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GP Bulletin November 2014

New Cardiac Cath Lab and day-case unit opens

Our new state of the art Cardiac Cath Lab facility, along with an integral day-case unit and procedure room, opened on 28th October. The facility is adjacent to Ward 22 Coronary Care Unit with access through the main ward entrance.

It is intended to deliver a number of benefits including -

- more productive use of nursing time thus improving the patient experience

- the capacity to meet cardiology waiting times and carry out increased activity

- improving the operational efficiency of the service by reducing transfer time for patients

The facility will be used for patients undergoing coronary angiography, angioplasty and pacemaker and device implantation. Planning is underway for the official opening and details on this will follow at a later date.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals joins NHS Quest

We have recently successfully applied to join NHS Quest, an elite network of 16 Foundation Trusts who wish to focus intently on improving patient safety and quality of care.

Members of NHS Quest work together, share challenges and design innovative solutions to provide the best care possible for patients.

We are participating in the deteriorating patient initiative, with a specific focus on:

¢ Sepsis

¢ Cardiac Arrest

¢ Medication Safety

This collaborative approach will ensure early detection and appropriate management of deteriorating patients. It is the first time a collaborative of this scale has been attempted involving Foundation Trusts in England that specifically concentrates on improving a wide range of known patient safety issues and re-affirms our focus on relentlessly improving quality and safety.

Projects from NHS Quest will be managed through the Foundation Trust's re-launched SAFE! programme. If you would like any further information regarding NHS Quest, please contact us on the details provided at the bottom of the page.

Have your say about our transformation programme

We are transforming our services at Bradford Teaching Hospitals to ensure safe, high quality care for our patients and future generations, whilst also meeting the financial challenge. To do this we have a dedicated Programme Management Office, supporting the implementation of six transformation programmes.

The six clinically led, nurse assured and operationally managed programmes are;

- Urgent Care - Improving patient flow into the hospital through all urgent care routes.

- Patients and Quality - Improving care through effective and efficient theatres; ensuring we have the right number of beds and that services are fit for the future.

- SAFE! - Improving patient safety because it is the right thing to do.

- Clinical and Process Support - Improving our administration system and proactively managing our support services e.g. IT, Pharmacy, diagnostic tests.

- People, Places and Procurement - Ensuring our non-clinical support services are contributing to better care, developing our people and our management processes.

- Going Digital - Harnessing technology to improve care and manage our workload in an intuitive and proactive way.

In future editions of this bulletin, we will bring you updates on each of these programmes starting with our Urgent Care programme and the development of the new Ambulatory Care Unit and the redesign and development of A&E.

Engaging with you as stakeholders about the changes is vital to the success of our programmes.  We want to hear for you, if you have any ideas that will help us;

¢ Improve services and patient care

¢ Prevent waste and save money

¢ Become more productive

¢ Use innovation and technology

¢ Ensure safe and high quality standards

¢ Provide a hospital for future generations

Please send your quality ideas to qualityideas@bthft.nhs.uk.

New Ward Block and Accessible Entrance approved for development

Our Board of Directors has recently approved the Business Case for the development of a new ward block and accessible entrance - this is a pivotal moment in the delivery of our Clinical and Estate strategies. The build will enable clinical and non-clinical services to be modernised in line with our QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) agenda.

The two new wards will allow paediatrics to move out of their existing Wards (16 and 17) into two state of the art wards with facilities that will not only transform our children's service provision, but future proof it against the known population increase for this age group.

The current void under the existing Wards 29 and 30 will be developed and will include a new critical care unit that will consolidate all our current intensive care and high dependency beds in one location (although we are then going to look more widely at Level 2 provision across the site).

The new accessible entrance, accessed via Smith Lane, will dramatically improve first impressions with the whole of the Smith Lane side of the site receiving a face lift with redesigned car parking, level access and a complete re-landscaping of all other areas. The interior will house a number of retail outlets (yet to be determined) that will improve what we offer to staff, patients and visitors. It will also include a number of key support services that support the patient throughout their course of treatment.

As the build takes shape, we will keep you informed of the progress.

An invitation to the Grand Round

The Foundation Trust invites all local GPs to attend the Grand Round. The Grand Round is a monthly event and generally consists of two presentations delivered by expert. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow professionals whilst remaining up to date with key issues and developments.

The subject for the Grand Round on 25th November will be -

- The National Cancer Experience Survey results 2014 - Dr Reg Race, Managing Director, Quality Health.

- An overview of the patient experience - Shelley Bailey, Assistant Chief Nurse, Patient Experience Lead, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Judy Peltier, Patient Representative

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.


This monthly bulletin aims to keep local GPs up to date with the trust's new services and developments. If you'd like any further information about any of the items in this month's briefing contact Naveed Saddique on 01274 382635, email gp.comments@bthft.nhs.uk