Official opening of InHealth’s dedicated MRI facility at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Since 2009, InHealth has been providing a first-class MRI service to NHS patients at Kingston Hospital.

Building on this partnership, InHealth were awarded a 15-year contract in 2017 to provide an exclusive, fully managed MRI service with 3 new MRI scanners that would support the growing demand for MRI services in the area and deliver

a flexible and responsive service to maximise patient dignity and privacy.

With a brief to support the Trust in meeting this demand within a compromised physical environment, in 2017, InHealth began the project by refurbishing the Trust’s Bernard Meade Wing – a decommissioned pathology lab that was stripped out and refurbished to support the Trust in temporarily re-locating their Trauma and Orthopaedics department.

The second phase saw the permanent Trauma and Orthopaedics department refurbished, with the team moving in, in October 2018.

And then the third phase – construction of the new InHealth MRI building – a purpose built, 3 storey facility with 2 new Siemens MRI scanners, a 3T Skyra and a 1.5T Aera.

To complete the project, the existing MRI department was refurbished and a new 1.5T Aera installed.

As an InHealth, standalone MRI facility built on the Trust’s grounds, each phase of the project brought an opportunity to deliver innovation and fresh thinking that would make the most of the restricted space available, while integrating and refreshing the existing facilities.

From demolition and ground works, to unforeseen challenges with pipework not known before construction, InHealth worked in partnership with Kingston Hospitals to avoid any disruption to the everyday service, arranging weekend installation and construction so that patient care was unaffected. Through a team of dedicated Project Managers, InHealth liaised with contractors and clinicians to plan every aspect of the complex build to make sure that quality and accessibility of service was prioritised.

Within three months, the Trauma and Orthopaedic department refurbishment was completed in October 2018 and less than a year later, the new MRI facility was ready to welcome patients and deliver a full MRI service.

Today, more than 40 InHealth staff manage the day-to-day operations of the unit, seeing over 70 patients every day – both in and outpatients. In partnership with Kingston Hospitals NHS Trust, we deliver a fantastic patient experience and continue to build on the strong partnership that provides valuable collaboration and learning to ultimately improve patient care and our ability to make healthcare better, now and in the future.

The official opening took place on Tuesday 5th November, with Geoff Searle, InHealth Chief Executive, Linda Mestre, Imaging Services Manager, the InHealth team and representatives from Kingston Hospitals NHS Trust.

 

InHealth Group announces new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

InHealth Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Geoff Searle as Chief Executive Officer – InHealth, with Richard Bradford, current CEO, moving into the role of Chairman for InHealth Group Holdings PLC. Geoff has been part of the InHealth Executive Team as Managing Director, Integrated Services, since March 2017. As Chief Executive Officer, Geoff takes on responsibility for all InHealth operations, combining the former Integrated Services and Specialist Services divisions.

6th InHealth Radiographer Reporting Study Evening

Pathways, Practitioner, Promotion: The role of the radiographer

Over the last 25 years, we have seen the role of a radiographer develop considerably. Evolution of healthcare has necessitated changes in roles, shifting care across the entire workforce including assistant, practitioner and advanced practitioners.

The health service, however, is demanding more and more. In particular, the Allied Health Professions, including radiographers, are being required to upskill in order to cope with the new models of care and streamlined pathways, all in a backdrop of significant capacity issues facing radiology. This is in addition to our own workforce crisis, so how do we manage this demand?

InHealth Reporting, in conjunction with the SCoR & BIR are proud to present our 3rd Annual North Region Study Evening; Pathways, Practitioner, Promotion: The role of a radiographer, where we will aim to take a closer look at this challenge. We once again have an excellent panel of speakers who will offer their expertise and insights into what is required from our profession to deliver against the demands of today’s NHS. We ask how the 3 “P’s” can enable radiographers to influence the outcomes of the main “P” in all of this……The Patient!

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Penny Owens, Director of Allied Health Professionals
Division Of Cancer, Diagnostics and Clinical Support – RCR/SCoR reporting standards & the role of the NHS Assembly

Dr Richard Booton, Clinical Director for Lung Cancer & Thoracic Surgery and Professor of Respiratory Medicine
University of Manchester – Implementing a Rapid Pathway Service

Dr Sammy Quaife, Senior Behavioural Scientist
University College London – Behavioural challenges and opportunities of introducing lung cancer screening in the UK

Fiona Thow, Head of Imaging Services Transformation
NHS Improvement – What does the National Imaging Strategy mean for Radiographers?

View the full presentation: The Role of the Radiographer Full Presentation

Watch the full event here

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.