November 2016

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29/11/16: Duos gruelling challenge for the Blood Fund

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“The first day was terrifying,” said Scott Soithongsuk of his attempt to climb ‘The Nose’, an infamous kilometre high cliff face on the mountain El Capitan in support of our charity’s Blood Fund.Scott has a blood cancer known as chronic myeloid leukaemia, which means climbing and any physical activity is much tougher than usual. He manages the condition through daily medication.Last month he and his partner Jo Robbings travelled to Yosemite National Park in California to attempt the daring climb as a thank you to the cancer care Scott received at Hammersmith Hospital.Their gruelling three day climb involved sleeping each night in the open on rock ledges, and carrying all of their food and equipment as they went along. To warm up for the big event, Scott and Jo tried another climb which itself meant a total of 24 hours hiking and an elevation of more than 1400m to get to the start point.Scott said: “Our calves and quads were just shattered afterwards.  It took four days to recover, which was when we decided to take on the big challenge.“An hour into the big climb, I started to question what I was doing. It was physically hard and equally scary. Our equipment, food and sleeping gear weighed around 60 kilograms on its own, not to mention our sleeping ledge and climbing gear.“It was a real struggle to get it up between the pitches. The nights were around the freezing mark, with daytime temperatures hitting the mid-twenties, along with strong icy gusts of wind. After three days we were battered, weary and nearing our limits.

“As the sun was setting on that third day, we looked at our position on the map and realised we weren’t even half way. We had to make a call at that point. With only a day's worth of supplies left and knowing that every pitch we climbed up would mean one more pitch to come down, we decided to bail on the attempt. It was a sad and difficult moment, but I think we gave it our all at that point.”

The £500 the pair have raised is going towards our Blood Fund, which supports the work of the department of haematology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Scott said: “I think in two or three years, we'll attempt to climb it again. I’ll need to be in a better state physically, which I'm sure I will be. The climb is not to be underestimated, but the experience we gained from being there was invaluable. Next time, I know exactly what to expect!”

Thank you Scott and Jo for all of your amazing efforts! You can still sponsor the two of them at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/scojo-imperial 

11/11/16: Charity Week - Fundraising for your department

Karen McArtney and Suzy LeavesIn the past 12 months, staff from 18 departments have raised a total of £23,731 that has gone back to their unit or ward.

Raising funds for your department is easier than you think, and Imperial College Healthcare Charity is here to help. Over the past year we’ve had staff take part in treks, sky dives, marathons, hold bake sales and coffee mornings all in aid of their department.

At the start of the month, the department of haematology officially launched its charitable Blood Fund and aims to raise £250,000 over an 18-month period. About £60,000 has been raised since April, thanks to a combination of passionate fundraisers, many of whom have been grateful patients treated by the department as well as staff.

Earlier in the year Karen McArtney, a midwife at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and Suzy Leaves, a nursery nurse at St Mary’s, walked 26 miles from Rickmansworth to Camden Lock. They raised an incredible £1600 for the Teardrop Fund, which is used for the upkeep of a dedicated room where bereaved parents can spend time with their stillborn baby.

Laura Kell, head of community fundraising at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: “It’s really exciting seeing the increase in staff and patients getting involved and fundraising for their ward, but it’s equally important grateful patients know they can make a donation or fundraise too.

“We have a range of donation leaflets and literature which can be passed onto grateful patients, so please get in touch if you’d like some.”

Patients can also make online donations on the charity’s website www.imperialcharity.org.uk

Upcoming events include Santa in the City (4 December 2016), the charity abseil (26 April 2017), skydiving (14 May) and the popular British 10K race in July 2017.

To fundraise for your department, contact Lauren Levy by emailing lauren.levy@imperial.nhs.uk or phoning 020 331 25694.

11/11/16: Charity Week - Offering staff a chance to reflect

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Giving staff a place where they can reflect on the personal, social and emotional aspects of working at the Trust is hugely important.

That’s why Imperial College Healthcare Charity has been funding the Schwartz Rounds sessions since spring 2016. They take place every one to two months and rotate between St Mary’s, Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals and are attended by a broad mix of doctors, nurses, therapy staff, clerical and management staff.

More than 800 members of staff have attended Schwartz Rounds sessions so far, with nine in ten who gave feedback saying they had gained a greater sense of self-awareness and an insight into how others care for their patients.

Schwartz Rounds give staff a unique opportunity to come together and share the non-clinical challenges and rewards that are intrinsic to caring. The format of having a multi-disciplinary panel present on their personal experiences of a shared case before audience discussion has been working really well.

Dr Alex King, consultant clinical psychologist and project lead for Schwartz Rounds, said: “For staff to be the best they can be, it’s important that they’re looked after and feel supported.

“People say they get a sense of community coming to the sessions and it’s good to know that they’re not alone in feeling the impact of this work. Others say Schwartz Rounds gives them time to reconnect to their values and remember what person-centred care is all about.”

“We are very grateful for the funding and advice we’ve had from the charity. They enabled us to better promote the programme, strengthen our evaluation and provide lunch for attendees as a token of appreciation by the organisation,” said Dr King.

For upcoming dates and more information on Schwartz Rounds, visit http://source/schwartzrounds/index.htm.

For more information about the charity’s grants programmes available to staff, visit www.imperialcharity.org.uk/grants

 

 

 

11/11/16: Charity Week - Here for patients during their hardest times

 

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Imperial College Healthcare Charity manages the Dresden Hardship Fund, which supports patients and families across the Trust who are experiencing extreme financial difficulty as a result of their time in hospital. 

Up to £2,000 is available for things like unexpected travel costs, accommodation, funeral costs, baby care essentials, clothes and utility bills. 

More than £86,100 has been awarded to 125 patients or their family members since 2010. 

Ian Lush, chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: “The fund can make a huge difference to patients and families when they may be facing some of the most potentially difficult times of their lives. People simply don’t expect to have a major accident, have to rush a loved one to hospital or to bring their child into the children’s intensive care unit. 

“When they do and face those hardships, we’re here to help. The Dresden Fund is arguably one of the most important awards programmes that we have, as the impact of even a relatively small grant is immediate, particularly as we can usually turn an application round in less than 24 hours.”

Staff can apply for funding on behalf of patients who have not previously received a hardship grant from the charity. For full details, visit the charity’s website at http://www.imperialcharity.org.uk/dresden-fund 

 

10/11/16: Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy may trigger post-traumatic stress disorder

IMG 5140A research fellowship project fully funded by Imperial College Healthcare Charity hit the national news recently after the findings suggested women may be at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

The research team from Imperial College surveyed 113 women who had recently experienced a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, where the baby starts to grow outside of the womb.

The participants were sent questionnaires asking them about their thoughts and feelings after their pregnancy loss. The results revealed four in ten (38%) women reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder three months after the pregnancy loss.

For those in the study who had suffered a miscarriage, 45 per cent reported PTSD symptoms at this time, compared to 18 per cent of the women who suffered an ectopic pregnancy.

The women in the study who met the criteria for PTSD reported regularly re-experiencing the feelings associated with their loss, had nightmares or flashbacks and suffered from intrusive or unwanted thoughts about their miscarriage. Furthermore, nearly a third said their symptoms had impacted on their work life, and around 40 per cent reported their relationships with friends and family had been affected.

Dr Jessica Farren, lead author of the research from the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial, said: "At the moment there is no routine follow-up appointment for women who have suffered a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. We have checks in place for postnatal depression, but we don't have anything in place for the trauma and depression following pregnancy loss.”

The team behind the study are now planning larger follow-up studies, to confirm the findings and help identify at-risk women.

The research was funded by the Imperial College Healthcare Charity, Tommy's, and the National Institute of Health Research Imperial Biomedical Research Centre

The latest round of Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s research fellowships programme for Trust staff was launched 1 November. For full details about the programme and to apply, visit http://www.imperialcharity.org.uk/research-fellowships

10/11/16: How last year's Christmas wishes became two wheelchairs

IMG 6783Thanks to your support, Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal raised enough money last year for two specialised wheelchairs for children’s services.

The wheelchairs can be used to help children with a variety of conditions, including those recovering from serious injuries in children’s intensive care and those with neurological conditions. As they are more supportive than standard wheelchairs, it means children can leave their beds sooner than they otherwise would have done.

Paediatric occupational therapist, Beverley Hicks, said: “We want to thank everybody who donated to the Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal. You’re making a huge difference to some of the sickest and most injured children at St Mary’s Hospital.

“These specialised chairs will enable patients to get out of bed sooner because they will have the right support. This means we can get their rehab started earlier, which can help to improve outcomes for children. It also means they can go to the play room, they can get out with their parents and they can go out to see the ducks by the canal. They don’t have to stay inside all the time.”

Donations have also purchased extra rests and harnesses for the chairs so they are even more versatile and can be adapted to the child’s changing needs as they recover. The chairs also tilt in space, which means they tilt right back to help the children stay in the chair even when they do not have the motor control to sit up on their own.

“We can make the chairs as supportive as they need and then remove parts as they get stronger and able to do more themselves until hopefully they go into a standard wheelchair,” she said.

This year's Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal aims to raise £10,000, which will go towards regular workshops involving children living with HIV. Known as Looking Forward Days, the fun workshops give young patients at the Trust the chance to meet and talk with each other about their fears and anxieties, helping to reduce the stigma of living with the long-term condition. Funds raised will also go towards discreet medication boxes as well as tablets used to communicate various resources to patients, such as managing their condition, sex education and dealing with anxieties.

For more about this year’s Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal, visit www.imperialcharity.org.uk/wishing-tree-appeal

10/11/16: Charity Week - Artists and staff come together for Emergency Department transformation

Emma HaworthOver the past few months, Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s art team has been working closely with staff from St Mary’s Emergency Department to commission four exciting artists to create artworks that will play a crucial part of the £3.5 million refurbishment, which is fully funded by the charity.

Artist Chris Orr RA, who has exhibited worldwide and had solo shows at The Whitechapel and Serpentine Galleries, spent several days last week on the rooftop of the QEQM building at St Mary’s, sketching the London skyline which will form the basis of a 360 degree panoramic view of the capital.

The majority of the art in the newly refurbished emergency department will come from Emma Haworth. Her beautiful sketches of the local area will be transformed into vinyl wallpaper and installed along the main corridor complimented by some of her framed works. Ceiling light boxes designed by Emma of the sky, clouds, aeroplanes and birds will be also feature in the area.

The relatives room in the emergency department is set to have a mixed media work by David Wightman that will be hung on a wall painted a particular Baker Miller pink which is known for its calming effect on emotions.

Finally, beautiful drawings of British and exotic birds will grace the walls of the paediatric clinical decisions unit, thanks to artist Fran Giffard, who uses a mix of watercolour, ink, gouache, and pencil to create her works.

Sarah Finlay, consultant in emergency medicine, said: “It has been really satisfying being involved in this alternative way of benefitting patients. We walked around the emergency department with the artists, talking through the spaces and explaining the kinds of things the department would like. We have to think about the different scenarios that patients and their families will face, understand what we need the art to do and help create something that has universal appeal.”    

To find out more about the art collection, visit: www.imperialcharity.org.uk/art-collections   

09/11/16: Charity Week - Volunteer Analiese Johnson

CharityWeek3As of June this year, Imperial College Healthcare Charity has been managing the volunteering programme across the Trust.

One such volunteer is 29-year-old Aneliese Johnson, a qualified level two healthcare assistant who volunteers at Charing Cross Hospital’s A&E department.

Aneliese said: “I really feel like I make a difference. I love interacting with people and really feel like I’m a part of the team when I volunteer at A&E. Staff in the department know my name, it’s like a little family here. Volunteering at the hospital is really useful for me and I learn a lot. Now that the children are back at school I volunteer four times a week from 8.30 to 3.30pm, though I also do a few night shifts in A&E which can be quite interesting.

“The things I do include making patients cups of tea, running errands for the A&E team and talking to patients. Sometimes these small things make a real difference.  

“I was a patient two years ago at the hospital and was hooked up to a machine as part of my treatment. I quickly realised there wasn’t anyone to look after my son who was with me at the time. Thankfully two volunteers came along and looked after him and I saw then how important these voluntary roles are. I’ve always been into caring for others and the fact that I know the volunteering is benefitting me at the same time as a way of keeping my foot in the door is a good thing.”

“Having qualified to be a healthcare assistant in 2014, I didn’t want to be sitting around when my children are at work. I enjoy making people happy and each time I go in there’s so much that needs to be done. If I can do things that frees up clinicians to do what they need to do, then I’m happy to help. It can be challenging at times, but that’s hospital life.”

Volunteers have put in over 6250 hours across the Trust since July 2016, and do a huge amount for patients and staff, from roles like Aneliese’s to greeting patients to people who spend time talking to patients at mealtimes. Visit the charity’s website at www.imperialcharity.org.uk/volunteer

We are currently accepting applications from people who would like to be Patients Activities Volunteers at Charing Cross on Saturdays and Sundays in the Neuro-Rehab Unit – the deadline is this Friday (11th November). Visit our website for more information.

You can also stay up to date with volunteering, grants, impact and charitable activities on Twitter @imperialcharity, Facebook on www.facebook.com/charityimperial and Instagram on @imperialcharity

09/11/16: Charity Week - Supporting our staff at the Trust

CharityWeek1You may not know, but Imperial College Healthcare Charity supports staff in a number of ways that helps support their learning, development and recognition for their efforts.

More than £330,000 is awarded each year to medics and non-medical staff at the Trust through our popular research fellowships programme. Funding is available to staff interested in taking their first steps in clinical research and looking to use the skills and data they produce from their project to springboard onto successful funding bids for further study. To date we’ve awarded £2.1million to 46 research fellowships.

The charity also recognises the value of acknowledging staff and teams who go beyond the call of duty by funding the bi-monthly and annual staff recognition awards, Make a Difference. Aside from funding the annual Healthy Living Week at the Trust, we also award an annual grant of £45,000 for the Learning and Development awards. These awards are managed by the Trust.

The charity’s Small Grants programme, awards of up to £5000, can also be used to facilitate education and learning for teams of staff, such as the Trust’s annual leadership forum, the Imperial Student Nurse and Midwife Mentorship Conference, and educational videos such as the EU directive on sharps safety. Do contact the charity’s grants team if you have a query about how we might be able to support you or your team.

To find out more about the charity’s funding programmes or the recently launched research fellowships, visit www.imperialcharity.org.uk/grants or call extension 22060. 

09/11/16: Charity Week - Art Workshops continue to inspire patients and staff

CharityWeek2Imperial College Healthcare Charity has been running a long-running series of art workshops for patients, staff and the public since 2009.

Part of the charity's Audience Engagement Programme, the workshops include music sessions for patients and their siblings in children's services, creative art workshops for patients with dementia; as well as a long-running and hugely popular series of monthly community art workshops. Each workshop studies the work of an artist whose work is on display in the hospitals.

Participants are made up of patients, staff and visitors to the hospitals interested in art and keen to get creative in new ways. Past workshops have included techniques such as glass painting, clay modelling, marbling, printmaking, painting and photography and cater for all ages and abilities. Last spring, our first off-site drawing workshop was held at the V&A museum, at which over 30 participants spent a day sketching in the galleries with expert knowledge from workshop leader Julia Weiner and advice from artist Marenka Gabeler.

Trust staff member, Bryony Franklin, took part in the popular workshop in late October, inspired by the works of Tom Hammick at Hammersmith Hospital. Close to 30 people took part on the day. Bryony says: "It was hugely enjoyable. The theme and materials used in the workshop brilliantly suited both adults and children. I enjoyed experimenting with effects with all the materials under the enthusiastic encouragement of Julia and Marenka. A big thank you to the charity!"

The charity's next art workshop will study the technique of lino cutting and take inspiration from new artworks to the collection by renowned British artist Norman Ackroyd. The workshop will be held on Saturday 26 November, 11am - 4pm at Charing Cross Hospital.

To book a place or for more information about our Audience Engagement Programme email: art.collection@imperial.nhs.uk or phone 020 3312 2202

For more information about the art collection managed by the charity, which has recently been granted museum status by Arts Council England, visit: http://www.imperialcharity.org.uk/art-collections

08/11/16: Charity Week - Meet Catherine Clarke

IMG 2225For the past eight years Catherine Clarke has been volunteering at Charing Cross Hospital. Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which now manages the volunteering programme for the Trust, met her recently at Clinic 8, a cancer outpatient clinic at the hospital, as she was meeting and greeting patients.

“For me, volunteering here is just brilliant. I basically welcome people when they come in and make teas, coffees and any other refreshments they’d like. I do anything else staff ask me to that is non-clinical, but just helps anyone.

“I’ve been volunteering at Charing Cross for a good few years now. I started volunteering over on 8 West, then I moved to 6 East. I had a break for a little while and now I’m back on Clinic 8, which is great, I really love being here.

“I really enjoy meeting people. I enjoy trying to give a little bit back to the community whenever I can. Talking to the patients, ladies and gentlemen who come to Clinic 8 is just an amazingly humbling experience that keeps me grounded. Basically it’s a very rewarding role to do.

“I’d say to anyone considering volunteering at the hospitals to go for it. It’s worth having a chat with the volunteering team at the charity to see the type of roles available and see how your skills might fit into the areas across the Trust.”

For the current volunteering opportunities available, visit Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s website: www.imperialcharity.org.uk/volunteer/volunteering-opportunities

To speak to the volunteering team, email volunteering@imperial.nhs.uk  

08/11/16: Charity Week - £34 million awarded to the Trust since 2009

Imp. Awards-3011Throughout the year, Imperial College Healthcare Charity awards grants to the Trust through several grants programmes. From our small grants programme which awards up to £5000 to our major grants, it’s worth looking into our grants streams to see how we might be able to support your work or department.

The last two years have seen the charity step up its support for the Trust, both in terms of engaging with staff but also through major grants - committing £15 million late last year, which is what is now helping to fund the improvement works across outpatient departments, the Riverside Theatres at Charing Cross and the £3.5 million awarded for the expansion and refurbishment of the Emergency Department at St Mary’s.

Here's our current list of grants programmes:

Small Grants Fund

Small changes can make a big difference to patients. We're after bright ideas to support staff in improving the patient experience and encourage applications of up to £5000.

Research Fellowships

Fellowships offer an exciting opportunity for medic and non-medic staff at the Trust to develop their research skills with a grant of up to £50,000 over a one-year period. Applications for 2017/18 are currently being accepted through our website.

Special Purpose Funds

The charity oversees 400 donor-gifted funds, each with a specific purpose to support a particular ward, department, area of research, service or group of patients. It's worth checking who in your department is responsible for looking after your particular fund and also know that you are able to direct any donations to your ward/department.

Dresden Hardship Fund

Funding is available to support patients and families in critical need during their time in hospital, such as unexpected transport, clothing or accommodation costs. Grants of up to £2,000 are available per patient.

Talk to us

For full details, visit our website at www.imperialcharity.org.uk/grants, or contact our grants team at the charity on charitygrants@imperial.nhs.uk or call 0203 312 2060.

To see more examples of recent projects we’ve funded in the past, visit: www.imperialcharity.org.uk/grants-awarded 

08/11/16: Charity Week - The Staff Arts Club visits Frieze Art Fair

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Thanks to Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s Staff Arts Club, a group of lucky Trust staff enjoyed a very special day at the Frieze London art fair recently.

The hugely successful Staff Arts Club is run by Imperial College Healthcare Charity and offers Trust staff free access to paid exhibitions at several of London’s most popular galleries, including the V&A, Tate Modern and the Royal Academy, as well as exclusive chances to win tickets to events such as Frieze London. 

The renowned international contemporary art fair takes place annually in an enormous temporary structure in Regent’s Park, and the special day included an artist-led guided tour of the fair highlighting some of the key galleries and artworks on display.  

Staff Arts Club member Craig Wah Day, who works as an e-commerce assistant at St Mary’s Hospital, said: “It was a fantastic day. The tour was really informative, the guide was lovely and it was nice to learn about the art in more detail, something that would’ve been lost if you were just walking around. I had no idea a lot of art on sale will only be seen there and people travel from all over the world for it.”

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, Suzanne Vizor, said: ‘It was nice to be introduced to the Frieze by a knowledgeable working artist as our guide. Her insight was invaluable making the day a fantastic experience, so  thank you to the charity.’

The Staff Arts Club started less than 18 months ago and now has more than 1600 members. Previous Staff Arts Club events this year include an exclusive curator’s talk at St Mary’s Hospital on sell-out exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse at the Royal Academy, a private curator’s tour of the V&A’s Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, plus numerous opportunities to go to private views at these museums and galleries. 

Lucy Zacaria, head of arts at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said “So many members of Trust staff have fed back to us about how much they enjoy being able to visit so many different galleries and exhibition which would normally cost a lot of money. The Staff Arts Club’s popularity has continued to grow this year and we’re really excited that we can continue to bring new and unique creative experiences to hospital staff.” 

The Staff Arts Club is free to join if you are a member of Trust staff. You can sign up on the charity’s website: http://www.imperialcharity.org.uk/art-collections/staff-arts-club

07/11/16: Charity Week - Volunteers have given thousands of hours of their time since July

IFLH9158Volunteers across the hospitals clocked up more than 6250 hours between the start of July and the end of October.

Since June this year, Imperial College Healthcare Charity has taken on the management of the volunteering programme across the Trust. Collectively volunteers give their time every day of the week to come into the hospitals and play a crucial role right across the Trust, from supporting staff and patients in outpatient departments at Hammersmith Hospital through to A&E at night in Charing Cross Hospital as well as the elderly wards at St Mary’s.

Since July this year more than 150 active volunteers have volunteered in 76 different wards and departments and have a huge impact on patients and what staff are able to do. A recent survey conducted by the charity showed that nearly three quarters of staff said volunteers significantly increase their team’s capacity to help patients, with six in ten saying that volunteers reduce anxiety and stress for patients and relatives.

Sam Morris, Head of Volunteering at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, is clear about the direction volunteering needs to head towards at the Trust. He says: “Our first priority is to understand what our volunteers do, the impact they have and where we might look to make improvements.

“Our new volunteering strategy will focus on growing the number of volunteers in roles that will make a tangible difference to patients, visitors and staff. Based on the feedback we’ve received, we’re also looking at how we make sure people are able to clearly recognise our volunteers who currently contribute in so many different ways. It’s hugely important to us that volunteer roles with us provide a genuinely good experience for the volunteers as well as adding value for patients and wards.”

The charity plans to launch its new strategy for volunteering in 2017, though there are currently a small number of exciting roles on the charity’s website: www.imperialcharity.org.uk/volunteer

07/11/16: Charity Week - Transfer bags rolled out across the Trust thanks to the charity

IMG 6510Sometimes, the smallest changes or ideas can make the biggest difference to a patient’s time in hospital.

A good example of this is one of Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s recent funding successes - the first ever standardised critical care transfer bags, which were rolled out across the Trust earlier in September.

Thanks to a £7,930 grant from the charity to the critical care department, 30 of these bags were developed collaboratively through the North West London Critical Care Network with input from a total of 125 clinicians.

The bag contains everything needed when moving critical care patients between wards and hospitals, making it faster for staff to find what they need in the case of an emergency, particularly when staff work or train across different organisations, and making the transport of vulnerable patients in critical care a smoother experience.

Lindsay Benjamin, outreach and resuscitation team leader at the Trust, said: “If there is an emergency and a patient deteriorates en route to another hospital, the bags allow us to be really responsive to what the patient needs at that moment in time.

“We’re making that process safe, knowing that we have the full, standardised set of equipment for the patient and also cutting the time needed to check the equipment inside.

“We are extremely grateful to the funding from Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which has also enabled us to hold the launch event where staff are presented with the bags and could then take them back to their units across the Trust.”

To find out more about Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s grants programmes, visit: www.imperialcharity.org.uk/grants

07/11/16: Charity Week is here!

IMG 1530Over the course of this week, from 7 to 13 November, Imperial College Healthcare Charity is highlighting some of its achievements and impact on patients and staff across the Trust every day, through the Source, InBrief and social media.

We’ll also be talking about how you and your patients can get involved with the charity, from the different ways you can fundraise for your department to applying for a charitable grant.

Ian Lush, the charity’s chief executive, says: “We’re proud of the fact that we’ve awarded £34 million to 500 projects at the Trust since 2009. We can only do this with the help of our supporters, whether they are grateful patients, staff or members of the public. 

“Trust staff told us after Charity Week last year that they wanted to get a better understanding of our impact and how we make a difference. We’ve listened, so this year, we’re talking about what we’ve doing, both big and small, through grants, arts, volunteering and fundraising, to make care better for patients and to help staff. With your support, we can help our hospitals in the Trust do more.”

There will be new stories every day on the Source, InBrief and social media. Find us on Twitter @imperialcharity, on Facebook, on Instagram at ‘imperialcharity’, as well as www.imperialcharity.org.uk.

 

 

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