Monday, 11 September 2017

A record year for NUHonours nominations!

With an amazing 940 nominations – 2017 is a record year for nominations for our staff awards.

Very many congratulations to everyone who has been nominated – including staff, patients, volunteers and fundraisers. Thank you for all you do to improve the experience of our patients and their families. To be nominated by a patient or a colleague is an achievement of which you can be proud.

I have the privilege of shortlisting for the Lifetime Achievement Award and look forward to reading each of these 34 nominations in the coming weeks.

We know from the staff survey results that we have more to do to value and recognise our staff; and events such as NUHonours are one of the many ways in which we can achieve this.

I look forward to attending my first NUHonours Awards in November, with our incoming Chief Executive, Tracy Taylor, to celebrate the very best of ‘team NUH’. For now, well done to every nominee. Savour the moment.


If you have ideas for how we can improve the work we do to value and recognise our staff, please let me know and I will pass this on to the relevant workstream leads to follow-up (Bel Asher, Deputy Director of HR and Laura Skaife-Knight, Director of Communications). This group will meet for the first time over the coming weeks and your feedback will help to inform the workstream’s areas of focus.

You can find the full list of nominees here

Monday, 4 September 2017

Why organ donation should be something we all consider


It’s good to see NUH once again backing Organ Donation Week.

It may be a difficult topic to talk about with loved ones, but the message behind the week is simple: your donation could save lives. No-one likes to talk about death and dying, but knowing your family’s wishes now could save heartache further down the line.

Signing up to the Organ Donor Register is quick and easy. You could transform the lives of some of the most poorly patients and those around them. If you no longer need your organs, why not let someone else benefit from them? Please make sure your family know that this is what you wish to do.

Throughout the week we will be sharing the stories of four brave families who made the decisions to donate their loved ones organs. I’d like to say thank you to Charlie, Marilyn, Rob and James’ families for working with us to promote the importance of organ donation.

I’d also like to take time to thank our organ donation and transplant teams who work tirelessly to make sure these life-changing operations can take place. They also provide crucial support to families, helping them to cope at the most difficult of times.

Nine people died in Notts last year because there wasn’t a suitable organ available when they needed it. Across the UK three people pass away every day because there aren’t enough organ donors.
Statistically, you are more likely to need an organ than to donate one – a fact that really resonated with me. If we needed an organ ourselves, I think most of us would not think twice about receiving one, yet when it comes to signing the register there can still be some reluctance.
If you have any doubts, please take some time this week to read our stories and see how organ donation can transform lives. Signing up is simple – and you can do it here: www.organdonation.nhs.uk  

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A warm welcome to ‘team NUH’, for our new Junior Doctors

Over the last week, we’ve welcomed 500 new junior doctors to NUH and said goodbye and thank you to those trainees who have left us to continue their training at other centres around the UK.

One of our roles as a teaching hospital is to teach and train our future workforce. This includes, of course, our doctors of the future.

As part of their induction at NUH, our trainees will learn about the importance of our values and behaviours, being open with patients and their families when things go wrong (Duty of candour), how we support our staffs’ health and wellbeing and receive some practical support for managing life in our hospitals.

Their time with us is an important part in their personal and professional development, but also for NUH. Our trainees provide essential skills, expertise and enthusiasm which our hospitals rely on and they are a hugely valued members of ‘team NUH.’

We were pleased that the latest report from the GMC has highlighted that junior doctors feel well-supported at our hospitals and we are proud to have Clare Cooper, our Junior Doctor Liaison Officer (a role we believe is unique in the UK) helping them on a daily basis.

Over the last few years we have done much work to strengthen how we communicate with and listen to junior doctors. Yet there is always more we can do and this remains an important programme of work in 17/18. This year we have introduced new lanyards for our new F1 and F2 doctors so that they are easier to identify (similar to other staff groups). We have also introduced a new forum for our trainees to share their experiences and help us make improvements.

Both junior doctors and NUH will benefit a great deal from the next 12 months. I look forward to meeting our trainees on the wards and in other areas when I am out and about, and to  listening to and learning about their experiences of working as a junior doctor at our hospitals.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Strengthening NUH’s connection to the local community

Today I had the pleasure of attending the tram name unveiling for our 2017 nurse of the year, Christina O’Loughlin.

These awards are important for a number of reasons, not least because they recognise the outstanding contributions of our staff and further strengthen the relationship between NUH and the local community.

This year’s winner - student nurse Christina – is one of the nurses of the future.

Since joining NUH as Chair in May, I have been impressed with the strong partnership working between NUH, the Nottingham Post and Nottingham Express Transit. The Nurse of the Year Awards are an example of partnership working at its very best. 

It was wonderful to see Christina receive her accolade today, in the presence of her closest friends and family. Soon the tram with Christina’s name on it (tram number 220) will be transporting local people around and across Nottingham. We take our role in the local community and the services that we provide to our local people, very seriously. And these awards build an even closer bond between our nursing staff (and NUH) and the local community.

We also know from our staff survey results that we have more to do reward and recognise (and say thank you) to our staff. These awards certainly help, as do NUHonours Awards (our annual staff awards) and long service awards for volunteers and staff (also annual). Through our new Staff Experience Group, which met for the first time last week, will be discussing what more we can do at Trust and Divisional/level, and across all staff groups, to improve how we celebrate our staff.

Opening our minds and doors to BBC2’s ‘Hospital’ Series 3!

I could not be more supportive of the news that series 3 of BBC2 documentary ‘Hospital’ is going to be filmed at NUH early 2018.

Quite properly, the views of our senior clinical colleagues and the Board were considered ahead of signing up ‘Hospital’ Series 3.

We are proud of the services we offer and our staff who deliver them. We have an ambition to be a leader in openness and transparency. Opening the doors to the TV cameras over our busiest and most pressured months of the year is one way we will achieve this. We have nothing to hide.

I have no doubts that by showing the daily challenges and realities – ‘Hospital’ will show our dedicated staff both at their very best and most stretched, often working in difficult circumstances and within imperfect systems (in hospital and out of hospital), trying to do the best for their patients, their loved ones and carers. 

Series 3 coming to Nottingham is a massive coup for NUH, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands. It will put the region on the map, showcase the exceptional work we do at NUH and I hope attract people to want to work here and be part of NUH in the future.

The six-part series in Nottingham for Series 3, follows two successful series at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust that captured the NHS and nation. Collaborative health systems are the currency of the future, and as such, it is only right that we explore how we can work with our partners across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to demonstrate system working – both at its best and most challenged – in the next series. We will also be asking our patients and local community what they want to know about their local hospitals to inform the areas of focus for the much anticipated Series 3.

Filming for Series 3 will take place January and February 2018, and the series is expected to be broadcast Spring 2018, a prospect we very much look forward to.

A record year for NUHonours nominations!

With an amazing 940 nominations – 2017 is a record year for nominations for our staff awards. Very many congratulations to everyone w...