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GP Bulletin - February 2017

We’re Number 1 for student satisfaction

We’re delighted to share with you the National Student Survey (NSS) results for Nursing and Midwifery. We were already aware that the Nursing and Midwifery programmes run by the University of Bradford in conjunction with ourselves had achieved overall satisfaction of between 94 and 100% (Child Nursing achieved 100% satisfaction) - an excellent achievement. But the NSS also includes additional questions for students studying ‘NHS’ subjects, and analysis of this data has shown that responses from our University of Bradford Nursing and Midwifery students are ranked Number 1 in the country for satisfaction with their Practice Placement experience.

Dr Pamela Bagley, the University’s Dean, Faculty of Health Studies shared the good news with our Education Department. She said: “The data is sufficiently large to have allowed this analysis of Nursing and Midwifery against other programmes and we and our practice partners should feel extremely proud to have achieved this top performance in the UK. I would like our practice colleagues to know that their work is really appreciated by the students. I also appreciate the work that goes into support students, and educators in the practice setting is integral to the achievement of this standard. Thank you to everyone, this is great work.”

Hospitals’ cutting-edge projects shortlisted for top awards

Two innovative and ambitious Bradford hospitals’ projects have been shortlisted for major national awards. The Diagnostic Virtual Ward project, based at Bradford Royal Infirmary has been shortlisted for the Medipex NHS Innovation Awards, while the Elderly Care Virtual Ward project, based at St Luke’s Hospital, has been shortlisted for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

The Medipex awards have established a reputation for showcasing outstanding projects and initiatives from across Yorkshire, Humber and East Midland regions, while the HSJ awards demonstrate nationally outstanding practice and cutting-edge innovations.

The Diagnostic Virtual Ward project, implemented in September 2016, is having a significant impact on the number of inpatient bed days saved. With the referral of its first patient, six bed days alone were saved and to date there have been 805 bed days saved.

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New £3m cash injection to fund our patient safety research

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Leeds will receive £3million, part of a wider £17m fund from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), with Centres in Manchester and London also benefitting. The Bradford NIHR Patient Safety Translation Research Centres (PSTRC) will be focused on adopting a new approach to managing safety by building resilience into the healthcare systems. It will develop research projects looking at the role of patients and the workforce in safety as well the as safe use of medicines and the role of digital innovations for patient safety.

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Wheelchair Services – referrals into the BTHFT service

Bradford Teaching Hospitals provide manual, powered wheelchairs, pressure relieving cushions and postural support for people with long term mobility needs in the Bradford area.   Patients are seen at wheelchair services on Cemetery Road or within school, day centre, residential units or their home environment. Assessment includes postural control, power chairs, manual chairs, pressure mapping and advice to wider MDT forums such as the MND pathway.

It is essential for all new referrals to be filled in by a qualified healthcare professional and they must be signed - unsigned referrals cannot be accepted. Full contact details for the patient are needed including a telephone number so we can arrange a home visit, deliver a wheelchair etc. The patient’s current height and weight is essential information so we can process the referral quickly without need for assessment.

Urgent referrals –

To process new referrals quickly, we need as much information as possible. Parts C and D of the referral form need to be filled in so that the referral can be triaged promptly. Urgent referrals are palliative patients and patients with pressure sores.

Powerchair criteria –

The process takes around 6 months from referral to provision. We are unable to provide powerchairs urgently. Powerchairs are provided for full time users, patients that are immobile and cannot self-propel. They are solely provided for indoor use with the ability to travel outdoors. We do not provide for outdoor use only or for children to use only at school. We do not provide scooters, patients requesting a scooter can be signposted towards the Motability scheme or to the shop mobility service.

These guidelines are set by the CCGs following the Yorkshire Regional Powerchair provision Criteria. We do not provide powerchairs to patients who have medical conditions that may affect their ability to drive safely, such as uncontrolled epilepsy, uncorrectable visual impairment, blackouts, dementia etc. We contact the patients GP to verify this information as we do not have access to SystmOne. The only medical information that we hold is from the referrals we receive. We would appreciate any other relevant information, including any relevant social information that may have an impact on a safe home visit.

Short term loans –

Wheelchair Services do not provide for the short term, we provide to patients with long term mobility needs. Some useful telephone numbers for short term hire of wheelchairs are:

· The British Red Cross: 0113 2015240

· Disability Equipment Bradford (DEB): 01274 594173

· Howden Hall Mobility: 01535 611776

· Ability Matters: 01274 649222

The contact details for the BTHFT service are Wheelchair Services, Unit 1 Four Lane Business Park, Cemetery Road, Bradford, BD8 9RY or by phone on 01274 322555. 

National ground-breaking dermatology study

Bradford Teaching Hospitals researchers are taking part in the ALPHA research study, a national multi-centre trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This is a nationwide ground-breaking study to look into the most effective treatment for chronic hand eczema and is looking to recruit more patients in Bradford.

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