to allow previous images to be compared easily, even if they were obtained at a radiology department in one of the other six trusts - this will be particularly useful for patients who visit more than one hospital as part of their treatment. It will show reports and images to doctors and nurses across the hospitals so that they can make diagnoses and plan treatment, without needing to use specialised viewing workstations.

New features within the system will help radiologists to draw attention to urgent or critical findings. The system will support collaborative working across the region, such as the work of multi-disciplinary teams planning the care of cancer patients.

David Linacre, Head of Information Technology at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "This latest development will, for the first time, allow clinicians across seven different Trusts instant highly secure access to all the available radiology images for a patient. Using cloud-based technology will allow real-time viewing of images and be straightforward to implement, despite this software being run across a number of Trusts with differing IT systems. This will deliver a real efficiency in the care received by any patient who has to be seen at more than one hospital during the course of their treatment."

Dr Tim Taylor, consultant radiologist at Nottingham University Hospitals, who led the EMRAD clinical team through the procurement, said: "Radiology systems have developed hugely in the years since they were first installed nationwide and the better they are, the better we can diagnose and treat patients.

"Medics have led the consortium, so we know we have been able to focus on factors that make a real difference to patients, and because we've negotiated as a group, each hospital has a better deal for the NHS than it would have agreed alone."

Matthew Stork, General Manager for GE Healthcare IT in the UK & Ireland said: “GE Healthcare is delighted to have been selected to work with the EMRAD consortium and to help Sherwood Forest Hospitals adopt new technologies to improve patient care and to make services more efficient."





Trust celebrates clinical training success

Alys Potter Clinical Engineer MEMD

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Alys Potter, a Clinical Engineer in the Medical Equipment Management Department (MEMD) at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating following confirmation she has been awarded a place on the Higher Specialist Training scheme for clinical engineers.

The scheme, which has been introduced as part of the Modernising Scientific Careers initiative, is a five year programme aimed at developing Consultant Clinical Scientists. It will be the first time a scheme like this has been run and there are only two trainee places available nationally.

The MEMD is responsible for ensuring that all risks associated with the acquisition and use of Medical Devices are minimised, thereby benefiting Patient Safety and effective Clinical Governance throughout the Trust.  As part of her studies, Alys will be required to complete a doctorate and work on developing the range of services offered by the Medical Equipment Management Department – one example of this is looking at assistive technologies that could help patients live independently at home and minimise hospital admissions.

Dr Richard Scott, Trust Lead Scientist for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “I’m delighted we’ve got Alys on the programme which places our Trust at the forefront of a new and exciting scheme. This is a huge success for Alys as there are only two trainees on the Clinical Biomedical Engineering programme nationally and we’ve got one of them!”











Trust launches new tinnitus support group

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Audiology clinicians based at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are looking to provide additional support for adult audiology patients suffering with tinnitus by establishing a new support group.

The Trust has been running a direct access tinnitus clinic for adults since 2009 at Kings Mill and Newark Hospitals, which has proved extremely successful. The Audiology department has received UKAS accreditation for all its services, including the tinnitus service. The first support group meeting will take place on Wednesday 8 October 2014 from 2.30pm to 5.00pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Level 0, Education Centre, King’s Mill Hospital.

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.

Most people learn to live with tinnitus, but it can have a significant impact on day-to-day life. For example, it can affect concentration or cause sleeping problems and depression. However, tinnitus itself is a condition that isn’t harmful and usually improves over time. Although there is currently no single treatment that works in the same way for everyone, if an underlying cause can be established, it can often be effectively managed.

Michelle Booth, Clinical Lead for Adult Audiology at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Our patients have always had access to tinnitus groups elsewhere, but we felt it was important that we incorporate this as part of our own service.  A dedicated support group will be an excellent opportunity for tinnitus sufferers to share their experiences with others and learn more about their condition.

“Our first meeting is supported by the British Tinnitus Association, with their local support group co-ordinator in attendance providing information and literature for members. We have also invited a speaker from the Nottinghamshire Biomedical Research Unit to talk about tinnitus research which is currently being undertaken locally.

”I would encourage any tinnitus sufferers to take the opportunity to book a place on Wednesday 8 October 2014 from 2.30pm to 5.00pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Level 0 in the Education Centre at King’s Mill Hospital to learn more about their condition, and share their experiences with others in a similar situation.”

To reserve a place at the first tinnitus support group, please contact Michelle Booth or Cheryl Gamlin on 01623 622515 ext 3036 or ext 3341.

In the UK, around 6 million people (10% of the population) are thought to have mild tinnitus, with about 600,000 (1%) experiencing it to a severity where it affects their quality of life.  Tinnitus is more common in people aged over 65, but it can affect people of all ages, including children.








Award-winning use of FLO benefits patients with ‘white coat hypertension’

Monday 15 September 2014

An innovative use of remote health monitoring is benefiting patients who attend the King’s Mill Hospital Pre-op Assessment Unit (PAU) and show signs of ‘white coat hypertension’ or high blood pressure caused by nervousness or anxiety.

High blood pressure is a relatively common reason for an operation having to be postponed, but now patients who may be affected by ‘white coat hypertension’ can monitor their own blood pressure at home for seven days using the FLO telehealth system, to help the nurses decide on the right plan of care for them.
Within the first 12 months 42% of patients using FLO were found to have ‘white coat hypertension’ and were able to go ahead with surgery as planned.

The unit at King’s Mill Hospital was the first PAU in the country to implement FLO, and the team’s success has prompted interest from other units who are now adopting it as part of their services.

The work won two Excellence Awards at the recent FLO Simple Telehealth Action Learning Event in Nottinghamshire, with a special commendation for ‘Most Innovative Use of FLO’ and project lead Carol Turner was the joint ‘FLO Clinical Champion’.

FLO (named after Florence Nightingale) was developed by the NHS in Stoke-On-Trent, allows for remote, personal and secure collection of data through a patient’s own mobile phone.

Where appropriate, patients who may have ‘white coat syndrome’ can take home a portable automatic blood pressure machine and text in their reading twice a day for seven days.

A nurse checks the readings to identify the patients who have ‘white coat syndrome’ rather than the ones who have genuine hypertension. This improves care delivery and reduces the amount of operations cancelled due to hypertension, and patients identified as hypertensive are referred to their GP.

Carol Turner, Senior Operating Department Practitioner and Lead on the implementation of FLO said: “We went ‘live’ with FLO in April 2013, and our aim was to identify patients who have an elevated blood pressure in a clinical setting but not in any other setting.

“For me, the use of FLO is a ‘no brainer’. It can help us reduce short notice cancellation of operations and unnecessary GP or consultant referrals, gives us a more accurate diagnosis of hypertension, and offers financial savings.

“Importantly, it also improves the patient experience, with less upheaval and inconvenience for those who can go ahead with an operation as planned, or treatment for high blood pressure being started for those who need it.”

From April 2013 to April 2014:

• 27 patients used FLO for the detection of ‘white coat hypertension’
• After monitoring, 17 were able to go ahead with surgery without delay or referral
• 11 of those (42%) were found to have ‘white coat hypertension’
• 6 (23%) had Grade 1 hypertension and could still go ahead but with GP input i.e. start treatment with medication.

Over 1,000 patients across Nottinghamshire health and social care services have now used FLO to self-manage their condition with support from their doctor, or other health or care professional. FLO’s uses include medication reminders, supportive messages to help give up smoking, and monitoring of other readings such as weight and blood glucose.