Major success at InHealth’s first public AAA mass screening event in Hammersmith

Last month, our Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening programme delivered the first ever public, mass screening event in the country.

Held at Queens Park Rangers (QPR) Football and Athletic Club, the event was a major success with almost 100 men being scanned and QPR offering future collaborations!

This unique health event demonstrated the great relationship between the North and South AAA Team, and the NHS, to provide healthcare to those who have impaired physical mobility and learning difficulties in the Hammersmith & Fulham area. It also gave trainees the opportunity to scan more clients than in a ‘normal’ clinic and for the Clinical Skills Trainers (CSTs) to work with the Screening Technicians and students, making it a true team effort!

Patients were very satisfied with the service, finding it friendly, efficient and quick, and the QPR staff went above and beyond on the day, with feedback including:

“It has been great working and partnering with InHealth to set up this mass screening event. It’s been a massive privilege to help and support them with the equipment and some of the consumables.” Joel Glazebrook, Director Nine Group International

“It was an absolute pleasure to join the AAA Screening Team. They are a wonderful, caring team and their dedication is inspiring. The event was so well planned, delivered and clearly appreciated by the men who came.” Stella Ward, Interim Deputy Team Leader – Adult Screening (NHS England & Improvement)

The AAA Programme will be having more exciting events planned in the coming months.

Well done to the whole Programme for their hard work in addressing health inequalities by improving access and bringing screening closer to patients’ home.

Preventicum turns 17 with Matthew Hall as the first-ever employee

We’re excited to celebrate the 17-year anniversary of our Preventicum team! Established in 2003 at the University Hospital Essen in Germany, Preventicum was introduced to London in 2005 and acquired by InHealth in 2009.

Delivered by a team of medical experts including doctors and radiographers, Preventicum provides a range of personal, doctor-led, health assessments and reports overseen by a Preventicum doctor within their discreet, luxury, state-of-the art clinic in Chancery Lane, London. With same-day results, medical issues and diseases can be detected and diagnosed in their earliest stages, often before symptoms appear, making treatment easier.

Over the last 17 years, Preventicum has grown from a team of one, to now a full, multidisciplinary team, of more than 30 members of staff!

Matthew Hall was the first ever Preventicum employee, having previously worked as a Senior Radiographer for the NHS and he remains to this day! Within 5 years of starting, Matthew progressed to an Imaging Services Manager position, thanks to the support of our Leadership Development course which gave him the foundation and practical skills to develop as a manager.

Matthew explains why he still remains at Preventicum: Throughout my 17 years at Preventicum, I have enjoyed the people I work with, the challenge of producing the best imaging and medicals that I can, and the feeling of making a difference to people’s lives. The role also gives me the flexibility to have a good work-life balance, and although there are challenges, as a team, we work well together in tackling whatever is presented to us.”

To date, Preventicum have completed over 15,000 health assessments for clients from all over the world, many of whom are returning clients.

For more about our Preventicum services visit: https://www.preventicum.co.uk/

For further information on our Leadership Development courses visit: https://www.insideinhealth.com/inhealth-academy/leadership-and-management/

InHealth Reporting Limited become first Radiographer-led Reporting service to achieve QSI accreditation

We are very happy to share that InHealth Reporting has become the first Radiographer-Led Reporting Service to achieve Quality Standard for Imaging (QSI) accreditation.

The QSI is a collaboration between The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the College of Radiographers (CoR), setting the national quality criteria for imaging services, a framework for both the NHS and private sector to provide consistently high-quality services delivered by competent staff working in safe environments. The standard applies to all four UK countries and includes NHS, commercial and not-for-profit imaging services.  Services meeting the standard are independently accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

As a prestige accreditation, achieving QSI provides assurance that InHealth Reporting has the competence to consistently deliver a safe and cost-effective customer-focussed reporting service, while managing risks. The accreditation sets a minimum level of expectation rather than a ceiling of quality, against which a service assesses, and makes continuous improvements to, ensuring a high-quality outcome for everyone as part of the service. Accreditation to standards is supported by NHS England, NHS Northern Ireland and NHS Wales, and recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

So what’s next?

An extraordinary amount of diligence and commitment to guarantee robust processes was required to achieve the accreditation, with buy-in and support from all levels of the service, but that was just the start.

A longer-term commitment and an ongoing process of demonstrating quality improvement is needed, not just to maintain accreditation but also ensure provision of the highest possible quality to our service users.

This longer-term commitment has already started and InHealth Reporting have two further major achievements to work towards accomplishing by October this year:

  1. Transition of our existing accreditation for plain film on-site and teleradiology service to the newly issued QSI standards
  2. Extension of scope to cover our new multi-modality teleradiology reporting service

The InHealth Reporting team are rightly proud of achieving this accreditation and know that all the sweat and tears were worth it!

Public event to provide vital health screening services to males in the Hammersmith area

This Saturday 7th May, males aged 65 and over will be able to attend a free health screening appointment at Queens Park Rangers Football Club, as part of a nationwide drive to deliver more Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening appointments across the country.

Aneurysms cause over 3,000 deaths in England every year if left untreated, so this programme will provide vital services and help to detect potential problems much earlier.

The NHS-led programme is being delivered by InHealth, the UK’s only independent healthcare provider of AAA Screening in the country and is the first of its kind to be held in a public football stadium, designed to make healthcare even more accessible for men who are most at risk of this condition.

Located at the Queen Park Rangers (QPR) Football Stadium on Saturday 7th May, the event will be attended by men who have been invited via NHS letter, where they will attend a short screening appointment, run by expert clinical teams, who provide a simple, free and painless ultrasound scan of their abdomen to look for an aneurysm, with results being shared straight away.

Chrissy Zelenyanszki, Head of Screening of Prevention for InHealth said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the NHS to deliver this unique health event, which will be the first of many and is centred around improving accessibility across the region to these life-savings services. This event is a great example of how our long-standing relationship with the NHS continues to support people to improve their health and wellbeing, make positive lifestyle changes and provide healthcare to those who have impaired physical mobility.”

If you are a male aged over 65 years old and have received an invitation, please attend. Screening helps save lives.

For more information about our service visit: https://www.inhealthgroup.com/service/aaa-screening/

InHealth: Croydon MRI CQC inspection outcome

Following a CQC inspection last year, InHealth’s Croydon MRI Centre was rated ‘REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT’. Since receiving this rating, we have been addressing each area highlighted in the report and identifying any related actions. As part of the ongoing CQC inspection programme, many other InHealth locations have also been inspected. Currently, 51 out of 52 InHealth CQC registered locations are rated as either GOOD or OUTSTANDING.

InHealth’s priority is to provide high quality, safe and efficient services to all patients and our Centre is currently undergoing a significant building programme. As part of InHealth’s £4.5m investment at Croydon University Hospital, the newly refurbished centre will boast 3 state-of-the-art MRI scanners, new and improved patient waiting areas, high quality equipment and staff facilities. The new centre will open in March and will offer local patients a fantastic service to support early diagnosis.

Showcasing our amazing and passionate staff – new recruitment video

We are delighted to launch a brand-new recruitment video showcasing our amazing and passionate colleagues who explain why they love working at InHealth.

From personal and professional development opportunities and the fantastic benefits package InJoy, to our approach to international recruitment, find out what life is like at InHealth by hearing directly from our people.

Thank you to everyone who supported in creating this fantastic recruitment video and to the wider InHealth family for making healthcare better!

Take a look at our new recruitment video here.

InHealth announced as finalists in the HSJ Partnership Awards 2022!

We are delighted to announce that InHealth is a finalist in this year’s HSJ Partnership Awards 2022 for the category ‘Best Healthcare Provider Partnership with the NHS’.

In what has been an exceptional and challenging period across the sector, this award recognises the improved access to the Targeted Lung Health Check Programme (TLHC) in collaboration with NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust and the East Midlands Cancer Alliance.

Since March 2021, the TLHC Programme has provided services in Mansfield & Ashfield, which are amongst the highest in the country for lung cancer mortality rates. The mobile service aims to diagnose more cancers at an earlier stage (stage 1 and 2) when they are more amenable to curative treatment. Eligible participants who attend face-to-face Lung Health Checks are invited for a CT scan on the same day, while current smokers can also receive smoking cessation within the mobile unit, helping to achieve the ambition of a ‘one-stop-shop’ service.

With active engagement from the administrative team, alongside software and booking processes tailored to optimise participant uptake, the service achieved a 72% uptake rate for the first round of TLHCs, surpassing expectations of around 50%. This has been commended by BBC East Midlands Today who did a news feature in May 2021, and by patients whose praises included the accessibility of the scanner in community locations and the speed of scan.

This successful project is a great example of the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members – both InHealth and NHS – over the last 12 months.

We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for our patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees, is a wonderful achievement.  We are looking forward to attending the awards ceremony at Westminster Park Plaza, London on 24th March 2022.

The HSJ Partnership Awards aims to highlight partnerships with the NHS and the benefits that working with independent sector organisations can bring to patients and the NHS.

The full list of nominees for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2022 can be found here.

InHealth Reporting announces new Clinical Director for Radiology, Dr Rizwan Malik

InHealth is delighted to announce Dr Rizwan Malik as InHealth’s new Clinical Director for Radiology, providing senior level clinical and quality advice across InHealth’s radiology service.

Dr Malik is a consultant radiologist at Royal Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, where he is Divisional Medical Director and Associate CCIO. Prior to this he was the Trust PACS and Imaging Lead, Divisional Clinical Governance Lead, as well as Clinical Lead for Radiology. He is also the Clinical Lead for the Greater Manchester Collaborative Imaging Procurement Project.

In his new role, Dr Malik’s will support both the radiology service and team of Radiologists, providing senior subject-matter expertise for the purpose of clinical governance and regulatory compliance, supporting both internal and external teams.

Dan Annetts, Chief Operating Officer at InHealth, said: “Dr Malik has been supporting InHealth for many years, most recently as Clinical Advisor, so we are absolutely delighted that he will be adding even more expertise to this key area. He will continue to work very closely with myself and our Clinical Governance Team to advise on Quality Assurance, Service Improvement and ongoing development of new and existing service lines and on behalf of myself and the rest of the InHealth team, we very much look forward to his ongoing thought leadership and vision that will ultimately enable InHealth Reporting to enhance its offering to the NHS”.

InHealth awarded ‘Silver’ at the COVID Response Awards 2021

On Thursday 25th November, our InHealth colleagues attended the COVID Response Awards and we are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Silver in the ‘Best Covid-19 Response in Healthcare (over 15m Turnover)’ category.

This award recognised everything that InHealth have done to support NHS England in responding to the challenge of COVID-19 and the ongoing delivery of patient care over the last 18 months.

Building on what was already a positive relationship with the NHS and our services being situated in hospital sites, community settings and mobile fleets across the country, we were able to support with the following:

  • CT scanning: Our entire fleet of CT scanners was dedicated to the NHS
  • NHS 111 service: At the request of the London Ambulance Service (LAS), we repurposed our Patient Referral Centre in Rochdale to support handling COVID-19 calls
  • Reporting: We invested in purchasing and installing a number of reporting work stations to allow appropriately qualified Radiographers to remotely report plain-film x-rays from home
  • Booking COVID-19 tests: Our booking team from Diabetic Eye Screening Programmes was made available to book COVID-19 tests for NHS staff across the south of the country

Some of the judges’ comments about our initiatives included:

“A huge change. Obviously would have taken a lot of thankless work internally. Delighted in the application and its continued help.”

“Great repurposing of their work to support the NHS.”

Being recognised in this way demonstrates the level of commitment that our colleagues have shown when it comes to making sure our patients accessed safe and effective care at a time that it was needed most, despite the challenges that we have all faced.

Official opening for state-of-the-art scanner at Hexham hospital

Hundreds of people each month are now having key scans at a rural Northumberland hospital, thanks to a state-of-the-art facility officially opened this week by the area’s MP.

On Friday (September 10), Guy Opperman MP unveiled a plaque at Hexham General Hospital to mark the MRI scanner, which represents the latest development in an important partnership between Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and InHealth, a specialist diagnostic provider.

The state-of-the-art machine has actually been in operation for more than 18 months now, with the original plans for an opening ceremony put on hold due to the pandemic.

Since opening, the service, operating three days a week, is seeing around 300 patients every month for key diagnostic scans, including around 25 cardiac patients per month undergoing specialised scans and 15 arthrograms – high-tech imaging for musculoskeletal conditions.

The hospital serves a large rural hinterland in the west of Northumberland, meaning timely access to the latest world-class technology much closer to home for many, not just in Northumbria Healthcare’s catchment, but across a wider, fairly remote area with limited access to MRI facilities.

Dr Rahul Dharmadhikari, radiology consultant and director of the Clinical Support and Cancer Services Business Unit at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Patients undergoing these scans may be nervous both about the procedure itself and what the results mean for them and their loved ones, so it’s important that these diagnostic tests take place as quickly as possible.

By having this facility at Hexham, in addition to the three scanners at our other sites, it means that a large number of patients can now access this service much closer to home, which can help to make them feel more comfortable.

Quick and accurate diagnostic testing so that we can start the right treatment as soon as possible is crucial to us as clinicians in ensuring we provide our patients with the high-quality care that they expect from us at Northumbria, and which the Hexham radiology team have continued to deliver despite recent challenges.”

The scanner at Hexham, which replaced a previous mobile unit, represents the most recent step in a more-than-15-year partnership between Northumbria Healthcare and InHealth, which has seen scanners already installed at the Trust’s North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Northumbria hospitals.

The collaboration, which sees around 30,000 scans taking place each year, was recognised at the HSJ Partnership Awards in 2020, winning the Partnering for the Future category.

Geoff Searle, InHealth’s CEO, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to formally mark the opening of the MRI facility at Hexham, a £1.5million investment which is just the latest step in our long-standing and fruitful relationship with Northumbria Healthcare.

We hope that this partnership continues well into the future, with valuable collaboration and learning that ultimately improves patient care and our ability to make healthcare better, together.

I’d also like to say thank you to everyone involved in the creation and running of this unit, including the team of InHealth staff who manage the unit day-to-day, for all of their efforts, not least for navigating through the pandemic and continuing to provide patients with access to the care they need.”

Mr Opperman was given a tour in the company of InHealth and Northumbria Healthcare representatives to see the facility which has already and will continue to support many of his constituents.

“I am delighted to be opening Hexham Hospital’s new MRI scanner, which will be a great addition to our local hospital, and deliver quicker diagnostics outcomes for my constituents,”  he said. “I have always said I will fight for as many health services as possible to be delivered locally in Tynedale and this is a vote of confidence in our local hospital.”

The new facility has resulted in a greatly improved use of space, better patient flow, better staff facilities and a more joined-up approach to diagnostic imaging at Hexham.

The dedicated unit was created following the conversion of the existing records room and small offices, and now boasts a new shared reception desk, examination room, equipment room, control room, naturally-lit cannulation space with sub-wait and changing room, and an assisted toilet facility.