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July

Redundant hospital beds get sent to Africa

10/07/19
We have sent 15 hospital beds which have reached the end of their NHS life expectancy to a charity. In turn it is using them to help equip a new hospital in rural Uganda.

New chief executive Angela Hillery to start on 15 July

10.07.19
Angela Hillery, chief executive of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) has begun her transition to taking on the role of shared chief executive across NHFT and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT). Her appointment was announced in May 2019. Cathy Ellis, Chair of LPT, welcomes Angela: “I am pleased to announce that our new chief executive Angela Hillery has begun her transition into LPT. This is to enable Angela to have a smooth handover and introduction from Dr Peter Miller before he retires as LPT’s CEO this month. Angela will take on accountability as our new chief executive from 15 July and is fully focused on achieving the best for both Trusts."

Agnes Unit wins quality stamp from Royal College - again

09.07.19
LPT's specialist inpatient unit providing care for people with learning disabilities in Leicestershire and Rutland has earned a quality stamp of approval from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

New county research partnership launched to tackle local health challenges

09.07.19
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and the University of Leicester have announced the creation of a new partnership to link excellence in research, education and health service delivery across the county.

Sue joins nursing elite

08.07.19
LPT's Sue Swanson has been made a Queen's Nurse. The award was made by the Queen's Nursing Institute in recognition of her commitment to high standards in community nursing.

New venues help Bosom Babies go from strength to strength

05.07.19
The Bosom Babies breastfeeding support group is now offering a weekly meet up at Leicester Forest East library every Monday morning from 10.30am. The group held a launch event for the new group earlier this week.

June

Charity boost for Magic Milk breastfeeding group

27.06.19
Magic Milk, a breastfeeding group in North West Leicestershire run by volunteer peer supporters trained by LPT health visitors was delighted to accept a cheque from the Leicestershire and Rutland Masonic Charity Association to help them develop the support they can offer to local mums.

LPT one of UK's first 'Veteran Aware' mental health trusts

27.06.19
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) has become one of the country’s first mental health Trusts granted formal ‘Veteran Aware’ accreditation. The announcement, recognising the Trust’s commitment to improving NHS care for serving and ex-service personnel and reservists, comes as residents across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland prepare to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday (29 June).

Drop in event focuses on young people's mental health

21.06.19
Our child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) is hosting a drop-in event on Tuesday 25 June for service users past and present and their families, as well as members of the public, to come and talk about their experiences of CAMHS locally, and to find out more about the service’s future plans.

Perinatal mental health text support service launched

20.06.19
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) has launched the first dedicated perinatal mental health ChatHealth text messaging service – called Mum’s Mind. The confidential service offers expert advice and information to support mothers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who struggle with mental health issues during pregnancy and baby’s first year

Co-op volunteers' green-fingered boost for Bradgate gardens

17.06.19
Work to transform garden areas at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit has been boosted thanks to a group of green-fingered volunteers from Central England Co-operative stores across Leicestershire.

 

Work gets underway on the new CAMHS inpatient unit at Glenfield

14.07.2019
 
The start of construction on our purpose-built new mental health inpatient unit for young people was marked by the symbolic 'cutting of the first sod' this week.

New family-friendly makeover for visiting room at the Bradgate Unit

14.07.2019
 
As part of Carers' Week 2019 we unveiled a new-look visiting room at the Bradgate Mental Health unit which has been given a family-friendly makeover

May

Leicestershire Partnership Trust celebrates Volunteers' Week

07.06.2019
 
During the week of 1 - 7 June, Leicestershire Partnership Trust (LPT) celebrated the achievements of its volunteers.
 
22.05.19

At a special awards ceremony on Friday 17 May, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) recognised the outstanding achievements of staff and volunteers.

LPT to share chief executive with Northamptonshire Foundation NHS Trust

17.05.19

Angela Hillery, chief executive of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), has been asked to undertake role of chief executive of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), taking a shared role as the chief executive of both trusts.

A fun day out is prescribed at Leicester's festival of health

16.05.19
 
LPT is teaming up with University Hospitals of Leicester, the city council and the University of Leicester to host the city's first festival of health on Saturday 6 July.

LPT hosts multi-agency event looking at the prevention of suicide in young people

9.05.19
 
LPT was proud to host a multi-agency conference at De Montfort University on Wednesday 8 May looking at how professionals can work together to support young people's mental health and prevent suicides.

NHS open day will showcase apprenticeship opportunities

29.04.2019

NHS apprenticeship opportunities are being showcased at an open day event on Wednesday 1 May. 

Visitors will be able to try their hand at a range of role-related activities, including bed making, infection control and resuscitation techniques and they will be able to chat to front-line staff, including some of the current apprentices who were recruited last year.

Could you act as a mental health peer support worker?

29.04.2019
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) is looking to recruit people with experience of mental health issues as dedicated peer support staff for service users. The paid peer support workers will be able to use their personal experiences of mental health issues and services to bring hope to current service users and empower them to feel confident to work towards recovery and live independently where possible.

All in the family: Love drives marathon mum and daughter

26.04.19
Mother and daughter runners Maureen (Mo) and Sinead Handley will be making their marathon debut in London this Sunday, in support of mental health recovery. And it will be a legacy of family love that spurs them on. Mo, from with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), and Sinead, an administrator with a sports company, are both running their very first marathon together after securing separate places for mental health charities.

 

Bradgate Unit walkers step in to save a life

10.04.19
A group of mental health ward staff who set out on a fund-raising walk for their patients stepped into a life-saving drama before they even reached the starting line. The trio, Apexa Patel, Katie Abram and Kerry Barnacle from Ashby Ward at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s (LPT) Bradgate Mental Health Unit have been credited with helping to save the life of a cyclist who collapsed with a heart attack

March

Infant feeding conference celebrates the contribution of local breastfeeding peer supporters

28.03.19

LPT is proudly partnering with the University of Leicester to host the '#ItsNormal' infant feeding conference on Thursday 4 April.

Ashby to Ashby: Mental health ward staff walk 16 miles for patients

21.03.19
A team of NHS ward staff from Leicester’s Bradgate Mental Health Unit will don walking boots on Saturday 30 March for a 16-mile walk raising funds to boost therapeutic activities for their patients.
 

National acclaim for digital service provided by health visiting teams in Leicestershire

19.03.19
 
The innovative use of a text messaging service that enables parents and carers to gain confidential health visiting advice has been highlighted in a national journal.

New Bradgate gym unveiled thanks to £33,200 legacy

18.03.19

An eight-year drive to provide a new gym for inpatients at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Bradgate Mental Health Unit has finally paid off - thanks to a £33,230 legacy.

Could you help us improve our continence service?

06.03.19
 
We are holding a workshop to look at ways of improving our continence service. Patients and ex-patients would be especially welcome.

February

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust Celebrates Mental Health Nurses Day

20.2.19

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) is supporting the first Mental Health Nurses’ Day on 21 February 2019 - an initiative which aims to attract much-needed talent to this speciality organised by the RCN Mental Health Forum – by highlighting career opportunities for mental health nurses.

Revamp for Rutland's palliative care suite

18.02.19
The Karen Ball Suite for palliative care at Rutland Memorial Hospital has had its first major upgrade since it was opened in 1993. The improvements include redecoration, new lighting and soft furnishing, paid for by the League of Friends and other supporters.

Recovery College offers free courses in more venues than ever

15.02.19

An NHS ‘college’ providing free recovery-focused educational and wellbeing courses is offering them at more sites than ever across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Chief executive Dr Peter Miller announces retirement

14.02.19

Our chief executive, Dr Peter Miller, has announced today that he will be retiring in summer 2019. In his message, he pays tribute to our staff: "Over my six years at the Trust, I have met hundreds of inspiring, committed and compassionate staff, making a real difference to the lives of people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It has been an honour to lead the Trust."

Our chair Cathy Ellis, thanks Pete for leading our Trust with integrity, compassion, respect and trust.

Read his full statement


Top accolade for mental health wards


13.02.19
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has given its prestigious accreditation to our two wards for older people at the Bennion Centre.
 
 

Storytelling to help health staff cope with 'frequent attenders'

12.02.19

People who use or call health and emergency services repeatedly or inappropriately can pose a complex challenge for staff, who can feel unsure how best to provide support. These are often people with complex emotional and physical needs who can exhibit chaotic and challenging behaviours. Now a Leicester medical psychotherapist has led the development of an online training programme for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, using storytelling to help health and social care staff cope with ‘frequent attenders’.

 

Waitrose shoppers support Safe, Well, Happy
11.02.19

Supermarket shoppers have lent their support to a project aimed at improving the lives of people with learning disabilities in Charnwood.
 

January 2019

Therapy recruitment open day

29.01.19
We are holding a recruitment open day for physiotherapists and occupational therapists. It will take place at Loughborough Hospital on Saturday, February 9.

New Year's Breastfeeding Boost for New Mums in Leicestershire

28.01.19

LPT's infant feeding team has been celebrating the recent graduation of 28 newly-trained volunteer breastfeeding peer supporters who will work closely with public health nursing (health visiting) teams to support new mums.

Local faith group makes heartfelt donation to the Diana 20th Anniversary Appeal

25.01.19
 
Children from the Madrassah Hanif Islamic faith group have made a generous donation to our Diana 20th Anniversary appeal which is raising funds to enhance the care provided to children in the community with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.
 

Health fair targets families experiencing homelessness

21.01.19

A free health and wellbeing event has been organised for homeless and low-income families in Leicester. It will take place at the Corner Club on Belgrave Boulevard from 9.30 - 11.30 am on Thursday 24 January.

'Psychology on streets' will aid rough sleepers across UK

9.01.19
Innovative work that takes psychology onto Leicester streets to support homeless people is being featured in a new national training programme
 

Soccer teams score for mental wellbeing with NHS donation

7.01.19
‘Rival’ cricket and football players from Coalville have united in a charity soccer match to raise £600 for a local NHS mental health team. The players from Broomleys FC and Broomleys Cricket Club donated half the proceeds from a festive friendly to Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s (LPT) North West County Adult Community Mental Health Team.

December 2018

Joy to the wards this Christmas

20.12.18
Young people from LPT's CAMHS inpatient unit at Coalville Community Hospital have been visiting older
patients on other wards to spread some Christmas cheer.

Bringing Christmas song to our wards

07.12.18
Local schools, churches and other community groups have joined with our chaplaincy service to bring Christmas carols, songs and poetry to patients, visitors and staff on our wards.

Mental health ward opens patient ‘Sanctuary’ after fundraising boost

5.12.18
A calming ‘Sanctuary’ has opened for acutely unwell women on a Leicester mental health ward, thanks to a fundraising drive by staff and the support of a city legal firm.

Carers who save LLR £3bn are signposted to support

04.12.18
Carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are saving the country an estimated £3bn a year – and it’s critical that services provide them with the right support. That’s what Dr Peter Miller, chief executive of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) told carers, health and social care providers. He was quoting figures from Carers UK at a special LPT carers' celebration and information event at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit in Glenfield.

Twiddle quilts help patients with dementia

 
04.12.18
Members of Long Clawson Women's Institute have donated 14 twiddle quilts to soothe and stimulate LPT patients with dementia.

November 2018

Home monitoring improves health for COPD patients

28.11.18
A home monitoring project is improving the lives of patients with the lung condition COPD. They are issued with equipment to monitor their health each day, and can talk to a specialist nurse if there is any cause for concern.

Praise for Leicestershire's mental health triage service

 

27.11.18
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Leicestershire Police’s mental health triage service partnership has been highlighted as good practice in a report looking at mental health and policing.

Supporting the White Ribbon campaign against domestic violence

23.11.18
Members of our 0-19 Healthy Together service are joining colleagues from Leicester City Council's Early Help team to promote the national White Ribbon campaign against domestic violence. They will be providing support and signposting help locally at various venues in the east of the City over the next two weeks.

Art project brightens lives as well as walls

22.11.18
 
The walls at Westcotes House in Leicester are looking a lot brighter, thanks to fantastic new art work created by the young people being cared for by our CAMHS Young People's Team with support from Soft Touch Arts.

Pioneering project wins award for innovation in mental health

22.11.18
 
LPT is proud to be involved in a pioneering project which supports the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and which has been recognised in the Health Service Journal awards.

Advice and information for patients and families who had contact with Zholia Alemi

The safety of our patients is our utmost priority and we are disappointed to find that Zholia Alemi, who worked as a locum consultant at LPT between 2009-2010, entered the General Medical Council register using a fraudulent qualification 23 years ago. Zholia worked across various NHS Trusts in the UK during this time. The GMC are now investigating how this could have happened and have since put in place more rigorous processes to ensure doctors are fit to work in the UK.

In light of the information we discovered this week (19 November), we are now conducting an urgent review into this matter and have agreed an immediate plan to respond to people who contact us as previous patients of Ms Alemi, whilst we try to identify which patients she may have treated when working at LPT. As you can imagine this may take some time to work through but the safety of our patients is paramount.

The Trust is working with local partners to ensure that we continue to provide full support to any affected patients. It is important that any concerned patients are able to discuss this with us.

If you are a worried patient or carer you can speak to our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0116 295 0830.

Patients can also contact the GMC via their helpline on 0161 923 6602. The GMC have also provided support and advice for patients on their website: https://www.gmc-uk.org/news/news-archive/zholia-alemi—-information-for-patients

 

Move it Boom winners enjoy brand new playground equipment

15.11.18
Pupils at Millfield L.E.A.D. Academy in Leicester are celebrating after being named the winners of this year's Move it Boom physical activity competition for primary schools. Their prize? Bespoke playground equipment generously donated by local play specialists Red Monkey Play.

Make Christmas special for our patients

12.11.18
LPT is once again joining forces with University Hospitals of Leicester and AgeUK LeicesterShire and Rutland to ensure every patient in one of our hospital beds on December 25 receives a present. You can find out how to donate to the making Christmas Special appeal by following the link.
 
 

LPT's new guide to support for Armed Forces community

9.11.18
A new lLPT publication signposting support for serving and former Armed Forces personnel in Leicestershire and Rutland has been published ahead of Armistice Day centenary commemorations this weekend.

Carers event will showcase support in the community

07.11.18
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) is hosting a special event to promote support for carers and recognise the role they play in the lives of people with mental illness or learning disabilities. Their ‘Celebrating Carers’ event on Friday 30 November – Carers’ Rights Day - will feature a mix of information, entertainment and a showcase of organisations and services offering support for carers and service users as well as for health and social care staff
 

Female psychiatric intensive care unit celebrates first birthday

05.11.18
A specialist mental health unit in Leicester for women experiencing severe and complex mental illness celebrated its first birthday with a party for staff and patients. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s (LPT) six-bedroomed Griffin Ward provides psychiatric intensive care for women needing the highest level of psychiatric care.

October 2018

Diana community children's nurse visits Westminster to lobby for better palliative care for children

26.10.18
Julie Potts, children's palliative care lead nurse with the Diana children's community service, visited Westminster this week for the launch of a report from the All Party Parliamentary Groupfor Children Who Need Palliative Care.

Minimising the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

25.10.18
LPT consultant Dr Fabida Noushad gives advice on minimising the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Around three per cent of the population have symptoms. This advice is issued as part of the Help Us, Help You campaign by the NHS and social care partners in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Karen is a local health hero!

24.10.18
Assistant practitioner in children's occupational therapy and physiotherapy, Karen Ellames, has been named as the winner of the Clinical Support Worker of the Year 2018 for the East Midlands as part of the national Our Health Heroes Awards. Vote for Karen as the overall national winner at www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/OHH

Flu vaccination programme gets underway in primary schools

16.10.18
Thousands of primary school children across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are set to be protected once again from the flu, as LPT's annual nasal flu vaccination programme of pupils from Reception to Year 6 gets underway.

Going the extra mile for poorly children and families

8.10.18
Staff and friends of LPT's Diana Community Children's Service will be taking part in Sunday's Leicester marathon and half marathon to raise money for the service's 20th anniversary appeal.

Rail passengers urged: 'Make connections for wellbeing'

8.10.18
Hundreds of rail passengers will be asked a simple question as they stream through Leicester Railway Station on Thursday (11 October): ‘Are you OK today?’. And trained listeners will be on hand to provide confidential support for those who answer ‘No’.

Plans approved for a new mental health inpatient unit in Leicester for young people

05.10.2018
 
The business case to build a new 15-bed inpatient facility on the Glenfield Hospital site for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has been approved by our Trust board, and construction will commence towards the end of the year, subject to final approval from NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Coordinators bring meaningful activities to Hinckley wards

04.10.2018

A team of coordinators has been appointed to bring meaningful activities to inpatients at Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital. They lead patients through exercise, fun and distractions designed to help them maintain their strength, recover more quickly, and have a better overall experience.

 

Melton Breast Friends make food festival family friendly

01.10.18
The Melton Breast Friends group, which includes volunteer breastfeeding peer supporters trained by LPT, is providing a welcoming family space at this weekend's Melton Food Festival where parents can feed their babies in comfort.

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