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Issue 166 | 12th April 2018

He joined the NHS at 18, is a doting grandad and a car karaoke specialist. Meet our new Chair Philip Lewer

   Our new Chair Philip Lewer is now in post.   Philip is a Lancastrian, started work on a market stall when he was just 14 before becoming a social worker and joining the NHS aged 18. He has  since worked for  the NHS in many roles at regional and national levels. 
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From HCA to Matron. Chris Bentley retires after 38 years.

Colleagues from Estates & Facilities (E&F) and nursing colleagues current and former gathered to celebrate Chris Bentley's retirement - after a whopping 38 years at CHFT.  Chris started at the Trust in 1980 as a healthcare assistant in female orthopaedics, before starting her nurse training in 1981. 
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Doing it for Team Dore - Suzie's marathon to end the torment of dementia

Our Community support and independence team matron Suzie Dore has bagged a rare ballot place in the London Marathon next weekend and following the recent death of her father-in law has decided to raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Society.  Suzie told us: "I'd already got a ballot place, which is great considering only around 4% of people who apply get one. 
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MADE in CHFT - today's event to improve discharges

The challenge has been laid down, and today CHFT colleagues, health system partners and NHS Improvement (NHSI) are holding an event to look at our processes, create actions and implement change. They'll be visiting 18 wards with the aim of improving patient flow across our hospitals and in the local health community. 
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Bidding for HSJ glory - Yorkshire Fertility head to London

We've been in yet another top NHS competition this week - through to the finals of the HSJ Value awards 2018.  Yorkshire Fertility now have a new virtual clinic system for patients, saving them time and expense of travelling for their appointments with us from across West Yorkshire.  read more

Hwyl fawr a phob lwc - (that's fun and good luck)...Bye Bye to Wales-bound Karen Barnett

Our Director of Operations in Community left CHFT and moved on to Wales.  Our Chief Operating Officer Helen Barker said goodbye with other colleagues adding "You've really made us think differently about the community story at CHFT".  read more

A "gift" to CHFT in challenging times. How Lee Horn's #doingmybit

Lee Horn has overhauled the drugs storage and ordering process on Day Surgery Unit at HRI with a view to making savings.  Acting on his own initiative he has also set up a returns and refunds arrangement so unused drugs with plenty of date left can be returned and further savings made.  read more

I'm blessed. Nicky's praise for her team in the NHS's 70th

Radiographer Nicky Taylor reckons she's blessed with the team she works with in the NHS as it celebrates its 70th this year. Here she tells more...and if you want to join in read the info at the foot of this story.  read more

Calderdale Rocks!

   Our team found this cute, little rock at the entrance to the Rainbow Child Development Service  at CRH and it completely brightened their day. It turns out it was left by  local group – Calderdale Rocks to spread smiles and happiness across the borough.  read more

Policies and work information

From next Tuesday, colleagues will not have access to systems from the old intranet

Desktop folders with links to clinical and non-clinical systems such as Pasweb, Health Roster and HOOP have been on all desktops since January (see attached).  From next Tuesday (17th April), the links to these systems will be removed from the old intranet homepage.  read more

Staff governor roles - elections in June

Would you like to be more involved in improving our services by becoming a staff governor?  We have vacancies on our Council of Governors (CoG, and previously the membership council) for colleagues representing nurses/midwives, ancilliary staff and AHPs. Elections for these will be held in June.  read more

Bite-sized learning - reduce the risk of stoma closures by using licenced EN-Plugs

EN-Plugs are designed and licensed to keep stomas (openings in the body) from closing when a gastrostomy device has fallen out.    It is important that EN-Plugs are used for this rather than a urinary catheter or a NG tube, as these are unlicensed for this purpose. The EN-Plug preserves the gastrostomy tract in case of gastrostomy tubes becoming dislodged.  read more

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