09/01/15 – ED Assault

The police were called following an assault on an Emergency Department nurse by a patient.
The patient was charged with common assault as well as abusive behaviour and public order offences.
The defendant was found guilty, sentenced to sixteen weeks in prison and ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge to the nurse.

01/01/15 - Drugs

Illegal drugs were discovered on a patient in the Emergency Department.
The police were called and the patient was charged with possession of illegal drugs, receiving a £80 fixed penalty.

Prison for assault

A patient was given eight weeks in prison, fined £110, ordered to pay £80 costs and a £20 victim surcharge after being charged with assault.
The incident took place in the Emergency Department and involved a security officer, the charge also related to harassment of NHS staff.

03/10/14 – Security Officer Assaulted

A community order was handed down after a guilty plea to an incident that saw a member of the security team assaulted.
The plea was in relation to a charge of common assault.
The defendant was also ordered to undergo treatment for alcohol dependency as a non-resident patient for nine months and supervised by the probation service for a rehabilitation period of twelve months.

ASBO for CDU patient

An individual was given an electronic tag and sentenced to curfew requirements for 12 months after attending hospital for no apparent medical condition.
The person in question was well know to security, had attended several times in the past and was recognised by staff from a NHS Protect Security Alert.
Chesterfield Police were called an arrested the individual for breach of ASBO.

Membership Evening – The Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre

The Trust held another of its highly successful membership evenings on May 12th.
On this occasion it was held off site at The Proact Stadium to accommodate the larger numbers expected as we unveiled plans for the Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre.

The £8.9million development will bring all of our cancer services under one roof and we will be receiving the substantial help of Macmillan Cancer Support as they embark on an 18 month, £2.5million fundraising campaign.
Dr Roger Start is the Lead Cancer Clinician, he said: “Around 15 to 20 percent of everything we do, including outpatient appointments, diagnostic tests, pathology, treatment, surgery and aftercare is related to cancer. It is a core service for this trust.
“We make more than 1,500 new diagnoses of malignancy or cancer every year. At any time we probably have another 9,000 patients who are already in the system undergoing treatment, follow up or have moved into survivorship. The numbers are quite substantial and they are growing so it’s clear that we needed to do something.

“We have been placed in the top ten in terms of cancer treatment in a national survey of cancer patients so it is clear that we already deliver quality care. What we need is to provide the infrastructure to complement this outstanding care and that is what we hope our new centre will provide.”
Macmillan has committed to raising more than a quarter of the total cost of the build and has already launched its fundraising campaign. There will be a number of activities, initiatives and fundraising opportunities taking place throughout the 18 month campaign.

Jane Rudge is the Senior Macmillan Development Manager, she said: “This is a vital new centre for the people of North Derbyshire. Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the toughest things that anyone can face and the Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre will give local people the very best in treatment and support. But we won’t be able to do this without the generosity of local people.”
There will be regular updates on these pages throughout the development of the centre, including news on the build, significant events and fundraising opportunities so please stay tuned.

If you would like to donate directly to the Macmillan appeal then please visit where you can leave your donation today.
Thank you!
A great turnout at The Proact
Dr Roger Start opens proceedings
Jane Rudge from Macmillan and the Royal’s Chief Executive Gavin Boyle
Public Governor Denise Weremczuk (left) who is on the project board, with Dr Roger Start and Jane Rudge
A number of cancer services were represented on the night

Tree Planting gets Cancer Centre underway!

Work has officially started on the Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre and we’re already starting to see the benefits!
Around 20 trees were felled in March, just behind the Pathology labs, to make way for the centre, work on which is due to begin in Autumn 2015. The trees were removed ahead of nesting season to avoid the risk of disturbing local wildlife and ensure the area is clear for when work commences.
To offset the carbon footprint, the Trust took delivery of 30 young trees, a mixture of Ash, Yew, Hollies and some fruit trees, that were very kindly donated by Derbyshire Community Health Service and planted behind the new wards, next to the relaxation garden.
Lee Fox is the Trust’s Electrical projects Manager and part of the project team for the development of the centre, he said: “I would like to thank all of the DCHS team for the excellent work they do at this trust, for the donation of the Trees and for the tree planting exercise for the Cancer Centre Project.
“An especially big thank you to Dave Gambos and Steve Hodgkinson for all of their help and support in going the extra mile and ensuring that everything was in the right place at the right time for the tree planting to happen.”



The Women and Children’s Division has confirmed its part in a new national approach to meeting the educational needs of young people with disabilities.

In what is another great example of partnership working, this Trust has worked very closely with Derbyshire County Council (DCC) to support the implementation of Support and Aspiration in Derbyshire. A number of different staff groups were represented on the different workstreams to offer regular support and advice in a number of areas. In the Women and Children’s Division there was a steering group that met monthly and was made up of the leads of all the Children’s Community teams, as well as other representatives.  

A well as working closely with partners, the group also developed its own internal pathway and to help prepare everyone for the new legislation coming into effect.  

Martha Laxton-Kane is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service and led the Royal’s involvement, she said: “These reforms are all about focusing on the right outcomes for disabled children by ensuring that Education, Health and Social Care work closely together. The approach is very person-centred and one of the brilliant things about this whole process in Derbyshire has been the level of genuine parental involvement at every level and every stage. This is the way it should be, everyone has really valued this and the parental voice is highly important to us.

“The way and manner in which we’ve embraced this important new development for disabled young people has brought a lot of praise from other organisations. It’s an exciting time and I’m delighted to be a part of it. Everybody within the Women and Children’s Division and DCC have been incredibly supportive in making this happen and it will ultimately benefit a group of youngsters who perhaps weren’t always receiving the right support at the right time.”  

Support and Aspiration is a new approach to special educational needs and disability.  In June 2014 the new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice was published and outlined many fundamental changes including:
  • Education, Health and Care Plans  (EHC plans) to replace statementsof special educational needs (SEN), with the age range extending from 0 to 25 where someone is still in education. There is a new 20 week process  and health have a responsibility to offer assessments and make recommendations.
  •  A Local Offer of support which clearly sets out for families what services are available and how to access them. This is hosted by Derbyshire County Council.  All the Children’s Community         services are listed in it and they have updated their Division’s  website.
  •  Joint commissioning across education, social care and health to underpin the new approach.
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The School Nurses took time out to celebrate their achievements having joined the Royal back in 2001 with a complement of just 20 term time only staff.

Currently they have more than 50 staff, including a number of specialist positions playing a key role in promoting the health and wellbeing of school age children. In 2013 the Chief Executive awarded them the Team STARS award, an incredible achievement for a group of staff who work within the community setting.

Jayne Duly is the lead professional for school nursing and helped organise the event, she said: “We’ve come a very long way since the 1960s when we were jokingly referred to as ‘nit nurses’! Some of the issues we deal with, where children and young people are subject to child protection can be quite traumatic.

“The service has gradually expanded and we now help to address attendance issues, obesity, emotional health and wellbeing, continence, transition from primary to secondary school, therefore due to its incredibly diverse role this event was intended to be a celebration of this.”

School nursing has been around since the 1800s and was first introduced to treat minor injuries at school, give health education, follow up care and help keep youngsters healthy enough to attend school. Many of the core ideas behind those early days remain but as society changed, so have the challenges facing school nurses and what defines children’s health.

Jayne added: “It was an opportunity for everyone to showcase their work and share their experiences. Presentations were delivered by the Children in Care team, Special School Nurses employed by education, and an attendance project which is currently being funded by a secondary school, where the School Nurse supports raising the attendance levels where health needs are identified and primarily helps to integrate the children back into school.  

“We also had a personal story from a young adult who had suffered from an eating disorder. She described her journey and how she has managed to improve her health. It was very emotional and inspiring.  We also heard about a water project where a School Nurse worked with a number of schools to improve the water intake of children. It was fascinating to hear the correlation between hydration and attainment. Our only male worker described his work with boys and young men and a referral pathway from the School Nurse has been developed if a young boy requests to see a male worker.

“There was the chance for everybody to get involved by contributing their achievements using an achievement tree, no matter how big or small. There was also an opportunity for staff to showcase their work through market stalls; these included sexual health, teenhealthsmart, staff health and wellbeing and many others.

Jayne said: “It is important that although the service works outside of the hospital setting that we have the same opportunity to showcase our work within the hospital. It was a truly inspirational and special day.”
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