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April 2018

London Marathon Runners 2018

April 27

A massive ‘thank you’ to all of our London Marathon fundraisers!

A massive ‘thank you’ to all of our London Marathon fundraisers who pounded the pavements in sweltering temperatures to support ‘Our Charity’ on Sunday.

Well done for this fantastic achievement, which has collectively raised more than £10,000 for causes around our hospital.

There is still an opportunity to support our runners’ endeavours via their JustGiving pages.

Jessica Mason: (‘Our Charity’s’ Robotic Surgery Appeal)


£1774.95 raised to date

Time: 4.53.43

Ian Edwards: (‘Our Charity’s’ Robotic Surgery Appeal)


£1521.40 raised to date

Time: 4.45.13

Andrew Hughes (Chemotherapy Unit – Broomfield Hospital)


£1640 raised to date

Time: 4.46.22

Emma Grafton (Children’s Burns Club) 


£2042.89 raised to date

Time: 5.12.56

Katherine Nutt (Children’s Burns Club)


£2925.97 raised to date

Time: 5.20.59

Chrissie Brice: (Children’s Burns Club) 


£1100 raised to date

Time: 5.15.42

Samantha Curtis (Children’s Burns Club)


£1100 raised to date

Time: 6.45.25

Andrew Hughes said: “I am very proud as it was one of the hardest days of my life and I felt pain in my legs I have never felt before, but I am so happy I finished and that I have raised so much for the Chemotherapy Unit.”

Dr Katherine Nutt, clinical psychologist, added: “Before I had even started my training I had said I just hope it’s not a warm day… be careful what you wish for! I do not cope well with running in warm temperatures and had a bit of a mental barrier about my ability to manage on Sunday and was feeling very anxious as the predictions of the hottest London Marathon came flooding in.

“However, I did get through on Sunday and completed my first ever marathon as a result of a combination of factors including the benefits of being part of a psychological therapies team and having a brilliant colleague who spent time on my psychological preparation, knowing I was raising £100 for a wonderful cause per mile I was running, the lovely support of family, friends and colleagues on the day and the amazing support of the complete strangers that made up the crowds of London and cheered me on every step of the way!

“As hard as it was at times, it was in equal measure truly incredible at other points and I don’t regret it at all. I’m so grateful for this opportunity, for all of the support and the donations.” 

Ian Edwards said: “It was officially the hardest marathon I’ve run, due to the sudden heat. I was unable to stay hydrated enough and thus felt nauseous throughout which prevented me from being able to eat anything. That was a distant concern however given how amazing the support was from start to finish. It was also by far the best experience as well.”

Chrissie Brice said: “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to run such an amazing event, being a part of it and running next to some true heroes like the London Fire Brigade has changed me forever. I hope to continue to raise money for the Children's Burns Club, my next challenge is organising a charity soft play afternoon at Mace Playce on May 25.” 

Emma Grafton said: “Having had an almost flawless preparation for the big day, the only thing that was beyond my control threw the biggest spanner into the works - not just heat, but also sun! 

“I was very emotional running down The Mall, and slightly amazed that I had managed to finish bearing in mind just how terrible I had felt at the 14 mile point.  

“This is definitely not my last marathon, before training for this, my first marathon, I had always disliked running, now I never want to stop!  I will be entering another marathon in the future, New York in November, in a few years’ time, it sounds like it could be fun as I would be more than happy to swap the heat for some guaranteed cooler temperatures.

“I will be forever grateful for this opportunity, not only have I managed to raise over £2000 for this amazing charity, that means so much to me and my daughter, but I have also set myself along a path of running for enjoyment. After a tough few years I am happier, healthier and stronger both physically and mentally than I ever thought I could be.”

Jessica Mason said: “I am immensely proud to have completed the London Marathon and on the hottest London Marathon day on record at that! The support I have received has been phenomenal and I am happy I have been able to raise money for ‘Our Charity’. I was pleased with my time – given the weather and that I was not a runner until securing a place in the London Marathon. I really enjoyed the day and the experience as a whole.”

Samantha Curtis said: “I really enjoyed running for the Children’s Burns Club. My target was £1000 and I have raised almost £1100 with money coming in from sponsor forms, so I am really happy with this. 

“It was a tough day due to the heat and I was well over my target time but I’m happy that I managed to finish without any injuries.”

A ‘well done’ also goes to renal nurse Josie Moore, who came along to cheer on the Children’s Burns Club and ‘Our Charity’s’ runners at the marathon. She assisted with the care of a runner who collapsed at mile 19, ensuring that he was monitored ahead of the arrival of a doctor. 

She said: “I have spoken with the man’s family. He is a regular marathon runner and always manages great times. He is now well and remembers nothing from the day so he was glad to be filled in. He was barely conscious when I got to him and was out of the first aiders’ depth of knowledge. I’m very glad I was there to help.”

Finance team
James Black (front row, fifth from right in white shirt) with his colleagues.
Children's Outpatients Team
Jacqueline (front row, centre) with her colleagues.

April 26

Two MEHT colleagues recognised for excellent service to the organisation with invite to Queen’s Royal Garden Party

Two MEHT colleagues have been recognised for their excellent service to the organisation with an invite to one of Her Majesty the Queen’s annual Royal Garden Parties.

Jacqueline Banks, Senior Sister of the Children’s Outpatients Department, and James Black, Head of Financial Management, were nominated for going the extra mile in their roles at the trust. 

They were then selected to attend by judges at the Palace, who had just 80 places, including guests, to allocate to NHS staff across the country for each of the three dates.

Jacqueline and James will both attend the party on Tuesday, May 15.

Jacqueline said: “I am so grateful and feel very humbled to have been nominated to attend the garden party. We work as a team in children’s services so I feel I should be taking everyone with me, but sadly I don’t think that would be possible.

“Children’s Outpatients is a lovely place to work and I have a fabulous team who feel the same way as I do, that the children and their families come first and we take a pride in providing a safe, happy environment for them to attend their outpatient appointments. 

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to attend a Royal Garden Party and of course the perfect excuse to buy a new outfit and hat!

“A massive ‘thank you’ to all of my lovely friends and colleagues who nominated me, I will be attending the garden party, but we all know that it is the support and commitment of a team that creates a successful department.” 

James added: “I was surprised to have been given the opportunity to attend the Queen’s garden party and had little expectation of being successful when I completed the online form. I take the nomination as an acknowledgement of all the hard work that takes place behind the front line to ensure patients get the best experience Broomfield is able to provide.

“I have worked at the hospital for more years than I care to remember and worked with many dedicated and talented people. My wife, who is a nurse, was very pleased on my behalf but for some reason thought that when the very official invitation arrived that I had been invited to Harry’s wedding. I’ll let the team know if I see him there.”

Maltings Academy Artwork Donation
The students with their artwork at Phoenix Ward.

April 25

Thank you to Maltings Academy students for donating artwork to Phoenix Ward

Students from Maltings Academy secondary school in Witham have donated a selection of their artwork to Phoenix Ward.

The designs have been used to update the ward’s display board and brighten children’s stay at our hospital.

The display features superheroes, such as Spiderman, and a host of Disney characters including Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Tinker Bell from Peter Pan.

Year 9 students Chloe, Ellie, Tessa and Presley attended the ward on Thursday, March 29, to personally mount their work on the boards and see it in situ.

Lisa Corbett, Year 9 tutor at Maltings Academy, said: “I'm very proud of the hard work put in by our students. They thoroughly enjoyed attending the ward and displaying their work. They wanted to give something back to the hospital and help bring a smile to the faces of the patients and their families.”

Yvonne Carter, charities manager at Mid Essex Hospitals, said: “Thank you to the students for donating their beautiful designs to Phoenix Ward.

“Their work makes a wonderful addition to the ward, complete with much-loved characters from children’s books, film, and television.”

Debbie Burgess, health play specialist, with the new Xbox.
Debbie Burgess, health play specialist, with the new Xbox.

April 17

Wizard Ward enhances facilities available for young patients with proceeds of cake sale

Wizard Ward has purchased an Xbox games console and a pre-operative information book for children with the proceeds raised from their cake sale.

The team raised £423.10 via the event on March 21, and the remainder of the money will be used for games and sensory equipment.

Thank you to all who supported the team by buying cakes, alongside those who donated cakes for the sale:

Millies Cookies – Chelmsford (Meadows Centre) 

Dunkin’ Donuts – Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Co-op - Forest Drive, Chelmsford

Co-op - Writtle 

The Big Chill – Broomfield Hospital 

M&S – Broomfield Hospital 

McDonalds – Stansted Airport 

Debbie Burgess, health play specialist, said: "We were overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses, staff, families and patients. 

“We had a wide selection of cakes donated and they went down a treat! Thank you to all who contributed to this fantastic fundraiser." 

London Marathon Collage
London Marathon Collage

April 17

Final Countdown to the London Marathon…

Thank you to our generous fundraisers who are preparing to take on the London Marathon on Sunday. Congratulations to all on reaching your targets.

You can support our runners via their JustGiving pages:

Jessica Mason: (‘Our Charity’s’ Robotic Surgery Appeal)


Ian Edwards: (‘Our Charity’s’ Robotic Surgery Appeal)


Andrew Hughes (Chemotherapy Unit – Broomfield Hospital)


Emma Grafton (Children’s Burns Club) 


Katherine Nutt (Children’s Burns Club)


Chrissie Brice: (Children’s Burns Club) 


End PJ Paralysis

April 13

#EndPJParalysis 70 Day Challenge Launches (Tuesday, April 17)

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust is to support the national #EndPJParalysis 70 day challenge from Monday (April 17), with a focus on providing the very best care by encouraging our patients to get up, dressed, and moving.

Patient time is the most important currency in health and social care and the initiative is for NHS staff to ensure that patients are able to return home as soon as possible, reducing the negative impact of increased immobility and deconditioning in hospital. The challenge is running for 70 days to represent the 70th anniversary of the birth of the NHS this year.

During the challenge, 18 adult inpatient wards will take part, with a ward champion for each who will share the message about the issue of deconditioning in hospital. There will be a daily count at midday on each of these wards to assess how many patients are out of bed, and the information will be submitted via the #endPJparalysis app to become part of the national league table. We will also upload our patient stories and success stories to the www.endpjparalysis.com website.

For more information, please go to www.endpjparalysis.com.

The new cohort.
The new cohort.

April 12

MEHT and three other NHS trusts launch nursing apprenticeships with the University of Essex

MEHT, alongside three other NHS trusts covering mid and south Essex, are working with the University of Essex to be one of the first areas in the country to offer nursing degree ‘top-up’ apprenticeships – a new route to nursing that will help more people get into the profession. 

Through nursing degree apprenticeships, existing NHS staff can train to become nurses by studying part-time alongside their jobs. NHS trusts partner with universities to offer the apprenticeships, and pay apprentices’ course fees using the government’s apprenticeship levy. 

The University of Essex has been chosen as provider for a ‘top up’ scheme for staff who already hold Foundation Degrees by a consortium covering mid and south Essex, comprising: Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

27 staff across the four trusts started their courses on April 9, 2018 at the University’s Southend Campus. 

Julie Coleman, Lead Nurse Practice Development/Education Liaison Manager at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for us to develop a ‘grow your own’ workforce model. There has been a huge amount of interest from existing staff as well as new starters to the trust. Vocational courses enable staff to fulfil lifelong ambitions of becoming registered nurses, with a pathway that can take an individual from a healthcare assistant to a registered nurse.

“From the interviews it was clear that the group of staff hoping to complete the apprenticeship are passionate about the nursing profession. Despite the NHS being under considerable pressure they were highly motivated and enthusiastic about the prospect of becoming registered nurses. It is also an opportunity to support and retain staff locally”.

The apprentices will undergo the same training as the university’s full-time nursing students, organised differently to fit around their continued work commitments.

Sarah Lee, Head of Nursing at the University of Essex said: “The University of Essex has a long tradition of being able to respond quickly to changes in healthcare and has always supported a variety of routes into nursing beyond traditional full-time programmes. This approach has meant we can respond quickly in structuring our existing BSc Nursing curriculum for the apprenticeship delivery model.

“Apprenticeships provide great opportunities to widen participation in nursing by supporting people with a variety of backgrounds to become registered nurses.” 

EBA Accreditation
The St Andrews Centre team with the European Burns Association assessors.

April 11

Burns Unit achieves prestigious European Burns Association accreditation

The St Andrews Burns Centre at Broomfield Hospital has become the first burns centre in the UK and one of only 11 in Europe to receive the prestigious European Burns Association accreditation, following a thorough assessment by visiting assessors. 

Anna Pittermann, a psychologist from Vienna, Austria, and Fredrik Huss, a surgeon from Uppsala, Sweden, visited the unit on February 16 to assess it against European guidelines.

Professor Peter Dziewulski gave a presentation about the unit and all members of the multi-disciplinary team were available to answer questions from the assessors.

The unit was praised for providing a world-class burns service and its strong team work and staff commitment. 

This accreditation process is being rolled out across Europe in a move to improve the quality of burn care and to identify those units offering a high standard of care. This means that the St Andrews Centre will become a designated unit for the treatment of burn injured patients in the event of a major incident in Europe. 

Teresa Tredoux, matron for burns, said: “It is an honour for the St Andrews Burns Service to be the first unit in the UK to be awarded this accreditation by the EBA, and a testament to the whole team who work so hard to ensure that our patients receive the very best standard of burn care.”