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July 28th 2017

Gavin Boyle

As promised, the blog has returned following my annual leave. Work recommenced with a bang as I met up with all our new foundation level doctors who started in the Trust on Monday. It’s always a pleasure to meet our new colleagues, so I was particularly pleased when Foundation Programme Tutor Dr Ian Lewins asked me and our Medical Director Nigel to come and say a few words. We took the opportunity to talk about the importance of our CARE values, and how we look after each other at the Trust. With that in mind, if any members of staff come across one of our new junior doctors, be sure to give them a warm welcome. 

On the subject of trying to deliver the possible care for our patients, I was delighted to return to the news that we’d received top marks in the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey. Looking after patients with cancer is one of the most important parts of our role, so making sure these patients are well cared for is one of my key priorities. The survey asked cancer patients to rate all aspects of their treatment. Highlights included real appreciation for the work of our Clinical Nurse Specialists, and the value of good information and explanations for patients who are going through treatment. Our overall score was 8.8 out of 10 placing us well above the national average. It was an improvement on last year’s results and ranked us as the highest scoring Trusts in the East Midlands – well done all! 

Another pleasant surprise to come home to was the announcement that £20m in national capital funding is to be provided for us to invest in redesigning our Emergency Department through the creation of an Urgent Care Village here at the front door of  Royal Derby Hospital. This is fantastic news. We’d already started work with clinical leaders in the Trust to redesign our service model, but this will allow us to explore all the opportunities and to engage with our partners outside the Trust in primary and social care, mental health, the ambulance service and ‘GP out of hours’ services to see if we can use this opportunity to deliver our services in a more joined up way giving better care to those who need us in an emergency. This is a major project and there’s still lots of work to do on this, but I’ll keep you all posted.

One of the great things about this Trust is the way so many colleagues are able to take good ideas and transform them into innovative and practical ways to improve the care we provide for our patients. This week I was delighted to meet Respiratory Consultant Dr Deepak Subramanian and Lead Asthma Nurse Sonia Greenwood, who told me about ImpACT, or Improving Asthma Care Together, an initiative which looks at how hospital specialists can work with primary care and community colleagues outside of the hospital to better look after our patients with severe asthma. Specialist nurses from the ImpACT team hold clinics in the community to help patients to manage their conditions, and also work with Primary Care teams to help them develop their knowledge and skills in supporting this group patients. They’ve been running this new service since January and it’s a great example of how care can be delivered outside of the hospital environment and closer to where our patients live. Regular blog readers will know this is one of the major aims of our Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Derbyshire, which involves all the health and care organisations in the county working together to plan our services and make them better and more convenient for our patients. It was great to learn about this specific example of how this can be done from Deepak and Sonia.

Interestingly, Sonia was named as our Employee of the Year in last year’s Celebrating Success Awards, which brings me neatly to one of the other things I have been doing this week. Along with the PRIDE prizes awarded at this annual celebration, we also name a Team of the Year, as selected by John our Chairman. We’ve been busy shortlisting this week, and John and I be off out to meet these teams in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to see the work their doing and learning more about them. Congratulations to all our shortlisted teams, projects and colleagues. The winners will be announced at the Celebrating Success Awards in September – so watch this space!

Best wishes

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