Supporting our armed forces patients

This week (20 to 25 June) is Armed Forces Week and at CUH we recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our organisation.
We are committed to upholding the UK Armed Forces Covenant – please read more on Connect.

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has been onsite at CUH since 2019 and has built a strong connection with us, working to support those who have served in the armed forces and those over 75. The service provides emotional and practical support to patients when they are admitted and helps them plan for discharge by embedding vital support systems through military and voluntary networks. Hear more about the support on offer in this film:

The DMWS continues to build fantastic links with ward staff, medical staff, therapists and specialist teams across the hospital to provide the best care for our patients.

If you believe you have an inpatient who would benefit from DMWS input, please call 07425 636091 or email luke.franks@addenbrookes.nhs.uk. Outpatients can call the referral line: 0800 999 3697.


Small changes can make a BIG difference  #LDWeek22

Learning Disability Week, 20-26 June, is Mencap’s annual campaign to make sure everyone hears what life is like if you have a learning disability.

Making reasonable adjustments, small or simple changes, for people with a learning disability in our hospitals is so important to ensure they have equal access to good quality healthcare and better experiences. It is also a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010.

Every person is different, so the adjustments people with a learning disability need will differ from person to person. However, there are common adjustments that help lots of people with a learning disability:

  • Better communication – speak clearly, check for understanding and provide information in a way the patient understands
  • Allow more time and flexibility – just 10 extra minutes can make a big difference
  • Use hospital passports – these are a patient-held, personalised record of what the person needs, how they communicate, what they like and don’t like
  • Always ask the patient – reasonable adjustments are about what the person in front of you needs

Speaking to the person, their family and support staff regularly ensures we are providing good quality care within the organisation. Please read hospital passports, ensure they are up to date and offer passports if someone would like one.

Reasonable adjustments video co-produced by CUH, Mencap and Voiceability


Genomics Conversation Week

At the start of Genomics Conversation Week, let’s start with the basics! Most people have heard of genetics in healthcare. But what about genomics?

Genomic medicine is a rapidly growing and dynamic field that needs skilled and knowledgeable professionals at every stage. There are many courses available – from bite size ones to postgraduate study.

For a good range of courses, including the Genomics 101 flexible online courses, visit: Education – Genomics Education Programme (hee.nhs.uk)

Join us at the 08:27 tomorrow to hear more about genomics  – you can join us via Zoom or the staff Facebook group:

Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/98966977211?pwd=SHBhRXlDUXRUbFcyU3psbzdHQmxZUT09
Passcode: 638644


My CUH Story – Long Service Awards – Tine Hansen

Our staff make our hospitals special and so we’ve been celebrating our longest serving staff.

Today we’re finding out about long service award winner Tine Hansen. Tine is a liver transplant clinical nurse specialist, who this year is celebrating 20 years’ service with CUH!

Tine said: “It is a privilege to be able to follow the patients from point of referral, being listed and waiting for a transplant, calling them in for transplant and following up with them after.

“I am very proud to be part of a great team of specialist nurses within the transplant team and I enjoy coming to work to a very supportive team of close colleagues.”

Read Tine’s story on the CUH website.


Improving Connect – please share your views

The CUH intranet ‘Connect‘ will be redeveloped and improved over the coming year. Upgrading its search functionality will be a key improvement.

Please take a moment to tell us about your experience of using the search functionality on Connect so we can make sure it meets the needs of #TeamCUH.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/25X8MY2