All Staff Update, Monday 29 June 2020

In this edition:

  • Webinar: The information explosion on COVID-19
  • Drop-in cervical screening re-starts this week
  • Research survey
  • NHS staff members with stammers
  • Thank you: adult inpatient wards

Update from the COVID-19 Co-ordination Cell

NDHT figures at a glance

Webinar: What is truth? The information explosion on COVID-19

NDHT library is hosting a webinar by Professor Karol Sikora entitled ‘What is truth? The information explosion on COVID-19’.

In this health information week special event, Professor Sikora will be part of a discussion on how to fight the seemingly relentless tide of fake health news and to share ideas on how we can successfully signpost people to valid, safe health information online.

It will take place on Monday 6 July 2020, 7pm to 8pm.

To find out more and sign up to take part, please go to

Redesign and long term recovery

Drop-in cervical screening service re-starts this week

The drop-in cervical smear test service at NDHT will re-commence this week having been suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak.

From tomorrow, Tuesday 30 June 2020, women will again be able to drop in for their screening (smear test) on Tuesday evenings 5.30pm-7.30pm, at Petter Day Treatment Unit in the Ladywell Unit, NDDH.

We have put in place measures to make the service environment safe to treat patients. These are on our website and will be included in the appointment invite letters.

Louise Errol, Ward Manager, Petter Day Treatment Unit

Other news

Quick survey to help us improve research at NDHT

The research and development team is carrying out a repeat research survey about awareness of clinical research amongst NDHT staff. The team wants to understand what NDHT staff know about research within the Trust and their research awareness in the current COVID-19 pandemic compared to pre-COVID times.

It is a very quick 2-3 minute repeat survey and will help the team a great deal.

Please take a moment to fill in the survey, whatever your role is. Click on the following link to complete the survey:

Thank you for your support for research at NDHT.

NHS staff members with stammers

Estimates suggest up to 3% of the population stammers. The NHS employs approximately 1.5 million staff so this could equate to approximately 45,000 NHS staff who stammer. Limited research into the impact of stammering in the workplace has found it can influence job performance, job satisfaction and quality of life at work, and can limit career progression.

At present there is a gap in understanding of the impact of stammering within the NHS workforce and of the advice or support needs staff or their managers may require.

If you are an NHS staff member who stammers researchers at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London want to hear from you. Please complete the short online questionnaire via the following link:

Alternatively, please contact Vaughan Parsons at if you would prefer to complete a paper version of the questionnaire.

The survey will remain open until Monday 31 August 2020.

The researchers are not collecting any personal identifiable information. Feedback will be pooled with other NHS workers taking part and the results may be published in a peer-review journal or presented at an occupational health conference at a later date. Importantly, the results will help determine if there is a need to establish a peer-led national NHS employee stammering network. 

This project is being conducted by researchers from the occupational health service at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust with expertise in occupational medicine and speech pathology. The project is funded by The Dominic Barker Trust which funds research into stammering and the project has been registered as a ‘service evaluation’.

If you would like to participate in a follow-up focus group session to explore, in more detail, your workplace issues relating to stammering or if you would like to be kept informed of outcomes from this project, including establishment of a new NHS Employee Stammering Network then please email your contact details to:

Need support or more information?

Please contact STAMMA (British Stammering Association) on free-call 0808 802 0002 (weekdays on 10am-noon and 6pm-8pm) or via email or alternatively contact the occupational health department, your GP or the employee assistance programme.

Thank you: adult inpatient wards

Today’s thank you comes from the pain team.

“We just want to say a big thank you to all of the adult inpatient wards for supporting the development and roll out of the revised comfort charts, new pain documentation and new pain assessment tools.

“An extra big thank you goes out to all the ward managers who have ensured that these new tools and documents are on display so that staff are aware of these changes.

“We know change is always a bit of a challenge and there have been so many changes recently it makes us even more grateful for your support. If we can do anything else to support these changes please let us know!

“We also want to say a massive thank you to the QI team; as without their support, skills and knowledge these developments would never have happened!”

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Last updated: June 29, 2020