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The Gazette - October-November 2011

The Gazette - October-November 2011

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The gazette is a bi-monthly magazine featuring the latest news and stories from around St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
The gazette is a bi-monthly magazine featuring the latest news and stories from around St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

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Published by: St George's Healthcare NHS Trust on Nov 07, 2011
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issue25 November 2011
Community Services Wandsworthintegration one year on
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At the end of October I will standdown as chair after coming to theend of my second term in office. It iseight years since I was appointedchair of St George’s Healthcare NHSTrust and each year has been a greatprivilege as well as a challenging andlearning experience for me.
A lot of good progress has been madeduring this time and while significantchallenges remain I am confident thatthe future for the trust is a bright one.The trust has long been associated withdeveloping new and innovative ways ofworking to deliver improved care to all ofits patients. We have been associatedwith many clinical innovations, bothmedical and surgical and this pioneeringspirit can be seen today in many of ourclinical departments such as the majortrauma centre and hyper-acute strokeunit as well as in our responses toinfection control and patient safety.These innovations are possible becauseof our unique relationship with StGeorge’s, University of London, withwhom we share not only our campus buta relationship that goes back nearly 300years. I am confident that in workingtogether, the greater St George’s willbecome the even more successful inteaching, research and innovative clinicalcare. I am proud to have served as amember of Council of the University.Integration with community servicesWandsworth (CSW) is also helping toshape new services and more appropriatecare pathways for children, adults andolder people.I remain immensely proud of the factthat, in 2009, we were named Largetrust of the year by Dr Foster Intelligence.As the NHS adapts to modern daychallenges, we must not lose sight ofpatient safety and quality of care whichmust be top of all of our agendas. Thelaunch of the trust values makes it clearto staff, patients and visitors alike whatkind of organisation we aspire to be andthese must be at the heart of everythingthe trust does.Our financial performance continues topresent the biggest challenge. Whilst wehave managed our finances prudentlyover the last few years and paid off ourhistoric debt, colleagues should be in nodoubt that developing a robust financialposition is crucial to securing the trust’slong-term future. Our failure, so far, tobecome a Foundation Trust (FT) is a resultof our financial position and this remainsa major disappointment to me.Becoming an FT will ensure increasedlocal involvement and provide the trustwith more control over its finances. It willalso provide a badge of quality care thatwill increase the confidence of all thosewho use our services.I would like to acknowledge the supportof our volunteers and charities. A lot ofwhat we achieve would not be possiblewithout the support of our volunteersand the many charities that work onbehalf on the trust, in particular StGeorge’s Hospital Charity.The Grosvenor Wing main entrance, newchest clinic and state-of the-artsimulation centre have all beensupported by generous charitabledonations. I am very proud of theGrosvenor Wing main entrance whichnow reflects our commitment toimproving the experience for all ourusers. The area was designed to providea designated patient transport loungeand a bigger and more comfortableseating area for visitors. It also houses aM&S Simply Food store and cafe, whichI’m sure everyone can agree is a big hitwith staff and patients alike! It is nowhard to remember the dark anddepressing entrance and reception areaof eight years ago which was not worthyof such a great institution.Of course, our work would simply not bepossible if it were not for the dedicationand commitment of those staff who livethe trust values and ensure that patientsreceive the care they need. I would liketo take this opportunity to thank you allfor the support you have given meduring my time as chair.Looking to the future I would like to wishthe new chair, Christopher Smallwoodevery success and I am sure that he willenjoy his time at St George’s Healthcareas much as I have. I will look back on mytime at the trust with happy memoriesand there will always be a part of methat remains in SW17.
2the gazette
Naaz Coker, chair
the gazette
is written and published by thecommunications unit. The opinions expresseddo not necessarily represent those ofSt George’s Healthcare NHS Trust.If you are a staff member with a story for thegazette, please email:
Front page picture shows the Brysson WhyteRehabilitation Unit at Queen Mary's Hospital,Roehampton
3Introduction from Peter Coles3New chair and chief executiveannounced3New lead for procurement team4Living our Values Awards -celebrating responsible5Community services -one year on5Marking history - 40 years of CTscanning6Spotlight on...Drew Fleming6Have your say on St Helier plans7View from the top Stuart Reeves8Annual Report summary10Patient feedback10Past and present – Queen Mary’sHospital, Roehampton
11Pioneering stem cell treatmentfor sickle cell is a UK first
11Play in hospital week11Clinical audit - ensuring bestpractice and driving change12AGM celebrates staff and trustachievements
12Cardiac arrest survival rateamong the best in London
13Macmillan information and supportcentre13New resuscitation unit opens
14Enhanced service for womenhaving babies at home
14Cancer team commended14Celebrating good practice
15Saving carbon, saving lives
15Palliative care team in thecommunity16Fundraising
Reflection from Naaz Coker,chair,
September saw theannouncement of a newchair and new chiefexecutive for the trust, bothof whom will take up theirroles in November.Christopher Smallwood
(pictured left)
succeeds NaazCoker who has come to the endof her eight year term of office.Christopher has extensive NHSexperience having previously been chairof Kingston Hospital NHS Trust and priorto that, chair of NHS Hounslow. He is apolicy adviser to The Prince’s Charitiesand until 2005, was economic adviser toBarclays plc, following several years as apartner at the City consultancy MakinsonCowell. He was also, until recently, amember of the CompetitionCommission.Speaking about his appointment,Christopher said: “I am delighted to be joining St George’s Healthcare at thiscrucial and exciting time and I lookforward to working with the board andstaff as the trust continues to develop itsservices to meet the needs of themodern NHS. I would like to pay tributeto Naaz Coker for her leadership overthe last eight years during which timethe trust has significantly improved itsquality and safety of care, successfullyintegrated with community servicesWandsworth and worked to improve itsfinancial position.”Towards the end of September the boardappointed
Miles Scott
(pictured right)
asthe trust’s new chief executive. Miles hasbeen chief executive of BradfordTeaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustsince August 2005.Before joining Bradford TeachingHospitals Miles was chief executive ofHarrogate and District NHS FoundationTrust for four years. His career in the NHShas encompassed acute, community andmental health services, the King’s Fundand Trent Regional Office.Miles said: “St George’s Healthcare is anorganisation with a proud history and astrong track record of leading-edgehealthcare delivery and development.“In my new role I am determined tomaintain and enhance the trust’scommitment to providing quality care toits patients.“The long-term future of St George’sHealthcare is dependent on it becominga Foundation Trust and I look forward toworking with the board and staff toachieve this. It is also important for thetrust to build strong alliances with localNHS organisations and to develop itspartnership with St George’s, Universityof London.”
the gazette3
Chair and chief executiveannounced
New lead forprocurement team
A warm welcome to Vince Prosswho has joined the trust asassociate director of financeprocurement.
Vince, formerly director ofprocurement at Chelsea &Westminster Hospitals NHSFoundation Trust, has worked inthe NHS for 28 years. He aims tohelp improve the patient experienceand support the trust’s services byintroducing best practiceprocurement at the trust.. High onthe agenda is a restructuring of theprocurement department and theintroduction of divisionalprocurement managers.Vince said: “I’m looking forward tointroducing some changes inprocurement that make a positiveimpact across the organisation. Thedivisional procurement managerswill be a major change, givingdedicated procurement supportand expertise to each of the trust’sdivisions.”Over the last few months theprocurement team has beenhelping to create efficiencies inclinical products and services,including the outpatient antibioticservice, spinal surgery equipment,topical negative pressure woundtherapy and endo-mechanicalconsumables.Vince explains: “There are othermajor projects going on, such asthe theatre materials managementproject. This is designed to improveefficiency and safety at the sametime as reducing the amount oftime clinicians spend ordering andretrieving medical products.Improvements to the agressoe-commerce system are givingcolleagues enhanced access toremote ordering of goods viaelectronic catalogues. An onlinecontract register is also beingdeveloped to ensure that the trusthas adequate legal protection andtimely renewal reminders whencontracts are expiring.”If staff need any procurementadvice or assistance with costreduction programmes, pleasecontact the procurement team.The team is also asking for staff toemail electronic copies of anypricing agreements or contractsto Bridget Boyd atbridget.boyd@stgeorges.nhs.ukto maintain a central record.
It has been just over a year since we integratedwith community services Wandsworth (CSW) andto celebrate this, November’s edition of the gazetteputs a particular focus on our community division.
This includes a report looking at the changes in care thathave been introduced since integration with CSW and aninterview with Stuart Reeves, associate chief operating officerfor adult specialist and diagnostic services. Queen Mary’sHospital is showcased in our ‘past and present’ feature providing a fascinatinginsight into its origins as a military hospital. Readers will also find the 2010/11summary annual report of interest and are encouraged to visit our website to readthe report in full. The report takes the trust values as its theme and these arereflected throughout the gazette. This is a time of change for St George’sHealthcare with a new chair and chief executive set to start in November. This willtherefore be my last ‘word’ in the gazette. I would like to take this opportunity tothank staff for their support during my time hereand to wish the trust the very best for the future.
Peter Coles, interimchief executive
A word with Peter

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