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Our year in review: 2019

Date: 31 December 2019

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As we look towards 2020, here is a round up of some of the highlights from Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust over the last 12 months.

We started off the year by raising awareness in January with an inspiring story from Lesley Easterbrook, who lost her mother to cervical cancer in her forties and was urging other women to attend their smear tests. We were also delighted to learn that Mark Esbester, an optometrist working in our Ophthalmology Department, received an MBE in the New Year’s honours list.

In February, coinciding with World Cancer Day, our new linear accelerator was used to treat patients for the first time and Jasmine Goodall, a patient from QA who was diagnosed with stage four high grade B cell Non Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), at the age of 25, shared her journey with us. Lee Campbell from the Emergency Department and her team announced they had raised enough money to create the Butterfly Suite, a dedicated space within the department for families who suffer loss, often under traumatic circumstances. While Public Health England announced that we have one of the lowest rates of surgical site infection following knee replacement surgery.

March was a month to celebrate when our Director of Research and Innovation, Professor Anoop Chauhan, was appointed as the Royal College of Physicians International Director for South Asia, while Jayne Longstaff, Lead Respiratory Quality Improvement Nurse was awarded ‘Outstanding Research Professional’ at the Wessex Clinical Research Network Awards. Karen Hamble and Kirsty Fancey, Sisters, were awarded third place in the Hepatology Nurse of the Year category at the British Journal of Nursing awards, while we were awarded the HSJ Partnership Award for Consultancy Partnership of the Year.

In April we shared news of our involvement in the national pilot for the new urgent and emergency care standards, which aligns with our long-term work to transform our urgent and emergency care for our patients in the communities we serve. In April our #RespectandProtect campaign to raise awareness about violence and aggression against our staff was introduced and we hope to reduce the number of incidences in the future with a firm no tolerance policy against abuse.

In May we celebrated being the top performing Trust in the UK during 2018/2019 for complexity weighted recruitment to research studies for large acute NHS Trusts - a fantastic achievement for our Research and Innovation Team. It was also an award winning month, with the Nursing and Midwifery Awards plus Junior Doctors Awards both taking place to celebrate our amazing colleagues. Our Medical Director, Dr John Knighton, hosted our second Patient Safety Conference. We were fortunate to have two powerful presentations from Dr Chris Turner of the Civility Saves Lives campaign and our Chief Nurse, Liz Rix, as well as poster presentations on safety initiatives and quality improvement projects from across the Trust. Our Digital Strategy was published in May and we are already seeing the impact of investment in digital technology to improve our patient’s experience and the working lives of our staff.

We continued our work to support inclusion and diversity at PHT in June with the introduction of the NHS rainbow badge, to show that we offer non-judgemental and inclusive care for patients and their families. We are very proud of our strong military links and we were honoured to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a service at QA. We came together to celebrate the amazing work our volunteers do as part of National Volunteers Week and the tenth anniversary of when our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit moved to QA was also celebrated with a tea party for current and former staff.

In July we launched a range of activities and initiatives to support the one year anniversary of the launch of our five-year Trust Strategy and Trust values so staff could play a part in showcasing how they have made a positive difference. We started off the month looking at our ‘Working Together’ campaign including the launch of our Tree of Compassion, a simple way for staff and patients to share their stories of compassion throughout the Trust. We also hosted Chris Pointon, co-founder of #HelloMyNameIs, who spoke about why the initiative is so important when it comes to building a culture of compassion, and used the occasion to help us relaunch #HelloMyNameIs across the Trust.

In August Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England, visited QA to discuss her priorities and presented Matron Colin Beevor with a silver Chief Nursing Officer award. The winners of our first Consultant Awards were announced and over 100 nominations were received from Junior Doctors. We were also delighted that PHT was named as one of the top 40 NHS Trusts in the UK by CHKS. Our Workforce and Organisational Development Strategy, Working Together to Invest in Our People, was launched. The strategy was developed with our patients, staff and partners and sets out a number of key workstreams to strengthen our workforce, as well as our absolute commitment to support the health and well-being for all who work at PHT. We also celebrated the end of the Research and Innovation team’s Vision D study. The trial involved using an iPad camera and advanced software to detect the vital signs of patients by simply taking a photo. This was the first study of its kind and is the largest ever digital physiological trial undertaken, with an incredible 8,585 people taking part. This is already having a hugely positive impact, and could benefit many more patients in the future.

Our Hospital Open Day in September was a chance to showcase some of the fantastic work that takes place everyday at PHT. We also launched our annual flu campaign to encourage frontline staff to get vaccinated against flu and protect themselves, our patients and our loved ones by offering the vaccine on wards and departments throughout the Trust.

In October we hosted the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for a three-day inspection of our services. The outcome of this inspection will be announced in 2020, but it was great to see so many members of staff sharing their experiences and views about chance across PHT. We also held a tea party at QA to celebrate staff who have had 40 years’ of continuous service at the Trust and look forward to celebrating more of our colleagues in the years to come.

The relationship between PHT and the University of Portsmouth was strengthened further with the signing of a strategic partnership in November that outlines how we will work together over the next five years to improve outcomes for the local community. It was also a month for celebration with Professor Anoop Chauhan, Director of Research and Innovation, being named as Clinical Leader of the Year, and the Modern Innovative Solutions to Improve Outcomes in Asthma, Breathlessness and COPD (MISSION ABC) project awarded winner of the Acute Sector Innovation of the Year category at the HSJ Awards. We also launched our long service board recognising individuals who have dedicated 30 years or more of service to the Trust and celebrated colleagues at our annual Pride of Portsmouth Awards, where the winners of 12 categories were announced. A service of remembrance was held on 11 November with readings from our military colleagues and a two-minute silence.

In December we launched the SIGHT project, a European Regional Development (ERDF) funded business support programme which helps support SMEs who are developing healthcare technology products, get them market-ready. The Trust was rated as one of the top ten performing NHS Trusts in the country in the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) Annual Report. This fantastic news showcases how the whole team has worked together to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. We were also delighted to host a visit from Paula McGowan, who shared the story of her son Oliver who died tragically at the age of 18. Paula was here to raise awareness about the needs of those with learning disabilities and training for healthcare professionals. We also got into the festive spirit and were delighted to host numerous visits including Portsmouth Football Club and local theatres. We are extremely grateful to have received thousands of gift donations from our local communities and a Christmas tree sponsored by Portsmouth Hospitals Charity and the League of Friends.

In 2020, we will continue sharing the latest news from the Trust, as well as upcoming events and ways you can get involved, on our website. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We also have a dedicated research Facebook page where you can find out more about current studies and trials.

  • Summary:

    As we look towards 2020, here is a round up of some of the highlights from Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust over the last 12 months.

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