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Pulse August 2019 edition

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Welcome to our members’ e-newsletter, keeping you up-to-date with the latest Trust news and developments.

In this issue you’ll find information about our first paramedic independent prescriber, our amazing volunteers, what a patient experience facilitator does.

Welcome from the Chair, Graham Sims

Hello everyone, summer is here and unlike last year, the gardens are getting plenty of rain!

As always, we have had a couple of busy months. Leaving aside the incredible activity at the Trust’s locations, we have also been looking at how we further translate our now well communicated strategy, into actions. They say that the only constant, is change itself, well here at your Trust we are familiar with change across everything we do and have been managing it for over 180 years!

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Spencer speeds up our Emergency Department service

 

One of our advanced paramedics is pioneering a new way for our hospital patients to get vital medicines.

Last month, Spencer Winch, who works in our Emergency Department (ED) became one of the country’s first-ever paramedic independent prescribers. 

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Dominic Hardy, new COO

 

We’re pleased to announce that the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Dominic Hardy to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Dominic will join the Trust in the late autumn from NHS England and Improvement where he is National Director of Primary Care and System Transformation. Dominic will be taking over from Mary Sherry who will remain with us until late October.

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Berkshire West Integrated Care Partnership

 

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has joined forces with six other public sector organisations to bring a wider range of health and social care services closer to West Berkshire’s 600,000 residents.

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A day in the life of a Senior Patient Experience Facilitator

 

This month we spoke to Maria Walker, Senior Patient Experience Facilitator to get an insight into a typical day in the Patient Experience team. 

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Know your numbers!  9-15 September 2019

 

The Blood Pressure Association is encouraging people to check their blood pressure numbers during their annual ‘Know your numbers’ week which runs from 9 -15 September.

High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses, so preventing or reducing it can help you live better for longer.

Around a third of people in the UK have high blood pressure, but because it’s symptomless, a lot of people don’t realise they have it. 

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Attend Anywhere – video calls with doctors

 

As part of the Berkshire West Outpatients Transformation Programme, we are taking part in a national trial with NHS Improvement to support the implementation of a video conferencing platform called ‘Attend Anywhere’.

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Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Project SEARCH continues to support young people with learning disabilities

In partnership with Project SEARCH, the Trust recently celebrated the graduation of ten young adults with special educational needs who successfully completed their year-long supported internship at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

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Serving up a huge ‘Thank you’ to our outstanding volunteers

Over 100 volunteers gathered last week for the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s annual celebration supper to recognise the hard work and commitment they make to the Trust. Steve McManus, Chief Executive, Graham Sims, Chairman and members of the executive and senior management teams welcomed guests and thanked them for their valuable contribution.

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Lead Governor update, Tony Lloyd

One of the duties of being lead governor at the Trust is to speak on behalf of the Council of Governors at the Annual General meeting. Much of what the lead governor presents is prescribed in the Trust Constitution so the slide packs for the last 4 years at least are pretty much identical other than the names of new and retiring governors. 

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In brief

Members’ Open Day, Saturday 7 September 20109, 9am to 1.30pm

Royal Berkshire Hospital, Trust Education Centre, Craven Road, Reading RG1 5AN

Our members’ open day will consist of a variety of activities including departmental tours, exhibitions and talks. To reserve your place please email: foundation.trust@royalberkshire.nhs.uk or call 0118 322 7405.

Research staff shortlisted for awards

Congratulations to research staff from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust who have been shortlisted for the Thames Valley Health Research Awards.

Organised by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands (LCRN), the winners will be announced at Reading Town Hall on
25 September.

Our shortlisted staff, who were nominated to recognise their contribution to NHS, public health and social care research, are:

All-round High Performing Team:
Urgent Care Research Team

Exceptional Contribution to a Commercial Study:
Julie Sutton, Catherine Young and Chandan Yaliwal,

Research Rising Star:
Chris Blick, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group

Join the Berkshire West CCG at their AGM & Governing Body Meeting on Tuesday 10 September. The meeting starts at 10:00hrs at the Novotel Hotel, Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1DP. Click here to register.

Healthwatch Reading public engagement on the NHS Long Term Plan

Earlier this year Healthwatch Reading reached out to communities in Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to ask their thoughts on the NHS Long Term Plan.

More than 1240 people shared their views on local priorities and how services could be improved.  A report presenting a summary of those views is available here

If you would like to share your thoughts on the priorities highlighted please email communications@royalberkshire.nhs.uk 

Council of Governors

The Council of Governors (CoG) provides a way to directly link the Royal Berkshire to the communities it serves through the active involvement and participation of patients, members and staff. The CoG ensures that the voice of these people is used to inform the Trust’s decisions and improve medical care and patient experience. They hold regular meetings which members of the public are welcome to attend.

Our next CoG meeting will be on Wednesday 27 August 2019 – 17:00hrs, at the Trust Education Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital, RG1 5AN.

Recently elected governors

  • Bet Tickner, Public Governor, Reading
  • Fiona Anderson, Public Governor, Wokingham
  • Pam Lynch, Volunteer Governor

Public board meeting

The Trust’s next public board meeting will be held on 25 September 2019, 09:30hs, at the Trust Education Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital, RG1 5AN.

Contact our membership team…

email:             foundation.trust@royalberkshire.nhs.uk
Tel:                  0118 322 7405

Address:         
Membership Office
Royal Berkshire Hospital
Craven Road
Reading RG1 5AN

Please do get in touch if you change email address so you can continue to receive newsletters and information from the team.

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