DBTH Annual Members Lecture 2022

Join us on 11 July when we begin our week-long lecture series for members of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals.

Similar to last year’s Annual Members Lecture, we are focusing upon our response to COVID-19 and our response as a Trust, as well as looking a little beyond the pandemic. During the week, we will feature sessions with a range of health professionals from within our organisation, each speaking on a specific theme of topic.

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Due to the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic, the Annual Members Lecture is once again entirely virtual this year, and you can find the schedule as below. Links will be made available at the appropriate time to allow you to either watch or listen along.

An introduction from the Chair of the Board, Suzy Brain England OBE:

The schedule:

  • Monday 11 July at 2pm: An overview of the year: We hear from our Executive Medical Director, Dr Tim Noble, who explains the challenges we have faced this year, as well as gives a brief overview of the past 12 months and how we have moved forward, whilst still working in the context of a pandemic.

  • Tuesday 12 July at 2pm: An update on COVID-19: We hear from Miriam Boyack, Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control who discusses our current position in respect to COVID-19, as well as some of the infection prevention and control policies we continue to work with.

  • Tuesday 12 July at 4pm: Research and the pandemic: We hear from a range of colleagues within this team to understand how research has carried on despite the challenges of COVID-19, and what innovations we are involved with.

  • Wednesday 13 July at 2pm: Working differently to deliver cancer care: We hear from Dr Tim Wilson amongst other colleagues about innovations we have implemented to speed up certain diagnosis pathways, as well as how we are enhancing the experience for patients within the Trust.

  • Thursday 14 July at 2pm: Meeting recruitment challenges: Getting the right people in the right roles is difficult for all NHS providers. We have recently worked with an international recruiter to bring a number of overseas nurses to the Trust – lead for this project, Ruby Faruqi explains.

  • Thursday 14 July at 4pm: Our People priorities: Our new Chief People Officer, Zoe Lintin, explains our intentions for the future in regards to the NHS People Plan, and how we intend to move forward as an employer.

  • Friday 15 July at 2pm:  Looking to the future: While COVID-19 will be with us for some time to come, as a Trust we must plan for the future and move forward beyond the pandemic. Jon Sargeant, Deputy Chief Executive, and Dr Kirsty Edmondson Jones, Director of Innovation and Infrastructure explain more.

Lecture extras:

As a result of the pandemic, we have produced a number of brief films to showcase developments and achievements within the Trust. Alongside our lectures, we thought members would be interested in these little snippets from the previous 12 months;

Marking one year with COVID-19: This was a short video we produced to mark the 12-month anniversary of the pandemic, to pay tribute to the efforts of our staff, as well as remember those we have lost.

The official opening of the DRI Rainbow Garden: The new garden, near to the main entrance of Doncaster Royal Infirmary, has been designed as a quiet and colourful place for both hospital staff and visitors to quietly remember the town’s victims of coronavirus. It has been entirely funded by the local community.

The official opening of the Bassetlaw Rainbow Garden: On Friday 27 May, local health professionals officially opened the ‘Rainbow Garden’ at Bassetlaw Hospital, a space which is dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives to COVID-19 in Worksop and the surrounding areas.

The opening of Kev’s Wheels at Doncaster Royal Infirmary: On Easter Sunday of last year, Kevin Smith, a beloved colleague at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), passed away following treatment for coronavirus. A Plaster Technician at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and a valued and respected member of the team since 1983, Kev, as he was known to friends, cared for thousands of patients throughout his career. So well-known and thought of was the Doncaster resident that he was often stopped and thanked whenever he was out and about by those he had so expertly patched-up, potted and plastered. Channelling her efforts into a worthwhile project, Diane Smith, Kev’s wife, launched a Just Giving appeal in early May in her husband’s honour, to raise money for much-needed wheelchairs at the Trust. In just a few hours she had smashed her original target of £5,000, ultimately raising more than £17,000.

Introducing BaBi-D: The Born and Bred in Doncaster (BaBi-D) research programme aims to help improve the health and wellbeing of children and families across Doncaster, with this programme maintaining a strong focus on health inequalities and inclusion. The data provided from this cohort study will help the partnership in gaining a better understanding of what local families want and need from healthcare services across the borough, ensuring locally commissioned services are inclusive, with consideration of additional research for further understanding and improvement for our local population.

Drive-thru Phlebotomy: To aid services during the early stages of the pandemic, as well as ensure the safety of the most vulnerable amongst us, the Trust implemented a drive-through blood testing service with the help of Doncaster Rovers and the Eco Power Stadium. Since that time the service has gone from strength to strength and sees hundreds of patients per month.

Drive-thru Echocardiogram: Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 100% of ECG patients were seen in clinic and fitted with a monitor, which is roughly the size of a credit card, hooked up to three electrodes and set to record the activity of the heart for anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. With the infection prevention and control challenges presented by coronavirus, and the resulting delays in getting people in and out safely, inspired by a similar service within phlebotomy, the department decided to roll-out the drive-through.

Modular extension: In late 2021, we opened a modular extension to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Since that time this area has housed paediatrics, as repairs have been made to existing wards, the labour suite, which has undergone renovations, and it will shortly be used to house a new elective theatre ward which will help us get through the backlog of activity we currently have. The below videos showcase how the area was made, and how it is now being used.

Last year’s series: You can view last year’s lecture series by heading to: https://www.dbth.nhs.uk/lectures/

Get involved:

Our final lecture on Wednesday 23 June will be given to a question and answer session. To submit a question, please head to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/73Q5C6V 

Where else can I see these lectures?

Note, we will also share these films on our FacebookTwitter and YouTube pages meaning you can watch the lectures go out at the time of their publication, or later at a time that suits you. We will provide links when the videos are available and we will host audio-only podcasts for those that wish to follow the lecture series in this way.

Any questions?

If you have any questions that are not related to the themes within the lecture, you can speak with the Trust Board Office using the following details:

  • By post: Trust Board Office, Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Armthorpe Road, Doncaster DN2 5LT
  • By phone: 01302 644158 / 01302 642369
  • By email:  dbth.TrustBoardOffice@nhs.net

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