Trust innovations showcased in #NHS70 programme

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A special programme to celebrate 70 years of the NHS shows how South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is leading the way when it comes to transforming healthcare services.

Innovation at the Trust has brought patients the absolute best, from revolutionising urgent and emergency care procedures, to speeding up how quickly those with cancer are treated.

And now, in exclusive filming for a news and current-affairs style programme from ITN Productions and NHS England, the Trust’s collaborative approach and cutting edge technology are brought to life to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.


The programme highlights the Trust’s collaboration between medical directors and senior management, which has enabled the development of simple, cost effective solutions such as the Trust’s Cancer Wall – a place to exchange ideas and highlight progress strategies and an idea that could be implemented in hospitals country-wide.

Speaking in this special programme produced to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, David Chadwick, Medical Director for Specialist and Planned Care at the Trust said: “This Trust has always been very strong on medical leadership, clinicians in senior management.

“We still have experience of operating, running outpatient clinics, acute medical care, acute front of house care, and we feel that gives a very important clinical perspective to the senior leadership team and the running of the organisation.”

The film shows how the Trust has transformed emergency care by introducing a unique EPIC – Emergency Physician in Charge – model in which a consultant meets every A&E patient and assigns them to the most appropriate member of staff.

This innovative way of working has reduced waiting times and made the Emergency Department one of the best performing in the country.

During the 70 years of the NHS programme, Mr Aftab Bhatti uses robotic technology to perform a life changing operation. The hospital’s da Vinci robot enables patients to experience better results and faster recovery times, which ultimately means less time spent in a hospital bed.

When interviewed about this procedure for the programme, Mr Bhatti said: “The patient would have had a 10 to 12 cm cut across the side, that’s been completely eliminated with this technology.

“There will be small cuts and the patient, instead of staying 5 to 7 days in the hospital, will probably be going home in 24 to 48 hours.”

Presented by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, 70 years of the NHS is a news-style programme produced by NHS Productions in partnership with NHS England.

Launched at the NHS Confederation on Wednesday 13 June at Manchester Central, the programme will form part of an extensive communications campaign to celebrate this special anniversary.