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Issue 52 | 4th February 2016

Linda, front, with all the team at Allan House and Owen who presented the certificate back right

Flood fighter Linda Mitchell is our second Star Award winner

Three soggy snowmen bobbing about in the muddy water when the floods hit Sowerby Bridge had Linda Mitchell in near tears.     Her beloved Allan House annex was amongst the worst hit in the town and the sight of those little snowmen broke her heart. 
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Bev Waterhouse with a very special tiny guest

Ooooh cute! Happy first birthday to our special baby group

Our perinatal pioneering support group  this week reached a mile stone first birthday  -  and their special babies were top of the guest list.     Ther group was set up a year ago  to support women through the emotionals up and downs of pregnancy. 
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Free wi-fi available trustwide now. Here's how to get it

Free trustwide wifi is now available to all colleagues and patients.     After a pilot on some key areas including Acre Mills, Ward 7, our Costas, Oak House and staff residencies, it has now been rolled out across the Trust. 
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Carol  with some of her favourite colleagues

We've heard it through the grapevine.. farewell Motown fan Carol after 24 years on Ward 3

   Ward 3 rolled out a lovely send-off for their long-standing ward clerk Carol Scaramuzza.  Carol has been at the Trust for 36 years and an amazing 24 years of them on Ward 3.   She said: "I'll so miss all my colleagues. It's hard to think I've been here since this ward opened its doors for the first time. 
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CHFT in short - how to access staff lottery funds, flu jabs and Locala changes

The staff lottery could help you get equipment...as Sue Raine from Paediatric Diabetes team explains....  Is there something on your department’s wish list and you don’t have charitable funds to pay for it?  Maybe the Staff Lottery can help.  It should not be an item which the Trust should purchase through normal expenditure.  read more

Locked door policy - changes from Monday 8 February and what you need to do

We have a duty of care to keep our patients safe, whilst understanding our obligations under the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).     Following feedback (including through Ask Owen on the intranet) our senior nurse team have reviewed our policy on locking doors to wards.  read more

David Birkenhead left with Director of Medical Education Andy Lockey, second left on front row

Be prepared, Be involved and Be Informed. CQC advice for our new doctors.

   Medical Director Dr David Birkenhead welcomed a new intake of doctors yesterday (Wednesday 3 February) - explaining some of the key issues facing our Trust. All doctors attending started at CHFT yesterday. Many are GP trainees rotating into organisation but there are also core trainees in hospital specialties as well.  read more

Jackie centre with real blonde curls!

I'm Jackie Swire, no I'm Jackie Swire....Fancy dress fun

   There was a strict comedy dress code for Jackie Swire's oncology unit colleagues at her out-of-work leaving do. They all came as her.     Ten of them donned pink frothy wigs to mimic our Jackie's fab set of outrageous natural curls and wore her fave colour - black.  read more

Embrace the CQC - they're not the enemy! Big Brief roundup

   Between 1.30 and 2.30 pm today our next Big Brief will be delivered. They are on the first Thursday of every month now to enable more colleagues to attend.  Summary of HRI's Big Brief.  read more

Jane and her poster

Ahead of the game - staff nurse Jane Jowett designs sepsis poster

Our staff nurse Jane Jowett has designed a poster to help diagnose sepsis in children.  It is a difficult one to diagnose as, cruelly,  it easier to diagnose the sicker the child is - which often is too late.  Jane's posters will go up on Wards 3, 18 and A&E on both sites to alert staff to the signs and to ensure early detection.  read more

Mayor of Huddersfield Cllr Paul Kane with Jake Berry who will attend the activity weekend

Fundraising event for Children's diabetes

The Children’s Diabetes Team hosted an event this week, which turned out to be a great success, and the team managed to raise £700.     The money will go towards funding an activity weekend away for the Children with Type 1 Diabetes. (See attachments for last year's event).  read more

Policies and work information

Medical Devices Training- what do you need to know?

All staff that use or work with medical devices have a level of responsibility to ensure the safety of patients and colleagues, as per the Trust policy ‘Medical Devices Management’ and the MHRA ‘Managing Medical Devices – guidance for healthcare and social services organisations’ April 2015.  read more

CHFT Events

Get Gung-Ho in Heaton Park or Temple Newsam!

If you are serious about your fun, you need to be part of this.  You may have seen things either on TV or on-line or even dreamed up obstacles like this. Well now you can take part and perform as best you can in front of a crowd of live spectators in   read more

Nursing in Norway...find out more at Uni seminar

You are invited to attend a seminar on 22nd February at 4.30-5.30pm given by visiting international nursing scholars Dr Irene Lie and Ms Heidi Lunde Elstad from Oslo University Hospital and Feiring Heart Clinic Norway.     This is an opportunity to find out about nursing practice in Norway and patient-centred care in cardiology.     All welcome.  read more

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