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New BCSB Safeguarding Campaign launches

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Keeping Children Safe is Everybody’s Business
New safeguarding campaign from Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB)

The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB), a partnership of agencies who work together to prevent child abuse and neglect, have today launched a campaign to raise awareness that ‘keeping children safe is everybody’s business’.

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The campaign focuses on raising community awareness of what to do if you are worried about a child and most importantly to encourage members of the public to call Birmingham City Council’s Children’s Advice & Support Service to report their concerns, so action can be taken to safeguard and protect the child.

There were over 58,000 children identified as needing protection from abuse in the UK in 2016.  Most cases go unreported, leaving children to suffer in silence.  The BSCB wants to make sure that organisations are in a position to support families and to do this well, they need the public to be able to tell them early, when they spot signs of distress or concern.  This is about empowering communities in Birmingham to recognise the signs and know what they can do to help stop child abuse.

Councillor Brigid Jones, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Schools said, “Abuse and neglect comes in many different forms and this campaign will help members of the public to spots the signs and take positive action, by calling the Children’s Advice & Support Service.”

Penny Thompson CBE, Independent Chair of the BSCB said “We recognised that some communities were unsure of who to contact if they were concerned about a child or young person.  Sometimes people are reluctant to make that call for fear that they will be seen as interfering, or in some cases they are concerned about the consequences. We want to raise public confidence about when to ring and who to ring.  The Children’s Advice & Support Service have professionals on hand to listen and take appropriate action to protect the child or young person.  It is about getting the right help, at the right to time. 

We want to make sure that everyone knows that ‘keeping children safe is everybody’s business’ and that if they have concerns that they need to make that call.”

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Notice of a meeting of the Council of Governors

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Notice is hereby given to all of the members of the Council of Governors of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust that the following meetings of the Council of Governors will be held in the Board Room on 5 October 2017:
 
Meeting Timing
Public session 1400h – 1600h
 
The business to be transacted is provided on this pdf agenda (4.85 MB) .
 
Dame Yve Buckland
Chairman

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 4 October 2017

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The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 4 October 2017 commencing at 1130h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.
 
Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is pdf available on the website (7.24 MB) .

Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board Administrator, Claire Kettle at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dame Yve Buckland
Chairman
 
Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960
Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution

Come to our Annual Members' Meeting

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You are warmly invited to our Annual Members' Meeting on Thursday 5 October. This is a good opportunity to find out how we've done over the past year. We'll be celebrating successes, presenting our annual report and inviting our community to come and talk with us. We think it's really important to reflect on the work we've done and listen to our stakeholders to find out how we can continue to improve.

Pre-meeting event

From 4pm - 5pm, you are invited to our pre-meeting event. There'll be stalls displaying information, refreshments and a chance for you to chat with a Governor. This is a great opportunity to network, talk with our staff and speak with a Governor about the hospital. We'd love to see you there.

Annual Members' Meeting

Time: 5pm
Date: Thursday 5 October 2017
Venue: The Knowledge Hub at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
 
RSVP
If you'd like to come along, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0121 685 4329.

Children's spinal surgery at ROH

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It has been recently reported that long waits for paediatric spinal deformity surgery may have made worsened the condition of five children in our care. We wanted to share some more information to support anyone who may be concerned by this press story.

Why do delays happen?

Children and young people’s spinal surgery is a very complex. It requires a lot of expertise and specialist equipment. It must also be performed in a special environment with intensive care facilities.

Our spinal surgeons work between the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital (BWCH). They treat young spinal patients at BWCH because they have they have the right environment to perform this surgery, namely Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) beds.

We do not have PICU beds at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital which is why an agreement exists between the two hospitals to share these facilities. Unfortunately, PICU beds are in very short supply. They are commissioned (paid for) nationally by the NHS England Specialised Commissioning Team.

We have worked closely with NHS England Specialised Commissioning and our local commissioners for more than two years to find more capacity (more beds) to treat our patients. It has not been possible for health system to provide additional protected capacity, so delays have been an unfortunate consequence.

Have children’s conditions been made worse by waiting?

We regularly review all of our paediatric spinal patients. Of everyone we care for, we have assessed that five patients’ conditions may have been made worse by their long waits. Of course, we made this an immediate priority. Four of these patients have now been treated and one patient has a date scheduled for their surgery.

Our first priority is always to provide safe and effective care. Our spinal surgeons are among the best in the country and provide amazing care to patients.

What about data errors?

This did not affect any children in our care. Every child was regularly reviewed and never out of contact with the hospital. The long waits children and their families experience with spinal surgery is because there is are not enough beds to treat them.

How will you ensure this doesn’t happen again?

We are working closely with national and local commissioners to ensure that there is an effective paediatric spinal service locally with enough capacity to treat patients.

We will continue to closely monitor all of our patients to ensure that they are well cared for as they wait for surgery.

Is surgery at the ROH safe?

Yes. We provide high quality and safe services. In fact, we were recently rated in the top ten Trusts in the country for patient experience. We have been safely and effective treating children with the most complex spinal conditions for the whole of the West Midlands and beyond for many years. 

Where can I find more support?

If you would like to speak to someone, please call 0121 685 4186 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 6 September 2017

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The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 6 September 2017 commencing at 1130h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is available on the website.

Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board Administrator, Claire Kettle at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dame Yve Buckland

Chairman

Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960

Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution

Paediatric Surgery at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

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 A decision has been made to stop all children and young people's surgery at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH).

This means that over the next few months, plans will be developed to move the services to another hospital (or hospitals) which are better placed to provide the specialist care the children need. Patients and their families can be assured that:

  • There will be no immediate changes for patients waiting for surgery
  • Current services for children and young people at the ROH are safe

If you are currently scheduled for a paediatric appointment or procedure, please attend as normal as there will be no immediate change to our services. If you would like to speak to someone, please call 0121 685 4000.

 

Find out more

To find out more about why this decision has been made please click here: http://www.roh.nhs.uk/paediatric-services 

 

How this decision will affect you or your family member

We want to reassure you that nothing will change immediately and your care will be maintained. If you or your child’s surgery is booked to take place at the ROH this year, you can be assured that the ROH will continue to provide paediatric surgery until it has been agreed where the service will be provided in the future.

If you or your child’s procedure is planned for next year, it may take place in a different hospital, although treatment may still be provided by the same Consultant. This does not mean you will have to wait longer, and you will be kept informed as soon as decisions are reached.

Any changes that are made to you or your child’s care will be discussed with you so that you are fully informed. Support will continue to be provided through the current clinical team(s) involved in you/your child’s care. 

Are services at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Safe?

We provide safe paediatric services and all patients are risk assessed to maintain this safety and ensure that their care occurs in the most appropriate setting. This decision is about the long term best location for paediatric surgical services, not about safety issues. If you are currently scheduled for a paediatric appointment or procedure, please attend as normal as there will be no immediate change to our services.