is written and published by thecommunications unit, with contributions fromCharles Whitney. The opinions expressed donot necessarily represent those of St George’sHealthcare NHS Trust. The next edition will bepublished in December 2010. If you are a staffmember with a story for
Front page picture shows stroke consultant Barry Moynihan with patient John Davies
A new system is increasing patientsafety by ensuring the right staff withthe right skill mix are in the right placeat the right time. eRP, an electronicrostering staff bank and paymentsystem, is expected to generatesavings of £5m over the next twoyears. It was rolled out to nursing staffat the end of August, after a pilotintroduction on the general intensivecare ward proved to be a greatsuccess.
The system will reduce time spent onadministration and payroll errors, providinggreater transparency of staffing andreduce spend on bank and agency staff. Itwill also allow for greater flexibility, as anonline self-service function allows nursingstaff to plan their working lives, for example,requesting shifts and annual leave.The eRP project team will train staff on thesystems and provide support as theybecome familiar with the system. This willbe followed, at a later stage, with theimplementation of time and attendancewhich will ensure payroll errors areminimised.The initial rollout is across eight wards –Amyand, Richmond, A&E, Nicholls,Vernon, McKissock, delivery suite, cardiacintensive care unit as well as communitymidwives.A system for junior doctors will beintroduced by the eRP team towards theend of the year.Steve Loveridge, eRP project manager,said, “This is an exciting project which willmake a real difference to staff andmanagement.”
Electronic rostering programme (eRP):a safer staffing programme
and summaryaccounts is out now. Itcontains a review of some ofthe key areas of work fromthe last financial year.The report also includes anawards section, whichcelebrates the success thatSt George’s staff have hadduring 2009/10.Please contact thecommunications unit onext 2717 or via email ifyou would like a hard copy. Anelectronic copy is available onthe websitewww.stgeorges.nhs.uk
National award for rare cancer care
GOLDEN AWARD: (l-r) Mr Derek Fawcett, president of BAUS; Mr Nick Watkin and Mr Richard Greenhalgh, Urology Business Manager of Karl Storz
Nick Watkin, consultant urologicalsurgeon at St George’s, was awardedthe coveted Karl-Storz-Harold HopkinsGolden Telescope at the 2010 BritishAssociation of Urological SurgeonsAnnual General Meeting held in June.The award is in recognition of Nick’swork in male genital reconstructionand penile cancer.
St George’s is a specialist centre forpenile cancer, a rare condition affectingaround 400 men in Britain every year.The trust takes referrals from across theSouth of England, and is working toimprove the treatments available forthis distressing condition.Speaking about the care provided atthe trust Nick Watkin said: “In themajority of cases, surgery can beoffered which preserves the penis. Thisobviously has a huge impact on thequality of life for patients.”Anne Bishop, chief executive of theBritish Association of UrologicalSurgeons, said: “The award is given tourologists who have made a significantand lasting contribution to urology.”Rebecca Porta, chief executive of themale cancer charity Orchid, said: “It isencouraging to see the important workat St George’s being recognised and wecongratulate the team on their success.Penile cancer is a rare illness, and oneof the most emotionally difficult formen to deal with.“The research carried out by Mr Watkinand his team will undoubtedly help theoverall wellbeing of patients who arediagnosed with this disease and givethem the encouragement and supportthey need during their treatment.”
2National award for rare cancer care2Electronic rostering programme (eRP)3A word from David3End unnecessary pathology tests3Cancer teams lead peer review4Foundation trust update4Acute Pain Management Service5Nurse honoured for Afghan rotation6Spotlight on Dr Andy Rhodes7View from the top8The patient experience9AAA screening programme9Clinic celebrates five successful years10Stroke service rated best in the country10State-of-the-art scanner goes live11Informing patients11Choose and book improvements12Wheels in motion12Integration stakeholder event12Procument update13Greener healthcare is no waste of space13Health and safety hazards14Lunchtime snack turns into attack14Benjamin Weir past and present15Art – the heart of a healing environment15State-of-the-art breast diagnostic unit16Charity news