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Issue 216 | 4th April 2019

PATs off to Nellie - our cutest new recruit.

We've issued a big welcome to Nellie - the Cavapoo.  She's our first Pets As Therapy dog (PAT)  and successfuly charmed everyone during her first visit to CHFT.  The caramel-coloured cutie wowed staff and patients alike on the Children's Ward. 
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Pioneering epilepsy care and how a dog video-bombed a clinic.

Our  Children's and the Adult Epilepsy Nurse service has started up new virtual clinics (VPCs) to avoid the need for  children and families making constant visits back to hospital.  Early feedback is overwhelmingly in favour  - even on one memorable occasion when familly pet disrupted the  Virtual Patient Clinic session. 
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He's a Town fan - but still smiling - and the latest in our Hello My Name Is...series. Meet Paul Nolan.

Paul Nolan is an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor and part of our highly rated Domestice Violence Support team. He's the latest in our Hello My Name Is... series where he reveals he loves Switzerland,  studies wine, sings,  supports Town, and loves his job helping people through very difficult times.  Hello my name is... 
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Our Community teams are helping patients with type 2 diabetes

Our Trust is very proud of the work helping our patients manage their Type 2 diabetes*.    
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Celebrating Mother's Day across CHFT.

There were tea and cakes for colleagues on Sunday as a thank-you for caring on Mother's Day.  As many wards as possible received a visit to celebrate the big day as families across the world were marking the special day.  read more

Marvellous March - end of month roundup

Throughout March, CHFT had an extra focus on improving our performance in key areas at CHFT.  It was a tremendous all-out effort by everyone - including the Acute Floor at HRI (pictured) - and we've attached some of the feedback and comments so far.  read more

Elections coming up......

We have just launched a campaign to recruit two members of staff to our Council of Governors (CoG).  Every Foundation Trust has a CoG to support its Board to develop, improve and shape its services for our patients and their families into the future.  read more

Mr Barker is Bradford's "Grand Grass Cutter" and a proper neighbour.

CHFT is one of 300 organisations signed up to a new Yorkshire-wide campaign to look after our neighbours.   It has a special street-sign style which is going round the partners involved and here it is at our Weekly Exec Board meeting.  It's been launched by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.  read more

It's Appraisal Season: time to book yours

Last year almost 96% of colleagues had their appraisal - great effort!   The time has come to plan and book your appraisal, as we have a three months appraisal  "season" from April 1 - June 30*.  read more

Lovely Ruth Hirst retires after a career that was her vocation

We said a very fond farewell to long-serving,  midwife Ruth Hirst  (pictured in pink uniform) who's retired after 38 years.  Her send-off in the Parentcraft Room at CRH included a personalised a fairytale version of her career starting Once Upon a Time....  read more

Policies and work information

Datix update: New ways of logging incidents

The Datix incident report has new options to categorise incident themes. These are labelled Type, Category and Subcategory on the incident form and have replaced the Care stage, Further detail and Adverse event fields.  read more

Bite-sized Learning - review all results before discharge

A reminder this week for doctors to check all results before discharging patients, even if they haven't ordered any tests themselves.  Some patients have been readmitted to treat abnormal test results, which were picked up after they had gone home.  read more

Reconfiguration Judicial Review: Judge rules on costs

.  A decision has been made by a judge at the High Court in Leeds in response to an application for legal costs from the campaign group Hands Off HRI.  The application for costs was in relation to the Judicial Review into the healthcare reconfiguration proposals.  The application was heard in February and the judge has now published his ruling.  read more

CHFT Events

Rhona is guest speaker at our NHS Pride event

CHFT alongside the RCN and NHSE will be co-hosting the first ever NHS LGBTQ+ learning and networking event in the North of England this summer.  The event  - on July 3 - builds on the Trust's LGBTQ forum and will be open to NHS organisations across the North.  Comedian and actor Rhona Cameron - pictured - is the guest speaker.  read more

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