Issue 72 - Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Health Matters
Keeping you informed about the news and views of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
Trust AGM and awards night
Find out what happened at the
Trust’s annual meeting and staff
awards ceremony — Pages 4&5
New End of Life Plan of Care
A new Plan of Care for the Dying
Person and a new website have
been launched — Page 3
Issue 65 Friday June 27th
Issue 72 Friday, October 3, 2014
Welcome from the
Chief Executive
welcome to the
latest edition of
Health Matters
which is full of
news about our
members of staff and
This week‟s issue is a
celebration of all that is great
about our members of staff and
the Trust.
We had our Annual Members
and Public Meeting and staff
awards ceremony on September
22 and it was a huge success. It
was wonderful to see so many of
our dedicated and hard-working
members of staff being
recognised for their
achievements. It was also
fantastic to see members of the
public supporting the event.
End of Life Plan of Care
A NEW Plan of
Care for the Dying
Person and a
special website have been
created by the End of Life
AGM and awards night
TRUST staff were honoured for
going the extra
mile at the
Annual Members
and Public Meeting and awards
Lights of Love Walk
A WALK of light
and love starting
at Carleton
Cemetery, will
bring peace and comfort to
bereaved parents across the
Fylde coast……………............6
Stoptober campaign
THE annual
Stoptober anti
smoking campaign
has been launched
and there is still
plenty of time for people to sign
up for it…...................………...7
Trust is top workplace
THE Trust is one of
the top healthcare
organisations to work
for in Britain
according to the Health Service
Journal and NHS
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Members of our End of Life
Team have done excellent work
in creating a new Plan of Care for
the Dying Person and a website
with a large amount of useful
We also have stories on the anti
smoking campaign, Stoptober, a
Walk of Light for grieving parents
and a story on the fact that the
Trust has been named one of the
best places to work in the NHS.
The Trust held its annual Members and Public Meeting on
Monday, September 22. On the same night there was an
Gary Doherty awards ceremony and members of staff organised displays
Chief Executive and stalls featuring their work — Page 5
Well done to all involved.
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Launch of Plan of Care
for the Dying Person
A NEW individualised Plan of Care for the
Dying Person has been launched by
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust.
The Plan of Care for the Dying Person has
been created to replace the Liverpool Care
A new End of Life website for the public and an
intranet site where staff can access the most upto-date training and advice, were also launched
on September 29.
Dr Andrea Whitfield (centre) with some of her
team members at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Members of the End of Life „Transform Team‟
are confident that the new pathway will provide
an excellent service to patients and families in
hospitals and in the community.
create an individualised Plan of Care for the
Dying Person. It is based on priorities for quality
of care set by the Leadership Alliance for the
Care of Dying People (LACDP).”
The Transform Team empowers and supports
Trust staff to deliver the best possible care when
people are approaching the last months, days
and hours of life.
Andrea Whitfield, Consultant in Palliative
Medicine and Clinical lead for End of Life Care for
the Trust, said: “The plan of care that we have
developed acts as a guide to health care
Earlier in 2014 the Care Quality Commission
(CQC) produced a report and found the Trust
staff to be “outstanding” in delivering end of life
Deborah Loftus, Lead Nurse for Cancer and
End of Life Care for the Trust, said the Liverpool
Care Pathway (LCP) was withdrawn following a
national review by Baroness Neuberger.
The LCP was developed to provide palliative
care options for people in their last days of life.
However, it was heavily criticised as being too
prescriptive and did not address the individual
needs of patients, families and carers.
“It is more flexible than the Liverpool Care
Pathway. It is very much an individual plan of
care for the patients and their families, rather
than a generic document. The whole focus is on
patient-centred care.
“Our new intranet site has an interactive
algorithm (problem-solving application) for
managing the care of the dying person.”
The new website for the public features
information on subjects including psychological
support, bereavement care, spiritual support,
advice and points of contact.
To access the new public site go to http://
Deborah explained: “What we have been doing
locally is working very closely with our partners at
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Trinity Hospice, GPs and commissioners to
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Staff awards and AGM
show Trust at its best
Full story—page 5
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Health Matters
NHS heroes praised at
meeting and ceremony
LOCAL NHS heroes were praised at a special
event to celebrate their achievements.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust‟s Annual Members and Public meeting on
September 22 highlighted the achievements and
challenges of the Trust over the last year.
It culminated in an awards ceremony covering
several categories, including the announcement
of the 2014 Cardiac Nurse of the Year.
Some of the staff award winners with chief
executive Gary Doherty (right) and chairman
Ian Johnson (left) at the annual meeting
Joanne Collins scooped the award making her
the first Healthcare Assistant to take the title. She
was presented with flowers and a cheque for
£200 by Mr Ramesh Gandhi, Wyre Public
fantastic colleagues were nominated. I believe it‟s
Governor and retired Consultant Cardiothoracic
the little things that make the difference and a
Surgeon, who founded the award five years ago. smiling face and friendly ear can really help a
patient get through their stay in hospital.”
Judges sorted through a list of 35 nominations
to get to two finalists before deciding on Joanne
Also presented on the night was the Dottie Hall
as the winner. They were impressed by her
Memorial Award which goes to staff within the
history of long service and her unparalleled
surgical unit who consistently go the extra mile. It
caring personality. Joanne works on ward 37 of
commemorates Dottie Hall a much loved nurse at
the hospital‟s Lancashire Cardiac Centre.
the hospital before she retired and then sadly
passed away in 2011.
She said: “This is a real honour for me. I can‟t
believe that I have won when so many other
Caroline Howson was thrilled at winning the
award and being presented with a gift from Dottie
Hall‟s son Stephen.
She said: “I‟ve heard a lot about Dottie Hall and
what an inspiration she was.
“To win this award for being like her in any way
is a real honour for me. It‟s so nice to know that
patients and other colleagues appreciate what we
do. I can‟t take full credit for this though, I work in
a fantastic team and this is really for all of us.”
Award recipients at the event with chairman
Ian Johnson (left) and Gary Doherty
For the full story go to Latest News on the Trust
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Trust is one of best
places to work in UK
BLACKPOOL Teaching Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust is one of the top healthcare
organisations in the country to work for,
according to the Health Service Journal (HSJ)
and NHS Employers.
The Trust was named in the HSJ‟s Best Places
to Work list, compiled in partnership with NHS
Employers, which features the top 100 NHS
workplaces across all acute, community, mental
health and primary care sectors.
Gary Doherty, Trust Chief Executive, said:
"We‟re delighted and proud to be named among
the best places to work in the NHS in the list.
“Every day I see or hear of the amazing work
of our staff and I hear how proud they are to work
in this organisation and to give of their best to our
patients, their carers and families.
“It is great to see their work and pride
recognised in such an influential list. We want to
attract the most talented workforce, so we are
committed to providing an environment that is
welcoming and fosters innovation.‟‟
Gary Doherty, chief executive of the Trust,
speaking at the recent Annual Members and
Public Meeting
The results are based on national NHS staff
survey responses, in which NHS staff rate their
organisation as a place to work and their
confidence in the care provided.
Most staff would recommend the Trust as a
place to work or receive treatment, with lower
pressure felt by staff compared with similar trusts,
according to the HSJ‟s top 100 list.
The Trust has been identified as one of the
top 100 places to work in the NHS
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To get into the HSJ‟s Best Places to Work top
100 list, NHS staff survey results were analysed
across seven key areas including: Leadership
and Planning; Corporate Culture and
Communication; Role Satisfaction; Work
Environment; Relationship with Supervisor;
Training and Development and Employee
Engagement and Satisfaction. The final list
includes 49 acute trusts, 11 community trusts, 25
mental health trusts and 15 clinical
commissioning groups.
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Walk brings comfort to
all who have lost a baby
A WALK of light and love will bring peace and
comfort to bereaved parents across the Fylde
The torch-lit procession, at Carleton
Crematorium and Cemetery, is open to anyone
affected by the death of a baby and
commemorates all babies who died too soon.
Organised by SANDS, the stillbirth and
neonatal death charity, the event is run so people
can get together to remember their babies and
not feel alone.
“People affected by baby death can get a lot of
comfort from being with others in a similar
situation,” explained Helen Grimshaw, group
chair for Blackpool and Preston SANDS.
Pauline Canning, Helen Grimshaw and
Megan Murray
section of the cemetery where the lights will be
displayed followed by time for quiet reflection and
further readings.
“If your baby was still here you would celebrate
birthdays or other events, this walk is a way to
Bereavement nurses from Blackpool Teaching
still have something special to remember the little Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Megan Murray
ones by.
and Pauline Canning, will be supporting the
“This will be the second Lights of Love Walk.
Last year‟s was so successful we wanted to offer
Megan said: “It is a wonderful event and an
this opportunity to even more people to join us
opportunity for people to talk about stillbirth and
this year.
neonatal death in a group that is caring and
“We are so grateful to Michael Penwarden,
bereavement manager at Carleton Crematorium,
Blackpool and Preston Sands Group is part of
who is supporting this event again, and the
the UK-wide network of support groups. The
council for allowing us to use their facilities.”
group meet on the first Wednesday of every
month 7pm to 9pm in the Richmond Suite at
The walk starts at 7pm on Friday, October 10,
Blackpool Leisure Centre, Stanley Park.
They also offer support via phone and email.
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to bring a
torch, lantern or candle and meet at the main car
Anyone wishing further information is asked to
call SANDS on 07938 977676 or email
[email protected]
The evening will start with a special reading
before the procession makes its way to the baby
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Stoptober campaigners
want to help you to quit
A CAMPAIGN urging everyone to quit
smoking has kicked off this week and there’s
still time to take part.
Thousands of people across Lancashire and
Cumbria have already signed up to take part in
the Stoptober campaign.
Anyone signing up throughout October will
have access to excellent free support. And top
comedians, including the North West‟s Paddy
McGuinness, will add a touch of humour to help
quitters through the challenge.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust runs a number of Stop Smoking Services in
Lancashire and Cumbria and is backing the
Stoptober campaign.
Comedian Paddy McGuinness is urging
everyone to quit smoking
Jenny Collyer, a Stop Smoking Advisor from
the North Lancashire Stop Smoking Service
alongside friends, family and thousands of other
based in Lancaster, said: “Our advisors have
people in our area.
been out holding promotions in football clubs,
supermarkets and shopping centres to spread the
“In Blackpool 29.5% of residents currently
smoke. Quitting is the single best thing you can
do for your health.”
Carol Bramhall, the Stop Smoking Service Coordinator based at Blackpool Football Stadium,
The Blackpool Stop Smoking Service can be
said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity for
contacted on 01253 951570 and the North
smokers across Blackpool to quit together
Lancashire service on 01524 845145.
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