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Issue 162 | 15th March 2018

I'm in the mood for Mother's Day. Nolans go the extra mile

Our amazing mum and daughter nursing duo Mary and Becky Nolan spent last Sunday on HRI's Ward 8 pampering our eldery patients - in memory of their recently lost mum and Nana.  Hair, nails and beauty treatments were on offer to make it special for our ladies -  and it meant so much them. 
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Retiring at 90!

Sheila Brierley's bowing out after more than 50 years of voluntary service and a day before her 90th birthday.   Our recruitment assistant, Charlotte Collinson, who also co-organises our volunteers, said Sheila had been a wonderful asset. " Without her support I think it would be a very different place. 
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Ex-professional swimmer, University of Rome... Hello My Name is Carmine Vigorito.

Carmine Vigorito joined us from Italy and has just been awarded his Masters in ECG thanks to the support from his team on the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at CRH. Amanda McGrath, from Nursing Specialist Recruitment, has hailed his achievements.  She said: “Carmine joined us in February 2016 he was one of my first EU nurses. 
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Patsy Robinson's off to the Caribbean

After more than four years in Maxillo-Facial Unit, Patsy Robinson is off doing voluntary work overseas.  She's heading off to the Caribbean teaching Bible stories with a group of friends in the eastern islands including Grenada and Trinidad. 
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HSJ Top 50 Hat-trick!

Our Trust is in the top 50 in the country for the third year running in the HSJ’s poll of Chief Exec leadership and overall performance.  In a national annual survey the HSJ (Health Service Journal) has listed Owen and CHFT amongst the very best out of almost 250 healthcare provider Trusts.  read more

Jodie (left) and some of the Staff Lottery Committee

Grand day for Jodie - two months after joining the staff lottery

   Community staff nurse Jodie Goldthorpe has scooped the £1,000 top monthly prize - and thought it was a joke.  Recalling the moment she received the phone call,  she said: "I was over the moon. I only joined two months ago. I'd never heard about it until I heard someone had won in A&E.  read more

Speech and Language Therapy Team at CRH

Raising awareness for people with swallowing difficulties - just a part of Nutrition and Hydration Week activities

   One in 17 people will develop some form of swallowing difficulties (known as dysphagia) in their lifetime. This week we've been taking part in activities as part of Nutrition and Hydration Week, which includes Swallowing Awareness Day yesterday.  Yesterday our speech and language therapists were out in force spreading awareness for Swallowing Awareness Day.  read more

Are you as prepared as you can be for a CQC visit?

The next planned CQC inspection is due to start on 3rd April and will last til April 5.  So now would be a good opportunity to check our progress and initial feedback, to help us make sure we’re all as prepared as we can be for the next three weeks.  read more

Big birthday pat on the back for the NHS 70 from Azizen Khan

It's getting nearer to the Big Day. July 5 is the NHS's 70th birthday and every week a different colleagues has been a screensaver star to celebrate.  This time it's Azizen but it could be you. See how below.  read more

The team

New name for Continence Service from April 1

From the 1st April 2018 our Continence Service will be renamed The Calderdale Bladder & Bowel Service.  We see patients from the age of four for any bladder or bowel related issue, so the change reflects the services we offer and also the national picture for continence.  read more

Simon says become an End of Life Companion

      The Companions Scheme is finding its feet and three months since they started they have been well-received by patients and their carers.  The scheme exists to provide company for those who are on their own at the end of life or where families find it difficult to be with them.  read more

Policies and work information

Bite sized learning - always check medicines

This week's learning focuses on what colleagues must always consider when handling medicines at all stages of a patient's stay with us.  read more

Data Security Awareness (DSA) sessions to support colleagues

   More than 750 colleagues are either non-compliant in Data Security Awareness  (DSA) or are due to drop out of compliance before the end of March.   To help them achieve their learning, we’re putting on 30 minute DSA face-to-face sessions - which means not having to complete the training in ESR.  read more

Send a colleague to the One Show sofa

The One Show NHS Awards  BBC1's The One Show has launched a special awards to say 'thank you' to NHS staff and volunteers who have gone the extra mile.  read more

CHFT Events

A knitter is never bitter - free stress-busting knitting and crochet session next week

Our CRH librarian Helen Curtis has organised a knitting and crochet session for next Wednesday 21st March. It's a fact that taking part in craft activities can lower stress levels. And the best bit is the session is free, you'll get a cuppa and you can keep your creation and any spare wool.  read more

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