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Issue 217 | 11th April 2019

I'm alive today thanks to CHFT's Golden Grahams!

   Our senior nurse Graham Murphy, right, and respiratory nurse specialist Graham Marvell, left, were last night reunited with - and thanked by - the man they saved after he collapsed playing five-a-side footie. 
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"Thank you for decades of invaluable service" - Farewell Anne Crowther

Medical Secretary Anne Crowther has retired after 40 years with us.  She started working at the Royal Halifax Infirmary in 1979 and has worked in both Gastroenterology and Rheumatology over the years and has amassed a wealth of knowledge and supported and trained new staff over that time. 
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Thumbs up and thanks for our training!

   Every month we ask our nurse trainees to give us feedback about their work placement here with our teams  CHFT - and they're terrific!  We know they wouldn't be so good if it wasn't for all our colleagues who go out of their way to support them during their time with them. So here's a few examples of what they're saying about you. 
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Thanks Marlene - you taught me more than I can imagine

The night shift on Ward 5D at Calderdale gave ultra long-serving Marlene Partridge a fab send-off.  She's been a healthcare, starting as an auxiliary, for nearly half a century and is finally retiring after a few years semi-retired. 
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Anthonia with volunteer Lauren Haigh and Sister Olivia Smith

Is she having a boy or a girl? Watch Anthonia's baby reveal video

Sister Anthonia Ojini shared ber big baby secret with her ward 20 colleagues.  She popped the balloon to reveal she is, in fact, expecting a .... on to find out....  read more

We should be so proud! Exemplar wards recognised.

It's been a very proud week at CHFT with the presentations of Exemplar Ward certificates.  They are given for high standards of patient care in all areas and every ward at CHFT is expected to undergo an exemplar visit every year.  read more

It's a double for CRH's Acute Unit.

Team spirit has carried the Acute Unit at CRH to a fantastic double at the finals of the HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2019.  The team, now in its second year since it was created, is through to the finals in two categories in this year's prestigious awards.  read more

Pay progression policy - what you need to do get your increment

As April is the first month of the new financial year, we are highlighting the vital link between appraisals, training and receiving increments.  In order to get their increment, colleagues need to have had an appraisal or be booked in during our appraisal season (April, May and June)  and be compliant on their Essential Safety Training (EST).  read more

Info for EU colleagues

Please find attached two letters explaining the very latest situation for our EU colleagues here at CHFT.  read more

Call out for a CHFT staff choir and the latest Hot House update

Our latest Hot House brought colleagues together to look at the high level results of the National Staff Survey 2018. We’d started working on improvements in key areas before now, which gave us a chance to see how far we’ve already come since the last survey.  read more

Policies and work information

Starting this Monday: West Vale mini-roundabout 10-weeks work and diversions

Road-works lasting up to 8-10 week at the mini roundabout at West Vale at the bottom of the Elland by-pass start this Monday.  Colleagues are advised their journey times may take longer than usual and may need to amend their routes to and from work.  read more

Bite-sized learning...checking canisters

We have a process in place to replace suction canisters which are more than 10 years old.  This follows an incident last year while staff were anaesthetising a patient in the induction room.  read more

Catheter policy and passport both updated

The catheter guidelines have been reviewed to reflect the latest national and international evidence to support best practice. And our catheter passport has been updated too, so please use it from now.  read more

Hesh's lass Alanna is off to Uganda.

The daughter of our radiology consultant Heshan Panditaratne is heading to Uganda this summer to support villages, build schools and conservation work.  She's sold off many of her clothes and possessions to raise funds for it  (just over £4K is needed) and radiology at HRI have been having bake stalls to help her too. She is now just £500 off the total required.  read more

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