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GP Bulletin December 2014

New Chief Executive Announcement

Following approval by the Foundation Trust's Council of Governors at their quarterly meeting on Wednesday 10th December, we are delighted to announce that Professor Clive Kay is the new Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

As you may know, Clive has been acting as interim Chief Executive since September 2014, following the retirement of Bryan Millar. Clive's appointment will provide strong and dynamic leadership for the organisation at a time of significant change.

You can find out more about our new Chief Executive and other members of the board of directors here.

Outline Business Case for Electronic Patient Record (EPR) approved

We are delighted to report that the EPR Outline Business case was approved by the Trust's Board of Directors at the end of November, marking the start of our exciting EPR journey. The full business case is due to go to our Board of Directors in January. During November, supplier demonstration sessions were held wherein over 500 employees attended to have a first look at potential systems that may be implemented. Nearly 80% of attendees felt the systems were good or excellent and many expressed enthusiasm at the new EPR and the potential benefits it offers in improvements in quality and safety.

Further developments will be communicated through future publications of the GP bulletin.

Transforming Urgent Care

As you are probably aware there has been lots of progress and positive developments in how we care for patients at BTHFT needing Urgent Care. Here is an update on what has happened so far and our plans for the future -

- Acute Medicine - we are developing a new Acute Medicine Unit (AMU) for patients needing assessment and treatment. The new unit has 43 beds in what was previously Ward 1 and Ward 4. The final stage in the development will be completed in the Spring of 2015 with the refurbishment of Ward 4. The first stage in the development of the AMU is now complete with the refurbishment of Ward 1. In addition a separate Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) is being built, opposite Ward 4, to treat emergency medical patients who don't need to be admitted overnight. The new ACU is due to fully open in April, in the meantime we plan to provide an ambulatory care service within the AMU as a way of piloting this new way of working. This will be an important new service for our patients and you our GP colleagues.

- Accident and Emergency Department (AED) - thanks to funding from the CCG's, we are modernising our AED with work due to start in Spring 2015. This work will provide a larger area to treat sick children, a bigger patient waiting room and a new area for AED staff to receive patients brought in by ambulance. The aim is for the majority of patients to be reviewed by a senior doctor within 60 minutes of arrival and experience a smoother journey through the department. We are planning to complete all of the building work before Winter 2015.

We are developing long term and short term plans to improve our Acute Surgical Assessment Unit. Ideas so far have included a larger dedicated Acute Surgical Unit for all emergency patients requiring surgery. In the Children's Urgent Care project ideas are being developed to create clear links between AED and our children's services, and the possible development of a new children's High Dependency Unit. If you have any ideas to improve Urgent Care and wish to get involved, please email qualityideas@bthft.nhs.uk.

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.

While there is no Grand Round in December, the schedule resumes on January 27th 2015 with the following presentations -

- McKesson Study Share - A digital radiology library for all. Louise Hattingh “ Consultant Radiologist, Radiology

- Presentation 2 - TBC

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.

Festive Greetings from BTHFT

As the year winds down, BTHFT continues its focus on providing patient centred care during the busy festive season. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in 2014 and look forward to working with you in 2015. Wishing you a happy holiday and a prosperous New Year. Best wishes from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHSFT.