Archive – October, 2018

Mortuary diploma success for Shaunna

Shaunna Cahillane celebrating her new and hard earned certification

Shaunna Cahillane is now a level 3 qualified anatomical pathology technologist after studying the Royal Society for Public Health diploma. The programme involves a total of 10 knowledge and competency units in areas such as health and safety, microbiology and infection, anatomy and physiology, communication and preparing for a post mortem. Shaunna said: “I am […]

Helping people affected by cancer

Jan Harley and colleagues who were at the special cancer support event

The first of the Living With and Beyond Cancer events took place on Friday at the Destiny Centre in Norton. They are being run by Catalyst Stockton, with support from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, the Northern Cancer Alliance and Macmillan Cancer Support. Events are also being held in at the Centre for […]

Another successful year for dementia care

The latest set of dementia champions celebrate completing their training

Over the last three years, 240 staff have been trained in advanced dementia awareness (tier 2) – including doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialist nurses, ward clerks and porters. Dozens more staff have been trained to tier one level, including trainee nursing associates, new staff at trust inductions, volunteers and even members of […]

Meet the NHS leaders of the future

Gareth Gent, an organisation development practitioner (left) with piers also training at the Hartlepool College of Further Education

Hartlepool College of Further Education is running special leadership programmes for staff at the trust. The Institute of Leadership Management courses have been tailored to meet the needs of NHS staff. They represent a £120,000 investment – the latest stage in an exciting new partnership between the trust and college. Earlier this year, the two […]

Trust appoints new chief executive

Chief Executive Julie Gillon

Julie Gillon has been appointed as the new chief executive. Julie, who joined the trust in 2002 and most recently held the title of chief operating officer/deputy chief executive, has been interim chief executive over the last year. This was following the secondment of previous chief executive Alan Foster to lead a regional programme to […]

Home screening kit could save your life

Tom with staff nurse from the Trust

That was certainly the case for Tom Boyd-Smith from Norton. Last year Tom, 69, was sent a test kit (a faecal occult blood test) in the post and completed it. He was invited in for an appointment at the Trust for further tests. A tumour had been found and soon after he was booked in […]

Helping staff access information anytime, anywhere

Some of our domestics help promote the new My ESR tool

More than 90% of staff at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust are now registered on the My ESR system. It allows staff to view information including payslips, personal details and to complete mandatory training. Dan Evans, the trust’s ESR project manager, said: “We are delighted with the response we have had from staff […]

Work placement opportunities in NHS thanks to college partnership

Alison Jackson, 52 from Billingham, at the start of her placement in catering

The work placements at the trust have started thanks to new links with Stockton Riverside College. They are available to students completing qualifications at the college who are looking for the chance to experience working in healthcare. Vicki Spinks, the trust’s workforce project manager, said: “These work placements mark the latest stage in a really […]

One stop clinic for patients with foot and ankle problems

The one stop clinical team vital in providing the service

The new clinic at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is believed to be the first of their kind in the region. They mean patients can be seen by a wide variety of health professionals in a single hospital visit. Patients are first seen by a consultant foot and ankle specialist who assesses the […]

Volunteering changed my life

Volunteering changed my life

I grew up in Ostrzeszow, a small town in Poland. I always knew I wanted to be a nurse, so after primary school I decided to spend five years training in medical school before going on to study at a medical university in Poznan. But life chose a different route for me and I had […]