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July 2018

Leon Prudential Ride
Tom and Mark Prudential Ride
Tom and Mark.

July 31

Prudential Ride London fundraisers pedal their way to success!

A big ‘well done’ goes to our Prudential Ride fundraisers, Tom Davis and 

Mark Alexander-Williams from the Pain Team; and Leon Smolen, who is raising money for our Cleft Service, on taking on the 100-mile challenge on Sunday.

Mark, Lead Consultant for the Pain Service, and Tom, Pain Clinic Healthcare Assistant, raised more than £800, which will be used to fund a number of projects including courses to support professional development and refurbishments to enhance the environment for patients in their department.

Leon, SODP for the Anaesthetic Support Service, has raised more than £100 for the CLEFT charity, proceeds of which are divided between cleft services here at MEHT and at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, the fundraisers pedalled through the city and onto Surrey’s country roads before returning to the capital to cross the finish line on the Mall in central London.

Mark said: “We experienced horizontal rain, four punctures, a stop to buy some more inner tubes and a stop for a meat pie and we eventually made it in a little over seven hours, phew!

“Thank you to everyone who supported us.”

Leon said: “I was lashed with rain and wind for most the ride, the god of mechanicals broke my front mech, so there were no easy gears for the two big hills and the rest of the ride, and I got a puncture, but the rain later stopped and it started to brighten up.

“It was all in all a great day, despite the weather and mechanicals, five and a half hours of riding later I met up with the Team CLEFT backup team who plied me with crisps and a sandwich. Any donations you can make would be very much appreciated by me and the CLEFT charity.”

INFORMATION: You can support the Pain Service’s fundraising via JustGiving here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mehtpainservice and Leon’s cleft service fundraising here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Leon1

Children's Cancer Cake Sale
The Children's Outpatients Department and Children's Oncology team.

July 27

Children’s Outpatients Department and Children’s Oncology team raise more than £600 with charity cake sale

The Children’s Outpatients Department and Children’s Oncology team joined together for a charity cake sale, raising more than £600 for their services.

A host of tasty treats were on offer in the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital, together with a tombola, on Friday (July 20).

The event was very well-attended and was an opportunity to also raise awareness of the Children’s Oncology Fundraising Appeal.

Jill Madlin, a retired receptionist who used to work in Children’s Outpatients, is famous in the whole department for her amazing cakes, and she kindly brought in a selection of special home-made cakes. The staff from the Children’s Outpatients Department also contributed, led by Jacqueline Banks, Children’s Outpatients Senior Sister and Lorraine King, Play Specialist. 

The successful tombola was organised by the Play Specialists Lorraine King, Susan Hursit and Leanne Ditch. Ann Porter, who volunteers at Broomfield Hospital reception, took time out to spread the news and help sell the cakes with the team. Local businesses including Marks & Spencer’s, Sainsbury’s and Tesco donated cakes and cookies for the sale.

Dr Ranjith Joseph, Consultant Paediatrician Oncology and Palliative Lead, said: “We were delighted that our charity cake sale was such a success – thank you to everyone who supported us, and especially to our master bakers!

“This is part of our ongoing campaign to continue to improve our provision for children with cancer. The money will be used by the oncology team for staff training, peer support events, end of treatment ceremonies, end of life wishes and to improve nursing and allied services for these children. The Children’s Outpatients Department is looking to raise funds for medical equipment and facilities for children.”

To contribute to the Children’s Cancer Charity Fund or the Children’s Outpatients Department, please contact fundraising coordinator Charlotte Jefcoate on 01245 514860 or fundraising@meht.nhs.uk.

Cleft fundraising match
Baby Oliver.

July 26

Parents boost Cleft Service’s fundraising total with charity football matches in thanks for son’s “impeccable” care 

The Cleft Service at MEHT’s fundraising drive for equipment to enable mothers to breastfeed their babies has continued with two charity football matches.

Carol and Stuart Gosling, whose two-year-old son Oliver has been cared for by the team, asked for assistance from their family, friends and colleagues, and were delighted to secure this support.

The first match, held between Basildon Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Property Services Ltd on June 8, at Barleylands, Billericay, raised circa £640. A subsequent match between Access Automation, the company which Stuart works for, and Dorma Kaba, in Hitchin on July 16, raised circa £150.

This adds to the fantastic total of £398.40 raised via a craft and cake sale at the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital on June 14.

Babies with a cleft lip or palate are unable to breastfeed directly, and mothers require a special pump to enable them to do so. Each pump costs circa £1,200, and the limited resources the department has will soon reach the end of their useful life, with no replacement parts available.

The proceeds will be used to purchase a number of pumps, depending on the total raised, to provide mothers with this important opportunity to nourish and bond with their babies. 

At Broomfield Hospital, approximately 60 children are born with a cleft lip or palate each year. In addition, the team care for babies from across the region as part of the North Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Service.

Oliver’s Story 

Oliver’s mum, Carol, said: “In 2015, we were excited to be completing our family with a new addition due in the October. We went for our 20 week scan and were given the news that our baby was to be born with a cleft lip and possibly a cleft palate too.

“Our world was turned upside down; this was not what we were expecting. We were scared, frightened, and anxious, but also excited to meet our new addition.

“Oliver arrived on October 12 and was quickly found to have a cleft lip and palate. This meant that he would not be able to be breastfed.

“The cleft department at Broomfield were amazing and helped us learn to tube feed Oliver. Eventually, he was able to take a specialised bottle which helps you to squeeze assist his feeding as with no palate, Oliver was unable to suck.

“As a mum, I was very upset to not be able to breastfeed Oliver and the cleft department were amazing in supporting me. They lent us a professional breast pump so I could express, as when my daughter was born I was unable to express using shop bought breast pumps.

“Oliver is now two and is doing amazingly well, having had two operations already. He has attended speech therapy and has had numerous hearing tests as cleft babies can also have hearing problems.

“Babies born with a cleft lip and palate will have to go through a big operation when they are around just three months old to reconstruct their lip, and another around 12 months old to join together the palate. When babies are born with a cleft they can sometimes have a gum notch, which can also affect their teeth. When they are eight or nine years old they will have a bone graft, and bone from their hip will be used to fill this gap.

“Around 1 in 700 babies are born every year with a cleft, meaning that the support that a cleft department provides is absolutely vital. 

“Everybody knows that research has shown that breastfeeding is best for your baby and we believe that every mum should be given the opportunity if they wish to be able to provide breast milk. 

“Before Oliver was born, we attended an antenatal appointment where we were given a pack containing important leaflets and a specialised bottle ready if we needed it. Without funding these packs cannot be provided to expectant parents, and the thought of not having a bottle to feed your baby with is a worry new parents could do without.

“Our aim is to help Broomfield Hospital’s cleft department continue to provide the impeccable service that we have, and are continuing to receive from them. Oliver will be under the cleft team until he is 21 years old.”

You can support Carol’s fundraising here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/oliverscleftjourneywithbroomfield

O2 Head and Neck Climb
The team assemble on the roof of the O2.

July 26

Head and Neck team raise more than £4,000 by conquering London landmark

The Head and Neck team at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust have raised more than £4,000 for their service by conquering the heights of a London landmark.

The group of 26 climbers, six of whom were patients, took on the ‘Up at the O2’ challenge on Saturday, July 14. The event involved walking across the rooftop of the iconic O2 Arena, enjoying views of the capital along the way.

More funds are still to be collected to add to the total. Proceeds will be used to support projects improving the experience of our surgical head and neck patients.

Vanessa Bell, Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “The original idea came from Jackie Jacob, one of our patients who had a laryngectomy some years ago, and I just helped to organise it. 

“It was a brilliant day for all who took part and the amount of money everyone has raised is a fantastic achievement which will really benefit our surgical patients.”

INFORMATION: You can still support the team here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/o2climbheadandneck

July 25

First Schwartz Round meeting held at Broomfield Hospital

We have now held the first Schwartz Round meeting at Broomfield Hospital.

Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. The rounds have been funded by 'Our Charity'.

The purpose of Rounds is to understand the challenges and rewards that are intrinsic to providing care, not to solve problems or to focus on the clinical aspects of patient care. Rounds will happen once a month and the day will vary to include as many staff as possible. There will always be a light lunch available from 12noon and the round will happen between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Lunch offers an informal opportunity to meet with staff that we may not see often in our own areas. 

A range of staff attended at the Medical Academic Unit last Friday (July 20) and heard three thoughtful stories from a physiotherapist, porter and consultant surgeon about a ‘patient I remember’. This led to a wider discussion where all could identify with common themes and feelings. Feedback from attendees was positive with people stating it was thought provoking, good to hear stories from a range of professionals, inspirational and uplifting.  

The next two round dates are: 

•Thursday, August, 16: ‘The day I made a difference’, 12.30pm-1.30pm

•Monday, September 17: ‘In at the deep end’, 12.30pm-1.30pm

Jane Farrell - Managing Director
Jane Farrell - Managing Director

July 18

Welcome to Jane Farrell, our New Managing Director

We are delighted to welcome Jane Farrell to the Trust as our new Managing Director. Jane, who started on 16th July, has a wealth of experience in senior roles including working at Kings College Hospital and Western Sussex Hospitals NHSFT.

Jane served as Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive at Royal West Sussex NHS Trust, and Chief Operating Officer at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust. Jane has played a significant role in the merger of three separate trusts to form Western Sussex - leading the organisation to an 'outstanding' rating from the CQC in April 2016.

Jane is also a dual qualified nurse who ultimately specialised in paediatrics and critical care, and held several professional leadership roles before moving full time into NHS management.

Sue Webb, New President of the Society and College of Radiographers
Sue Webb, New President of the Society and College of Radiographers

July 18

Congratulations to Sue Webb, New President of the Society and College of Radiographers

On Wednesday 11th July, Sue Webb, one of our senior radiographers was elected as President for a year and will be travelling the UK and going to events abroad on behalf of the Society, representing not just the SCOR but Broomfield as well.

Many congratulations Sue!


July 18

Expressions of interest in becoming a member of the new merged trust invited from staff, patients, volunteers and the wider community

Meeting: Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Academic Unit (MAU), Broomfield Hospital, Thursday, 19 July, 6pm-7pm  

We invite expressions of interest in becoming a member of our trust from staff and their families, patients, volunteers and the wider community, who will work alongside us to shape the future of our hospitals. 

Plans are progressing towards a new merged trust between Mid Essex, Basildon and Southend Hospitals, and we are now seeking to establish a strong and diverse group of members to support us in this new vision for healthcare in our region. 

Membership offers an opportunity to become directly involved in the proposals, through receiving updates and attending an informative programme of meetings, including our Annual General Meeting (AGM). It is free of cost to join and imposes no obligation to take part in any events. 

If formal approval is received to merge the three trusts, we will then invite members to stand for election as governors of the new trust, who will be voted for by fellow members. Successful candidates will join the board of governors of the new trust. 

Governors will have the vital role of ensuring that the needs and interests of those living in our area are given due weight, advocating for the people of Mid Essex. 

Please do attend a meeting at Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Academic Unit (MAU), Broomfield Hospital, from 6pm-7pm on Thursday, 19 July, if you would like to find out about signing up as a member or hear about being a governor. 

You can read more here. To apply for membership in the public category, please go to https://secure.membra.co.uk/MidEssexApplicationForm. Staff will be automatically included in the staff membership category but will have an opt out option. 

In the event of any difficulty please email ft@meht.nhs.net 

Pain Clinic Tennis Tournament

July 13

Pain Clinic take on tennis tournament to raise funds for their service

The Pain Clinic got into the Wimbledon spirit with a tennis tournament to raise funds for their service on Saturday, July 7.

They raised the fantastic total of £720 via the event at Hampton Sport and Leisure in Great Baddow, Chelmsford.

The opponents, Neill Bartlett, Senior Psychological Therapist for the Pain Service and Pete Downes, graduate of a Mid Essex Pain Service Pain Management Programme battled for victory in the sweltering heat, with a score of 2 sets to nil to Neill.

Lynne Mustard, lead clinical nurse specialist for the pain service, said: “The two contestants put on a sterling show in the heat and played most of two sets! Pain Consultant Dr Tom Durcan and Specialist Physiotherapist Sean Edwards made lovely cheerleaders, with Pain Consultant Dr Carol McCartney umpiring. There was no shortage of ‘ballboys’ and the event was well supported by friends, family and pain team members. 

“Special thanks to Hampton’s for giving us the court for a couple of hours and providing jugs of cold water!”

The funds will go towards a number of projects including courses to support professional development and refurbishments to enhance the environment for patients. 

Children's Burns Unit Bike Ride

July 12

Charity bike ride for Children’s Burns Unit to take place this weekend

The family and friends of a young patient who was treated at the Children’s Burns Unit will take on a cycling challenge from London’s East End to Broomfield Hospital’s East Entrance in thanks for her care on Saturday (July 14).

Anouk Leathes, aged one, was looked after by the Children’s Burns Unit team and at Burns ITU last year, and now the 20-strong group, coined ‘Team Noodle’, will cycle 75 miles from their home in Walthamstow, East London, to our hospital and back again to raise funds.

So far, they have reached a total of £1,500, with the fundraising drive led by Anouk’s aunt, Lauren Baskett.

Anouk’s dad, Tom, said: “Our daughter, Anouk Leathes, was treated at the Children’s Burns Unit (and the Burns ITU) last October. The care that she and our whole family received throughout was amazing. Anouk has now fully recovered, and we wanted to do something to say thank you to the Broomfield team, and help the unit in a small way.”

 You can support the event via JustGiving here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamnoodle2017

Rickstones Academy Visit
Fundraising coordinator Charlotte Jefcoate with the pupils.

July 11

Thank you to Rickstones Academy in Witham for donation of hats for our Maternity Unit

A big ‘thank you’ to the pupils and teachers of Rickstones Academy in Witham for their donation of hats for our Maternity Unit. 

The students worked together, as part of the development of their craft and textiles skills, on creating red hats for our initiative to help midwives to identify those babies who are in need of extra care and observation.

We were overwhelmed by the response from the public and have therefore now closed the red hat appeal until further notice. We are, however, always in need of hats of other colours and knitted goods such as blankets and activity sleeves.

On Monday, July 2, Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator, visited the school to speak to Year 7 and 8 pupils about the knitting projects at the hospital and how their work helps families.

Damian Lee, headteacher of Rickstones Academy, thanked the Maternity Unit for their personal support during the birth of his two children and, together with his team, is to work alongside ‘Our Charity’ on future projects.

Yvonne Carter, charities manager, said: “We are enormously grateful to the students at Rickstones Academy for such a fantastic selection of hats for newborn babies at our hospital. 

“It was a lovely addition to see that the pupils had included little notes with coloured drawings too! We look forward to continuing to work with Rickstones.”

For more information about knitting projects at our hospital, please visit http://www.meht.nhs.uk/our-charity/volunteers/knitting-projects-at-broomfield-hospital/.

Awards Collage

July 4

Colleagues enjoy fantastic evening of 1940s fun at NHS 70 themed annual staff awards

Colleagues from across the trust enjoyed a fantastic evening of 1940s fun at the NHS 70 themed annual staff awards at Chelmsford City Racecourse on Friday, June 29.

The ‘Outstanding Service and Care Awards’ (OSCAs) represented a wonderful opportunity to recognise the achievements of our staff in this, the year in which we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of the NHS.

Guests attended in some fabulous 1940s attire, and the programme for the evening featured a meal, music and dancing, alongside the awards ceremony for which the trust chairman, Nick Alston, acted as Master of Ceremonies. The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Yvonne Spence, kindly attended to present the ‘volunteer of the year’ award.

Well done to our winners, runners up, and to all who were shortlisted for the awards!

Please note: If you would like copies of any individual photos, please respond to this email with your request and we will send a high resolution image.

Long Service Awards

Tina Chesnaye, 36 years 

Tina has been employed at the St Andrews Centre since June 1982. She worked on a plastics ward for 26 years and for the last ten years, in the St Andrews Outpatients Department.

Pamela Hornsby, 37 years 

Pamela began her training at Chelmsford and Essex Hospital in 1971, qualified in 1974 and then started working at Broomfield Hospital. She had two daughters and returned to Broomfield in May 1981, and has been there ever since. Pamela has been semi-retired since last year and now works two days a week at St Peter’s.

Lynn Margaret Thomas, 40 years

Lynn started her training as a registered nurse in 1978 in Newcastle. She worked as a staff nurse in the Freeman Road Hospital before moving to the East End of London to do her midwifery training, later working as a community midwife in Whitechapel. In 1995, she became the Head of Midwifery at the Royal London and in 2000, she moved to Harold Wood in Essex for her first general manager’s post for Women's Services. In 2002, she became the Executive Director for Women and Children's Services at Barking Havering and Redbridge Services. Lynn then joined Broomfield Hospital in 2007 as a Divisional Manager for Burns, Plastics and Head and Neck Services before becoming the Head of Patient Experience and Culture Lead in 2012. 

Lyn Hinton, 40 years

Lyn wanted to be a nurse from the age of 7. She trained at the Middlesex Hospital in London, qualifying in 1980. Lyn worked as a medical ward sister and matron before moving into corporate nursing, where she has worked for 25 years. Lyn has been our Director of Nursing for the last three years and retires this week.


Outstanding Service for an Individual Clinician

Presented by Lyn Hinton, Director of Nursing

Jo Smith, Matron for Medicine

Jo is a strong voice for her wards. She gives the team a feeling of support and they know she has their interests at heart. Her integrity is second to none and she has been an incredible support to her team.

She has an excellent sense of humour and knows how to be firm but fair. Throughout it all, she knows how to show she cares about her team and the NHS. Her patient centred care is outstanding and she manages difficult situations with professionalism and patience.

Outstanding Service for Individual member of our Non-Clinical staff

Presented by Lyn Hinton, Director of Nursing

Kate Stevens, Risk and Safety Manager, Governance Department      

There is nothing that Kate doesn't know about patient safety and risk management. She works tirelessly to ensure that our governance processes and patient safety information is easily available and accessible to those that require it. Although her role is not patient facing, her contribution to patient safety is essential. Her reports have aided and shaped patient safety initiatives in the trust such as monitoring pressure ulcers, falls and the quality and safety agenda. As part of her commitment to patient safety, Kate has become one of the faculty members teaching the importance of human factors in reducing error to many of our clinical staff. She is an asset to the trust.

Individual award Nominated by Patients 

Presented by Karen Hunter, Non-Executive Director

Gopalakrishnan Srinivasan, Consultant Oncologist

This nomination was made on behalf of the nominator’s father, who is currently under Dr Srinivasin's care for terminal prostate cancer. They said he has been exemplary and has made this extremely difficult time for their dad that much easier and for their mum, brother and families. Nothing is too much trouble, and he always spends the time he needs with his patients. He shows amazing compassion, is a credit to the NHS and to Broomfield Hospital. The nominator is a nurse and said that from a professional perspective he is amazing, and from a daughter’s perspective he has been an angel to their dad.

The Team Nominated by Patients 

Presented by Karen Hunter, Non-Executive Director

Phoenix Ward   

Everyone goes above and beyond in their roles. The nominator said they have always felt listened to and their child thinks so much of his friends on the ward. Their child feels safe and cared for, which helps the family to deal with his weekly treatment so much better. They are always met with smiles; nothing is ever too much. They said they cannot thank the ward enough for all they have done and continue to do in the family’s journey, and they feel so lucky to have each and every member of staff on the ward involved in their child’s care.

The Individual Efficiency and Effectiveness award

Presented by Jill Stoddart, Non-Executive Director

Shiny Singh, Renal Nurse

Shiny is very knowledgeable, approachable, and the dialysis patients love her. She is so welcoming to the research nurses and is more than happy to support research within the Renal Unit. She is a good team leader who has kept the Renal Unit running smoothly. She has kept up team morale and has provided a supportive environment for her staff.  Nothing is too much trouble for her and her staff appreciate her dedication.

Team Efficiency and Effectiveness award

Presented by Jill Stoddart, Non-Executive Director

Stroke Unit

The Stroke Service provide 24/7 acute stroke and emergency care and are thought highly of throughout the trust for their hard work, dedication and for going the extra mile. The team work extremely hard and are committed to providing high levels of care throughout all stages of a patient’s stroke journey. In addition, they have continued to provide an A star rating within the stroke SSNAP metrics and rank as one of the very best in the country for their stroke service.

The Individual Service Development and Innovation award

Presented by Peter Fry, Chief Operating Officer

Catherine Dunn, Senior Sister, Mayflower Ward

Catherine started in September last year as the new senior sister for Mayflower Ward. She has supported her staff through high levels of patient activity and has implemented simple changes to make a difference such as ‘staff member of the month’ and plans to renovate the patients’ day room. Colleagues say she is lovely to work with and meets the trust values.

The Team Service Development and Innovation award

Presented by Peter Fry, Chief Operating Officer

Outpatients Supervisors, RBMS

Caroline May and Vanessa Evans-Green have led the transformation work for the trust’s bookings team. Their positive contributions cannot be overstated.

'Our Values: 'We are a Kind Professional Positive Team'  

Presented by Parm Phipps, Non-Executive Director

Laser Therapy Service, St Andrew’s OPD

The laser team are friendly, professional and caring. Their attention to care is phenomenal. Patients say they have seen a great improvement in their condition and that the team always ensure they are comfortable throughout treatment. They give very useful information and offer a ‘gold star’ service with cheerfulness and kindness.

Volunteer of the Year 2018

Presented by Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Yvonne Spence

Jo Cope

Jo is a voluntary photographer who drops everything, any time of day or night whilst juggling childcare, to provide our bereaved families in the Maternity Department with precious photos of their stillborn baby - memories that last a lifetime. Each set of photos are put together with so much love, at no cost to the family or the hospital. We are so very lucky to have her; she is so selfless, kind and caring.

Medical Director’s Award

Presented by Ellie Makings

Angio Suite

Managing Director’s Award

Presented by Dorothy Hosein

Helen Ali, Head of Site Management 

Chief Executive’s Award

Presented by Tom Abell, Chief Transformation Officer (on behalf of Clare Panniker, Chief Executive)

Caroline Shephard

Chairman’s Award

Research and Development Team