Colin Kinloch, Trust Funding Director, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
Dec 13, 2019
I began to support charitable funding at the Trust in May and since then I’ve experienced the Trust’s people to be my greatest inspiration.
We want to create the best clinical experience for patients and the staff treating them by investing in projects that identify brilliant new approaches in healthcare and in the hospital environment. We know that the wellbeing of staff is crucial to patients receiving the best care possible, which is why we fund professional development and programmes designed to support the Trust’s staff, whatever their role.
As the year ends, I want to highlight just a few of the things that have stood out to me the most.
As the Trust charity, we are fortunate to be able to support projects that can have a huge impact on care thanks to the generous donations of patients, staff and the wider community. This year, we have funded the introduction of a new treatment at the Cancer Centre to help preserve the fertility of young people who require urgent cancer therapy. There are at least 1,900 women under 25 who are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year, and by funding a new service, the first in the South-East, we aim to help up to 100 of those retain their fertility and hormone production.
Half of all people in critical care report experiencing high levels of thirst and feedback from patients shows that feelings of thirst can be their most traumatic memories from their treatment in intensive care units. In 2019 we started funding colleagues from the speech and language therapy team to develop new clinical guidelines for thirst management and to train staff in using the processes, ensuring that the most unwell patients have the best possible experience during their time at the Trust.
We have a commitment to improving the environment at the Trust, working closely with our colleagues at Essentia. The Art of Portering project, which puts porters at the heart of decision making about which works of art go on display on their busiest routes, has now transferred to Guy’s after proving such a success at St Thomas’.
I’m delighted that we have also helped make the festive season a little better for the Trust’s youngest patients this year with our support for the Christmas decorations that are now adorning wards and corridors across Evelina London.
And we’re looking forward to the opening, early next year, of the Garden Room in the Birth Centre at St Thomas’ – a beautiful new recuperation space that’s been co-designed over the last year by the centre’s patients and staff.
The wellbeing of the Trust’s staff is a priority for us, and we are proud to support the Showing We Care About You programme. We’ve also introduced projects this year that provide mental health support for staff that work in some of the most challenging roles across the Trust.
We want to celebrate staff too and were delighted to support the Trust's presence at London Pride this year, including the brilliant (and massive) inflatable rainbow badge. It is a joy to see the ever-greater profile for this simple yet profound idea that speaks to our shared commitments to inclusion and diversity and that started its life at Evelina London.
We have funded hundreds of projects across the Trust over the last year and the examples here are only a small number of them. Because we support the costs of our professional fundraisers, we’re proud that 100% of donations go to the Trust, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved in fundraising activities throughout the year.
Any member of staff that feels inspired by the projects we've funded this year and has an idea of how they could improve the patient experience, develop professionally to gain skills and training outside the core NHS offer or to grow and share their knowledge at a conference or through study trips should get in touch with us. There are also Special Purpose Funds available, including for training courses, funding research and staff amenities.
We have big plans for 2020, including celebrating the bi-centenary of Florence Nightingale, perhaps the Trust’s most famous daughter. I’m excited to play a role in making our hospitals and community services even better for patients, their families and the staff that look after them in the coming year. If you have ideas about how we can do this, we’d love to help.
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