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Trust “now and forever Magic Morecambe Bay” thanks to a hoard of staff-led improvements

Admin staff presentMore than 80 members of staff from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), Bay Health and Care Partners and guests celebrated fantastic staff-led changes at their Brilliant Bay Day on Tuesday.

The event, which was held at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal, showcased outcomes of the Wave 7 and 8 Listening into Action schemes (LiA) and improvement work carried out across our hospitals.

LiA was launched in September 2014 to put the power back into the hands of Trust staff who lead on the improvements that they think the Trust should make for patients and staff.

Some of the results of recent staff-led improvement projects have included:

  • Working between care homes in Kendal and Royal Lancaster Infirmary to reduce the time patients needed to be in hospital.
  • A reduction in the length of time it takes to recruit bank workers from an average of 45 to 24 days.
  • A new channel of communication for patients and their relatives when at the end of their life.
  • Raising the profile of what it’s like to be a patient with an eye condition on the Trust’s wards.
  • Creating a new way of working by pharmacists in supporting patients with their medicines.

Liz McDougall, Associate Director of Engagement and Improvement, UHMBT, said: “All the staff involved in the projects have shown an incredible amount of passion and commitment around completing these projects, despite the day-to-day pressures of their jobs. No-one knows their patients and work areas better than those staff on the front line so it is only right that they lead the changes to improve patient care across the Trust.”

The event was visited by broadcaster Roy Lilley and Dr Terri Porrett from the Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff. Roy Lilley, a health policy analyst and commentator on the National Health Service, said: “UHMBT has a massive amount to be proud of and it is great at sharing what it does with the academy. You are definitely now the envy of the NHS. The Trust has been through the mill but it hasn’t stopped staff coming to work and wanting to do the right thing and it hasn’t stopped staff making improvements. You are now and forever magic Morecambe Bay!”

Lynne Dack, Matron for Surgery and Critical Care at Furness General Hospital, UHMBT, said: “The event was completely inspirational and it was great listening to all of the projects that have been undertaken – there were lots of ideas and hopefully all of them will be shared across our Trust.”

Marie Bowler, Business Manager for South Cumbria GP Federation, added: “I was very impressed and I think the work that has been done will really improve the quality of care given to patients and families.”

David Wilkinson, Director or Workforce and Organisational Development, said: “We know how difficult it is for frontline staff to make changes and it has been fantastic to hear how staff have used LiA as a motivator and energiser to carry out improvements in their areas.”

LiA has been developed by Optimise Limited and has been adopted by over 70 NHS Trusts since 2010. UHMBT is a licenced LiA Trust.

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Update on new Maternity Unit at FGH

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As you will no doubt be aware, the brand new £12m Maternity Unit at FGH is nearing completion. To ensure that the handover of the new unit goes smoothly, we set up a special committee who is responsible for keeping

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New Facebook page for Morecambe Bay CCG

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Morecambe Bay CCG have launched a brand new Facebook page to share updates, news and events from across the Bay area with the public, patients and staff. The page will host news and updates about health services across Morecambe Bay

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Race to the finish line! Morecambe Bay Hospitals encourage all staff to get vaccinated against flu

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Flu is a hot topic at this time of year and local health organisations are encouraging health professionals, carers and those at risk to take up the offer of vaccination. To help encourage a higher uptake of vaccination this year

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Women and Families invited to learn more about their local Maternity Services

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Women and families across South Cumbria and North Lancashire are being invited to learn more about the services available at Helme Chase Maternity Unit at a special event on Saturday 2 December. The open day will take place from 10am

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Festive fun event at Furness General Hospital

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Staff and members of the public are being invited to kick start the festive season at Furness General Hospital (FGH) next month with a Christmas cake decorating challenge and charity auction. The event, which takes place at the Londsdale Grill

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NHS staff in Cumbria helping to stop the pressure

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Today (Thursday 16 November) marks World Pressure Ulcer Day and NHS staff in Cumbria are coming together to raise awareness on pressure ulcers and to provide advice on how to prevent them occurring in the first place. Pressure ulcers, also known

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Get tested for HIV

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With HIV one of the UK’s fastest growing serious health conditions, health professionals from Lancashire Care’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service (CaSH) are calling on people across the county to get tested for HIV during National HIV Testing Week (18-24

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  1. Edeltraud Dent says:

    For the first time in many years have I seen a warning to have safer sex. When we first heard of HIV and Aids 30 years ago it was mentioned all the time, also to even ask your partner before having sew with them for the first time if they are sure to be healthy. Watching soaps now, safe sex is never mentioned. People swap and change partners, jump in and out of bed with often near enough strangers and unwanted or unexpected pregnancies are the norm. Well done to bringing this issue back into the public eye

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Sustainability Update – November 2017

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How are we doing? We are now half way through the 2017/18 financial year and our Sustainability Programme continues to perform well. By the end of September, we had planned to save £5m and we have actually saved £7.2m –

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Helping you manage COPD…

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This year we are working closely with our Bay Health and Care Partners to promote winter messages to ensure the local population stay well during the winter months. This week we are focusing on the management of long-term conditions. Here

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  1. Ann Keggen says:

    I have COPD
    I stopped smoking 30 years ago. But the damage was done
    I take excersise every day. By walking over 10.000. Steps I try to keep to a health diet.

    • Ailsa Martin says:

      Hi Ann, it sounds like you are doing everything you can to live a healthier lifestyle and manage your COPD, which is great. Well done!

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