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Issue 161 | 8th March 2018

Congrats Alison Milner - the "backbone" of Pathology Quality and next Star Award winner

She's just great!.That's how Alison Milner was described by her nominator Gavin Boyd.  Owen's arrival with the Star Award certificate caught Alison totally by surprise in true Eamonn Andrews style. He greeted her with: "This is your life! You're the glue holding everything all together in Pathology. Congratulations Alison and you deserve this. 
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Thanks to the "Guardian Angels" on 7c.

We've had some lovely comments over the years for all areas, but this, which come in for 7c really does takes some beating.  The writer is so pleased he reckons he's reserved a "place in Heaven" (eventually) for all the staff on there as he sees them as "guardian angels". 
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They've got the X-factor, are eXtraordinary and eXcelled in eXtreme conditions to Beat the Beast. Alfa says radiology are amazing.

We love to share the good stuff. And it doesn't come much better than this email from Alfa Nadeem. We've left in her own words as it's a powerful read and a real inspiration and example of CHFT  teamwork at its best. 
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Wood you believe it! 40 years and still going strong

Ward 10's stalwart healthcare assistant Gillian Wood notched up 40 years with the NHS this week.. and still has no plans to retire.  She's been 24 years on the ward after 15 years at St Luke's. She started her training on March 5 1978 living in the nurses quarters in what is now the Learning Centre at HRI. The photos attached are from her early years. 
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"Welcoming and always putting the patient first" - early CQC feedback and times and places for our roadshows

   Chief Nurse Brendan Brown and Medical Director David Birkenhead are extending a huge thanks to all colleagues who have been involved with the CQC inspection teams yesterday and on Tuesday.  Their planned inspection for today will not now be going ahead due to the snow and will be rescheduled.  read more

Meet Sobia and Richard in the second part of Apprentice Week coverage

Last week we met Holly as a part of National Apprenticeships Week 2018 #NAW2018 and she told us all about her role as apprentice and how much she loves it!  Now meet Sobia Qamar, Healthcare Science Assistant in Pathology and Richard Walton, student nurse in Coronary Angiography. Rea  read more

Award from Anton for CHFT and Hospice partnership

Strictly  fab!  Ballroom star Anton Du Beke presented our chaplain George Spencer and Hospice colleague Karen Hagreen at the gala final of the Care Accolade Awards.  George and Helen are part of the Horizon group which was nominated for the "Most effective approach to integrated new models of care" and was Highly Commended.  read more

Feather in CHFT's cap. Top SAM team - past, present and future.

Three senior colleagues from CHFT are the backbone of Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) - past, present and future.  The current SAM president is MAU's Dr Nick Scriven.  read more

Congrats to the NHS - 70th birthday wishes from Val Rigg

It's all about the caring, says CRH estates manager Val Rigg, the latest colleague to take part in our NHS 70th birthday year celebrations.  Every week we feature someone in a different role who loves being part of the NHS. If you want to be included then answer the three questions  below and email them back to chft@cht.nhs.  read more

World Kidney Day today

   World Kidney Day (WKD) 8th March 2018  Our Consultant Nephrologist Dr Mansoor Ali is reminding colleagues about the importance of  preventing acute kidney injury. This year WKD falls on the same day as International Women's Day and there's a special emphasis for that reason.  read more

Policies and work information

#doingmybit - Jacqui Howarth

Our surgical division secretary Jacqui Howarth came up with her money-saving idea when she was a patient with us.    She was in ophthalmology at CRH and was struck by just how many paper patient information leaflets were around covering a wide variety of conditions and treatments.  read more

Bite-sized Learning - improving patient transfers from CHFT to hospices

The week we're sharing the story of a patient whose transfer to a local hospice was delayed unecessarily which caused distress the patient and their family. By just doing a couple of things differently in this case would have improved this patient's experience.  read more

CHFT Events

Nutrition and Hydration week - starts Monday - prizes on offer

We've lots of activities planned from Monday  for Nutrition and Hydration Week - including your chance to win one of three hampers.  This annual event highlights, promotes and celebrates improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration  which is vitally important to the health and wellbeing of our patients, as well as colleagues.  read more

Dryclough Lane closures Monday and Tuesday next week

Next Monday 12th March and Tuesday 13th March between 9pm and 12pm midnight, you will not be able to exit the main car park of CRH via Dryclough Lane. This is due to duct work being carried out by the council.  To exit the car park you will be able to go past the mortuary and past Occupational Health and drive up to the exit barrier near the FSS car park.  read more

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