Dr Jane Bruce receives MBE

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Dr Bruce at Buckingham Palace

Huge congratulations to Dr Jane Bruce, retired GP and Clinical Director of NHS Tayside’s Out of Hours Service, who was presented with her MBE by Prince Charles for services to healthcare.

The honour was announced in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Jane said, “The Investiture was amazing and I was able to tell Prince Charles about our hard work in the Out of Hours Service in Tayside – he seemed interested! Well, he is good at listening!”

Angus HSCP signs dementia charter

Jillian Richmond signed the Technology Charter with Joyce Gray, Alzheimer Scotland’s deputy director of development and lead of innovation projects

Angus has become the first health & social care partnership to sign up to the aims, values and principles of the Technology Charter for People Living with Dementia which has been co- produced by Alzheimer Scotland.

The charter was signed at the Digital Health and Social Care Learning Network day held at Dundee University last week which was jointly organised by the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare, Digital Health & Care Scotland and NHS 24.

Service manager for accommodation and home care services with Angus HSCP Jillian Richmond said, “I’m delighted that we have signed up to this Charter.  We know that technology has the potential to support people with dementia to live independently and safely in their own homes for longer.

“There is a wide range of equipment available and signing the Technology Charter demonstrates our commitment to this important agenda.”

Changes to Datix System

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The Clinical Governance & Risk Management Team has made changes to Datix following feedback from staff.

You said: Since Community Health Partnerships were replaced by Health & Social Care Partnerships (HSCP) some change is required within the Datix system for services and staff which have moved to the new partnerships.

We did: The team will be making changes to the system during May and June to bring the system in line with the realigned services. The change will be specifically to specialties and staff who work within these specialties. This may mean slight differences when reporting or choosing a verifier for an adverse event or near miss report.

We appreciate your patience during this change and if you work within a HSCP and are having any issues with reporting or choosing an appropriate verifier, please contact datix.tayside@nhs.nt or call x35650.


Use of Dyson fans

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Health Protection Scotland has issued advice on the use of Dyson fans in healthcare facilities.

Until investigation and review of fans is complete, led by IRIC, the current advice is that Dyson fans are not recommended for use at this time in healthcare facilities as they were not intended for healthcare use by Dyson.

National Procurement continues to put a hold on any new purchases and in clinical areas where these fans were purchased they should be withdrawn from use and stored until the review is complete.

This review will be extended to cover the use of fans within the clinical area. In the interim, when patient safety outweighs the risk of not using a fan, a clinical risk assessment should be applied and fans should not be used in clinical settings where there is a risk of airborne transmission of any known or suspected pathogens (for example, Norovirus) or increased patient risk (for example, Burns Unit).

Fans must be able to be decontaminated as outlined in Appendix 7 of NICPM

SHIL drop-in sessions

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Do you have an idea to improve patient care? Have you invented something which makes your job easier?

If so, Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) wants to hear from you!

SHIL works in partnership with the NHS to develop and commercialise new inventions and innovations from all NHS staff.

A series of regular drop-in sessions are being held in the medical school in Ninewells and the next one is on Thursday 31 May from 10am-noon in Teaching Room 6.

If you are an NHS employee and have an idea you would like to discuss or if you simply want to find out more about SHIL then please come along and speak to business development manager Robert Rea.

Board of Trustees of Tayside Endowment Fund meet at Ninewells Hospital

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The Board of Trustees of Tayside NHS Board Endowment Fund met yesterday (Tuesday, May 22) and approved a number of actions and funding proposals.

The Board members considered a number of papers at the meeting in Ninewells Hospital, including the Terms of Reference for the Endowment Advisory Group and Board of Trustees.

Members agreed with proposals to update the Terms of Reference, which has been revised to ensure that funding cannot be retrospectively approved for projects which were previously being funded through exchequer funding.

The Board of Trustees also approved a review being commissioned into the governance framework of the Endowment Fund. The scope of the review will include conforming to OSCR guidance and the 2013 NHSS guidance and recommendations. It will also look at the need for changes to the Code of Corporate Governance and the implementation of any audit recommendations concerning governance.

Changes to the scope of the Endowment Fund External Audit for 2017/18 as requested by Paul Gray, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland, were also approved by the Board of Trustees.

Speaking after the meeting, Chairman of the Board of Trustees John Brown said, “This was a very productive meeting where Trustees agreed a number of important actions.

“As Board Trustees of this fund, it is very important that we are transparent so the public and our staff can be reassured and see exactly what their donations are being used for.

“Our Board of Trustees’ meetings are in public and I would encourage anyone to come along and see how donations and other funds are used and what a difference they are making to health and care here in Tayside.”

During the meeting, the Trustees considered and approved two funding proposals, one for almost £90,000 to support research into a hormone disorder and a £50,000 contribution for ultrasound equipment in the Clinical Research Centre at the University of Dundee.

Trustees heard an update on the work of the Community Innovation Fund, which is financed through Tayside Health Fund. The fund helps community groups to develop local improvement projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of their local population.

An update was provided on the education and training endowment fund, which is used to help staff develop skills outwith their core technical skills necessary for the effective care of patients.

All Board papers can be viewed on NHS Tayside’s website

Celebrating decade of research at CRC

l-r CRC senior clinical research nurses Lesley Young, Shona Murray, Jackie Duff and Lawrie MacDougall with clinical research nurse manager Kay Walker

The Clinical Research Centre (CRC) at Ninewells celebrated its tenth anniversary with an open day for staff and the public.

Based at Ninewells, the Clinical Research Centre – Tayside is a partnership between NHS Tayside and University of Dundee.

Staff, researchers and patients at the state-of the-art centre spoke about their work in helping to improve treatments and management of a range of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart, lung and liver diseases.

Ricky Verrall, Head of the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office, joined NHS Tayside and Dundee University staff for a tour of the CRC’s cutting-edge technology, including its MRI and PET CT scanner-equipped Imaging Suite.

Opened in 2008 by Nicola Sturgeon, the then Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, the CRC provides a centre of excellence for medical study and a hub for clinical trial activity.

Lesley Peebles, Co-Director of the Clinical Research Centre Tayside, said, “The past ten years has seen some major advances in medical science thanks to the work carried out here.

“Thousands of people from across Tayside have taken part in large important studies, such as The Scottish Family Health Study and the Early Cancer Detection Lung Study, as well as complex clinical trials of new, potentially life-changing medicines and interventional procedures.

“That work is only possible thanks to the patients and public who support us and we were keen to highlight the importance that they play in our work at this event.”

Supported by the Chief Scientist Office, Health Science Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, the Centre links with satellite units elsewhere in Tayside and Fife and has supported more than 200 clinical trials into a range of conditions, including dementia, cancer, stroke, inflammatory and respiratory conditions.

An integral part of the Tayside Medical Sciences Centre (TASC), the facility combines clinical and academic expertise with public engagement to support key Scottish Government healthcare initiatives.

Monday’s anniversary celebration also coincided with International Clinical Trials Day, which commemorates the first ever ‘controlled’ trial by the Scottish physician James Lind, whose 1747 study aboard a Royal Navy ship led to the identification of a treatment for scurvy.

Lesley Peebles cut the celebration cake watched by Dean of the School of Medicine Professor Gary Mires, Ricky Verrall and Co-Director of the Clinical Research Centre Professor Sally Ibbotson

Celebration event marked third anniversary of Community Innovation Fund

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Richard McIntosh (left) and Munwar Hussain (back, centre) with attendees at the celebratory event

A showcase event was held in The Steeple in Dundee yesterday to celebrate the success of community projects funded by NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund.

Representatives from over 30 funded projects from across Tayside presented their work and shared their ideas and information with other projects.  Over 150 community groups have been awarded money since the launch of the Fund three years ago.

The Community Innovation Fund helps community groups to develop local improvement projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of their local population. The Fund is financed through Tayside Health Fund, the charity for NHS Tayside.

Trustee for Tayside Health Fund Munwar Hussain said, “I am delighted to see such a wide range of community activities being supported by the Community Innovation Fund. Building resilience in communities is a vital way of helping people to live healthy lives, and is a key part of the strategy of NHS Tayside to improve the wellbeing of our local population.

“The examples of the projects highlighted show really inspirational ways through which people all across Tayside have come together to develop exciting ideas that are now coming to fruition and delivering major benefits to society.”

Dave Barrie, project manager from ADDACTION, said, “We are delighted with the opportunity that the Community Innovation Fund has given us. Our Community Garden has been so successful in creating a safe, healthy and calming space, the project has significantly improved the lives of people throughout Dundee who experience many health inequalities.

“We have found that the wellbeing of everyone who has accessed the garden space as a volunteer or a service user has been uplifted.  The garden has enabled individuals to engage in their community thus improving their overall wellbeing leading to improvements in the local community too. None of this would be possible without the support of the community capacity building officer and the Community Innovation Fund.”

Richard McIntosh, community capacity building officer with NHS Tayside, said, “This was a celebration of the incredible work of community groups across Tayside where people have come together to make their lives healthier, to make the lives of other people better and, ultimately, make a better society for us all.

“NHS Tayside is a strong believer in the role community groups play and how their activities make a vital contribution to a healthier society. Community groups build their activities from firsthand experience and maximise the local knowledge and connections available.

“The Fund can really go to the heart of a community to make a difference, supporting local people to make decisions about the changes they want to see to help them improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of their own communities.”

The Community Innovation Fund aims to support new, innovative projects which will work in partnership with communities in disadvantaged areas, promoting quality of life, overall health and wellbeing and creating a stronger sense of community and social relationships.

Community groups can apply for any amount between £500 and £25,000 over a three-year period to establish new and innovative projects.

Anyone interested in applying or finding out more information should visit the website www.communityinnovationfundtayside.scot.nhs.uk

New programme to support women during and after pregnancy

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NHS Tayside has appointed a specialist midwife in Perinatal Mental Health to increase support to women to maintain good mental health and wellbeing during and after pregnancy.

NHS Tayside has appointed Justine Anderson as specialist midwife in perinatal mental health to provide expert advice and to increase health professionals’ awareness about mental health issues that might arise during pregnancy and after birth.

Perinatal mental health refers to the period during pregnancy and up to 1 year post-natal, and it can also include pre-conception counselling.

Justine Anderson, specialist midwife, said, “In Tayside, women and their families are at the centre of our maternity service.  Healthcare teams acknowledge the importance of supporting women’s physical and mental wellbeing throughout their pregnancy and after.

“My role is to raise awareness in perinatal mental health, provide education, training and advice for colleagues within maternity services to help them recognise early identification of mental health challenges and provide specialist support to women during pregnancy and after birth.”

Up to 20% of women develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth. Trained and skilled professionals can often prevent the onset, escalation and negative impact of perinatal mental illness through early identification and expert management of a woman’s condition.


Changes to Datix System

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The Clinical Governance & Risk Management Team has made changes to Datix following feedback from staff.

You said: The contact details section which captures information regarding the person affected and others involved now appears in the main body of the Datix form, close to the bottom. There has been some demand to move the section further up the form, at the beginning so users can approve the contact immediately on opening the form and then move on to sense checking the detail and verifying the record.

We did: The contacts section will be moved further up the form so users see person affected detail on opening the record. This change will take place on Friday 25 May 2018.

You said: There has been demand from users to change the recurrence risk assessment fields (likelihood of recurrence and consequence) which Datix uses to determine the grade of the event. Datix can display a matrix rather than the current drop down options currently used for this purpose. The user would make their choice from the matrix by selecting two radio buttons and Datix will automatically determine the grade.

We did: The Clinical Governance & Risk Management Team will reconfigure the system to install the matrix on Friday 25 May 2018. The team will evaluate preference at a later stage when users have used the matrix for a suitable length of time.

The Clinical Governance & Risk Management Team is here to listen and support you. The team aims to learn from, and use what you tell them to improve services. If you have a suggestion as to how the Datix system can improve please drop an email to datix.tayside@nhs.net