Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust

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2013-14 Achievements

Our patients

  • We were named as one of the top 10 performers for our fast response time in treating stroke patients with clot busting drugs that can prevent further damage to their brains. The results of the British Association of Stoke Physicians’ (BASP) audit, which analysed door to needle times which rate a hospital’s ability to give patients a blood thinning drug within a certain timeframe, found that our A&E and stroke teams were able to provide treatment within an average of 42 minutes.
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals was one of just 10 centres across the UK awarded a special Queen’s Nursing Institute grant for a scheme which aims to improve the care and lives of female patients by encouraging them to attend fitness classes after experiencing heart problems.
  • Our palliative care team, who look after patients in the last months of their lives in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support, were awarded the International Journal of Palliative Nursing multidisciplinary teamwork award for the positive impact that their work has on the care they provide.
  • Patients, carers and relatives were involved in a day-long event in August where they were able to give their views on what improvements they wanted to see in our £513,000 dementia-friendly refurbishment of St Luke’s Hospital.
  • We became one of the first hospitals in the country to introduce a paperless maternity service in February when community midwives started doing away with handwritten notes for mums-to-be and replacing them with an electronic record that they can view securely over the internet. Thanks to a £346,000 investment from NHS England’s Nursing Technology Fund, community staff can now access and record women’s medical histories on handheld devices.
  • Patients with chronic long-term conditions in Bradford were given a boost thanks to a major multi-million pound partnership between our Trust, NHS primary care, local universities, councils, industry, charities and the public. The National Institute for Health Research awarded £10m to the region’s Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) to test new ways of delivering health services and tackling health inequalities. The research programme will aim to improve services for people with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, mental health problems and stroke. There will also be projects on the use of remote health technologies and work to improve diagnosis and care for the frail and elderly. Researchers at the Bradford Institute for Health Research, which is based at the Bradford Royal Infirmary, and clinicians from Bradford Teaching Hospitals will play an important part in new research projects aimed at benefitting patients across the city.
  • A newly-refurbished £300,000 ultrasound suite on level 0 at the BRI opened in December which has ensured reduced waiting times for patients needing scans.
  • For the fourth time in three years a Bradford patient is the first in the world to be recruited to a new drug research trial which aims to improve the treatment of the debilitating lung disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers from the Bradford Institute for Health Research’s  respiratory research unit recruited the first patient to try a new bronchodilator; a specially designed inhaler which opens up the airways using two medicines - instead of the inhaled steroids contained in more conventional inhalers - so that air can flow into the lungs more freely and improve breathing.
  • Patients were told "it's OK to ask" after our doctors and nurses backed a new National Institute for Health Research campaign encouraging people to ask their doctors about the possibility of taking part in clinical research if it's right for them. Clinical research is carried out to gather evidence on "what works" so the NHS can improve the treatments it offers.
  • Hundreds of patients, Foundation Trust members and the public visited the ‘Experience Matters’ event held at the Trust in September to hear about and give their views on our services across all six of our hospitals.
  • Focus groups were held with patients and the public as we formulated a new involvement strategy (due to be launched summer 2014) to help improve the patient experience, service provision and strategic planning.
  • Around 18,000 people rated our inpatient, A&E and maternity services through the new Friends and Family Test with the majority (92%) saying they were extremely likely (67%) or likely (25%) to recommend our Trust.
  • Bereaved parents who had lost children and hospital staff came together in Shared Memories event in October to remember the babies and young people who had died prematurely.
  • Patients across the country are to benefit after Bradford health professionals were awarded a £1.6m research grant which aims to improve long-term stroke care. Professor Anne Forster and her colleagues at Bradford Institute for Health Research, along with the University of Leeds, were awarded a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programme grant to develop a national strategy for the long-term care of stroke survivors and their families.
  • St Luke’s Sound hospital radio station, which is manned by volunteers and has broadcast to hundreds of thousands of patients, celebrated its 35th anniversary on Valentine’s Day by hosting a 12-hour, non-stop broadcast.
  • The Friends of Bradford Royal Infirmary donated life-saving equipment valued at £18,000 to the hospital’s surgical theatres and anaesthesia department. The specialist rapid blood transfusers quickly help replace lost blood in emergency situations and are located in the maternity unit and in one of our major operating theatres.
  • Patients at St Luke’s Hospital and the Bradford Royal Infirmary were part of a special afternoon tea to celebrate national Nutrition and Hydration Week which aims to raise awareness and generate discussion about the importance of food and drink in aiding recovery.
  • More kidney patients than ever before are being treated in the comfort of their own homes - rather than a hospital ward - thanks to our home haemodialysis programme. The scheme aims to improve the experience of patients with renal failure by giving them more control over their dialysis by allowing them to dialyse at home and provides them with a more flexible dialysis arrangement which best suits their individual needs.
  • Our surgical patients are benefiting from a varicose vein pathway redesign, while coeliac patients are gaining from the introduction of a nurse-led telephone clinic bringing more immediate care direct to the patient in their own homes.
  • We have continued to roll out the ThinkGlucose national campaign which will improve the care, outcomes and experience of inpatients with diabetes.
  • Our research team at the Digestive Disease Centre has recruited the highest number of patients to a flagship cancer research project inspired by 1966 World Cup soccer legend Bobby Moore. The team will be evaluating the benefits of stenting the bowel of patients (by inserting an expanding tube) compared to using standard surgical techniques to clear blockages caused by colorectal cancer.
  • Our eye patients continue to benefit from participating in worldwide, clinical research trials by being offered new medicines which aim to improve their quality of life and which may reduce the burden of hospital visits and treatment required to manage their condition.
  • In total throughout 2013-14, 4,069 patients were enlisted to 115 National Institute for Health      Research non-commercial projects here at Bradford Teaching Hospitals in our pursuit of high quality       research.


Our staff

  • Professor John Young was seconded to NHS England as the Government’s National Clinical Director for Integration and the Frail Elderly in May and will spearhead change in healthcare delivery in the NHS. His appointment emphasises our strong engagement with the national health and social care landscape.
  • Community midwife, Chris Harding, who was praised by patients for always seeing mums at short notice, has won the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Best of Healthcare Midwife of the Year award for going the extra mile for her patients. Chris’ colleague, midwife Claire Cummings was also shortlisted in the same section.
  • Our renal team at St Luke’s Hospital won the 2013 Green Nephrology Award for demonstrating significant environmental savings while maintaining the quality of care for dialysis patients at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare’s annual awards. The Bradford initiative successfully reduced the consumption of water, acid concentrate and bicarbonate used in dialysis treatment for patients whose kidneys are failing.
  • Consultant paediatrician, Mathew Mathai, scaled the dizzy heights of Mount Kilimanjaro to support the Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity and raised £1,847 to purchase additional equipment for the benefit of the babies, young people, carers and families who use our children’s services.
  • Two new urological consultants completed training on our innovative Da Vinci surgical robot which is providing state-of-the-art, non-invasive surgical treatments to an ever-increasing number of Bradford patients.
  • Diabetes specialist dietitian, Ruth Boocock, scooped the best abstract award for her work on non-medical prescribing at the British Dietetic Association Research Symposium in December after detailing how Bradford dietitians were delivering quality improvements in service and patients experience.
  • The Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation team raised more than £1,000 for the Stroke Association by running the Resolution Run at Temple Newsam, in an effort to give something back to the charity which provides vital support to many of their patients and families.
  • Mauritian-born consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist, Dr Sulleman Moreea, who is based at the Bradford Royal Infirmary, is to receive one of his homeland’s highest medals of honour after being decorated with the Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean for his benevolent contribution to medicine on the island.
  • The Estates department were named Work Placement Provider of the Year by the Shipley-based Cellar Trust, for helping a gardener with mental health needs secure permanent employment with the Foundation Trust.
  • We have invested in the new Dr Foster ‘quick-look’ performance management tool which aims to speed up the accurate collection of data and clinical coding, ensuring that our hospitals are increasingly safer by improving the quality of information we have on-hand.
  • Our role of honour celebrating the local efforts of Bradford nursing staff responding to the NHS Chief Nurses’ Jane Cummings’ 6cs strategy of care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment continues to grow as these values are further embedded around the Foundation Trust.


Our services

  • St Luke’s Hospital is being transformed after the Foundation Trust secured a £513,000 grant as part of the Department of Health’s national dementia environmental capital scheme. The Horton Wing is being renovated under a “Yorkshire at its Best” refurbishment programme which aims to create a more conducive environment for dementia patients and their carers by generating surroundings which promote relaxation, independence and better orientation. Two new sensory gardens, dementia-friendly signage, bespoke artwork and revamped corridors are just some of the key aspects of this project which is currently in its final stages.
  • The £2m expansion and refurbishment of the Bradford Royal Infirmary’s neonatal unit is nearing completion after a year-long build to improve and enhance the environment for every baby in need of our expert care.
  • We were the first hospital in the world to use the latest, state-of-the-art CT scanner providing quicker, more detailed head and body scans. The scanner’s introduction means we can scan more patients, with a wider range of conditions, every day. It also heralded the beginning of a new partnership with Toshiba Medical Systems as the Bradford Royal Infirmary was designated their world reference centre.
  • Work began on our new £2.3m catheter lab to support patients with heart problems. The new cardiac unit – which will be among the most advanced of its kind in the country – is being built alongside our coronary care unit on ward 22 and will provide a dedicated x-ray laboratory and day-case unit for cardiac procedures when it opens in summer 2014. A further £500,000 will be spent on the refurbishment and redevelopment of the cardiology ward and CCU, bringing the overall cost of the project to £2.8m.
  • Research results from the Born in Bradford project have started to have a big impact this year and are making headlines across the world. Results from this research of over 12,000 BiB mothers and their children are helping locally to give us greater insight into the health of the people in Bradford so we can provide better services, and globally add to our scientific knowledge about the causes of major health problems.
  • Our £1.2 million birth centre celebrated its first birthday in November when some of the 1,421 babies returned to celebrate this landmark date with our midwives.
  • We are taking part in a Diabetes UK Improving Local Services Together project which aims to improve care and research into diabetes in the city. It also intends to make provision better for patients by involving them more in their local services.
  • An innovative Nutrition Learning Centre has opened its doors at St Luke’s Hospital to enable the training, education and support of patients, carers and health professionals across the Bradford district.
  • Pharmacy is now providing a seven day a week medicines service to our admissions units which will significantly improve our medicines reconciliation rates.
  • Our physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams have developed several very successful Early Supported Discharge schemes for patients in the stroke, orthopaedics and elderly specialities.
  • Patients are benefiting from improved patient flow in our A&E department thanks to the successful occupational therapy service which now operates within the department, helping to reduce un-necessary admissions to our hospitals by safely discharging patients with appropriate support to the community.
  • Nearly 100 people from across the district took part in our Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) in March which examined the quality of non-clinical services and the conditions of our buildings at the Bradford Royal Infirmary. Our annual PLACE assessments of St Luke’s hospital and our four community hospitals will be held later this spring.
  • Patients are now offered a wider choice of food following the launch of our new children’s and adult menus throughout our hospitals, which was put together with the support of patients and a multi-disciplinary team and now includes a lighter bites menu.

Our organisation

  • ‘Together, putting patients first’ is our new corporate strategy which sets out our vision for the next five years (2013-18). It outlines our specific commitments to patients that we will ensure they remain at the centre of all that we do and that our services support the needs of our population. It also aims to build on our culture of compassionate care and patient safety while recognising the challenging environment which the NHS faces. We have a strong Foundation Trust membership base, an excellent reputation for training new doctors and research, and the new corporate strategy provides us with a clear mission to deliver safe healthcare, of the highest quality at all times, for all our patients.
  • A year-long pilot scheme between West Yorkshire Police and Bradford Royal Infirmary, which sees a Police Community Support Officer based on site at the Duckworth Lane hospital between 8am and 11pm, seven days a week, is helping to lower incidents of violence and aggression against NHS staff and enhance patient safety.
  • Our hospitals were ranked among the highest performers in the Government’s league table rating the efforts of businesses and public bodies in carbon-cutting. The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) league table ranks more than 2,000 UK organisations on how effectively they have introduced measures to monitor energy use. Bradford was the third highest NHS organisation listed in the top 50. Recent carbon reduction projects around the hospitals have included the introduction of energy efficient lighting, improved roof insulation, LED car park lighting, better heating and cooling controls, new boilers and the installation of solar panels.
  • Our catering facilities at St Luke’s Hospital and the Bradford Royal Infirmary have been awarded the highest possible five star rating following unannounced environmental health inspections this year.
  • Estates secured a national Carbon Trust award for their efforts in reducing our carbon footprint, as over the past three years, we have achieved between 1.5%-13.6% carbon dioxide reductions in a host of areas from gas and electricity to fuel oil, refrigerants, fleet transport and business travel.

Our community

  • Consultant in renal medicine, Dr John Stoves, and representatives from the district’s new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) won the BMJ Renal Team of the Year award in recognition of how their IT project, which is helping hundreds of previously undiagnosed people to manage the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), has improved the health outcomes of many patients across the district.
  • The Friends of the BRI celebrated 25 years of providing vital services to our patients at a special event at Bradford’s Hilton Hotel where they announced that they had raised more than £100,000 over the years towards purchasing hospital equipment and by giving their free time to improve patients’ hospital experiences.
  • Our hospital-based ‘Project Search’ initiative, which aims to help 13 young people with learning disabilities into work, began in September and will run for the next year, providing the interns with valuable work experience.
  • The hard work and commitment of frontline nursing staff at Bradford Royal Infirmary was recognised during a visit by Janet Davies, Executive Director for Nursing and Service Delivery at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), in October when she met with Chief Nurse Juliette Greenwood and her senior nursing team.
  • Principal dietitian, Clare Gelder, has been manning the new Good Food Advice stall (run by Bradford Council) at the Oastler Shopping Centre in an effort to raise awareness of healthy eating.
  • Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity (BHCC) continues to receive widespread community support as local businesses, schools and organisations join in fundraising to help purchase additional equipment for our children’s services, wards and clinics. In December Bradford City Football Club’s players donated their £2,000 match fees from their FA Cup defeat at Rotherham.
  • Young people, aged between 14 and 21-years-old, who are supported by Barnardo’s worked alongside nurses, doctors and senior management at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital as part of national Takeover Day which was launched by the Children's Commissioner for England.
  • Jon Rouse, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, visited our elderly care wards at the Bradford Royal Infirmary in March to see what innovative work we have been doing to enhance the healing environment for our dementia patients.
  • Our Nutrition and Dietetic service joined up with West Yorkshire Trading Standards to run master classes for the district’s takeaway owners showing how subtle changes to the way they cook their food can help improve the health of their customers.
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