Today’s 08:27 was led by Roland Sinker, chief executive

New Covid 19 variant – Roland Sinker

  • Our hospitals and the campus is watching and waiting to see how the position of the new variant develops
  • We have no immediate plans to change at this stage, but we are watching with great attention
  • Two asks of all staff – please maintain compliance with social distancing and mask wearing, and secondly make sure you are having Covid jabs and boosters, plus the flu vaccine.


Operational plan – Roland Sinker

  • Our comprehensive operational plan for the winter has been in place since August; pivot 3 launched 4-5 weeks ago
  • We undertook a formal review of the effectiveness of the plan last week
  • Our view is to say a huge thank you to all staff for all of the steps that have been taken
  • We are in a stronger position, but there is still a lot to do
  • So please maintain flexibility; this is a whole hospital response and we must continue the big push on discharges early in the morning
  • This is supported by additional physical capacity as T2 moves to wards P and Q.


Cambridge Cancer Hospital – Hugo Ford

  • Delighted to advise that the Strategic Outline Case has been approved by the new hospitals programme and the Department of Health
  • This is the first time Cambridge Cancer Hospital has received official approval at central government level
  • This means we can:
    • Progress the project with allocation of capital funding
    • Draw on a bit of money to move to next phase, which is the outline business case
  • This is fantastic news for the whole team working on the project
  • The aim of Cambridge Cancer Hospital is to bring basic science research into the forefront of developing treatments for patients with cancer, eg personalised/integrated cancer medicine – a fantastic development for cancer patients in our area and worldwide
  • The new hospital will improve the inpatient environment in two key areas:
    • In terms of managing infection, it’s very difficult to have infection control strategy with highly vulnerable patients
    • In terms of dignity as all patients will have single rooms
  • We have delivered almost twice as many complex treatments this year despite Covid, which is amazing and we need to build on this
  • Our links on the campus, with the University and with colleagues in the Jeffrey Cheah building are key
  • Looking ahead, the development which will have the biggest impact, but will be the hardest mountain to climb, is earlier detection of cancer; this is also a key part of the national cancer strategy
  • In the shorter term, what we’re seeing already is individualising treatments, focusing on giving patients the very best treatment for them personally.



The Covid Star

David Wherrett

  • The Covid Star is the result of the question we asked ourselves: “How do we continue to show appreciation, recognition and thanks to all staff, our colleagues, a whole range of people – how do we keep on saying thank you?”
  • Awarding of the Covid Star launched yesterday in the Hexagon
  • Almost 1,200 people were awarded their Star yesterday
  • It is important to note we are not just handing these out, we are awarding them to staff
  • A big thank you to Harry, who designed the Covid Star, for making this possible
  • We are all a member of the family, we are all connected and we all made it possible to do this.


Harry Gray

  • I received treatment at Addenbrooke’s for a broken leg in March 2020 at the beginning of Covid. As I was preparing to leave the hospital, everything was changing to respond to Covid and I wondered if I could do something
  • I was working on the Nurse’s Pavilion at Chelsea Flower Show, which was cancelled, but which included a Florence Nightingale badge
  • Feedback from staff at my Dad’s hospice said it was too big and they would want to wear something
  • The Covid Star is based on the Maltese Cross with the centre representing the Covid molecule – I wanted to link history and contemporary science
  • I was delighted to find a prestigious manufacturer who would work on the badges on a not-for-profit basis
  • Furthermore, in creating the 20,000 badges for three different hospitals, Thomas Fattorini Ltd has enabled old enamellers to come back out of retirement to train young staff to make the badges
  • I was honoured and humbled to attend yesterday’s awarding of the Covid Star; one nurse said it meant more than the money.


Kath Langler

Kath is a graduate apprentice at CUH who went to see the Covid stars being hand-made in the jewellery quarter in Birmingham.

  • The visit to Thomas Fattorini Ltd was amazing. The company is in a very old and impressive building which they have owned for over 200 years
  • We were greeted by Tom Fattorini who gave us a three hour tour of the entire process
  • I was expecting a busy, factory environment, but in reality it was a team of 10-12 artisans who are individually crafting the Covid Stars
  • It would take over a week to make just one badge!
  • The visit was really enlightening, to see how these are made, and it makes them even more special
  • Thank you CUH for awarding the Covid Star to us and thank you harry for making this. It’s not just a badge, it’s a piece of jewellery.