Charity gives over £1.4m to support projects deemed ‘outstanding’ by CQC

Nottingham Hospitals Charity is delighted to have given over £1.4m to support a number of projects deemed ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after their inspection of Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust.

The CQC this week rated NUH as ‘good’, with some outstanding areas – several of which were projects funded by Nottingham Hospitals Charity.

Charity-funded programmes highlighted in the inspection report include the Pocket Midwife app, which offers advice to expectant mothers, a children’s injury prevention scheme, dementia care and the Shared Governance scheme, which gives staff of all levels a chance to suggest changes and make decisions to help improve patient care.

Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, Barbara Cathcart, says: “We are delighted that the CQC have rated the Trust as ‘good’ overall and we are pleased to work with such a progressive and innovative NHS organisation. The Charity has provided essential funding for many of the areas highlighted by the CQC as ‘outstanding practice’, which demonstrates the importance of the investment our donors have enabled us to make in these projects, without which they may not otherwise have been possible.”

Projects supported by the Charity which feature in the CQC’s list of areas of outstanding practice at NUH include:

  • Pocket Midwife, a free maternity app for mums-to-be, developed at NUH. Pocket Midwife is thought to be the only maternity app in the UK produced by a hospital and contains general pregnancy information that is useful to all prospective parents and their families. It was developed with feedback from pregnant women, who were asked what information they would like. Thanks to £30,000 of Charity funding, this project was able to progress and has gone on to be nominated for several national awards, including winning a British Journal of Midwifery Practice Award last month.
  • The Playlist for Life project, which received more than £43,000 of funding from Nottingham Hospitals Charity, to improve services for dementia patients. This includes grants for iPods and music to help conjure memories for dementia patients, improving their mood, awareness, sense of identity and independence, whilst at the same time reducing anxiety and distress.
  • The Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools (IMPS), which teaches more than 2,300 children a year about first aid and resuscitation skills. Children aged 10 and 11 from city primary schools visit the QMC and spend time in the children’s Emergency Department and elsewhere in the hospital, learning vital life-saving skills. The programme is funded by Nottingham City Council’s Public Health team, with a contribution of more than £14,000 from Nottingham Hospitals Charity. It began in 2001 and in 2015 taught its 40,000th child.
  • Shared Governance project – a management structure for nurses which empowers frontline staff to work together and make decisions that affect nursing practice and patient care. It involves teamwork, Evidence Based Practice (EBP), and accountability with the aim of improving productivity and patient outcomes. Donors to the Charity helped to contribute more than £35,000 to enable the programme to happen.
  • Dementia care – NUH was praised by the CQC for its work with patients suffering from dementia. The Charity has supported dementia care by giving £400,000 for specialist Advanced Nurse Practitioners to support older patients, and £70,000 for a PhD research fellow to conduct a study into dementia care.
  • Staff development and research. Thanks to its donors, Nottingham Hospitals Charity was able to give more than £210,000 for staff development programmes and £600,000 for research in the last year. The CQC report praised NUH for its excellent personal and professional development opportunities for staff, as well as its active participation in research.
  • Art project for dementia patients – Nottingham Hospitals Charity gave £9,000 for an artist-led intervention workshop for dementia patients, where they focussed on memories of the seaside as part of an art project. This led to further seaside- themed diversional activities in the day room on dementia ward B47, which were observed and commended by the CQC inspectors.

Chief Executive, Barbara Cathcart adds: “We’ve been at the heart of care for patients at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for the last ten years and this year we celebrate a decade of working in partnership with NUH, for the good of their patients. Thanks to the support of our donors, we have already achieved so much in Nottingham and the East Midlands, however there is much more we want to do to invest in innovation and improve services. We continue to work closely with NUH, while listening to our donors, fundraisers and patients about how they would like their donations to be used.”