Issue 61 - Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

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Our mission: To advance health and wellbeing for you and your community
Our vision:
To become an integrated Foundation Trust with a passion for quality and excellence
Issue 61: 7 June 2012
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Updates and news
Update on Foundation Trust plans – and workshop - following consultation
A staff briefing, with the results of the 12-week consultation around our bid to become a Foundation
Trust, has been emailed to all staff and published on e-Source. It outlines our updated plans in
response to feedback, including our revised strategic objectives and proposed Council of Governors
structure. An updated Q&A document is also available with further information
A workshop will be held on 20 June for any staff who might be interested in nominating themselves as
a staff governor. The session will be held between 3.30 – 5.30 in the Rory Nicol Room, Westcotes
House, Westcotes Drive, LE3 0QU. If you would like to attend or would like to speak to someone about
the role, please call the Membership Office on 0800 0132 530 or email [email protected]
Olympic torch relay is less than four weeks away
The Olympic torch relay, which set out on its 70-day journey from Land‟s End on 19 May, is
now just weeks away from Leicestershire and Rutland.
The iconic flame arrives on Monday 2 July when it will pass through Market Harborough,
Lubenham, Foxton Locks, Foxton, Kibworth Harcourt and Oadby before reaching Leicester
for an overnight stop. To reduce congestion, all road users are being urged to avoid using
the A6 from Oadby into Leicester after 5pm that day.
On Tuesday 3 July it will leave the National Space Centre in Leicester and travel through
Quorn, Loughborough, Hoton, Wymeswold, Asfordby, Melton Mowbray, Langham,
Oakham, Rutland Water, Uppingham and Stamford before ending the day at Peterborough.
A rolling road closure has been organised along the route, with roads set to be closed off 10 to 15
minutes before the arrival of the torch, reopening around 30 minutes after the torch convoy has
passed.
While planning has been designed to minimise disruption, crowds lining the route to date have
generally been larger than expected. Some travel delays are inevitable, for example on Wednesday at
Loughborough Community Hospital as the relay enters Epinal Way soon after 9am and in Melton
Mowbray between noon and 2pm since the arrival of the relay coincides with Market Day. You are
advised to plan ahead, avoid travelling on the route itself if at all possible, and allow extra time for
journeys. You should also make sure all vehicles are removed from the route.
Where possible, ensure patients, service users and visitors are aware of potential delays so they can
plan ahead and allow plenty of time for travel to and from appointments.
You can find a schedule of the torch‟s planned journey on the Leicester City Council website – and
detailed planned timings on the Leicester Mercury website. You can also check the street-level route at
www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay
If you haven’t made that important award nomination – act now!
The clock is ticking, with just days left in which to nominate a colleague
or colleagues for this year‟s Celebrating Excellence staff awards.
This is our chance to gain wider recognition for the achievements of
teams and individuals at LPT. It also presents an important opportunity
to celebrate the contributions of patients, services users and carers in
our services.
If you know of a team, service or individual who has made a difference, you can still help them win the
acclaim they deserve – the deadline for nominations is Friday 15 June. Winners will be announced at
an afternoon awards ceremony on 20 September.
You will find all the information you need to make your nomination on e-Source or by calling 0116
2950801.
Increased staffing levels for MHSOP wards
Staffing levels have been increased on our Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP)
inpatient wards following a review of services.
The changes follow an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) at the beginning of the year.
Inspectors raised a number of issues relating to one ward in particular which had recently experienced
changes due to relocation to a different ward.
Following the initial CQC inspection, staffing levels were increased immediately and a plan is now in
operation to fund the increased levels. Our quality and assurance committee has acknowledged there
is an increased complexity among patients being admitted to MHSOP wards, which requires an uplift in
both the numbers of staff and the skill mix within teams to ensure quality of care.
On a follow-up visit a few weeks after their initial inspection, the CQC confirmed that the Evington
Centre and the Brandon Unit are compliant in meeting essential standards of quality and safety, and
found that privacy and dignity is respected and patients feel safe and protected.
A wide range of actions have already been undertaken or are underway to make sure the level of
compliance is maintained. These include improvements to the way we involve users and carers,
additional staff training, refurbishment works which are currently happening on Gwendolen Ward, a
focus on embedding a consistent approach to person-centred care for dementia patients, and a review
of documentation to ensure that it supports person-centred care and multi-professional working.
Reminder: Introduction of charges for copies of payslips and statements of earnings
You‟re reminded that you have an obligation to retain all statutory documents
relating to pay. Shared Business Services, who manage our payroll services, are
introducing charges for supplying copies of payslips, P60s and P45s not classed
as „current‟. On 1 April 2012 a charge of £18 for a copy payslip and £36 for a
statement of earnings was introduced.
The charge will not be imposed on documents classed as current – the “free period” is one calendar
month after payday for payslips and one calendar month after the end of the month in which they are
distributed for P60s and P45s. For further information please read the update on e-Source.
Copyright Licensing Agency survey starts on Monday
You‟re reminded that the Copyright Licensing Agency‟s six-week audit of our printed and digital
materials gets under way at selected LPT sites on Monday 11 June. The survey, which will focus
mainly on photocopying, requires affected staff to record the use of copyrighted materials
The procedure is simple and takes only seconds to complete. Yellow collection boxes will be placed by
all photocopiers with explanatory posters. The purpose is to identify what is being copied (from print
publications or digital sources i.e. subscriptions) and in what volume, so the licence fee may be shared
appropriately. It is not an audit to assess any infringement of copyright law.
A small representative number of staff are also being asked to complete a simple questionnaire on
their copying patterns and a small representative sample will be contacted directly and asked to
participate in an exercise to gather additional information relating to electronic copyright.
Quality strategy is published
Our Trust‟s quality strategy for 2012-17 has been published and is available on eSource.
The strategy aims to set out how we will assure our services are of the highest
possible quality and improve them continuously through a co-ordinated approach
to delivery, improvement and governance. Our strategy sets out our commitment
to develop, support and empower our staff to improve services constantly. Our
approach is about building on our work to date, listening to, and ensuring we act
on the voices of people who use our services. At all times our focus will remain on
continuous quality improvement and we recognise the need for cultural change to make this happen
We are signed up to a set of values and objectives which aim to ensure that everyone we care for is
treated with respect, and has a positive experience of being in contact with our services. Quality,
which is at the heart of everything we do, is everyone‟s responsibility, and we define quality as care
that is person-centred, safe and effective.
Jubilee-tions! Community hospital gets in party mood
Diamond Jubilee celebrations brought the street party spirit into Coalville Community Hospital at the
weekend. Healthcare assistants seized the initiative organising the party on the stroke ward and
creating the right mood with a host of creative decorations.
Patients were entertained with a
selection of songs from members
of the Dolly Mixtures, a group
from Ibstock Townswomen‟s
Guild who include two former
healthcare assistants from the
hospital among their ranks.
All patients and their relatives
were invited to the party and
several relatives stayed. Patients joined in with the singing and then had tea from a specially decorated
trolley including cup cakes and celebration cakes presented on Union Jack cake stands.
Our photos show ward staff Lynne Simpson and Fiona King preparing to get the party (right) underway.
CICB relocation to Evington Centre on 11 June
The Clinical Intermediate Care Beds (CICB), currently on Langley Ward at the Bennion Centre, will
relocate to Clarendon Ward at the Evington Centre on Monday 11 June.
The service is moving to allow refurbishments to take place as part of our Trust‟s Centre of Excellence
work. In future, Langley Ward will be home to our eating disorders service.
CICB provides 11 beds for older people with physical assessment and rehabilitation needs. The move
provides an excellent opportunity to develop closer working between physical and mental health
services so we can share our knowledge, skills and expertise to benefit all of our patients. From 11
June contact details for CICB will be: tel: 0116 225 5790 fax: 0116 225 5792.
Leicester Civil Service playscheme places for NHS staff
The Leicester Civil Service Holiday Playscheme, based at Lancaster School
in Knighton Lane East, Leicester, is open to NHS employees This Summer
the scheme, which provides holiday activities for children aged from four to
12, will run from Monday 16 July to Friday 24
August. Activities range from nail art and origami to swimming, bowling, Olympic sports and
Zumbatonics.
Trips to Twin Lakes, Dudley Zoo and a snow-tubing/tobogganing park are offered in the six-week
programme this year. Details and booking forms are available on e-Source.
Ideas to share? Questions or concerns? Here’s how to follow up
If you have questions, concerns, ideas or successes you want to highlight and you are not sure how to
submit them or follow them up, simply email [email protected] at any time.
Celebrating Volunteers Week – with more than 600 ‘thank yous’
This week we‟re embracing national Volunteers Week 2012 (June 1 – 7) with a big
„thank you‟ to our volunteers.
We have more than 600 volunteers in roles across all four divisions, in a variety of
roles. - from helping patients get to appointments or helping at mealtimes to
gardening projects, meeting and greeting and conducting ward forums.
Chief executive John Short points out: "Volunteers are a huge part of our Trust. They carry out roles
that really enhance patient experience and without them our services wouldn't be the same. We are
proud of the fact we have over 600 volunteers across our Trust and look forward to more joining us
over the coming year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers, and the staff
who support them.”
Healthcare services have part to play in stemming risk of terrorism
The Government‟s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, is divided into four priority objectives:
Pursue – stop terrorist attacks.
Prepare – where we cannot stop an attack, mitigate its impact
Protect – strengthen overall protection against terrorist attacks
PREVENT – stop people becoming terrorists and supporting violent extremism
PREVENT is a strategy that seeks to stop people becoming terrorist and supporting violent extremism.
There are numerous government departments and local partners involved in the strategy, and one of
the main organisations involved are health care services, specifically by
Supporting individuals who are vulnerable to recruitment, or have already been recruited by
violent extremists.
Disrupting those who promote violent terrorism and supporting the places where they operate.
Addressing the grievances which radicalisers are exploiting.
The health service has a key role in helping to prevent vulnerable people being radicalised. Staff
should escalate any concern and have confidence the issue will be taken seriously, handled
appropriately and, if necessary, specialist advice made available.
Contracts of employment, professional codes of conduct and national safeguarding frameworks such
as No Secrets and Every Child Matters require all healthcare staff to exercise a duty of care to patients
and, where necessary, take action for safeguarding and crime prevention.
If you have a concern, please discuss it with your safeguarding lead who will advise and identify local
referral pathways.
NHS cycle to work scheme orders deadline is 15 June
If you‟re considering taking advantage of the NHS Cycle to Work
scheme, please remember the deadline for orders is 15 June. The
scheme is a tax efficient way to buy a new bike and pay monthly though
your salary over 12 months.
Bikes can be sourced through local bike shops or by mail order – a list
of participating bike shops is available on e-Source along with all the
information you need about the scheme.
If you have any queries please contact Bikes for the NHS: Email:
[email protected] tel: 01252 784544. .
Free lunchtime Reiki taster sessions next week
It‟s Reiki Awareness Week next week (10 -16 June) and free lunchtime Reiki taster sessions are being
offered to all staff at three venues on Monday, Thursday and Friday, courtesy of Reiki therapist Shirley
Manning. Offered on a first come, first served basis, the 20-minute sessions must be booked in
advance. Venues are:
Monday 11 June, 11am-2pm, Loughborough Hospital, Loughborough (coffee lounge)
Thursday 14 June, 12noon -3pm, Bradgate Unit, Glenfield Hospital (recreation room)
Friday 15 June, 11am-2pm, Bridge Park Plaza, Thurmaston (meeting room 1)
To book, please contact [email protected] tel: 0116 225 5443.
*Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that is said to
promote healing. It is administered by „laying on hands‟.
DoH patient pathway decision-making model consultation: Have your say
The Department of Health has launched a consultation proposing a model of shared decision making
along the patient pathway, which should be relevant irrespective of patients‟ conditions, clinical
pathway or their progress along it.
The model indicates where patients would be expected to have more say in decisions about their care
in primary care, before a diagnosis, at referral to secondary care and after a diagnosis has been made.
The consultation runs until 20 July 2012. You can view the proposed model and feed back on the DoH
website.
Pearl wins national award
Pearl Linguistics, which provides some of our Trust‟s translation and interpretation services, has won
the 2012 Government Opportunities best service award in the small businesses/third sector category.
Opportunities
Safeguarding children training project development opportunity
There is an opportunity to work with partner agencies and organisations to help develop multi-agency
training for safeguarding children in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. A full-time project
development officer is sought for the one-year project, based at St. Martins, Greyfriars complex in
Leicester. Details of the opportunity can be found on Leicester City Council‟s website. The closing date
for applications is Wednesday 13 June
Events
NNLDN regional networking event
The Learning Disability Nurses Network is to hold a regional meeting on Tuesday 12 June at Sixfields
Football Club, Northampton. Speakers include Mandy Clarkson from our Learning Disabilities (LD)
division, who will talk about LPT‟s experience of introducing care pathways in LD services. Please read
the flyer for more details. Bookings should be made in advance using the booking form. Please send it
to East Midlands NNLDN, c/o Catherine Keay, Long Leys Court, St. George‟s Hospital, Long Leys
Road, Lincoln LN1 1FS.
Newsletters
Safeguarding adults: new staff briefing published on e-Source
Our adult safeguarding team has published a new staff briefing for all LPT staff. It is now available to
download from the adult safeguarding section of e-Source.
East Midlands Leadership Academy May bulletin published
East Midlands Leadership Academy‟s May Bulletin is available on e-Source. It includes updates on the
national and cluster approach to leadership development, an overview of the Derbyshire Big
Conversation 2012 and upcoming diary dates.
And finally…
Cheese and wine fundraiser will help pair kick start charity challenge
Trainee psychologists Kath Foley and Sarah Johnston are tackling a London to Paris bike ride in July
to raise funds for Action Medical Research. The colleagues have organised a cheese and wine
evening on Tuesday 19 June to help raise the £2,900 they have pledged as part of their challenge.
The venue is Leicester University‟s Clinical Psychology base (104 Regent Road) From 6pm to 8.30pm
and you will be able to taste a range of wines and cheeses and find out more about the cycle challenge
and the charity. Tickets are £10 each and all proceeds go to the charity. If you are interested in going
along please email Kath on [email protected] or Sarah on [email protected] If you‟re not able to attend you
can still show your support by visiting their fundraising page at
http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/sjohnston
Olympics volunteer Fabida gets a taste of the excitement to come
Congratulations to consultant psychiatrist Dr. Fabida Noushad, who will be at the
heart of the action for the London Olympics this summer, as a volunteer. Fabida
has been selected as a tribune team leader in the press operations team at the
aquatics centre.
She has already been lucky enough to help out at some of the qualification events
and says: “The Olympics are one of the greatest world events, and I have already
met some fantastic people and watched athletes from around the world. It has
been such a wonderful experience and I look forward to my shifts during the
Olympics.”
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