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‘I want to go home’ charity event raises vital funds for dementia and delirium care

IwanttogohomeTeams of kind-hearted staff from Solihull Hospital have taken on the challenge of finding their way back from a secret location miles from home without any money – all in the name of charity.

Seven teams of four set off from Solihull Hospital, part of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, and were dropped off miles away without any money with the sole instruction to get back to the hospital in the quickest time.

The teams used all of their cunning and charm to get back, including flagging down motorists, convincing train drivers to take pity and the eventual winners – Ward 19 at Solihull – persuading a car showroom to drive them back all the way from Kidderminster to Solihull.

The ‘I want to go home’ event has seen over £1,000 raised to support dementia and delirium patients at the Solihull site.

Senior nurse for dementia at Solihull Hospital, Phil Hall, who heads up the award-winning Dementia and Delirium Outreach Team at the hospital, said he was delighted at the response to the fundraising event.

He said: “It has been a really successful event and all the teams really got into the spirit of it to raise a fantastic amount which will go towards improving care for patients with dementia and delirium at Solihull Hospital.

“I would like to thank all those who took part and gave up their free time, as well as those who donated money and indeed helped our teams during the day.”

The Dementia and Delirium Outreach Team is always on the lookout for volunteers who can offer some time to spend assisting elderly and frail patients on wards, encouraging eating and drinking, helping with mobilisation and orientation and supporting activity such as playing card games or doing jigsaws.

If you think that could be you please contact Phil Hall or a member of the Dementia and Delirium Outreach Team on 0121 424 4277, email or follow them on Twitter @DADOTSH1

I am aware that a number of the Trust’s EU staff and their colleagues are concerned about the impact the EU referendum result will have on their jobs.

Please be reassured that it is business as usual: you play a crucial part in our organisation and your contribution is valued enormously by both the Trust and the patients we care for.
While the outcome of the referendum has undoubtedly created uncertainty and new challenges, the Trust will continue to support our whole workforce, irrespective of nationality and status.

Thank you for your continued commitment, hard work and professionalism. It is appreciated by me and, more importantly, by those you care for every day.

With best wishes,
Dame Julie Moore, Interim Chief Executive, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Statement on EU workforce (source: NHS England)

The Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings has moved to settle any unrest among EU colleagues following the Brexit vote:

“The outcome of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union has, understandably, raised a number of questions about what this will mean for people from the EU currently employed in Britain. I wanted to take this opportunity to confirm to all EU nurses, midwives and care assistants working in England’s health and care system that you are valued and hugely appreciated. You are an integral and vital part of the health and care family, and your skills and compassionate care directly benefit patients, families and communities.

“Your vital contribution to our work together will continue; you are appreciated by me and, most of all, by those we care for.”

Hunt tells EU staff they are “a crucial part of our NHS” (source: NHS Providers)

Speaking for the first time since the EU referendum result, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has called on the country to value the contribution of EU workers in the health service, reports HSJ.

Hunt said he wanted to speak directly to the 110,000 EU staff in the health and care sector, telling them: “You do a brilliant job for your patients, you are a crucial part of our NHS, and as a country we value you.” He also said the country must accept the outcome of the referendum and the challenges it had created “whilst a new relationship with Europe is determined”. However, he added that the British people expect “continuity and stability”, particularly in relation to their public services and the NHS.

His comments come following reports that EU workers in the NHS have expressed concerns about the vote last week and there have been isolated reports of staff facing racist abuse.

This past week has been momentous politically for our nation. Unfortunately it has been characterised by a campaign that, at times, has beenbitter, divisive and sometimes led to ill feelings between friends, families and colleagues. As we are all aware, the NHS featured prominently in the campaign.

I am very proud of the high standards of healthcare delivered across Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and the West Midlands by staff in our hospitals and who work in the community.  Healthcare can only be delivered by excellent teamwork and I am pleased that I see that every day in the teams working here. These teams reflect our diverse local community and the diversity of our patients and are made up of staff from all walks of life, race, beliefs and sexuality. Each member of our staff is equally valued as an essential part of the team that delivers such excellent treatment.

All of us who work in healthcare came into the profession to do something positive for others – to use our skills and abilities to care for, and treat, patients. We expect staff to treat all they meet with respect; whether it is respect for patients, respect for visitors or respect for each other. That respect works both ways – our staff must be respected for the job they do, for the skills and knowledge they bring to caring for patients.  They too have the right to expect to be treated with respect and courtesy by patients, visitors and members of the public.

There have been some disturbing reports from elsewhere in the NHS of staff facing racist abuse.  We value every member of our staff and will seek to protect and support them in all aspects of their work. As an organisation we will not tolerate any abuse of our staff and will seek to take action where appropriate.

With best wishes


Dame Julie Moore

Interim Chief Executive

Modern Slavery Statement 2018/2019

In accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (the ‘Trust’) annually publishes a Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement on the steps it has taken in the previous year to ensure that Modern Slavery (i.e. slavery and human trafficking), is not taking place in any part of its own business or any of its supply chains.

About the Trust

Our annual turnover for 2018-19 was £1.6 billion.

We provide direct clinical care to over 2 million patients every year, serving a regional, national and international population.

We have a workforce of around 20,000 staff on Trust sites across the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull Hospital.  The nationally-renowned Birmingham Chest Clinic is also an important part of the Trust and we operate a number of satellite units that treat patients as near to their homes and families as possible. We have due diligence processes in place to ensure that as an employer we develop and protect our staff and provide an inclusive, safe and healthy place to work in.

Like many other large organisations, our supply chain can be complex. We expect our business partners to take all reasonable steps to prevent any cases of unethical or abusive labour practices.

We are aware of the issues around Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and are committed to stopping it within our communities. 

The Board approved its Modern Slavery Statement for publication to ensure slavery is not taking place in any part of its own business or any of its supply chains. The Statement was signed by the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. David Rosser.

The full Statement can be read here:


Board of Directors

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

May 2019

Three Peaks practice hikeA brave team of ‘Peaky Hikers’ from Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust are dusting off their walking boots and taking on the Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 2 July.

They will be completing the challenge across three countries in 24 hours, which includes Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. The three mountains add up to a massive 3,408m climb for the team, nicknamed the ‘Peaky Hikers’.

The 33-strong team is mainly made up of staff from the emergency departments at Good Hope and Heartlands Hospitals, but they’re also being joined by paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service and friends and family, who are driving the minibuses.

They have already been on four practice hikes and have plans for more before the event. They’re being sponsored by ADPRAC, a specialist recruitment agency, and their donation has funded the team costs.

Organised by Martin Horton, who works as an advanced emergency department practitioner at both Heartlands and Good Hope Hospitals, the team hope to raise as much money as possible which will be divided between the neonatal and elderly frailty units.

Martin said: “We’re all really excited about taking part in Three Peaks but we know it will be a tough challenge to complete. We wanted to raise money for the neonatal and elderly frailty units because they do a great job of looking after our young and old patients.”

If you’d like to support the Peaky Hikers, you can follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter, #HEFT3PEAKS2016, visit their JustGiving page or text HEFT99 £5 to 70070.

Sam Foster and Karen MurphyHeart of England NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) joined forces with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) last week at a conference to celebrate the vital role of support workers caring for patients and residents across the West Midlands.

The sixth annual Support Workers conference, held at Cranmore Park, highlighted the role of the support worker and the importance of joined up working across the health and social care system in the West Midlands.

Sam Foster, chief nurse at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Karen Murphy, assistant director for commissioning at SMBC, welcomed almost 100 delegates to the event.

Support workers provide direct, safe and effective quality care to people in their own homes, in care homes and patients in hospital. Support workers’ roles include, healthcare assistants, therapy assistants, speech and language therapists who provide individualised care for people from admission, discharge and living in their own homes.

The delegates heard from speakers including Jan Burns MBE, managing director of Safe and Settled Ltd, Katrina Creedon, corporate nurse at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Helen Kelly, director of integrated care and support Solihull (ICASS) and Paul Vaughan, regional director of the RCN for the West Midlands.

Delegates also took part in workshops focusing on topics such as person-centred care, safeguarding and dementia care.

Sara Jaskiewicz, associate head of education at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The success of this event demonstrated the importance of diverse staff groups and organisations joining forces in a combined journey to strive for excellence in patient centred care. It has validated our first steps together.”

Councillor Karen Grinsell, cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “It was exciting to see colleagues from across the health and care system coming together to develop a shared understanding and appreciation for the work they all do. Support workers are at the frontline of providing care and have such an important part to play in ensuring that people receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

From Sunday 19 June, Café One servery and Costa Coffee will be closed for refurbishment. It will open on Sunday 10 July as Starbucks.

During this time, we will be running a limited catering service for patients, visitors and staff, which will be located by the lifts in the main entrance. The seating area will remain open.

Monday – Friday From 7am
Tea, coffee and pastries

8am – 11am

Sausage/bacon baps including vegetarian sausages, paninis and toasted sandwiches

12pm – 3pm
Soup of the day, two hot main courses served with rice, salad and fries
Jacket Potatoes served with the filling of the day
Selection of cold sandwiches
Salads and baguettes
3pm – 6pm 

Cakes, pastries and a selection of cold sandwiches


Saturday and Sunday From 9am
Tea, coffee and pastries

9am – 11am

Sausage/bacon baps including vegetarian sausages, paninis and toasted sandwiches

12pm – 3pm
Soup of the day, two hot main courses served with rice, salad and fries
Jacket Potatoes served with the filling of the day
Selection of cold sandwiches
Salads and baguettes
3pm – 6pm 

Cakes, pastries and a selection of cold sandwiches


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All affected areas of the flood at Heartlands Hospital yesterday afternoon are now up and running except for Paediatric ED, which remains closed. Paediatric patients are being treated in other parts of the emergency department and a contingency plan is in place should there be an increase in demand.

Staff worked extremely hard to keep patients safe and to return services to back normal operations. No impact was had on patient care during the incident.

We would like to thank our neighbouring Trusts, West Midlands Ambulance Service, and West Midlands Fire Service for their support.






SunJacqui Jones, Liz Nightingale and Judy Bridge, Macmillan skin cancer clinical nurse specialists, on how to protect yourself from the sun

Now the summer months are here, many of us will be enjoying spending time in the sun.

Exposure to the sun is important in order to keep your body healthy and encourage vitamin D production. Too much exposure though can lead to skin damage and the development of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the UK. Every year around 13,000 people living in the UK develop skin cancer.

The sun produces ultraviolet (UV) radiation and there are two types of UV rays that can damage our skin. Firstly UVA radiation penetrates deep into the skin and causes long term damage like wrinkles, sagging and discolouration. Secondly UVB radiation penetrates the superficial layer of the skin and is the main cause of sunburn.

These changes may lead to skin cancer and the simple fact that your skin has changed colour is a sign of damage. But the good news is that skin cancer can be prevented by adopting some simple and inexpensive suncare habits.

To keep safe in the sun, you should adhere to these guidelines:

  • Sunscreen: Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen with a four-five star UVA rating, every two hours. Use a waterproof sunscreen on children over three years when swimming and reapply immediately after towelling. It is important to use a generous amount and if you apply the sunscreen too thinly, it will reduce the SPF factor. Follow the instructions on the sunscreen closely.
  • Sunhat. Wear a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears
  • Sunglasses. Wear wrap-around sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes
  • Shade. Seek shade or cover up – particularly between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest. Keep toddlers and babies in the shade as much as possible, particularly when abroad.

We are all at risk of skin cancer; however, people that fit into the following list have a greater risk and need to take particular care:

  • Fair skin that burns easily
  • Red or fair hair
  • Lots of moles and/or freckles
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • A history of sun burn
  • Outdoor workers and those with outdoor hobbies e.g. golf, cricket, fishing, gardening etc.

You can still go out and enjoy the weather but make sure you take steps to help protect your skin. Looking after your skin and making healthy lifestyle choices will help prevent skin problems.

For more information on skin cancer prevention, visit

Solihull Hospital 3With around one in six people in the West Midlands suffering from arthritis, which causes inflammation within a joint, Solihull Hospital is hosting a public seminar on this common condition.

Taking place on 21 June from 5pm, Dr Arvind Sinha, consultant rheumatologist, will look into the different types of arthritis which affects patients, as well as the range of symptoms that the condition can cause and how it can be treated.

Dr Sinha said: “Although arthritis is often thought to be associated with older people, it can affect people of all ages, including some children.  There is no cure for arthritis but there are a number of treatments that can help slow down the condition’s progress.

“Members of the public who attend the seminar will be able to get expert advice and tips on what the common symptoms of arthritis are, as well as treatment options that are available and lifestyle changes that can be made to manage the condition.”

If you would like to attend the seminar, please contact Sandra White, membership and community engagement manager, on 0121 424 1218 or email:

The Trust – which covers Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Good Hope Hospital as well as some community based services – runs monthly health seminars to help raise awareness of a range of health conditions, as well as providing information about the treatment and support that is available.


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