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    March 2018


Innovative approach helps grow nursing workforce
In the current climate it is estimated that the NHS needs to fill around 40,000 nurse positions across the UK, and with an 8.3 percent rise in the number of nursing vacancies in the last year, the competition to recruit has never been so fierce.

Finding a solution to the ever increasing recruitment problem is no easy task, but over the past three years the Chief Nurse team at the Trust has been working tirelessly to buck the trend.

Closely monitoring the nurse staffing position on a weekly basis, the team continue to look at new ways to both recruit and retain nurses and healthcare assistants across the Trust.

Click here to read more about what the Trust is doing to build a workforce fit for the future.
Chief Executive’s report to the Council of Governors
Every quarter, Chief Executive, Patrick Crowley, 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
Stay well this winter
As winter continues to bite it’s more important than ever to engage and empower people to look after their own health better.

Whether it is about self-treatable conditions, long term conditions, or lifestyle choices to ensure better physical health and mental wellbeing, it’s important to stay well this winter.

For helpful hints and advice, visit NHS choices deidcated 'Stay well this winter' pages
Families stay connected with BabyView 
A ground-breaking new system that connects mothers separated from their newborns has been installed in the Special Care Baby Unit at York Hospital.

BabyView provides a video link so that parents are able to see close-up images and sounds of their neonatal babies on a PC screen, a tablet or smartphone, wherever they are. A screen in the incubator gives parents a close up view of their baby just by linking to a web address on their internet browser or by downloading an app.

The new system has been funded by York Teaching Hospital Charity. Read More>>>
New electronic assessment supports cancer patients
One of the latest initiatives to support patients with cancer is being rolled out across the Trust as part of the Macmillan Recovery Package.

All patients are given a holistic needs assessment that ensures that people’s physical, practical, emotional, spiritual and social needs are met in a timely and appropriate way.

The Trust has signed up to a new electronic version of this, the Electronic Macmillan Holistic Needs Assessments (eHNA), which allows for the person affected by cancer to complete a questionnaire on a touch screen tablet. This information is then sent to the clinician through a secure website to begin the process of care and support planning. Read More>>>

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

Wednesday, 28 March 
The Boardroom
York Hospital
Time 10.45am
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

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

News in Brief
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.
Patient safety update

The Trust has received a letter from Dr Celia Ingham Clark, NHS England’s Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness, congratulating the Trust on the significant improvements made in reducing the impact of sepsis.

The sepsis CQUIN was launched in 2015 in order to help drive improvements in the timely identification and treatment of sepsis. The Trust has been identified as one of the trusts which has seen the greatest improvements in timely identification and timely treatment of sepsis, based on the data relating to the CQUIN.

This is a positive achievement in a significant patient safety priority area.

Dementia appeal reaches half-way milestone


The York Teaching Hospital Charity’s Dementia Appeal has reached the half-way milestone, with over £100,000 raised so far from the local community.

The Dementia Appeal was launched last March with the aim to raise £200,000 and improve the experience that patients and families have whilst in hospital.

Donate an Easter egg for dementia

Can you help York Teaching Hospital Charity put on a spectacular Easter Egg tombola and raise money for the Dementia Appeal?   The charity are partnering with Visit York’s Easter Family Festival and holding an Easter Egg Tombola in York City Centre, 29 March-2 April.

All donations should be dropped off at the Fundraising Hub, York Hospital Main Entrance before Wednesday 28 March.  For more information contact the team on or via phone on 772 4521.

And finally...

Don’t forget as the NHS turns 70 this year we are seeking stories and memories from patients, workers, volunteers and the public. To get in touch and share your story, please email

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