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MEDIA HEADLINES

COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 24 / 31 AUGUST 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Confusion at new hospital link idea - MP Tyrie has urged health chiefs to go back to the drawing board

Revealed: options for our hospitals - five options which appear to be under consideration

Readers' Letters - Why its vital to rethink our health care, Steve Phoenix on behalf of West Sussex PCTs

New man will be heading crunch talks on hospital - John Wilderspin, CE of new West Sussex PCT

Government 'short-changing West Sussex by £85m a year' - according to the county council

Caring for staff nets PCT award - IWL Practice Plus standard

Meningitis in spotlight - September focus at Witterings Medical Centre library

Doctors want to extend rooms - Avisford Medical Group, applied for planning permission to add four rooms

Secret A&E closure idea is six months old - leaked SHA report has provoked angry response from MPs

Entertainer backs 'super' hospital - Michael Ball has written in support of St Richard's

Readers' Letters: Fight must go on to save St Richard's, Michael Ball

Trader wants to start NHS group - Bognor business owner re Keep Our NHS Public campaign

Projects to go public - Arun Local Strategic Partnership's steering group meets in public, 6 Sep

29 AUG - TOP FIVE - LATEST UPDATE FROM PCT HQ

 

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT

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COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 17 AUGUST 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

New report examines our 'real health needs' - Director of Public Health's third Annual Report

St Richard's: four options revealed - information leaked to the Observer

Hospital downgrade among secret options - petition to support St Richard's had topped the 110,000 mark

Change in health bosses - Steve Phoenix to take over West Kent PCT in October

Portsmouth can't cope with patients - Portsmouth Hospitals Trust is under pressure to make savings

 

18 AUG - SPECIALIST PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES BULLETIN

 

 

I will be on hols w/c 21 August

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 10 AUGUST 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Record funds raised for hospital at fete - £8,200 for Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital (5 Aug)

Catastrophy of hospital plan, MP tells Hewitt - MP Andrew Tyrie re St Richard's Hospital

Health chiefs 'passing buck on hospital' - West Sussex MPs critical of consultation process

Council calls for extended hospital opening hours - Bognor Regis TC re minor injuries unit

Readers Letters: Only person not listening is Patricia Hewitt (save St Richard's Hospital campaign)

Midhurst Macmillan shop makes its first million - vital source of funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Hot weather hits asthma and lung disease sufferers - August focus at Witterings Medical Centre Library

Family campaigns to get NHS law changed - patient confidentiality re Lara Edgell's death

 

10 AUG - NEW PRIMARY CARE TRUST CHIEF EXECUTIVE DESIGNATE APPOINTED

The new West Sussex Primary Care Trust, which comes into being on 1 October to cover the whole county, will be led by chief executive John Wilderspin (currently chief executive of Fareham and Gosport PCT and East Hampshire PCT).

 

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


Subject: COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 4 AUGUST 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Support your hospital by going to fete - Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, Sat 5 Aug

Friends have focused on funding new dining room for hospital - Friends of Midhurst Hospital AGM, 13 Jul

Council opposes health cuts - total opposition to proposed changes, Joint Western Arun Area Committee

Signatures soar past the 100,000 mark - campaign to save St Richard's launched by MP Andrew Tyrie

Cuts may threaten city's Olympic role - University of Chichester's hopes for a key role will be threatened

Readers Letters continue: Rally over hospital demonstrates public's anger

Hospital to scoop £20m in land deals for new homes - sale of surplus land at St Richard's

 

28 JUL - APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMEN TO NEW PRIMARY CARE TRUSTS

The NHS Appointments Commission has appointed Chairmen to four of the eight new Primary Care Trusts in the NHS South East Coast area. They are: Councillor John Barnes (East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT); Douglas Robertson CBE (Surrey PCT); David Griffiths (West Kent PCT); and David Taylor (West Sussex PCT).

4 AUG - MOVING FORWARD, ISSUE 5 - NEWSLETTER FROM NHS SOUTH EAST COAST (SHA)

28 JUL - SURREY AND SUSSEX HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST APPOINTS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive to lead the organisation and drive forward further improvements in finance and performance. The Trust has appointed Gail Wannell, Chief Executive of West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust to become its Chief Executive from 6 November 2006.

31 JUL - NEW HEAD OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND COMMUNITY SAFETY
Thirty years of police work has given new head of West Sussex County Council’s community safety and drug and alcohol action team (DAAT) Tony Toynton a unique perspective. The 49-year-old former Assistant Chief Constable of Sussex is keen to work in partnership with other organisations in West Sussex to address issues including domestic violence, racist incidents and drug and alcohol misuse.

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT

 

COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 27 JULY 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Medics train to tackle emergencies - PCT organised emergency training event in Chichester

The people speak out! Thousands turn out to oppose hospital cutbacks in city's biggest protest ever

Massive demo marks our 'worst ever health crisis' - take protest to Whitehall says county councillor

Still time to air your views on health care - South East Coast SHA extending the deadline until 31 July

Readers Letters continue - Hospital plays vital role in our lives

Its future is in our hands - Let's support St Richard's advert, supported by the Observer Series

MP Gibb questions Blair on hospitals - challenge during Prime Minster's Questions (5 Jul, LH Gazette)

'Cut NHS bosses, not jobs' urges Labour petition - Littlehampton Labour party members launch petition

MP Nick raises more concerns over our hospital crises - Nick Herbert re emergency facilities at RWSX

 

27 JUL - WESTERN SUSSEX PCT AWARDED GOOD EMPLOYER AWARD

27JUL - TOP FIVE STAFF NEWSLETTER, LATEST UPDATE FROM PCT HQ

26 JUL - NEW CHIEF DENTAL OFFICER APPOINTED

Dr Barry Cockcroft was confirmed as the new Chief Dental Officer for England by Acting Permanent Secretary Hugh Taylor.

 

27 JUL - HEWITT WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF NEW NHS CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt welcomed the appointment of the new NHS Chief Executive, Mr David Nicholson. David Nicholson, currently the Chief Executive of NHS London and former Chief Executive of Birmingham and the Black Country Strategic Health Authority will take up the post at the Department of Health from September.

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


Subject: COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 20 JULY 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Patients could die on roads - 40-page report released by Chichester DC

Biggest-ever protest rally expects thousands in city - Chichester city centre, 22 July

Last chance for first stage of consultation - formal deadline for discussion phase is 21 July

Rumours plague hospital debate - beginning to become unhelpful said Labour councillor, Roger Nash

Hospital protest march biggest in Bognor's history - prior to public meeting, 13 July

Council fears patients could die - Arun DC will seek a meeting with the ambulance service

Heated bid to save services - shake-up could improve casualty services at Bognor Hospital

Readers' Letters continue - What's happened to NHS management? GPs are deeply concerned

All options open - NHS - no firm plans or proposals on the table, Midhurst public meeting 19 July

Hospital crisis ... battle lines are drawn up - WSCC championing best possible health care for all residents

Medical centre launches website to help patients - Selsey Medical Centre offer services online

District council 'best in country' - Chichester DC score top marks, Audit Commission assessment

 

 

17 JUL - WEATHER FORECASTERS PREDICTING HOTTEST DAY SO FAR

18 JUL - THREE KEY APPOINTMENTS TO NHS SOUTH EAST COAST

Three Non-Executive Directors have been appointed to NHS South East Coast, the new Strategic Health Authority covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex. They are Steve Tinton, who will also chair the authority’s Audit Committee; Jennifer Seeley, and Chris Brooks.

 

JUL - SUMMER ISSUE OF WEST SUSSEX CHILDREN'S TRUST NEWSLETTER

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 6 JULY 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Health service says thank you - volunteers support Bognor, Midhurst and Chichester people

Big drive to boost funds for hospital - help wanted for Bognor Hospital's annual fete, 5 August

Overall optimism at hospital trust board - PCT is absolutely committed to providing the best services

It could all go - new organisation (SHA) will make decision on hospital future (St Richard's)

Thousands sign to back campaign - hundreds sign petition to save hospital

MPs Tyrie, Gibb and Herbert advertisement - Support St Richard's Hospital, Its future is in our hands

Joint letter from the doctors of St Richard's and local MPs sent to local households

NHS to meet public over hospital future - protest march/public meeting in Bognor Regis, 13 July

 

29 JUN - EVENT GATHERS VIEWS ON MAKING WEST SUSSEX NHS FITTER FOR THE FUTURE

30 JUN - EXTRA INVESTMENT FOR FASTER AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES

NHS ambulance trusts in England are to be given a £25 million boost to help deliver further improvements to response times for the most urgent calls, under a new incentive scheme announced by Health Minister Lord Warner. The scheme has been set up to deliver additional investment in new control room technology and vehicles that will allow ambulance trusts to achieve even higher standards in responding to life-threatening emergencies.

 

5 JUL - £750 MILLION CASH BOOST FOR COMMUNITY HOSPITALS

A new generation of NHS community hospitals moved a big step closer to opening their doors as Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced up to £750 million in extra funding for the NHS to invest in facilities offering patients more blood tests, x-rays and minor operations outside of large hospitals. The new community hospitals will offer speedy access to medical checks, day surgery and even out-of-hours GPs. Other services that the community hospitals could provide include care for minor injuries, blood and urine testing and ultrasound. There is also scope for community hospitals to be the sites of procedures such as endoscopies and biopsies. Funding will be available to support a variety of projects ranging from converting old acute hospitals into community hospitals and renovating existing community hospitals to community based chemotherapy and mobile cancer scans. Work on building the first new clinics and community hospitals will start early next year.

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 29 JUN 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

United front to save St Richard's - Public forum 'farce' claim (PPIF, 27 Jun)

Anger at lack of information - Politicians will work together for cause

Any reduction unacceptable says hospital friends - Where to send your comments

Observer Opinion - joining forces with Spirit FM in a campaign to save St Richard's (www.spiritfm.net)

Readers' Letters, headlined Hospital moves are politically-motivated / Hospital downgrade incomprehensible

'A&E saved my son's life' - front page feature re Yapton boy, Bognor Observer

Longer journeys in emergencies 'will cost lives' - fears for Middleton area

Have your say about hospital - 13 July public meeting, MP Nick Gibb / Bognor Town Council

Support for campaign grows - petitions sent to all GP practices in Bognor / Littlehampton area

Warning that loss of A&E could cost lives - dire effect on people living in Midhurst and Petworth area

Carers enjoy garden party - Carers Liaison Project celebrate national Carers' Week

 

27 JUN - CREATING AN NHS FIT FOR THE FUTURE

27 JUN - THIRD ANNUAL REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2005

Public health aims to help people achieve a better quality of life and live healthier, fulfilled lives. Dr Imogen Stephens, Director of Public Health at Western Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT), has published the third Annual Report of the Director of Public Health 2005 which builds on the previous reports and explores how further improvements in health can be achieved for our local population.

The full report will be available on the PCT’s website: www.westernsussex.nhs.uk


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 22 JUN 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Staff lead anger over St Richard's - fears grow for hospital - authority says no decisions made

Community urged to back campaign - chance to find out more, PPIF public meeting 10am, 27 Jun

NHS watchdog blames Labour - District vows to fight for hospital services (meeting 23 Jun)

Longer journeys to hospital will cost lives - warning issued by Bognor Regis MP Nick Gibb

Town joins fight for St Richard's - Midhurst Town Council is stepping into the debate

We must save St Richard's Hospital - Readers' Letters, Observer about to launch a formal campaign

Town urges talk with NHS bosses - MP's website campaign launched www.supportstrichards.co.uk

A breath of fresh air - smoke free environment Clean Air Silver Award for Western Sussex PCT

Worthing man is the new private dental care ombudsman - Gordon Miles, director of the Dental Complaints Service

 

CREATING AN NHS FIT FOR THE FUTURE

The recently published discussion document 'Creating an NHS fit for the future' (a joint publication from the NHS in West Sussex and Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority) is encouraging debate about how the health system can change and adapt to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The discussion document is available on the website www.surreysussexfitforththefuture.nhs.uk and on the PCT's website www.westernsussex.nhs.uk You can give your views by sending comments via the website www.surreysussexfitforthefuture.nhs.uk emailing fitforthefuture@sysxha.nhs.uk or writing to Fit for the Future, FREEPOST RLYT-HTKL-KHSJ, Surrey and Sussex SHA, York House, 18-20 Massetts Road, Horley RH6 7DE (no stamp required).

22 JUN - SPECIALIST PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES BULLETIN

The second meeting of the Service Development Group took place on Wednesday 7 June in Chichester and agreed that working in partnership will be essential to success. A lot of work is now being taken forward to develop the longer term plans for specialist palliative care services for Midhurst and the surrounding areas.

19 JUN - GOVERNMENT TO ELIMINATE 'POSTCODE LOTTERY' FOR NHS CONTINUING CARE

The Government is set to eliminate the 'postcode lottery' for NHS continuing care by creating one national system for everyone in England. The plans, to be consulted on from today, will create consistent access to free continuing care by proposing clear national policies for eligibility and assessment processes. They will also abolish different nursing bands for free nursing care - ending the need for over 130,000 nursing assessments a year, freeing up more time for

nurses and cutting down on repeated patient assessments. It will make the system faster and more convenient for patients and allow for tens of millions worth of administrative savings.

20 JUN - TEN STEPS TO MODERNISE MENTAL HEALTH LAUNCHED

A new drive to modernise mental health services was launched by Health Minister Rosie Winterton. She published a document outlining ten key changes that mental health providers should make to improve quality of care for patients and drive better service efficiency.

22 JUN - DH INVITES SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS TO IMPROVE SERVICES

Social entrepreneurs are to help create new ways to provide choice in health and social care, thanks to a new unit established in the Department of Health. The new Social Enterprise Unit will encourage innovation and entrepreneurialism in health and social care and pave the way for new services which better meet patients and service users' needs.

22 JUN - NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR SOCIAL CARE

David Behan is to join the Department of Health as the new Director General for Social Care. He is currently Chief Inspector at the Commission for Social Care Inspection. This is a new Board level appointment to lead and champion

improvements in social care.

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT

COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 16 JUN 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

The fight is on for St Richard's - Observer wants to hear from staff, patients and readers

Hospital fears are voiced - West worthing MP, Peter Bottomley, challenged Health Secretary (7 Jun)

Deficits concern - Arundel and South Downs MP, Nick Herbert, has expressed concern

Turnaround costs queried - WSCC scrutiny committee submission to House of Commons Select Committee

'Nature roof' heads hospital scheme - replacement for Donald Wilson House (Graylingwell land sale)

Healthy sum is spent at hospital - more than £60,000 from Arundel Hospital's League of Friends last year

Surgery goes high-tech with new phone system - Flansham Park Health Centre, Felpham

Campaign success as special couch donated to GP surgery - gynaecology couch for Grove House Surgery

New 'tsar' - Chichester woman, Nichola Smith, appointed country's first learning disabilities 'tsar'

Plea to give greater power to the people - WSCC leader, Henry Smith, call for parish/town councils to be extended

 

14 JUN - CREATING AN NHS FIT FOR THE FUTURE

Locally we have begun a discussion process looking at how services in the community and in hospitals need to adapt to the changing needs of patients and best medical practice. This is about changing the way we work and finding new ways of working with greater efficiency and effectiveness so that services are clinically and financially sustainable in the longer term. The recently published discussion document - Creating an NHS fit for the future (a joint publication from the NHS in West Sussex and Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority) - looks at why change is needed and considers new ways of delivering care so that people receive the right sort of care from the right person in the right place. The discussion document, which gives an opportunity to comment during the discussion phase, is available on the website www.surreysussexfitforththefuture.nhs.uk and on the PCT's website www.westernsussex.nhs.uk

 

12 JUN - NHS COULD SAVE MORE THAN £700M BY INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY

The NHS could improve patient care and save more than £700m a year in the process by improving efficiency, Health Minister Andy Burnham said. Launching the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, he published its first report detailing the savings that could be made by addressing areas such as: reducing avoidable emergency hospital admissions; increasing the number of operations carried out as day cases; cutting patients' length of stay in hospital; slashing agency staff costs; and reducing the number of wasted bed days.

 

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 9 JUN 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Teamwork pays off for local health care - rural locality team covering Midhurst, Petworth and Loxwood

Pearson Unit to close - closure will enable reinvestment to develop community-based services

Doctor in the saddle for heart funds - Dr Bob Wilson, Westgate surgery raising money for BHFoundation

Focus on women's health - this month's focus at Witterings Medical Centre library

Partnership aims to achieve what residents want - Midhurst Community Partnership meets 13 June

Many questions that should be answered - Paul Dowson, letter to Observer re KEVII site development

 

9 JUN - PCT URGES PEOPLE TO KEEP COOL THIS SUMMER

8 JUN - GOV HELPS PEOPLE GET A FAIR DEAL FROM CARE HOMES

People are to get a fair deal from care homes, thanks to new rules announced by Care Services Minister Ivan Lewis.

The new regulations will require care homes to provide clear information on terms and conditions, including fees, before a resident moves in. This will help families choosing a care home on behalf of a loved one when they are frail or vulnerable. They will come in to effect in July and are a positive response to an Office of Fair Trading report criticising lack of price transparency in the sector.

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


Subject: COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 5 JUN MAY 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Hospitals' beds closure confirmed - decision at Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Board, 31 May

Unit mental health services centralised - inpatient services at Harold Kidd Unit, Chichester

Two years' wait for hearing aids - health scrutiny select committee has written to West Sussex hospitals

Friends donate eye equipment - Selsey Medical Centre receive two pieces of equipment

26 MAY - CREATING AN NHS FIT FOR THE FUTURE

The local NHS is publishing a discussion document to support the engagement of staff, patients, carers, partner organisations and other stakeholders in shaping the future of healthcare in Surrey and Sussex. A copy of the press release and summary leaflet are attached. The discussion document is available on a new website - www.surreysussexfitforthefuture.nhs.uk

SUMMER ISSUE OF PCT NEWSLINE

PCT Newsline - a news update from Western Sussex PCT for both staff and local people - is published as a four page supplement in the St Richard’s Times Newspaper. The summer issue of PCT Newsline includes a one page feature 'Your Guide to Local Health Services - Help yourself to better health' that raises awareness of the health care services available and asks local people to think about the way they use NHS services. Our aim is to help local people make the right decisions about who they need to see and where they should go for the right care so that we can maximise the effective use of every part of the service.

29 MAY - NEW GUIDANCE FOR CARE HOMES LAUNCHED

Care home managers will be better able to provide the best levels of treatment and support for residents at the end of life thanks to the availability of a new guide which provides details about practical steps that can be taken to improve care. The NHS end of Life Care Programme, working in partnership with the National Council for Palliative Care, has produced a guide that will help care homes to care for residents' physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families, even when this is likely to be short.

30 MAY - VOLUNTARY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS TO SHARE POT OF MORE THAN £24M

Over 500 voluntary and community sector organisations will share a £24m pot of government grants, Care Services Minister Ivan Lewis announced. The Department's Section 64 scheme will allot an average £47,000 to over 300 organisations - a total of £17.2m for projects that promote health and wellbeing. The DH Opportunities for Volunteering (OFV) scheme, will allocate £6.7m to support local health and social care projects, enabling them to involve volunteers in their work and complement local service delivery.

31 MAY - NHS PATIENTS GIVEN MORE CHOICE THAN EVER BEFORE

Health Minister Andy Burnham welcomed the extension of patient choice across the NHS. Mr Burnham was officially launching the extended choice network - a new extended list of hospitals and clinics that NHS patients can choose from when referred for treatment by their GP. Since 1 January this year, NHS patients have had the right to choose from a list of at least four providers when they need hospital treatment. But now, that choice has been extended nationally to

include NHS Foundation Trusts and, over the next few months, independent sector treatment centres.

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


Subject: COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 26 MAY 2006
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MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE
Final decision on care units to be taken next week - Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Board, 31 May
Hospital unit closure talks 'out of reach' - Trust Board meeting in Hellingly north of Eastbourne
Merger date for ambulance trusts confirmed - new West Sussex Teaching PCT from October 2006
Ambulance services merge in shake-up - Sussex is to merge with Surrey and Kent


 

23 MAY - PROVIDING THE RIGHT SERVICE FOR PATIENTS IN THE RURAL LOCALITY
Staff in the rural locality (Midhurst, Petworth and Loxwood) are now working together across the locality area to provide a broad range of community and intermediate care services that support patients in their own home and reduce demand for hospital based care. These changes are part of the PCT's programme to redesign local services so that more treatment and care can be delivered in the community as efficiently as possible.

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26 MAY - TOP FIVE - LATEST UPDATE FROM PCT HQ
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26 MAY - CREATING AN NHS FIT FOR THE FUTURE
The local NHS is publishing a discussion document to support the engagement of staff, patients, carers, partner organisations and other stakeholders in shaping the future of healthcare in Surrey and Sussex.  A copy of the summary leaflet is attached.  The discussion document is available on a new website - www.surreysussexfitforthefuture.nhs.uk

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NEXT ISSUE OF PCT NEWSLINE AVAILABLE SOON …
PCT Newsline - a news update from Western Sussex PCT for both staff and local people - is published as a four page supplement in the St Richard’s Times Newspaper.  The summer issue of PCT Newsline includes a one page feature 'Your Guide to Local Health Services - Help yourself to better health' that raises awareness of the health care services available and asks local people to think about the way they use NHS services.  Our aim is to help local people make the right decisions about who they need to see and where they should go for the right care so that we can maximise the effective use of every part of the service.

22 MAY - APPOINTMENTS TO NEW AMBULANCE TRUSTS IN ENGLAND
The Department of Health confirmed the names of the chief executives who will be appointed to the newly created ambulance trusts in England from 1 July 2006.  The appointments follow a major reorganisation of the ambulance service in England. Following a three month consultation exercise, it was decided that from 1 July 2006 there will be 12 NHS ambulance trusts in England, with mergers of many of the existing 29 trusts.  By creating fewer larger ambulance trusts, there will be less bureaucracy, more money to invest in front line services and better care for patients.  Martin Kitchen is the chair for the new South East Coast and the chief executive is Paul Sutton.

24 MAY - INVOLVEMENT IS POWER: NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTRE FOR PPI
A further step towards making it easier for people to get involved in their local health services was announced by Health Minister Rosie Winterton.  A new national Patient and Public Involvement Resource Centre to develop and support NHS staff and organisations to involve people in local health services will open its doors on June 1st after a contract with successful bidders was signed yesterday.  The Resource Centre will promote the value of involving people and

will work with NHS organisations, staff and patients to build on the foundations of involvement that are already in place in many parts of the country.



 

LINDA BENNY
Communications Manager
Western Sussex PCT


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 18 MAY 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Closures are likely for hospital units - Pearson in Midhurst and Richard Hotham in Bognor

Move for patients as unit to be axed - Richard Hotham Unit in Bognor to be closed

Expansion plan for surgery at Bersted Green - Arun DC has agreed to sell public open space

MP blames Capio on KEVII closure - health minister Caroline Flint congratulated the local NHS

MP hits out at forced cash cuts for St Richard's - MP Andrew Tyrie criticised the government

Nursing home in new plan for KEVII site - Lincoln Holdings hold public exhibition, 12 May

Questions over 'best' hospital - St Richard's Hospital PPI Forum holding public meeting 18 May

Complete ban on all St Richard's smokers - smoking to be banned from October

Appeal for information after woman found dead in the grounds of Graylingwell, 20 Apr

Bid to make £30m savings in services - major review of the way West Sussex County Council works

 

16 MAY - NEW NHS ORGANISATIONS TO STRENGTHEN PATIENT SERVICES

18 MAY - NEW PRIMARY CARE TRUST FOR WEST SUSSEX

15 MAY - NEW ROLE IN ADULT SOCIAL SERVICES

The first commitment from the recent Our Health, Our Care, Our Say White Paper was delivered when guidance on the new Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) role was issued by Ivan Lewis, Care Services Minister. The new role will provide strengthened leadership, work on closer integration of health and social care as set out in the White Paper,

and deliver strategic needs assessments. Best practice statutory guidance to help local authorities implement the new post has been sent to social services chief executives today.

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager


 

Subject: COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 18 MAY 2006
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MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE
Closures are likely for hospital units - Pearson in Midhurst and Richard Hotham in Bognor
Move for patients as unit to be axed - Richard Hotham Unit in  Bognor to be closed
Expansion plan for surgery at Bersted Green - Arun DC has agreed to sell public open space
MP blames Capio on KEVII closure - health minister Caroline Flint congratulated the local NHS
MP hits out at forced cash cuts for St Richard's - MP Andrew Tyrie criticised the government
Nursing home in new plan for KEVII site - Lincoln Holdings hold public exhibition, 12 May
Questions over 'best' hospital - St Richard's Hospital PPI Forum holding public meeting 18 May
Complete ban on all St Richard's smokers - smoking to be banned from October
Appeal for information after woman found dead in the grounds of Graylingwell, 20 Apr
Bid to make £30m savings in services - major review of the way West Sussex County Council works


 

16 MAY - NEW NHS ORGANISATIONS TO STRENGTHEN PATIENT SERVICES
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18 MAY - NEW PRIMARY CARE TRUST FOR WEST SUSSEX
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15 MAY - NEW ROLE IN ADULT SOCIAL SERVICES
The first commitment from the recent Our Health, Our Care, Our Say White Paper was delivered when guidance on the new Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) role was issued by Ivan Lewis, Care Services Minister.  The new role will provide strengthened leadership, work on closer integration of health and social care as set out in the White Paper,

and deliver strategic needs assessments. Best practice statutory guidance to help local authorities implement the new post has been sent to social services chief executives today.


 

LINDA BENNY
Communications Manager
Western Sussex PCT


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 11 MAY 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

'Breast is best' - Bognor health visitors support national breastfeeding week, 14-20 May

Routes to healthy travelling - Witterings Medical Centre PPG library's subject this month

Questions over 'best' hospital - St Richard's Hospital PPI Forum holding public meeting 18 May

New Arun leader appointed - Gill Brown takes over as leader of Arun District Council on 17 May

Wheelchair mayor appointed - Bognor Regis TC Councillor, John Hayward

 

17 MAY - PCT BOARD MEETING (HELD IN PUBLIC)

5 MAY - LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS FOR NEW SOUTH EAST COAST SHA

4 MAY - FRONTLINE HEALTH STAFF JOIN FIGHT AGAINST FLAB

Public Health Minister Caroline Flint announced the publication of new practical tools for GPs and other health professionals to help patients lose weight and improve their health. For the first time, GPs and other healthcare workers are being given specific tools to help identify and treat children, young people and adults who are overweight or obese.

4 MAY - NEW AMBULANCES HIT THE ROAD

The Neonatal Transfer Service (NTS) is delighted to announce the arrival of three new dedicated specialist ambulances for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Neonatal Transfer Teams. The Neonatal Transfer Service (NTS) is a dedicated service for the transfers of acutely ill and unstable babies between neonatal intensive care units across London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

5 MAY - NEW STEPS TO FURTHER IMPROVE GP OUT OF HOURS COVER COULD SAVE NHS MILLIONS

The Government will work with the National Audit Office (NAO) to improve the efficiency of evening and weekend GP cover, Health Minister Lord Warner said. He described the old out of hours system as unsustainable, with seven out of ten GPs not providing their own out of hours services and standards slipping, and agreed that the new arrangements are already benefiting patients. The Department of Health will require primary care trusts (PCTs) to draft action plans setting out how they can improve both the cost-effectiveness and performance of their out-of-hours services.

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 27 APRIL 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Bill falls into safe hands with new health initiative - falls prevention, two new falls technicians

Cancer charity to continue - support at home from Macmillan Community Team despite KEVII closure

Relief that service will go on - Macmillan supporters in the Billingshurst area welcome the news

Have you got an appointment to attend King Edward VII? Advert in WSX County Times

New protests over closure of hospital - PPIF meeting re Richard Hotham Unit in Bognor

Mum's fear after baby jab mix-up - MMR injection accidentally given, Witterings Medical Centre

Pharmacy moves to bigger premises - new look Five Villages Pharmacy in Barnham

Crisis worse - the health crisis in West Sussex is deepening, warned MP Andrew Tyrie

A&E safe, says hospital trust - presentation given to Chichester DC development committee

 

 

27 APR - MACMILLAN COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE MOVES TO MIDHURST COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

 

28 APR - TOP FIVE, LATEST UPDATE FROM PCT HQ

 


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 20 APRIL 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Want to stop smoking after Easter? Advert in Bognor and Chichester Observer

Have you got an appointment to attend King Edward VII? Advert in WSX Gazette and WSX County Times

Days of dentistry are 'numbered' - the root of the problem is new dental payments

Cash on offer for projects to bridge generation gap - Arun Local Strategic Partnership programme

Ex-lecturer to be next city mayor - Chichester Cllr Rob Campling, currently deputy mayor, takes over on 17 May

 

20 APR - WANT TO STOP SMOKING AFTER EASTER?

18 APR - COMMISSIONING PROJECT GROUP BULLETIN

The Commissioning Project Group is part of the project to improve mental health, learning disabilities and substance misuse services across Sussex. The Group, a subgroup of the Shaping the Future Project Steering Group, met for the fourth and final time on the 7th April in Brighton.

20 APR - GOVERNMENT ASKS WATCHDOGS TO ENSURE DIGNITY IS A PRIORITY

Health and social care watchdogs have been asked to put older people's dignity at the centre of their investigations, following an announcement made by Care Services Minister Liam Byrne. The announcement comes as the national director for older people, Professor Ian Philp, publishes the second phase of the Government's 10-year plan to improve services for older people.

20 APR - REWARD AND RECOGNITION

A new guide which explains how to pay and reimburse people involved in service improvement activities has been launched by Liam Byrne, Minister for Care Services. Every year hundreds of people contribute their time and expertise to help improve health and social care services. People who become involved should be reimbursed their expenses, and there may also be circumstances when volunteers deserve payment for their contribution.

 

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 13 APRIL 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Receiving medical attention over Easter - advice issued to residents by Western Sussex PCT

Have you got an appointment to attend King Edward VII? Advert in Observer Series

Hospital unit closure 'wrong' - Bognor Town's mayor re Richard Hotham Unit proposed closure

Questions for health officials - Chichester DC policy development committee public meeting, 19 Apr

Government passes KEVII fallout buck - health minister Caroline Flint 'this is a local matter'

Quest for £20m - potential 'reward' package, West Sussex Local Area Agreement (LAA)

 

10 APR - NEED MEDICAL HELP WHEN THE GP SURGERY IS CLOSED?

10 APR - WEST SUSSEX PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP FORUM NEWSLETTER

7 APR - HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT FAIRER CHARGING (WSCC)
West Sussex County Council is launching a public consultation about its proposed new system of charging. Residents are being asked their views about the proposed charges for services delivered outside residential homes via the Fairer Charging leaflets, which include a questionnaire. This is also available on the Have Your Say section on the county council website, www.westsussex.gov.uk

7 APR - DENTISTS SIGN UP TO BETTER NHS DENTAL SERVICES

Claims of a mass exodus of dentists from the NHS proved unfounded as the great majority of dentists have signed up to new dental contracts, announced health minister Rosie Winterton. Figures from Strategic Health Authorities in England show that: Contracts signed by dentists account for around 96 per cent of current NHS dental services Rejected contracts equate to just 4 per cent of current NHS dental services - with some of these services already replaced by Primary Care Trusts.

11 APR - END OF LIFE CARE PROGRESS REPORT PUBLISHED

The Government drive to improve care for people at the end of their lives is making significant improvements to patient care, an NHS progress report confirms. The £12m programme aims to skill up all NHS staff who provide end of

life care so that wherever a person dies - in hospital, in a hospice or at home - they receive good care and are treated with dignity. Training will better equip staff to discuss end of life issues with carers and patients, leading to improved communication and higher levels of satisfaction.

12 APR - HEALTH SECRETARY ANNOUNCES NEW ARCHITECTURE OF THE LOCAL NHS

Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt today announced a reorganisation of Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) in England. This is the first announcement from the Commissioning a Patient-Led NHS consultation, which ended on 22nd March. The number of SHAs will be reduced from 28 to 10 and will ensure the NHS is structurally able to deliver the next stage of health reforms.

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT

COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 6 APRIL 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Cancer care developments - Macmillan specialist community palliative care staff employed by PCT

Fundraising becomes even more important - Macmillan Bognor Support Group, chairman Sue Bond

St Richard's being 'used' claims MP - Andrew Tyrie re payment for KEVII transferred patients

Patients hit by NHS dental charges - several dentists across the county have refused to sign new contract

Focus on diabetes - Witterings Medical Centre, library focus this month

 

4 APR - STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED NHS BOUNDARY CHANGES COMPLETE

4 APR - NEW ERA OF PARTNERSHIP FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SUSSEX

4 APR - DENTISTRY SERVICE CHANGES (ISSUED BY MID SUSSEX PCT)

3 APR - ALL CHANGE (WSCC)
The organisation of West Sussex County Council’s services for adults and children has changed from today (April 3). The two departments responsible for education and social and caring services are now called ‘Children and Young People’s Services’ and ‘Adults’ Services’. The new way of working follows the 2004 Children Act and the government’s plans for a shake up in the way social care for adults is delivered - changes which the County Council supports. The transformation is designed to make sure that everyone involved in the care and education of children and young people and social care for adults in West Sussex is working together to ensure that the services offered meet their needs.

30 MAR - NEW ERA BEGINS FOR NHS DENTISTRY

Patients will benefit from the biggest ever reforms to NHS dentistry, giving local Primary Care Trusts the power to pay for dental services to meet local needs. New dental contracts coming into effect on 1 April herald a new way of delivering and paying for NHS dentistry.

31 MAR - NEW GP CONTRACT COMBINES BETTER PATIENT CARE AND GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

GPs encouraged to tackle more long-term conditions, including dementia, depression, kidney disease and obesity.

Changes to the new GP contract coming into force 1 April will deliver significant improvements in the range and quality of GP services for NHS patients at little extra cost, according to Health Minister Lord Warner. The revised contract encourages GPs to take a more direct role in managing patients suffering from seven further long-term conditions

as part of a widened quality and outcomes framework incentive scheme.

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 31 MARCH 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Carers air fears about closure of hospital unit - OPMH public meeting, Bognor 24 Mar

There are other dentistry options, not just NHS - letters to Chichester Observer (includes PCT letter to editor)

Health shake-up plan 'flawed' - fears expressed by Arun DC re single health authority for West SussexQueen sends message as KEVII flag is lowered last time - ceremony held Friday, 24 Mar

Land sale to net £9m for hospital - offer for surplus land accepted by Royal West Sussex NHS Trust

Cash crisis delays new hospital project - new £8m Arun Community Hospital shelved for six months

 

28 MAR - MACMILLAN STAFF JOIN LOCAL PCT

Dr Peter Hargreaves, and his team of specialist community palliative care staff, previously based in the Macmillan Cancer Relief Unit at the King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst, are now employed by Western Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT).

29 MAR - TOP FIVE, LATEST UPDATE FROM PCT HQ

28 MAR - SHAPING THE FUTURE - STEERING GROUP HEADLINES BULLETIN

This was the last meeting of the Steering Group. Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Board will from 1st April 2006 take responsibility for the running of the new organisation. Work on commissioning will be taken forward through the Sussex Commissioning Network, which is accountable to the PCTs, county councils and city council in Sussex.

30 MAR - HEWITT ANNOUNCES 'FAIR AND AFFORDABLE' PAY DEALS FOR NHS STAFF

Secretary of State for Health Patricia Hewitt announced 'fair and affordable' pay awards for NHS staff. The increases mean that the Government has accepted all of the Pay Review Body recommendations for NHS staff pay uplifts, although consultants will receive a 1 per cent pay increase until November 2006 when they will receive a further increase of 1.2 per cent.

30 MAR - WANLESS REPORT ON SOCIAL CARE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Social Care needs an extra £3bn a year, although not all of this should come from Central Government, according to a report by Sir Derek Wanless. The report, which rules out free personal care, also claims that compared to other systems worldwide the UK system is near the bottom. Wanless’s investigation was commissioned by the King’s Fund in January 2005, and examined the long-term demand for, and supply of, social care for older people in England, focusing particularly on how social care should be funded in the future.

 

LINDA BENNY

Communications Manager

Western Sussex PCT


COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE - AS AT 24 MARCH 2006

MEDIA HEADLINES - CUTTINGS ON FILE

Plans for continuing care of cancer patients after closure - PCT to employ Macmillan community team

Lifeline for hospice - Macmillan patients receiving treatment in their own homes (Dr Peter Hargreaves)

Charity says closure is 'disaster' for county - Macmillan Support Group re KEVII, meeting 27 March

MP calls for answers in aftermath of shock closure - MP Andrew Tyrie tabled questions to Secretary of State for Health

Will community hospital be next? Letter to Observer re proposed closure of Pearson Unit (Andrew Chandler)

Dentists withdraw treatment on NHS - Selsey's only dentist is going private with immediate effect

Seafront residents die four years younger - Pharmacy needs assessment report, Bognor Regis

Union warns of financial problems facing PCTs - Unison branch secretary, Peter Atkinson

Safety first for primary pupils - Safety and Me junior citizens event at The Venue, Chichester

Use antibiotics only when recommended by a doctor or nurse - national newspaper adverts

 

20 MAR - MACMILLAN CANCER CARE TO CONTINUE

21 MAR - PARTNERSHIP TRUST LEADERS APPOINTED

The five Non Executive Directors of the new Sussex Partnership NHS Trust have been named. The new Trust, which starts work on 1 April 2006, will provide mental health, specialist learning disability and addiction services in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex

17 MAR - MORE ACTION TO TACKLE HIDDEN WAITING LISTS

Department of Health also publishes new national tariff

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt confirmed that from April thousands more NHS patients facing long waits for diagnostic tests such as MRI and CT scans will be offered the choice of going to another hospital to have their scan more quickly.

The first phase of the choice of scan programme began in November and offered patients waiting more than 26 weeks for a non-urgent scan the choice of faster treatment at an alternative hospital. A new more ambitious stage of the 'choice of scans' programme will begin in April, offering a choice of hospital to patients waiting longer than 20 weeks for the overwhelming majority of imaging scans, including MRI, CT, ultrasound or DEXA scans.

20 MAR - MORE OLDER PEOPLE TO BE GIVEN CHOICE TO LIVE AT HOME

More older people are to be helped to live independently in their own homes for longer, thanks to a £18.5m government project. Coming just weeks after the launch of the Our Health, Our Care, Our say White Paper, which pledged to give people more choice with their services, these Partnerships for Older People (POPP) projects will help shift funding away from institutional and hospital-based crisis care towards earlier, targeted interventions, giving more older people the choice to live at home for longer.

 

LINDA BENNY

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News and Views

February 2006

 

1.             Management Restructure - update

 

2.            Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) explained

 

3.            Smoking Free – countdown to October 1st

 

 

 

Bulletin Board

 

 

Andrew Liles, our new Chief Executive, arrives on March 1st.  Lyn Robertshaw, currently Acting Chief Executive, will continue to lead current projects as Deputy Chief Executive, enabling Andrew to spend his first month meeting staff and familiarising himself with the hospital. Zilla Howard, Acting Director of Operations, and Ruth Williams, Acting Director of Nursing, will continue in these roles until the end of March.

 

Improving Working Lives (IWL) – The Trust was validated for IWL Practice Plus at the beginning of February. Thank you to everyone who took part in the focus groups, interviews and provided evidence to support the seven strands of IWL practice across the Trust. The draft report will be moderated at the beginning of March, ratified by the Strategic Health Authority and then published.

 

Changes for Purchasing Department – from 20th February our Purchasing Department will become part of the Finance Directorate to improve the Trust’s internal controls. The Head of Purchasing will report directly to the Director of Finance on all issues, operational and strategic. Although there will be a change in reporting structures, there will not be any changes to the operational aspects of the department and whilst Purchasing continues to work closely with the Stores Team, Internal Logistics, which transferred to the Portering Services Team in May 2004, this arrangement will be unaffected by the above change.

 

Congratulations to Sarah McGinley, Junior Occupational Therapist, who has won a scholarship to study her masters at Boston University in USA.  Sarah, who has been an OT for 18 months, 12 of which has been here, begins her course in September. She will be studying the evidence base for the role of Occupational Therapy in Vocational Rehabilitation with people who have Acquired Brain Injuries.

 

 

 

Phiona Hutton, Complementary Therapist, is back

To book a £15 therapy please call 01243 373439

 

1.       Management Restructure update

 

In January the Trust embarked on a 30 day consultation exercise to restructure the existing 11 Clinical Directorates into 3 main Clinical Divisions, headed by a Clinical Director and supported by a General Manager and Senior Nurse / Head of Profession.   Each Division will also have a new sub-divisional structure to be developed by them on appointment – that would continue to include Clinical Leads, Unit Managers and key nursing / AHP positions – as appropriate for each Division. The key objectives of the reorganisation include: -

  • Ensure that the Trust’s management structures at corporate and clinical levels are appropriate for the challenges faced by the Organisation
  • Continue to develop enhanced clinical engagement and leadership in the running of the Trust
  • Develop incentives and rewards to support greater delegation of budgetary responsibility to divisions and departments
  • Improve performance management and development arrangements

The Trust received excellent and very constructive feedback from both Clinicians and Managers and this has been vital in coming to a final view on the structure. The Trust proposes to implement a three Clinical Division Structure along the following lines: -

  • Emergency
  • Elective
  • Clinical Services

The main reasons for choosing this particular split are as follows: -

  • It better reflects and supports Patient pathways
  • It is a model that will encourage and support further different/ innovative thinking around the delivery of new care models
  • Will allow innovative working solutions and cross-speciality multi-disciplinary working
  • Better fits with the payment by results system, and will allow resources to exploit opportunities such as marketing, business and clinical networks
  • Supports the Strategic Health Authority’s Strategic Work Programme system reform around scheduled and unscheduled care project streams
  • Supported by the Strategic Health Authority and Department of Health Turnaround

 

The full document, with the implementation timetable, is available in the library or please ask your manager.

 

2.       Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) explained

 

The KSF defines and describes the knowledge and skills which staff need to apply in their work in order to provide patients with high quality care. It provides a single, consistent, comprehensive and explicit framework on which to base appraisals for all staff. The KSF has been designed to support staff development which means patient care will benefit. Every post will have a KSF and each staff member’s appraisal will be based on the KSF for that post. This will incorporate the organisational objectives and the individual’s development needs.

 

KSF briefings for Appraisers will be advertised in Grapevine.

 

3.       Smoking Free – the countdown to October 1st

 

National No Smoking Day is on 8th March and is one of the biggest annual health awareness campaigns in the UK. With over twenty years of campaigning the day has helped around 1.4 million smokers stop for good. This year it provides the opportunity to begin our Smoking Free campaign in earnest. The main messages are:

·         No Smoking Day is a good opportunity to stop

·         Smokers can get help when they want to stop

·         There are health and other benefits to stopping smoking

Here we are encouraging patients, staff and visitors to find out more about our imminent Smoking Free policy. A team of advisors including asthma specialist nurses, occupational health nurses and smoking cessation advisors will be roaming the hospital and manning stands in main reception and using monitors to show smokers how their blood contains Carbon Monoxide, a chemical found in exhaust fumes. There will be an opportunity to find out how to stop and how smoking affects your health. For inpatients, stopping smoking can aid wound healing, reduce complications post operatively and shorten the length of hospital stay. For visitors, the Trust wants to know views and ideas of help they wish to receive in order to be protected from second-hand smoke. Staff can approach any of the advisors to find out more information on support, medications available and tips and tricks to make giving up achievable and fun.

 

The main message for the day is “You Can Do it!” Look out for the bright pink balloons around the hospital on

8th March and ask for help! See www.nosmokingday.org.uk for more information

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

News and Views

January 2006

 

1.             Official opening of the

Chichester Treatment Centre

 

2.            Flowers policy from 1st February                           

 

3.            Update on our new

Patient Administration System

 

 

 

Bulletin Board

 

 

Andrew Liles, our new Chief Executive, joins us on 1st March.

 

Buffer Bear at St Richard’s, our onsite nursery has received an outstanding Ofsted report. In two areas, namely ‘helping children to be healthy’ and ‘protecting children from harm or neglect and helping them to stay safe’ it was rated outstanding. The full report is on Ofsted website. Well done to the nursery team.

 

Our maternity unit is the first in England to use award winning real nappies – all our newborns are placed in eco-friendly cotton nappies as part of West Sussex County Council’s ongoing drive to persuade parents to use real nappies instead of disposable ones. The

Stork-eco nappy is specially designed for newborns and is laundered by our laundry. Mums just have to place the used nappies in specially labelled bins after changing their baby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Richard’s Smoke Free by September 2006

Occupational Health will help, advise and support any member of staff who wants to

quit smoking, please call x2403 or the PCT’s quit line on 01243-815505

NHS Smoking Helpline 0800 169 0 169

 

1.      Official opening of the Chichester Treatment Centre

We are delighted to announce that HRH The Countess of Wessex has accepted our invitation to formally open the Chichester Treatment Centre (CTC) on Thursday 16 March 2006. The programme is being finalised and will incorporate a tour of the CTC and an opportunity to meet staff and volunteers followed by a buffet lunch. Further details will follow in February.

 

The CTC has been open for 10 months and has treated in excess of 30,000 patients. Having four theatres instead of two, coupled with new practices, has increased our day case rate from 60% to 72%.

 

Two external reviews of the CTC are being undertaken by NHS Elect and the National Audit Office. Both studies are looking at the operational impact of the CTC on Trust activity, the amount of service modernisation which has taken place and the NAO study is also comparing NHS Treatment Centres against independent sector centers.

 

Gethin Hughes, General Manager, and Janie Whittaker, Lead Nurse, extend a huge thank you to the staff within the CTC and to all the staff within St Richard's who have supported the unit’s first year.

 

2.      Flowers policy from 1st February

From 1st February we are introducing a ‘no flowers’ policy for tidiness, cleanliness and infection control reasons. For some time critical care areas such as high dependency, intensive care and Boxgrove ward have not allowed patient’s flowers for a range of reasons including tidiness, cleanliness and infection control. Last year we piloted a no flowers policy on some surgical wards and have decided to incorporate this to all ward areas across the Trust to enable the cleaning teams to do a thorough job. It’s about having clear access to a patient’s table and locker and being able to wipe it down easily. The no flowers policy is linked to the changes to adult visiting arrangements which were introduced last November. It is part of a wider project to support cleaning which is a high priority for patients and visitors just as it is for us.

 

Flowers will still be available from the Friends shop for relatives to buy for patients when they're discharged. We have written to local florists and explained our new policy and if flowers are inadvertently delivered the message card will be given to the patient and they will be shown the flowers and then we will suggest relatives take the flowers home or they are given to the volunteer flower team to decorate the public corridors.

 

Other trusts have or are introducing a similar policy either in specialist areas, such as respiratory for example where pollen can cause irritation, or across all wards. An alternative gift for patients could be a Hospicom card for the new television and telephone console which is fitted to each patient’s bed.  Dispensers are located on both floors of the main hospital and are available in a variety of denominations, minimum value £3. This is an NHS Plan initiative, installed by HTS Limited at no cost to the Trust.

 

3.      Update on our new Patient Administration System

Just before Christmas the Trust Board gave approval to implement the first release of our new patient administration system (PAS), Cerner Millennium. We also welcomed Horsham and Chanctonbury Primary Care Trust (PCT) to our implementation group.  With ‘go live’ now only 9 months away, the project team is working hard to ensure the transition from Sema Helix to Cerner is smooth and trouble-free.

 

At Event 1 last November we had our first really detailed look at the new system.  Following that we provided Cerner with the information that it needs to make the system look and feel like our PAS. In February, colleagues from across the Trust, Western Sussex PCT and Horsham & Chanctonbury PCT, will reconvene at Event 2 to check that the information we gave Cerner is correct. This will also be a good opportunity for attendees to refresh their memories on what the system looks like and how they will be using it, and to ask any technical questions that they have.

 

People may be naturally curious about how the new system will work and exactly what kind of value it might add to their current work processes. To this end, the project’s Change and Benefits team is planning a series of meetings and workshops with operational teams across all three Trusts to give colleagues an in-depth opportunity to examine proposed Cerner processes and design their own work processes to make best use of the new technology. If anyone has any questions about the new system or is interested in receiving more information the project team can now be contacted on their own dedicated email address: millennium@rws-tr.nhs.uk , or Millennium in the internal St Richard’s email directory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News and Views

December 2005

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