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Summer 2018 | issue 5


North West Anglia

NHS Foundation Trust

Baby Friendly Award for Hinchingbrooke Maternity Team page 6 Bringing members, staff and PATIENTS the latest Trust news

Students welcomed to Peterborough City Hospital for NHS Discovery Day

Message from our

Chief Executive


Stephen Graves Welcome to the Summer edition of Pulse magazine

Research Department named one of the top recruiters in region

In the year since we formed the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, following the merger of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in April 2017, we have been working on shaping our future plans for patient services in the wider catchment area we now serve.


On 1 May 2018, our Trust board approved our Clinical Service Strategy which was developed with input from Trust clinicians and sets out plans for health care in our five hospital sites until 2023. It is aligned with the overarching health system-wide Sustainability and Transformation Plan which sets out the requirements for all health services, such as community, mental health, primary care and hospital services, to ensure the needs of our growing population in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire are met in the short and longer term.

Baby Friendly Award for Hinchingbrooke Maternity Team

I am grateful to our clinical teams who have helped us develop a strong Clinical Service Strategy to deliver high quality, sustainable services, while strengthening teams across our hospitals and provide more care closer to home for our patients. We have published the strategy on our website – visit for more information.


In this edition Our staff are focussing on improvements to their own health as well as our patients’ – by taking part in the fantastic Global Challenge 100-day initiative which aims to get more of our colleagues cycling, walking, running and swimming to improve their health and wellbeing. This is the third year our staff have participated in the initiative and last year, we were named the Most Active NHS Trust in the country. So we have lots to live up to this year! See page 13 for more details.

Chief Executive, Stephen Graves

We are planning to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS with a number of events across our hospitals in July. You can read more about the plans on page 10.

College Students tend to Stamford Hospital’s gardens

Stephen Graves Chief Executive

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First bowEl cancer screening event held at PCH On May 12, Peterborough City Hospital held the Bowel Cancer Screening Program CT Colonography Best practice Guidelines launch in the Learning Centre. This was a free event offered to all Hospital Trusts in the UK and was sponsored by a grant from the PHE Screening Programme and supported by the BCSP CTC Radiographer Education Development Group (CTCREDG), SCoR and the CTC training departments. The BCSP CTC Radiographer Education Development Group was set up to develop a national strategy to reduce variations in the practice of CT Colonography. The group has developed best practice guidelines, training and competency frameworks for managers

and practitioners working in screening and symptomatic services. The event was a huge success. Liam Gale and Stephen Wilson who are Advanced GI

Practitioners in Diagnostic Imaging became representatives for the group and were involved in producing the guidelines and training materials. Another event is due to be held in Stoke later in the year.

New technology introduced on Dementia-friendly wards Dementia-friendly wards, A9 and B14, at Peterborough City Hospital have recently introduced digital reminiscence therapy technology to help elderly patients feel more comfortable and to use as distraction/activity therapy during their stay. The state-of-the-art touch screen system offers a range of activities for patients to enjoy, such as jigsaw puzzles, painting and a variety of games, during their time in hospital. Patients can take a trip down memory lane and browse the library of historic photos, listen to their favourite songs from back in the day, or peruse the selection of old and new films.

New equality scheme promises Inclusion as Standard Our Trust recently launched an accreditation scheme which will support patients to have equal access to our services. The new scheme, Inclusion as Standard, is a commitment that any patient, visitor or staff member can expect the Trust’s facilities to meet their needs regardless of disability, race, religion, additional need or any other protected characteristic. The system of accreditation will be implemented across the Trust and will see departments and wards rated as Bronze, Silver or Gold standard at the

end of the year, based on evidenced adjustments that support patients. Lesley Crosby, Deputy Chief Nurse, said: “Inclusion as Standard seeks to embed the principles and processes of accessibility, equality and diversity so that they become part of our everyday working practices. The new scheme incorporates all of our organisational values and will allow the public to see how well departments within the Trust support people with additional needs. We envisage that this will make visiting, using or working within our services a more inclusive and accessible experience for all.”

Alison Gray, Dementia Specialist Nurse, said: “The unfamiliarity of the wards can be particularly distressing for patients with dementia, who often become agitated and confused by the hospital environment. The Digital reminiscence therapy systems help reduce this agitation and calm patients by providing a distraction and encouraging social interaction. “The systems have proved very popular with the patients and their families, and we are seeing more patients engage in social activity. We now have two systems based at each ward thanks to the Friends of Peterborough City Hospital, who very kindly donated the money to purchase them.”


Students welcomed to Peterborough City Hospital for NHS Discovery Day Peterborough City Hospital marked NHS Discovery Day on May 17. Around 50 students from local sixth forms and colleges, including Stanground Academy, Thomas Clarkson Academy and Jack Hunt, took part in the event. The students were split into groups and given a hospital tour before visiting various departments which included: Pharmacy, Theatres, Diagnostic Imaging, Radiotherapy and Rehabilitation. The day was organised by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Collaborative Outreach Network and Anglia Ruskin University. It aims to promote awareness of alternative

careers within the NHS to raise aspirations for young people regarding applying to universities. Ellen Marshall, Recruitment Officer, for Anglia Ruskin University, said: “Students visited our Peterborough campus and experienced hands-on taster

sessions in Nursing and Paramedic Science in our skills labs. Not only did they get to meet some of our academic staff and see our facilities, they also got to meet current Anglia Ruskin students and had the opportunity to ask them questions about their courses and life at the university.”

We are one!


On 1 April we celebrated our first full year as a merged Trust and to mark the occasion, cookies and cakes were distributed to staff in our hospitals at Peterborough, Hinchingbrooke, Stamford, Doddington and Ely.

“Your work to keep our patient services running as normal while the merger implementation took place in the background, was crucial to ensure our patients saw little or no change to the good care and services they had previously received.

Chief Executive, Stephen Graves, said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to say a huge thank you to our staff across all of our hospital sites who have readily joined us on the journey we have been on for the past 12 months.

“To mark our first anniversary, we wanted to give staff a little treat. Nothing too lavish that might break the budget before the new financial year starts – but an affordable gesture that shows how much we appreciate their support.”


Research Department named one of the top recruiters in region The work of the Trust’s research and development department has resulted in PCH being named as one of the top five recruiting acute hospitals in the region, after the team smashed their recruitment target for 2017/18. The team exceeded their recruitment target by 300, recruiting a total of 2,425 participants to 122 portfolio studies across the Trust. Debbie Carmichael, Research Governance Manager, said: “It has been a fantastic year for the department and I am very proud of how far the team has come. The Trust is committed to ensuring that research is at the centre of patient care and it’s important that we continue to raise awareness of the benefits of clinical trials. We

Dr Pathak

have also grown the number of patient research ambassadors and there are now seven volunteers promoting research across our hospitals.” Research in the Trust has gone from strength to strength and the department has recently rolled out its first multi-centre study in ophthalmology, POEM.

“This study looks at patients diagnosed with glaucoma or ocular hypertension,” said Debbie. “So far the study has been rolled out across four sites and another nine are expected to participate in the study. We are hopeful that the study will help improve the care of patients with glaucoma.”

Pathology Accreditation during Laboratory Refurbishment In February 2017 the Pathology laboratory at Hinchingbrooke Hospital began a complete refurbishment, which was finished in November. The refurbishment was completed in three stages which enabled staff to move equipment around the lab and to different areas, meaning they could still maintain a smooth service throughout the hospital.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Consultant, Dr Sangeeta Pathak has been appointed as the new Director of Research and Development for the Trust. Dr Pathak has extensive research experience from her work in South East Africa and Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, and is the research lead at Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology department. She brings her experience from her role of Speciality Group Lead in Reproductive Health and Childbirth for the Eastern Clinical Research Network, NIHR. “Research is crucial to finding out more about conditions and ensuring patients have access to the most up-to-date and effective treatments,” said Dr Pathak. “I am looking forward to working collaboratively with clinicians across the Trust to make research a core part of everyday clinical activity.”

Throughout the overhaul Sarah Gelder, Biomedical Scientist, achieved the Certificate of Competence IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science). This certificate enabled Sarah to apply to be a registered Biomedical Scientist. Sarah said: “I think the hardest part was having to be adaptive because I had to learn how to use new analysers quickly. As soon as I got used to how the old analysers worked a new one would come in with different ways of testing. “Completing the portfolio required a lot of work outside of the lab, I was given time at work to complete this which helped.”

Trust welcomes new Director of Research and Development

Sarah Gelder



Baby Friendly Award for Hinchingbrooke Maternity Team

Tiny Tickers Back in February Peterborough City Hospital received a visit from Tiny Tickers, a charity dedicated to improving the detection rates of cardiac defects in unborn and newborn babies. This will be the second time they have visited the hospital, the first being 5 years ago. The main way to improve the detection of cardiac defects is to provide training to Sonographers. When Tiny Tickers visited the hospital at the beginning of the year they spent two days in the Ultrasound department, during this time a Specialist Cardiac Sonographer provided extra support and advice to the group, in the form of a presentation which showed techniques and pathology. Several patients who had been scanned in the previous weeks were invited back to the department which allowed the Sonographers to receive practical training sessions and hands on advice. Lorna Adams, Principle Sonographer said: “We are extremely grateful to the patients who returned and supported us in this training. The two days that Tiny Tickers spent with us were a great support in reaffirming and developing the scanning qualities of the Sonographers here at Peterborough City Hospital.”


Hinchingbrooke Hospital has been awarded the prestigious Baby Friendly Award and is the latest UK healthcare facility to win international recognition from Unicef. The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by Unicef and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to measure the care provided for all mothers and babies in relation to infant feeding. The award is given to healthcare organisations after an assessment by a Unicef team evidences that recognised best practice standards are in place. Debbie Abbott, Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife, said: “We have been working towards the Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation for seven years now. The aim is to increase breastfeeding rates and to ensure that there is a recognised standard of care for all mothers within our maternity services.” Breastfeeding can protect babies against a wide range of serious illnesses, including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy, as well as asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in later life. It can also help reduce the risk of premenopausal breast and ovarian cancer for mothers.

She said: “We are so proud to have achieved this award and will continue working to ensure that we meet the standards of care set out by Baby Friendly for all mums and their babies that come to Hinchingbrooke.”

International Day of the Midwife celebrations On May 5 the Trust celebrated the fantastic work carried out by its midwives on International Day of the Midwife. Midwifery managers at Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke hospitals visited the maternity departments, handed out cake to staff and patients and thanked staff for their continued hard work and support. Peterborough City Hospital had another cause for celebration as the Transitional Care Team, which provides additional care to new born babies, received an “outstanding”

accreditation for the CREWS internal inspection on the same day. The CREWS inspection looks at the 5 domains as defined by the CQC: • Caring • Responsive • Effective • Well led • Safe Due to this fabulous “outstanding” accreditation the Transitional Care team will also be recognised at the Trust’s annual award ceremony.


Former Stamford Hospital staff reunite for NHS 70 On Thursday 5 July the NHS turns 70 and to celebrate, Stamford Hospital is giving retired staff the chance to reunite at a special afternoon tea. Guests will take a trip down memory lane over a cup of tea and a cake as they reminisce with former colleagues and current staff members.

College Students tend to Stamford Hospital’s gardens The gardens at Stamford Hospital have been given a makeover by green-fingered students from New College Stamford. Students John Clark, William Clarke and Mika Winfield spend one day a week tending to green spaces around the hospital’s grounds, as part of their Skills for Work and Living course in animals and horticulture. Putting the skills they learned throughout the course into practice, John, William and Mika worked with hospital staff to improve the gardens for patients and visitors by cutting back overgrown shrubs, digging up weeds, clearing leaves and completing general maintenance work. Sue Brooks, Matron and Site Manager at Stamford Hospital, said: “Patients and visitors often wander around our gardens, so it is important that they are kept tidy. While we have professional gardeners several times a year, the students do an excellent job keeping the gardens and grounds looking nice and tidy between times. We would like to thank John, William and

Mika for their hard work “The work experience programme not only ensures our gardens are in tip-top shape for our patients, but also helps students gain real-life experience and skills that will prepare them for their future professions.”

Sue Brooks, Matron and Site Manager at Stamford Hospital, said: “We are looking forward to bringing former colleagues together again for this special occasion. I love hearing stories from nurses, doctors, and porters who worked at the hospital in former years - their tales are fascinating.” A selection of photos from the last 70 years will be available for people to look through and there will be display of artefacts from the hospital’s museum. “Our museum holds a variety of historical items that were used in healthcare during the last century,” said Sue. “These tell a story of how the healthcare profession has changed and developed over the years, and will proudly be displayed throughout the reunion.” See page 10 for more NHS 70 news.

“Work experience is an important part of our students study programme at the College. They are delighted to have been able to contribute in a way that can help others to enjoy the grounds, all whilst obtaining real work skills to support their future progression.” - Gena Depear Gena Depear, Lecturer at New College Stamford said, “Work experience is an important part of our students study programme at the College. They are delighted to have been able to contribute in a way that can help others to enjoy the grounds, all whilst obtaining real work skills to support their future progression.”


Wedding celebration for special couple at PCH A very special wedding took place on ward A10 at PCH on Friday 9 March. 82 year old patient Ole Rostam wed his beloved Jacqui, after 15 years together. The couple had been due to have the ceremony in their home town of Grantham the following week, with Jacqui being fitted for a wedding dress and lots of family and friends invited to celebrate with them. However, Ole became too unwell to leave hospital and so chaplain Helen Fyall, with the help of staff on A10, made arrangements for them to get married in Ole’s side room that afternoon. They were joined by their children and one of Ole’s granddaughters who had travelled from university in Newcastle to celebrate their nuptials. The ceremony was conducted by a local registrar. Sainsbury’s in Bretton donated a cake and the emotional event was captured on camera by the hospital communications team. Bride Jacqui said: “I can’t believe just how kind everyone has been to us. We couldn’t have wished for a more special wedding and I thank each and every person involved in helping us plan this at such short notice. It means the absolute world to Ole and I.” Lead Hospital chaplain Helen Fyall offered a blessing of the marriage and provided a reading for the couple. which was coincidentally the same reading Jacqui and Ole had chosen for the ceremony themselves.

“I spent a lot of time with Ole and Jacqui,” says Helen. “This was a very personal and touching afternoon and it was my absolute honour to have been a part of their wedding ceremony.”

Cash Office relocation The cash office at Hinchingbrooke Hospital has been relocated from the back of the hospital to the main entrance. This is so patients, staff and visitors don’t have to walk a long way to gather information they may require whilst at Hinchingbrooke. The design for the Cash Office has been supported by Caroline Walker, Finance Director, and Paul Lamb, Deputy Director of Finance. Caroline felt that the main entrance needed to look and feel the same as it did before the relocation. Caroline said: “I believe that the contractor has done a brilliant job in creating the new area.” In only six weeks a new volunteers reception hub, staff room and communal printing room have also been established to allow the Cash Office to relocate.


Ole sadly passed away just over a week later and will be very much missed by Jacqui, their family and friends, and all the staff on A10 who got to know him during his stay in hospital.

Launch of new imaging system After a 21 month project, the Trust PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) team recently launched Enterprise Imaging and Xero, to improve the way in which clinical and operational staff can view and interpret images at Peterborough City and Stamford Hospitals. The new systems are due to be implemented at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2019.

The PACS team helped make NWAngliaFT only the second UK Trust to use the new Enterprise Imaging system

Four new appointments to Trust board In April we welcomed new members to our Board of Directors. Louise Tibbert has joined us as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development. Louise previously worked in a similar role at University Hospitals Leicester NHS Foundation Trust and has also served in local authorities in Cambridge and Hertfordshire.

The launch was the culmination of 21 months’ collaborative work between the Trust’s PACS and Diagnostic Imaging teams, and a team from AGFA UK and International. As a result PCH and Stamford are only the 2nd UK sites to launch the new EI and Xero software. Following a competitive procurement to replace the existing PACS, the 10-year managed contract with AGFA healthcare will see improved clinical workflows and outcomes, better communication and

Louise Tibbert

Ray Harding, Non-Executive Director, brings a wide range of financial and commercial experience to the board from his previous roles, which most recently included Director of Estates Administration for University College London. collaboration between stakeholders in the imaging process, along with allowing clinicians, specialities and other stakeholders to access reports and images.

The new imaging systems will meet the needs of the Trust both now and in the future, supporting the provision of high level care and services to patients.

Radiographer led CTC service Two Radiographers from Peterborough City Hospital have had a poster accepted for the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR). This is great news for the diagnostic imaging department as ESGAR usually only accept poster presentations from Radiologists. Every year ESGAR hold a conference in Europe and this year the venue will be Dublin. When the conference date is released ESGAR send out a call for poster proposals and radiologists send across their

ideas to be looked at by the committee. Rachael Bilton and Sarah East created a poster titled ‘Radiographer led CTC service - The Future?’ The poster is about how services have been developed, how auditing happens and how it runs etc. Liam Gale, Principle Advanced GI Practitioner said: “Peterborough City Hospital is the only fully radiographer led service in the UK it’s something that Europe doesn’t have however Rachel and Sarah wanted to let them it can be done. It’s absolutely fantastic and what they have achieved.”

Mary Dowglass, Non-Executive Director, previously fulfilled a Director of Nursing role for the former Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals until 2002 and has since worked as CEO of an international charity providing health services in the developing world. Beverley Shears, NonExecutive Director, has a strong background in organisational change and transformation, having fulfilled roles including Deputy Managing Director and HR Director at Stagecoach South West Trains. The three Non-Executive Directors were appointed following the departure of Non-Executive Directors Allan Arnott, Sarah Dixon and Alan Brown who had all completed their the terms of office.



NHS 70 The NHS turns 70 this year, and the Trust has lots of exciting events lined up across Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals to celebrate this momentous occasion. Over the last 70 years, the NHS has been at the centre of some marvellous medical breakthroughs, including the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplants, and it continues to drive innovation in patient care. Here is what we have planned in our hospitals:

Exhibitions from through the ages Throughout June and July, Peterborough City Hospital will be holding an NHS 70 themed exhibition in the main atrium. Patients and visitors are invited to join us as we look back at the history of Peterborough’s hospitals. There will be a variety of items of historical importance on display, including old nursing uniforms, photos of staff from Peterborough District and Edith Cavell Hospital, and much more. Visitors can also peruse a selection of medical equipment and technology as we look at how healthcare has changed over the last 70 years. Patients visiting Hinchingbrooke Hospital will also be able to trip down memory lane and browse a selection of heritage items, including a prayer book gifted to the hospital in the 1800s and old uniforms.

Time Capsule To mark the milestone, our staff will leave their legacy for future healthcare professions in our special time capsule. Each of our main sites will be given a time capsule to preserve their rich history. These will be kept above ground and will be proudly displayed in a prominent place in all three hospitals. Staff have been invited to contribute items of interest – these have so far included old x-ray film, photos and letters. The capsules will be filled in June and an official ceremony in the first week of July will signify the sealing of each one and the start

of a 70-year stretch before they are to be reopened in 2088!

NHS 70 party On Thursday 5 July, patients and visitors at Peterborough City Hospital will be able to enjoy a ‘street party’ in the main atrium from 11am-3pm. To celebrate our diverse workforce, staff will be bringing traditional cakes from around the world and there will be a special 70th birthday cake. There will also be a memory book for patients and staff to share their experiences and memories.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Open Day On Saturday 14 July, 11am-3pm, Hinchingbrooke Hospital will be opening its doors to visitors as part of the Trust’s NHS 70 celebrations. Members of the public will be able to look back at how the hospital, and the NHS, has changed over the last 70 years and find out more about future exciting developments. Visitors will be given the opportunity to look around key areas, such as theatres, and meet the staff that keep our hospital running. There will also be information stands, competitions, interactive displays and activities for all age groups.


Staff return from developing healthcare services in Uganda Staff from Peterborough City Hospital have recently returned from Southern Uganda where they performed life-changing surgeries at Kisiizi Hospital. The team, led by Orthopaedic Consultant Mark Latimer, spent ten days working collaboratively with hospital staff to perform 23 operations on children with limb deformities. The team also treated patients who had received severe burns and helped train the local theatre team. Joining Mr Latimer was

Trauma Practitioners Gemma Smith and Mauricee Bravo, Staff Nurse, Francisco Raposo, and Radiographer, Jodie Hall,

Consultant Chris Lockett, Team Manager for Trauma and

Orthopaedics in Theatre, Mark Robertshaw, Orthopaedic

Mr Latimer said: “This is the fourth year that staff have visited Kisiizi hospital and this year our team of volunteers has grown to include expertise in both urology and orthopaedics. The staff at the hospital are passionate about the care they deliver and have good practices in place, but they need support in developing their services, which is where we can help.”

International Nurses Day Celebrations

Volunteers Week 2018 Volunteers make a real difference to patients, visitors and staff within our Trust and from 1 – 7 June we celebrated Volunteers Week with them. Last year over 500 volunteers donated 46,500 hours to carry out various roles specifically developed to improve patient experience. Recently volunteers at Hinchingbrooke hospital attended a hand and forearm massage training event, delivered by Hands On Training and funded by the The Friends of Hinchingbrooke. This service was previously delivered by The Red Cross and has been relaunched by the Trust this summer. The hand and forearm massage focuses on light tissue massage using grapeseed oils. It is very relaxing and helps to calm patients and carers

during what can be a stressful time. Barry Pridmore, Volunteer Manager, said: “The hand and forearm massage service has previously been very popular and I am pleased that we are able to re-introduce it and offer complementary support to our patients. “Our volunteers offer invaluable support to our staff and patients, and Volunteers Week has been the perfect opportunity to say thank you for the benefit that each and every volunteer brings to our Trust”. If you have a qualification in the provision of complementary services and can offer your time to make a difference to our patients, we would welcome your support. Please contact

Staff at the Trust have been celebrating nurses across our hospitals as part of International Nurses Day. Various activities took place across both Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals. Displays at both hospitals showcased old nurses uniforms dating back to 1966 and also had collections of current staff photos. The photos taken showed nurses holding up signs highlighting a bit about them. This was to illustrate the diverse range of nursing roles fulfilled across the Trust. Thank you cards, signed by the Board of Directors, were handed out and a cake sale raised £584, which will go towards the Trusts student and educator awards. Joanne Bennis, Chief Nurse, at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “International Nurses Day is our chance to celebrate the diversity and skills of nursing roles and to recognise the contribution that nurses make to societies around the world. The date coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday on 12 May and we wanted to celebrate the varied roles of nurses within our Trust. Their hard work and skills make such big contribution and we want to thank them for that.”


British Journal of Nursing Award for Lisa Sharp Practice Development Project Nurse, Lisa Sharp, recently received the Pressure Care and Tissue Viability Nurse of the Year award at the BJN Awards 2018, for her work leading the Trust’s End PJ Paralysis campaign. The campaign focussed on enabling patients to enhance their autonomy, safety and dignity by getting up and dressed in their own clothes. Chief Nurse, Jo Bennis, said: “We are incredibly proud of the work undertaken by Lisa, the Practice Development Team and the Trust as a whole during this challenge. Lisa kept the Trust motivated, fuelled by her passion to provide the best possible patient care. Getting our less mobile patients up and dressed during their stay in hospital keeps them active, which means we can ensure they maintain their independence and discharge them to their own homes sooner, in order that they can spend time with their families and loved ones.”

Sonographer leaves a legacy after retirement A midwife sonographer at Hinchingbrooke has left a legacy behind following her retirement, having opened the original Maternity Day Assessment unit in March 2000. Janet Halliday started working at Hinchingbrooke in 1988 as a midwife based in the antenatal clinic, but as maternity services adapted over time Janet was given the opportunity to open a Maternity Day Assessment Unit, with support from her manager. Since then the department has gone from one person to a core staff of 16 midwives and midwife sonographers who provide early pregnancy scans, growth scans, dating scans, detailed scans and monitoring. Janet was the first midwife at Hinchingbrooke to be trained as an ultrasonographer and has since trained seven other midwives to undertake this increasingly important role in modern obstetrics. Previously these facilities were not readily available for women. Janet said: “The Maternity Day Assessment Unit was our opportunity to build on the care provided for women from early pregnancy onwards. This has resulted in us being able to offer a modern service and standard of care for women during their pregnancy and out of hospital, away from the acute setting of the delivery suite. I have really enjoyed working and building the department into the place that it is now. I leave my job with MDAU, antenatal and new born screening lead with a

Janet Halliday, Sonographer

sense of fulfilment and achievement for all that we have done over the last 18 years, but I am also looking forward to spending some time with my daughters and grandchildren and taking on some part-time courses during my retirement.” Kay Winter, Maternity Day Assessment Unit Manager, said: “I have worked with Janet for over 14 years, during which time she has been instrumental in developing the antenatal skills and knowledge of many midwives both in and out of the scan room, including many of the current team. “She has always made herself available for advice, she willingly covered colleagues and has been a huge support and a friend to us all. We will all miss her but hope that she enjoys her retirement and her new found ‘free’ time including spending quality time with her family and her friends.”

Learning Disability Week 2018 It is estimated 1,200 people with a learning disability die avoidably every year. On average women with a learning disability die 18 years sooner, and men with a learning disability die 14 years sooner than the general population in England. This year’s Learning Disability Week, which is between 18 and 24 June, run by Mencap, is aimed at improving awareness of learning disability amongst healthcare professionals so they are equipped to make reasonable adjustments to their care, which are a legal duty under the Equality Act 2010. The Trust has signed up to the Treat Me Well campaign to develop parity of care for patients with learning disabilities in our hospitals.


with a learning disability, and we offer Learning Disability and Autism Awareness training to staff to further support this.”

Lesley Crosby, Deputy Chief Nurse, said: “Signing up to Treat Me Well is the next step in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme. Our Learning Disability Nurses already provide support to colleagues across the organisation to educate them about caring for patients

As part of the campaign we are making a series of pledges, to ensure our staff are aware of the reasonable adjustments that can be made in order to accommodate the requirements for people with learning disabilities.such as extra time and accessible information. We also pledge additional training for staff, promoting the use of patient ‘passports’, enhancing the understanding of Mental Capacity Act and working in partnership with families and carers For more information about mencap Treat me well campaign https://www.


Our Marathon Runners

David Hardiman

Morag Roberts

In the Spring issue we told you about Trust staff who were going to run the London Marathon. So here’s how they did…

“This is a picture of me and my sons, who were there to cheer me on, scoop me up at the finish and get me home when I could hardly walk.”

Caroline Walker, Deputy CEO and Financial Director, completed her first (and last) ever marathon in 5hrs 48 mins and 6 seconds, despite the record temperatures in London. She has so far raised over £2000 for her chosen local charity.

Proving that he is Hardiman by name and nature, David Hardiman, Matron for Specialist Medicine, told us: “The day was extremely difficult. Not only did we have to train in the worst winter on record, we then had to run the hottest London Marathon on record. I soon realised that it was just going to be about getting to the finishing line, not about a finishing time.

She said: “The heat really played a huge part in making my time longer than I had planned. I hadn’t realised while I was there quite how many people were being treated at the side of the road for injuries. The water hoses set up by the firemen that showered all the runners were fun to walk through though! “Hearing people shout your name to cheer you on was a help on the hard bits.

“The support I received was phenomenal, not only from my friends and family but also from strangers”. David hit his fundraising target of £3500. Alf Hand, a patient of David’s when he was in Critical Care, saw David’s achievement and decided to thank him for his care with

Caroline Walker

a cheque for the same amount, doubling David’s donation. David said “Alf’s kind gesture was amazing. We are very grateful for his generosity. This is what this was all about, raising money for the British Heart Foundation in honour of all those patients I have seen suffer.” Morag Roberts (74), Staff Nurse at Stamford Hospital, completed her third marathon in 6hrs 15 mins and has raised over £1,000 for the British Red Cross so far. She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed running the course. The crowds seemed larger than previous years and their cheers of support were electrifying. This year’s unusually warm weather made it impossible to keep to my target time. “I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me. I have raised over £1,000 for my chosen charity.”

Around the world in 100 days Trust staff have recently begun a virtual journey around the globe, in a bid to ensure that opportunities are available to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of our workforce. This is the third year in a row that the Trust is taking part in the Global Challenge, following our success in 2017, having been named the Most Active Trust, we are confident that our teams will rise to the challenge again, this time with the help of colleagues in

our community hospitals. The Global Challenge is a 100-day virtual journey around the world, where teams of seven compete against others within the Trust, and against organisations around the world, to see who can be the most active. The Challenge began on May 23 and sees staff logging their participation in activities from walking, cycling and swimming to boxing, rowing, pilates and yoga!


Fundraising thanks

Emergency Nurse Practitioner takes on Race for Life Jess Williams

British Championship gold for Jess Jess Williams, a Health Care Assistant at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, became British Duathlon Champion in a race on Sunday 25 March at Bedford Autodrome. The race involved running 10km, cycling 40km and then following this outstanding effort with a final 5km run! Jess has already qualified for the European Duathlon Championships in Ibiza this October and forthe World Duathlon Championships taking place in Denmark this July. Having been the 2016 British Duathlon silver medallist, Jess was disappointed to have been struck by injury in the lead up to the 2017 competition and was unable to take part. Undeterred, Jess continued to train once she had recovered and the recent win is proof of her sheer determination and hard work. Assistant Director of Nursing, Ivan Graham, said: “Jess is a great example of the fantastic people we have working within our Trust. The dedication and commitment involved in winning a gold medal at the British Championships, alongside working full time delivering high quality care to our patients, should not be understated. We’re incredibly proud of Jess’ achievements and we look forward to hearing her news from the European and World Championships”.

Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Alison Fletcher is preparing to take on the Peterborough Race for Life, having been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

Alison Fletcher

Alison, who works in the Emergency Department at Peterborough City Hospital, will be joining friends, family and colleagues as she walks 5km around Ferry Meadows on Sunday 24 June. She said: “I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a very aggressive and relatively rare form of cancer in February 2018. As part of my treatment, I am undergoing 21 weeks of chemotherapy and I will be halfway through this when I complete Race for Life. Despite this I am determined to finish the race for those who have fought, those fighting, those who have lost the fight and those that will face it in the future.” Over 40 staff members from the Emergency Department have signed up to support Alison and will take part in the Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK. “I am overwhelmed by the support from the Emergency Department and have never felt prouder to be part of the team,” said Alison. “I am halfway through my treatment and so far I have been feeling relatively well, however I know that if I start to feel

poorly, the army around me will get me through.” “Cancer Research UK is such an important charity. Without their research into cancer, treatments and screening, fewer people would be surviving this terrible disease. I have been fortunate enough to have been eligible to take part in a trial and I am hopeful that research will continue to improve treatments and eventually find a cure.” If you would like to sponsor Alison and her team, please visit her fundraising page: https://fundraise.

Hinchingbrooke Consultant runs Scottish Marathon Mr Daniel Rajan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, ran the Scottish marathon in Stirling in April 2018. Daniel, who ran to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK), was pleased with his finish time despite stopping at mile 20 to help


a fellow runner who was unable to finish the race. Daniel’s inspiration for running for ARUK comes from his personal experience of dealing with patients affected by the disease. Today there are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this is expected to become over 1 million by the year 2025.

Daniel Rajan


Breast unit colleagues put their best feet forward for cancer Members of staff who work in the Breast Unit at Peterborough City Hospital have signed up to take part in the Stamford Pretty Muddy 5k race in June. Pretty Muddy is a 5k race where participants get covered in mud by climbing over obstacles or crawling through mud. The team will have to crawl under low nets, climb up cargo nets, climb an inflatable slide, bounce down into a pool of mud and walk through tyres. The Breast Unit team is made up of 9 staff members who have volunteered to run together as some have family and friends who have received a diagnosis of breast cancer. The team comprises a staff nurse, healthcare assistant, imaging assistant, mammographers and screening secretaries.

Staff Nurse, Laura Wadsley, said: “Since qualifying as a nurse I have had the pleasure of meeting various men and women who are affected by cancer. I have worked in the breast unit for a year and have met so many strong and determined people who I would like to raise money for, showing them that our breast unit here at PCH fights cancer too.” “This race might make us laugh, cry or fall over but it’s nothing in comparison to what they go through..I am hoping I don’t come back too bruised though!” The money that the ladies raise from Pretty Muddy will go to Cancer Research, specifically for breast cancer research as it’s something close to the team’s hearts.

Dot’s Easter fundraiser For the past 5 years, a Hinchingbrooke hospital front desk volunteer has been knitting chicks at Easter time. Dot Dighton has been knitting the chicks which fit onto a Cadbury’s cream egg and she sells them on main reception. This has become a massive hit with patients and staff. All of the proceeds from the sale of the chicks are donated to the Woodlands Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Back in March/April Dot raised a total of £475 which was presented to Pat Butcher, Chairman of The Friends of Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Pat said: “The friends were delighted to accept the cheque from Dot, she particulary wanted the money to be used for people using The Woodlands Centre. Dot’s work is a labour of love, she feels passionate about Hinchingbrooke

Hospital and is why she became a volunteer.” The Friends of Hinchingbrooke Hospital will keep Dot up to date on what the money has been spent on.

Chloe’s Little Book Shop donates to children on Amazon Ward A local businesswoman has donated 60 books to children on Amazon Ward at PCH to help put a smile on the faces of as many children as possible, during what can be a frightening time spent in hospital. Mel Randle runs an online bookshop called, ‘Chloe’s Little Book Shop’, which was named after her daughter, Chloe and was set up when she was just six months old. In December Mel joined the Trust’s Christmas Love from Lapland appeal and made a donation of books for children who would spend Christmas Day in hospital. These went down so well with the younger patients on Amazon Ward that Mel decided to hold a regular book stall at the hospital. All profits from the sale of books go toward reading and activity books for children on Amazon Ward and the stall will be located in the Women and Children’s Atrium once a month. Mel said: “The stall was very well received in April by hospital staff and visitors alike and in just one day I raised enough money to buy 60 books for the children. I can’t wait to see how things will develop throughout the year and I look forward to returning each month”. Zoe Wilkinson, Play Specialist Team Leader at Peterborough City Hospital, said: “We are so grateful to Mel for her kind donation. The book stall has been really popular and to be given the opportunity for the children on our ward to benefit from these books is a lovely gesture. We look forward to seeing the bundle of books the children receive next time.”


Membership news

Keeping in touch with our members Due to the changes in data protection laws, we would like to make our members aware of what personal information we hold for them and how we use it. Members who receive Pulse magazine through the post, or via an email link, have their name and contact details stored securely on our electronic membership database. This information is provided by members when they sign up to join our Trust and is used [solely] to keep members updated on hospital news and events. This information is in no way linked to any patient systems used by the Trust. We would love to continue to communicate with our members on a regular basis; however, it is important to note that should any members wish to remove their information from our membership database, they can do so in one of the following ways.

New Public Governor at Hinchingbrooke Alison Meadows has joined the Trust as a Public Governor for Hinchingbrooke. Alison has lived locally for many years and likes to get involved with community and charity activities. As well as her new role Alison is a Director of two digital consultancy businesses that provide marketing, branding and websites as well as building bespoke software for lifestyle and community organisations. Alison hopes to bring her professional experience to the role. Alison said: “I believe it’s really important to be able to look back and say - yes I helped with that and that’s my mantra for everything. Turn up. Contribute. Make it happen!”

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• Wednesday 29 August, 1.30pm at Hinchingbrooke Hospital We also stage a quarterly Council of Governors meeting in public. Upcoming meetings are as follows: • Thursday 6 September, 2pm New Meeting Hall, Stamford Hospital

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