Incident status update

We are currently caring for 26 patients with Covid-19; 5 of those are in critical care. There are 27 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.


Acute hub and assessment unit relaunch

To improve safety in the emergency department (ED) we are reinvigorating the ‘acute hub’ model of medical care on the EAU4 assessment unit, EAU5 and C4. The intention is to increase the proportion of green medical patients assessed on EAU4 rather than in the ED.

  • Patients needing admission for a short stay (up to 72 hours) should be allocated to the shorter-stay wards (EAU5 and C4)
  • Patients identified as likely needing a longer stay, or with clear subspecialty needs will be allocated into the core/specialty beds

This will be a 24/7 model to create capacity in both the ED and the assessment units, to ensure that we are able to assess patients and also help with crowding in the ED.

We are front loading general inpatient medicine to support the initial first steps of this process, but we are also looking to our colleagues within the Trust to ensure we have early discharges / escalation to enable morning flow.

If we all follow these processes, we will ensure that we get correct patient placement for early and efficient specialist care and decongest the ED, making it safer for our next patients.

Thank you to all for your ongoing support and hard work on patient flow.


VAC therapy consumables – change of ordering procedure

With immediate effect VAC therapy consumables (dressing kits and canisters) will now be ordered via procurement using NHS supply chain codes. Orders will no longer be accepted by central pharmacy.

  • Wards who are regular users of VAC will have their consumables added to their procurement supplies top up – please contact your local materials management representative to confirm stock levels needed.
  • Wards where VAC is used infrequently will be able to order via the procurement companion tool (previously extra items order).

Please contact Carole Young, tissue viability lead, or Enzo Martinelli, interim materials management supervisor, if you have any queries.


We’re looking for diversity inclusion panellists

Applications for diversity inclusion panellists for CUH are now being welcomed via Connect. A vital role where you can make a huge difference and a rewarding opportunity you can undertake within your current role at CUH.

The purpose of the recruitment and selection diversity inclusion panellist role is to improve the experience of those from minority groups applying for roles at CUH, through the commitment to having diversity and inclusion as an intrinsic element of the recruitment process. The diversity inclusion panellist supports the organisation in avoiding selection based on shared bias and ensures sound decision making through the consideration of different perspectives.

Diverse interview panels have been introduced as part of the Trust’s workforce race equality standard (WRES) action plan. The expectation is for diverse interview panels to select all leadership roles from bands 8a and above, with the ambition for all banded roles by end of 2023.

“Our commitment to inclusion and diversity must run through all aspects of the employee journey and our diversity inclusion panellists are vital to supporting great, probing and sometimes challenging, conversations, and also ensuring sound decision making. My personal experience of working alongside diversity inclusion panellists has been hugely positive, supporting my own learning and growth.” Roland Sinker

Please visit Connect here to submit your expression of interest form now.

For further info please contact Erica.chisanga@addenbrookes.nhs.uk or Annesley.donald@addenbrookes.nhs.uk


LGBT+ awareness training

We know that one in seven LGBT+ people do not seek healthcare treatment for fear of discrimination, and that health inequalities have been exacerbated for members of the LGBT+ community through the pandemic, as reported by the BMJ.

Provided by leading Cambridgeshire LGBT+ organisation The Kite Trust, our LGBT+ awareness sessions will:

  • enable you to develop a greater understanding of what it means to be LGBT+, particularly trans and non-binary
  • increase your confidence when engaging with trans and non-binary people and patients
  • support you to apply your learning to your role and area of work

While these sessions are open to all staff, we would particularly encourage patient-facing staff to attend as part of our commitment to safe, kind and excellent care for our LGBT+ patients.

There are still places available on the next session on 30 September, with other dates also available to book via DOT. If you would prefer to organise a bespoke session for your team, please contact equality@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.


National Numeracy Challenge

Brushing up on numbers can help us be more confident at work and progress in our jobs. Take part in the National Numeracy Challenge for ‘Checktember’ and spend just 10 minutes a day improving your maths for free at https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/challenge

At CUH, our functional skills team supports staff to access maths and English classes for free with over 60 people starting the classes this month. Contact us to find out more and join the popular classes at funskills@addenbrookes.nhs.uk


Clinical School restaurant – now open

Great news – the restaurant in the school of clinical medicine, located on the main drive close to the pedestrian access to car park 1, has now reopened and is open to all staff. The restaurant is open Monday to Friday 08:00-16:00 serving sweet and savoury breakfast items, and a lunch service including hot lunches, boxed sandwiches, jacket potatoes, paninis and salads.

To celebrate its reopening, the restaurant has an offer for this week only – purchase any regular size hot drink and receive a free upgrade to large!