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

spinal image on a tablet

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

ballet dancer

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

man bending over with back pain

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.

The NHS long-term plan

nhs long term plan

Health and care leaders have come together to develop a Long Term Plan to make the NHS fit for the future, and to get the most value for patients out of every pound of taxpayers’ investment.

Our plan has been drawn up by those who know the NHS best, including frontline health and care staff, patient groups and other experts. And they have benefited from hearing a wide range of views, whether through the 200 events that have taken place, and or the 2,500 submissions we received from individuals and groups representing the opinions and interests of 3.5 million people.

The Stanmore Building opens: architecture, technology and art

Rachel cutting the ribbon at the opening of the Duke of Gloucester ward

We opened our new Stanmore Building at the weekend (8-9 Dec), fusing the latest architectural design and health technology with contemporary art and poems to produce a stunning building that provides a unique environment for patients and staff.

The Stanmore Building offers the very best ward facilities for many patients and allows staff to work in an environment matching their skill and dedication. It comes after a thirty year campaign to replace many of the old ward buildings that date from World War Two.

MAGEC spinal rods

Xray of MAGEC spinal rods

The British Scoliosis Society (BSS) have drafted a statement regarding the recent publicity on the television and in the press about the use of new medical devices and implants. This coverage also included some comments about the MAGEC rod in particular, a device we use at the RNOH to treat certain types of scoliosis in some patients. The following BSS information is endorsed by the RNOH.

British Scoliosis Society: We understand that this news story may have caused anxiety. We hope that this information goes some way to explaining the issues regarding the use of the MAGEC rods and alleviating some of the inevitable concerns raised by this publicity.

RNOH recognised for support to the Armed Forces Community.

Armed Forces silver award 2018

The RNOH is among 12 London employers that have been awarded Silver Awards on the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme. The scheme, now in its 5th year, encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same. The RNOH’s Silver Award was given because we have actively demonstrated our commitment to support Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans. The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony on 26 November at the RAF Museum.

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