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   November 2018


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10 years of saving sight
Diabetic retinopathy is the number one treatable cause of visual loss in the UK among 16-64 year olds and can have a devastating impact if not detected.

Since 2008 the North Yorkshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, run by the Trust, has been successfully offering eye screening for people with diabetes in the region and recently celebrated 10 years of saving sight.

Diabetic eye screening is a key part of diabetes care. Diabetic retinopathy, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the blood vessels at the back of the eye, can cause blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated. It is the most common cause of sight loss in people of working age. Read More>>>
New physician associate role welcomed
A new role that supports hospital doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients is set to free up more time for senior doctors to deal with complex cases.

The Trust has welcomed 12 new physician associates to its workforce. The new recruits have graduated after completing their MSc in Physician Associate Studies.

Physician associates are medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals who work alongside doctors and provide medical care.

The role allows them to take a patient's history, make a simple diagnosis, carry out some physical examinations, formulate diagnosis and develop treatment plans.
Learn more>>>
Laboratory accreditation
The laboratories at York and Scarborough hospitals have been awarded a national badge of quality by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

The labs were independently assessed to confirm that they deliver high quality patient care and testing services and granted UKAS accreditation. It is recommended and endorsed by NHS England, NHS Improvement and the CQC.

Liz Fox, Quality Manager, said: “We are delighted to have achieved UKAS accreditation. It provides assurance for patients that staff who carry out their diagnostic tests are competent and the equipment being used is safe and fit for purpose. Learn more>>>
Workshop for ex-military
The Trust held the first ever workshop designed specifically to support ex-military personnel into NHS jobs. Representatives of the Trust, NHS Employers and The Officers Association were joined by ex-military candidates to explore the opportunities the NHS can offer.

Mark Hindmarsh, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, said: “Each year people leave the Military to go and work in another industry. Many of them want to come and work in the NHS in nonclinical roles but often feel they don’t fit the criteria.

"We know there are people out there with just the skills we are looking for so we wanted do a little more to try and help them make the transition from Military to NHS.”

Breakout sessions were held where guests could find out more about how the NHS works, a ‘speed dating’ session to briefly hear about people’s roles and advice on a mock job application.
Learn more>>>
Results of the Membership Survey 2018
Thank you to all of you who completed our Membership Survey 2018.

We received over 1,000 responses, which identified services that are working well and areas which need to be improved. Click here to view a summary of the results.
Joined Up Yorkshire
The NHS and local councils in Yorkshire and Humber want to find out your views about what sort of information should be used to improve the healthcare and services you receive and to help make Yorkshire and Humber a better place for everybody.

Please answer this short survey about how your information should be used tinyurl.com/JoinedUpYH.
 
 

  Diary Dates  

 

Council of Governors

Thursday 13 December 2018
Malton Rugby Club
11.00am-1.00pm
(Open to public observers)


Other News
 

Join us at the next Board meeting

Are you interested in finding out what is discussed at board level within our Trust? The Board of Directors hold meetings in public, meaning that anyone is welcome to attend the public meeting as an observer. The next board meeting is next Wednesday 28 November, in the Discussion Room in the Post Graduate Centre at Scarborough Hospital. The meeting starts at 2pm which is a change to previously advertised times.


Medical recruitment in Scarborough

 

In October the Trust hosted a joint primary and secondary care medical recruitment event. Nine doctors were interviewed on the day, and eight have been offered roles in Scarborough which is fantastic news. The number of good quality applicants that we are working with is growing all the time, and the Trust is currently pursuing an interest in seven consultant applicants for a number of specialties.


Date for your diary

The Annual NHS Regional Carol Service will take place on Wednesday 5 December at York Minster. Doors open at 6.30pm, with the service commencing at 7.30pm. The service is open to everyone and is free to attend, so why not start your countdown to Christmas by joining us at this very special festive event
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The National Elf Service

This December, take part in York Teaching Hospital Charity’s ‘National Elf Service’ day on Friday 14 December and help make a difference in our hospitals. Whether you host your own festive cake sale or you dress up in your finest Christmas gear, every £1 raised will help support our patients over the festive period. For your free fundraising pack with everything you need, including cake cards and selfie props, please sign up online at www.york.nhs.uk/elf
Charity News

Read all the latest news from York Teaching Hospital Charity in their Autumn newsletter. Click the image below to read it now.



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