The RNOH Charity unveils its new look brand

RNOH Charity

The RNOH Charity, which strengthens the vital work we do, has unveiled a new brand identitiy which will become central to all its charitable and fundraising activities.

The Charity - which just last week announced HRH Princess Eugenie as its Patron - makes a significant difference to the hospital’s patients and their families by funding services and creating an uplifting environment that are beyond the scope of the hospital’s NHS funding.

Created by London design studio Here Design, the new branding reflects the RNOH Charity’s role as the backbone of the RNOH. The core icon is a graphic representation of the spine, made up of flexible shapes that will be used for a wide range of applications, from digital apps to RNOH Charity merchandise.

Stanmore Open Day - Sat 18 May 2019

Stanmore Open Day

On Saturday, May 18 we host another Stanmore Open Day. This is an annual event which provides a rare opportunity to see behind the doors of a world-leading specialist hospital.

The event is open to anyone of any age to help them understand what we do. It's also for patients to come and have the opportunity to see our hospital from a different perspective and we hope it will also inspire young people to take up careers in clinical research & innovation.

Places are very limited so please register now to avoid disappointment.

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Duke of York and Princess Eugenie visit RNOH

Duke of York and Princess Eugenie

The Duke of York and Princess Eugenie officially opened the magnificent new Stanmore Building at the RNOH.

The £50 million building, which fuses the latest architectural design and health technology with contemporary art to produce a stunning and unique environment for patients and staff, was partly financed by the RNOH Charity’s Redevelopment Appeal. The official Patron of the Appeal is Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie, who in 2002 underwent corrective surgery at the hospital for scoliosis (curvature of the spine).

His Royal Highness The Duke of York has been Patron of the RNOH since 2003, and was accompanied on the visit by Princess Eugenie.

Chief Inspector of Hospitals finds significant improvement

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England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust as Good overall following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

A team of inspectors visited the trust during October and November 2018 to check the quality of four core services - surgery, medicine, children and young people’s services and outpatients. CQC also looked specifically at management and leadership to answer the key question: Is the trust well-led?

As a result of this inspection, the trust is now rated as Good for being caring, effective, responsive and well-led. The trust remains Requires Improvement for being safe. Overall, the trust has significantly improved from a ‘requires improvement’ to a ‘Good’ rating.

Articulate 129 - latest issue available

Articulate 129

Issue 129 of the RNOH magazine, Articulate, is now available to view or download. Inside you'll find a full report on the recent Staff Achievement Awards, with lots of photos of the celebrations. Plus, there's the latest news from the RNOH Charity, Radio Brockley, a look back at Christmas celebrations at the RNOH, the opening of the Stanmore Building, a look at our Motor Learning Lab and more.

London Irish Appeal raise £700K for RNOH

Tim Briggs and Tim Kelly

A group of leading Irish business people met last week in London to celebrate the opening of the new London Irish Ward at the Stanmore Building. The group - who collectively raised £700,000 to cover all the specialist equipment within the 32-bed ward - was led by prominent Irish businessman Tim Kelly, who generously hosted a dinner to thank all the supporters.

RNOH Quality Account - have your say on our 2019/20 quality priorities

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What do high quality services mean to you?

Every year, all NHS organisations are required to produce Quality Accounts. This important document sets out how we continue to improve the quality of care and services that we provide.

Our Quality Account should give patients, the public, and other stakeholders including local commissioners, enough information to understand:

New clinic for dancers at RNOH

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The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) is pleased to announce the expansion of the London NHS Dance Injury Clinic to include the UK’s first RED-S/Endocrine clinic.

Previously known as the Female Athlete Triad, Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S) refers to health concerns caused by a lack of energy available to support both exercise and normal physiological functioning. Health concerns associated with RED-S are described by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as ‘impaired physiological function including, but not limited to, metabolic rate, menstrual function, bone health, immunity, protein synthesis, cardiovascular health caused by relative energy deficiency’.

GIRFT national report: calls for pain relief to be replaced with rehabilitation

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Replacing short-term pain relief injections with long-term physical and psychological rehabilitation programmes could help tens of thousands more patients cope with debilitating back pain, according to a new Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) report on spinal surgery.

Lower back or radicular pain (sciatica) is the primary cause of disability in the UK. It affects one-third of the population at any one time, and 84% of people in their lifetime.

The latest GIRFT national report found that, despite NICE guidance, a significant number of patients are still receiving facet joint injections (injections of local anaesthetic and/or steroids to block pain), which have limited clinical value. On average between 2015 and 2018, almost 6% of patients with back pain received three or more facet joint injections in a year, at a cost to the NHS of £10.5m.

Bobath Concept: Human Movement Analysis as a Basis of Clinical Intervention

Human Movement Analysis

The Bobath Concept is a problem solving approach to the assessment and treatment of individuals with disturbances of function, movement and postural control due to a lesion of the central nervous system.

The rationale for current practice is based upon present day knowledge of motor control, motor learning and neural plasticity, as well as on knowledge of biomechanics.

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