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Issue 4 | February 2020

Welcome from the Chair....and why he's "in the pink"

A Happy New Year to all of you - our members - and a big welcome to the first edition of Foundation News in 2020.  I hope you'll enjoy reading about just some of the amazing developments and achievements here at CHFT since the last edition last summer. 
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Want to join them? We have CHFT Governor elections coming soon!

Here's some of the governors on our Council of Governors (CoG) and here's how you can join them. 
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Tell us what's important to you. Vote for our quality priorities for 2020/21.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has a strong track record for delivering high quality and good value patient care.  Every year we draw up a list of healthcare areas which we as a healthcare community would like to improve upon. We then ask you, our members, to vote on what you feel our improvement priorities should be ... and 2020 is no exception. 
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Youngsters and staff at the inaugural Youth Forum meeting

Youngsters getting a pizza the action. New forum at CHFT.

Our Trust has held its first Youth Forum meeting.  The forum was the idea of Sister Louise Riby, Clinical Nurse Manager Katie Booth and the children’s team and it was set up to give young people the chance to have their say about our services. 
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Owen's OBE - and his thanks for all his support

 We were thrilled to learn our CEO Owen Williams had been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.  The honour - for services to healthcare in West Yorkshire - was unveiled in late December and the investiture at Buckingham Palace will be later this year.  read more

Giving the gift of life. Supporting families at difficult times.

At both our hospitals we have Honeycomb memorials and Remembrance Rose Gardens (the one at HRI is pictured) to honour the memory of our patients who have given the gift of life.  read more

What a night! Three teams in the NHS "Oscars"

The Trust celebrated its best ever night at the Health Service Journal 2019 awards with three of our teams through to the finals.  read more

How technology is helping us to care for you.

Our Trust is currently one of the most advanced in the country in terms of using technology to support healthcare.  We converted to Electronic Patient Records (EPR) in 2017 - replacing old-style paper folders - and since then have introduced digital solutions in many areas of the Trust.  read more

Alison Schofield

Alison opens new unit for our frailty patients.

A new Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) Unit has been opened at HRI for our frailty patients.  Renee Comerford, Nurse Consultant for Older People and Head of the Acute Frailty Service, told us: "This unit will provide a multi-disciplinary response as soon as a patient presents in SDEC.  read more

Governors Update

Governors/members update

A few words from our Lead Governor  Stephen Baines was elected as our Lead Governor in December 2019.  Stephen is one of two governors for Skircoat and Lower Calder Valley and he is in his fourth year as a governor.  read more

Events

Council of Governors meeting dates for 2020

Our Council of Governors meets four times per year (plus the AGM) and the public part of the meeting is open for all members to attend.  Dates of meetings can be found on our website (www.cht.nhs.uk) - here's the details for the remainder of 2020:  Thursday 23 April - 3.30 pm to 5.  read more

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