News in Brief – London Ambulance Service donates 10 ambulances to Ukraine, Kernow CCG launch new sleep service

Our weekly round-up returns, featuring the appointment of a new board member for Norfolk and Suffolk FT, 10 ambulances donated to the people of Ukraine by London Ambulance Service, and new electronic tablets for a mental health ward at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough FT, plus much more.

Read the latest updates from across the world of health and care down below…

Norfolk and Suffolk FT appoints new board member

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has appointed a new Chief People Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer. 

Cath Byford, who is working as the Chief Nurse for NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, has been chosen for the roles.  

Having nine years of experience in senior roles within the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care System, Cathy has served as the lateral Chief Nurse for NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG.  

Cath said: “I am delighted to have been offered this post and really looking forward to meeting and working with staff, service users and carers to support the Trust to make dynamic and innovative changes to how the Trust works with patients to improve the lives of people in Norfolk and Suffolk.” 

London Ambulance Service donates 10 refurbished ambulances to people of Ukraine

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) has donated 10 reconditioned ambulances to a charity supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.  

The refurbished vehicles are filled with medical supplies such as ventilators, syringe pumps, tourniquets, wound dressings, blizzard blankets and personal protective equipment (PPE) donated by the trust and other NHS bodies in London. 

Chief Executive, Daniel Elkeles, commented: ““Staff and volunteers from across the London Ambulance Service have been moved by the scenes of terrible suffering in Ukraine over the past few weeks. 

“Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people and our colleagues in the Ukrainian emergency services who are caring for their fellow citizens injured in very difficult and distressing circumstances.”

To find out more about this initiative, please click here.  

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough FT launch tablets at mental health ward

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has launched new electronic tablets at a mental health inpatient ward in Cambridgeshire to help patients stay better connected to the world. 

The tablets were funded by Head to Toe, the official charity of the trust, and were provided to patients at the Mulberry 1 assessment unit for people experiencing acute mental health problems.  

Dawn Stewart, Deputy Ward Manager, said: “We’re really grateful to Head to Toe for funding the tablets, which provide a number of benefits for our patients.  

“They needed something to use as they would their own device to protect their confidentiality, so we couldn’t loan them a Trust laptop.” 

Kernow CCG launches new service to help the sleep deprived

Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a new service to support parents, children and young people struggling with sleep deprivation.  

The CCG has partnered with Hunrosa, a sleep consultancy, to provide a series of tips and guidance containing advice and behavioural strategies to help those in need sleep.  

Janice Jenner, Sleep Consultant, said: “Everyone needs a good night’s sleep. It’s essential for children’s development, mental health and learning. There is also an impact on the health and wellbeing of parents and carers who are trying to support their loved ones to get to sleep.”

Birmingham Women and Children’s FT appoints new board member

Birmingham Women and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer.

Following an international recruitment process, Daljit Athwal has been chosen for the role and will begin her duties in Summer 2022.

Chief Executive, Sarah-Jane Marsh, said: “I am delighted to share the news that Daljit Athwal, currently Chief Nursing Officer at George Eliot Hospital, will be joining the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s family as our Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer when Marion Harris retires in the summer.

“Throughout the recruitment process Daljit’s passion for women’s and children’s physical and mental health has shone through, together with her values of kindness and compassion.”

Lincolnshire Partnership FT appoints new Autism Programme Lead

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new Autism Programme Lead for its Lincolnshire health and social care system.  

Emma Dominey-Hill, currently working as the Consultant Speech and Language Therapist and Lead for Transforming Care at the trust, has been chosen for the role. 

Emma has vast experience in supporting autistic children and young people with learning disabilities, as well as aiding the development of an inpatient autism pathway at Rampton Hospital.  

Emma commented: “My primary aim is to make sure that autistic people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities and ages get the support they need to live full and happy lives.”