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GP Bulletin - April 2016

New executive appointments and a farewell

We are pleased to announce that two experienced and accomplished leaders will be joining the executive team at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.

Karen Dawber, who will join us from Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will take up the post of Chief Nurse while John Holden, Director of Policy, Partnerships & Innovation at NHS England, has been appointed as our new Director of Strategy and Integration.

Karen has nine years’ experience as a Director of Nursing across three foundation trusts. An experienced nurse and service manager, she started her career as a paediatric nurse at Manchester Children's Hospital and has been a director of nursing at both The Walton Centre and Alder Hey Children's Hospital.  Karen will come into post on 30th August 2016. 

John will come to Bradford in June 2016 with more than twenty years’ experience of working in the Department of Health and NHS England. He is a highly experienced director who has shaped policy and strategy at a national level and is responsible for coordinating NHS England’s policy on a range of issues. He also manages NHS England’s formal accountability to Ministers and Parliament.

However, it is with sadness we have to announce to you that the Chairman of our Foundation Trust, Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford OBE, will soon be leaving us for pastures new.

We would like to wish Kamlesh all the very best in his new role, which will see him supporting The Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC in her new post as the Secretary - General of the Commonwealth of Nations. He has been invited by the Baroness to carry out a full strategic review of the Commonwealth Secretariat operations and assist her in developing and delivering her vision for the Commonwealth during her tenure.

Kamlesh will continue to support us as Chairman until the end of May 2016 and we will be working to appoint a new Chair over the coming months. We would like to thank Kamlesh for the enormous commitment, enthusiasm and the support he has brought to the Trust over the past two years and the legacy he will be leaving behind as the outgoing Chair.

Trust’s eye research brought to the world’s stage

Research conducted here in Bradford is gaining worldwide attention. Eye Consultant Faruque Ghanchi presented four lectures, including one at the plenary session, of the 7th World Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology (COPHy) in Warsaw, Poland. He also chaired a session on macular degeneration at last weekend’s event which attracted 1,200 eye specialists from across the globe. Faruque is Honorary Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology at Bradford University, as well as being Head of our Bradford Ophthalmology Research Network (BORN).

Professor Ghanchi said: “The convention meets every year to discuss the most recent, cutting edge developments, and is renowned for its sharing of knowledge, discussions and debates around the latest eye research innovations. It was a great honour to once again represent Bradford and the UK as I did for the first time last year as it really helps bring the Foundation Trust’s work on to the world stage.” The full scientific programme can be viewed on the COPHy website here.

Ward 4 gets ready for a £700k makeover

Work on the final part of our urgent care redevelopment is poised to get under way on ward 4 which is our Acute Medical Unit (AMU). The ward 4 work follows on from the refurbishment of ward 1, the creation of a new Ambulatory Care Unit (opposite ward 4) which opened last May, and the extensive revamp currently ongoing in our Emergency Department.

We are investing £700,000 in the upgrade of the 16-bed ward 4, and the Yorkshire Dales “outdoors theme” will continue in the facility when the renovation programme finally gets underway in May. Estates project manager, Thomas Molloy, said: “There will be a full refurbishment undertaken including new floors, doors, decorations, nurse call system, accessible toilets and walk-in showers. There will also be a new bariatric side room with an overhead hoist, in addition to the two dedicated side rooms which will have ensuite WCs. A new reception area, to mirror that on ward 1, will be constructed as you enter from the main corridor, so that visitors and patients are welcomed immediately upon entering the ward.”

The renovated ward will follow the same colour scheme and themes as ward 1, the ambulatory care unit and the link corridor which joins the two wards together, and whichwas revamped last December.

It is anticipated that the work will take 16 weeks to complete and will be finished by the end of August. Our purpose-built Ambulatory Care Unit was designed to treat those patients that do not require an overnight admission and are not unwell enough to necessitate a bed, but do need urgent assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

We are confident the redevelopment of ward 4 will provide an excellent environment for both patients, nursing staff and doctors and help us to provide better care for our patients.

Contacting BTHFT with questions, concerns or compliments….

We have a clear mission to deliver safe healthcare of the highest quality at all times for all our patients and are on a continuous journey of improvement. As such, we’ve recently expanded the number channels through which you can contact us to include Twitter and Facebook. We also have a dedicated email inbox for GP’s to help with any queries, concerns or queries you may have.

Trust Grand Round in April 2016

The next Trust Grand Round will take place on Thursday 28th April. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow professionals whilst remaining up to date with key issues and developments.

The subject covered in April will be –

        - ‘From Streptomycin to Armageddon - TB in Bradford’ presented by the Presented by the TB and ID multidisciplinary team

The Foundation Trust invites all local GPs to attend the Grand Round which are held monthly. The Grand Round is held in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Meetings start at 12.45pm and last for an hour. Lunch is available from 12.15pm.