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    June 2018


NHS70 celebrations
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust kicked off the NHS70 celebrations at the start of the year with a campaign to collect 70 faces of the NHS and showcase them on social media and on the Trust’s website. The campaign has proved popular on Facebook with a regular interaction from colleagues, friends and patients and has prompted interest from the local media.

A call to the public for their stories of the NHS has resulted in emails (and even letters!) from residents across the region coming forth with their experiences as staff and patients. We heard from staff about their family history in the NHS - Maria who came from Italy over 50 years ago with barely any English and worked as a cleaner at York Hospital whose granddaughter works now works there, Cynthia’s vivid description of the life of a radiographer back in 1948, and current nurses who were now third generation in their family.

Patients have contacted us describing how they wouldn’t be here now without the NHS, particularly the tale of three year old Polly who survived a catastrophic heart incident and whose grateful grandmother claims ‘if one aspect of the NHS had failed her that early morning and for next few weeks she would not be with us.’ Read More>>>
Proud NHS staff celebrate Long Service
This month more than 50 staff from across the Trust celebrated 25 years’ NHS service at award ceremonies in York and Scarborough.

The annual NHS long service awards were celebrated in style, and staff who had clocked up hundreds of years of service between them, attended celebratory dinners at either the Radisson Park Inn in York or the Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough. Chief Executive Mike Proctor paid tribute to the dedicated and caring staff from across the Trust - many of whom have spent much of their working lives in the National Health Service

Speaking about the awards Mike said: “Our staff make a difference to hundreds of people locally every day and this is one way we can recognise the positive impact they have. I would like to congratulate and thank each recipient for their valuable years of service and outstanding commitment to duty". Learn more>>>
Celebration of Achievement
The nomination process for the annual Celebration of Achievement awards will open from Monday 2 July and the Trust is looking for your nomination for this year's Patient Award.

Patients are at the heart of everything we do and improving their experience is a priority for the Trust. Our ultimate objective is to be trusted to deliver safe, effective healthcare to the communities we serve.

The Patient Award is given to an individual or team who has made significant improvements to the patient experience by asking for and acting upon feedback, in order to improve the areas that patients say matter most to them.

Have you had a positive experience with a member of staff from our Trust? If so, why not give them some deserved recognition for their work by nominating them for the award. You can do so by visiting the  Celebration of Achievement section of the Trust website from Monday.  If your nominee is selected as a finalist you will be invited as a guest to the event.
Chief Executive’s report to the Council of Governors
Every quarter, Chief Executive, Mike Proctor, provides an overview to the Council of Governors.

He provides feedback on various aspects of the Trust’s progress - from quality, safety, finance to performance.
Click here to read the full report
Students take part in Young Persons’ Programme at Scarborough Hospital
Students from schools and colleges across Scarborough spent a week at Scarborough Hospital gaining invaluable insight into the NHS.

The hospital’s annual Corporate Young Persons’ Programme, which ran from 4-8 June, gave 18 year 10 students from local schools, and a further two from Scarborough 6th Form College, the chance to sample some of the many careers on offer and learn more about life in a busy acute hospital. Learn more>>> 

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

Wednesday, 25 July 
The Boardroom
York Hospital
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

Friday, 21 September
Malton Rugby Club
(Open to public observers)

Other News
Ward visiting times are changing

Last year the Trust undertook a listening exercise with patients, visitors and staff to understand how responsive visiting times were, and as a result we moved to a more open style of visiting between 11am and 8pm. At the same time, we also promised to review the new visiting times after a year to ascertain how well they working.

We have now completed a review of the new visiting times and we are delighted that there is a great deal of support for having the more open style of visiting; however a number of genuine concerns have been raised and in response the Trust has decided to retain open visiting but move the start time to 1pm.

Therefore, with effect from 2 July, ward visiting times will be 1pm-8pm.
The minor adjustment will ensure that staff have a little more time and space to complete the morning activities, including personal care; wards rounds; environmental cleaning and medical ward rounds. It also ensures some space for lunchtime medication and lunches to be eaten while the wards are quieter.

This change does not detract from the Trust’s commitment to support patients and relatives with visiting at all times by negotiation with the nurse in charge, who has full jurisdiction to support visiting outside of standard visiting times.

GDPR Privacy Notice

As you may already be aware changes are happening nationally to the administration and protection of your data with the introduction of the GDPR on the 25 May 2018.

As a member of the York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the organisation holds some information about you, for example your name and address which enables us to contact you about membership issues. In this way the Trust uses your data legally in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the data controller

However your privacy is important to us, and we will only use your data for the review of membership numbers, ensuring that our membership is representative, to hold elections for Governors, to provide you with information about the Trust or asking you to complete a survey.

The Trust has placed a number of privacy statements on the website and one is about membership and can be found on the Trust website.

Please be aware that you have a right to withdraw consent to the use of your data by contacting

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