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January 2017

Group photo of Chaplaincy Commissioning 2017

January 27 

Guests gather to celebrate the commissioning of the new members of the Chaplaincy Team at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

An audience of colleagues, friends and special guests gathered to celebrate the commissioning of the new members of the MEHT Chaplaincy Team on Tuesday, January 24.

During the service, Tim Blake was commissioned as a Trust Chaplain; Ralf Cook, Margaret Rees-Evans and Trudy Stevens were commissioned as Ward Chaplains; and Babs Owers was commissioned as Eucharistic Minister. It was also an opportunity to welcome Father Paul Cracknell as Roman Catholic Chaplain.

Attendees heard from a number of speakers, including Alan Scotland from Lifelink International, the network of Charismatic Community Churches that Tim Blake is drawn from, and MEHT staff.

Cathy Geddes, Chief Nurse, said: “As a nurse I was trained very much about the importance of giving holistic care to our patients.

“It isn’t just about physical care, the spiritual needs of all of our patients are really important.

“I want to say thank you for all of the fantastic work that you do.”

Lynn Thomas, Head of Patient Experience, added: “We have been trying to embody the values of a kind, professional, positive team and the team we have here really does embody that message.

“When you look after your staff, it makes a big difference to the care you provide.”

Reverend Julia Sheffield, Lead Chaplain and Bereavement Services Manager, welcomed the new members of her team and said: “It is good to see so many who work in hospitals here and elsewhere joining us.

“We believe that all who work in a healthcare setting are involved in caring not just for the physical wellbeing of patients, families and staff, but for their spiritual wellbeing also.”

Tim Blake, Trust Chaplain, also commented: “I have been so welcomed into the Chaplaincy Team and by colleagues across the Trust. It is clear that spiritual care is genuinely valued by so many on the wards and in teams across the hospital.” 

District Cardiac Support Group Donation
Cardiac rehab nurse Julia Honey, left, with Sue Beaver, senior physiotherapist for cardiac rehab, using the equipment.

January 24 

The Chelmsford and District Cardiac Support Group kindly donates more than £2,000 of equipment to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Broomfield Hospital

The Chelmsford and District Cardiac Support Group has kindly donated more than £2,000 of equipment to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Broomfield Hospital in memory of their late chairman, Peter Spring.

Peter passed away in September 2015 and the amount comprised donations in his memory and several other members, as well as a generous donation from the Terling Ladies Club.

Attendees of the classes will now benefit from a variety of new additions including an exercise bike with a memorial inscription, weights and a CD player.

The group has given more than £66,000 to the Cardiac Unit and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department since it began in 1993. Members meet at Broomfield Village Hall once a month, where they share their experiences.

Roger Tulley, treasurer, said: “Peter was lovely, he was well-respected all over.

“It is always nice to remember our members who have passed away.”

Mr Tulley also paid tribute to Mr Spring’s predecessor, Don Gearing, who led the group from its beginning and passed away in 2013, describing him as a “wonderful chairman”.

The group has achieved a great deal over the years, such as a successful campaign for funding from the British Heart Foundation to appoint a cardiac nurse to the team, helping to stock the gym with exercise equipment, and operating in their primary remit by giving support to those who have suffered cardiac problems.

This year, they secured a £1,500 donation from the Essex Police Choir and have been nominated as one of the Mayor of Witham, Councillor Patrick Horner’s, charities of the year.

Mr Tulley added: “It is nice to talk to someone who has had the same problem.”

INFORMATION: Meetings are held at Broomfield Village Hall on the third Friday of each month. They have speakers on a wide range of topics and everyone is very welcome. Entry is £1. For more information, please call Mr Tulley on 01376 514349 or email roger@tulley.net.

Amanda Seager 2017 news

January 12 

Nurse reflects on pride in her work and the most memorable moments of her 33 year career

 A nurse has reflected on her pride in her work and the most memorable moments of her 33 year career in the NHS.

Amanda Seager, who worked as Training and Education Lead for Theatres at Broomfield Hospital until Friday, January 7, has recently moved to Braintree Community Hospital to lead as the Acting Band 7 for Theatres.

 She began her training at Sunderland School of Nursing in 1983, working in theatres upon completion. In 1990 she took on her first post as a sister and worked in Kent for many years before accepting a post as a Nurse Recruitment Coordinator at Broomfield Hospital in 2003. While at the hospital, she has held positions as a sister prior to her most recent role.

 She said: “My job at Braintree Community Hospital is a new challenge for me, and it is day stay surgery, which I really enjoy.

 I will be working with a small but dynamic team of theatre and ward staff to provide the very best standards care for patients undergoing surgical procedures. I will have the responsibility with my colleague, Paul, to ensure sound management structures are in place to maintain this as a safe, efficient and effective service.”

 She recalled highlights of her career includingrecruiting over 100 new staff to theatres over the last year and devising new competency packs for all grades of theatre staff. She said she has enjoyed “working with such dedicated and friendly individuals”.

 As Training and Education Lead for Theatres, her main duties have been to ensure that all staff have access to appropriate training, supporting students and recruiting new members of staff to the department.

 She added: “I work one-to-one with individuals to help them to achieve. There are staff who are now band 7s who I have seen grow and develop - it is a real thrill to see people do that.”

 Many changes have taken place in theatres since Amanda began working as a nurse.

 “I saw keyhole surgery come in in 1987 and that has gone from strength to strength now with the introduction of things like the robot. 

 “Wedo procedures now that we wouldn’t have thought possible, there have been amazing innovations that ensure patients are given the best opportunity to recover from illness. I am delighted to have witnessed this over the years,” she said. 

St Andrews CQC Success 2017 News

January 12

Consultant plastic surgeon Professor Peter Dziewulski speaks of pride in his team for their “St Andrews Spirit” which led to ‘outstanding’ Care Quality Commission rating

Consultant plastic surgeon Professor Peter Dziewulski has spoken of his pride in his team for their “St Andrews Spirit” which led to the service being awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission.

In the report, which was published in December and established a ‘good’ rating for Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust overall, inspectors commented on the St Andrews Centre’s excellence.

They noted: “We found that the burns and plastics service was providing outstanding care, which is reflected in the two outstanding ratings given [for being caring and well-led].

“The burns and plastics services were extremely good and ensured that services users were involved and central to the innovation in services.

“All nursing and support staff had either completed or were working through service specific competencies, which had been developed by managers. This demonstrated high levels of competence related to burns and specialist plastics care.

“Outcomes for patients with serious burns were comparable among the best in the world and were consistently exceptional.”

Professor Dziewulski said: “I’m proud of the staff for their hard work, dedication, resilience and team spirit.

“The CQC particularly highlighted the outstanding leadership. Our nursing and management team – Adele Wisbey, Tracey Sell, Jo Myers and Karen Cook have all been significant drivers for change and improvement since our last CQC report.

“It is a specialist centre and from a surgical point of view we do attract staff who are committed to excellence. There is an ethic of working hard within the service and providing world class care - there is very much the St Andrews Spirit.”

Professor Dziewulski explained that this ethos extends to improvement strategies and innovation. Current plans include recruiting more consultant staff and providing care closer to patients’ homes in appropriate cases, following on from the local skin cancer service offered to patients in Clacton.

He thanked the entire 500-strong multi-disciplinary team for their contributions to the department’s CQC success and Cathy Geddes, now Chief Nurse, for her support in her remit as Interim Chief Executive.

To read the full report, go to: http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RQ8

January 5

Southend University Hospital appoints new chief executive 

Clare Panniker has been appointed as the new Chief Executive and accountable officer for Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

This follows the agreement by the hospital trust boards in Mid and South Essex in December to appoint a single chief executive/accountable officer and executive team to lead the three organisations. Clare is currently Chief Executive of both Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust.

Trust Chairman Alan Tobias OBE made the announcement following a formal selection process and approval of the appointment from the Trust’s Council of Governors.

Alan said: “I am pleased we have appointed Clare to lead Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust."

“Clare’s leadership and guidance will enable us to respond effectively and collaboratively in what are no doubt exciting but challenging times ahead, as we work together to ensure we are able to continue to provide the best possible services for our patients.”

Clare will be supported in her role at Southend by the appointment of Chief Nurse Yvonne Blucher as managing director, who will oversee the day to day running of the hospital site.

Clare said “It is an absolute privilege to be appointed as the Chief Executive at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

“With increasing demand for our services, the provision of compassionate, high quality patient care has never been more important than it is today and collectively we now have the best chance of building a strong foundation for the future.

“I am looking forward to working with staff, our partners and our communities to ensure that we continue to deliver the very best possible care for the people of Southend and surrounding areas.”


Notes to editors

As a foundation trust the appointment of executive directors at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is made by independent non-executive directors and requires approval from the Trust’s council of governors – lay people elected by the trust’s membership in the local community.

The Chief Executive is also the accountable officer for the Trust and carries full responsibility for the Trust's performance, forward planning and leadership of the executive team and clinical directors.

Single executive team

The boards of the three hospital trusts in Mid and South Essex agreed to appoint a single joint executive team to manage the three organisations in December. 

This will enable the three trusts to better deliver the shared ambition of developing the best possible services for their combined population of 1.2million and tackling the workforce and financial challenges that exist across the local health and care system.

The executive team will be responsible for delivering the acute programme within the Mid and South Essex Success Regime and will be supported by senior leadership teams at each site who will responsible for day to day management of the hospitals.

Details about the other executive roles appointments will be made shortly.

Clare Panniker biography

Clare has worked in the NHS for more than 25 years, and has significant experience of leading change and improving the quality of healthcare for patients. 

She is both a qualified nurse and a business graduate. Her leadership was fundamental to the transformation of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the first trusts placed in special measures by the Health Secretary but is now rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission. Clare and her team steered the Trust out of special measures in less than a year.

Prior to joining Basildon, Clare was Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital for nine years, where she was credited with transforming the organisation’s performance and culture.


Email: communications@southend.nhs.uk

Visit the hospital website on: www.southend.nhs.uk