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Issue 7 | September 2020

Welcome from the Chair, and your invitation to our AGM

A big welcome to this year's third edition of Foundation News.    I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe at what continues to be a very difficult and worrying time for us all.    It is my pleasure to invite you to our AGM, which this year, like all our meetings currently, will be held virtually. 
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Governor Elections for 2021

As you know, in line with national guidance and like many other Trusts, we postponed our elections to the Council of Governors this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  We are intending to run our governor elections as normal in 2021 and are inviting members to express an interest at this stage so that we can gauge interest levels nice and early.  read more

Challenges ahead

As a Trust we are well aware that many of you will be wondering when things will get “back to normal” – particularly if you or a loved one are waiting for an outpatient appointment or a date for surgery. Please be assured that colleagues at CHFT, like at every other Trust, are working extremely hard to get things back on track.  read more

Governors in lockdown

We asked two of our governors how lockdown has been for them. Here's what Sally Robertshaw (left in the photo), staff governor for the Allied Healthcare Professionals/Healthcare Scientists and Christine Mills, publicly elected governor for Huddersfield Central told us:  It’s been a rollercoaster 2020 for everyone.  read more

Flying high...lifting spirits...

On Sunday 30th August Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary received a special thank you in the form of a flypast by this amazing Spitfire. The special Spitfire took off from Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire and flew over hospitals in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire and Manchester.  read more

Leader Laura lands dream job

Children's outpatient department sister, Laura Kirk is looking forward to her new dream role as a Paediatric Advanced Clinical Practitioner after a whirlwind spell as a sister on the department. Here she looks back over the past few months.  read more

Safe Surgery during Pandemic Peak

Surgeon Alison Waterworth has continued to operate on CHFT patients with breast cancer during the pandemic and her experiences are supporting surgeons across the world to continue operating.  In collaboration with Leeds, York and Bradford a paper has been published called “Breast Cancer Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic Peak in the UK: Operative Outcomes.  read more

Caring round-the-clock

A special shout-out to the Care of Patient at Home team who have been caring for a very poorly man in his 20s round-the-clock at home in Halifax.  read more

Lockdown love

Congratulations to Nicola and Hayley Wright who were the first couple in Calderdale to tie the knot after lockdown.  They married on 11th July with just eight guests. Hayley has worked on Outpatient reception for two and a half years.  read more

It's a Homebirth baby boom! And a Top 10 for detection rates!

Meet CHFT's new Homebirth Team!  They’ve been working hard to support women who have chosen to give birth at home.  Since April they’ve supported 56 women, with 47 home births, dedicating 298 hours of 1-2-1 care.  read more

A hat-trick for CHFT at the Nursing Times Awards

We're thrilled to have been nominated in three categories at this year's Nursing Times Awards. The nominations are for Clinical Research Nursing, Emergency and Critical care and Children’s Service Change.  The awards – now in their 30th year – will be held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on October 14th.  read more

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