In this issue
Welcome
Changing the face of accessibility
Sunflower lanyards for hidden disabilities
Amanda Pritchard update
Our research into sepsis survivors
Two minutes with…our intellectual property and commercial research team
Celebrating young voices
King’s Health Partners marks 10th anniversary
Cardiovascular outcomes book published
Be an urban legend
Abseiling superheroes
Friends and Family Test – April
Thumbs up from staff
OBE honour for professor
Midwife recognised with gold award
Doctor's win for NHS rainbow badge
Rare disease nurse scoops award
Nurses recognised for research
Study of sickness in pregnancy launches
Great-grandfather takes the plunge
Pedal-power to help air quality
23 June – Cancer Survivors’ Day Celebration Walk
26 June – singing for breathing group
16 July – free autism in children seminar
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Welcome

This week we launched our sunflower lanyards to support patients and staff who have a disability that you might not be able to see. They are a discreet way for people who want to let us know that they may need some extra support.

 

As a Trust we are committed to putting patients first and ensuring we communicate with them and their families in a way that meets their individual needs. By enabling our patients to let us know that they have a hidden disability, we can learn to understand their requirements and improve their care.

 

In this month’s e-GiST, find out about the latest sepsis research, read about our new Changing Places toilet at Guy’s Hospital, and find out how we celebrated the 10th anniversary of King’s Health Partners.

Amanda Pritchard
Chief Executive

What's new?
 
Changing the face of accessibility

A Changing Places toilet has been installed at Guy’s Hospital to provide better access for disabled people.

 

It allows those whose needs are not met by standard accessible toilets to use the bathroom in comfort and with dignity. Changing Places facilities include extra equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and enough space for carers.

 

Sarah Quinn and her son Dylan Way, 20, attended the opening. Sarah says: “It’s good to see the NHS making positive steps for the inclusion of disabled and special needs people.”

 
Sunflower lanyards for hidden disabilities

Our sunflower lanyards are designed to give patients and staff with a hidden disability the opportunity to discreetly tell us that they may need additional support.

 

This may include people with a hearing or visual disability, those with a physical disability that may not be obvious, people with learning disabilities, those on the autistic spectrum, people with anxiety or any mental health condition.

 

Sioux Bailey, employee engagement manager for Essentia, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder two years ago and wears a sunflower lanyard. She says: “I really believe these lanyards will help spark conversations and enable patients and staff to support each other better.”

 
Amanda Pritchard update

We are delighted to confirm that Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard has accepted the role of Chief Operating Officer for NHS England/Improvement.

 

Trust Chairman Sir Hugh Taylor says: “This is a great honour for Amanda, and for the Trust, and also good news for the NHS.” Amanda will take up the post on 31 July.

 

Ian Abbs, Chief Medical Officer, has accepted the role of interim Chief Executive, ensuring continuity within the Trust.

 
Our research into sepsis survivors

A critical care physician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ has published new research on how people who survive sepsis fare in the long term.

 

Sepsis is a serious complication of infection but thanks to advances in care, more patients are surviving. The research looked at national data from more than 90,000 sepsis survivors. It showed that these patients have an increased risk of complications and death for up to five years.

 

Dr Manu Shankar-Hari, who is also an NIHR Clinician Scientist, led this research. He says: “Being able to identify patients at the highest risk is key for us as clinicians, as it helps to plan ongoing care.”

 
Two minutes with…our intellectual property and commercial research team

In each issue of the e-GiST we spend two minutes with a member of staff, or their team, to find out about the different clinical and non-clinical roles across Guy's and St Thomas'.


Our staff have lots of bright ideas so we met with the intellectual property and commercial research team to find out how they protect and develop innovations and inventions.


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

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Celebrating young voices

To mark National Diabetes Week, Evelina London patient, Payvin Esmaeel, shared her experience of living with Type 1 diabetes.


In a brave and honest account, she tells us what it’s like to have an insulin pump and how she manages her condition.


Payvin’s blog is part of a special series set up to celebrate Evelina London’s inspirational patients during its birthday year. Each month a patient is given a platform to tell their own story, give advice to others and raise awareness of their condition.

 
King’s Health Partners marks 10th anniversary

Last month King’s Health Partners held its Annual Conference and marked 10 years of being an Academic Health Sciences Centre.

 

The event celebrated the different ways that the partnership is combining excellence in education, research and clinical care to improve health outcomes for patients.

 

Guy's and St Thomas', King's College London, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts form the partnership. We work together to speed up the time it takes to turn world-leading and innovative research into excellent patient care.

 
Cardiovascular outcomes book published

King’s Health Partners Cardiovascular has published its first outcomes book (PDF 4.5 MB).

 

It highlights the Institute’s progress, showcases world-firsts in research, education strengths and how joined up working has made a positive impact on outcomes and patient care.

 

King’s Health Partners Cardiovascular brings together the adult cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular surgery teams at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and other teams across the partnership.

Support us
 
Be an urban legend

Have you got what it takes to be an urban legend? Come and stretch your limits at Guy’s Urban Challenge on Saturday 28 September.

 

The ultimate city triathlon is back for its fifth year and involves a 2.4km run, 15km spin cycle and an endurance-testing 29 floor climb of Guy’s Tower.

 

This year there’s an ultra version, a junior triathlon (8-15 years), plus an all-day festival.

 
Abseiling superheroes

A massive thank you to more than 400 superheroes who took part in this year's St Thomas’ Abseil.

 

The day was a huge success with an incredible £160,000 raised for the hospitals, and donations still coming in.

 

Are you still on a high from your abseil? Or did you look up and think I could do that? Now’s your chance to be one of the first people to sign up for Abseil 2020.

How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test – April

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

 

 

 

  • 95% of patients recommend our Inpatient Wards and Day Case / Day Surgery
  • 93% of patients recommend our Maternity care
  • 97% of patients recommend our Community Services
  • 93% of patients recommend our Outpatient clinics
  • 83% of patients recommend our Emergency Department
  • 96% of patients recommend using our Transport Services
 
Thumbs up from staff

Staff have recommended Guy’s and St Thomas’ as a place to be treated and as a place to work in the latest Staff Friends and Family Test.

 

The national survey enables staff to give feedback about their experience of the NHS. Guy’s and St Thomas’ scored much higher than the national average:

  • 92% of staff are ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to recommend the Trust as a place to be treated – higher than the national average of 80%
  • 75% of staff are ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to recommend the Trust as a place to work – higher than the national average of 65%
 
OBE honour for professor

Professor Beverley Hunt, consultant in thrombosis and haemostasis at Guy’s and St Thomas’, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her commitment to global awareness and prevention of thrombosis.

 

Beverley, who is also professor of thrombosis and haemostasis at King’s College London and co-founded the charity Thrombosis UK, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to medicine.

 

She says: “I love my work because I am fortunate in being able to combine looking after patients, doing research and also campaigning to improve care."

 
Midwife recognised with gold award

Congratulations to midwife Mary Sheridan who was presented with a Gold Award by England's Chief Midwifery Officer, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent.

 

Mary has been a midwife at Guy’s and St Thomas’ for 30 years and a lecturer at King’s College London for 18 years. She was recognised for her outstanding contribution to both clinical practice and research.

 

The Chief Midwifery Officer awards recognise and celebrate midwives who go above and beyond their roles providing excellent care, leadership and inspiration every day.

 
Doctor's win for NHS rainbow badge

Congratulations to Evelina London sleep consultant Dr Michael Farquhar for winning the inspiration category at the Proud Scotland Awards.

 

Michael was recognised for leading the NHS rainbow badges scheme. Since launching around three months ago more than 3,000 Trust staff are wearing the badge.

 

The badge supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and has been backed by Strictly Come Dancing star and former Evelina London paediatrician, Dr Ranj.

 
Rare disease nurse scoops award

Congratulations to our rare disease lead nurse Jane Clapham for winning a Cavell Star Award.

 

Jane is an Epidermolysis Bullusa (EB) nurse and was nominated for providing exceptional care to patients and their families. EB is the name for a group of rare inherited skin disorders that cause the skin to become very fragile.

 

The Cavell Star Award recognises nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who deliver outstanding care.

 
Nurses recognised for research

Two senior nurses from Guy’s and St Thomas’ have been selected for a national scheme to promote nurses and midwives leading research.

 

Naomi Hare, a research matron in renal, transplant and gastroenterology, and Tootie Bueser, a cardiac genetics nurse, will start new roles as part of the NIHR’s 70 at 70 programme. They will work to champion a research active culture among the UK’s nurses and midwives.

 

Naomi says: "I want to empower the nursing and midwifery workforce to undertake their own high quality research for the clinical benefit of our patients."

In the news
 
Study of sickness in pregnancy launches

Many women suffer from sickness during pregnancy but for some the nausea can be crippling. Hyperemesis gravidarum causes severe nausea and vomiting, in some cases up to 50 times a day.

 

BBC News highlighted that Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London are leading the largest study of the condition in Europe to find out how it is caused.

 

Consultant obstetrician Professor Catherine Williamson says: "The problem we have is that the treatments aren't good enough. Our ambition is to identify genetic causes of this condition so we can tell why women have it and identify those at risk.

 
Great-grandfather takes the plunge

ITV London News and Mail Online featured 89-year-old Frank Clark who abseiled 160ft down the front of St Thomas’ Hospital.

 

The daredevil great-grandfather took on the challenge to raise money for Guy’s and St Thomas’. He has been under the care of the hospitals since contracting tuberculosis in 1944.

 

Frank says: “They looked after me all those years ago and I’m still under their care now.”

 
Pedal-power to help air quality

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is trialling the use of bikes instead of cars to transport blood and tumour samples between its hospital sites.

 

BBC London News and BBC News online looked at how this could reduce air pollution and speed up deliveries.

 

David Lawson, director of procurement at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “We receive about 40,000 truck deliveries a year and we generate another 5,000 deliveries between each hospital site and into the wider community so this initiative is very much to see how we can use different modes of transport.”

Key dates
 
23 June – Cancer Survivors’ Day Celebration Walk

As part of Cancer Survivors’ Day we will be holding a Celebration Walk to celebrate survivors or to honour a loved one.

 

There are three routes to choose from – 3.5km (fully accessible route), 6km or 11km walks along the Thames.

 

Afterwards you'll be able to join the celebrations at the main Cancer Survivors' Day event. Registration is from £12 and you are asked to fundraise at least £100 for Guy’s Cancer.

 
26 June – singing for breathing group

Patients with respiratory conditions are invited to come and experience the benefits of singing to improve lung health, breath control and wellbeing.

 

The free monthly sessions are run by Breathe Arts Health Research and take place on a Wednesday from 11am to 12.30pm. The next session will take place on Wednesday 26 June in the South Wing Committee Room, St Thomas' Hospital.

 

For more information and to register, email Hannah Dye or call 0203 290 2013.

 
16 July – free autism in children seminar

Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Nevin Lecture Theatre, St Thomas' Hospital, on Tuesday 16 July.

 

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.