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Neighbourly activities

Derby Hospitals CARE values
The Trust is a large employer in Derby and we are aware our staff are already actively taking part in initiatives and projects which demonstrate our commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Recent projects have included:


  • ‘Pen Pals’, which saw nurses from Derby Hospitals acting as ‘pen pals’ for school children as part of a Florence Nightingale-inspired literacy project. During the six-week project Key Stage One and Two pupils from local Derbyshire schools wrote to our nurses in order to learn about health, hospitals and nursing in the 21st Century. The project was run in partnership with Living Derby, who use creative projects and engagement activities to connect people with place.


  • Tours to schools, colleges and local groups. Recently Cub Scouts from the 175th Derby (1st Breadsall and Oakwood) Scout Group spent a morning volunteering at the Royal Derby Hospital. The youngsters helped ‘meet and greet’ patients and visitors and assisted with the patient buggy. The morning was part of efforts by the Cubs to earn their Community Challenge Award.



  • Medicine for Members talks. These are run once a month and the talks are a great way for members to meet up and see first hand what is happening in the hospitals. They are led by our own medical staff and managers to cover specific medical conditions and other hospital related matters.


  • Derby City Partnership’s 'Be Inspiring' campaign, which involves individuals and organisations setting up a challenge, or making a pledge, that would make a real difference in Derby and helping to raise people's aspirations. Staff from the Trust have made pledges in this campaign.


Denby School Think Again winners
  • 'Think Again' campaign  Derby Hospitals worked with pupils from Denby School on this campaign.  Pupils were asked to design posters and artwork to promote that our hospitals and grounds are no-smoking areas. 

Florence Nightingale plaque
  • Promoting the legacy of Florence Nightingale. As a Trust we are indebted to the pioneering work and values of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing and work to ensure her legacy is recognised. Florence had strong connections in Derbyshire, being raised in Lea Hurst and also playing a role advising on a redevelopment of the former Derbyshire General Infirmary in the 1860s. Our Chairman, John Rivers is also chairman of the Florence Nightingale Derbyshire Association and has helped create an annual nurses parade in Derby to honour Florence, along with helping to fund a memorial plaque, which has been installed in Derby Cathedral. He also campaigned to have a blue plaque attached to the wall of Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall on Yew Tree Hill in Holloway, a short distance from Lea Hurst, Florence’s childhood home.

  • Educating youngsters about sun damage. To help young schoolchildren learn the dangers of exposure to the sun, we worked closely with primary school pupils in the area. Dermatology experts from Derby Hospitals teamed up with Alistair Robson, a sixth form volunteer who has worked on the wards to run a competition for children to design sun safety posters. Two Derby Hospitals cancer nurses, along with consultant dermatologist Tanya Bleiker, helped Alistair to judge the posters and there were prizes awarded to the winners.