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    April 2018


Trust joins campaign to end ‘Pyjama Paralysis’
On Thursday 26 April staff came to work wearing their pyjamas, as part of a national NHS campaign to help raise awareness of deconditioning while in hospital.

The #EndPJparalysis campaign aims to encourage hospital patients to ditch their pyjamas and get moving, to enable them to get back to their own homes earlier.

Many older people who spend more time in a hospital bed find that they may find they are no longer be able to live independently, or feel they can take part in their usual activities. The campaign helps people stay more active in hospital, so that they can retain their core strength and stability - and continue to live their lives with friends and family when they return home. Read More>>>
Home First: Starting a conversation with local people
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with clinical commissioning groups and local authorities, is starting a conversation with local people to raise awareness of the risks of remaining in a hospital bed for longer than needed, and to ask for feedback about your experiences of returning home from hospital and how we can best have discussions about this process with patients, families and carers.

For a long time, when people talked about harm associated with being in hospital, they thought about falls and infections, or other examples of where we failed to keep people safe.

What research now shows is that just being in a hospital bed can be harmful. For example, ten days of bed rest can cause the equivalent of ten years of muscle ageing. This is not just in older people, it can happen quickly and the impact is significant.

Being in hospital can also dent people’s confidence with undertaking regular tasks independently.

We have undertaken two large reviews. The first was an audit of all patients in hospital beds who have been in York Hospital for more than seven days, which found 120 people who were medically ready for discharge. The second was an audit of all patients in all of our community inpatient beds, which found 43% were beyond the date they were ready to go home.

These reviews, alongside the growing evidence around the harm caused by remaining in hospital for longer than necessary, have led us to adopt a Home First approach. An example of this is the change we made to Archways, an intermediate care unit in York.

In December 2016 we re-provided the beds at Archways as home based intermediate care. We used the resources from the Archways beds to be able to provide a 50% expansion in our home based intermediate care team, which is made up of nurses, physios, occupational therapists and generic workers. We were also able to use the resource for our community discharge liaison team who work to reduce delays for patients in community beds, a pharmacist to help people in home based intermediate care with medication issues and advanced clinical practitioners who could help with any medical problems.

The impact of the Archways change is a significant increase in the number of people able to access intermediate care, with much of this being provided in patients’ homes.

We are looking for your feedback to help us develop our approach to Home First. You can share your thoughts by answering the questions in this short survey. We would be grateful for your comments. Thank you for your time.
LIVEX – Volunteers wanted 
A The Trust is currently looking for volunteers who would be willing to act as casualties for each exercise from the Trust Governors.

Volunteers would be needed for both days (i.e. the 2 and 3 July or the 5 and 6 July) and would need to be prepared to have special effects make up applied to them, to mimic the look of some of the types of injuries that have been seen in recent terrorist incidents (e.g. stab and shrapnel wounds). Volunteers would need to work with Trust clinicians, the Army and Yorkshire Ambulance Service on the day to help create a realistic training environment for our staff.

This is a fantastic, one off opportunity to support and contribute to the training and development of our front line clinical staff who might need to respond if the worst were to happen. Reasonable expenses will be paid and lunch will be provided on both days. Find out how to get involved>>>
Alternative delivery model for estates and facilities
You may have read in the news that the Trust’s Board of Directors has approved the establishment of an alternative delivery model for estates and facilities, which will remain wholly owned by the NHS.

At their meeting on 28 February, the Board considered the models available and agreed to set up a Limited Liability Partnership with Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited as a minority partner. Northumbria established its alternative delivery model in 2012 and has a strong track record of working in this way. Their expertise will be extremely valuable throughout this process and it will prove beneficial to share their experience.

The company has now been formally registered, and the plan is that it will become operational from October 2018. Click here for further information

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

Wednesday, 30 May 
The Boardroom
York Hospital
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

Thursday, 14 June
Malton Rugby Club
(Open to public observers)

Other News
Living with and Beyond Cancer Event at York Hospital

A ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ event is being held at York Hospital, Monday 4 June 2018. The event, the first of its kind for the Trust, is an opportunity for anyone affected by cancer, including friends, family and carers, to find out more about the many support and community projects available to help support them.

The event is being organised by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with support from the York Teaching Hospital Charity. Find out more>>>

Birthday party for Bridlington Hospital


This year Bridlington Hospital is celebrating a milestone birthday and to help celebrate the doors will be thrown open to visitors to showcase the great work of the hospital, both past and present – and we would love for you to join us!

On Saturday 7 July 2018, between 10.00am-2.00pm, visitors will be able to visit the flagship mobile chemotherapy unit, visit the wards, take a unique behind the scenes tour of the hospital, food taste in the canteen… and much, much more!

For the younger ones they can jump on board visiting emergency response vehicles, call in at the outpatients department to have a plaster cast, dress up as a surgeon for the day and even watch our surgeons hard at work as they perform ‘operations’ in the theatres.

For anyone interested in working in the NHS, there will be careers information available, NHS health trainers will be on hand to offer advice on how to stop smoking and information on healthier living, as well as colleagues from Infection Prevention promoting good hand hygiene.

Not forgetting that the NHS is turning 70 this year, there will be photographs and images on show telling the story of bygone years.

The event will be supported by colleagues from York Teaching Hospital Charity who will be organising a teddy bear hunt and tombola courtesy of the Friends of Bridlington Hospital.

The event is free and open to everyone, with free parking and refreshments available.

Please save the date and come along with family and friends to support Trust colleagues as they celebrate this very special birthday.

Medical school to train 90 more doctors a year

Following the Department of Health initiative to expand the number of medical school places in England, Hull York Medical School has been awarded an additional 90 places.

Of these places, 25 will be available for students choosing to study medicine from 2018 and 65 from 2019. This represents a 69% increase in places – from 130 home places available in 2017 to 220 in 2019. Read More>>>

Faces of the NHS

Follow the Trust throughout the year as we share an inspiring collection of photographs and stories from our staff, and what working for the NHS means to them. You can follow the project on Twitter, Facebook or the Trust’s website by searching for #facesoftheNHS.

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