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June 2017

Clifford Hobbs and Stephen Manson Prudential Ride Fundraising
Stephen Manson (left) and Clifford Hobbs.

June 30

Two childhood friends prepare to pedal to the finish line for Our Charity at the Prudential Ride London

Two childhood friends are preparing to pedal their way to the finish line for Our Charity at the Prudential Ride London. 

Clifford Hobbs, husband of Matron for Renal Services Katheryn Hobbs, and his friend Stephen Manson will take on the 100-mile challenge over the weekend of July 28-30. 

They will cycle their way through the capital and the Surrey countryside, starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford and finishing on the Mall in central London. 

Clifford said: “I’m riding for the charity to raise money for the surgical robot. I want to help the hospital to be able to acquire the latest technologies so they can continue to provide the best possible service to the community.

“I was also inspired to support the hospital as my Dad had Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and was treated by the Day Therapies Unit for some time. Unfortunately he passed away in 2011 and they gave him excellent care in the last two years of his life.

“I’m a keen cyclist; in 2012 I rode from Land’s End to John O’Groats in my Dad’s memory and raised money for the Day Therapies Unit as well.

“I probably haven’t trained as much as I should, but I am now going out at least twice a week and riding 40+ miles a time. I shall be increasing the distance over the next couple of weeks so I will be ready. 

“It is always a great sense of achievement to complete one of these challenges, but a 100-mile ride has that extra special level of satisfaction.

“I am just hoping to raise as much as I possibly can with all the support of friends and family.”

Stephen added: “My inspiration for riding for the charity is my dad and gran. Both have sadly passed away, but received excellent care from Broomfield Hospital over the years. My dad was a keen cyclist in his youth and I know he would be proud that I have taken up the challenge. I'm a dentist who works for the NHS and understands that funds need to be raised for vital pieces of equipment to improve patient care. Another reason for fundraising for the charity is that my mum, Roberta Manson, has worked at the hospital for over 25 years. She is retired and now works a couple of days on the help desk.

“I am relatively new to cycling and have never done any cycling events - Clifford's experience will be invaluable. My training is going okay, I'm averaging three rides a week since April and have clocked up 400 miles so far. I’m building up distances to 30 miles now.

“It will mean an immense sense of pride and achievement to cross the finish line, especially with a lifelong friend like Clifford.”

So far Clifford has raised £120 and you can support him via JustGiving: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Clifford-Hobbs1

Stephen has raised £130 at present, and you can also support him via JustGiving: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stephen-Manson1

Nishi Randive
Nishi Randive at the Great Wall of China.

June 30

The “miraculous journey” that has raised more than £2,500 for Our Charity

Nishi Randive, the ten-year-old daughter of two Consultant Anaesthetists at Broomfield Hospital, has raised more than £2,500 for the Head and Neck Cancer Service at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust through her epic cross-continental road trip.

Together with her grandparents, Nishi embarked on a 13,000-mile adventure from Mumbai to London across 18 countries, more than 100 cities and through eight time zones, taking 72 days. 

Nishi, whose parents are Seema and Nilesh Randive, was inspired to help fundraise for the rehabilitation of patients suffering from head and neck cancer after speaking with her dad about his and his colleagues’ work at the hospital. The proceeds that she has raised through sponsorship will go towards funding resources that help in improving patients’ quality of life post-treatment. 

She said: “The miraculous journey that finally began on March 24, 2017 has come to an end. It was a mixture of decent days, gloomy days, exultant days, tedious days and exhilarating days - days of up to 18 hours on the road or days of just four hours of driving and loads of sightseeing.

“My most exciting day was the day when I got stuck on a zip-wire with a 3000 foot drop in India, and my most monotonous day was sitting in the car with nothing to see but the numerous sandy plains in Kazakhstan.

“In all, it was a magnificent trip which has given me an overwhelming experience – as they call it – a once in a lifetime experience! 

“I have managed to raise £2,863.07 and I am really pleased with this amount. I am sure this will help a lot of patients in a lot of ways to make them feel better. I feel blessed that I have got this chance to make a difference in people’s lives. I would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated.”

INFORMATION: You can read Nishi’s travel blogs on Ninni.smritiweb.com.

Carole Bishop
Carole Bishop

June 29

Nurse Specialist for Sepsis has “a big smile” after winning patient safety award 

Carole Bishop, Nurse Specialist for Sepsis, has “a big smile” after winning an award in recognition of her commitment and contribution to improving patient safety.

She received the Patient Safety Champion accolade from UCL Partners after being nominated for her work to improve the visibility and understanding of sepsis throughout MEHT.

This has included facilitating annual regional sepsis study days, talks, education sessions, and awareness stands. She has also taken part in all aspects of the UCL partnership, designing and presenting storyboards for the collaborative, and has participated in presentations at the collaborative conference.

Furthermore, she has sole responsibility for auditing and collating the reports that are required at a local and national level.

The nomination reads: “She is always available to support clinical teams in delivering service excellence and supporting patients and she has been pivotal in creating the training and education package for the Trust.

“Carole has also engaged the MDT to assist with the design and implementation of PGD’s (Patient Group Directions) to cover initial treatment for sepsis. This is a new and exciting development and we are currently rolling this out with the Emergency Department as a way of ensuring that patients receive quality care in a timely manner.”

Carole, who has worked at the Trust for 14 years, began her career as an HCA in Intensive Care, progressing to become a Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW). She then completed her nurse training, gaining a distinction, and worked on B5, Care of the Elderly Ward and Intensive Care. 

She was appointed as the Nurse Specialist for Sepsis in July 2014 and has recently undertaken her consultation and assessment course at master’s level. 

“I work with some very innovative and dedicated people, both staff and patients.  A key achievement for me was the reduction in Intensive Care admissions from sepsis. This is something I am so proud of staff for making happen.  

“Working in Intensive Care, I have looked after many patients with sepsis and their families, and I have seen the impact it has on their lives long after discharge home.  I have met other brave people that have been affected by sepsis and they are an inspiration to us all.

“I would like to expand the team/service and provide a follow-up service/clinic to help reduce admissions and support those patients that have had sepsis and have been discharged home.

“Receiving this award makes me feel valued and proud to be making a difference to people in our care and the staff, but I also feel humbled. I haven’t made any plans to celebrate yet, but I have a big smile,” she said.

Cancer MDT Team Inflatable Run
The Cancer MDT Team.

June 20

Cancer Multidisciplinary Team to take on 5k inflatable obstacle run in aid of Our Charity

Members of the Cancer Multidisciplinary Team will take on a 5k inflatable obstacle run at Chelmsford City Racecourse on July 1. 

Money raised will go to the Cancer Care Unit, which provides a range of services including reflexology to make patients’ time on the unit a little more bearable.

Thanks go to Tracey Green, Rachel Flanders, Holly Daly, Sammy Burtenshaw, Sarah Frisby, Samuel Dodds, Amy Langridge, Georgina Ball, Alex Acott, Colin Downs, Sian Ward, Nick Howard, Tom Devenish and Sue Freeman for signing up for the challenge.

You can sponsor them at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MDT-team.


Wizard Ward Profile
Senior Sister Victoria Bird (back row, second from left) with the Wizard Ward team.

June 20

“Wonderful” Wizard Ward working their magic to support children undergoing surgery and their families

They are the “wonderful” team working their magic to support children undergoing surgery and their families.

Wizard Ward, located in A301 (adjacent to Endoscopy), has 14 members of staff and was created as part of the opening of the PFI building in 2010. 

Senior Sister Victoria Bird, who began working at Broomfield Hospital after leaving St John’s Hospital 13 years ago, said she has “seen the service grow massively”.

Now a 10-bed unit, when she first joined the Trust, the children’s surgical service was initially a four-bed bay at the end of a corridor next to an adult day surgical unit. At this time, pre-assessments were not carried out for children, and Victoria worked alongside one other children’s nurse, who was on a part-time contract.

The service later moved to Acorn Ward which was part of the Day Stay Unit attached to the adult service, Oak Ward. It was at this point that they began caring for children who had undergone plastic surgery.

Victoria said: “My manager at that time was Dawn Little – she was very supportive, allowing me to develop the service.

“During this time it dawned on me that adult patients were having pre-assessments and children weren’t, so I went about implementing that.

“Now we see all children before they have surgery, offering a nurse led pre-assessment to assess anaesthetic risks and take them through a preparation session and if necessary see our very own play specialist.

“The pre-assessment process is a vital part of the child’s journey through the service and the child, parents and carers value this input. They come in and they are scared but afterwards they are prepared and know who will be looking after them, what the process is and what to expect.

“We also give operation information and take their parents through the aftercare, the expectations, and pain management – it is a really fantastic service.”

Victoria was consulted on the plans for the children’s surgical ward during the construction process for the PFI building, and had the opportunity to advise about the requirements. Young patients then chose the name ‘Wizard Ward’ and their team grew to five members of staff.

She explained that when they began working in the newly-named Wizard Ward, they were looking after 15-20 children a week. Now they see 40-50 young patients on a weekly basis plus carry out 40-50 pre-assessments.

Alongside implementing pre-assessments for children, Victoria has also redesigned the paperwork used and prepared a successful business case to build a dedicated team for Wizard Ward. She now has three Band 6 nurses, 7 Band 5 nurses, and 3 Band 4s, one of which is a play specialist.

“Going forward I am looking at the surgical pathway, the journey the patient takes through our service.

“I identified that there were multiple points of entry where our patients come into the Trust and I thought ‘how can we streamline this using a single point of entry?’

“The big plan is for a single point of entry, all children regardless of where they are having their operation to be sent through Wizard, with us as the central hub,” she said.

The first step in this has been a member of Victoria’s team visiting Phoenix Ward each morning to bring trauma patients up to Wizard Ward.

“This utilises my beds if we are not at capacity and alleviates the stress on Phoenix staff,” she added.

The team have also issued a questionnaire to parents to gather feedback so that they can make appointment times as convenient as possible, including the potential for evening clinics so that patients do not need to miss school.

“I have the best team; I want everybody to know how wonderful they are.

“I know from the bottom of my heart that every single member of staff here treats the children like they are their own. 

 “Parents are scared, they are giving up a lot of control when their children are at their most vulnerable and it is an honour to be trusted like that. We go that extra mile for our patients all of the time,” she said.

Head and Neck Cancer Service
From left, Dr Mark Puvanendran, Alison Daniel, Amelia and Sonia McComb.

June 19

Patient and her family raise more than £1,000 as a ‘thank you’ for care from the Head and Neck Cancer Service 

A patient and her family have raised £1,000 for the Head and Neck Cancer Service in thanks for the team’s “warmth, kindness and humour”.

Alison Daniel, 44, from Linford, underwent a thyroidectomy in January this year, followed by a course of radioactive iodine treatment after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

She had initially been referred to an ENT consultant at Basildon Hospital after a lump appeared in her neck glands. She was then sent for an ultrasound, where it was discovered that she had lumps on her thyroid. A biopsy was taken and she had an MRI scan. 

“The thyroid was deemed suspicious and surgery was decided to be the best course of action. This was to be at Broomfield.

“Dr Mark Puvanendran, Head and Neck Consultant, did a hemi-thyroidectomy and on my follow-up appointment I was told that it was cancer and that the other half would also need to be removed,” she said.

She added: “I will now have a course of monitoring by appointments with Dr Mark but all seems to be doing well.” 

Alison and her 10-year-old daughter, Amelia, set about organising a fundraising show at The Civic Hall in Grays in February with Amelia’s dance school, Regency Dance, from which they raised £1,000. Amelia’s dance teacher, Lisa, organised the dances and choreography and the venue kindly donated the facility. 

She said: “The children at the dance school rehearsed and put on an amazing show. There was singing, solos, and group dances including ballet, tap and street. They were wonderful.

“From the excellent attention I had throughout my treatment at Broomfield it made me want to show my appreciation. Dr Mark, Sonia McComb [Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist] and the team are so personable, approachable and caring whilst being totally professional.

“Saying ‘thank you’ didn't seem enough for all they did for me and countless others. It was thought nice for the money to go locally to help with cancer treatment and Dr Mark was an obvious and deserving choice. 

“Cancer is an illness that unfortunately touches most people, with a diagnosis for themselves or a loved one or friend. When it happened to me, to be treated by people so skilled and professional, but with such warmth, kindness and humour, made my journey much more palatable. I felt supported and that everything was being done to pull me through. Dr Mark and wonderful Sonia give so much of themselves, I wanted to show them how much that meant and what a difference that made. I will always be thankful to them and the NHS.”

Essex Volunteer Blood Service
Nick Sheppard, Acting Blood Bank Manager, with EVBS volunteer Keith Weller.

June 7

Introducing the kind volunteers delivering blood to Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

They are the kind volunteers delivering blood, samples and emergency plasma to hospitals across the county.

Members of the 60-strong Essex Voluntary Blood Service (EVBS) give up their time free of charge to transport the units to where they are urgently needed. 

From May 2, the Blood Transfusion Department at MEHT began working with the charitable organisation to provide an out-of-hours service to collect blood from the county’s NHS Blood and Transport (NHSBT) facility and transport samples. They are on call from 7pm to 6am Monday to Thursday and then 7pm Friday until 6am Monday morning. 

EVBS can also work with controllers from other counties to set up deliveries, including sending samples to the NHSBT at Filton in Bristol. 

Volunteer Keith Weller said: “It is about the satisfaction of helping others – we love riding our bikes, especially if we can help a good cause by delivering blood to somebody that needs it.” 

He recalls one Christmas where the EVBS riders delivered blood that saved the lives of three babies. 

“It is so rewarding that we have managed to save three children who can go on and do whatever in life – without that they wouldn’t have been given that chance,” he said. 

He explained that they receive on average between one and three calls per night and have members who are both motorbike riders and car drivers.

The team have two hours from receiving a request to make their delivery, which for Keith occasionally involves travelling from his home near Colchester into London.  

Additionally, he stressed that they are not a blue light service, but some of their bikes are equipped with amber lights as an indication to other road users that they are carrying blood. 

“Blood bikes began in 1960, and the first proper blood group started in the 1980s in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The Essex group began in 2008 and was previously attached to Kent. We were known as Serv Essex before we broke away from Serv in 2011 and became EVBS.  

“A lot of it is about educating the public and we have a good training programme for all new members,” he said. 

Nick Sheppard, Acting Blood Bank Manager, said: “We were previously using taxis from Brentwood - EVBS save us a significant amount of money as we can sometimes need to order blood from NHSBT one to three times a night. The benefit of EVBS is also that with a courier they will just be stuck in traffic with everybody else, but a motorbike can move around the traffic.

“From Monday to Friday we have two deliveries a day, but we can’t predict usage levels. We have minimum stock levels and try to predict what we might need to maintain appropriate stock levels and reduce wastage.”

He added that they do still request blue light deliveries where necessary.

The EVBS assist with maintaining ‘the cold chain’ where blood cannot be out of temperature control for more than half an hour.

Keith said: “It’s our way of putting back into the system - as a motorcyclist you put your life in your hands every time you get on your bike.”

INFORMATION: For more about EVBS, please email coordinator-evbs@hotmail.co.uk or contact Tina Parker, Blood Transfusion Nurse, on tina.parker@meht.nhs.uk.

Phoenix Ward Pantomime

June 6

Adaptations of children’s classics performed at Broomfield Hospital

Children were treated to a performance of some classic tales at Broomfield Hospital. 

They were able to enjoy adaptations of The Three Little Pigs, The Three Musketeers and The Princess and the Pea at Phoenix Ward.

Fully interactive, these versions of the well-loved children’s classics were full of fun and young patients could laugh and cheer as the four actors sung, danced and performed for them, their families and staff.  

The Starlight Storytellers Tour is run by Starlight Children’s Foundation, a national charity that provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK and grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children. 

Sue Hursit, play specialist at Phoenix Ward, said: “We have been having the storytellers from Starlight coming in for about the last four years. Starlight also provide a winter pantomime and gifts for the children free of charge. They are always brilliant and children and families really enjoy this event.

“We had about eight children from the ward attend on May 5 and the room was filled with lots of laughter. After the stories some of the children had their photos taken with the performers.

“The children and their families said how much they enjoyed the performance and that it brightened up their afternoon.”


Felsted Red2Green
Chief Executive Clare Panniker presenting the award to Senior Sister Julie Chapman, with Matron for Medicine Jo Smith (far right) and the Felsted Ward team.

June 2

Felsted Ward wins prestigious accolade in recognition of their work with Red2Green

We would like to congratulate Felsted Ward on winning a ‘Certificate of Achievement Red2Green Champion – Special Recognition’ acknowledging their work with Red2Green.

The team were given the accolade from NHS England Midlands and East and NHS Improvement Midlands and East. 

The ward’s multidisciplinary team were nominated for “taking Red2Green to their hearts”, from the executive lead to ward clerks. They were described as “passionate about ensuring an excellent patient experience” and it was commented that using the Red/Green Days as an enabler has improved this.

Also noted was the well-attended board round, promoting “seamless and parallel care as the team work towards one goal”. It was highlighted that the board round is led by nursing staff who ensure that it continues at pace, and that all staff, including junior members, have a voice and know that they will be listened to.

Furthermore, it was commended that the ward had a ‘bright ideas book’ for issues that have been raised, as even little changes can make big differences to the day-to-day running of the ward and the impact on patient care.

The nomination concluded: “The team are exemplar and their patient care superb and although there are still improvements to be made they have taken the Red/Green ethos and made it work for the patients in the best way possible.”

Jo Smith, Matron for Medicine, said: “This is an excellent achievement for them as it is one of the hot topics for NHS trusts and I am so proud of the whole team.

“The ward will be more than happy to discuss their implementation and success if anyone would like any help with the process and implementation as the Trust moves to the next phase of Red2Green.”

Early Cancer Logo

June 1

Trust pilots new scheme to increase early diagnosis of cancer

MEHT is one of three hospitals across the East of England to trial new ways of working to improve early diagnosis of cancer. 

The pilot aims to provide a rapid route to diagnostic tests for patients with vague symptoms which concern their GP but do not meet cancer referral criteria.

Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and the East of England Cancer Clinical Network (CCN), the vague symptoms trial involves GPs and consultants from Broomfield Hospital working together with a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) to identify patients for urgent referral.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Amy Harris has been employed to track and support patients through the process and act as a vital link across NHS services. 

Clinical Leads of the year-long pilot also include local Macmillan GP Dr Elizabeth Towers, Dr Malcolm Lawson, MEHT’s lung cancer lead and Dr Adela Suciu, a consultant radiologist, who will lead diagnostics. 

Seven GP practices are taking part in the pilot across mid-Essex, with another 10 practices due to join the pilot soon. The team plan to roll out the pilot to all GP practices across mid Essex within a year.

A new Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centre (MDC) has been set up within the cancer department at Broomfield Hospital to support the pilot. 

Amy Harris explained: “This is an excellent opportunity for us to proactively work with patients to identify cancer at an earlier stage and improve our early diagnosis.” 

Sheona Siewertsen, Macmillan Partnership Manager for Essex, said: “Everyone should have the best possible chance to survive cancer. We know that being diagnosed early is of utmost importance because it leads to a lower chance of dying from the disease.

“Patients with vague symptoms may get sent back and forth between their GP and hospital for tests until a diagnosis can be made. This can feel like a long and lonely process. Critically, it can delay their diagnosis and potentially life-saving treatment.

“We need a system which is set up to ensure that people receive their diagnosis as soon as possible and this pilot will help us achieve that.

‘The three multi diagnostic clinics (MDCs) involved in the pilot will work hard to develop the shortest and safest route to cancer diagnosis.”

GP Dr Liz Towers said: "By improving earlier diagnosis we will improve outcomes for our patients.

“England has poorer cancer survival rates than other similar countries – if we could match the best outcomes in Europe, 10,000 more people would survive cancer each year. The most important reason for lower survival rates in this country is later diagnosis – we hope the pilot will help improve this.”

This pilot will be nationally evaluated along with similar pilots testing new patient pathways to improve earlier diagnosis of cancer. 

Sheona continued: “Having to wait for a diagnosis can be an extremely distressing and lonely time. If people are worried about whether they have cancer, they can contact the Macmillan support line or visit our website for more information.”

For more information, please contact Lauren Nash, Communications Officer, on 01245 514460 or lauren.nash@meht.nhs.uk.

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