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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

Notice of a meeting of the Council of Governors

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Notice is hereby given to all members of the Council of Governors of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust that a meeting of the Council of Governors will be held in the Board Room on Wednesday 19th July 2017 at 1400h to transact the business detailed on the pdf agenda. (3.48 MB)
 
Members of the press and public are welcome to attend the public part of the agenda which commences at 1400h.
 
Questions for the Council of Governors should be received by the Associate Director of Governance & Company Secretary no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to Associate Director of Governance & Company Secretary, Simon Grainger-Lloyd, Trust Headquarters or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dame Yve Buckland
Chairman

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 5 July 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 5 July 2017 commencing
at 1200h 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 pdf website (3.88 MB) .
 
Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administratorno later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board
Administrator, Mary Higgs 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 June 2017

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Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 7 June 2017

The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 7 June 2017 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, Mary Higgs 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

We're in the top ten for experience!

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In a survey published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been listed in the top ten Foundations Trusts in the country for positive patient experience.

This is fantastic news and confirms what so many of our patients tell us every day.

The survey looked at the experiences of 77,850 people who received care at an NHS hospital in July 2016.

Our Trust was rated 8.9 out of 10. The rating takes into account the number of respondents as well as the scores for all other trusts. This is then used calculate whether a trust is performing better or worse than the majority of others.

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital scored highly for patient experience which is a really important measure. Twenty questions in the 2016 Adult Inpatient Survey contribute to Overall Patient Experience Scores, as outlined by NHS England, and which cover five domains of patient experience:

  • Access and waiting
  • Safe, high quality, co-ordinated care
  • Better information, more choice
  • Building closer relationships
  • Clean, friendly, comfortable place to be

The Adult Inpatient Survey is the longest running survey in the CQC’s NHS Patient Survey Programme (NPSP). Overall this year, the CQC survey found that patients’ experience of hospital care is holding up despite rising concerns in some areas.

Click here to read more about the findings of this survey

Sharing is caring

Sharing your experience when you visit is really important. We listen to everything you tell us and use it to improve how we provide care. If you’re a patient at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, fill in a form or leave a review and tell us what you think.