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   September 2018


Sepsis campaign hits hospital wards
To celebrate World Sepsis Day on Thursday 13 September the patient safety team were out in force raising awareness throughout the Trust.

As well as hosting information stands giving leaflets to staff and members of the public about how sepsis can be spotted, the team held events across the Trust to raise awareness. The teams took ‘trolley dashes’ around the wards with videos and a quiz and held mini-teaching sessions.

They have also produced new pocket cards with a reminder of the Sepsis 6 warning signs, which were given out to frontline staff.  Read More>>>
Update from the Chair
As you may know, the Trust has recently been in the process of recruiting a new Chief Executive. Despite the excellent field of candidates and the efforts and contributions of our staff and managers, we were unable to identify a candidate for the role who fits exactly with the needs of our Trust and our wider health economy.

On this basis we decided not to make an appointment in the recent selection process. While this may feel disappointing in the first instance it is not cause for despondency.

The Trust’s current Chief Executive, Mike Proctor, will remain in post until a suitable appointment can be made. Mike, supported by a strong executive and nonexecutive team, is an extremely experienced director and is well placed to continue to lead the organisation until we are able to appoint. The day-to-day running of the hospital has, and will, continue as usual thanks to our staff who are clearly sighted and focused on our purpose of doing what is right, safe and kind for patients.

Given the seniority of this role, it is important (and not unusual) that the recruitment process takes time, and that the right people are involved along the way. Not making an appointment on this occasion signals to all that this Trust will not make an appointment which is not absolutely right for the organisation.

We will ensure that staff are kept up-to-date with our search as it continues.

Susan Symington
Trust introduces new physician associate role
In October the Trust will welcome 11 new physician associates (PAs), who will complete four six-month rotations as part of a two-year preceptorship programme.

Physician associates are medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals who will work alongside doctors and provide medical care as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team. While trainee doctors and surgeons rotate through different specialties, physician associates will offer continuity and stability both for patients and for the team in which they work.

Physician associate support will also provide cover so that trainee doctors can attend training, clinic or theatre.
Learn more>>>
Supporting staff to reduce the impact of trauma
A new initiative to support staff at risk of suffering from trauma due to their work has been approved and is set to launch next year.

Known as RAFT (Risk Assessment Following Trauma), it is aimed at assessing the psychological risk to individuals who have experienced trauma in the course of their work. The peer led process looks to identify, assist, support and, if necessary, signpost people for further help. It can be used whenever there is stress resulting from trauma, or a build-up of events.
Learn more>>>
York Teaching Hospital Charity Will Writing week
York Teaching Hospital Charity has teamed up with a number of local solicitors during 8 -12 October 2018 to offer a Will Writing week.

The solicitors have generously offered to give both their time and expertise to write your will in exchange for a donation to support York Teaching Hospital Charity.

To take part, simply contact your chosen solicitor between 8-12 October to make an appointment. For further information about the scheme and for details of the participating solicitors, please contact the Charity Team by calling 772 4521 or by emailing

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

Wednesday, 28 November 
Room S033, Post Graduate Centre
Scarborough Hospital
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

Thursday 13 December
Malton Rugby Club
(Open to public observers)

Other News

Governor News - Sheila Miller

As a governor for Ryedale and East Yorkshire I volunteered two years ago to help out the Trust's Research Department at York Hopsital which I have done on several occasions reading documents before publishing to make sure they were understandable to patients and also helped with assessing requests from staff for funding for a particular project.

Following that I was approached by York University to see if I would be willing to help out when members of the University are doing research connected to Health issues. This has been very interesting and I spend the day, with six other members of the public and a governor colleague, doing this. We listen to the project and the ongoing research which takes some time, and then give our views as members of the public/patients.

The most recent meeting was a project over five years on “Peer Effects: how responsive are GPs to what other GPs do?” and “Rural Health and Care Workforce”. Both very interesting and we were able to give quite a lot of helpful comments and feedback; the final research project will then be shared with us.

Invitation to attend the Trust’s Annual Members Meeting

Trust members and the general public are invited to find out more about their local hospitals by attending the Trust’s Annual Members Meeting (AMM), incorporating the Annual General Meeting, of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust runs hospital services and out of hospital care in York and North Yorkshire.

The meeting will be hosted at the York Hospital, in the Chapel, on Thursday 11 October (please note the change in date), starting at 2pm, and will include refreshments.

The AMM will include an overview of the Trust’s financial position, a summary of key achievements of 2017/18 and an outline of the current year to date. Members of the Trust and the public will also have an opportunity to put questions to the Trust Board. This session will run between 4.20pm and 4.40pm.

Any questions regarding the event please contact Lynda Provins on email

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