Vote for your hospital hero of the year
27 March 2015
Local people are being asked to submit their nominations for the Sherwood Forest Hospitals People's Award to recognise an outstanding hospital employee who provides exceptional service above and beyond the call of duty.
The award, launched seven years ago, was designed to recognise the difference staff make to the lives of others, whether it be at King's Mill, Mansfield Community or Newark Hospital, or in people's own homes.
People can nominate any nurse, doctor, midwife, therapist, receptionist, porter or other member of staff who looked after them during an outpatient visit, a home visit, day case or longer hospital stay.
Trust Chairman Sean Lyons said: "The People's Awards are a great honour, made even more special because our patients and visitors nominate a member of staff, who has provided a service exceeding expectations, for recognition.
"Our staff are extraordinary people who staff work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality care. They carry out their work with dedication, often in hugely challenging circumstances. This award is a chance for our patients to make sure their compassion, kindness and skill doesn't go unnoticed."
There are two ways to send in your nomination and tell us why a particular employee or team is so special:
- Write to People's Award, FREEPOST RLSJ-BGTL-XRUY, Membership Response Centre, King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4JL
All nominations must state the full name and department of the person being nominated and the hospital. They must also include the name, address and telephone number of the nominator. Nominators' details will not be retained or passed on to any third parties.
The closing date for receipt of nominations is 19 June 2015. The winner will be announced at the Trust's Annual Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony later in the year.
Trust welcomes new lead chaplain
26 March 2015
Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of a new lead chaplain.
Ruth Lambert took over the role on 2 March, replacing John Wood who left to become chaplain at John Eastwood Hospice.
As lead chaplain, Ruth is responsible for the Trust's chaplaincy team, who provide pastoral, spiritual and religious needs and support to staff, patients, relatives and visitors of all faiths and none. Ruth also manages the Trust's bereavement centre team, who support and advise people on what they need to do after a death.
Ruth was previously senior chaplain and team leader at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in central London, and brings with her a wealth of chaplaincy experience. Her husband Malcolm is the new vicar of Annesley with Newstead.
Ruth said: "I am delighted to have been appointed lead chaplain for the Trust. The role of hospital chaplains is a varied one. While we do facilitate care for specific religious needs, a lot of support we give is to people who are lonely, isolated or struggling to cope.
"Thousands of people attend our hospitals every year who need to be cared for holistically. Their spiritual health impacts their overall well-being and recovery.
"Our team is professionally trained to serve people from any spiritual background. We represent a wide range of Christian communities and will contact other faith groups if needed. Our aim is to ensure that all people who work and visit our hospitals feel valued, respected and well cared for."
The Chaplaincy department will be hosting a licensing and welcoming service for Ruth on 31 March at 12pm. Led by the Right Reverend Richard Inwood, Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham Anglican Diocese, with the Archdeacon David Picken preaching, this service will affirm Ruth's appointment at the Trust and give her authorisation for ministry both in the hospitals and in the wider community.
Committed to protecting patients
25 March 2015
Sherwood Forest Hospitals has successfully vaccinated over 70 per cent of hospital staff against flu, making it one of the best performing Trusts in the country.
With a national average of 54.9 per cent, this is one of the highest uptakes the Trust has ever reached, with 70.2 per cent of staff across King's Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community hospitals committed to protecting themselves, their patients and their families against this highly contagious infection.
Over 40 nurses from all areas of the Trust volunteered their time to be trained in administering the vaccination, which led to a strong taskforce proactively vaccinating colleagues within clinical areas and in numerous 'grab a jab' clinics over the three hospital sites.
Rebecca Garner, Senior Occupational Health Nurse and lead for the flu vaccination campaign, said the results were a huge success: "The tireless efforts of the taskforce to offer vaccinations to staff day and night are driven by one factor – patient safety. Encouraging staff to get vaccinated is one action we take to decrease the risk of infection to our patients, and consistently, year by year, our aims are achieved."
Flu is much more severe than a cold. Anyone can catch it and for some people, especially the elderly, vulnerable patients in hospital and for those in 'at risk' groups, it can lead to a number of nasty, even life-threatening, complications. A comprehensive flu vaccination campaign is essential for the Trust in order to stop the risk of flu spreading.
Rebecca Garner added: "Staff have been very enthusiastic about our campaign and know the importance of flu vaccination. Although the flu jab isn't compulsory, they know that it is essential not only to protect themselves, but also to stop the virus spreading to our vulnerable patients."
New disabled facilities benefit patients and visitors
24 March 2015
People with complex disabilities will soon be able to access state of the art toilet and changing facilities with the installation of Changing Places amenities at King's Mill and Newark hospitals.
Changing Places facilities are different to standard disabled facilities. They have extra features and more space to meet the needs of adults with serious impairments such as profound and multiple learning disabilities, spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury.
The facilities will provide:
· A height adjustable adult-sized changing bench
· A height adjustable sink
· A tracking hoist system
· Adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
· A screen to allow the disabled person and carer some privacy
· A shower facility with non-slip floor.
Claire Henley, Learning Disability Nurse Specialist at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The Trust makes every effort to ensure patients and visitors are able to come to our hospitals freely without any accessibility worries.
"Proper toileting facilities are extremely important and we are committed to delivering these for the people who needed them.
"The number of people with complex disabilities is growing; we are all living longer, meaning many more people are likely to need access to a Changing Places toilet in the future."
The facility at King's Mill Hospital will be available for use from 30 March, and will be officially opened by Trust Chairman Sean Lyons on 31 March at 2.30pm. It is located opposite the main bank of lifts to the wards, just off the main entrance of the hospital. The facility will be accessible via the use of a radar key, which will be available from the main reception at the hospital between 8am and 8pm, or from the security office next to the Emergency Department at any other time. Users of the facility must provide their own slings.
A similar facility at Newark Hospital will be available in the near future.
Board of Directors meeting - Thursday 26 March 2015
23 March 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
- Integrated performance report
- Regulatory Monitor quarterly submission feedback letters
- Fit and proper person requirement
- Open & Honest Care – Driving Improvement (Midlands and East).
The meeting will be held on Thursday 26 March, 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: