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Have your say in local Health and Care services

Are you interested in your local health care services? Do you want to have your say on how they are run? Do you want to tell the decision makers about your views for improving services locally? If the answer is yes, you need to be part of Healthwatch.

From 1 April, a new local consumer champion – Healthwatch, with the powers to hold local services to account, will be set up in every county in the country. Each local Healthwatch panel will decide the way it wishes to operate, how often it will meet and what its priorities are. By being involved, you will help shape those decisions.

For it to be a success, we need to make sure that everyone has their say. This is where you come in!

Heathwatch Communities Involved is urging you to get involved. We are a partnership of 4 major charities that believe in the power of the community working together. We are CSV, NAVCA, Regional Voices and National Voices.

We’reinviting local groups, individuals and most importantly, YOU, to declare your support and interest by signing up to find out more about being involved with the local Healthwatch activities in your area. There is no commitment! Just let us know if you are interested and we can keep you updated with the progress of the Healthwatch which is local to you. Come 1st April you can decide if you want to be involved, how much or not at all.

And over the next three months, there will be a host of free workshops and training sessions across England, which you will be welcome to attend if you are interested. These events will inspire and give you the skills and knowledge to get involved in a way that best suits you, or sit back and wait for us to give you all the knowledge you need, delivered to your email inbox!

To sign up with an expression of interest or to be kept abreast of all the local Healthwatch goings on, just give us your name and email address following this link:http://healthwatch-ci.co.uk/signup-csv/

Together we will make a difference!                           

Dimple Patel |CSV Community Outreach Manager, BBC East Midlands
BBC Leicester, 9 St Nicholas Place, Leicester, LE1 5LB|Tel: 0116 201 66 44 | Fax: 0116 251 14 63 | E-mail: dimple.patel@bbc.co.uk
Web:http://csv.org.uk/services/social-action-media


Your chance to represent the people of Nottingham as a hospitals trust Governor

Dear all

People wishing to make a positive contribution to their local health community are being encouraged to find out more about becoming a Governor of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) in a series of awareness sessions being held soon. Please see the attached press release for further information.

Best regards,

Paul

Paul Widdowfield
Communications Manager
(Media)
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Queen's Medical Centre Campus
South Block, B Floor, Room 3109
Derby Road
Nottingham
NG7 2UH
Office: 0115 9249924 ext 61975
Email: paul.widdowfield@nuh.nhs.uk
Website:www.nuh.nhs.uk

You can help to shape our future by becoming a member of our hospitals.  Find out more about NHS Foundation Trust status or how to become a member by e-mailing ft@nuh.nhs.uk or visiting our website at www.nuh.nhs.uk.

PRESS RELEASE: Nottingham stroke ward to be renamed after Crimean War nurse as part of Black History Month

PRESS RELEASE: Nottingham stroke ward to be renamed after Crimean War nurse as part of Black History Month

To mark Black History Month throughout October, Nottingham’s hospitals trust is inviting former staff members to help celebrate the naming of a stroke ward in honour of Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole.

Ashwell stroke rehabilitation ward on the City Hospital campus is being renamed as Mary Seacole Ward in a ceremony on 28 October and former nurses are being invited to the celebration. As well as the ceremony, there will be a buffet lunch. Mary Seacole was a mixed-race Jamaican-born British nurse best known for her involvement in the Crimean War.

Please see the attached press release for further information.

If you would like further information, etc, please get in touch.

Thank you,

Paul

Paul Widdowfield
Communications Manager
(Media)
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Queen's Medical Centre Campus
South Block, B Floor, Room 3109
Derby Road
Nottingham
NG7 2UH
Office: 0115 9249924 ext 61975
Email: paul.widdowfield@nuh.nhs.uk
Website:www.nuh.nhs.uk

You can help to shape our future by becoming a member of our hospitals.  Find out more about NHS Foundation Trust status or how to become a member by e-mailing ft@nuh.nhs.uk or visiting our website at www.nuh.nhs.uk.

PRESS RELEASE: Have your say on Nottingham's hospitals' 'Report Card'

PRESS RELEASE: Have your say on Nottingham's hospitals' 'Report Card'

Dear all

Nottingham’s hospitals trust is asking patients and members of the public to have their say on the facts and figures that really matter to them in a new survey. 

In June 2010, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) will publish a ‘Quality Account’ for patients, carers, the public and other organisations working in health and social care for the first time. It is similar to a school report and it will include three types of information. This will be what patients and carers say about services,information about patient safety and information about the standards of care patients can expect.

Please see the attached press release for further information – and please do complete the survey!

If you would like anything else please give me a call.

Thanks,

Paul

Paul Widdowfield
Communications Manager
(Media)
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Queen's Medical Centre Campus
South Block, B Floor, Room 3109
Derby Road
Nottingham
NG7 2UH
Office: 0115 9249924 ext 61975
Email: paul.widdowfield@nuh.nhs.uk
Website:www.nuh.nhs.uk

PRESS RELEASE: New magazine launches for NHS Foundation Trust members of Nottingham's hospitals [Scanned]

PRESS RELEASE: New magazine launches for NHS Foundation Trust members of Nottingham's hospitals [Scanned]

Dear all

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) is launching an exciting new magazine to help keep its NHS Foundation Trust members up-to-date with the latest news and information from the Trust. Please see the attached press release for further information.

Please call if you would like anything further.

Best regards,

Paul

Paul Widdowfield
Communications Manager
(Media)
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Queen's Medical Centre Campus
South Block, B Floor, Room 3109
Derby Road
Nottingham
NG7 2UH
Office: 0115 9249924 ext 61975
Email: paul.widdowfield@nuh.nhs.uk
Website:www.nuh.nhs.uk

You can help to shape our future by becoming a member of our hospitals.  Find out more about NHS Foundation Trust status or how to become a member by e-mailing ft@nuh.nhs.uk or visiting our website at www.nuh.nhs.uk.

PRESS RELEASE: Nottingham teenagers asked to join hospitals Youth Forum

PRESS RELEASE: Nottingham teenagers asked to join hospitals Youth Forum

Teenagers in Nottingham are being asked to have their say on the running of services for them at Nottingham’s hospitals. A Youth Forum is being officially launched by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust on Wednesday 31 March, at the Broadway Cinema between 10am-3pm. People aged 12-18 years old are being invited along to join the forum and have their voice heard and, more importantly, listened to. Please see the attached press release for further info.

We do have a couple of patient case studies available. These are patients who have already expressed an interest in being involved in the Forum. Please let me know if you’d like to speak to one of them. We can probably do it at QMC (one is a renal patient and is here several times a week anyway).

Thank you,

Paul

Paul Widdowfield
Communications Manager
(Media)
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

South Block, E Floor
Queen's Medical Centre Campus
Derby Road
Nottingham
NG7 2UH
Office: 0115 9249924 ext 61975
Email: paul.widdowfield@nuh.nhs.uk
Website:www.nuh.nhs.uk

Annual Public Meeting on Wednesday 9 September, 5-7.30pm.

Annual Public Meetingon Wednesday 9 September,between 5-7.30pm.

This year’s APM will be held at the Cityside Restaurant, City Hospital campus. Starting at 5pm, there will be a chance to look around the informative and interactive displays on topics such as healthy living and a chance to become a member of Nottingham’s hospitals.  Other market place stalls this year will include:

-        A ‘live’ cooking demonstration by our international award winning chefs

-        Blood glucose testing

-        Hand massages

At 6pm, the event will continue with various presentations, including patient diaries.  Chief Executive Dr Peter Homa and I will look back over the past year and celebrate some of our achievements and successes.  There will be presentations on same-sex accommodation and a chance to hear more about the Trust’s priorities for the year ahead.  Please find attached a flyer which provides full details.

We would be delighted if you are able to join us at our APM.  To confirm your attendance or for more information please contact the Communications Team on 0115 9249924 ext 63562 or e-mail nuhcommunications@nuh.nhs.uk by 4 September. Please also let us know if you have any special requirements.

Stroke patients at Nottingham City Hospital getting green fingered as part of rehab

Stroke patients at Nottingham City Hospital getting green fingered as part of rehab

Dear all

Tomatoes, peppers, beans and courgettes are just some of the vegetables green fingered stroke patients at Nottingham City Hospital are growing as part of their rehabilitation programme.  Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapy staff in the Stroke Unit work with patients who are recovering from a stroke and encourage them to take part in growing fruit, vegetables and flowers in a garden and greenhouse on site.

Please see the attached press release for further information. If you’d like to set up filming/recording/interviews please give me a call.

Best regards,

Paul

Paul Widdowfield
Communications Manager
(Media)
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Queen's Medical Centre Campus
South Block, B Floor, Room 3109
Derby Road
Nottingham
NG7 2UH
Office: 0115 9249924 ext 61975
Email: paul.widdowfield@nuh.nhs.uk
Website:www.nuh.nhs.uk

You can help to shape our future by becoming a member of our hospitals.  Find out more about NHS Foundation Trust status or how to become a member by e-mailing ft@nuh.nhs.uk or visiting our website at www.nuh.nhs.uk.

PRESS RELEASE: Wanted: People willing to walk on broken glass to help Nottingham's hospitals

PRESS RELEASE: Wanted: People willing to walk on broken glass to help Nottingham's hospitals

Dear all

Brave people in Nottinghamshire willing to go as far as walking on broken glass to raise money for Nottingham’s hospital charity are being asked to take part in an unusual challenge.

NUH Charity – whichraises money to improve patient care, equipment and facilities and supports medical research at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust –is looking for brave volunteers to help them raise money for special causes by taking part in possibly the shortest sponsored walk they may ever experience. The catch is it will be walking on broken glass!

Please see the attached press release for further information.

Thank you,

Paul

Paul Widdowfield
Communications Manager
(Media)
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Queen's Medical Centre Campus
South Block, B Floor, Room 3109
Derby Road
Nottingham
NG7 2UH
Office: 0115 9249924 ext 61975
Email: paul.widdowfield@nuh.nhs.uk
Website:www.nuh.nhs.uk

You can help to shape our future by becoming a member of our hospitals.  Find out more about NHS Foundation Trust status or how to become a member by e-mailingft@nuh.nhs.ukor visiting our website atwww.nuh.nhs.uk.

Easy read summary of our NHS Foundation Trust consultation

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Queen's Medical Centre Campus
B Floor South Block
Derby Road
Nottingham
NG7 2UH

Tel:  0115 924 9924 ext 63562
Email:  laura.skaife@nuh.nhs.uk
www.nuh.nhs.uk


Tuesday 14 July 2009

Easy read summary of our NHS Foundation Trust consultation

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has a vision to be the best acute teaching Trust in the country by 2016.  We believe a stepping stone to help us achieve this vision is becoming an NHS Foundation Trust.  Between 18 February and 13 May 2009 we carried out a public consultation to get the views of our patients, local community and staff on our proposals.  This will help to ensure our final application is representative of all views.

We received comments and feedback from over 560 people during this period.  Thank you for contributing and having your say.  This has made a difference and will help to shape our future plans.

Please visit our website at www.nuh.nhs.uk/ft and click on the 'new documents' section to view the easy read summary of our NHS Foundation Trust consultation which covers the next steps in our bid for NHS Foundation Trust status.  Further information about NHS Foundation Trust status or how to become a member of the NHS Foundation Trust is also available at www.nuh.nhs.uk/ft.

Hard copies of the consultation summary booklet are available upon request.  Please contact 0115 9249924 ext 63562 if you would like a copy.  If you would like the document in another format or language, please contact 0115 9249924 ext 63562.

Regards,

Dr Peter Homa

Chief Executive

NHS Trust

Have your say on the future of your local NHS Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust is looking to the future by building on its achievements to become the best teaching acute Trust in theUKby 2016. The organisation believes the best way to achieve this is by becoming an NHS Foundation Trust.

A Foundation Trust is still very much part of the NHS but NUH believes the independent status will help forge closer links with local communities, provide more financial freedom and improve services.

Dr Peter Homa, Chief Executive of NUH, says: “We are proud of the reputation we have established and the central role we play as a provider of high quality healthcare inNottinghamand beyond. Now we want to take healthcare, teaching and research to a new level for all our patients, partners and staff.

“We have a clear vision of our future. Quite simply, we want to be the best in the country. We want to build on our achievements as a high performing, forward-thinking organisation, providing easily accessible, quality healthcare to people in greater Nottingham, theEast Midlandsand beyond.

“We believe Foundation Trust status will help us to harness the commitment, passion and hard work of all our staff, volunteers and partners. It will also provide our patients and the wider public with greater opportunities to be more involved in their local NHS.”

People can have their say on the NHS Foundation Trust application in a number of ways:

  • Phone 0800 731 0319 to find out more, request a consultation pack and provide feedback. The information can be made available in different languages and formats.
  • Visit the NUH website at www.nuh.nhs.uk/ftand complete an online form
  • Email your views to ft@nuh.nhs.uk
  • Pick up a consultation document or summary document at either the QMC Campus or City Hospital Campus and complete the feedback form
  • Contact the NUH Communications Team on0115 924 9924, extension 66016,or email ft@nuh.nhs.ukif you would like a Trust representative to attend a meeting.

Public consultation began on February 18 and runs until May 13, 2009.

Cath Lovatt, NUH Director of Communications, says: “We want to hear from as many people as possible as to their views on our plans, whether they are NHS staff, members of the public, patients, members of patient representative groups, colleagues from partner organisations, or representatives from the third sector and community groups. Please get in touch and make your opinions known.”

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