Sharing How We Care Conference

This is your opportunity to show the importance and value of frontline healthcare staff for patient care, exploring what sets us apart from the rest and discovering why ‘We Care’.

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’.

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Sharing How We Care in 2019:

Next year’s event will take place 11 April at the Holiday Inn at Warmsworth.

Similar to the event last year, the conference will feature guest speakers, work and developments from members of Team DBTH and other informative workshops.

The event’s keynote speaker will be James Titcombe is a Patient Safety Specialist at Datix Limited. He was previously, from October 2013 to March 2016, the National Advisor on Patient Safety, Culture & Quality for the Care Quality Commission.His baby son, Joshua, died at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust nine days after his birth at Furness General Hospital in November 2008.

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. He got no apology from the Trust until nearly 17 months after the event. In March 2011 a police investigation into Joshua’s death was launched. It later included the deaths of 18 other babies and two mothers at the hospital. There was also an independent investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup into the maternity unit, which was described as ‘seriously dysfunctional’. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman eventually investigated the way his complaints had been dealt with and made recommendations which Titcombe supported, “in particular the need for honestly and robust incident investigation following avoidable harm or death in the NHS” using techniques for which staff were properly trained.

He draws heavily on his own experience in speaking about quality improvement in the NHS. He reports sadly that “I’ll Datix you”, is used as a threat in argumentative situations in the NHS. James will be sharing his story and how we can learn from it to develop as an organisation.

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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