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Our new Electronic Patient Record is live!

Delivered by Dr Buki Adeyemo, Medical Director

Hi all

Our new Electronic Patient Record is now live!  

I'm very pleased that as a result of the massive effort of hard working members of staff our Trust, though affected by last weekend's NHS-wide cyber attack, were able to pull through and launch our Raising our Service Excellence (ROSE) electronic patient record over the weekend to be ready by this morning.

There was a requirement to provide reports to NHS England and NHS Improvement to give assurance that our systems were back up and running following the attack with no impact on patient care. We then needed to make a decision regarding when to go live and, following consultation with NHS Digital and our suppliers DXC, we decided to go ahead over the weekend.

It's very early days for the new system and there are bound to be teething problems along the way as it beds in and becomes part of how we work every day, but I am confident that it will prove to be a real success. We've had some great feedback from NHS Digital  who told us that they thought the way in which we prepared everyone and mobilised for the launch was among the best they'd seen and would be held up as an exemplar to other NHS organisations.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of our hard working staff who, against the odds were able to pull out all the stops to make the ROSE go live a huge success, with particular thanks going to Ben Boyd and the ROSE project team for their dedication and our team of Super Users who are continuing to support staff with the transition.

Thanks also to our inpatient wards at Harplands, the Assessment & Treatment Unit, Darwin Centre, Summers View, Hillcrest, Florence House, Dragon Square Short Break Service, Access and Home Treatment, Old Age Outreach, learning disability Intensive Support Team, RAID, Mental Health and Criminal Justice Team, Parent & Baby Unit, Mental Health Act team, Health Records, Duty Senior Nurses, on call Doctors, and on call managers. Well done all!

NOGAP team hits the road to spread the word about dementia research

Combined and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) research teams took research on the road to mark this year’s International Clinical Trials Day (Saturday 20 May). The NeurOdeGenerative Active Partnership (NOGAP) team were out and about on the research bus on Wednesday travelling around various locations to encourage everyone to get involved in Neurodegenerative research. Starting at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, the team then headed off to Harplands Hospital, Lawton House, the Memory Clinic at Bradwell Hospital, Middleport Medical Practice and finally Gladstone Primary School, where the team were greeted by students, parents and teachers all looking to find out more about research.

NOGAP aims to ensure there are ‘no gaps’ in Neurodegenerative research across North Staffordshire. Established in October 2015, initially with the aim of building a collaborative research relationship between Combined and UHNM, NOGAP continue to demonstrate how working together closes gaps and strengthens access to research.

My clinical days always keep me grounded and remind me of the most important aspect of my job. One of those days brought home the need to reinforce the connection between the ward and board. We are focusing on improving length of stay for patients. One of the ways in which we can achieve this is by the 'red to green' initiative. Jane Munton-Davies, Head of our Neuro and Old Age Psychiatry (NOAP) Directorate has adapted this to reflect the needs for mental health. This involves putting the patient at the heart of the discharge planning process and ensuring that we do not have any unnecessary delays.

Carol Sylvester appointed interim Clinical Director of Adult Mental Health Inpatient services

Congratulations to Carol Sylvester, who has been appointed as the Clinical Director of our Adult Mental Health Inpatient services on an interim basis for six months. I'm delighted for Carol, who is one of the most respected and well liked members of staff in the organisation. She has been serving as Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality since 2015 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience of collaborative working with clinical directorates and external stakeholders to support the delivery of high standards of clinical care. I'm sure you will join me in wishing Carol all the best in her new role.

Discover Your Future one-stop recruitment events get underway this week

The summer-long series of one-stop Discover Your Future recruitment events get underway this week. The events are for registered nurses mental health (RNMHs), registered nurses learning disability (RNLDs) and registered nurses adults (RNAs). They will be taking place at Harplands Hospital, starting on Tuesday 23 May from 3-8pm and Wednesday 24 May from 9am-2pm. Those applying will have the opportunity to apply for available posts on the day, be interviewed by a panel and potentially leave with a job offer.

Physical health competency framework 

We have been pivotal in producing a new physical care competency framework aimed at mental health and learning disabilities practitioners. This was a regional Health Education England-funded piece of work we were commissioned to deliver, which Programme Manager Neil Clarke managed with clinical and medical input from an expert reference group, including a range of professionals from mental health trusts within the West Midlands - among them our own Amanda Miskell, Consultant Nurse, Physical Health and Deputy Director of Infection Prevention & Control, and Dr Salahudeen, Consultant Psychiatrist and Trust Physical Health Lead.

This work will be really useful in helping trusts to identify and address the physical care skills and competency requirements of our staff across the region, improving the quality of care we provide to our service users and helping to improve the disparity between life expectancy rates of the general population and of those living with serious mental health illnesses.

Our Physical Health (PH) in Mental Health educational programme commences this month after much preparation and support from staff. This commences with a 'Fundamentals of PH - Day 1' which will be the beginning of an interesting development programme for our staff. The key objectives of this will be to detect and respond to the physical health risks associated with mental health and serious mental illness and support our patients in achieving 'self-care techniques'. Also included is the signs and symptoms, and appropriate responses to a patient who may be deteriorating. The new competency document (detailed above) will be provided following training for staff to use as part of their professional development.