Trust awarded place on ground-breaking scheme to transform care for patients
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is one of just five NHS trusts in the country set to benefit from the influence of internationally acclaimed healthcare experts, the Virginia Mason Institute (VMI), as part of a new initiative launched by the Department of Health and the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA).
VMI, which runs the USA’s ‘Hospital of the Decade’ will mentor the Trust in an ambitious development programme – bringing their tried and tested system to East Surrey Hospital to help staff develop and deliver improvements in healthcare for local people.
Clinicians and leaders from VMI will teach our doctors and nurses the principles and systems that have made it so successful. The initiative is led by the TDA and will mean patients in our area can benefit from the systems that have led to Virginia Mason receiving awards for excellent and safe care. More information about the scheme is available here >
Non-fasting lipids update
Last year the guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Joint British Societies on Cardiovascular Risk (CVD) assessment changed to non-fasting samples for a lipid profile.
The lipid profile should include measurement of total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, with calculated non‑HDL-C and LDL-C. A fasting sample is not needed.
The reason for the change is non-HDL cholesterol is particularly relevant in type 2 diabetes because the increase in atherogenic lipoproteins is not reflected by LDL-C. The JBS 3 calculator of CVD risk requires total cholesterol and HDL-C. More information is available here >
Children’s diabetes team shortlisted for national award
Recognition this month of the work carried out by the children’s diabetes team who have been shortlisted in the Best Initiative in Specialised Services category in the Quality of Care Diabetes 2015 Awards.
The team, led by Dr Neemisha Jain, have been strengthening care for paediatric diabetic patients, including those transitioning to adult care. The results will be announced in October.
Excellent results in national children’s inpatient/day case survey
SASH has been rated as the best performing Trust within the region in the National Children’s Inpatient and Day Case Survey. The survey, undertaken last year, asked parents or carers to rate their child’s experience with 94% of responders rating the experience as positive.
The team also scored highly in responding to questions about a child’s treatment and the information sent home with parents and carers. Full details of the survey are available here >
Annual staff awards
Nominations are now open for our annual staff awards for both clinical and non-clinical individuals and teams. The awards reflect our Trust values: Dignity and Respect, Compassion, Safety and Quality and One Team and help us to recognise the work of staff who have gone above and beyond.
Nominations can be made by service users, carers or patients who have used the services of the Trust at East Surrey, Crawley, Horsham or Caterham Dene Hospitals or The Earslwood Centre or Oxted Health Centre. Nomination forms are available at www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk/awards2015
The Trust AGM is on 24 September, 6pm, at East Surrey Hospital. This is a great opportunity for you to find out about the latest developments and about our service performance.
The work of the dental team is the subject of the next ‘Hot Topic’ event taking place at the hospital on East Surrey Hospital on 15 October at 6pm. Further details will follow in the next GP News.
Performance (month 3, June 2015):
- ED Performance against the four hour standard in June was 94.8%.
- In June the national bodies revised the performance management of RTT measures, focusing on the ‘Incompletes Standard’. The Trust continues to achieve this standard and is working to reduce long waiters.
- Cancer access: All cancer standards were achieved except the TWW Breast Symptomatic Standard.
- Patient safety indicators continued to show expected levels of performance.
- The latest HSMR data shows overall Trust mortality is lower than expected for all our patient groups.
- The Trust had no MRSA bloodstream infections and three Trust acquired C-diff in June.
- Maternity indicators continue to show expected performance.