Celebrating Allied Health Profession (AHP) Day

Today is AHPs day, which takes place across the country and is a grass root opportunity for AHPs to come together and celebrate being part of the AHP family. It’s is a social movement to enable AHPs to collaborate within services, organisations and regions to:

  • Improve awareness of the roles of the 14 allied health professions (see below)
  • Demonstrate the achievements of local services and their impact on patient care and population health
  • Support integrated working with other services and organisations
  • AHPs are now the second largest healthcare workforce with significant opportunities to support delivery of the NHS long term plan

In the UK, allied and scientific health professions include:

  1. Art Therapists
  2. Drama therapists
  3. Music therapists
  4. Chiropodists/podiatrists
  5. Dietitians
  6. Occupational therapists
  7. Operating Department Practitioners
  8. Orthoptists
  9. Osteopaths
  10. Paramedics
  11. Physiotherapists
  12. Prosthetists and Orthotists
  13. Radiographers
  14. Speech and language therapists

At InHealth, we have almost 600 Allied Health Professionals, the majority of which are Radiographers, but also include Physiotherapists and Operating Department Practitioners.

These roles play an integral part in how we make healthcare better and provide excellent services to our patients, with many of the people in these roles having developed their careers over a number of years, both at InHealth and in other organisations.

Thank you to all of our Allied Health Professionals!

InHealth ranked at number 167 on the 15th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250

We are pleased to announce that InHealth has been ranked at 167 on the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250.

Published on Sunday 6th October 2019, the 15th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table ranks Britain’s private mid-market growth companies with the biggest sales. The 41 companies headquartered in the southeast (compared to 38 in 2018) have made a strong contribution to the regional economy.

These companies, which include InHealth, increased combined sales 15% to £9.1bn and operating profits 39% to £769m and employ more than 58,000 people.

This ranking at number 167 demonstrates InHealth’s sustained growth in the last year, as we continue to add to the number of tests, scans and examinations that we carry out for more than 2 million patients annually.

Top Track 250 is sponsored by Grant Thornton and Lloyds Banking Group, and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm.

InHealth Woodlands MRI Centre – Frimley Park Hospital: Official opening

On Wednesday 4th September, we officially opened the new InHealth Woodlands MRI Centre, based at Frimley Park Hospital.

InHealth has had a long-standing relationship with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust for more than 25 years, having started with just one scanner in the main hospital. Opened in 1993 by Virginia Bottomley MP, the centre saw approximately 50 patients each week and was open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Today, InHealth Woodlands MRI Centre is open 7 days a week, 14 hours a day and scans an average of 100 body parts each day. With 40 staff, including 16 Radiographers, the centre houses 2 scanners, with the addition of InHealth’s third MRI scanner located in the main hospital.

The centre operates smart booking, which maximises the number of patients that can be seen during the day and allows the team to offer complete flexibility on appointments.

InHealth Woodlands MRI Centre is a BUPA approved MRI centre and can accommodate patients of all ages. The centre also has a very low rate of claustrophobic refusal to scan, which is down to the fantastic team of Radiographers and Assistants, the facilities and the modern wide bore scanners. It also provides a bright, ultra-modern working environment for the MRI team; a team that has done a wonderful job in mobilising the centre and maintaining an exceptional level of service and care.

We are delighted to continue our great working relationship with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and look forward to welcoming patients at InHealth Woodlands MRI Centre for years to come.

 

Update on PET-CT services in the Thames Valley area

Joint statement from NHS England and Improvement, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and InHealth

The NHS is committed to detecting more cancers earlier to save more lives. That means a major increase in scanning and diagnostics, so patients can easily access services like PET-CT scanning.

To that end, NHS England and Improvement, Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust, and InHealth are pleased to announce we have now signed a formal partnership agreement.

It creates new and additional services for patients who need these important services across the Thames Valley provided by InHealth while sustaining the PET-CT scanning service on the Churchill site provided by the OUH.

These brand-new scanning facilities will be based in Milton Keynes (Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), Swindon (Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and Reading (Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust) provided by InHealth using highly skilled clinical staff.

The new sites will use modern mobile scanners, with the aim of putting in place permanent facilities in the longer term.

This new arrangement will help reduce waiting times, as well as ensuring the easy transfer of scans and scan reports between different doctors and sites in more convenient locations for patients across the region.

In time, there may also be an opportunity to develop additional local scanning services across the Thames Valley.

BSE Development Programme delivers first graduate

Following our recent accreditation from the British Society of Echocardiography as a Training Department, we are delighted to announce the successful graduation of our first BSE Development Programme trainee Monica Masini.  Monica, who is a Cardiac Physiologist, achieved this with the on-going support of Cheryl Barton, Head of Echo and Edwina Heath, Regional Operations Manager, who presented her with her certificate last week.  InHealthGroup is the first private Echo organization to have received British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) Accreditation as a Training Department, training echocardiographers in the UK.  This accreditation which is recognized throughout the UK and Europe, helps to ensure the competency of the echocardiographers of the future.  Many congratulations Monica!

InHealth 2019 Staff Survey results show fantastic staff engagement

We are delighted to announce that InHealth’s 2019 Staff Survey shows an overall engagement score of 74%, which is an increase of 3% since our last survey.

This year, more than 70% of InHealth staff took part in the annual survey, increasing from a response rate of just 22% in 2016.

Highlights include:

  • 95% of staff believe that patient safety is a top priority – a 2% increase from last year
  • 94% of staff would recommend InHealth as a service provider to family and friends – a 4% increase on last year
  • 91% of staff believe that equality and diversity are valued at InHealth – a 2% increase on last year
  • 90% of staff think that InHealth is focused on improving patient care – a 4% increase on last year
  • 89% believe their role offers interesting work and opportunity to work well with others
  • 81% say that InHealth encourages innovative ideas to improve efficiency and patient care – a 4% increase on last year
  • 77% of people think that their opinion counts – a 4% increase on last year
  • 73% of staff say that they are proud to work for InHealth – an increase of 2% on last year
  • 67% would recommend InHealth as a good place to work – a 4% increase on last year

As a people-focussed organisation, we are delighted by these results and they reflect the focus we have on our staff and the continued work to improve on key areas that are important to them. 78% of our staff believe that they have opportunities to learn and grow every day, which has increased by 5% since our last survey.

Compared to the UK healthcare benchmark, InHealth has a recommender score that is 19% higher and we have 20% more of our people who feel they have opportunities to learn and grow. Our patient safety focus is also 14% higher than the UK benchmark.

Our annual Staff Survey highlights our strength and development areas and over the next 12 months, we will continue our focus on excellent staff engagement and work on the improvements identified.

InHealth announces Fight Bladder Cancer as 2019/20 nominated charity

We are delighted to announce that InHealth’s chosen charity for 2019/20 is Fight Bladder Cancer.

 

A UK-based charity founded and run by bladder cancer survivors and their families, Fight Bladder Cancer supports everyone affected by bladder cancer and helps to raise awareness, support medical research and campaign to affect policy at the highest levels to bring about change in bladder cancer treatments. Their aim is to achieve better outcomes and quality of life for all those affected.

 

Each year, 18,000 people are diagnosed with invasive and non-invasive bladder cancer in England alone. There are more than 200 different types of cancer and bladder cancer is the 5th most common in the western world, with the majority of people diagnosed being over 60 years old. Increasingly, people of all ages, from children to teenagers, young adults to the middle aged, can also be affected by the disease.

 

InHealth chooses a charity each year, inviting all staff to nominate organisations who they believe will benefit from our fundraising efforts. This year, Fight Bladder Cancer was chosen after Alison Hill, Patient Administrator at Sandwell MRI, shared her personal story about her husband who has recently been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Alison wants to help raise awareness of this cancer and encourage others to talk about their own experiences so that more people are aware of the symptoms and know where they can find support.

 

Over the next 12 months, InHealth’s aim is to raise £2,000 for Fight Bladder Cancer and help support the growing demand for their services and continue with our mission to make healthcare better for patients.

 

For more information visit www.fightbladdercancer.co.uk.

InHealth appoints new Chief Financial Officer

InHealth is delighted to announce that we have appointed David Petrie as our new Chief Financial Officer.

David has a strong background in Healthcare and brings with him a wealth of experience in leading and managing large multi-site teams, most recently as CFO, then latterly CEO at Active Care Group and previously at Nuffield Health where he was Finance and Commercial Director for Nuffield Hospitals, managing nationally across 31 Hospitals. He also worked as Regional Director and Commercial Director. David is married with three children and lives in Richmond, Surrey.

David joins us following the departure of Alice Cummings in May 2019, who previously held the role of Chief Financial Officer for more than seven years, during which time she made significant contributions to InHealth.

David joins InHealth’s Executive Team as Chief Financial Officer, alongside Richard Bradford – Group CEO, Maneesh Madan – Managing Director Specialist Services, Geoff Searle – Managing Director Integrated Services, Ben Evans – Investments Director and Wendy Wilkinson – Director of Clinical Governance.

InHealth trains Cath Lab team in Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps

As part of InHealth’s on-going investment in continual professional development, the Cath Lab Team at Queen’s Hospital, Burton were delighted to take part in their first intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) training, on Friday 24th May. The team were joined by Karen MacDonald, Acute Care Therapies, Maquet (who supply, service and provide training on IABP), alongside Mark Hayes, Operations Manager and Katie Towers, Ambulance Technician, from the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Using an emergency ambulance the team were able to practice the real life scenario of transferring an acutely unwell patient requiring balloon pump support from the Cath Lab onto the ambulance, for transportation to a tertiary centre for on-going treatment. Karen began the training by giving an informative talk on when and why the IABP might be used, followed by a demonstration of how it is placed – our Superintendent Radiographer, Claire Kimmett, willingly volunteered to be our ‘patient’ for this and the transfer practice! Thank you to Karen, Mark & Kate for their time and expertise. The session was well received with all the Cath Lab Team in attendance, as well as two Consultant Cardiologists and has further enhanced the capabilities of an already proficient cath lab team.

Another 1st for InHealth

We are absolutely delighted to share the news that InHealth is the first private Echo organization to have received British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) Accreditation as a Training Department, training echocardiographers in the UK. This prestigious accolade has been awarded alongside our BSE re-accreditation for Transthoracic Echocardiography. The accreditation, recognized throughout the UK and Europe, further certifies the competencies of InHealth Echo staff in the delivery of high-quality transthoracic echocardiography across the UK and cements InHealth’s credibility as a forward-thinking organisation invested in the training and development of our staff, whilst ensuring the competency of echocardiographers of the future.

Huge congratulations to Cheryl Barton (Head of Operations, Echocardiography), and all the Echo team, whose passion, drive and commitment has delivered this amazing achievement.