May 2017


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St Peter's Hospital marks International Day of the Midwife with mum, baby and midwife reunion
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust marked this year's International Day of the Midwife by reuniting mums who had their babies at St Peter's Hospital with the Midwives who helped deliver them. The Abbey Wing at St Peter's hospital played host to the event last week which saw mums and midwives mingling and discussing life pre and post maternity.

St Peter's midwife Katie Smith who has worked at St Peter's for four years said: "The best part of my job is getting to look after lovely, amazing women and delivering babies. She added, "It's nice to do something you train to do all your life."

International Day of the Midwife is held every year on May 5 and is an opportunity to recognise the work that midwives do globally and in the UK.

Hayley Harris, mum to 8 month old William, born at St Peter's Hospital said: "What a fantastic event! It's unusual to be reunited with the first person that touched your baby. St Peter's Hospital's birth centre is an absolutely unbelievable place and having a midwife present is the best possible way to bring a baby into the world."

Nadia Pridmore, Senior Midwife at ASPH and Royal College of Midwives Workplace Representative said: "Our event was a great way to celebrate International Day of the Midwife and the importance of the work we do. It also coincided with the Abbey Wing's 3rd birthday, so a double cause for celebration. It was wonderful to see so many mums (and babies) reunited with their midwives.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped with our bake sale and all the local businesses who kindly donated prizes for our raffle."

A total of 1175 was raised from the raffle with all proceeds going to the local Royal College of Midwives' branch, to be used for the learning and development of midwives. The aim is to have all midwives trained in aromatherapy and acupuncture.

Consultant praises local students for creative A&E film
Dr Asim Nayeem, A&E Consultant at Ashford and St Peters Hospital presented Year 8 and 9 students from Chertsey-based Sir William Perkins School with prizes and certificates last week after they were crowned Kent, Surrey & Sussex regional winners in the 2017 Health Education England organised 'Step into the NHS' competition.

The competition required entrants to select a career in the NHS and complete a job description and an advertisement for their prospective chosen career. The KSS winners opted for an A&E doctor and made a short film about the important role a doctor plays in the NHS.

Step into the NHS is designed for year 8 and year 9 students in schools across England, to encourage them to think about the career opportunities in the NHS, develop job seeking skills and help them make informed decisions about GCSE and diploma options.

Speaking at the presentation Dr Asim said: "I'm really happy to be here and very impressed by this fantastic film you've made. You should all be very, very proud.

He added: "I'm very lucky because I have an amazing job which I absolutely love. I get to work with a brilliant team at St Peter's Hospital, help people get better and get paid for doing it. For me it doesn't get much better than that, it's the best job in the world. I hope some, if not all of you consider a career in the NHS in the future."

Sian Sallis, Pre-employment Co-ordinator, Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey & Sussex said: "We were particularly impressed with the amount of information the students included in the video, and the research they had undertaken about the role of an A&E doctor."

Mallinckrodt donates 100,000 to support Neonatal Care
Mallinckrodt plc, a leading pharmaceutical company, today marked the donation of 100,000 to Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey.

Aileen McLeish, Chairman of Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust thanked Mallinckrodt for the donation, which will help support the important work undertaken by the Trust's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"On behalf of the Trust, I would like to thank Mallinckrodt for their extremely generous donation and for their interest in Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals. We are always keen to forge positive links with the local business community and look forward to developing our relationship with Mallinckrodt further in the future."

Mark Trudeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mallinckrodt, remarked: "This donation demonstrates our commitment to supporting local healthcare providers and the important work they do with the patient community, a community of which we are proud to be a part." Mallinckrodt recently opened its Global Corporate headquarters in nearby Staines-upon-Thames.

After the ceremony, Dr. Paul Crawshaw, Divisional Director for Women and Children's Services and Consultant Neonatologist showed Mr. Trudeau around the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Peter's Hospital. He explained how the donation will help support the Unit's vital work in particular with specialist training for nursing staff in areas such as pathophysiology, pharmacology, advanced medicines management and life support.

Aileen McLeish commended by Institute of Directors
Aileen McLeish, Chair of Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was the recipient of a 'Highly Commended' Award in the category of Public & Third Sector Director of the Year at this year's Institute of Director's (IOD) London & the South East awards.

The awards seek to shine a light on directors who have enhanced and driven their businesses forward. The contenders come from different organisations but all share similarities in leadership, expertise and personal dedication.

The event also celebrates the exemplary leaders who are doing great work across London and the South East of England, rewarding individuals who display professionalism, diligence and creativity to inspire employees.

Of the honour, Aileen said: "I'm absolutely thrilled and humbled to receive this award. I'm fortunate to be part of an incredibly talented, dedicated and passionate team at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals. We are resolute in our commitment to always provide the highest levels of healthcare to our local population. I'm very proud to accept this award on behalf of the entire Trust."

Ashford and St Peter's named as one of the CHKS Top Hospitals 2017
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as one of the CHKS Top Hospitals 2017, an accolade awarded to the top performing CHKS client trusts.

CHKS is part of Capita Healthcare Decisions and The Top Hospitals award is one of several awards that are part of the CHKS Top Hospitals programme.

As well as national awards for patient safety, quality of care and data quality, CHKS celebrates excellence amongst its clients across the UK. The Top Hospitals award is based on the evaluation of over 22 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care. The indicators are revised annually to take into account any newly-available performance information.

Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was shortlisted in two categories; CHKS Quality of Care Award 2017 and CHKS Healthcare Efficiency Award 2017.

Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised with this accolade. Everything we do at ASPH is down to the sheer hard work, resolve and dedication of a truly remarkable team, committed to making a difference and ensuring patients who use our services receive the highest standards of care at all times."

Andy Lockwood, managing director, Capita Healthcare Decisions, said: "These awards recognise outstanding performance in those areas which we believe are critical to delivering good patient care. We are delighted that Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of our Top Hospitals in 2017."

The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London on 10th May hosted by health policy analyst Roy Lilley. Guest speaker was Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE. Over 200 guests were in attendance including leaders from across the healthcare sector including: BMA, NHS Digital, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, NHS Improvement and acute trusts.