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UHDB care helping to improve the quality of life of patients battling the effects of major migraines

The newest available treatments for people suffering with severe migraines are now being offered at UHDB and are helping to “change the lives” of these patients for the better. Nearly 100 patients with chronic or high frequency episodic migraines have been offered or received a new treatment at the Trust over the last year that has made a huge difference to the vast majority – who had all previously struggled to find a treatment that worked for them.   


UHDB research unit ‘leading the way for innovations in clinical trials’ alongside AstraZeneca

The exceptional innovations made to advance clinical trials at UHDB during the pandemic have been recognised nationally – in the same breath as “industry giants” AstraZeneca. UHDB’s Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit (DCTSU) were named runners up for an award at the Association for Clinical Data Management Awards, after coming up with an inventive way of ​ reporting trial data that is simpler and more accurate than what was used before.


Group Rehab at FNCH awarded with Community Hospitals Team of the Year

The Group Rehabilitation Team at Florence Nightingale Community Hospital has been presented with their trophy after being crowned Community Hospital Team of the Year at our Annual Making a Difference Awards.

The team has been recognised for their outstanding work in supporting patients suffering with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee with evidence-based rehabilitation programmes. This is something the team has offered for many years, but the team collaborated with the Health Innovation Network (HIN) in 2017 to offer a comprehensive ESCAPE-pain programme (Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain during Exercise).

The course, which is endorsed by NHS England and Public Health England, consists of 12 sessions over a six week period, with each session incorporating both educational and exercise elements. This has allowed patients to build up a network of support with their peers all while being guided by experienced practitioners.


Gold Command win Behind the Scenes award

The Gold Command Incident Control Centre team have been presented with a certificate and trophy for the Behind the Scenes award at this year’s Annual Making a Difference Awards.


A tribute to Tina Leek

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton has sadly lost a treasured colleague. Tina Leek, a Healthcare Assistant on Ward 303, sadly died last week following a tragic accident.

Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive said: “Tina joined the team in 2014 and was known by all as a bubbly, kind, hardworking colleague and a real character that was never stressed. Many of the team looked up to Tina within the department and for the team she will be irreplaceable.



Executive Chief Nurse gains national role

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton’s Executive Chief Nurse has been appointed to a prestigious role at NHS England. Cathy Winfield MBE will spend one day a week on secondment as one of three new Executive Nurse Fellows.


QHB Operations Team praised for exceptional teamwork

The Operations Team at Queen’s Hospital Burton have been recognised for going above and beyond to support Team UHDB throughout the pandemic by being presented with our August Team UHDB Award.

The team received a lovely nomination from  a colleague, which read: “The teams are responsible for enabling flow through the hospital from the front door all the way to discharge, ensuring that patient safety is maintained, patients are where they need to be and that the site is safe whilst following ever changing pathways.


Radiographer Nicole praised for life saving intervention

A radiographer at Royal Derby Hospital had been praised by her colleagues for acting quickly and professionally in a potentially life-threatening situation.

Nicole Turner, Senior Radiographer, was contacted by a patient’s wife to say they were feeling unwell and nauseous.  


"Her focus on patient care is truly exceptional" - Radiographer, Monica, thanked by relative for going above and beyond

A Royal Derby Hospital radiographer has received August’s Patient Hero Award for showing kindness and reassurance to a patient and their family at an extremely stressful time.

Monica Thornton, Lead Late Effects Radiographer, was nominated by a lady who was sinking fast, watching the deterioration of her partner’s health, a year after receiving stoma surgery.  


Fantastic Theatre Teams recognised for their Outstanding Contribution to UHDB's fight against Covid-19

The last 18 months have been extremely tough for our Theatres teams at UHDB as the emergence of Covid-19 has required them to completely alter the way that they work.

There have been vast changes to the way that we use theatres over the past 18 months, with these areas instead being used to provide vital additional capacity to treat patients with the virus – at a time when it was needed most.


Exceptional ICU Teams recognised for their Outstanding Contribution to UHDB's fight against Covid-19

The lengths our Intensive Care colleagues have gone to throughout the pandemic to protect our most poorly patients has been absolutely extraordinary – they have all truly made an outstanding contribution.

It was fitting then when our ICU teams at Queen’s Hospital Burton and Royal Derby Hospital won the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ at UHDB’s annual Making a Difference Awards, which was held virtually last month.


QHB nurse Emma claims Compassion Award after helping elderly couple reunite for one last time

A Queen’s Hospital Burton nurse who showed “beautiful” compassion by reuniting an elderly couple for the final time has been presented with a well-deserved award. Emma Barker and the team on Ward 8 arranged for a patient with terminal cancer to spend some priceless time together with his wife, who herself was a patient on the ward and was due to be discharged.  


UHDB’s Dr Jayshree Avasthy on South Asian Heritage month

South Asian Heritage month celebrates the culture and history of South Asians across Britain, and runs between 18 July to 17 August.

The awareness month was created in Ontario, Canada to commemorate South Asian roots from countries such as India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives.

Dr Jayshree Avasthy, Specialist Clinical Psychologist, explained what South Asian Heritage month means and its importance to her.

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