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      August 2019



Join us at our hospital open days

This September, both York and Scarborough hospitals will be opening their doors to the public, as the Trust hosts two fantastic open days.

These unique events will enable visitors to discover more about the daily workings of the hospital and the services provided. It also includes interactive tours and seminars, giving people a chance to find out what goes on behind the scenes within the hospital, not normally seen by the public.
There are several tours and seminars throughout the day at both events, including visits to the boiler house and the labs which will let visitors see the hidden world of laboratory medicine, also known as pathology.
Visitors can find out more about all the different tours and seminars on offer and sign up for free online.
Spaces are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.
For those interested in opportunities and careers in the NHS, there will be recruitment and specialist staff on hand to offer advice, as well as on the day interviews for registered or newly qualified nurses at the Scarborough event.
The Scarborough Open Day will be will be followed by the Trust’s Annual Members Meeting (AMM), incorporating the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 3pm in the Postgraduate Centre, which is open to all. The AMM will include an overview of the Trust’s financial position, a summary of key achievements over the last 12 months 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 at 4.00pm.
Click here to find out more about the Scarborough Open Day.
Click here to find out more about the York Open Day.

Trust welcomes new chief executive

This month the Trust welcomes Simon Morritt as new Chief Executive who joins the Trust from Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he was Chief Executive from 2016.

Simon has more than 25 years’ experience in the NHS, which he joined in September 1989 as a general management trainee in Greater Manchester.
After roles across Yorkshire he went on to be successful in number of senior positions including Chief Executive at Doncaster Central Primary Care Trust, the former Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust (now NHS Bradford and Airedale) and spent time in commissioning organisations until he became Chief Executive of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Staff recognised at Healthwatch Awards

Staff from York Hospital and community services were recognised at the Healthwatch ‘Making a Difference’ Awards last month. Award winners are nominated on the Healthwatch York website by members of the public for excellence in health and social care services.

Healthwatch York has developed the awards to make sure that great feedback is recognised and shared. This year 14 individuals from nine organisations were presented with an award at their annual meeting.
Amongst the Trust winners were Dr Martin Howard, Gill Jackson, Helen Harrison and all the clinical nurse specialists in the haematology team, the endoscopy unit and gynaecology at York Hospital. Staff at the breast imaging unit at the Magnolia Centre and the cardiology team at York Hospital were also recognised, as well as the ASDA Blood Clinic and the York Integrated Care Team.
Sian Balsom, Healthwatch York Manager, said: “These awards highlight that providing good care to people is possible in challenging times. Every person is different, and listening to what really matters to them can be the magic difference for their experience of care.”

Trainee nursing accosicates graduate

Congratulations to the Trust’s first cohort of trainee nursing associates who graduated in July after two year intensive study.

Starting back in April 2017 in partnership with the University of York, the course was the first of its kind at the Trust.
Now fully qualified, the nursing associates are able to support registered nurses with a range of duties, within a defined scope of practice.
Nursing associates have gone from strength to strength since its conception. In September 2018 the Nursing and Midwifery Council approved all elements of regulation and it is now offered as an apprenticeship at the Trust.

Research news

Did you know that the Trust is actively involved in research? With clinical trials from everything from haematology, urology to breast cancer, clinical research is vital in helping bring about new treatments and cures which can change lives.

The aim of clinical trials is to increase knowledge about treatments to ensure we are treating based on the best possible evidence. This kind of research also offers participants the opportunity to be involved in research which may be of benefit to them.
All research active NHS trusts are measured by the NIHR on two key metrics:
1. Number of studies open for recruitment
This year the Trust had 117 open studies last year - a drop of 10.7% from the previous year. This puts the Trust 48th out of approx 450 trusts in the country; last year’s position was 42nd. This drop was expected as we have spent significant times working with teams on cleaning up our portfolio of studies, and being more selective on what studies we take on.
2. Number of patients recruited to clinical trials
The Trust had a total of 4,906 patients recruited into clinical trials last year (NIHR exclude commercial accruals) - a rise of 27.7% from the previous year. This puts the Trust at 33rd in the country out of approx 450; last year it was 44th. The is a great achievement and further demonstrates how being more efficient and selective on what studies we take on benefits our Trust.
The NIHR annual league tables for research active trusts can be viewed online.



  In brief  


Board of Directors
Wednesday 25 September 2019
Post Graduate Centre
Scarborough Hospital

Read the latest Board papers

Council of Governors


The next Council of Governors is on Tuesday 3 September 2019 at Malton Rugby Club, between 1.30pm-3.00pm.


The Council of Governors meet four times a year in public and is chaired by the Trust Chair.  Trust members and members of the public are very welcome to attend as observers, and in addition there is an opportunity to speak to governors informally between 1.00pm-1.30pm, to ask questions.


If you cannot attend a meeting but would like to submit a question, please contact us five working days in advance of the meeting by emailing


Who's who

To learn more about our current governors please visit our website for more details.

Star Award finalists


All our staff and volunteers deserve recognition - but there are many that go above and beyond the call of duty to make the Trust a better service - with hard work, exciting new ideas and simply by putting patients first.


Our monthly star award finalists recognise outstanding individuals or teams who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the Trust provides care for our patients.


Click here to read why they were nominated and learn how they made a difference.


If you'd like to nominate someone for a Star Award complete the form here


Self-care campaign targets holiday makers

Earlier this month, the communications team hit the road to get the message out about self-care for holiday makers coming to the East Coast.In partnership with Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, the campaign aims to ensure that when people visit the East Coast, whether for a long or short break, they use the right service if they require medical attention. This includes encouraging people to seek advice from the pharmacists or using NHS 111 for minor health concerns - and avoiding attending A&E or calling 999 unless necessary. The campaign also encourages visitors to the area to stock up on essentials such as sun cream, pain relief and antihistamines before they come.
With A&E pressures high over the summer period, by targeting holiday makers, accommodation providers, camping parks, supermarkets and tourist attractions, it is hoped that the campaign will reduce strain on the A&E department at Scarborough Hospital.


Charity News - Yorkshire Three Peaks


We are pleased to say that the wonderful staff, their families and friends have helped to raise over £10,000 from the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge 2019. With 46 walkers taking part to raise funds for our hospitals, the lovely weather and the spectacular scenery, everyone had a wonderful day and some amazing times were set.
Next year’s challenge will take place on Saturday 20 June 2020. You can book your place now by emailing

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