Employing over 6,000 members of staff in clinical, medical and corporate roles, providing the best quality care is our driving ambition as a Trust.
The ‘Sharing How We Care’ conference is a chance to come together, showcase exciting and innovative examples of care, as well experiences and examples of best practice.
An annual event, last year’s conference was incredibly moving, with guest speaker Dr Kate Allatt, as well as inspirational in helping us focus on how we can improve and make positive changes. We anticipate 2019’s get-together to be even better.
This is your opportunity to celebrate the best and brightest aspects of DBTH, exploring what sets us apart from the rest and discovering why ‘We Care’.
Sharing How We Care in 2020
The next Sharing How We Care Conference will take place 2 April 2020, the agenda will follow soon as well where to register your interest in attending.
Sharing How We Care in 2019:
On Thursday 11 April, we hosted our second annual ‘Sharing How We Care’ conference at the Holiday Inn in Warmsworth, Doncaster.
The hugely successful event, which was attended by more than 150 local nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals, was an opportunity to share innovations, best practice and learn from colleagues from within the Trust.
The conference kicked-off with a moving and thought-provoking discussion, courtesy of special guest James Titcombe OBE. A Patient Safety Specialist, James’ infant son, Joshua, died at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust nine days after his birth in November 2008.
As a parent, James refused to accept the initial explanations he and his wife were given for Joshua’s death and made an official complaint about his treatment. Finally, in March 2011 a police investigation into Joshua’s death was launched, with serious failings discovered at the hospital as a result.
James draws heavily upon his own experiences in speaking, and is a passionate advocate for quality improvement in the NHS. His account was inspiring, and at times heart-wrenching, touching everyone in the room and provided further motivation for attendees to always provide the best possible care for patients, as well as underlining the need for transparency and the importance of learning from both positive and negative experiences.
Speaking about the event, James said: ““It was a real privilege to be invited to share Joshua’s Story with staff at the trust as part of the Sharing How We Care conference.
I was made to feel really welcome and very much appreciated the thoughtful comments and conversations with staff after my talk.
The agenda for the day was fantastic – it was great to see all the good work that is clearly happening at the trust towards improving the quality and safety of patient care.”
Afterwards, attendees gathered together to showcase exciting developments and take part in a series of informative workshops. These activities touched on everything from patient safety, to recent projects such as ‘Making Mealtimes Matter’ and a drive to ensure that patients have an uninterrupted, quality sleep when staying at hospital. Proceedings were then brought to a close by Trust Chair, Suzy Brain England OBE who summed up the conference with a few inspirational words and a further commitment to the Trust’s values of ‘We Care’.
In a joint statement, Richard Parker OBE, Chief Executive at the Trust, and Suzy Brain England OBE, Chair at the Trust, said: ‘’Once again, the Sharing How We Care Conference was a fantastic opportunity for colleagues from across our three main hospitals to come together, and share important innovations, practice and learning. The day was extremely well-received, with some great conversations and ideas which will continue for a long-time to come. We believe that the event is just one more example of why our Trust is such an extraordinary place to work and we’re already eagerly anticipating next year’s event.”
Sharing How We Care in 2018:
On Thursday 26 April, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) hosted its first-ever ‘Sharing How We Care’ conference.
The hugely successful event, which was attended by around 100 nurses and healthcare professionals, was an opportunity to share innovations and best practice within the Trust.
The conference kicked-off with a moving and thought-provoking discussion, courtesy of special guest Dr Kate Allatt. The inspirational speaker generously shared her powerful story with attendees, detailing how a stroke had left her with ‘Locked-In Syndrome’, a condition which renders a person immobile, unable to move or even communicate.
Kate’s inspiring, and at times heart-wrenching, account touched everyone in the room, highlighting the importance of remaining positive in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, and the crucial role healthcare staff play in any patient’s journey.
Speaking about the event, Kate said: “This was my first engagement event with DBTH and I was impressed with the ideas and pledges on how staff felt they could challenge and improve compassion in care. I look forward to seeing how these develop and hope to undertake further partnership work with the organisation.”
Afterwards, attendees gathered together to showcase exciting developments and take part in a series of informative workshops. These activities touched on everything from patient safety, to a recent innovation called Achieving Reliable Care (ARC), as well as supporting patients who are at the end of life. Proceedings were then brought to a close by Trust Chair, Suzy Brain England OBE.
Dr Sam Debbage, Deputy Director of Education and co-organiser of the event, said: ‘’Sharing How We Care was a fantastic opportunity for staff to come together with colleagues from across our hospitals, highlighting why DBTH is such an extraordinary place to work. The day was extremely well-received, starting some great conversations and ideas around the Trust which will continue for a long-time to come.”
With a number of pledges made by attendees to ‘think differently’, the event will return next year.
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