​Welcome to the 'Your Colleagues' section of our online staff magazine 'Life at the Royal'.

Royal Midwives back the Shoebox Appeal

One of our midwives has been instrumental in making sure that Chesterfield’s homeless don’t go without this Christmas.

Jemma Temple, her colleagues and friends helped to collect 201 boxes for the Chesterfield Homeless Christmas Shoebox Appeal which have been taken to the Whittington Cricket Ground ready to be distributed to local charities.

Jemma said: “I wanted to do something so enlisted the help of my colleagues and friends, supported by the Royal College of Midwives, to collect as many as possible. The support we had from the hospital was great, especially from the Birth Centre, Neonatal and Imaging and we collected a lot from my home town of Holmfirth as well.
​“I did it last year and only managed seventeen so set myself a target of 50 this year. I really can’t believe the response we’ve had, we pretty much filled the van with shoeboxes and I can’t thank all of those who donated enough for supporting us.”

The donated shoeboxes contain items such as books, non-perishable foods, toiletries and small items of clothing such as hats and gloves. There were three categories of donations which were the homeless, dogs and the elderly with local charities including Contact the Elderly, The Freedom Project, Pathways of Chesterfield and Church on the Bus set to distribute the boxes.
​Elaine Osbourne is from the Shoebox Appeal, she said: “This is an incredible collection and to put it into context, last year we collected 736 in total, across the region. This year we have pledged 800 but set ourselves a target of 1,200 and, with this collection from the Royal and others that we know about, we will comfortably beat that. So many people will benefit from these generous donations this Christmas, it’s overwhelming and we would like to thank Jemma and all of her colleagues and friends who have helped to make this possible.”

As well as being a midwife, Jemma (pictured right, far left) is also a Learning Rep for the Chesterfield Branch of the Royal College of Midwives, an elected position requiring her to help with the learning and development needs of her colleagues. It’s also about getting people more active in the workplace and the Trust has signed up to the Caring for You Campaign to help improve the wellbeing and safety at work of colleagues working within maternity.
​Jemma said: “I think our involvement in this appeal qualifies as part of the Caring for You Campaign because it’s created a real buzz about the Birth Centre and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed collecting on behalf of this appeal. One of the things I need to do as part of my RCM duties is to get people more active in the workplace and I’ve got plans to incorporate elements of the campaign into next year’s shoebox collection.”

The Shoebox Appeal deadline for collection has been extended to the 9th December so if you would like to make up a shoebox and donate it then you can still drop it off at the Birth Centre before that date.  


Rolling Back the Years - Celebrating Long Service!

Nicky Rollins (second from left) marking 40 years's service!
​Over the last few years, the Trust has been working hard to recognise long service within the NHS.

On Friday 18th November, colleagues who had worked within the NHS, not just at the Royal , for 20, 30 and 40 years were invited to an event at our Relax@theRoyal facility to acknowledge such a milestone.

There was more than a thousand years of NHS experience crammed into that room with each member of staff treated to a glass or two of bubbly (non-alcoholic, but the bubbles still hit the spot!), a buffet, a voucher reflecting their length of service and a special certificate to mark the occasion.

Chief Executive Simon Morritt, Chair Helen Phillips and Acting Director of Workforce and Organisational Development Zoe Lintin were there to hand out the accolades before a cake was cut to bring the celebrations to a close.

​It was one of Simon’s (picture above, far left) first major public engagements since joining the Trust in September and he said: “It’s a real honour for me to be here, surrounded by so much experience and dedication to the NHS. It’s because of people like you and your colleagues that we’re able to provide the best care possible for our patients and it’s with dedication that you’ve all shown to the service that we’ll ensure the NHS continues to provide that care for many years to come.”

Not everybody who was invited could make the celebrations but below is a list of all those that were honoured and how many years they’ve given the NHS, including Nicky Rollins, the only one from this group to work an incredible 40 years’ service…we’ll try and get hold of Nicky for an interview to feature in a future article.

A special thank you to Volunteer Services Co-ordinator Helen Kirkwood, Workforce Information and HR Support Service Officer Meesy Goodwin and the Communications Team for organising and preparing the event.
​40 Years’ Service

Nicola Rollings – Transfusion Competency Assessor

30 Years’ Service

Adam Barrow - CAMHS Service Manager
Lynn Barsby – Clinical Coding Officer
Matthew Beardshall – Lead Sonographer (Ultrasound Department)
Susan Bennett – DU Admin/Receptionist (Decontamination Unit)
Ruth Bramwell – Midwife (Trinity Ward)
​Lisa Bree – Deputy Lead Nurse (Infection Prevention Control)
Ann Davies – Patient Services Assistant (Domestic Services)
Elizabeth Ellis – Payroll System Manager
Philip Hope – Extended Scope Physiotherapy Practitioner
Stephen Hunt – Theatre Support Worker
Robert Hunt – Semi-Skilled Clinical Engineer
Julie Longmore – Accounts Officer
Patricia Martin – Mammography Co-ordinator (Breast Cancer Screening)
Jeannette Moore – Maternity Assistant (Antenatal Ward)
Patricia Moslin – Healthcare Assistant (Outpatient Suite 4)
Helen Swain – Pharmacy Technician
Jayne Tague – Head of Nursing (Surgical Services)
Jane Turner – Healthcare Assistant (Outpatient Suite 4)
​Jane Walker – Senior Matron (Surgical Services)
Linda Marceniuk – Buyer (Procurement)
Rebecca Bane – Specialist Biomedical Scientist
Julie Lyons – Senior Advisor (Assistance and Complaints)
Susan Simpson – ODP (Theatres)
Amanda Brown – Behaviour Support Nurse
Rita Tinker – Phlebotomist
Jill Perkins – Dietitian
Melanie Coy – Head of Nutrition and Dietetics
Isobel Dawson – Staff Nurse (Murphy Ward)
Paul Hetherington – Transformation Project Manager (Choices)
Mark West – Matron (EMU)
​20 years’ service

Caroline Bell – Sister (Cardiac Catheter Suite)
Stacey Burton – Matron (Medicine and Emergency Care)
Emma Cobbald – Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist – Child Health
Carole Fox – DU Assistant (Decontamination Unit)
Wendy Grimson – Nursery Nurse (Play Service)
Alison Ludditt – Medical Laboratory Assistant (Blood Services)
Karen Maddison – Receptionist (Emergency Department)
Barbara McTighe – Healthcare Assistant (Ridgeway Ward)
Andrew Moss – Staff Nurse (Ashover Ward)
Catherine Nicholson - Receptionist/Housekeeper (Neonatal Unit)
Rachel Parker – Children’s Epilepsy Nurse
Debbie Sharpe – Buyer (Procurement)
Diane Stevenson – Patient Services Assistant (Domestic Services)
​Diane Stevenson – Patient Services Assistant (Domestic Services)
Sandra Taylor – Receptionist (Cardio-Respiratory)
Susan Towner – Assistant Advisor (Assistance and Complaints Service)
Julia Tramontano – Upper GI Nurse Practitioner
Pauline Twigg – Midwife (Community Midwifery)
Sam Wain – Senior Matron (Medicine and Emergency Care)
Michaela Wright – Head of Adult Speech and Language Therapy
Keri Comins – Clinical Educator (Hasland Ward)
Tracey Kearney – Service Improvement Lead (Choices)
Sarah Petty – Senior Matron (Maternity Outpatient Services)
Rebecca Sheldon – Lead Occupational Therapist
​Susan Wright – Medical Workforce Officer
Dr Sarah Beavis – Consultant Intensivist (Medical Staff)
Gail Collins – Medical Director
Caroline Duffin – Principal Clinical Pharmacist
Julie Lawrence – Staff Nurse (Robinson Ward)
Craig Pollard – Chief Cardiac Physiologist (Cardio-Respiratory)
Janet Smedley – Healthcare Assistant (Ridgeway Ward)
Andrea Thompson – Sister (Outpatient Suite 4)
Sarah Wakefield – Service Improvement Lead/ODP (Clinical Specialist Services)
Laima Wilson – Senior Radiography Practitioner (MRI)
To see the full gallery of pictures, please click here

Adult learning leads to better patient care

​Keelie (Pictured, left) is one of nine trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) who have been appointed at the Trust who are about to begin their three year training programme. The areas where the trainees will initially work include ED, EMU, Stroke, Care of the Elderly, Acute Surgery and Critical Care.

One of our current nursing team about to undertake that training is Keelie Stock who is a Sister on Eastwood Ward Stroke Unit. Keelie has worked on the Stroke Unit for seven years, four of them as Sister, and is keen to progress her role, seeing this as an ideal opportunity.

She said: “I’ve just finished a University module in Advanced Physical Assessment so was looking for something that I could do which would utilise these skills. I heard about the Advanced Clinical Practitioner role on NHS Jobs and thought it was ideal for me so applied.
​“I had heard about the role before and knew that if it came up here on the Stroke Unit that it would be a good fit for me. The role will be incorporated within this ward so in terms of my background, previous qualifications and the time I’ve spent on this ward it seemed to be a natural progression.

“I’m aware that it will be a challenge, it’s a three year course which involves one day a week at University and four placements throughout the Trust. The last of these will be a year on the ward ​where you intend to practice which, for me, will be here on the Stroke Unit. I get the best of both worlds as I end up in my area of expertise where I have progressed through nursing but gain experience of other areas to develop new skills.

​“I know there have been some concerns but our consultant, Dr Sajid, has been incredibly supportive and welcomes the appointment. He’s brought in some books for me to help in my course and says they could do with all the assistance they can get. That is the main point of the role, to give us the qualifications and capacity to pick up on some of the time consuming elements of the consultants’ duties, such as prescribing, whilst losing none of the nursing side. Speaking for stroke anything that can maximise our doctors’ time in the treatment of patients is very welcome and beneficial for everyone.

“I’m really looking forward to starting; in fact I don’t really feel like I’ve finished University since qualifying for my Nursing Diploma. Since then I’ve done a Degree in Nursing, a Stroke Diploma and of course my Advanced Physical Assessment. I think it’s vital, not just for career progression but for the continued development in knowledge and skills to be able to keep your nursing qualifications and skills set up to date.

“This course will mean that I qualify with a Masters but I know that there will still be plenty more that I need to learn to fulfil this role but it will give me a great foundation and exciting new skills, such as prescribing, which I can put to good use.”

Acting Head of Workforce and Organisational Development, Zoe Lintin, said ‘We want to make the Royal a great place to be for our staff and I am really pleased that we have been able to support the career development of one of our experienced nurses. Keelie will be a fantastic role model and hopefully encourage and support other professionals in the Trust to apply for the training.’

Keelie starts her training with the other Advanced Clinical Practitioners on 21st November.

A new name for safeguarding children

​As you may already be aware, Dr Kiran Kumar has stepped down as the named doctor for safeguarding children so we’ve got an introduction to make!

Dr Lindsay Lewis joined the Trust in early September as a General Paediatric Consultant, marking her first position as a fully-fledged consultant, and takes over the reins from Kiran as the named doctor.

Lindsay said: “As the named doctor, I will be responsible, along with Theresa Critchlow our named nurse, for ensuring that all staff training relating to safeguarding children is compliant with national requirements. Importantly too, I along with Theresa, will able to offer advice to colleagues who have any safeguarding queries or concerns relating to a child, which are not answered through their usual route. In my role I will also ensure our policies and procedures with regards to safeguarding children, are up to date and meet local and national standards.
​She added, “I’ve settled in well, we’ve got a great paediatric department here and the whole team is wonderful. I’m based in Paediatric Audiology and you can reach me on bleep 625, extn 6871 or email me on Lindsay.lewis1@nhs.net .” I do work less than full time, my usual working days are Monday to Wednesday so please bear this in mind when trying to contact me.

Lindsay completed her training at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in general paediatrics with a special interest in acute paediatrics and safeguarding. She has worked in many of the local district general hospitals and is now looking forward to her future here at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.