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GP Bulletin - September 2017

A commitment to our patients – our Clinical Service Strategy

We are very pleased to introduce our refreshed, five-year clinical service strategy for our hospitals. We intend to be an outstanding provider of healthcare, research and education, as well as a great place to work – that is our vision. Our Clinical Service Strategy describes the ways in which we will achieve this. It outlines how we will work with partners to provide new, flexible models of care, tailored to the needs of patients.

It has been built up from discussions with our clinical teams, and we have also engaged with partners across Bradford and West Yorkshire, including Social Care and Public Health, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Healthwatch, and Primary Care, all of whom have contributed towards the development of the strategy.

We have shaped our strategy around four themes:

· High Quality Care

· Research-led Care & Learning

· Collaborative Hospital Care

· Connected Local Care

We hope you find these helpful in describing not just how we will improve the clinical services we offer, but also as a way of understanding the sort of organisation we intend to be; and how we will innovate, improve and work with our partners over the next five years.

We look forward to working with our partners in the Bradford health, care and support system, and other acute providers in West Yorkshire, to ensure the very best services for the population we serve.

Electronic patient records go live at BTHFT

EPR (electronic patient records) is currently being introduced at Bradford Royal Infirmary, St Luke’s Hospital and our community hospitals this week, replacing paper notes with a computerised record of patients care in our hospitals.

EPR will transform the way everyone works at the trust, making sense of busy, complex health services, analysing information in clever ways and helping to manage many every-day tasks. This system will not only help to treat patients more effectively by giving healthcare staff easier access to up-to-date information, it will also use this information to improve care, and give healthcare staff the tools needed to be safer and more efficient. However, as with anything new, it may take staff a little time to get used to. We are grateful for your understanding during this period of transition.

Further information can be found here.

New macula centre opens

A new state-of-the-art centre, offering the very latest in imaging technology officially opened in Bradford on Wednesday, 20 September. The Bradford Macula Centre, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is based on Trinity Road, Bradford, near to St. Luke’s Hospital. It features the most sophisticated scanning equipment capable of detecting a number of eye conditions and is playing a leading role in eye health in the city.

The project has been a joint working agreement with Bayer. Optical Coherence Tomography or OCT as it is more commonly known is a scanning system that produces highly detailed images of the retina. It is often likened to an MRI or x-ray of the eye. OCT Scanning is the most sophisticated tool available for assessing eye health and detecting eye conditions including macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and other eye disorders.

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Helen Devonport said: “This scanner allows us to see detailed images of the retina (the lining of the back of the eye), enabling us to accurately detect, monitor and manage changes to the retina. This latest technology allows us to see flow in blood vessels in the retina without having to inject patients with dye. Previously abnormal blood vessels could only be detected on photos taken after patients received an intravenous injection of one or two dyes. So we are very grateful to Bayer for their support.”

The new centre speeds up the patient’s journey through the clinic and increases the number of patients that can be treated. Ultimately it is hoped to be able to see twice as many patients and the number of clinics will be increased from five per week, to 10 clinics over five days.

The Trust’s ophthalmology department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and has liaised with local optometrists about the opening of the new centre.

Bayer Medical Director for Ophthalmology, Dr Jackie Napier said: “We are proud to support NHS trusts across the UK to improve care for people with sight-threatening eye conditions. We need to continue to work together as an ophthalmology community to overcome challenges in service delivery so we can preserve patients’ sight as much as possible.”

CQC Chief Executive visits Bradford

We were delighted to welcome Sir David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), to Bradford in August for an insight into the fantastic work we’re doing across our hospitals.

On the itinerary was a visit to the Children’s Clinical Decisions Area, our new Intensive Care Unit, our midwife-led Birth Centre, and then onto our Neonatal Unit where he saw our award-winning Baby View video link system which connects parents and newborns who are forced by circumstance to be in separate locations.

Sir David was clearly impressed by what he saw as he toured our new wing and spoke to many staff about our services which are making a real difference to our patients.

Neonatal team hits heights in research trial

A dedicated Bradford neonatal team has been presented with a certificate of excellence for its role in a major research trial. The neonatal unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has now recruited an amazing 205 babies to the ELFIN study which could have a major impact on infant health. This makes the Trust the top recruiter in the country for the study - what’s more BRI was the very first hospital to recruit to ELFIN.

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