2017 News and Events

28/09/2017

2017 News items appear below.

To support Mouth Cancer Awareness month, the Head and Neck Cancer Team in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust are encouraging people to be more aware of the early signs and symptoms of mouth cancer and the main risk factors.

The South Eastern HSC Trust launched its first Midwifery Careers Day programme on the 14th November 2017 with the aim of fulfilling its commitment to ensuring that young people within our geographical area are offered a work experience opportunity that may support them to progress towards career goals & pathways, both academic and vocational.

The Declan McMullan Fund recently hosted a very successful fundraising concert in Denvir’s Hotel, Downpatrick. The event was headlined by local band The Untouchables and was very well supported.

Congratulations to all members of staff who were awarded at the Celebration of Achievement event held in Bangor Elim Church yesterday morning.

Today is World Quality Day and as part of the celebrations we have launched our fifth Annual Quality Report.

This is the eighth year of the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust Chairman's Recognition Awards which recognise, reward and celebrate the exceptional achievements of staff, whether as an individual or a team.

Self Check-in has now arrived at the Emergency Department (ED) in the Ulster Hospital. The kiosks are located in the ED reception area and aim to improve the patient experience by reducing queues and providing faster check-in. The Self Check-in kiosks should only be used for those patients presenting with a minor illness/injuries only.

‘Social Isolation & Loneliness - Volunteer Befrienders really make a Difference’

The Obstetrics and Gynaecology Training Unit in the Ulster Hospital has been rated as one of the Top 10 in the UK and ‘outstanding’ by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

A two day Stop Smoking Specialist Training Course will take place on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December 2017 in Cancer Focus N.I. premises at 40/44 Eglantine Avenue. Belfast and will run from 9.30am-4.30pm both days.

World Mental Health Day 2017 was celebrated in the South Eastern HSC Trust with a BBQ in Finneston House where Mr Don Bradley, Assistant Director for Mental Health officially opened the newly refurbished Mental Health Acute Community Services. Mr Bradley welcomed everyone and emphasised that the refurbishment demonstrated the South Eastern HSC Trust’s dedication to developing services in Downpatrick.

Car parking charges will be introduced on the Ards Hospital site from Wednesday 1 November 2017. The aim is to improve traffic flow on the site by reducing queuing and congestion, which is making patients late for hospital appointments.

At its extraordinary meeting today, the South Eastern HSC Trust Board has agreed to go ahead with the low or no impact proposals in the Trust's savings plan, which has been out to public consultation for the past six weeks.

The South Eastern HSC Trust welcomes the additional money for health and social care which, we believe, means we will be able to remove the major impact or controversial proposals in our savings plan.

The Trust recently celebrated the first anniversary of the Ulster Hospital Travel Plan which aims to promote transport alternatives available to staff on the Ulster Hospital site.

The next sessions of Stress Control commence on Mon 9 October 2017 in Bangor & 11 October 2017 in Newtownards.

A Service of Remembrance in memory of those children and babies who have passed away before or after birth will take place on 11 October at 7.30pm in the Recreation Hall, Ulster Hospital.

A burst water main at Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn has meant cancellation of all surgery and endoscopy procedures in the hospital today. We are in the process of contacting patients to let them know.

The Trust is urgently seeking to recruit Domiciliary Care Workers across the South Eastern Trust area.

Learn four basic steps to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources. This training can help you make a difference.

September 2017

Most recent statistics from Smoking Cessation in acute care show that 33% of clients referred from SET Cardiology Teams who enrol with the service are still quit smoking at one year follow up.

HSC Pension Service will be providing workshops for SET members with details of the Pension Schemes.

For further details of the HSC Pension Service Workshops for staff click here.

The Trust has launched a consultation on its 2017/18 Savings Plan and is planning to hold a series of public meetings to ensure that the public have the opportunity to contribute to the consultation process.  Venues and dates are as follows.

The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) hosted two Back to School Fairs over July and August to help parents with the costs of uniforms.

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A family day remembering those babies and children who passed away before or after birth.

The Smoking Cessation team are happy to announce that referral for inpatients are now available on the Trust E Whiteboard referral system (Cayder).

The Trust has been set a savings target of £10.85m, to be achieved in the second half of the current financial year. It’s part of an overall £70m savings plan across the HSC system, in order to meet the statutory requirement for financial break even in 2017/18.

 

The Trust is working with its fellow Health and Social Care Trusts to carry out a 12 week consultation on Regional and Local Action Based Plans and Disability Action Plans 2017-2022.

The first South Eastern Trust Lung Cancer Health and Wellbeing Event took place recently at the Innovation Centre (QIIC).

The Trust has published the Annual Report & Accounts 2016/17 which gives an insight into the wide ranging support that we provide to the population in the South Eastern Trust area.

 

Crawfordsburn Primary School recently donated a Moses basket and baby clothes to the Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit Bereavement suite.

You are invited to join with us in supporting the Chairman’s Charity for Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda.

Would you like to learn four basic steps to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources.

This Summer take off on the Big Summer Read 2017...

Worldwide 325 million people are living with hepatitis B or C.

Come along and visit the Reshaping Stroke Services stand this week outside Ward 3C as Ulster Hospital.

Members of the Ardarragh Day Centre Art Class recently won the Watercolour Trophy and the Handicraft Perpetual Cup at the Saintfield Show with their art work.

Understanding Self Harm Training will take place on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust is pleased to announce that the Sexual and Reproductive Health (Family Planning) Clinics have now reopened in the Downe Hospital.

10,000 More Voices

18/07/2017

Patient and client experience is recognised as a key element in the delivery of quality healthcare. In line with this, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is carrying out an extensive piece of work across all Health and Social Care Trusts.

Pupils and staff at Dromara Primary School have been celebrating their first year of participating in The Daily Mile.

‘Stress Control’ is a six session class provided free of charge by the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust and delivered by experienced qualified cognitive-behavioural psychotherapists. Sessions previously held have proved to be extremely successful.

The Workshops provide nursing and midwifery staff and the people who use their services the opportunity to have their say about the care provided and how we can make things better in the future.

 

Graduates from NI's third cohort of Dementia Champions were recently honoured at a graduation ceremony held in Antrim.

Congratulations to the 24 successful social workers from the South Eastern Trust who achieved their Professional in Practice Social Work Awards from the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.

Congratulations to the winners of The Virtual Charity Cycle which took place recently at Ulster Hospital.

The South Eastern Trust has joined over 1000 hospitals across the UK to support “Johns Campaign”

Let's Talk Crohn's and Colitis NI is a charity which supports people affected by Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis throughout Northern Ireland.

Trust Charity Cycle

26/06/2017

The Virtual charity cycle took place on the 15th June at the Front Reception, Ulster Hospital.

A new phone App ‘Know Your Units’ has been launched at the Alcohol and You celebration event within the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT) for a Big Lottery funded initiative involving the Trust, Addiction NI, ASCERT & Creative 3.

Student Job Fair

20/06/2017

The South Eastern Trust is holding a job fair on Saturday 1 July 2017 to showcase the range of career opportunities available to students.

The South Eastern Trust’s Adult Protection & Domiciliary Care Teams in partnership with the District Policing Command & Caring Communities successfully marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on the 15th June 2017.

​Mairead Brady stopped smoking 6 months ago after being a smoker for over 30 years, please click here to read her story.

SQE Awards 2017

15/06/2017

Our annual Safety, Quality and Experience Programme takes place over 8 months in which participants are encouraged to take on a Quality Improvement project.

Alcohol Awareness Week takes place from 19 – 25 June and the theme this year is “Know Your Units.”

The Ulster University Impact Excellence Awards were held on 11th May 2017. At the awards ceremony, our laboratories were highly commended for their role in training and supporting Ulster University Placement students.

Stranmillis University College is hosting a Childminding Research Workshop evening on the 19th June.

Elder abuse affects about 500,000 people across the UK each year and the aim of this Awareness Day is to educate people on how to prevent abuse and how to get help if they are being abused or suspect someone is. Financial abuse and exploitation is one of the most prevalent forms of elder abuse.

A new partnership scheme aimed at providing support to carers in the community has been launched across the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust area.

The Clock is ticking! It won’t be long now until International Men’s Health Week (MHW) starts. This year it will run from Monday 12 June until Sunday 18 June 2017. This year’s theme is ‘It’s all about HIM’ and the key question is: ‘How are you doing?’ If the answer is ‘not very well’, then it’s time to join with other people to do something positive and practical about it!

To find out more about the week and how you can support it or get involved click here.

For information on events in the South Eastern Trust area please click here.

Man Manual - Challenges and Choices Information

An e-learning module has been developed to support HCPs when advising parents with cancer on telling their children. Click here to more information.

The Trust has been supporting the Unison One Team Campaign which runs this week from 5 – 9 June 2017. The One Team campaign aims to promote and celebrate the great work that support staff undertake every day in health & social care as without them, our services would not function.

The South Eastern Trust is recruiting various roles across Nursing & Midwifery.

 

Careers Leads attend new Midwifery Work Experience Launch at the Ulster Hospital:

What matters to you?’ day aims to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive health and social care.

RISEni

06/06/2017

RISEni (Regional Integrated Support for Education) NI was launched on 18th May 2017 in Saints and Scholars PS Armagh.

Volunteer Week 1st – 7th June 2017

The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia is coming to Northern Ireland on Sunday 4 June 2017, 3rd Edition and will be starting and finishing at the Stormont Estate. This will have an impact on staff and visitors trying to gain access to the Ulster Hospital as the Upper Newtownards Road from the Elk Inn towards Belfast will be closed from 6.50am to 3.30pm.

People living with the bone disease osteoporosis in the Lisburn area will have the opportunity to hear from bone health experts at a free osteoporosis information event on Thursday, June 1st 2017.

When Ann retired she wanted to do something to help someone else and Ann felt that Befriending is giving time to someone who is very lonely.

Offers to bake & donate, craft, plants or bric-a-brac will be gratefully recieved. If you would like to help please contact ruthboyce@setrust.hscni.net

Do you have Crohn's or Colitis? You are invited to attend an information evening on Monday 5 June 2017, from 7.00 pm-9.00 pm in Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim to help identify how services for these conditions can be improved.

Free six session classes in Donaghadee and Holywood.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

The next phase of wards in the Ulster Hospital will be moving this weekend from the main block into the new Inpatient Ward Block situated at the rear of the site.

This year the Lagan Dragons have decided to host the first ever Belfast International Dragon Boat Regatta

The Director of Nursing Awards took place on the 12 May 2017 as part of  the International Nurses Day Celebrations.

PSNI Officers from the Crime Prevention Unit visited various locations at the Ulster Hospital on the 27th April 2017.

There have been no incidents of the cyber attack being experienced in the NHS in the South Eastern HSC Trust, and we are not aware of any incidents in other Northern Ireland healthcare organisations.

The South Eastern Trust celebrated International Nurses Day on 12 May 2017.

Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Charlotte McArdle, today officially launched new guidelines for nurses on care after death

Fostering Fun Day

11/05/2017

Come along to our Fostering Fun Day on Saturday 20 May 2017 from 2pm - 4pm at Crawfordsburn Country Park.

The latest edition of the Volunteer Services Newsletter now available to view.

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust has recently renewed the contract for the D-Nav service.

Paeds in a Pod held a very successful fun day on Saturday 6 May raising a fantastic £953.69 for the Children's unit at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

The Infection Prevention and Control Team organised activities for World Hand Hygiene Day held on 5 May.

Free pain management courses open to anyone living with a chronic pain

Sonographers at Ulster Hospital and across the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust are receiving specialist fetal cardiac training to help detect babies with heart defects during pregnancy scans.

Staff are invited to the Trust's service of Remembrance on Thursday 18 May 2017 at 7.30pm

Six radiographers from the Ulster Hospital along with their families recently climbed Croagh Patrick to raise money for the hospice in memory of Shirley Curry

Staff Nurse Laura Button from ward 15 has completed her first marathon and raised an amazing £2,000 for Marie Cure and the Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation.

Staff from the Ulster have been supporting the Chairmans charity Kiwoko Hospital

Please find below statement from Matthew Bryce

The Paeds in a Pod group are hosting a fun day in Bangor Elim Church this Saturday 6 May 2017 between 12pm – 4pm.

Why not come along with your family and have some fun while raising money for a good cause!

All proceeds will go to the Children’s Unit, Ulster Hospital.

Two consultants from Urology and staff from Obstetrics & Gynaecology ran the Belfast Marathon on 1 May 2017.

The Health and Social Care Board and the PHA have launched a Safe Medicines campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of misusing prescription medication.

Summer the Therapy Horse has been a welcome monthly visitor to the Acute Mental Health ward in the Ulster Hospital recently.

The new Health and Social Care (HSC) App for HSC foster carers, ‘Fostering in a Digital World’ has been launched.

SET Maternity services have been re accredited as Baby Friendly by the Unicef Baby Friendly Initative.

BUMPS Bake Sale

25/04/2017

The Ulster Maternity User Group at Ulster Hospital has relaunched themselves as BUMPS - Babies, Users, Midwives, Parents and Services.

The First Steps summer scheme provides daily supervision for children aged between 5 - 12 years old. The summer scheme is primarily for South Eastern Trust employees; however registration forms are accepted from the general public.

A Plymouth College Prep School recently held a cake sale that was organised and run by Daisy Smith.

South Eastern Trust's second cohort of Dementia Champions celebrated their graduation at a ceremony held in their honour.

Eli, Forget Me Not

21/04/2017

Suzi and Ryan Gourley recently donated £3400 to the Forget Me Not Bereaved Parent Liaison Group at the Ulster Hospital in memory of their son Eli.

The Spring/Summer 2017 Recovery College prospectus is now available.

The Echocardiography Units within the Trust are the first in Ireland to be awarded the British Society of Echocardiography Departmental Accreditation.

Social isolation and loneliness are emerging as two of the major issues affecting an older person’s health wellbeing and independence.

BUMPS Bake Sale

14/04/2017

Bring or buy a bun at BUMPS Bake sale on 21 April.

The new Health Development Training Directory is now available to view.

At Christmas the Emergency Obstetric Unit at Ulster Hospital decided to do something different than their usual secret santa tradition.

 

The social work profession are trying to reach out to practitioners to listen to their experiences of working within the South Eastern Trust.

A new sculpture called Resonance Grows, which allows people to speak to each other through clever technology at its heart, is unveiled at the new Inpatient Ward Block at the Ulster Hospital.

During the month of April the Colorectal nursing team will be raising awareness of bowel cancer in conjunction with Bowel Cancer UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

An occupational therapy team from NI are the overall winners of the UK-wide Advancing Healthcare awards programme.

 

Fiona Talbot and Janey Milligan, consultant hand therapists at South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, have won a major UK award for their achievement in creating a plastic surgery therapist-led clinic.  

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is delighted to open its new Inpatient Ward Block to patients and staff.

Mothers in the Neonatal Unit at the Ulster Hospital received a special keepsake crochet heart on Mother’s Day to let them know they were being thought of during their difficult time.

​Please click here to view the latest newsletter providing information on nurse recruitment and the new Inpatient Ward Block which is due to open this weekend.

The Down and Lisburn Early Years Team are moving to Ballynahinch on 2 May 2017

The Lisburn Volunteer Laundry Service has been operating since 1979, it provides a valuable service and support to family’s caring for a loved one at home and clients who can feel isolated from the local community.

Well done to Jill Holland, Staff Nurse, Maynard Sinclair Ward, Ulster Hospital who recently completed the Dublin Marathon raising £300 which she generously donated to the Peads in a Pod group.

A new BBC appeal aired this weekend called for more people in Northern Ireland to come forward and consider fostering. If you missed it you can catch up in the below attached link.

Tuesday 21 March 2017 was World Social Work Day and in the South Eastern Trust there were a number of celebratory events being held to celebrate this.

The Southern Trust worked with local deaf people and a local interpreter to help develop a sign language version of the Driving Test Theory practice questions.

Wednesday 15 March 2017 was World Delirium Awareness Day. Ward 22 held an information stand at Ulster Hospital to raise awareness of Delirium

The South Eastern Trust have been working in partnership with The Fostering Network to help create a short film for BBC Community Life focusing on Foster Care and we are delighted to inform you that it will be launched this weekend on BBC Northern Ireland.

Congratulations to Karen Miller who won the Pharmacist Prescriber of the Year Award sponsored by Randox Health in January 2017.

The Trust has launched a new 5 week course for patients who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Smoke Free Feedback

06/03/2017

On 9th March 2016, the Trust introduced a new smoke-free policy. One year on, we want to seek your views about Smoke Free sites across the South Eastern Trust.  

 

The Trust has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South Eastern Regional College (SERC) to provide health advice for students.

Local schools in the Dundonald Extended Schools Cluster have taken a very special trip to the Ulster Hospital to switch on the lights of a sculpture at the multi million pound new facility.

Head to Nature

01/03/2017

An innovative wellbeing project has recently taken place at RSPB Portmore Lough near Aghalee. The Head to Nature project was a 12 week pilot project organised by RSPB Northern Ireland in partnership with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Derriaghy Social and Educational Centre and the Public Health Agency.

Ovarian Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women and is strongly related to age with almost 85% occurring in women over the age of 50. Many women are diagnosed too late, once the cancer has already spread, making treatment more difficult.

Kathleen McMaster and Tirintha Fisher from Kircubbin recently donated £1000 to the Palliative Care Team to purchase a syringe driver in memory of Mary Andrews (Sister to Kathleen McMaster and Aunt to Tirintha Fisher.)

 

A free 6 week stress management programme in Newtownards and Bangor.

Michelle and Donal Logue from Downpatrick recently presented the Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit with a Cuddle Cot in memory of their son Cian Donal who passed away in January 2016.

The South Eastern Trust is now recruiting students for the September 2017 intake to undertake the SCPHN- Health Visitor course. Applications open 7th February 2016. Go to www.HSCRecruit.com

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or who is in a mental health crisis.

A consultation workshop for parents/carers of disabled children.

​It is now 10 months since the Trust went 'Smoke Free' and continuing with our staff 'Smoke Free Journey's' we would like to share Gary's story.

 

’TIL I GROW UP' Seeking permanent families for children in South Eastern and Belfast HSC Trust areas.

The Recovery College​ newsletter is dedicated to bringing you news and information about mental health recovery work in Northern Ireland. Inside you can read the personal stories of people on their own recovery journey, as well as updates on the work of all the local Health and Social Care Trusts.​

“Could you brighten up a child’s world?” is the message from the HSC Regional Adoption and Fostering Service this January as they launch the Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts regional fostering radio campaign.

If you would like more information about Adoption, and in particular our Concurrent Care Scheme, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is holding an Open Evening.

Northern Ireland Assembly Member Robbie Butler has grasped the opportunity to become a social worker for a day. The Lagan Valley MLA learned about the crucial work undertaken by social workers by engaging with social work teams in the South Eastern Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust.

Liftshare links drivers and passengers who make similar journeys and encourages them to share their trip.

Would you like to learn four basic steps to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources?

Following the implementation of The Smoke Free Policy the Smoking Cessation Team would like to assist with staff knowledge and are offering Tobacco Cessation in Clinical Practice Training.

Include Youth's Give & Take: Core Programme is currently taking referrals for young people aged 16 - 21 from a care background who need support with Education, Employment or Training.

Share your views to help shape your City Council area

The Children’s wards at the Ulster Hospital recently received a very generous donation of toys from the charity ‘Logan’s Toys for Kids’.

The Ulster Hospital is now offering Hypnobirthing classes as a birth preparation option for women and their birth partners from 28 weeks gestation.

The Urodynamic Service is a new service for the Ulster Hospital, enabled by a generous donation to purchase equipment by Mr T Eakin.

The staff of the Neonatal Unit at the Ulster Hospital ensured that the baby’s in their care over the Christmas period were able to enjoy the magic of Christmas.

The Winter/Spring 2017 Recovery College prospectus is now available. 

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