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Issue 39 | 5th November 2015

Let's celebrate the hell out of someone!!. Our new monthly Star Awards!

Hot on the heels of our this year's Celebrating Success awards, CHFT is launching our Star Award - a new monthly recognition scheme aimed at shining the light on our fantastic colleagues and the work they do every day. 
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Stephen amongst his team

Goodbye after 40 years!

Production director of the pharmacy manufacturing unit, Stephen Langford, has retired this week after a "tremendous" 40 years working for the NHS.     Stephen, who lives in Stoke with wife Eileen, began his career as a pre-registration pharmacist in Suffolk after graduating in 1975. 
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How are we doing? Our half-yearly finance position!

We are now into the second half of the financial year in what I have already said is the toughest I have ever known. 
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Owen with the CRH Big Brief

"Thanks for your blood sweat and tears" - Owen's full Big Brief statement

Saying thank you was top of the agenda when our CEO Owen Williams presented the Big Brief from CRH saying: "For all your blood, sweat and tears in really stressful conditions and amid real challenges, then all I can say is a heartfelt thank you!”     In the session on Tuesday which was also shared by Director of Planning, Performance, Estates and Fa 
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CQC handbook update

Extra copies of the Getting Prepared for CQC inspection handbook will be arriving next week.     We'll distribute spares across all wards, departments and community sites, as well as making them available to our partners, ISS, Compass, Cofley and OCS. New colleagues joining us before the inspection will also receive a copy.  read more

Mary Kiely

Significant improvements in DNACPR requirements - a personal message from Mary Keily and the team

At our End of Life Care meeting this week, we were all very heartened to see continued improvements in compliance with DNACPR requirements.  Only a couple of years ago, it was the norm for relatively few of these decisions to have been communicated with either the patient or their family (there was documentary evidence in only about 25-30% cases).  read more

Technology on your Christmas list this year? Our salary sacrifice scheme may be a gift to you too!

Salary sacrifice schemes are a way to pay for products through your salary, making savings by not paying tax or national insurance on the cost.     For example, colleagues can purchase the latest iPhone for £25 per month or a brand new 32” TV for £8 per month.  read more

Teresa Howarth & Owen Williams

International Stammering Awareness Day

The Speech and Language Therapy Team at our Trust recently held events to raise awareness about stammering to mark International Stammering Awareness day (ISAD)     There were cake stalls at Princess Royal and Broad Street Health Centres, alongside a benefit gig to raise awareness held at the Arden Centre in Halifax.  read more

Children in Need

Children In Need 2015 is on Friday November 13th, so it's just over a week away!     Our teams at CHFT are joining in the fundraising, including our pharmacy team at HRI who have been busy buying a variety of merchandise to sell on.  read more

NHS Carol Service 2015 - Wednesday 9th December

The York Minster NHS Carol Service will be on Wednesday December 9 this year.     The coach will arrive at day surgery (HRI) at 5pm and set off at 5:15pm prompt. The coach back will set off at 9:30pm and return to HRI.     Please call Shelley Adrian on HRI x6911 to book seats.      See attatched for more info.  read more

Your views: the future of maternity and paediatrics

Our hospital trust is currently trying to provide almost all types of hospital services on two sites, to about half a million people, yet we are up against it as it is no longer proving possible financially or from a workforce perspective.  read more

Donna Wood being a flu hero

Sister Donna Wood's got flu last year and it turned into pleurisy. So she's had her jab

Sister Donna Wood from Ward 4A at CRH explains why she was first in the queue to have her flu vaccination this year.        "About five years ago when I was pregnant I didn't have the vaccination, scared it might have an effect on my baby. And then I just stopped having it in the years that followed.  read more

Always read terms and conditions

Our  Counter Fraud Specialist, Adele Jowett, is urging colleagues to read all the terms and conditions attached to attending events.     It has come to light that there are occasions where colleagues say they are attending a free event and, when they don't attend, the organisers have levied a cancellation charge.  read more

Free literature search service offered by the library

Short of time  and in need of assistance with finding literature to support your evidence-based practice?     The Library offers a free literature search service to all CHFT staff – email us the details of your enquiry to library@cht.nhs.ukread more

Maria, far left, and Shaun, far right

From students to centre stage Shaun and Maria

Shaun Mawhinney and Maria Toshack presented their dissertation work at the annual British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN), a two-day conference, in London.  read more

CHFT Events

Occupational Therapy Week

There are currently 36,219 occupational therapists in the UK, and CHFT has them in many departments including: A&E, short stay wards and stroke rehabilitation.     Occupational therapy provides practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers that prevent them from taking part in activities.  read more

Service for lost little ones

Parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or have suffered a stillbirth, will again have the opportunity to remember their loved ones this winter with special services, hosted by chapliancy service at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and prepared in conjunction with SANDS (the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society).  read more

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