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OCTOBER 2011

WARD IS ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC

EXCLUSIVE PULL-OUT!

Music Therapy arrives on Baildon Ward - p22 & 23

Find out more about our foundation trust application and ‘Have Your Say’ on our plans.

HOW PREPARED ARE YOU FOR AN EMERGENCY?

One service gets thrown in at the deep end as part of a crisis exercise - p26

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE MAKE THEIR MARK

Interactive fun days provide the perfect opportunity to get feedback from young people who use our services - p6 & 7

You and Your Care


In this Issue FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Ben Cullimore, Sam Hirst, Linzi Clark, Jayne Murphy

Welcome to the October edition of Connections featuring the latest care group stories, important information you might need to know and an exclusive pull-out mini-guide to all things foundation trust!

In other news, this edition looks at the upcoming flu season and reminds you of the importance of getting protected against the viral infection. Turn to pages 24 & 25 for more information and to find out the truth about common myths associated with the illness.

Our foundation trust application is well underway now (12 September 2011 - 5 December 2011) and so in a bid to bring you up to speed with what’s going on, we’ve developed a guide for you to pull-out and keep.

And although autumn looks set to be busy enough for everyone, make sure you keep one eye out for information about You’re a Star Awards 2012. Yes, our annual staff awards ceremony returns in March, so don’t miss out on making your nominations to guarantee your seat for the spectacular event! We’ll be communicating more about You’re a Star Awards 2012 in e-Update and the intranet over the coming months.

Featuring the key highlights of our application, frequently asked questions and real-life case studies, we hope the guide will help you understand a bit more about our bid for foundation trust status. Flick to the centre section of Connections to see what it’s all about and to find out how you can ‘Have Your Say’ on our future plans.

Our Local Counter Fraud Specialist, Liz O’Reilly, reminds you that fraud won’t be tolerated in our organisation on page 8 and on page 21 we look at how a new programme promoting positive mental health and well-being is making its mark in rugby league.

Communications Team If you require this document in a larger text format please contact the Communications team.

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Have you Got News for us? Don’t forget we are always on the look out for great gossip, exciting events and touching tales - if you have something to shout about please let us know!

Jayne Murphy

Sam Hirst

Linzi Clark

Ben Cullimore

Senior Comms Manager Tel: 01274 363551 Email: jayne.murphy@bdct.nhs.uk

Comms Assistant Tel: 01274 228351 Email: linzi.clark@bdct.nhs.uk

Comms Manager Tel: 01274 228174 Email: sam.hirst@bdct.nhs.uk

Multi-Media Designer Tel: 01274 228173 Email: ben.cullimore@bdct.nhs.uk

What’s Inside? p6

Children & Young People Make their Mark

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Foundation Trust Connections Special

p21 State of Mind Kick Starts in Bradford

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p14

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p22 Ward is Alive with the Sound of Music p26 How Prepared are you for an Emergency? p21 3


News in Brief CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS ACHIEVEMENTS Exciting Futures, our award-winning talent development programme, rounded off its second year with an inspirational ceremony.

Recognising the fantastic achievements of 14 participants, the ceremony highlighted how the programme had made a difference to both the participants ts themselves and to people who use our services. services Exciting Futures II saw ‘Answersonapostcard’ kickstart an interactive postcard project in our Adult Mental Health services, and ‘Voice 4 U’ launch a real-time feedback scheme in our Child and Adolescent Mental Health services. Steve Keyes, Leadership and Organisational Manager, said: “The two teams have worked exceptionally hard over the last year and this progamme has transformed the way they think about themselves, service users and the way we future. need to work in the future.”

NATIONAL NOMINATIONS RECOGNISE SERVICES Two of our services have been shortlisted for national awards. Our School Nursing team has been shortlisted twice at the General Practice Awards in the ‘Clinical Team of the Year - Children’s Health’ category, and in the ‘Nursing Team of the Year’ category. Based in our community services, the team was nominated by the School Nursing Leadership team for their efforts in working towards reaching the Department of Health’s target for HPV vaccinations. They will find out if they have clinched the top prize on Wednesday 16 November. Also highlighted for their achievements is our Hotel Services team, who have been nominated for a Golden Service Award which recognises and rewards excellence in cleaning. They were nominated for maintaining and promoting outstanding cleanliness standards at Eccleshill Independent Sector Treatment Centre. They will find out if they have cleaned their way to success on Friday 4 November. Simon Large, Chief Executive, said: “Both teams provide excellent services and are a credit to our organisation. We all have our fingers crossed that they clinch their respective awards. They have done very well getting to this stage regardless of what happens in November.”

Good luck to everyone involved! The ‘Answersonapostacard’ team

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FILED RECORDS GET A MAKEOVER A few years ago our Human Resources (HR) welcomed husband and wife team David and Jenny Wilkinson to take charge of employee personal records - and what a difference they’ve made!

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jenny & David Wilkinson

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Working a couple of days a week the enthusiastic duo has transformed our HR filing process and revamped our filing suite. t! It’s been Jenny said: “Many people hate filing but we love it! king sure everyone’s fi files really good fun sorting through everything and making les are safe safe, secure and filed where people who need them, can find them. It’s very satisfying to see the process complete.” Maggie Asquith, Head of HR Performance and Development, said: “Jenny and David have made a real difference to filing and took on the challenge not many other people would have wanted. “Their willingness to roll up their designer sleeves and commitment to doing the job well has given us fantastic results - we can’t thank them enough!”

SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS More than 1,100 incidents were reported last year as a result of slips, trips and falls. Our Falls Policy calls for every in-patient to be assessed for their falls risk. In a bid to help staff identify risks and reduce incidents, a new awareness tool is being rolled out across our organisation. Coming to a ward near you soon, the tool acts as a guide to staff when assessing in-patients, highlights common factors contributing to falls and includes a checklist designed to help you reduce incidents. Helen Davidson, Falls Co-ordinator, said: “Taking a bit of time to familiarise yourself with the falls tool will really help you consider the best possible person centred care plan for service users and patients. It will help you to recognise issues and adapt care as necessary.” Our Falls team would also like to remind all staff to take care when moving around our sites in autumnal conditions; wet, leafy underground can become slippery. Please make sure you don’t become a falls statistic this year. For more information about slips, trips and falls, please contact the Falls Team on 01274 363842.

SPRINGFIELD HUNTS OUT THE TREASURE One of our walking groups for people with learning disabilities put their navigation and clue-solving skills to the ultimate test when they took part in a local treasure hunt. Organised by WALK-IT Yorkshire, the group solved clues and hunted metal tags to reveal co-ordinates around Otley Chevin. After completing the treasure trail, the group was entered into a prize draw and rewarded with £500 worth of treasure after being drawn as the lucky winners. Andrew Wiseman, Day Centre Officer and Walking Group Leader, said: “Everyone had a fantastic time but we never expected to win! “Although it was quite a challenging hunt, the group learnt many new skills in the process, including map reading.” First prize was originally for two night’s accommodation for two people at Chevin Country Park Hotel and Spa, but the hotel has kindly agreed to tailor the prize to meet the group’s needs and has exchanged the prize for use of fitness and spa facilities.

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CHILD & ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Children & Young People Make their Mark Children and young people made their mark on our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) when they attended our ‘Make Your Mark’ fun days. 6


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Twins Ellie and Charlotte joined in the afternoon fun in Skipton. Charlotte, aged eight, said: “It’s been really good. I really liked playing with the other children and having my face painted. I want to come again next year!” TThe ‘Make Your Mark’ event also gave young people aand their parents or carers the opportunities to share eexperiences, meet new people and hear about the d different groups they might want to get involved in. Aine Bevington, Craven CAMHS Team Manager, said: “The event in Skipton provided children, young people and families in more rural locations the opportunity to tell us what they think of our services in a fun way.

Designed to engage those who use CAMHS, the ‘Make Your Mark’ events gave young people and their families and carers the chance to have their say on our services and the staff who deliver them. Featuring activities including: cake decorating, face painting, arts and crafts, interactive gaming and henna, the events saw more than 100 people pass through the doors of Victoria Hall in Saltaire and The Children’s Centre in Skipton.

“It’s a great way to engage people who are in contact with our services and we gained a lot of very useful feedback that we will take on board to develop CAMHS our service in the future.”

staff put on excellent events at both locations and used creative methods to engage with those who attended.

The annual events also saw children and young people decorating ‘feedback’ t-shirts that were then displayed on a washing line around the venues, and one of our Exciting Futures teams, Voice 4 U, was also on hand to capture thoughts and opinions with one of our new touch-screen elephant kiosks.

Mark Vaughan, Head of Operations CAMHS, said: “Yet again the events were very successful and we got a lot of feedback out of them that we can use to further improve the service we offer to children and young people in our local area.

“CAMHS staff put on excellent events at both locations and used creative methods to engage with those who attended. It certainly seems to have been enjoyed by all.”

The kiosks made their debut in CAMHS at the Victoria Hall event and went down a storm with children, young people and their families. Juliet Norris, Voice 4 U participant, said: “Those who used the kiosks found them modern, easy to use and enjoyed the touch-screen aspect. Our team is hopeful that they’ll prove very popular when they are introduced into service areas shortly.” RIGHT: Mark Vaughan, Head of Operations CAMHS, looks at the new feedback kiosk

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Fraud Matters

As NHS fraud cases rise a staggering 37 per cent over the last three years*, our Local Counter Fraud Specialist, Liz O’Reilly, speaks out to remind staff that fraud will not be tolerated. Fraud can include all sorts of things, from forged sick notes and false timesheets, to people working elsewhere when off sick. To help make sure we don’t become part of a damning national statistic, I rely on the majority of our honest and professional staff to bring the minority who might be committing fraud, to justice. We have a zero tolerance attitude towards fraud and people who abuse our procedures. Anyone who thinks they can beat our systems and go unnoticed is wrong, as people who have tried to do just that in the past, recently found out. They included a community support worker who had been stealing service user’s money, a team leader who provided a false reference to get his friend a job and two illegal workers who submitted forged identity papers to get through the recruitment process. All of them were identified as committing fraud and as a result, no longer work for the Trust. Every year millions of pounds in the NHS are lost to fraud, corruption and error so it’s important we protect our resources and make sure they are available for patient care, not taken away by a minority’s dishonest behaviour. Your help in identifying fraud is vital and I urge you to keep being vigilant. Any fraudulent activity, no matter how small, should be reported. If you have any suspicions about someone you workk with or if you know of any fraudulent *NHS Counter Fraud Service

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activity taking place, please let me know. I can assure you that all allegations will be handled professionally and in confidence. Together we can stamp fraud out, and bring anyone who participates in it, to justice. If you have any concerns about fraud being committed in our Trust, please contact Liz in confidence on 01924 816098 or email liz.oreilly@nhs.net.

Do you know

someon

e who: > Deliberatel y claims for sh ift s on their timesheets they haven’t worke d? > Falsifies dr ug records an d takes contro lled drugs hom > Deliberatel e? y double-invo ic es us for their services, chan ging some key info the duplicate invoice is not de rmation so tected? > Undertake s private work whilst on paid sick leave? > Lied about their qualificatio ns, identity or histor y in orde employment r to get the jo b they’re in? > Regularly cl aims expenses for journeys th not undertaken ey have ? > Lies about their identity to obtain medicat > Provided fa ion? lse references du rin g th recruitment pr e ocedure? > Orders pape r and printer ca rtridges that ar and then take e not needed s them home for their person al use? If so

, they could b e committing it now by con fraud. Report tacting Liz on 01924 816098 .


OCTOBER 2011

What’s inside? Hello & Welcome - p10 Q & A with Simon Large - p14 Governors Information - p16 Staff-side Story - p18 Events - p19

You and Your Care


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FOUNDATION TRUST SPECIAL

Hello and Welcome...

12 WEEK PUBLIC CONSULTATION PERIOD 12 September 2011 – 5 December 2011

…to your foundation trust (FT) pull-out and keep guide. By now you should be aware that we’re in the process of applying to become a foundation trust but what does it mean for you and why are we doing it?

Here, we tell you what you need to know and give you details of how you can ‘Have Your Say’ today! Foundation trusts are taking the NHS in a new direction away from top-down decision making and towards local decision making in the interests of members.

Foundation trusts are: • • •

Still part of the NHS. Have NHS inspections and standards dards to meet. True to the NHS principles of free care, based on need and not the ability to pay.

We want to be… One of the country’s leading providers of integrated health and social care services. Foundation trust status is the first n. major milestone in making this happen.

Our Vision for the Future Our ‘Vision Wheel’ sets out what, as a foundation trust, we aim to achieve over the next five years. Putting ‘You and Your Care’ at the centre of everything hing we do, it looks at our four key aims and nd sets out the types of things we want patients and service users to say about our services. vices.

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Our Vision Wheel


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ASSESSMENT BY MONITOR

RE E EH R A

FORMAL APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

30 June 2012

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October 2012 – March 2013

ESTIMATED APPROVAL DATE FOR FT STATUS 1 APRIL 2013 1 April 2013

It will mean our staff can be more involved and have the opportunity to influence the way our organisation develops. - Sandra Knight, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development.

We will be able to use the e freedoms attained by FT status to o ensure we can develop servicess in ways that you and our locall communities want us to. - Nick Morris, Executive Director of Business Planning and Compliance.

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FOUNDATION TRUST SPECIAL

Can we do it for Doris?

Over the next five years there are lots of things we want to do to make sure we keep improving care. We need your support, opinions and experience to do this. Here is just one example of how a patient’s journey urney could be made better if we become a foundation trust. What sometimes happens now:

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so far rent people fe if d y n a Seen so m r who they ’t remembe n a C . k e e . this w oing to do they are g t a h w r o weeks, all are next three e th r e v o anxious, intments tired and y ll More appo a re l e e t places. F at differen g Edith. n ti mee e k li l e fe don’t nt options. on treatme e id c e d N eed to understand

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What will happen in the future:

MONDAY

2016

Met Mariam, my ca re co -ordinator today. She could see all my patient record s - so no need to explain everything .

TUESDAY

Mariam called. Sh e’s arranged for me to see all the experts I need to , on a day that su its me, at a care centre close to ho e me. Met Edith fo r a cuppa.

WEDNESDAY

T ld Mariam I’m To worried I can’t re r member things. She can help me

THURSDAY

get the support I need.

Everyone is work ing together to he lp me. All the experts consider my needs at the same time and talk to each othe r abo out how they can help me.

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Met Edith. We we nt to an exercise class for older pe ople - Mariam su s ggested it. I fe el really good!

Mariam and I talk ed through my treatment options . I now have enou gh h information to m ake a decision.

SUNDAY

I need some extr a tests. Mariam sa ys these can be done at ho me. I don’t have to worry about leaving my flat or Tibbles!

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Being a foundation trust will help us... be one of the country’s leading providers of integrated health and social care services.

FOUNDATION TRUST SPECIAL

Your Questions Answered! Here, Simon Large, Chief Executive (pictured) answers some of the questions you have been asking about our foundation trust journey.

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Q. Haven’t we been at this stage before? A. We had to put our initial plans on hold when we began our journey to become a new type of organisation. We successfully achieved this in April this year. When applying to become a foundation trust you need to outline to Monitor – the independent regulator – how you will achieve foundation trust status. We needed to reflect the new type of organisation in our plans. We are now ready to move forward with confidence.

Q. What if we don’t become a foundation trust? A. The government has said all NHS providers have to become a foundation trust by 2014. If we don’t we will have less control over our future and we will miss an opportunity to positively impact on the local services we are all passionate about. Our plans outline how we hope to become a foundation trust and we’re going to do everything we can to get there.

Q. How can we find out about our plans? A. Our foundation trust plans are outlined in a document called ‘Have Your Say’. It can be downloaded from our website www.bdct.nhs. uk/FT or you can request a hard copy from our Foundation Trust Office. You can also view my bite sized video guides on our website, where I outline; how foundation trusts work, our local vision for the future and how we will become a foundation trust by April 2013.

Q. How will we know you have listened to our views? A. Each response we receive during our consultation period will be considered carefully. Your views and comments will help us to finalise our plans. We will also publish an anonymous summary of the feedback we receive on our website early next year.

Q. How will we get to hear more about the foundation trust process? A. We will keep updating you on a regular basis through e-Update, on the intranet and through further articles in Connections. You can also visit our website for further information about our foundation trust journey.

Please email ft@bdct.nhs.uk if you have any other questions, we will do our best to answer them. We will add your question, with an answer, to our Q&A page on our website www.bdct.nhs.uk/ft

Q. How can we comment on the plans? A. Over the coming weeks, if not already, your manager will be speaking to you about our plans and gaining views and comments from your teams to feed back to us. You can also download a copy of ‘Have Your Say’ from www.bdct.nhs.uk/ft and tell us your views by completing the online feedback form. Alternatively the document can be requested from our Foundation Trust Office and you can complete the feedback form at the back of the document.

Foundation Trust Office Bradford Distict Care Trust, Room 2.10, New Mill, Victoria Road, Shipley, BD18 3LD Tel: 01274 363 552

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Why We Need You…

As a foundation trust, we can only be accountable to the people we serve if there is a strong and vibrant membership. As part of our staff team you will automatically become a member when we achieve foundation trust status.*

There will be a democratic process (through elected staff and public governors) to influence decisions at the highest level of the organisation.

FT Governance Structure:

You could stand to become a staff governor, or support a colleague in that aim. This will lead to real input and debate driven by the people who work in our services every day.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS YOUR IDEAS, COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS

Governors won’t run the Trust but will hold our Board of Directors to account. They will be the link between the wider membership and our Board - able to champion everything from patient safety to the way we promote our services locally. Paul Hogg, Trust Secretary, Bradford District Care Trust.

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OUR ANSWERS, PLANS, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

OUR COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS YOUR IDEAS, COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS

OUR ANSWERS, PLANS, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

OUR MEMBERSHIP

*If after reading ‘Have Your Say’ you would prefer not to be a member please contact our Foundation Trust office for details of how to opt out.


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But don’t just take our word for it; here is what Staff Governors from other foundation trusts told us about the benefits of being involved:

I aam pa passionate aabout b rrepresenting ep m members of sstaff, ta to make ssure u their vviews are h heard. O Our Trust k iits C takes Councilil off G Governors very seriously and it is clear that the Council has a clear and substantial role within Airedale Foundation Trust.

Creating links between colleagues and senior management is important. I took part in the selection of senior Executives, including the Chairman. I’ve been part of a group that meets regularly with the Director of Human Resources and our Chief Executive to promote staff well-being in the Trust. Memory Clinic Nurse, Older Adults CMHT & Staff Gorvernor, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Katie Watson, Clinical Audit Facilitator & Staff Governor, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

I felt strongly about how beneficial it would be to have foundation trust status and I wanted to be part of it. It’s a chance for us to have a say in how the hospital is run, to shape our destiny and improve health care for the needs of local people. Naren Samtaney, Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Staff Governor, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

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FOUNDATION TRUST SPECIAL

Our Foundation, Our Trust, Our Future

An open letter from Val Collins, Staff Side Convener, Unison

Dear Colleague ,

October 2011

Re: Our Foun d

ation, Our Tr ust, Our Futu re As a workforce we need to ac knowledge an for a new chal d embrace foun lenge within ou dation trust st r NHS. atus as this is the way forwar The concept is d groundbreaking and testing fo necessarily ag r the workforce ree with this bu as it evolves an t it really is the trust we can m d changes. W best option an ake decisions e might not d outcome. W that will direct the funds mad hen we becom ly benefit the e from this ve e co a m foundation nt m ur un e. In the wider the utilisation ity. We can also of the founda scope a far be reinvest in serv tion trust conc tt er ices with se rvice overall w ept. ill be gained th If you have an ro ugh y questions th at relate to ou me by email: va r fo un dation trust ap lerie.collins@ bdct.nhs.uk plication, plea se don’t hesitat Yours sincerely e to contact

Val Collins

Staff Side Conv ener Unison If you wish to discuss our fo undation trust representative, plans with your please contac union t them on the following num bers: Staff

Side Co -Cha irs Val Collins Jackie Smith UNITE Steve Benson : 07931 558231 Ann Townsen d: 01274 322428 (Community) Jan Tallett: 01274 237425 (Community)

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UNISON Mark Lowry : 01274 431740 Elrika Pembe rton: 07815 995785 (Community) Royal College of Nursing (R CN) Peter Ramto hul: 01274 228855 Lynne Tones: 01274 322785 (Community)

GMB Amjad Satti: 01274 363170

British Medic al Association (BMA) Ursula Ross: 01132 618306 British Denta l Association (BDA) Keith Harrison : 01535 295666


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Join in and HAVE YOUR SAY ‘Have Your Say’ at one of our exclusive staff events, taking place throughout October 2011. Featuring updates about our foundation trust application and presentations about our plans, the events are your opportunity to find out more, ask any questions you may have and feed back your thoughts.

OCT 2011 4 Trust-wide Involvement Group TIME: 10.00am - 12.00pm LOCATION: Meeting Board Room, New Mill

5 Public Event TIME: 3.00pm - 4.30pm LOCATION: Public Event Room 5, Bradford Library

6 Payroll Department TIME: 9.00am LOCATION: Payroll Department Conference Room, New Mill

NOV 2011 1 Public Event TIME: 6.00pm - 7.30pm LOCATION: Town Hall, Skipton

2 Public Event TIME: 12.30pm - 2.00pm LOCATION: Public Event Cellar Project, Shipley

23 Nursing Professional

Council Meeting TIME: 3.30pm LOCATION: Room 5.18, New Mill

19 Adult Services Forum (Community) TIME: 1.00pm - 3.00pm LOCATION: Victoria Hall, Saltaire

28 Talk by Mahmood Khan TIME: 1.30pm - 3.00pm LOCATION: Conference Room, New Mill

31 Safeguarding Awareness

Event TIME: 4.00pm LOCATION: Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Bingley

For more inform ation about any of th ese events, please contact Stella Jackson, Foun dation Trust Membership an d Governance Manager on 0 1274 363552.

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12 September 2011 – 5 December 2011 We’re Bradford District Care Trust part of your local NHS. We want to involve you in our plans for the future. As your local provider of mental health, learning disability and community health services, we want to make access to the right care easier and closer to where you need it. Our experts want to be able to consider your physical health and mental well-being needs at the same time, in the same place working together to achieve the best outcomes for you. To do all this, we need to become a foundation trust. To find out more about what a foundation trust is, we’d like to encourage you to read ‘Have Your Say’ - a guide to our future plans and your opportunity to tell us what you think of them. To get your copy: • •

Download it from our website: www.bdct.nhs.uk/ft Email us on ft@bdct.nhs.uk

Write to us at Room 2.10, Bradford District Care Trust, New Mill, Victoria Road, Shipley, BD18 3LD

Thank you - we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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State of Mind Kick Starts in Bradford

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Andy Lynch, Bradford Bulls Captain, Nick Davy, Nurse, Chris Andrew, Health Care Assistant, Gareth Cook, General Manager Bradford Bulls Foundation

We reached out to local Bulls fans at a recent rugby match to raise awareness of mental health and well-being.

is the games first major attempt to raise awareness of mental health issues. It brings together the Rugby Football League, Engage Super League clubs, the NHS and charitable organisations.

Teaming up with the Bradford Bulls Foundation we gave our support to a new programme, ‘State of Mind’, aimed at promoting positive mental health in rugby league.

Reaching out to the masses, the last round of Super League fixtures were dedicated to the ‘State of Mind’ initiative. The weekend saw matches across the country devoted to the issues surrounding mental health and well-being.

Staff from our Health Trainers and Social Prescribing team and Health of Men team offered advice and information to fans at the Bulls vs Crusaders game. Nick Davy, was one of the nurses from our Health of Men team offering his support. He said: “We talked to fans about their state of mind, any issues affecting them in life and what services they can access for support. “The Bulls game provided a perfect opportunity for people to get the advice and support they need.” ‘State of Mind’ arose following the sad death of former Wigan Warriors player Terry Newton in September 2010 who took his own life after experiencing mental health problems. The programme

Andy Lynch, Bradford Bulls Team Captain, had this message for fans: “We are really keen to support this important programme. There’s no shame seeking help and support. I’d encourage you to talk to your local NHS experts.” The game kick started a number of health-related activities and events we have planned with the Bulls to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing within the community throughout the year. As part of our bid to become a foundation trust, staff were also encouraging local fans to sign up as members. We received over 100 members on the day. For more information about ‘State of Mind’ visit www.stateofmindrugby.com

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LOW SECURE SERVICES

Ward is Alive with the Sound of Music Service users and staff at our low secure unit have been getting in tune with their creative sides by taking part in a new musical activity. Linzi Clark (pictured left), Communications Assistant, went along to one of the sessions to find out more‌

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As I walked down the corridor of Baildon Ward, Moorlands View, the realisation of what I had let myself in for suddenly hit - I hadn’t played an instrument in more than 10 years! But once in the lounge, where the weekly musical activity takes place, the welcoming faces and buzz about the room soon reassured me. It was clear those who had been coming for weeks beforehand knew what to expect and couldn’t wait to get started. Encouraged by Music Therapist Katy Gaul, we all picked our preferred musical instrument to kick-start the session. From guitars, cymbals and xylophones to drums, temple blocks and tambourines, the array of instruments on offer would satisfy many a musician, I’m sure. Prior to the session Katy told me research shows that human beings can’t help but respond to music - it’s said to affect our bodies, minds and feelings. Looking around the room as we each played our instruments; I started to see how true this was. Happiness swept across participants faces, toes started to tap and heads started to nod in time with the beat. I was enjoying this! In between having a go with different instruments, we also managed to fit in a few songs. Old classics such as ‘My Way’, ’Downtown’ and ‘Billie Jean’ appeared firm favourites with the participants and lead by Katy on the keyboard our voices filled the room - so much so we attracted quite an audience on the corridor! It was interesting to see the often present social and communication barriers being erased, and it was pleasing to see everyone complementing each other on their musical talents. Whether joining in or simply enjoying the sounds being made, everybody in the room was united in music. As each member of the group had a go at being the conductor, it was obvious there was more to the activity than playing instruments. Leadership and communication skills shone through as we took turns to guide others through the session. It’s amazing how simple hand gestures can transform the volume and speed at which instruments are played. Kevin Stead, group participant, told me why he enjoyed coming to the activity so much. He said: “The best thing is the

benefits we all get from it. It’s another medium for expressing yourself and I find it’s a good way to let go of my emotional side. None of us are accomplished musicians but we all enjoy listening to the sounds we make.” Part funded by music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, the pilot project is clearly making a difference to the service users who take part. I caught up with Katy after the session to hear her views on the project. She said: “Service user involvement in the activity has been fantastic and staff have been very supportive of the project. Initially people were reluctant to engage, unsure as to what to expect or worrying that they were no good at music. However, both individual and group sessions have seen increased uptake over the weeks.” Katy ensures the sessions reflect varying needs, tastes, personalities and cultures by responding to service user requests. From improvising experimental jazz, singing Bob Marley or making a vocal recording of Islamic songs - by the sound of things the sessions seem to have heard it all! Pleased with how the group went, Katy added: “People are beginning to freely explore their creative and expressive sides. For many, their confidence, self-esteem and motivation have improved so it’s been really positive.” As I left the group, I bumped into Clinical Psychologist, Sarah Richards, who supervises the project. My timing couldn’t have been any better - she had just secured funding for the project for a further year! So, keep your ears open for music coming to a ward near you.

PICTURED: Participants take to the drums in one of the sessions.

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CORPORATE SERVICES

Flu is coming

– are you protected? Our Occupational Health team is calling on front-line staff to become ‘Flu Fighters’.

PICTURED: Sharon Marston, Modern Matron recieves her flu jab

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This year we are backing the largest ever campaign to get more NHS staff vaccinated against seasonal flu. Only about a third of all front-line NHS staff in England (34.7 per cent) had their seasonal flu jabs last year. Vaccinations are important for protecting staff, their families and patients - many of whom are particularly vulnerable to flu. Vaccinations also help to reduce sickness absence during our busy winter period. Last year 276 members of staff were off work ill because of flu. Samantha Moorehouse, one of our lead nurses within our infection prevention control team, said: “Flu is a really unpleasant illness to catch. Symptoms can hit suddenly and be severe. To help reduce the spread of flu it’s important staff get protected. “To make sure we make it quick and easy for staff to receive their vaccinations we will be coming to your place of work and holding drop-in sessions.” The team is also offering advice to those who want to have their flu jabs but may be scared or concerned. Samantha added: “Many people are afraid of needles, or of the side effects vaccinations can give, but we’re here to reassure staff and encourage them to consider the longer-term benefits. “Unfortunately there are lots of myths about vaccinations that even NHS staff can be put off from having them so we will be putting the record straight!” If you would like to speak to a member of the team please email: flu@bdct.nhs.uk. Keep and eye out on e-Update and the Intranet to find out when the team will be hosting drop-in sessions at your place of work. This is your chance to become a Flu Fighter – get protected and stay protected!

Steve Hopker, Medical Director, said: Having h had the flu once, and with a tendency to asthma, I overcame some initial reluctance to have the jab.

Our Occupational Health team set the record straight about common flu jab myths: The vaccine DOES NOT give you flu - there is no live virus in the vaccine so this is impossible. The side effects of the vaccine ARE NOT worse than flu itself - some people may experience a mild fever for up to 48 hours after their jab but this is just their immune system letting them know its working. Even if you had the jab last year you DO still need it again this year the virus changes every year and last year’s jab won’t protect you now. The vaccine IS safe - all our vaccines are licensed for use in the UK and have been thoroughly tried and tested. If you are pregnant, you CAN still have the vaccine, and at any stage, although the earlier the better. The vaccine is FREE to all our staff and can be done in your place of work.

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How Prepared are you for an Emergency? At 1.30pm on 29 March 2011, our Risk Manager, Lynn Pearl, entered our low secure unit with breaking news…

On hearing the news, the ward’s Nurse in Charge alerted key members of staff to the unfolding events, organised immediate virtual evacuations and fully engaged in the scenario.

Thornton Ward at Moorlands View was on fire. Service users and staff were injured and there was a gas cylinder that could explode at any moment - the ward needed evacuating as a matter of urgency.

While service users and staff were not actually relocated to a safe area and the emergency service crews were not physically at the scene, the day’s on-call Director, Sandra Knight, was pushed for key decisions about the unfolding incident.

Are you thinking this didn’t actually happen? You’d “It was a very useful exercise and we were be right. Are you thinking something able to identify a lot of good practice from like this might never happen? You’d It was a very it,” Lynn said, “everyone cooperated be wrong. An emergency situation fully at all levels of the organisation and could unfold at any time, anywhere useful exercise the Director involved said it felt very real. in our services. How you deal with it and we were could be the difference between life also helped us to identify gaps in and death, damage or destruction. able to identify “Itplans, which we are now able to address and improve on in the future.” a lot of good That’s why by law we have to carry out two communication exercises and practice Fortunately any real fires we have one validation exercise each year to experienced in the past have from it. put teams and service areas through been effectively managed, but it’s their emergency paces. They’re important nobody gets complacent. designed to cover multiple functions and to look at Just like the team at Moorlands View, the next plans, policies, roles and responsibilities within teams. site involved might not know it’s them until it’s happening, so make sure you know what Lynn Pearl, Risk Manager, said: “The you should do in an unexpected situation. team on Thornton Ward had no idea we were going to do this scenario with them on If you would like any more information about the that day. This meant they had to react and exercise at Moorlands View, or would like to discuss respond as though it was the real thing.” your service area’s business continuity and emergency planning needs, please contact Lynn on 01274 228297.

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EINF16401 Published September 2011

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Each year thousands of staff in the NHS have the seasonal flu vaccine without any noticeable side effects. The sooner you are vaccinated, the sooner you are protected. Protect yourself, your family and your patients by getting a flu jab. Don’t delay, book your flu jab early. Contact your occupational health team today.

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Connections Magazine October 2011