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GP Bulletin March 2016

New £1.2m Research Institute extension unveiled

We are pleased to announce that the Bradford Institute for Health Research’s (BIHR) new £1.2m extension has been officially handed back to the Foundation Trust. The handover from the contractors Walter West Builders Ltd, and Bridger Carr the architects on the project, took place last Friday. The new two-story building, at Temple Bank Lodge, will increase the size of our current research facility by 287sq m and will be home to researchers, alongside doctors and nurses - all working together to accelerate the latest healthcare innovations.

The extension provides seven offices for approximately 27 staff. The project also included the refurbishment of the BIHR’s existing clinical research facility to provide two new patient areas. Institute director, Professor John Wright, said: “Patients who get involved in clinical research trials tend to do better than patients in standard care. This may be because of the newer treatments, but it may also be related to the closer monitoring and care. We want all our patients in Bradford to be able to have access to this care and this new £1.2 million state-of-the-art facility will provide high standards of amenities and comfort.”

BTHFT’s safety culture achieves “good” ranking

BTHFT has been ranked as “good” in the first-ever national Learning from Mistakes League published by NHS Improvement. The table, which is based on data from safety reporting as well as the responses in the NHS staff survey, is very much an endorsement of our safety culture that actively encourages openness and transparency. Our aim now is to build on this in the next 12 months and beyond, progressing from “good” to the best possible rating - “outstanding”.

The table was published as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP announced ambitious plans that will affect us all, aimed at enhancing safety and transparency across the whole of the NHS. New measures include the launch of an independent Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch and legal protection for anyone giving information following a hospital mistake.

These “safe spaces” are designed to protect those co-operating with investigations in a move to help clinicians to speak up and bring new openness to the NHS’ response to tragic mistakes and will add an extra dimension to the actions we are taking locally. It’s intended that families will get the full truth faster, staff the support and protection to speak out, and the NHS will become better at learning when things go wrong and acting upon it.

Recruitment open days for our community hospitals – 19 March and 16 April

We are now organising two open days which are aimed at experienced qualified nurses and finalist student nurses. The first takes place at Westwood Park Community Hospital on Saturday, 19 March from 10am to 2pm, and the second at Ward F5, St Luke’s Hospital, on Saturday 16 April from 10am to 2pm.

Our Trust offers newly qualified and experienced nurses the opportunity to be part of an innovative team, providing high quality care across a range of settings. We have a clear mission to deliver safe healthcare and are committed to ensuring our care provision is consistently of the highest quality and responsive to the needs of our patients, families and carers.

Assistant Chief Nurse (Quality and Workforce) Jo Hilton stated: “There are some great opportunities to work in a variety of staff nurse posts offering a supportive and nurturing environment whether this is assisting the transition from student to autonomous practitioner or being supported to progress further in your nursing career. Here in Bradford we are proud to provide high quality, person-centred care and we are looking for compassionate, motivated nurses, who share our passion for putting patients first, to join our workforce.”

No pre-booking is required. Please see NHS jobs for up to date details on our current vacancies – www.jobs.nhs.uk.

End of an era as we bid farewell to our first Emergency Department consultants

Staff at Bradford Royal Infirmary will pay a fond farewell to two of their longest-serving doctors later this month, as emergency consultants Tony Shenton and Pete Bradley retire from the NHS. The pair have 48 combined years’ service to the city’s patients and 79 years total employment with the NHS. Bradford has been their only ever consultant post.

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Trust Grand Round in February

The Trust Grand Round in March 2016 has been cancelled due to the Easter break. The next Trust Grand Round will take place on Thursday 28th April. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow professionals whilst remaining up to date with key issues and developments.

The Foundation Trust invites all local GPs to attend the Grand Round which are held monthly. The Grand Round is held in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Meetings start at 12.45pm and last for an hour. Lunch is available from 12.15pm.

For a trial period, the Grand Round is alternating between Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime in an attempt to allow attendees, who are unable to attend Tuesday sessions, the opportunity to attend on Thursday. Numbers attending the different sessions will be evaluated and a decision either to continue with alternative days or return to the original day of Tuesday will be made.