During may, several events were held to promote agile working at DCHS. Key themes of posture, Health and Safety, connectivity and remote meeting technology were explored. If you are thinking 'what do I do next'?, these tips might help:
- Check out the for information
- At your team meeting discuss how agile working can be integrated in to your team and share the hints and tips and guides available on the agile web pages
- Think how you can make changes to the way you and yout team work day to day. Can you reduce time spent in the office by using technology? Can you reduce face to face meetings by using teleconference or WebEx.
There are a number of staff who have made changes to the way they are managing their work, and adopting more agile ways. Why not have a go yourself?
‘Using a Jabra speakerphone blue-toothed to our mobile phone has helped us increase our number of teleconferences. We use it every week and it has great sound quality as well as being very portable.’ – Planned Care and Outpatients
‘I’ve borrowed a smartphone with a front and rear camera on so I can Skype with my patients. Some of them prefer it to a visit as it saves them up to an hour and saves me travel time too.’ – Diabetes Specialist Nurse
‘I have been using a micro projector. I use it weekly to help facilitate discussions and it means I can do this without having to book a room that already has a projector in. Because of its size and portability I have much more flexibility.’ – PMO Lead
‘I have a headphone and portable speaker and use both many times a week.’ – Jo Hunter
Please contact Melissa Deighton through Melissa.email@example.com or 0778646165, if you want to try out equipment such as speakerphones and webcams to help you or your team work differently, want more information about reducing travel costs, or to learn more about what we are doing to improve connectivity.
The Department of Health is urging all Health and Social Services to stop using fax machines to transmit patient information. DCHS, as part of the Derbyshire Health Community (including GP's), is committed to making this happen., and soon. The current deadline for stopping faxing is 1st October 2016.
Faxing is not a secure method of transferring confidential information. There have been many incidents at DCHS where patient information has been sent by fax in error to the wrong number; has been recieved but 'hidden' in the middle of another transmission and assumed 'lost'; has been recieved incomplete, but assumed complete and therefore missing important patient details or has arrived after hours and then found days later by someone, but not necerssarily the intended recipient.
Staff are being encouraged to review when, and why they are using faxing to transmit patient information and to put in place alternate, more secure methods. Ask yourself, and your team:
- Are we 'fax-free ready?'
- Do we have a team e-mail address?
- Do we know how to securely send confidential or sensitive information?
- Could we transmit this information via TPP SystemOne, using tasks or electronic referrals instead?
For more information about getting your team/service to be 'Fax-Free ready' please contact Hannah edwards firstname.lastname@example.org in IM&T or call the IG Team at Babington Hospital on 01773 824171.
Our vision is not only to be the best provider of local healthcare, but also to be a great place to work. To achieve this we know that we must do all we can to look after tre wellbeing of our most important asset- Our Staff. Research from across the world shows that happy, healthy healthcare employees provide better care for patients.
With this in mind, we have recently asked for an independant and wide-reaching look at the health needs of our staff- this being carried out in the form of an in-depth survey carried out by a Public Health Specialist from Derbyshire County Council. We appreciate this may feel like 'yet another survey' to complete, but we really need input from as many staff as possible to get an accurate picture enable our subsequent wellbeing strategy to be reflective of your needs. Your feedback will genuinly help us on our collective journey of being a great place to work, so please help us and put some time aside to complete the survey. Here are some important points to stress:
- This is an independant survey, developed by public health specialists, Jo Parry, who is employed by Derbyshire County Council.
- The information you choose to share in the survey will not be seen by anybody other than Jo; it is 100% confidential.
- The subsequesnt analysis and report will not be person-specific, nor will it identify anybody, your anonymity is guarenteed.
- The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.
- The findings will be used to to plan a programme of events, support and incentives to help us help you be as healthy as you can be at work.
You can complete the survey by clicking here.
Thank you, Amanda Rawlings, Director Of People and Organisational Effectiveness.
We recieved an overwhelming response to the awards this year with over 260 nominations and 49 finalists throughout the 10 catergories. Here’s a roll call of all the nominees - Congratulations to all!
Under the banner of 'Better Care Closer To Home', everyone in North Derbyshire is being encouraged to have their say on a public consultation which launches today (29th June) and runs until 5th October 2016. Led by North Derbyshire and Hardwick CCGs, the consultation is part of the wider 21C #JoinedUpCare programme and more information on that- Including details of public meetings and ways to feedback - can be found online.
In her latest vlog, Tracy talks about the consultation, it's proposals and what it all means for DCHS - you can watch it online.
We haev arranged a series of drop-in sessions next week to follow-on from staff briefings earlier this week. At these sessions members of the executive team will be on hand to go theough the proposals and to provide a further oppertunity for you all to ask any questions.
4th July Drop-In Sessions
Walton Hospital, Room J, 2-4pm
Bolsover Hospital,Board Room 2-4pm
Clay Cross Hospital, dining room/conservatory, 9-11am
8th July Drop-In Sessions
Cavendish Hospital, Meeting Room, 9:30-11:30am
Whitworth Hospital, The Lodge, 9:30-11:30am
Newholme Hospital,Meeting Room, 9:30-11:30am
Please note that the next Council Of Governors meeting has changed from Monday 11th July 2016 to Tuesday 12th July 2016. The public meeting will begin at 2pm and the venue will be the Post Mill Centre.
NHS Services in the Matlock area and ideas for how they can be improved will be discussed on Thursday 30th June at Matlock Town Football Club, starting at 12:30pm. All are welcome to contribute to the debate or raise questions with the executives and non-executives directors who are hosting the session. The free one-hour event at Matlock Town Football Club, Causeway Lane, Matlock, DE4 3AR, will be followed straight afterwards by the NHS trust's June board meeting, which is also open to the public at the same venue.
The Breastmates Volunteers are holding their annual Breastfeeding Awareness Week "Big Feed" in Hall Leys Park in Matlock on Thursday 23rd June 2016 between 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Bring a picnic, a rug and meet some friends. There will be cake and all will be welcome.
Speak to a trained Volunteer in Confidence :07919 013381
The Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham are pleased to launch the 2016/17 East Midlands Clinical Scholars Bronze and Silver Awards. Are you an NHS Nurse, Midwife, Allied Health Professional, Health Visitor, Healthcare Scientist, Chiropractor, Pharmacy Professional, Optometrist, Oseteopath, Optician, Wilder Dental Team Member, Operating Department Practitioner, Non- Medical Public Health Specialty Trainee or Clinical Phsychologist, registered in the East Midlands? If so you might be interested in finding out more here and these supporting documents.
New End Of Life Mortality Audit goes live on 1st July 2016 - DCHS has revised the end of mortality audit- it is really important for you, your team and your patients as well as for the organisation as a whole that you and your team complete this for every patient who dies on a DCHS ward or if you are a community collegue for every patient where you provided end of life care, regardless of where they actually die.
- Inpatient deaths should be reviewed and reported within 72 hours.
- Inpatient wards are NO LONGER required to complete a nil return.
- Community deaths should be reviewed and reported within 7 working days.
- By the 7th day of the month any community teams who did not have a patient death in the preceding month should complete a nil return.
If you have any problems, questions or concerns please contact Tracey Brailsford or call on 07966981885