Trust becomes first accredited allergy service in the UK
Published/updated: 30/09/16 10:48
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust’s Allergy and Immunology team are celebrating after becoming the first NHS Trust in the UK to be awarded ‘Improving Quality in Allergy Services’ (IQAS) accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians.
The Trust was awarded accreditation following an assessment of its facilities, staff and working practices, to evidence its commitment to the delivery of high-quality patient care.
Launched by the Royal College of Physicians in November 2015, IQAS aims to improve the quality and outcomes of clinical allergy services through the achievement of best practice standards.
Dr Aarnoud Huissoon, head of Allergy and Immunology West Midlands at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be the first IQAS accredited service, and that the Allergy Service has been recognised as providing an effective and patient-centred service.
“This is a deserved acknowledgement of the hard work that the allergy team has done to meet the IQAS standards.
“The whole accreditation process has helped us focus on how to make our service work for patients, and the assessment team provided helpful recommendations for further improvements that we can make.”
Trust set for BBC appearance
Published/updated: 29/09/16 13:57
The BBC’s popular current affairs programme Panorama has spent six months filming with Diabetes type 2 patients at Heart of England as they go through treatment – emergency operations to save lives, weight loss surgery, and the struggle to manage their diabetes through lifestyle changes. Keep an eye out for the programme which is to be broadcast on Monday 3 October at 8.30pm on BBC1.
Look out for details about this programme at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07yklv8
Photo caption: Clinical director for vascular surgery, Mr Martin Claridge features in the programme.
FOI 4759 Overseas patients
Published/updated: 26/09/16 09:00
How many non insured foreign nationals that have been unable to cover their healthcare costs have you cared for in the last two years, and from what countries?
On average how many days have they been admitted for ?
The information you have requested is provided below
Unfortunately, HSMR data is only available from April 2001. The HSMR calculation was still in development in the early 2000’s and has changed in a variety of ways over the last 15 years. Individual Hospitals HSMRs in a Trust need to be treated with caution. One of the reasons is that patients may be transferred from one hospital to another, eg for Intensive Care, which may affect the HSMR calculations.
HSMR indicators are not calculated for specialties, eg Elderly Care. One reason is that specialties are recorded in different ways at Trusts. Consultants may be registered variably at Trusts as Elderly Care Consultants or General Medicine Consultants. However, we have shown the overall Hospital HSMR by quarter in the tables above. Also shown is the proportion of Hospital HSMR deaths who were aged 75 or older. Patients who are 75 or older might be expected at the Trust to be within the Elderly Care group. A large proportion of all HSMR deaths occurs for patients who are 75 or older.
FOI 4747 Occupational Therapy
Published/updated: 26/09/16 08:51
How many occupational therapists were/are employed within your Trust in each of the following years 1) 2013; 2) 2014; 3) 2015; 4) 2016 i) to date ii) budgeted?
Full Time Equivalent
What was the total amount spent on occupational therapy services within your Trust in each of the following years 1) 2013; 2) 2014; 3) 2015; 4) 2016 to date i) to date ii) budgeted?
Budget / Expenditure
2016/17 – M1-4
Of these, how many occupational therapists work on acute medical awards? 9
Of these, how many occupational therapists do you employ in Accident & Emergency departments? 5
How many occupational therapists were/are employed within your Trust in each of the following financial years, in working time equivalent format: 1) 2011/12; and 5) 2016/17 budgeted?
Working Time Equivalent
What was the total amount spent on occupational therapy services within your Trust in each of the following financial years: 1) 2011/12;
Please note that this is the expenditure on substantive staffing only. Any bank and agency expenditure is combined with the use of other therapy services and so it is not possible to split Occupational Therapist costs out on its own.
Of these, how many occupational therapists were/are working on acute medical wards in each of the following financial years, in working time equivalent format: 1) 2011/12; 2) 2012/13; 3) 2013/14; 4) 2014/15;
We do not hold this information
Of these, how many occupational therapists were/are working in Accident & Emergency departments in each of the following financial years, in working time equivalent format: : 1) 2011/12; 2) 2012/13; 3) 2013/14; 4) 2014/15;
We do not hold this information.
FOI 4732 Private Healthcare
Published/updated: 26/09/16 08:50
For the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16, and to date in 2016/17,
1. What treatments, including procedures and surgery, were available privately at the Trust each year?
We do not have a list of treatments which were available privately.
2. How much income did the Trust receive from private patients each year?
2016/17 to date (Months 1 to 5) £229,374
3. What were the average waiting times for the first outpatient appointment for a) private patients and b) NHS patients each year for referrals for the following:
Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
We do not hold this information. The Outpatient downloads (in terms of clinic purposes, schedules, or clinic numbers) do not provide the amount of detail needed to be able to tie a general first outpatient attendance to the pathway for a procedure
4. What were the average waiting times from the first outpatient appointment to the date of treatment for a) private patients and b) NHS patients each year for the following:
Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
As above, we do not hold this information. The Outpatient downloads (in terms of clinic purposes, schedules, or clinic numbers) do not provide the amount of detail needed to be able to tie a general first outpatient attendance to the pathway for a procedure
FOI 4769 Direct Engagement
Published/updated: 26/09/16 08:49
1. Does your Trust currently utilise a Direct Engagement (DE) model? – Yes
2. If Yes, who currently provides the service; – 247 Time
3. What proportion (in percentage) of your agency workers for the following staff groups are directly engaged:
a. Medical Locums/Doctors (e.g. Acute,Emergency,General Surgery, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, Neurosurgery, Dermatology, Cardiology) – 100%
b. Allied Health Professionals/Health Science Staff (e.g. Biomedical Science, Clinical Physiology (Cardiology), Dietician, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Talking Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Psychology, Anatomical Pathology) – 0%. We only currently operate DE for Medical Locums
4. What percentage are you charged for the management of these services? – we are not charged a %. We are charged a fixed fee per hour processed
5. When was the DE contract awarded? July 2013
6. What is the contract duration? Until April 2018
7. What was the motivation with engaging with these services? To ensure full visibility of agency charge which enabled an overall reduction in unit cost