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UHMBT awarded silver accreditation for staff health and wellbeing

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT)’s dedication to promoting the health and wellbeing of its staff has been applauded with the achievement of a Silver Better Health at Work Award (BHAWA).

David Walker - Better Health at Work

The BHAWA is a progression based award initiative that recognises the efforts of employers who address and embed health and wellbeing within their workplace and helps them move forward in a structured and supported way. In 2017, the Trust was awarded the Bronze level of the award.

The Trust’s #FlourishAtWork campaign, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of healthcare staff, launched in February 2016 with ‘Move More’, supporting everyone to be more physically active. The Trust then kept up the pace with the launch of ‘Nourish Yourself’ to help support staff to eat more healthily. This was followed by the ‘Be Mindful’ campaign, which encouraged staff to think about how our experiences and thoughts influence how we feel and act. All of these elements were then incorporated into a ‘Healthy Heart’ campaign which aimed to teach both staff and the public how moving more, eating well and being mindful all helps maintain a healthy heart.

Right from the start, members of staff from across all the Trust’s hospitals responded by getting involved in the campaign’s activities, such as the successful attempt to walk around the world together (beating the target of 50 million steps by more than 15 million steps!) and the healthy recipe competition where the winner cooked their winning entry at the Skylight restaurant at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for staff and patients.

The Trust is determined to continue to build on all of this good work and have lots of new activities planned for this year to encourage staff to be as healthy and happy as they can be.

David Walker, Medical Director, UHMBT, said: “We want our staff to flourish and to work in an environment where it is easy to remain healthy. UHMBT wants to provide great care, but also to be a great place for staff to work. The evidence is clear; improving the health and wellbeing of healthcare staff can improve outcomes for our patients. But just as important as the evidence, is that it’s just the right thingto do – treating our staff well and helping them be the best they can be.

“Alongside our Flourish campaign, our teams have run lots of campaigns and initiatives to encourage staff to take charge of their health and wellbeing and support them to make positive changes. Some examples include; oral health campaigns, physical activity blogs and staff promoting images of their healthy breakfasts.

“Many teams from across the Trust have been involved in completing the requirements of the Better Health at Work Award and we are very proud to have been accredited with the Silver level of the Award. However, this is much more than just an award to us – it is formal recognition that the things we are putting into place is what our staff want and deserve. We won’t stop here either – we have lots of
exciting things planned for the next 12 months and hope that our staff across the Bay will support the campaigns and get as involved as they have done so far.”

Ken Gyles, Health and Wellbeing Support Officer for the Better Health at Work Award in Cumbria, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with UHMBT through both their Bronze and Silver awards and to see the proactive work that’s being done to further embed a culture of health and wellbeing into the workplace for staff and patients. I’m sure they will continue to embrace the agenda and even more staff will benefit from the new and ongoing activity as they go for Gold!”

For more information on the Better Health at Work Award visit http://www.betterhealthatworkne.org/

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Secretary of State hails UHMBT as an ‘example to the rest of the NHS’

Staff at UHMBT were congratulated for their hard work and highlighted as an example to the rest of the NHS by the Secretary of State for Health, at a special visit to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary this week, Rt. Hon

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2 responses to “Secretary of State hails UHMBT as an ‘example to the rest of the NHS’”

  1. I couldn’t agree more with the comments of Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for health.

    Over the last year, I have been an in-patient (4 times) and out -patient of LRI about 3 times.
    My admissions as an in-patient were all emergency admissions by ambulance.

    Although not part of UHMBT, I cannot help but mention the paramedics who work for N.W. Ambulance Service. The treatment I received from them was superb. When I arrived at A & E, I cannot praise more the Doctors and Nurses in the A & E for the quality of care I received and when I was admitted to the AMU, again I cannot fault the doctors and nurses caring for me. My only negative comment was in the AMU, the nurses were run off their feet and I applaud them for the level of care provided in such difficult circumstances, not enough nurses in my opinion, but I understand the reasons for this.

    There were some problems on my diagnoses due to clerical errors, ( show me a person who doesn’t make an error and I’ll show you heaven). My discharge letter diagnosed me with IHD & CCF, however these were soon rectified thanks to Mrs Mary Aubrey and her team. I suffer from type 2 brittle asthma as well as MS, so had to call the ambulance in line with my asthma plan. As IHD & CCF were on the paramedics record, they took me to Blackpool although I admit it took some persuasion to convince me as my paper records are at WGH.

    It was the best thing that the paramedics done. I had ‘atrial flutter’ diagnosed by LRI, but this had settled down after being prescribed Amioadrone, Digoxin and Riboroxaban by Dr Coupe at LRI.

    A Cardiologist/ Cardiophysiologist at Blackpool advised me my heart was back to normal sinus rhythm after a 10 lead ECG and two echocardiograms. Blackpool admitted me for just two days, and of course the news they gave me made me less stressed up.

    I have seen Dr Coupe at out-patients at WGH and he confirmed what Blackpool had said. I have to continue on Riboroxaban ‘pro tem’ as Dr Coupe has said my diagnosis is paroxysmal atrial flutter and doesn’t think I will need cardiac ablation or cardioversion.

    My grateful thanks to all, especially Dr Coupe and to the Blackpool Cardiologist, who’s name I cannot recall.

    • Ailsa Martin says:

      Hi James, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. I have passed your comments onto the teams involved in UHMBT as well as the North West Ambulance Service. Thanks again.

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Morecambe Bay Maternity Services invest in staff to invest in better care

UHMBT is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to improve the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues. The Trust’s maternity services have signed the RCM’s Caring for You Charter, which aims to improve the health, safety and

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2 responses to “Morecambe Bay Maternity Services invest in staff to invest in better care”

  1. Catherine McCullough says:

    It’s a pity that when it really mattered that the support wasn’t there for so many midwives
    However it was probably politic and was seen as colluding to express humanity to colleagues who were beleaguered with overwhelming stress of investigation after investigation
    This is not a caring profession

    • Ailsa Martin says:

      Hi Catherine, We are always looking at how we can improve our services and better support staff, and signing the RCM’s Caring for You Charter is one of the ways we will do this. Many thanks for your comment.

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UHMBT named eleventh most inclusive employer in the UK

UHMBT has been named as the eleventh most inclusive employer in the UK, in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list, which was published today. The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers showcases leading organisations working across all strands of diversity,

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Staff showcase real change

Hundreds of members of staff and volunteers joined in the celebrations at this summer’s Listening into Action Pass it On events across the Trust. The events, which were held on site at Westmorland General Hospital, Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) and

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Keeping you up to date with recruitment

Over the last few months, we’ve updated you on how the work we’ve done on the Behavioural Standards  Framework links to the strategic aims of the Trust, such as health and wellbeing, and how our behaviours impact upon the service

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Reminder…We are a no smoking Trust

We wanted to remind everyone that all UHMBT sites are designated smoke free. This includes all premises, land and vehicles with no exceptions. This applies to staff, patients, and visitors. If a patient asks to leave the ward for the purpose

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Dave Passant tells us why staffs’ views on parking are important!

Most of us know that our Trust doesn’t have enough car spaces on its sites. Pressure is often worse at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) where we are planning for a multi-storey carpark.  At Furness General Hospital (FGH) we hope

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Keep an eye out for Ophthalmology engagement initiatives!

Better Care Together have been carrying out various engagement activities within different workstreams including Rheumatology, A&E and now Ophthalmology. The Ophthalmology service would like to offer patients the choice to have some of their appointments in hospital or at their local

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New £900,000 MRI scanner to open at FGH

The brand new MRI scanner at Furness General Hospital (FGH) will open its doors fully to patients on Monday 8 February, following a £900,000 investment. The new Siemens scanner offers the latest technology, and was the first choice replacement for

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