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Paul Hewitt Making a Difference Award

Colleague who works in Car Parking team thanked by patient for 'act of kindness'

A member of the Car Parking team at Royal Derby Hospital has been praised for his "act of kindness" in helping a patient make it to their appointment on time.

Sue Stocks became stuck in heavy traffic when driving her mother, Margaret Wallis, to her appointment in the Kings Treatment Centre, and was becoming concerned about making the appointment time.

Radiotherapy team highly commended in prestigious national award for work to improve service for breast cancer patients

We are delighted to share that our Radiotherapy team won Highly Commended in a prestigious national award for its innovative work implementing tattoo-free radiotherapy and improving the patient journey for patients receiving treatment for breast cancer.

The team, which is based at Royal Derby Hospital, was recognised in the Health Service Journal's (HSJ) Partnership Award last night, Thursday 16 November, for the rollout of Surface Guided Radiotherapy (SGRT) - a very precise form of radiotherapy that eliminates the need for permanent, visible tattoos and marks to be placed on the patient's skin.

Senior Sister Josie's leadership and development programme for colleagues recognised with Excellent Employee Award

A Senior Sister at Queen's Hospital Burton's Emergency Department has been praised for her desire and commitment to providing a development programme for junior Sisters and Charge Nurses to help them to develop their leadership, clinical knowledge, and managerial skills.

Josie Murphy acted on feedback from colleagues who expressed a desire to undertake more training within the department to aid their career progression after taking on senior roles in the team, such as Sister and Charge Nurse.

The impact of Josie's compassionate approach to leadership and development saw her awarded with our latest Excellent Employee Monthly Making a Difference Award - which was presented to Josie by Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, Simon Crowther, alongside several members of QHB ED in a surprise ceremony.  

The team, with colleagues from NUH and DHU, celebrating their Nursing Times Award win

Children's Community Nursing team in running for second national award following win at Nursing Times Awards

A team of compassionate nurses working to ensure more children can receive end of life care at home with their loved ones has been recognised nationally after winning a Nursing Times Award - as well as being shortlisted for a second award. UHDB's Childrens' Community Nursing Team, working in partnership with colleagues from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and Derbyshire Healthcare United (DHU), formed the 'Derbyshire Paediatric Palliative Care Urgent Response Service', to assist children to die in their own homes with their families and home comforts close by, when they otherwise have been admitted to a hospital or hospice.

Tobacco Dependency Treatment (TDT) Programme celebrates its 'First Birthday'

The Tobacco Dependency Treatment (TDT) programme recently marked a significant milestone, as it celebrated its one-year anniversary since its launch in September 2022 - helping thousand of patients on their journey to quitting smoking in just 12 months.

The TDT programme was launched across all UHDB sites to support patients and our communities in quitting smoking. This is a campaign that has been launched across the healthcare system in Derby and Derbyshire, as well as within our sites in East Staffordshire, which offers personalised support for treating tobacco addiction to all patients admitted to our hospitals, including pregnant people and their partners accessing maternity services.


Members of the community invited to Remembrance Day Service at UHDB

Members of the community are invited to attend a Remembrance Day Service at UHDB to pay their respects and honour our Armed Forces.

There will be services held at both Royal Derby Hospital and Queen's Hospital Burton on Saturday 11 November.


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Career opportunities available now for student nurses qualifying up to March 2024

Are you a student adult or paediatric nurse set to qualify in March 2024? Here at UHDB, we have a range of opportunities across our five hospital sites across Derbyshire and Staffordshire which you can apply for now to give you the chance of being able to take the first step in your nursing career immediately after finishing your studies.

QHB neonatal team gets bliss gold accreditation

Congratulations to the Neonatal team at Queen's Hospital Burton for achieving Bliss Baby Charter Gold accreditation

The Neonatal team at Queen's Hospital Burton has been awarded the Bliss Baby Charter Gold accreditation, which recognises exemplary care to the babies cared for in the unit and their families.

The team, which cares for babies who are unwell or have been born prematurely, is one of only 13 departments to achieve Gold accreditation out of 191 units in the UK.

Mike Burrows underwent treatment for breast cancer at UHDB

Male breast cancer patient praises supportive team at Royal Derby Hospital who supported him through treatment

A male breast cancer patient has praised the team at Royal Derby Hospital's Breast Unit for the care they provided to him after his recent treatment for the disease. 69-year-old Mike Burrows, from Ashbourne, Derbyshire, says he felt "out of his depth" as a male undergoing treatment for a condition largely associated with females, and heaped praise on the incredibly "supportive" team who helped him through his treatment.

Claire Carter, public Governor for South Derbyshire

Claire shares her pride at being able to give back to NHS in new role as public Governor

One of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton's (UHDB) newest public Governors says she is relishing the challenge following her successful appointment to the role. Claire Carter is currently a Senior Lecturer and Business Relationship Manager at the University of Derby, and has previously worked in the NHS in Derby, meaning this new role takes on a greater meaning.

New oxygen flow devices at Queen's Hospital Burton aim to help reduce respiratory patients' length of treatment

An innovative new device which can help reduce the time patients need to spend receiving oxygen therapy is currently being evaluated at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB).

The device, named 'O2matic PRO 100', provides automated, safer, and more comfortable oxygen delivery to patients and will be used by colleagues at Queen's Hospital Burton for six months to analyse its benefits and effectiveness in a real-world setting. If the 'real world evaluation' (RWE) is successful, the machines could be rolled out more widely across the NHS. 

Niamh Miller Making a Difference Award

Mum who was heartbroken when her baby had no heartbeat shares her story for Baby Loss Awareness Week

A new mum who sadly discovered her baby girl had no heartbeat has told her inspirational story during Baby Loss Awareness Week to recognise baby loss and praise the midwife who cared for her during what she called the 'toughest time of her life.'

Victoria Jones has bravely shared her experience to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week, which takes place from 9-15 October, and said she wanted to highlight the support she received following the tragedy.

Baby Loss Awareness Week

UHDB colleagues show support for Baby Loss Awareness Week

This week (9-15 October) is Baby Loss Awareness Week, a time for bereaved parents and families to come together to commemorate and remember the lives of their babies. 

At UHDB we are shining a light on the support available to the baby-loss community and beyond, and to raise awareness of pregnancy and baby loss.

Colleagues at Royal Derby Hospital

We want to hear your views on virtual wards

Virtual wards allow patients to get the care they need at home safely and conveniently, rather than being in hospital. Using technology, virtual wards support patients, who would otherwise be in hospital, to get the care they need in the place they call home.

Black History Month 2023

UHDB marks Black History Month 2023

From 1 October, Black History Month 2022 begins. This year's theme is "Time for Change: Action Not Words".

Throughout October, we will be sharing stories, information, and events from across the Trust and the NHS that will demonstrate and reflect our actions and attitude in ensuring racial equality. We will be supported in marking this year's celebrations by the Trust's EMBRACE Staff Network.

Heather Gascoigne

Meet the team that goes above and beyond for patients when they need it most

A nurse who recently won an award for providing compassionate care for a distressed patient has highlighted the importance of the work of her team to ensure those who have additional needs are given exceptional care and their loved ones feel supported when accessing our services

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