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GP Bulletin April 2015

BTHFT rewarded for excellence at 4th Annual Bradford Mental Health Awards

Bradford Teaching Hospitals' health library staff are celebrating after they were named Workplace Provider of the Year at the 4th annual Bradford Mental Health Awards. The awards are organised by local mental health charity, The Cellar Trust, and this year expert government adviser on health and work, Dame Carol Black, presented prizes honouring the achievements of individuals who use the charity's services and the businesses who help them.

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Aiming for the Perfect Week “ 22-29 April

From 22-29 April we are aiming for the ˜Perfect Week'. Imagine a week without back-ups in AED, with no ward outliers, no escalation, no delays in diagnostics, with everyone working together to solve problems and deliver a real improvement in patient quality and safety. That is what ˜The Perfect Week' aims to deliver.

This initiative is widely used in leading Trusts across the UK and endorsed by NHS England. During ˜The Perfect Week' the whole organisation is focusing on Quality and Safety to improve the patient flow pathway. We are taking the opportunity to test out new ways of working with support from across the Trust.

The week-long event is being managed along similar lines to our major incident plan, with a command centre and management meetings throughout the day to maintain a close watch on how we are performing.

˜The Perfect Week' should free up medical staff allowing them to spend more time focussing on clinical duties, allow us to monitor how our support services provide rapid responses to clinical need, improve the patient flow throughout our hospitals and free up beds earlier in the day in order to prevent the hospital becoming full.

It is not about a makeover that fades quickly but it will allow us to have some quick wins. ˜The Perfect Week' will be critical for learning how and where we can improve.

Welcoming BTHFT's new Medical Director, Director of Governance and Non-Executive Directors

We're pleased to announce that a new Medical Director, Director of Governance and two new Non-Executive Directors have been appointed at BTHFT. Our Non-Executive Directors are Dr Mohammed Iqbal and Amjad Pervez who joined us in February. In addition, we also have Dr Bryan Gill who will join the Foundation Trust as Medical Director in early May and Donna Thompson who has joined the Board of Directors as Director of Governance & Corporate Affairs.

Dr Mohammed Iqbal and Amjad Pervez joined the Foundation Trust's Board as non-executive directors in February. Both bring a wealth of senior experience to the organisation from long NHS and private sector business careers respectively.

Mohammed has considerable personal experience of local, regional and national health issues, having worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector for the last 30 years. He currently works for Novartis as a healthcare development manager and was previously lay member on the governing body of the Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group, having previously served as a non-executive director of Bradford Health Authority.

Businessman Amjad founded Seafresh/Adams in the city more than 30 years ago. It is now one of the largest groups of independent specialist catering food services and cash and carry groups in the UK. Amjad also helped to establish Asian Trade Link Yorkshire Limited in

1999 which he chaired until last year. Until recently Amjad was also a Board member of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. He is currently a Board member with Bradford Matters, Bradford Breaking Through and The Yorkshire Asian Business Association. He is also Chair of the Rainbow Trust, which has opened two new free schools recently.

Dr Bryan Gill, who will soon join us as Medical Director from Leeds Teaching Hospitals where he was Deputy Medical Director. Bryan has extensive experience at a senior management level with a particular interest and expertise in patient safety.

And finally, we say goodbye to Chief Nurse Juliette Greenwood who is off to pastures new as Chief Nurse of the world-famous Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London. Chief Executive, Professor Clive Kay said: "I am sure everyone will join me in thanking Juliette for all of her hard work and to extend every good wish in her new role at GOSH." On an interim basis, Jackie Ardley has undertaken the role of Chief Nurse.

Women's Health Unit receives award

Staff from the Foundation Trusts' uro-gynaecology service in the Women's Health Unit have been awarded official accreditation for a service which treats women with overactive bladder syndrome.

The uro-gynaecology service began offering percutaneous posterior tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS), which helps alleviate symptoms of the condition through gentle stimulation of the bladder's nerves, five years ago.

The treatment is administered during nurse-led clinics held three times a week at the BRI. The team have been presented with an accreditation plaque which certifies them as a centre for the delivery of PTNS.

An invitation to the Grand Round

The Foundation Trust invites all local GPs to attend the Grand Round. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow professionals whilst remaining up to date with key issues and developments.

The subjects for the Grand Round on 28th April will be “

  • The real cost of hearing loss - what can we do?

Professor Chris Raine, ENT Consultant Surgeon

  • Frailty in Older People: Impact Across Clinical Settings

Dr Andrew Clegg, Clinical Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant Geriatrician

The Grand Round is held in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at Bradford Royal Infirmary on the last Tuesday of each month. Meetings start at 12.45pm and last for an hour. Lunch is available from 12.15pm.