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      June 2019



Scarborough students given taste of NHS life

Students from schools across Scarborough have spent a week at their local hospital gaining invaluable insights into the NHS and how it works.

Scarborough Hospital’s annual Young Persons’ Programme, which ran from 3-7 June, gave local school students the chance to sample some of the many careers on offer, and learn more about life in a busy acute hospital.

The week included a packed programme based on a mock-up of an emergency department which included decision making exercises, practical training sessions, behind the scene tours of departments, meeting junior doctors, pharmacy, estates management and much more. Student feedback after the event confirmed that they found the week interesting, informative and compelling, and many agreed they would definitely like to work in the NHS having been on the programme.

Anne Devaney, Deputy Director of Workforce Development said: “The programme is about providing an opportunity for local youngsters, who are at the age where they are making choices about their future careers, to discover what roles are available within the NHS, in addition to medicine and nursing. This understanding will hopefully assist them in choosing a career in healthcare via practice placements, an apprenticeship scheme or applying for training with one of our local university partners.”

International exchange brings fresh perspective

This year, for the first time, the Trust has taken part in an exchange scheme for hospital and healthcare professionals, which offers a unique opportunity to learn and exchange ideas.

The programme offers those with healthcare clinical and managerial responsibilities the chance to visit another EU member state for four weeks. The Trust has hosted a patients’ rights manager, Ina Bendas, from Moldova who was given a whirlwind introduction to the NHS and in particular the culture and values of the Trust. Ina shadowed staff from departments across the Trust covering everything from patient safety to infection control to studying the Trust’s approach to patient experience.

Ina said: “The experience I have gained from the inside of another organisation has given me a whole new point of view and I will take back everything I’ve learned to pass on to my colleagues. It was really important for me to be involved in the practical side of the work here and I can see so many ways this visit can help us to improve things in my organisation.”

The exchange scheme is organised by HOPE, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, an international non-profit organisation created in 1966. The NHS Leadership Academy supports the programme on behalf of the UK. Approximately 150 healthcare professionals across 27 countries take part in the exchange each year. The Trust is planning to continue its participation in the exchange scheme.

Terrific Tesla toys offer fun journey to theatre

Terrific Tesla toys offer fun journey to theatre
Children at York and Scarborough hospitals will be able to drive themselves for their own surgery in a ride-on electric car, following a generous donation from the Tesla owners group.

The mini Teslas will play an important part in helping distract children who are nervous about going for an operation by offering a fun way to travel to theatres.
Liz Vincent, Directorate Manager Child Health, said: “Having to come into hospital can be a daunting time for anyone, especially for children, so equipment like this can really make a child’s stay more enjoyable. “Many thanks to the Tesla owners group - the car will provide a welcome distraction for children who are nervous about their surgery and help them feel more comfortable in hospital.”

The cars, worth over £600, have a top speed of 6mph. The donation follows a bid by the Trust, in partnership with York Teaching Hospital Charity, to provide a car for the children’s wards at both York and Scarborough hospitals.

Live music for stroke and dementia patients

A unique music project is brightening the lives of patients on York Hospital’s stroke and dementia wards.

During May and June professional healthcare musicians, Brightside Music, are visiting wards to provide interactive live music sessions.
Research demonstrates that there are many benefits to the use of music in healthcare settings. Sessions are tailored to each situation, sometimes working with individual patients at bedsides and groups in communal areas.

Griselda Goldsbrough, Art and Design Development Manager from the Trust’s Arts team, who is working with the musicians, said: “The project has already made quite an impact on York Hospital’s patients and their relatives. Music offers a distraction from routines and procedures, changing the atmosphere and it can offer comfort at difficult times to patients and families.”

Brightside Music duo Becky Eden-Green and Aisling Holmes are both experienced musicians with a background in education. They have undertaken the Music in Healthcare apprenticeship with OPUS Music CIC, a leading authority on live music-making in healthcare establishments.

Becky explains: “Over recent years there has been a growing understanding of the impact that taking part in the arts can have on health and wellbeing. By supplementing medicine and care, music can improve the health of people who experience mental or physical health problems.”



  In brief  


Board of Directors
Wednesday 31 July 2019
York Hospital

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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.


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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.


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Volunteers week 2019


Volunteers' Week 2019 provided the Trust with the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the 300 plus volunteers who every day make a difference for our patients.

Speaking to the volunteers, Interim Chief Nurse, Helen Hey, summed the week up perfectly: “I appreciate the fabulous contributions you make every single day, but I don’t tell you every day - so I’m taking the opportunity of volunteers’ week to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all of you brilliant volunteers out there involved in caring for our patients (and our staff) - your efforts and commitment never cease to inspire and amaze me. Thank you so much for your insights, creativity, energy and enthusiasm.”

The role of the governor

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


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