News in Brief – Stoke and Staffordshire ICB appoint Chief Medical officer, SWB receive £100,000 to improve cancer survival rates

Our weekly round-up is here, featuring the appointment of a new Chief Medical Officer at the Staffordshire and Stoke ICB, an initiative to support new mums of children with Down’s Syndrome at South Tyneside and Sunderland FT, and much more.

Find out the latest updates from across the health and care sector down below….

Staffordshire and Stoke ICB appoints new Chief Medical Officer

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board (ICB) has appointed a new Chief Medical Officer.

Dr Edmondson-Jones, who is the current Director of Adult Social Care, Health Integration and Wellbeing and Director of Public Health at Stoke-on-Trent City Counci, will support the ICB to deliver its key priorities such as prevention, integration and reducing health inequalities. 

Abi Brown, Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader, said: “Paul’s contribution to the city council and Stoke-on-Trent has been outstanding during his four years with the authority. As both Director of Adult Social Care and Director of Public Health, he has played a pivotal role in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“He led from the front, volunteering his time during the height of the pandemic to help deliver home care to some of our city’s most vulnerable residents, supporting the work of NHS critical care teams when the strains on the NHS were at their most intense.” 

SWB receive £100,000 to improve ovarian cancer survival rates

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWB) has received a charity grant of £100,000 to help improve the survival rates of women with ovarian cancer.  

The Pan-Birmingham Gynaecological Centre, which is part of the trust, is working with the University of Cambridge to boost the uptake in genetic testing in Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities – where survival rates are low. 

Dr Elaine Leung, Clinical Lecturer and Specialist Registrar, Pan-Birmingham Gynaecological Centre, said: “This is a much-needed project reaching those diverse communities in the area. 

“With the support of our patient representatives, the materials we co-create will be in an easy-to-understand format in both written and video form, which will give women a better understanding of the link between cancer and genetic testing. 

To read more about the funding, please click here

East Sussex Trust appoints president-elect of Medical Women’s Federation

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed a new president-elect of the Medical Women’s Federation. 

Mrs Scarlet McNally, who is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the trust, has played a key role in the Women in Surgery initiative over the past three decades and was elected for the role in February.  

The Medical Women’s Federation is an organisation that aims to improve the working lives of female doctors and amplify their voices on medical issues.  

Scarlett said of the new appointment: “I am delighted to have been elected! I want to see women doctors and medical students supported to thrive in the NHS. I also hope that we can influence across other sectors, so the whole population is supported to keep healthy.”

South Tyneside and Sunderland delivers care boxes to help mothers of children with Down’s Syndrome

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust’s maternity unit is the first in the region to deliver care boxes aimed at supporting new mums who have given birth to babies with Down’s Syndrome, the trust says. 

Down’s Syndrome North East (DSNE) donated the boxes to the unit, which provided the mothers/carers with information about the genetic condition, as well as what to expect in the future. 

Poole Hospital receives £150,000 investment to improve cancer services

Poole Hospital’s aseptic pharmacy, part of University Hospitals Dorset NHS FT, has been given a £150,000 boost to deliver an improved service to patients with cancer. 

The investment will provide two new state-of-the-art chemotherapy preparation cabinets, which will be used to prepare cytotoxic drug treatments in ultra-clean conditions that are essential for patients with challenged immune systems.  

Lyn Jackson, lead pharmacist for cancer services, said: “These are extremely exciting times for us within the unit at Poole with an investment of just over £150,000 to improve our working. The cabinets will allow our fantastic pharmacy team to be even more efficient, helping them to support the increasing number of patients needing these treatments.”