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      May 2019



Proud NHS staff celebrate long service

Staff from the Trust, who between them have clocked up hundreds of years of service, were invited to be honoured at a long service event in York.


At the annual event, chief executive, Mike Proctor, paid tribute to the dedicated and caring staff from across the Trust - many of whom have spent much of their working lives in the National Health Service.

Speaking about the awards, Mike said: “This year 73 members of staff have reached the milestone of 25 years dedicated service to the National Health Service. Between them they have worked a staggering 1,825 years.


“One of the strengths of the Trust is the experience provided by our staff who have devoted their working lives to the NHS. Staff are without doubt our greatest asset and work extremely hard to provide the very best possible care to our patients. Each and every one of them is a credit to our service and the public they serve.”


Celebrating their long service were staff who have served 25 years with the National Health Service - ten years of which have been consecutively with York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Another long service event will take place in June for staff based on the East Coast, and a further 12 staff, celebrating 40 year, will be invited to the Trust’s annual Celebration of Achievement awards in October. Read more >>.

New MRA clinic for Scarborough

A revolutionary new service has been set up in Scarborough for patients who suffer with multiple system atrophy (MSA).


This is a rare nervous system disorder where nerve cells in several parts of the brain deteriorate over time. The condition causes problems with balance, movement and the autonomic nervous system, which controls a number of the body's automatic functions, such as breathing and bladder control.


Ed Jones, Consultant Physician, has been instrumental in bringing the specialist clinic to Scarborough Hospital. He will work alongside specialist nurse, Katie Rigg, who has been funded by the MSA Trust, the charity that supports people with MSA. They are joined by Sandie Wade, palliative care neurology nurse specialist from St Catherine’s Hospice.


Ed explained: “Katie covers the whole of the North of England and Scotland so patients usually have to contact her by phone. The patients with MSA attending our clinic at Scarborough Hospital will be able to have a face-to-face appointment in a one-stop clinic.


“The new service is an exciting development for Scarborough, as there are currently relatively few places in the UK offering this sort of specialist clinic. Most of those are major cities such as London, Birmingham, or Newcastle so we are delighted to bring this service so close to home.”

Top marks for Trust's radiology placements

The Trust’s radiography department has been praised by the University of Leeds for the quality of the placements they provide to students.


The University is ranked first in the country in the medical technology league table and they are keen to acknowledge the team ‘who have all had a very important input into the students’ education’. At the Trust the students can experience a wide range of hospital settings and health conditions, and are fully immersed in the role of radiographer in a busy hospital.


Specialist Radiographers and Clinical Liaison Practitioners, Freya Beilby and Rebecca Kranz, look after the radiography students on placement at the Trust. This includes teaching sessions for the undergraduates where practicable to tie in with their course and any questions they have.


Freya said: “Rebecca and I have worked extremely hard to ensure that the students are receiving a high quality clinical experience here at the Trust, which runs alongside the syllabus taught by the University. We are very glad to see that the students agree that our hard work is of benefit to them.”

Name your health hero!

Have you received outstanding service from a local healthcare professional in the past 12 months? Do you know a healthcare hero who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for a loved one? Now is your chance to recognise and celebrate their efforts.


The Trust is appealing to the public to nominate a staff member or team from their local hospitals and community services who they feel deserve special recognition at its annual staff award ceremony.

Nominations for the Trust’s Celebration of Achievement Awards are open until Friday 28 June 2019, with patients and families invited to nominate an individual or team for the ‘Patients’ Choice’ award so they can say thank you for any outstanding care they have received.  The award will be presented to an individual or team who has shown an exceptionally caring, supportive and compassionate service to patients, their families and their friends.


Mike Proctor, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “Every day in the NHS, dedicated teams and individuals go to extraordinary lengths to provide exceptional care and fantastic services. Our Celebration of Achievement Awards have become a valuable and highly regarded way of honouring colleagues who have excelled in their achievements and service for the Trust.


“It is as important as ever to share, celebrate and recognise the excellent work of the NHS, and it is always an honour and a great source of pride to listen to stories of outstanding care from patients.

“Every year we have hosted the awards, we have been blessed to be filled with truly inspirational stories and I look forward to witnessing staff throughout the Trust receive deserved praise and recognition for making a difference.”


Nominations can be made online.


  In brief  


Board of Directors
Wednesday 31 July 2019
York Hospital

Read the latest Board papers

Council of Governors


The next Council of Governors is on Wednesday 12 June 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


To find out more about our governors and to read their latest reports, visit our website.

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


Preparing for major surgery - member event


Patient outcomes after surgery have been improving steadily in recent years.


Unfortunately major surgery still causes a significant physical stress on the body and a patient’s ability to deal with this stress plays a very large part in the outcome of their operation. Patients who are fitter before their operation are more likely to recover more quickly and more completely.


We have arranged sessions in York and Scarborough for our members to attend.  Our colleague, Dr David Yates, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, will explore the various adverse effects that major surgery has on the body, what the anaesthetic community is doing to try to reduce these effects, how research has changed our practice over the years and most importantly, what patients can do to prepare themselves for surgery as well as possible.


To secure a place and find out more click here.

The role of the governor

The Council of Governors are the voice of the community, ensuring that local people have a say in the running of their hospital.


A governor plays a very important role in the Trust.  They act as a link between Foundation Trust members and the Board of Directors.  They will represent members and act as an ambassador for both the Trust and the membership. They will help the Trust make sure that the views of members are heard by the Board of Directors.


Governors have a number of statutory duties and responsibilities. For further information click here


Do you fancy becoming a governor? Over the next few months we are preparing for the Governor Elections 2019.
Further information will be sent out in due course containing the vacancies available in each constituency, so watch this space.

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