Incident status update

We are currently caring for 16 patients with Covid-19; 5 of those are in critical care. There are 17 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Downtime of Epic playgrounds and new starter training

From 08:00 tomorrow, Wednesday 29 September, until 09:00 on Tuesday 05 October, both the Epic 2017 and Epic 2020 playgrounds will be unavailable to use as part of the preparation work to upgrade to Epic Nov 2020 this November. The Epic playground icons will not appear during this window, but our current ‘live’ Epic system will be accessible and functioning as normal throughout.

Following this downtime only the ‘Epic Hyperspace Playground 2020’ icon will be available in Citrix for you to access to support practise and familiarisation with the newer version prior to the ‘live’ system upgrade on Sunday 07 November – Epic 2020 playground log in details are on Connect.

Epic training for new starters from Tuesday 05 October
From Tuesday 05 October, all Epic training will be provided to new starters to the Trust using Epic Nov 2020 training environments (as a result of the downtime work above).

As our ‘live’ system will not be upgraded to Epic Nov 2020 until Sunday 07 November, please be mindful that following their Epic training, new starters may require some familiarisation support in clinical areas, as our current Epic 2017 version will look different to them, although the workflows and principles that they will be trained in will be exactly the same. They will only have access to the new Epic 2020 playground to support their onboarding and upgrade familiarisation.

Access to paediatric day unit through ward C2

Today, Tuesday 28 September, ward C2 will decant to ward G2, after which there will be no access to the paediatric day unit (PDU) through ward C2.

In the event of an emergency, access to PDU will be through the Jubilee gardens. Resus calls should state this and there will also be appropriate signage on the doors to C2.

Staff survey – leading through engagement

Listening and responding to staff feedback has never been more important for us at CUH. On Monday 04 October we launch this years’ National Staff Survey and we are presented again with the opportunity to have our say and use our staff voice to improve our experience at work.

If you are a leader or manager, you may be asking yourself how you can encourage your teams to take part in the survey, especially when morale and motivation has been impacted by the challenges of working through the pandemic and when time and space to reflect is at a premium.

To coincide with the survey launch, a webinar, Leading through Engagement, (part of the CUH Compassionate Leadership Series), will explore some of these challenges and will take place on Wednesday 06 October, 11:00-13:00. Open to leaders and managers across CUH, the workshop will consider how we think about engagement and what we can do to enhance staff experience through involvement and participation. Book your place here.

Please contact for further information.

NIHR training: an introduction to clinical research

A training course on ‘an introduction to clinical research in the NHS’ is available via the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This course is aimed at medical staff in foundation years and specialty trainees who are new to research.

The training is via NIHR Learn where modules 1-3 will be completed via e-learning followed by module 4 which is a live interaction zoom session. To register, please click here.

Commercialise health innovations with Health Enterprise East

Health Enterprise East is a technology consultancy that specialises in healthcare innovation, and are one of our commercialisation partners. They work with health care staff to develop their ideas and innovations into commercialisable products that can be used within the NHS or more widely.

They are hosting a series of webinars in the autumn that may be of interest to health care staff or academics who have an idea or product with commercialisation potential, or who are interested to understand more about the commercialisation process:

• Essentials in health economics, Wednesday 29 September, 14:00-16:00
• IP and commercialisation strategies for Medtech, Thursday 28 October, 13:00-14:30
• Selling to the NHS, Thursday 25 November, 13:00-14:30

The company also offers a free consultation appointment to help researchers develop and commercialise their medical technology.

Full details are available on Connect and for more information about Health Enterprise East, visit their website here.