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Publication of the Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Plan

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Today (Monday 24th October) marks the launch of the Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), which focuses on how health and council leaders will work together to deliver better health and care for our communities. Demand for health services continues to grow, so we plan to work together to strengthen quality of care while also making resources go further.

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has played a role, along with hospitals across the area, in developing this plan, and in particular has focused on how its role as part of the National Orthopaedic Alliance can help to improve orthopaedic care across Birmingham and Solihull/

You can read the plan here: www.birmingham.gov.uk/stp

Chairman Dame Yve Buckland and Chief Executive Officer Jo Chambers of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have released the following statement in support of the plan:

 

“The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is pleased to be able to support the launch of the Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Plan. Working alongside colleagues from health and social care across this area is something that is of huge importance to the large population we serve. In the face of increasing health challenges and a pressure on funding, combining our efforts is a really positive step forward, and the right thing to do. The plan is one that really focuses on supporting people to maintain their independence, and spend less time in hospital.

“Here at the ROH, this is something we very much support, in the knowledge that when people are safe to leave us after surgery or treatment, being at home and among familiar faces is by far the best aid to their recovery. The ROH is part of the National Orthopaedic Alliance vanguard, an organisation working with other specialist centres nationally to improve orthopaedic outcomes for patients, raise quality standards and reduce variation. We are looking forward to working together with colleagues across Birmingham and Solihull, as well as listening to our communities, as we further develop our plans”

If you have a question about the plan, please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Statement from Mark Rogers, System Leader, Birmingham and Solihull STP and

Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council

The NHS has been working in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to develop a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Birmingham and Solihull.

The ultimate aim is for people, wherever they live, to lead fulfilling, healthy, independent lives, whilst being able to access the right early help as and when they need it, and for appropriate services to be available and easily accessible when people can no longer live independently.    

The NHS in Birmingham and Solihull has a proud history of delivering high quality care to patients and families, and we have much to celebrate about our primary care, community and hospital based services. Local Authorities have worked hard to transform social care services, focusing on supporting people to live independently for as long as is it is possible for them to do so.

Both health and council services are facing huge challenges. There are real concerns about the health and wellbeing of our communities, including the effects of poverty, obesity, diabetes, cancer and infant mortality. Like most of the country, it’s an increasing challenge to meet accident and emergency (A&E) waiting time targets, there are variable levels of GPs and nurses for the population size and collectively we aren’t as good as we’d like to be at getting people out of hospital and properly supported in their own homes.

Money is also very tight across the NHS and local government. It is getting harder for councils to continue to provide social care for adults, as budgets shrink and it is getting more difficult for the NHS to continue to meet the rising demand for all of its services from young and old, as people live with multiple conditions and more complex treatments become available. More also needs to be done to support people with mental health issues.

To put this into perspective, if we carry on running our services as they are now we would need an additional 430 hospital beds by 2020 just to meet demand. That equates to the size of a general hospital, and there simply isn’t the money to build that hospital and provide the staff to run it. More importantly, this isn't the answer anyway because what's needed is better community services that keep people well, independent and in their own homes.

This situation is set to get worse unless something changes, so organisations have come together in a way they haven’t before, with a real sense of commitment and purpose, to create a draft plan to transform the health and care system. Everyone is clear that this is a real opportunity to do things differently, building a stable, sustainable, high-quality, efficient health and care system that works for the people of Birmingham and Solihull.

What is being published today is the draft submission to NHS England, the body which sets the priorities and direction of the NHS. It is not final and no decisions have been made about changing the way services are provided. It is a reflection of current thinking about what needs to be done to address the big gaps that exist in health and wellbeing, care, the quality of services and the financial situation. It proposes what could be done to improve and transform primary care, community care, social care, mental health, maternity and wider hospital services. It is a work in progress.

Now that a high level draft plan has been created, all organisations involved with the STP want to talk to those people who live and work in Birmingham and Solihull about how it can be improved and what needs to be done to make it happen. Those from local government and the NHS services working in partnership on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) will be running a number of events over the coming months to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, and we will keep you posted about where and when those will be.

In the meantime, if there is something in the plan that you want to tell us about, please get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks

Mark Rogers, System Leader

We need your help! Support Our Runners

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This Sunday, a team of runners from the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital are taking part in the Great Birmingham Run. We're running because we believe our hospital changes lives. We're running because we want to make a difference.

Help us make a difference

Everyday, nurses and doctors at our Trust give amazing care, always going the extra mile. So we decided that if they can go the extra mile - so can we! Every penny we raise will go towards improving patient care. We need your help! We'd be incredibly grateful if you'd sponsor us. Your donation will make huge difference!
 
 
We're planning to use all the funds we raise to improve patient experience in our Children's High Dependency Unit. We look forward to sharing how we spent these funds in the future!
 
 

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 5 October 2016

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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 5 October 2016 commencing at 1100h 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, Jane Colley 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

From Bastion To Birmingham:

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Photo credit: Photo: Sergeant Alison Baskerville RLC/MOD

As part of our ongoing public lectures series, we would like to warmly invite you to attend 'From Bastion To Birmingham: Trauma In The 21st Century'.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about how leading surgeons deal with major trauma coming to the UK from service people injured abroad. The lecture will be given by Sir Keith Porter, Professor in Clinical Traumatology and Clinical Service Lead for Trauma at University Hospital Birmingham. It will provide a fascinating insight into his experiences on the front line of medicine.

The lecture will take place on Thursday 17 November, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm with refreshments from 7.00pm, at the Harrison Lecture Theatre, The Knowledge Hub, (previously the Research and Teaching Centre) at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

If you would like to attend, please contact us on 0121 685 4027 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

About the Harrison Lecture Series

'From Bastion To Birmingham: Trauma In The 21st Century' is the second lecture in our Harrison Lecture Series. These specialist orthopaedic lectures are open and to anyone who is interested in learning more about developments within specialist orthopaedics.

They are named after the late Mr Max Harrison, senior emeritus consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, who passed away in 2015. Mr Harrison had an exceptionally distinguished career, serving as a consultant at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and the General Hospital, Birmingham. He was recognised around the world as one of the leading orthopaedic thinkers of his generation.

Mr Harrison’s most visible contribution to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital was his vision to raise money for the Research and Teaching Centre, now the Knowledge Hub where these lectures will take place. The legacy that he would be most proud of is the continued success of the higher surgical training programme based at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. This training programme currently has the highest pass rate at the final FRCS exam of any of the training programmes in the UK and Ireland.

 

Photo credit: Photo: Sergeant Alison Baskerville RLC/MOD

Could counselling help you beat back pain?

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The Telegraph recently interviewed our own David Rogers, Physiotherapist at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. Dave is an expert on back pain management and recently co-wrote a book with another of our experts, Dr Graeme Brown, entitled Back to Life (Vermilion £12.99). 
 
The book brings together a large body of research that shows how thinking patterns affect back pain and different techniques that can help. It's a new way of managing back pain developed at our Trust and it's helping a lot of people. The Telegraph were interested to find out about how the treatment works and what impact it is having.
 
David Rogers
Physiotherapist David Rogers CREDIT: ANDREW CROWLEY
 
Whether it’s a niggling pain that won’t budge or a sudden twinge that becomes excruciating, back problems are a big deal.  Among Britons, a staggering 10 million working days were lost to back pain in 2014 and 4.2 million of those were among those aged 50-64. Meanwhile, lower back pain is now the leading cause of disability in the world, affecting one in 10 people and increasing with age, according to a large study published in 2014 in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.
 

Are you having issues with back pain?

If you're in pain and have tried everything with little success, why not ask your GP to refer you to our Functional Restoration Programme. Learn more here

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 7 September 2016

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Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 7 September 2016
 
The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 7 September 2016 commencing at 1100h 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, Jane Colley 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

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 7 September 2016

The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 7 September 2016 commencing at 1100h 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, Jane Colley 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

Annual Members Meeting 2015/16

Annual Members Meeting 2015/16

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Annual Members Meeting 2015/16

to be held on Wednesday September 14th 2016 at 1700h

at

Max Harrison Lecture Theatre, Knowledge Hub, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital,

Birmingham, B31 2AP

 

 

Dear Member,

 

As a member of the Trust you are cordially invited to attend the Annual Members Meeting (AMM). The business to be conducted is detailed on the Agenda below and is very straightforward.

This year’s Annual Members Meeting will be held on site in the main lecture theatre at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital,

Some of the key headlines from year which will be picked up in further detail at the meeting are:

  • We were selected to be represented in one of the new Vanguard models of care
  • We were revisited by the Care Quality Commission, who noted that despite there being further improvements to make, some good progress had been made in the areas flagged as needing addressing when they first visited in 2014
  • We won two awards in the NHS Apprenticeship Recognition Awards

Our Constitution requires us to present the following documents to the members of the Trust at the AMM and this will be part of the Agenda:

  • The Annual Accounts
  • Any report of the Auditor on them
  • The Annual Report.

Any member of the Trust is entitled to request a copy of the full Trust Annual Report and Accounts, which can be made available electronically. We would ask that hard copies are only asked for if members do not have access to a computer as the document is over 200 pages long and will cost almost £5 to post and I feel sure you will realise that this is a non-essential drain on NHS and environmental resources. The 2015/16 Accounts follow a similar format to that of the previous year and will be uploaded to the Trust’s public website after the AMM. However, please find enclosed with this letter a summary of the annual report for your information.

Our AMM will have only one resolution – that the Meeting receive the Annual Accounts, the Report of the Auditor on them and the Annual Report.

If you would like to attend, please let Jane Colley know by phone on 0121 685 4321 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will also be able to provide an electronic version (or paper copy) of the Annual Report and Accounts on request.

Earlier on the same day there will be a meeting of the Council of Governors to which members of the public are invited. Details will be posted on our website nearer the date.

Finally, in a bid to move with the times, and to use NHS resources as efficiently as possible, we are planning from now on to do the majority of our communications with you as members by email. Some of you have already provided your email addresses to us, but it would be wonderful if those of you who haven’t could send over your details on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can then keep you updated more regularly via email. This will serve a dual purpose – to have more regular engagement with you, and to reduce the pressure on vital resources.

Yours sincerely,

Dame Yve Buckland

Chairman


Life changing help for an artist with back pain

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Our team offers life-changing care, sometimes through the use of surgery and sometimes, as in Karl's case, through non-operative treatment. 

Karl Bright, an artist from Birmingham, had suffered with debilitating back pain for a long time. Life was a constant struggle and there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Fortunately, Karl's GP referred him to our amazing Functional Restroation Programme at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine. Here Karl tells his story:

18 months ago I was so crippled with back pain that I could only walk with a stick, I couldn’t stand up straight, even sitting down was agony, and I was relying on pain-killers and anti-depressants to get me through the day. Things were pretty bleak. 

On bad days there was a tremor in my hands that was so strong I could barely function, I had numbness down one side of my body, and my senses were all over the place – tastes were vile, smells too strong and my vision blurred. I had to stop riding my motorbike (something I used to love) and the poor dog’s walks got shorter and shorter. I was convinced there was something really very badly wrong with my back, but two separate MRI scans showed up absolutely nothing: bar a little wear and tear, my spine was completely healthy.

The pain had come on very gradually but was getting progressively worse.

Without an identifiable problem there was no treatment and I was left unable to work or walk or properly function. The stress of not being able to pay the mortgage or cover any bills was tremendous. So I begged my GP for help. I was expecting him to give me even stronger painkillers or painful exercises but he refered me for pain management. I didn’t even know such a thing existed.

But that’s how I ended up at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham on a four-week course (three hours per week in two group sessions) under the care of physiotherapist, David Rogers and Dr Grahame Brown.

The first hour changed my life. Like me, everyone in the room had been in debilitating pain for months, and not one had a satisfactory diagnosis. But we were taught about the ‘biopsychosocial approach’ and the fact that stress, tension, anxiety and fear could be making our pain so much worse. I’d worked in mental health for many years as a nursing assistant so I knew a bit about the power of the mind. It gradually became clear to me that my years as an ambulance driver, carrying adults up and down flights of stairs had clearly put a strain on my back. It hadn’t been a problem. But when a simple shoulder injury at work (I wrenched it carrying a patient)in 2014 refused to heal I could no longer do my job. I got very stressed and my back started to play up. I’d never been out of work since the age of 13, but suddenly I couldn’t pay the bills. The sessions made me realize that my anxiety and anger was as much a part of my pain problem as my back. It was a revelation.

In that first session we were taught some simple breathing exercises and stretches. I remember being asked to get up from my seat without using my hands or arms. I could only manage 18 lifts in two minutes. But by the second week I was off the painkillers and by the third week I was no longer taking anti-depressants either. The swift improvement proved to me that mine was more of a brain issue than a back issue. By the end of the course I could easily do 50 rises from the chair.

Now I’d say I’m pretty much pain free. I do various breathing and stretching exercises every day. The dog gets a proper 1 ½ hour walk and I work as a freelance artist, help in a local picture frame shop and I’m registered as a film and TV extra. I even helped a friend lay a vinyl floor – that’s not something I ever thought I’d be able to do.

The course has been life-changing for me.

Do you have back pain? We can help. Read more about the Functional Restroation Programme here. Your GP can refer you to us, all the information they need is here.

 

Back to Life

brown and rogers

Clinicians, Dr Graeme Brown and Dave Rogers recently published a book entitled 'Back to Life'. Based on their revolutionary and already hugely successful approach, Back to Life offers a whole new way of dealing with back pain including:

  • Understand the psychology of pain
  • Debunk the myths
  • Find the source of your pain
  • Manage your pain – including all the emotions and anxiety that go with it
  • Master exercises and stretches
  • Identify and solve the social factors
  • Get lasting relief

Read more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1111436/back-to-life/#FUm8EUXYPLWMlsS8.99

Resources for clinicians

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If you would like to chat with one of our Orthopaedic Oncology speacialists, please contact us via 0121 685 4314. To view our list of orthopaedic oncology consultants with details of how to refer to them, click here

Resources for clincians

Soft tissue sarcoma diagnostic tool for GPs (England/wales/N. Ireland)
Sarcoma UK's gp sarcoma diagnostic toolkit contains simple yet effective tools outlining the signs and symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma and guidance on how to refer patients to sarcoma specialist he
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Bone sarcoma diagnostic tool for GPs (Scotland)
Sarcoma UK’s gp sarcoma diagnostic toolkit contains simple yet effective tools outlining the signs and symptoms of bone sarcoma and guidance on how to refer patients to sarcoma specialist health services.
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Soft tissue sarcoma diagnostic tool for GPs (Scotland)
Sarcoma UK's gp sarcoma diagnostic toolkit contains simple yet effective tools outlining the signs and symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma  and guidance on how to refer patients to sarcoma specialist h
Download (170.47 kb)

Bone sarcoma diagnostic tool for GPs (England/Wales/N. Ireland)
Sarcoma UK's gp sarcoma diagnostic toolkit contains simple yet effective tools outlining the signs and symptoms of sarcoma and guidance on how to refer patients to sarcoma specialist health services for diagnosis and treatment.
Download (176.18 kb)