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GP Bulletin October 2014

New website goes live

The Foundation Trust's new-look external website (www.bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk) has gone live. Built from scratch and optimised for viewing on mobile devices, the site includes a major overhaul of our maps and directions page, with individual markers now being represented on the maps page including wards, bus stops, car parks and facilities such as places to eat.

Accessibility has also been vastly improved and the new website gives visually impaired users the ability to display pages in different font sizes and high contrast modes. The site also features the ability to translate text into a wide variety of languages. It was developed and tested in public workshops with patient representatives.


BTHFT's Clinical Service Strategy and the Estate Strategy 2014-2019

The Clinical Service Strategy and the Estates Strategy for the period 2014-19 have been developed and rolled out across BTHFT.

The Clinical Service Strategy will enable the continued development of our healthcare services to ensure that they remain responsive to the health needs of the people of Bradford and West Yorkshire. This strategy is also designed to ensure that our services meet the unprecedented local and national challenges facing the NHS and address the key ambitions and outcomes of NHS England.

Many of the service developments highlighted in the Clinical Service Strategy will only be realised through the reconfiguration and development of our Estate. This is detailed within the Estate Strategy document. The Estate Strategy should be considered as a key enabling strategy which will support realisation of future service development plans.

Clinicians, nurses and service managers had considerable involvement in the strategy development days and in the annual planning process and have played the lead role in developing the service changes highlighted in the clinical strategy and in helping to resolve some of Estate reconfiguration questions that arose as a result.


Our commitment to the NHS ˜Sign Up to Safety' scheme

Sign up to Safety was created to help realise the ambition of making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world by developing a system devoted to continuous learning and improvement. BTHFT has signed up to the campaign to commit to setting out actions we will undertake in response to the pledges stated.

The five pledges that we have signed up to deliver are as follows -

  1. Put safety first. Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public the goals and plans developed locally.
  2. Continually learn. Make their organisations more resilient to risks, by acting on the feedback from patients and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe their services are.
  3. Honesty. Be transparent with people about their progress to tackle patient safety issues and support staff to be candid with patients and their families if something goes wrong.
  4. Collaborate. Take a leading role in supporting local collaborative learning, so that improvements are made across all of the local services that patients use.
  5. Support. Help people understand why things go wrong and how to put them right. Give staff the time and support to improve and celebrate the progress.


New online service directory now available

As a result of our engagement with stakeholders, one of the most requested improvements was in relation to the online service directory. We're happy to announce that a number of changes have now been implemented including a new uniform look and updated information on our services.

As part of the wider Trust website re-launch, the service directory is also now live. Improvements include content being updated much more frequently as well as being much easier to navigate.

If you have any queries or find something that could be improved please contact us on gp.comments@bthft.nhs.uk.


An invitation to the Grand Round

The Foundation Trust invites all local GPs to attend the Grand Round. The Grand Round is a monthly event and generally consists of two presentations delivered by expert. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow professionals whilst remaining up to date with key issues and developments.

The subject for the Grand Round on 28th October will be -

  • ˜Dying to Talk to you' - Sarah Holmes, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, BRI / Marie Curie Hospice Bradford will be the speaker

The Grand Round is held in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at Bradford Royal Infirmary on the last Tuesday of each month. Meetings start at 12.45pm and last for an hour. Lunch is available from 12.15pm.


This monthly bulletin aims to keep local GPs up to date with the trust's new services and developments. If you'd like any further information about any of the items in this month's briefing contact Naveed Saddique on 01274 382635, email gp.comments@bthft.nhs.uk