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Members’ newsletter August headlines 1. Governor elections 2. Trust in groundbreaking pathology joint venture 3. Infection control team award nomination 4. Redevelopment of Chase Farm – stakeholder meeting 5. Volunteers’ party 2014 6. Car parking policy changes 7. Health roadshow visits Royal Free Hospital 8. Electronic data & records management 9. Local girl donates Bat Mitzvah gifts 10. Medicine for members event
Welcome to the Royal Free London members’ newsletter, your monthly update on developments and events at the trust. A pdf version of this newsletter is available on our website. We welcome your views on the newsletter so please send any comments to [email protected] or call 020 7830 2071. We hope that you find these updates interesting. However if you do not wish to receive monthly updates from the Royal Free London any more please email us.
1. Governor elections As reported in last month’s newsletter we are holding trust governor elections. The nomination phase ended on Friday 15 August. We have now published the list of nominated candidates for each constituency on our website. In the first week of September you will receive ballot papers in the post with each candidate’s personal statement explaining why you should vote for them. Please do vote for the candidates you would like to represent your views to the trust. Any ballot papers received after Thursday 25 September will not be counted so please do return your postal vote as early as possible. Good luck to all those standing for election and REMEMBER TO VOTE!
Timetable of 2014 elections Event
Publication of Notice of Election
Wednesday 16th July 2014
Deadline for Receipt of Nominations
Friday 15th August 2014
Publication of Statement of Nominations
Monday 18th August 2014
Deadline for Candidate Withdrawals
Wednesday 20th August 2014
Notice of Poll / Issue of Ballot Packs
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Close of Poll – 5pm
Thursday 25th September 2014
Declaration of Result
Friday 26th September 2014
2. Trust in ground-breaking pathology joint venture The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) and The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) signed contracts at the end of July to form a partnership - Health Services Laboratories LLP - to provide state-of-the-art pathology and analytics services to the National Health Service. David Byrne, chief executive of TDL and Health Services Laboratories, said: “This is a ground breaking partnership, bringing together The Doctors Laboratory’s experience in large scale clinical laboratory operations with the NHS trusts’ excellent environments for clinical care and teaching as well as research and development in diagnostics and our shared commitment to patients. Our intention is to develop a world-leading laboratory that delivers an unrivalled service to our patients and substantial efficiencies for the NHS.” David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London said: “We aim to retain, recruit, motivate and develop the highest quality workforce by offering an excellent working environment and opportunities for personal and professional development. It will also ensure all parties are best equipped to maximise research and educational opportunities ensuring the service stays at the forefront of patient care.” Lord Carter will be Health Services Laboratories’ first chairman. In addition to a successful career in business Lord Carter has advised the government on a wide range of issues, including the pathology sector. The partnership is expected to go live later this year once a number of regulatory issues have been completed and has been awarded a ten-year contract to provide pathology services to the Royal Free London and UCLH. Photo: Dr Jonathan Fielden, medical director, UCLH (left), David Sloman, chief executive, Royal Free London, Dr Ray Prudo, chairman of TDL
3. Infection control team nominated for award
The Royal Free Hospital’s team of infection control nurses have been nominated for a national Nursing Times award after carrying out an investigation into antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Led by Janice Scott, clinical nurse specialist in infection control, the team conducted a point prevalence survey (PPS) in order to find out how many of our patients might be at risk of carrying or transmitting carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE). In January 2014 the team surveyed 528 in-patients to see if they carried or were at risk of carrying a CPE. The survey allowed the team to identify the group of patients most at risk – such as renal and oncology patients and those in intensive care – and in addition, determined the prevalence of the infection. The survey also revealed what the clinical, financial and operational burden on the trust would be if patients were screened for the infection. The programme was also designed to assess whether testing those at risk is cost effective or whether those identified with CPE alone should be isolated.
“It is really important for us to carry out research into this infection – it is resistant to all antibiotics and it can be fatal,” said Janice Scott. “We are the first trust to start investigating who might be at risk and the next step is working with similar trusts to gather comparable data to inform future national guidance which can then be used to contain the infection.” Yvonne Carter, infection prevention and control service lead nurse, added: “It was a huge task to carry out the survey, which might explain why no PPS has been done before. However, it is so important for us to know the risks this infection poses to our patients. “If we can’t cure patients, then we must do everything to prevent transmission.” The CPE survey was nominated in the infection prevention and control category. The Royal Free Hospital infection control team won the award in 2009 and were finalists in 2011. This year’s award ceremony is on 29 October 2014.
4. Redevelopment of Chase Farm – stakeholder meeting The first meeting of the stakeholder group set up as part of the Chase Farm Hospital redevelopment programme was held on 21 July at Holtwhites sports and social club in Enfield. Members of the stakeholder group include local MPs, councillors and representatives from local clinical commissioning groups, Healthwatch and Enfield Over 50s Forum. They will be invited to regular updates, provide feedback as proposals develop, able to share the developments with their local communities and provide a reliable source of informed, cohesive and balanced stakeholder advice. At the meeting stakeholders heard from David Sloman, chief executive, who described the “Royal Free London way” of delivering services which were clinically led and excellently managed. David explained how our values and governing objectives will underpin the Chase Farm Hospital redevelopment programme. Professor Stephen Powis, medical director, described the various shortcomings of the site with its outdated and dispersed buildings spread over nearly 37 acres, creating numerous logistical difficulties for patients and the staff trying to care for them. Andrew Panniker, director of capital and estates, described plans to build new facilities in a smaller area of the site, using the proceeds from surplus land sales to help fund the development. The meetings will be held every eight weeks to keep stakeholders informed of programme developments and to hear their views. You can read the redevelopment questions and answers document.
5. Volunteers’ party 2014 The volunteers' annual party had a glamorous twist this year as red roses, balloons, glitter and a live band welcomed guests in the canteen at the Royal Free Hospital. You can see more photos of the event on our website. The party is run to celebrate and thank the people who work unpaid in variety of roles in various areas in the hospital. The Royal Free Charity look after the voluntary services department and so charity chief executive, Chris Burghes, opened the evening by welcoming everyone to the party.
Elaine Donnellon, voluntary services manager, then thanked all the volunteers for coming and for another year of hard work. Elaine then compared the hospital to a huge bowl of spaghetti bolognaise – saying the volunteers are the herbs and spices making it more tasty.
The volunteers were then awarded their certificates and badges for long service at the Royal Free Hospital by chairman Dominic Dodd and chief executive David Sloman. A special mention was made for Marjorie Davies, whose family flew over from Sicily to see her receive a special award for 20 years of service. Frances Rollason was also thanked for 20 years of service whilst Eve Roberts received a rapturous applause for 25 years of service.
6. Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital car parking policy The trust is introducing parking enforcement measures to manage parking at both Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital on 1 September in staff, patient and visitor areas. Staff who park at either site are being asked to re-apply for a parking permit to ensure their registration details are linked to the new monitoring system. The trust is making these changes to provide appropriate, adequate and easily accessible parking for disabled badge holders, patients, visitors and eligible staff. The measures will cover the whole of the sites, including public and staff car parks, other designated parking areas, disabled bays, drop off and pick up areas, areas designated for other specific parking use, access roads, grass verges and paved pedestrian areas where vehicles may try to park. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will be installed. ANPR technology will capture the number plates of all vehicles as they enter and exit the car parks and check that the correct tariffs have been paid for the length of their stay. Parking charge notices (PCN) will be only be issued to those motorists parked inappropriately or who are in breach of the terms and conditions of the car park such as non-payment. PCN carries a charge of £100 but this is reduced to £60 provided payment is received by 14th day from issue. Parking at the Royal Free Hospital remains the same.
7. Health roadshow visits Royal Free Hospital The Imagine Healthy London Roadshow visited the Royal Free Hospital on Wednesday 30 July. The roadshow was organised by the London Health Commission and has been travelling the capital over the summer to gather views from hospital staff and patients about how health and healthcare can be improved in the capital. Staff and patients were encouraged to give their views about London health in a questionnaire and over 50 people took part. In 2013, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, established the commission which is chaired by Professor the Lord Darzi. The commission was created to find out what Londoners really believe about their health and to give them a chance to suggest improvements they think can be made. The commission’s findings will result in a set of recommendations which will be put forward to the mayor in the autumn. The roadshow has visited hospital and healthcare providers across London including Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Imperial College Healthcare. A statement on the commission’s website explains: “The unique opportunity of the London Health Commission is the way in which it brings together the Mayor of London with the NHS, local government and the wider public to address the challenges that London faces.”
8. Electronic data and records management We are introducing electronic data and records management (EDRM) to the trust this autumn. This will speed up our clinicians’ access to patient information so that our patients can be looked after more efficiently. A series of training sessions are being run through August and September to ensure clinicians are ready to use the new system.
9. Local girl donates Bat Mitzvah gifts Belsize Park resident, Alice Summerfield, celebrated her Bat Mitzvah last month and decided to support us by making a donation to the Royal Free Charity. Alice thought it would be great to give items that secondary school-aged young people could use when they are in hospital. She collected £500 from relatives and friends for her coming of age and with the money bought a dvd player, an iPad mini and a wonderful selection of dvds, electronic and traditional games. Alice (centre) is pictured with Abbi Spurdle, play assistant (left) and third year student nurse Ruth Koudou during her visit to 6 north ward.
10. Upcoming medicine for members events Medicine for members events, chaired by our governors, are an opportunity for our members to find out more about our specialist services and innovative new developments from staff here at the Royal Free London who are leaders in their field. You can watch many of the previous talks on our YouTube channel. Our next medicine for members event: Tuesday 28 October 6.30-8pm, Dr Christos Toumpanakis MD PhD, consultant in gastroenterology & neuroendocrine tumours and Jorge Garcia-Hernandez, senior research nurse, will talk about:
Neuroendocrine tumours: The quiet cancer At this time medicine for members events will take place in the Sir William Wells Atrium. If you would like to attend, please book your free place by emailing [email protected]
As ever, if you know someone who would like to become a Royal Free trust member please direct them to our website to fill in the membership form. They can also email [email protected] or call 020 7830 2071. If you become a member:
You will become part of a wide network of patients, carers, local community members and staff who support the Royal Free and have an interest in its future.
You will be able to have a say in how the Royal Free is run, through voting for governors or by becoming a governor yourself.
You will receive regular news from the hospital, including news of research firsts, new developments, medical breakthroughs and patient stories.
You will be able to share your views on the Royal Free in our regular member surveys, the results of which are fed back into the hospital.
You will receive regular invitations to our medicine for members events, where senior clinicians from the hospital host talks on topics of interest and you can meet other members.
You will receive a copy of the governors’ annual report, which reports back to you, the members, on the work our governors have been doing on your behalf.