Projects supported by Nottingham Hospitals Charity have been highlighted as ‘outstanding’ as part of the overall ‘good’ rating Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust received from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (14 March).
Several Charity funded projects have been highlighted as areas of outstanding practise, including the SWAN end-of-life initiative, the Magnet® nursing excellence programme, and the way hospital visits are made more fun and less daunting for young patients through in and outpatient activities, including music-making, visits by pets and other activities.
Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We’re delighted that NUH Trust has once again been rated as good overall by the CQC, with outstanding aspects, and we are thrilled to see that some of the projects we fund have been rated as outstanding in today’s report. We’d like to thank all our donors and supporters, without whom the charitable funding for projects such as SWAN and Magnet would simply not be possible.”
Nottingham Hospitals Charity is proud to raise around £4 million each year for the benefit of patients at Nottingham’s hospitals. The Charity gave £30,000 for the SWAN end-of-life initiative, which supports adult and child patients who are at the end of their life, as well as their families, and includes help with creating memory boxes and other keepsakes for loved ones. It also includes specialist training for hospital staff dealing with patients approaching the end of their life.
The Charity is giving more than £720,000 over three years for the Magnet® nursing excellence programme, which was also noted as one of the areas of outstanding practise in today’s CQC report. Magnet® is an internationally recognized award for hospitals which achieve the highest standard of care thanks to engaged and committed staff.
Today’s report also comments on the way Nottingham’s hospitals are made more fun and less daunting for young patients. As part of its Big Appeal for Nottingham Children’s Hospital, Nottingham Hospitals Charity is committed to making the hospital more child-friendly and family-focused. This includes funding for POOCHES (Pets Offering Ongoing Care, Help and Extra Support), which sees therapy dogs visiting both child and adult wards and clinics to distract patients from their illnesses and treatment, improving emotional wellbeing and offering a source of entertainment and distraction during hospital visits.
For more information about Nottingham Hospitals Charity or to make a donation, please go to www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk