In this issue
Welcome
50 years of life-saving transplants
Making a difference through reverse mentoring
Dialysis centre opens in Lewisham
Trust supports national nursing campaign
How young people are improving research
Memorial for visionary doctor
Two minutes with…our patient information team
Artificial intelligence centre launched
Let’s go outside
Friends and Family Test – February
Royal college appoints new president
Nurse wins national award
Awards for Trust’s leading researchers
Community nursing team scoop award
Gift of life
Overcoming dental phobia
Revolutionary back pain treatment
18 April - Bowel cancer awareness
14 May – free abdominal pain seminar
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Welcome

Over the last six months I have been mentored by Anu Augustine, a brilliant critical care staff nurse. It has been a fantastic experience that has given me great insight into life on the front line and allowed me to see things from a different perspective.

We were one of the 65 pairs who took part in the Trust’s reverse mentoring programme, which involves a staff member in a junior position mentoring someone more senior. It has been a powerful opportunity for staff across all levels, and from a diverse range of backgrounds, to share their experiences of working at the Trust to help make it an even better place to work.

In this month’s e-GiST, find out about a national nursing campaign that is aiming to provide training for 20,000 nurses and midwives by 2020, and read about a new dialysis centre that has opened for our patients in Lewisham.

Amanda Pritchard
Chief Executive

What's new?
 
50 years of life-saving transplants

Surgeons who pioneered the UK’s first robot-assisted kidney transplant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ celebrated 50 years of life-saving work.

 

Sophie Foale has had five kidney transplants and recently gave birth to her second child. She says: “It is precisely because of advances over this time that I can enjoy my life.”

 

The Trust has carried out more than 7,600 transplants over the last 50 years, including a ground-breaking HIV patient to HIV patient transplant.

 
Making a difference through reverse mentoring

Last month 130 members of staff celebrated our reverse mentoring programme, which sees people in junior positions mentor someone more senior.

 

The programme offers mentees – usually a senior leader or manager – the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and discover new ways of thinking. It also allows mentors to share their ideas whilst gaining valuable skills and knowledge along the way.

 

Alysha McIntosh, a staff nurse in the emergency department, mentored Director of Essentia, Alastair Gourlay. She says: "It’s been a really positive experience – it’s helped me to grow as a professional and on a personal level too.”

 

 
Dialysis centre opens in Lewisham

A state-of-the-art dialysis centre has opened for patients at University Hospital Lewisham, replacing a smaller unit at Forest Hill.

 

Run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ together with dialysis providers Diaverum UK, the centre has 20 dialysis stations. It means patients no longer have to be transferred to Guy’s Hospital, a round trip that could take up to eight hours.

 

Lee Bellew was one of the first patients to receive dialysis at the centre. He says: “This new unit is perfect, very open and spacious, with more room between dialysis stations.”

 
Trust supports national nursing campaign

Guy's and St Thomas' is supporting the Nightingale Challenge which encourages hospitals across the world to provide development training for 20,000 nurses and midwives by 2020.

 

The challenge is to mark the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. To support the development of nurses and midwives, the Trust has launched a professional award called The Nightingale Nurse Award.

 

Dame Eileen Sills says: “It is critical that we invest in our nurses and midwives. Our Nightingale Nurse Award celebrates our most outstanding nurses and midwives.”

 
How young people are improving research

Students who attended our 2018 Summer School have helped us to create the new Young People’s Advisory Group .

The group will meet every few months at Guy’s Hospital, and will work with us to deliver a series of projects. They will meet our researchers and give feedback on research projects.

Applications to be a part of the group are open until Wednesday 1 May. Find out more and how to apply here.

 
Memorial for visionary doctor

The refurbished Lane Fox Respiratory Unit has been officially reopened in memory of Dr Geoffrey Spencer OBE, who was the driving force behind its development.

 

At a memorial service, former colleagues and patients praised Dr Spencer’s trailblazing work to improve the lives of people with complex respiratory needs.

 

The unit, which treats more than 2,000 patients each year, is home to a team of experts including respiratory, orthopaedic, neurology, neurophysiology and pain management consultants. It was transferred to its purpose built location at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1989 after Dr Spencer and supporters raised £1 million to fund its development.

 
Two minutes with…our patient information team

In the recent e-GiST survey you told us that you wanted to find out more about other teams working across the Trust.

 

Each issue we'll be spending two minutes with a member of staff, or their team, to find out about the different clinical and non-clinical roles at Guy's and St Thomas'. This first issue includes the patient information team who manage the Trust’s leaflets, audio-visual resources and much more.

 

If you, or your team, would like to appear in the e-GiST, please email Communications.

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Artificial intelligence centre launched

A new centre based at St Thomas’ Hospital has launched to improve patient care using artificial intelligence (AI) and imaging.

 

It brings together experts including doctors, imaging specialists and computer scientists to make leaps forward in patient care. It aims to find ways to diagnose conditions earlier, or tailor a treatment to patients using intelligent systems.

 

The London Medical Imaging & Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value-Based Healthcare is a consortium of academic, NHS and industry partners, led by King’s College London.

Support us
 
Let’s go outside

We’ve got lots of opportunities for you to take on a challenge and enjoy some fresh air, while raising vital funds for our patients.

 

Keen cyclists can sign up for one of our charity places on the Prudential RideLondon-100. Already have a place? Join our team and get dedicated support, and a free vest.

 

Runners who take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon for us will receive free physio and a massage. For first-timers, Vitality 10,000 will help you find your running feet as you take in the iconic sights of London.

How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test – February

Most patients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in February would recommend the care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to their loved ones:

 

 

 

  • 95% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients
  • 93% of women receiving maternity care
  • 98% of patients using our community services
  • 92% of outpatients
  • 83% of A&E patients
  • 95% of patients using our transport service
 
Royal college appoints new president

Dr Katherine Henderson, consultant in emergency medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’, has been elected president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

 

She becomes the College’s first female President and will formally take up her post in October.

Dr Henderson has worked for the Trust since 2006. She was instrumental in the redevelopment of its new emergency department which was opened by The Princess Royal last year.

 
Nurse wins national award

Congratulations to colorectal consultant nurse Fiona Hibberts for winning the British Journal of Nursing Gastrointestinal/IBD Nurse of the Year award.

 

Fiona was recognised for setting up initiatives to help patients with colorectal conditions get a quicker diagnosis and reduce their time in hospital.

 

The British Journal of Nursing awards celebrate excellence in nursing.

 
Awards for Trust’s leading researchers

Several Trust staff have been awarded NIHR Senior Investigator Awards. The Awards recognise outstanding leaders of research involving people and patients.

 

In our women's health team, Professor Cath Williamson received an award, and Professor Jane Sandall was reappointed as a Senior Investigator.

 

Professor Graham Lord, who was until recently Director of our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, also received an award.

 

 
Community nursing team scoop award

Evelina London community nursing teams were recognised at the Journal of Health Visiting Awards 2019. The prestigious event celebrates innovation, leadership and clinical excellence.

 

The Evelina London family nurse partnership teams picked up the Health Visiting Team of the Year award. Monica Sherry secured second place for the Leadership in Health Visiting award and the Evelina London health visiting teams came third in the Innovation in Health Visiting Practice award.

 

Janet Powell, Director of Nursing at Evelina London, says: “They provide amazing care and their work is absolutely vital for families in Lambeth and Southwark.”

In the news
 
Gift of life

Daily Mirror reported that 10-year-old Ella Thatcher saved the lives of five other people after donating her organs.

 

Her mum, Anna, said that an Evelina London nurse was ‘amazing’ and held Ella’s hand during the surgery. She is now encouraging others to sign up to the Organ Donor Register.

 

The Argus explained that Ella’s initials have been engraved on to a new piece of artwork unveiled at St Thomas’ Hospital, which honors organ donors.

 
Overcoming dental phobia

The dental psychology service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is helping people who struggle with dental phobia to overcome their fear.

 

BBC Radio 4 Inside Health spoke to a patient called Michael who had avoided the dentist for a decade before using the service.

 

Professor Tim Newton, consultant health psychologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’, told the presenter: “The most common story we hear would be a traumatic experience at some point during childhood."

 
Revolutionary back pain treatment

Daily Mail and The Times reported on a “revolutionary” treatment to relieve back pain that is being trialled at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

 

The study involves 100 people having the implant put into their lower backs, with half of them switched on.

 

Dr Adnan Al-Kaisy, leading the trial, says: “This unique study has the potential to completely revolutionise how we treat chronic back pain on the NHS.”

Key dates
 
18 April - Bowel cancer awareness

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month so our cancer risk assessment team will be holding information stands.

 

Come along to Birdsong Corridor at St Thomas' Hospital on Thursday 18 April or the Welcome Village in the Cancer Centre at Guy's on Thursday 25 April.

 

The cancer risk assessment service is available to all women and men who are registered with a GP in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

 
14 May – free abdominal pain seminar

Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Robens Suite, Guy’s Hospital, on Tuesday 14 May.

 

The seminar will take place from 6pm to 7.30pm and includes presentations, a question and answer session and refreshments.

 

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis so book as soon as possible. Email members@gstt.nhs.uk or phone 0800 731 0319.