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A tribute to Adele Hunter

Last week I shared the sad news that Adele Hunter passed away peacefully, with her loving family beside her. I wanted to tell you a little bit more about Adele.


New NExT Director joins UHDB

UHDB has appointed a new NExT Director to join our Trust Board as part of an innovative NHS initiative. Alan Smith, is an experienced leader who will join the board in a non-voting capacity on 1 February 2022.


Three friendly faces greeting UHDB visitors win excellence award

Wayne Grindle, Lorraine Smedley and Dana Anwar have been awarded with January’s Excellent Employee Making a Difference Award for the immeasurable support they have provided to ensure our staff and visitors follow covid-19 measures.



UHDB Library Team shares insights on their latest Quality Improvement Project

Photos taken prior to pandemic.  Quality Improvement is defined as the application of a systematic approach that uses specific techniques to improve quality. The purpose of Quality Improvement within our hospitals is about making healthcare safer, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient, and equitable.

Our library team have been working on two Quality Improvement Projects across UHDB. We spoke to Lindsay Snell, Clinical Librarian, to find out more.

Jordane and Megan recognised for Making a Digital Difference to staff at UHDB

A new digital Facilities Management App has benefited UHDB FM staff across Derbyshire and Staffordshire by making important information relating to their work available to them at their fingertips.

The app, which launched at the end of 2021, for all facilities and estates staff, across all five sites, including our partners in ISS, Skanska, STERIS and Synergy.


Help Us, Help You - Mental Health Campaign

This week, NHS England and NHS Improvement launched a new mental health campaign to highlight that feelings of anxiety and depression can affect us all - and the NHS is here to help. The NHS provides a range of talking therapies for common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression which are free, effective and confidential.


New NExT Director at UHDB

UHDB has appointed a new NExT Director to join our Trust Board as part of an innovative NHS initiative. Nikant Ailawadi, who is Director of Insight at Barts Health NHS Trust, will join the Board in a non-voting capacity on 1 February 2022.



ED Sister’s simple educational tool, “The QR Bar”, is a viral hit!

Emergency Department Sister and Clinical Educator, Leanne Siekiera, has had global interest from a simple QR Code Board she set up to help benefit staff in the QHB Emergency Department get easy access to guidelines, policies and educational tools.

Leanne said: “The board all came about to help benefit the Newly Qualified Nurses and new starters that were starting work in the Emergency Department.


Community Midwife and new mum backs local birthing pool appeal

A proud new mum is backing a major Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity appeal after having the relaxed birthing experience she dreamed of.

Amiee Grix, a Community Midwife from Burton gave birth to baby Alfred in the birth pool at Queen’s Hospital in Burton earlier this year in September.

Amiee now wants to raise awareness of the Birthing Pool Appeal, which aims to raise £10,000 to fund the development of a new cutting-edge birthing pool suite, helping to give other mums-to-be the chance of experiencing the benefits of water during labour.


A tribute to Andrew Woodcock

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Andrew Woodcock from our Royal Derby Hospital ED family has died.


UHDB Energy Monitor retires after nearly 60 years’ service in the NHS

81-year-old Energy Monitor, Joe Sim, officially retired from his job at UHDB on Friday, 31 December, after clocking up an amazing 59 years’ service for the NHS

Joe started working as an Assistant Engineer at Pastures Hospital in Mickleover on Monday, 5 November 1962. Joe said: “I definitely have my wife to thank for this! I met my wife when she was working as a theatre Nurse at the DRI. I used to go and wait for her after work, but being a theatre nurse, there were many occasions when the operations would over run and she’d be late off shift. I kept myself entertained by taking a stroll around the site – this is when I got talking to different members of staff. One day I got speaking to the boilerman who worked there – he made me realise the hospital wasn’t just built up with Doctors and Nurses, and I believe that’s when my interest in engineering in the NHS began!”

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