Our Values: Compassionate | Aspirational | Resourceful | Excellent

Pulse June 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 recent staff excellence awards, what a day in the life of a senior nurse in our acute medical unit looks like, why our Organisation Development team are award winners, and why Kevin Boyle, our public governor for Reading wanted to join the team!

Welcome from the Chair, Graham Sims

Hello everyone, it would seem that Summer is almost with us.

Our Trust continues to be busy and as always, the teams continue to perform outstandingly. Following a good winter and with the further improvements in service during the spring, we are well set for a strong summer.

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Staff ‘What Matters’ programme recognised as top in class at Healthcare People Management Awards

The Trust’s Organisation Development team was delighted to scoop the prestigious National Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) award for Excellence in Organisation Development.

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Trust’s Annual General Meeting

The Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16 July in the Trust Education Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Craven Road, RG1 5AN, starting at 17.30hrs.

The meeting is an opportunity to receive information on the Trust’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19 and to meet the Trust’s Governors.

For further information and to reserve your place, please email: foundation.trust@royalberkshire.nhs.uk or call 0118 322 7405

Kevin Boyle – Public Governor for Reading

I am delighted to have been elected as the Trust's public governor for Reading and look forward to contributing my skills and knowledge to help maintain standards, improve them where possible and to represent the interests of members and the public.

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A Day in the Life of…… an Acute Medical Unit (AMU) senior staff nurse

This month, we spoke to Harriet Howgill, one of the Trust’s Senior Staff Nurses, to get an insight into a day in the life of an AMU Nurse.

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New service to support families bereaved by suicide

Victim Support has been commissioned by Slough and Wokingham Borough Councils and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to run a pilot advocacy service to support families bereaved by suicide.  This project is part of the Berkshire Suicide Prevention Strategy and starts on 1 July 2019.

To help provide better support to those bereaved or affected, Victim Support has been commissioned to deliver the Bereaved by Suicide Service across Berkshire.

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Special event for young people with diabetes

An event aimed at young people with diabetes, and their parents, is being held on 9 July at Reading College. It’s been organised by the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Specialist Diabetes Children and Young People’s Nurses and will feature sessions covering sexual health, alcohol, diet and psychology.

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Staff dedication and achievements celebrated at annual awards evening

Nurses, doctors, midwives, support staff, and volunteers were among those honoured at Reading Concert Hall last month at the Trust’s annual staff excellence awards.

Award winners and highly commended nominees were recognised for demonstrating outstanding care, innovation, dedication, and commitment to our core values of always being: Compassionate, Aspirational, Resourceful, and Excellent.

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Lead Governor Update

One of the privileges of being elected as Lead Governor is that I am sometimes asked to represent the Council of Governors at Trust events. On 23 May I attended the staff excellence awards at Reading Concert Hall for a fantastic evening of celebration. 

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In brief

Phone line launched to help ‘hidden’ carers across Berkshire

At the beginning of June, Berkshire West and East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), together with Signal4Carers, launched a Berkshire wide Freephone number to support those who maybe looking after someone.

Many people who carry out caring responsibilities do not recognise themselves as carers, but may benefit from some support and could be unaware of the help available to them. Many may feel that they are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as a friend or family member.

If you or someone you know is caring for someone and would like advice, more information can be found on the CCG website here.

Lift the Baby

Look out for a new sports video with a difference which is hitting the screens at the end of June.

Health care teams across Berkshire have worked with London Irish Rugby Club on the video which is aimed at cutting the number of babies who die as a result of unsafe sleeping.

This is when a parent or carer accidentally falls asleep whilst cuddling a baby - research has shown there are 130 cases of this happening every year.

The Trust’s maternity team, along with colleagues at Berkshire West CCG and Berkshire East CCG felt that, because a lot of information around birth and babies is aimed at women, it would be useful to produce a video aimed at men.

The ‘Lift the Baby’ video was filmed at Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium with five of the London Irish squad and their babies. It’s being launched on 25 June so look out for it on twitter, other social media and on the CCG’s website.

New diabetes project in Berkshire West

Four GP surgeries in Berkshire West have joined a major national project aimed at improving the lives of people with diabetes.

Clinicians at the surgeries have linked up with academics at the University of Leicester to find new and better ways of helping patients manage their Type 2 diabetes.

The 30 month long project will:

  • train GPs and nurses to explain the benefits of diabetes education to their patients and families,
  • improve the way information about diabetes education is available in local communities and
  • identify any stumbling blocks preventing people accessing diabetes education events. This could be something like the lack of a meeting room, badly timed meetings or events that are not geared to the cultural needs of the community.

It’s hoped this will help people take more control of their condition and this in turn will lead to financial savings for the NHS and free up clinician’s time.

Research suggests that by 2035 Type 2 diabetes will account for 17 per cent of the UK NHS expenditure.

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 is in place to ensure 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 28 August 2019 - 18.00hrs, Trust Education Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Public board meeting

The Trust’s next public board meeting will be held on Wednesday 31 July 2019, 09:30hours, Trust Education Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Contact our membership team…

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

Membership Office
Royal Berkshire Hospital
Craven Road

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