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    August 2018


Project Choice students graduate
Project Choice students from York and Scarborough Hospitals have marked the completion of their internships with a special graduation event.

Project Choice is a work based programme which supports young people (16-25 years) who have learning disabilities, difficulties or autism with the social and work based skills needed to enable them to become work ready and help them to understand the pathway into employment.

The unpaid internship, which lasts one academic year, is sponsored by Health Education England to help young people remain in full time education, whilst gaining valuable work experience. The interns have already completed vocational training and have qualifications - so the internship is an opportunity to put these skills into practice. Read More>>>
Invitation to attend the Trust’s Annual Members Meeting
Trust members are invited to find out more about their local hospitals by attending the Trust’s Annual Members Meeting (AMM), incorporating the Annual General Meeting.

The meeting will be hosted at the York Hospital, in the Chapel, on Thursday 27 September, starting at 2pm, and will include refreshments.

The AMM will include an overview of the Trust’s financial position, a summary of key achievements over the last 12 months and an overview of the current year to date. Members of the Trust and public will also have an opportunity to put questions to the Trust Board. This session will run between 4.20pm and 4.40pm. Read more>>>
Update from the Chair of the Board
Many of you will be interested I am sure, to learn more about the recruitment process for our new Chief Executive. We have been working with an external recruitment partner, as well as our own HR team, and are now preparing for an interview process which will take place on 12 and 13 September with a strong field of candidates.

The first part of the process for the potential chief executives is to deliver a presentation to a diverse group of 75 staff from across the trust. Once the presentation is complete the potential chief executives will answer any questions staff may want to ask about the presentation. The next steps are focussed conversations - first with a group of clinicians and then a group of directors. The final stage of the process is a formal panel interview.

We are very much hoping that we will be able to announce the name of our new Chief Executive at the Annual Members Meeting and Annual General Meeting in September.

The Board has been working on the new five year strategy for our trust over the last few months. It is in an advanced draft format and we will be asking our partners to review our plans with us at our August Board Meeting. Working with partners to design the future of health care services captured in this strategic document is an important part of the trust’s increasing desire to work in collaboration with partners.

Although the final version of the strategy is not yet complete I can confirm that our values will remain exactly the same - caring, helping, respecting and listening, along with three very clear strategic goals:

 1. To deliver safe, high quality patient care
 2. To support an engaged, healthy, resilient workforce
 3. To ensure our financial sustainability

These three strategic objectives will be the basic framework for the work of our Board and so the direction of our trust.

Best wishes
Susan Symington
New look ad campaign to boost recruitment
A powerful new recruitment campaign launches this month aimed at helping the Trust stand out in the increasingly competitive healthcare labour market.

The Trust has been working with Jupiter, a firm of recruitment communication experts, to develop its recruitment brand.  This is an ambitious programme of work to reflect the reality of working at the Trust and uses cutting edge, highly-targeted advertising techniques.

Will Thornton, Senior HR Lead for Medical Staffing and Recruitment, explained: “The initial work has been to develop the brand with the help of a cross-section of almost 200 staff from across the Trust. They represented different staff groups and sites and took part in focus groups with Jupiter where they talked about the reality of working in the Trust.
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  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

Wednesday, 26 September 
The Boardroom
York Hospital
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

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

Other News
Public board meetings

The Board of Directors has agreed to change the structure of the Board meetings, which from September 2018 will affect public Board timings. Meetings for September and November will now start at 1pm. Anyone is welcome to attend the public meeting as an observer. 

Charity News – York 10k

Thank you to all of the staff members who took part in the York 10k and helped to raise hundreds of pounds for our family of hospitals.

If you’re interested in joining Team York Teaching Hospital Charity for next year’s race, please get in touch with the Charity Team by emailing

Board News Hello and Goodbye

The Trust Board said goodbye to three long serving members at its meeting in July - Sue Rushbrook, Director of Systems and Networks retired after more than 40 years in the NHS. Libby Raper and Mike Sweet left the Board after completing their maximum term of nine years’ service as non-executive directors.

We thank all three for their individual commitment to the Trust and their hard work, and wish them all healthy and happy retirements.

We welcomed two new non-executive directors, Dr Lorraine Boyd, a retired GP, and Lynne Mellor, a senior executive with BT who joined us a non-executive directors, as well as Polly McMeekin, Acting Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, and Lucy Brown, Acting Director of Communications.

We welcome all to our Board and look forward to their contributions to the leadership of the Trust.
New Film provides alternative approach to End of Life care

Receiving a terminal diagnosis is a devastating experience for patients and families alike and can leave patients not knowing which way to turn.

While the Trust’s end of life care team provide essential care and support for patients and families who find themselves in this position, feedback from patients has revealed that the sheer overload of information can be overwhelming.

One of the biggest problems patients report is that they are unsure what care is available and how to access it.

Kath Sartain, Lead Nurse for End of Life Care, said: “We looked at the needs of people of all ages who are living with dying, death and bereavement. Taking into account their priorities, preferences and wishes, we realised we could provide a simpler approach to what was available and make it really accessible.

“Working with the Arts Team we spent time with patients, relatives and staff to create an honest, powerful and informative short film, providing an alternative introduction to available services. The film also supports and encourages staff education in end of life care.”

The animated film was produced thanks to funding from York Teaching Hospital Charity and is accessible via You Tube or the Trust website.

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