Imperial College Healthcare Charity Impact report 2015/2016


This report highlights some of Imperial College Healthcare Charity's achievements during the year, and in particular focuses on the real difference we have made to patients, families, visitors and staff in and around the five hospitals we support. The figures speak for themselves - over £12 million in grant funding to more than 100 projects, nearly £500,000 supporting research, and £55,000 directly to patients and families in real financial need through our 'Dresden Fund' grants.

Impact Report


Imperial College Healthcare Charity

Helping our hospitals do more

Imperial College Healthcare Charity is a registered charity

in England and Wales, number 1166084

The charity's year

Thanks to your donations, we gave more than...

£12.1 million

to St Mary's, Western Eye, Charing Cross, Hammersmith

and Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea hospitals

We awarded


grants in 12 months

£1.3 million

to purchase

state­of­the­art equipment


for research

£9.1 million

for capital projects to support the

Trust in improving our hospital

wards and waiting areas


kept families together by

funding travel and

accommodation while their

loved ones were in hospital

We also gave £555,000 for medical and surgical innovation, £302,000 for special

projects to enhance patient care and £294,000 to support staff training and wellbeing

Welcome to our 2015-16 Impact Report.

This report highlights

some of Imperial

College Healthcare



during the year,

and in particular

focuses on the

real difference

we have made to

patients, families,

visitors and staff

in and around the

five hospitals we

support. The figures

speak for themselves – over

£12 million in grant funding to more than

100 projects, nearly £500,000 supporting

research, and £55,000 directly to patients

and families in real financial need through

our ‘Dresden Fund’ grants.

Our work is about much more than

simply the money, important though that

is. The charity’s extensive art collection,

displayed in all the hospitals, brings

moments of calm and reflection to people

when they are waiting for an appointment

or visiting a loved one, whilst the crafts

and music workshops we run for older

people with dementia and children in

our paediatric wards have made a really

positive difference to those patients and

their families.

Through our fundraising initiatives,

and in particular the £2 million More

Smiles Appeal for the children’s intensive

care unit at St Mary’s, we are building strong

relationships with our local communities,

schools, businesses, trusts and foundations

and major donors. We are really grateful

to everyone who has supported us over

the year, whether by collecting locally,

undertaking challenge events, raising our

profile or volunteering at our events and

activities, or simply by generously

donating to the charity.

At the same time, the charity has

continued to develop new ways of working

with the NHS Trust and its 11,000 staff.

Lots of staff members have supported

us through fundraising, and engaged

with our arts programme, particularly

through joining our new Staff Arts Club, which

now has nearly 1,500 members. At senior

executive level the Trust and the charity are

collaborating strategically on major projects,

especially those for which we are providing

significant capital funding, such as the

planned improvements to outpatients

services across the Trust. We are also

pleased to support the Trust’s volunteering

service, which will be run by the charity from

2016-17 onwards.

I took over as the charity’s chief executive

in December 2014, so this report represents

the first full year since I started. It has been

an enormous pleasure to lead the charity

during a time of change and growth, and

to work with my fantastic staff team, our

dedicated volunteers and supportive Board

of Trustees. We have exciting plans for

the years ahead and look forward to

developing them with our partners in and

around the five hospitals and throughout

our local communities.

Ian Lush, chief executive of Imperial

College Healthcare Charity


Providing support to

parents when they

need it most

Seeing your child lying in a hospital bed is

worrying for any parent.

But thanks to a grant from Imperial

College Healthcare Charity, families of young

patients at St Mary’s Hospital can get even

more of the support they need.

The two-year grant has paid for a second

family liaison nurse, Jo Williams, to give

emotional support and practical advice

during a child’s care in hospital and beyond.

Jo worked as a paediatric intensive care

nurse at St Mary’s Hospital from January

1998 until she started the new post in

September 2015.

Jo, who has joined existing family liaison

nurse Helen Avila, said: “When families are

experiencing the nightmare of seeing their

child so ill, it’s my job to support them and

make them feel like they’re not on their own.

“Research has shown if a family is

well supported at a time of a child’s death

or traumatic experience, it can make a

huge difference to the way the family is

able to cope.

“Now that Helen and I work together,

we can give more time and better quality

support to families than Helen could

previously when she was on her own.

“The families are always so grateful for

our help and it’s humbling they can say

thank you in the darkest time in their lives.”

Helen and Jo support families across the

whole of children’s services and maternity,

particularly children’s intensive care.

The role includes helping to break bad

news to families, providing bereavement

support, taking bereaved families to see their

child in the chapel of rest, helping siblings to

understand what has happened, and helping

to deal with paperwork after a death.

Other parts of the job include accessing

charity grants for parents in need of financial

support while their child is in hospital, giving

support and advice to families of palliative

care patients, helping pregnant mothers

whose babies have been diagnosed with

life-limiting conditions, and also helping

children understand when a parent

has passed away in hospital.

Jo said: “I have supported a wide range

of families, including a mum, Janice, whose

baby, Ella, was critically ill after being born

prematurely. My background as a paediatric

intensive care nurse means I feel very

comfortable explaining what is happening.”

Ella has now returned home and

celebrated her first birthday in February.

In the first nine months since Jo joined the hospital’s

existing family liaison nurse, Helen Avila, the

amount of support given to families has doubled.

Jo currently helps to support about 10 families a week

on average whether that is face to face, over the phone

or via email/text. Since Jo has been in post she has

supported, along with her colleague, at least 20 families

that have been bereaved at St Mary’s.

Jo Williams (left) and Helen Avila

“I will never be able to

thank the staff at St Mary’s

enough for what they

have done. They saved my

daughter’s life and they

have also saved me –

I couldn’t cope without

her. Jo’s support was

invaluable. I was so

far from home and had

someone I could talk to and

who would help translate

the medical jargon so I

could understand what was

happening. Jo also helped

me access financial support

when I was struggling.”

Ella’s mother,

Janice Stevens


Creating a more



“This is a fantastic ward,

I like it very much”

85-year-old Witherow

Ward patient Cyril Alfille

Hospitals can

be particularly

disorientating and

frightening places for

people with dementia.

But the charity has

helped to reduce the

confusion for patients at

St Mary’s by awarding a

grant for specially designed

renovations to Witherow

Ward, which cares for

people with dementia.

Jo James, specialist

dementia lead at Imperial

College Healthcare NHS

Trust, said: “We know that

being admitted to hospital,

especially through a busy

A&E department, can be

really distressing for people

with dementia and for their

carers and families. With

increasing numbers of

patients with dementia, it’s

vital that we rethink how

we organise and design

hospital spaces. And

making our spaces clearer

and more relaxing will bring

benefits to all patients.

“We are grateful to the

charity for their support

which has enabled us to make

these important changes.”

A Trust audit, completed

in 2015, found more than

a quarter of Trust patients

being treated within its

medicine division had a

diagnosis of dementia

and nearly half had some

evidence of cognitive

impairment including

dementia, delirium or

learning difficulties.

Key improvements on the

ward include:

• specialist lighting

which mimics changes

in natural light to help

prevent patients from

being confused about

the time of day through

artificial lighting

• a social area where

patients can eat their

meals together, which

is painted orange to

help stimulate appetite,

as many patients with

dementia do not eat


• pictures chosen by the

patients themselves and

hung over their bed to

help them find it

• doors painted in

contrasting colours to

help patients easily find

the showers and toilets

• matt wooden flooring,

which replaces the old

shiny blue coloured

flooring that could

be confused by some

elderly patients as


• clocks from the

Alzheimer’s Society that

tell the time and date,

which are known to help

orientate patients with


• a specialist cubicle

has also been

developed within the

A&E department at

St Mary’s Hospital to

support patients with

dementia. A specialist

heated trolley and

activity packs help to

create a more calm and

secure environment for

patients with dementia


Helping cancer survivors

get their lives back

Giving independence to patients with

chronic lower back pain

three-year grant from the charity has importantly we needed it to stop

new self-management programme areas of their life, including the levels of

A helped to revolutionise the way cancer post-treatment patients waiting hours A is helping to reduce the agony felt by pain they experienced, their quality

survivors are monitored after they finish and hours in clinic for an appointment.

patients with chronic lower back pain. of sleep and their mood. They


“Before this, we were having clinics of

In a pilot study funded by the charity, also answered questions

A new aftercare service known as Open 40 or 50 patients, with each of them only

patients who took part in The Pain Plan on how they coped

Access Follow-Up (OAFU) has replaced getting about two minutes – that’s not

had a better quality of life and were better with pain. There

routine follow-up hospital appointments quality time.

at coping with pain by the end of their was a 20 per cent

with a phone-based service to reduce the “Clinics are smaller now so our doctors

sessions. The programme also led to a improvement

amount of time post-treatment patients have more time to spend with patients who

drop in the average number of visits to their in their ability

spend in hospital.

need to see a surgeon or an oncologist.”

GP due to back pain, falling from an average to cope and

It has now been running at the Trust for OAFU is carried out by a specialist team,

of three visits in the six months before the a 17 per cent

two years, and is currently being used by including three cancer support workers

programme to an average of just once. improvement

546 prostate, 364 breast and 79 colorectal who provide personal phone contact,

Dr Gillian Chumbley, the project lead in their quality

post-treatment cancer patients.

relay results, enquire about late effects of

and a consultant nurse in the pain service of life.

Dr Katie Urch, chief of service for treatment and help patients access a range

at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr Chumbley

oncology and palliative care, said: “We of support services such as the Maggie’s

said: “It’s about helping patients to manage said: “The Pain

weren’t helping them get on with their lives. programme ‘Life after Cancer’ or the

their pain and giving them back that sense Plan is not designed

OAFU has been liberating for our patients Macmillan ‘Hope’ project.

of control over their lives. Once they to replace hospitalbased

and it was necessary for our staff.

Patients can use the dedicated

gain skills in self-management, such as

programmes for

“The Trust delivers some of the best phoneline at any time to report worries or

distracting themselves from pain and not more complex patients, but if these

survival figures for cancer in the country concerns, and if they need to be seen they

letting it take over, they are less inclined to patients are happier and it prevents them

but OAFU was something we really

will get an appointment within two weeks.

visit their GP, which allows the GPs more from coming to hospital pain clinics across

needed for two reasons. Firstly to make The charity grant has also paid for a data

time for other patients.”

the country, then money is saved and it

us compliant with rules and regulations manager to set up and track the patients.

The study saw 44 people take part frees up clinicians to see other patients.

but more

“OAFU enables the patients to both

in up to six one-to-one sessions with a

“As a result of the pilot project in

feel linked to their specialist team and

pain management trainer. The patients Hammersmith & Fulham, other clinical

have a route back while being able to

identified three goals a week during the commissioning groups have been very

continue with life,” said Dr Urch.

sessions. This included a function goal to interested to see our results and we hope

“We couldn’t have done

strengthen their muscles, such as walking that they will also introduce The Pain Plan

this without the charity.

every day. There was also a relaxation goal, in their areas.”

This was a very different

such as listening to a relaxation CD to relax Lesley Powls, Rachel Townsend

and novel approach.

tense muscles, and an enjoyment goal and Fiona Cameron were also involved

We needed somebody

where the patient chose something they in the project.

to support it to show

wanted to do each day.

everyone it could work.”

Patients completed assessments before

Rachel Townsend and

the first session and after the final session,

Gillian Chumbley (right)

Katie Urch (left) with

in which they were asked to score eight


members of the OAFU team


Making the Major Trauma

Centre even better

Hundreds more lives are being saved at

St Mary’s Hospital thanks to our Major Trauma

Centre Appeal.

From traffic accidents to assaults, the Major Trauma

Centre responds to more than 2,600 calls a year.

Our Major Trauma Centre Appeal, which finished in

spring 2016, has paid for new equipment and a new

member of staff to support head trauma patients and

their families. It has also supported a life-changing

project for young people.

Mike Jenkins, director of trauma at St Mary’s,

said the charity’s support has been invaluable.

“The Major Trauma Centre Appeal has allowed

us to do things we wouldn’t have been able to do

otherwise because they would have been outside

NHS funding,” he said.

The appeal has paid

for state-of-the-art

equipment that can quickly

get blood into severely

injured patients.

Blood loss is a leading

cause of death for major

trauma patients but the

two machines, known as

Rapid Belmont Infusers, are

helping to prevent this.

Mr Jenkins said the

equipment, which is in

the resuscitation area and

theatres, has already helped

to save hundreds of lives.

“In trauma we have what

is known as ‘the platinum

10 minutes’. Having access

to a Rapid Belmont Infuser

allows us to save more

patients – otherwise we

wouldn’t be able to get blood

into them fast enough,” he said.

“Our preparation for

individual trauma victims

translates into our readiness

for major incidents such as

terror attacks.”

People who have

experienced a head injury

are being helped to get

their lives back on track

thanks to a specialist

support worker.

Members of the

major trauma

team with

the Rapid



The link worker gives

patients and their families

practical advice and

emotional support, as

well as help with accessing

support networks,

benefits and referrals to

other services.

The post was funded by

brain injury charity Headway

for the first six months,

followed by our Major

Trauma Centre Appeal for

the next six months.

Ruth Dixon Del Tufo, head

of major trauma and

emergency pathways, said:

“The clinical team does an

amazing job but after that

the patients have got the

whole of the rest of their

lives to recover emotionally

and physically. The Headway

worker is a link worker

that can unlock things –

give them access to other

charities and resources.”

In the first six months,

the link worker has made

contact with 188 brain

injury survivors and

69 family/carers.


Members of the Redthread team

youth project supported

A by the Major Trauma

Centre Appeal is helping

young people who have

been involved in violence to

turn their lives around.

The youth violence

intervention project at

St Mary’s, run by youth

work charity Redthread,

sees specialist youth

workers connecting with

victims while they are still

in hospital.

Robbyn Linden,

Redthread programme

manager, said: “Research

has suggested there is a

‘teachable moment’ where

if you can get to a young

person when this

traumatic event has just

happened, you can help

them make different

choices. If the interaction

happens later then the

moment has been lost.”

In its first year at St Mary’s

Hospital, the project

successfully engaged with

354 young people. The

majority (61 per cent)

of the young people

risk-assessed directly

witnessed violence

regularly or occasionally

and 20 per cent said they

initiated violence. But

thanks to the project,

some of these young

people’s involvement with

violence had reduced

six months later.

The project also

found 21 per cent of the

young people assessed

were regularly or

occasionally participating

in crime, but this

reduced for some young

people six months after

their first contact with


John Reece, Redthread

team leader at St Mary’s

Hospital, remembered

helping a teenager who

was clinically dead and

was brought back to life.

The 16-year-old’s

teachable moment came

when John asked him

‘what would a 25-year-old

you say if he was looking

at you?’.

John said: “He had

never considered what

that might be like, or if

he would get that far. He

became really hard on

himself and said, ‘I’d say

what am I doing, I can’t

believe I’m doing this,’ and

it really made him stop and

think. I could sense a shift

in the way he was.

“The bravado stopped,

and he allowed himself to

think about what he might

have. He said he wanted to

have a job, to have a wife,

to have children – quite

young to have all those

things, but that’s what

he wanted. And I think

he found it hard to think

about all those things

as a 16-year-old that

was involved in so much


The 16-year-old is now

at college and not getting

into trouble.

Giving a new lease of life

to the Birth Centre

“I gave birth to my second

son here in 2014 before the

renovations, and visited

again while I was expecting

my daughter in February

2016 after most of the work

had taken place. There was

no comparison. It used to be

outdated but now it’s a

home from home. It feels

new and much more


Mother-of-three Noirin

McCarthy, pictured with

daughter Maisie Kelly

Your donations have

helped to complete


refurbishments at the Birth

Centre in one of London’s

busiest maternity units.

Developments were

needed in the Birth Centre at

Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea

Hospital in West London

after the number of births

there increased from 700 to

900 in the space of a year.

As a result, the charity

launched a £500,000 appeal

to help create a new birth

room with en suite facilities,

renovate the six existing birth

rooms, install two new birthing

pools, and install resuscitation

units for newborns into every

birth room.

The appeal also saw the

creation of a new reception

area, a new antenatal

waiting area and birth

preparation room, as

well as an antenatal

assessment room.

Consultant midwife,

Pauline Cooke, said:

“The renovations

have given a

new feel to

the place,


complements the excellent

care we give.

“The new room means

the number of births taking

place in the Birth Centre

can increase from 16 per

cent of all births at Queen

Charlotte’s to 20 per cent.

“The resuscitation units

mean that if we need to, we

can resuscitate the baby in

the room with the parents

rather than taking the baby

out to the corridor where

the resuscitation unit was.

It doesn’t happen often

but when it does it’s very

worrying for the parents

to see their baby being

whisked away in those

precious moments just

after the birth.”

Pauline also said the

new birthing pools fill

quicker than the old ones,

the new reception area

means women can be

greeted as soon as they

walk in the door and

new double beds in the

refurbished rooms allow

families to spend their

first hours together.

The Birth Centre had

not been renovated since

it was opened in 2001. The

work has now brought it

up to the standard of St

Mary’s Birth Centre, which

the charity also renovated

through your donations

in 2008.


Improving the hospital experience

for cancer patients

Helping parents stay near their

babies in hospital

Shorter waiting times,

a more efficient layout

and a brighter environment

are just some of the

changes staff and patients

are benefitting from in a

cancer clinic at Charing

Cross Hospital.

The charity has funded

work in the hospital’s

oncology outpatients

department, also known

as Clinic 8, which has seen

the creation of separate

welcome and discharge

reception and waiting areas

to keep patients moving in

a flowing anti-clockwise

direction, as well as a

central staff ‘hub’ where

staff can discuss patients.

These changes have

helped to transform the way

the clinic is run, and patients

now also get to ‘own their

room’ with doctors coming in

to see them rather than the

other way around.

Dr Katie Urch, chief

of service for oncology

and palliative care, said:

“Previously, we had patients

overwhelming the clinic

area, long waiting times,

disaffected staff and it was

a really unhappy place. Now

it’s incredible.”

Staff and patient groups

helped to decide how the

clinic would look.

The grant has also paid

for the creation of three

new rooms in the clinic

for research, admin and

psychology appointments,

new computers on

trollies, as well as the

transformation of the

weighing area, information

wall and blood room.

Dr Urch said the new

layout and the introduction

of patient-owned rooms

have helped to significantly

reduce waiting times.

“Patients told us they

used to book out a whole day

to come to Clinic 8 but now

they’re in and out in an hour.

This work has revolutionised

the whole running of the

clinic,” said Dr Urch.

The charity also hung

new artworks and supported

a ceramic installation by

David Marques.

“After being diagnosed

with cancer I had lots of

appointments in Clinic 8.

The staff were lovely, the

treatment was fantastic

but the environment was

crowded, uncomfortable

and cluttered, all of which

made attending the clinic

unpleasant and stressful.

When I walked into the

newly refurbished clinic last

week I could not believe my

eyes. The space has been

transformed and the new

furniture, clear signage

and amazing artwork have

brought a tangible sense of

calm and order. I’m certain

that this will make a huge

difference to the experience

of every patient who walks

through the door.”

Former cancer patient

Nicola Pritchard

Parents of premature

and critically-ill babies

at St Mary’s Hospital

can now stay close to

their newborns at all

times thanks to a grant

from Imperial College

Healthcare Charity.

The charity has given

a grant of £50,000 to the

Winnicott Foundation to

help provide six new parent

rooms with overnight

accommodation in the

Winnicott Baby Unit on the

third floor of the Clarence

Memorial Wing.

The new rooms form

part of the new purposebuilt

neonatal unit extension

at St Mary’s, which is

in preparation for the

transition of maternity and

neonatal services from

Ealing Hospital.

Sheena Mason,

foundation director, said:

“These parent rooms

will have a very positive

impact on the parents of

babies in the unit. Parents

of sick babies will have

an opportunity to stay

overnight. This cannot be

underestimated when your

baby is very sick and you

have to leave the hospital.

“It’s all about supporting

the whole family not just the

baby. It’s a very emotional

time as they weren’t

expecting the baby to

arrive yet and their newborn

is being cared for in an


Before the new

rooms were built, many

parents had to stay in a

nearby hotel which meant

they missed out on precious

“The rooms also give

parents an opportunity to

spend more time with their

baby, learning the skills

they need to care for their

baby upon discharge.”

The neonatal unit

extension, which

is adjacent to the existing

unit, also includes a new

Special Care Baby Unit,

treatment room and a


training room.

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Brightening our hospitals with art

The charity’s arts team brings works of art into our hospitals to enhance the

healthcare environment for patients, staff and visitors.

We have one of London’s leading hospital art collections, with a wide variety of

paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, stained glass and tapestry.

The art collection is just one part of our wider arts programme, which also includes

music workshops for the children at St Mary’s Hospital, craft workshops for elderly patients

and creative workshops for the different hospital communities.

Our arts manager, Lucy Zacaria, said: “Our aim is to change the way the hospital

environment is experienced, seeking to transform a clinical and sometimes intimidating

environment into a bright, uplifting and reassuring place where the arts are promoted

for the enjoyment of all.”

British painter and printmaker Tom Hammick’s prints are part of the Art in Focus exhibition:

Capturing the Light at Hammersmith Hospital. After this they will be permanently installed in

10 South and Marjorie Warren wards at Charing Cross Hospital. Hammick’s work reflects on

man’s place in the world, his dramatic landscapes often revealing the ‘otherworldliness’ of life.

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Here is a selection of the works the team

has installed in the last 12 months:







1. Works by Royal Academician Tess Jaray

were installed in the Peart-Rose

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Clinic

at Hammersmith Hospital. The works on

display include five works on panel from

the series After Malevich and prints from

the series From the Rings of Saturn and

Vertigo. They illustrate Jaray’s exploration

of the interaction between colour and form,

producing geometric abstract shapes.

2. Art in Focus: Jane Joseph - A View of

London. This display showed monochrome

works informed and inspired by the urban

landscape and included Thames-side views

at Brentford and Kew and the Lethaby

Building, Holborn.

3. Prints from Jealous, an East London

contemporary print studio, have been

installed in 6 South, Cancer Services at

Charing Cross Hospital. The 24 works on

display were chosen in collaboration with

patients and members of staff.

4. Window vinyls by Lucentia Design have

been installed on Constance Wood Ward

Chemotherapy Day Care at Hammersmith


“The window vinyls have transformed the

ward by firstly pulling the colour theme

together and by giving it a unique and

fresh identity that takes it beyond being a

standard austere converted hospital ward.

We no longer have an area that, from an

aesthetic standpoint, was busy with many

jarring colours and instead have a space

that has successfully been injected with

colour and combines an interesting

decorative feature with enhanced privacy.”

Karen Bradley, Trust lead nurse – clinical


5. Art in Focus - Medicine during the First

World War: Inter Arma Caritas (Amidst

the Arms, Love). These photographs were

selected from the photographic collection of

the Imperial War Museums.

6. Art in Focus - Kate Whiteford: The

Fleming Connection. Whiteford’s series of

watercolours originated from the artist’s

commission for the charity, they explore the

colours of the agar in petri dishes

in laboratories at Hammersmith Hospital.

The works are also influenced by the artist’s

visit to Alexander Fleming’s childhood home,

Lochfied Farm near Darvel in Ayrshire.

7. British photographer Nicholas

Hughes’ works form part of the Art in

Focus exhibition: Capturing the Light

at Hammersmith Hospital. They will be

installed on Fraser Gamble ward, Renal

building at the end of 2016. Hughes’ work

examines both the environmental impact of

population growth and the places in which

nature still dominates. The selection of

works are from the series Seascapes.

8. Photographer Bettina von Zwehl’s

Profiles III will soon be installed in the Birth

Centre at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea

Hospital. The works, which depict six boys

and girls aged 12 months old, were previously

exhibited at St Mary’s Hospital to coincide with

the launch of the charity’s Birth Centre Appeal.

An important aspect of our activities is the

series of special exhibitions, Art in Focus,

which show works by established artists

or explore a central theme through art and

imagery. On display in prominent public

areas, the exhibitions are freely available for

the enjoyment of patients, staff and visitors.


Giving NHS staff the chance to enjoy

London’s vibrant arts scene

Hundreds of staff at Imperial College

Healthcare NHS Trust have been

enjoying free access to exhibitions at the

Tate, Royal Academy of Arts and the V&A

thanks to the charity.

The Staff Arts Club, which launched in

April 2015, also gives staff the opportunity

to receive discounts to music, cinema and

theatre events and win tickets to exhibition

openings and gallery events.

It now has more than 1,400 members

across all five of the Trust’s hospitals.

Natalie Craven, the charity’s arts officer,

said: “The Staff Arts Club is a great benefit

for Imperial College Healthcare NHS

Trust staff that offers the chance to engage

with the rich London arts scene.

“Staff have said that it improves

relationships with their colleagues, relieves

stress and makes them feel valued as

staff members in an NHS that is under

increased pressure.

“For the arts team, it enables

us to get to know members of staff through

the events we organise and find out how

we can help improve their workplace

environment through our permanent

art collection.”

“Staff Arts Club is such a fantastic opportunity and a real boost for staff who work long

hard hours with often little reward... Thank you!” Ona Stewart, Birth Centre midwife

at St Mary’s Hospital

Entertaining young patients

Young patients at St Mary’s Hospital are

being treated to music workshops

thanks to events organised by Imperial

College Healthcare Charity.

The charity works alongside rock and

pop music academy The Rhythm Studio

to arrange weekend visits to patients in

children’s services, including some of

the most seriously ill children in the hospital.

The sessions have seen patients playing

a variety of percussion instruments in group

and one to one sessions.

The charity’s arts officer, Natalie

Craven, said: “It was brilliant to see so

many smiling faces.

“The Rhythm Studio tutors do an

amazing job of engaging not only with the

patients but also with siblings and families

who are visiting.”

Helping elderly

patients through


Aseries of artistic workshops funded

by the charity have been helping to

stimulate memories and thoughts in elderly

patients and patients with dementia.

The project has seen patients in Lady

Skinner Ward at Charing Cross Hospital

taking part in weekly afternoon workshops

involving a variety of art and craft techniques

from painting and drawing through to

creating collages.

It was founded by Royal College of Art

Masters students Laura Venables and Faith

Wray, who go by the name of Paper Birch, and

was so successful at Charing Cross Hospital

in 2015 that it was rolled out in Witherow Ward

and Lewis Lloyd Ward at St Mary’s Hospital in

spring 2016.

Faith said: “Our workshops can make a

genuine difference to patients and staff, as

they give ward staff the time to concentrate

on patients who are in need of more frequent

care. Alongside this, workshops can

encourage mobility of patients and can totally

change the atmosphere around a ward.”

Faith and Laura said sessions often

include chatting and laughing with patients,

hearing their stories, and involving family

members in projects when they come to visit.

Laura said: “There have been so many

highlights. I remember one week in Charing

Cross when a mother and son joined our

session. She was extremely frail at the

beginning, not making eye contact with me

and relying on her son to speak for her.

“Initially they

didn’t want to make

anything so they watched

me demonstrate how to make

various birds and we chatted.

Eventually she began to lean in closer to

get a better look, so we helped move her

chair closer to the table so she could start

to make some robins herself.

“After a while the son decided to join in

and make a paper crane so we made two

together simultaneously and the lady

chuckled and praised him.

“She commented on how even though

his version didn’t look anything like mine,

that it was unique and wonderful, making

him lean in and give her a kiss and a

cuddle in thanks.

“Her son told us it had been amazing to

see his mum smile and laugh when she had

been feeling so poorly.”

Dr Ginny Wright, consultant physician

within rehabilitation services at Imperial

College Healthcare NHS Trust, said the

workshops have had a significant effect on


“We were impressed at the way Laura

and Faith engaged with our patients, even

managing to bring some of our more

withdrawn patients out of themselves,”

she said.


Our current projects

We’re currently involved in several major

projects and redevelopments across the Trust

Helping to save even more children’s lives

We launched our appeal

to expand and renovate

the children’s intensive care

unit at St Mary’s Hospital in

November 2015.

The St Mary’s Hospital

More Smiles Appeal, which

we launched in collaboration

with charity COSMIC, is

looking to raise at least £2

million towards a £10 million

project to create a bigger,

state-of-the-art facility

to treat the hundreds of

critically ill young patients

that come through its doors.

The remainder of the costs

are to be funded by us and

Imperial College Healthcare

NHS Trust.

Every year, around 400

patients are cared for in the

children’s intensive care

unit at St Mary’s but it also

turns away hundreds more

critically ill children because

it does not have enough

beds. This means children

sometimes have to travel

as far afield as Birmingham

for treatment. In 2014, the

unit had to turn away 233

children, more than half the

number admitted.

The new unit will have 15

beds, almost doubling the

current number, allowing

more than 200 extra children

to be cared for each year.

There will also be new

equipment, a dedicated

parents’ room and a private

room allowing space for

doctors and nurses to provide

emotional support and care

to families whose children

are very seriously ill.

Consultant Dr Parviz

Habibi, who set up the St

Mary’s children’s intensive

care unit in 1992, said: “We

are taking steps to double the

space we have to treat our

young patients and upgrade

our facilities so that they

match the high quality of care

we provide.”

The appeal was given

a boost when Her Royal

Highness The Duchess of

Cambridge, who gave birth

to both of her children at St

Mary’s, gave the appeal the

royal seal of approval.

The Duchess said:

“The thought of your child

in an intensive care unit is

harrowing for any parent.

“The commitment to

expand and transform the

children’s intensive care unit

at St Mary’s Hospital will

vitally guarantee more space

to treat more children and

support more families.

“As someone who was

so brilliantly cared for by

St Mary’s, I am delighted

to support the children’s

Fay Ripley with a family at the

launch of the appeal

intensive care appeal, and

commend the important

work of all those involved in

the project.”

The appeal was launched

by Cold Feet actress Fay

Ripley, whose niece was

treated in the unit.

She said: “My niece is

a fit, healthy, bright and

beautiful teenager. However,

without the extraordinary

care she received a few years

ago at the children’s intensive

care unit at St Mary’s

Hospital her story may well

have ended differently.

I am so grateful for hers

and all of the happy

endings to come

out of the unit.”

The Duke and Duchess of

Cambridge leaving the Lindo

Wing with Princess Charlotte


Helping to improve A&E

Patients who visit the emergency

department at St Mary’s Hospital are

set to benefit from £3.5 million worth of

renovations funded by the charity.

Dr Ali Sanders, chief of service for emergency

and ambulatory care at Imperial College Healthcare

NHS Trust, said: “The layout and design of St Mary’s A&E

department needs to keep pace with demand. Last year,

we had a 15 per cent increase in patients arriving via emergency

‘blue light’ ambulance. The upgrade will provide more spaces for assessment and treatment

of our most critically ill and injured patients and a more efficient working environment for staff.

This will mean faster pathways for patients, in better surroundings and with greater privacy.”

The charity is paying for the emergency department to be reconfigured to provide

additional resuscitation bays, an improved assessment area and paediatric assessment unit

within the existing building.

These improvements will increase capacity, assist more efficient working,

improve patient outcomes and provide a better patient experience.

Upgrading outpatient areas

The charity has awarded £7.2 million to transform outpatient clinics at three of the

Trust’s hospitals after the Care Quality Commission highlighted a number of

areas that could be improved.

Refurbishments are taking place in the clinical and waiting areas used by day case

patients at Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals. This includes main outpatients and

renal outpatients at Hammersmith, ENT, ophthalmology and main outpatients at Charing

Cross. Work is expected to finish in March 2017.

We will be looking outside of this project to support improvements at St Mary’s

and Western Eye hospitals.

Main outpatients at

Hammersmith Hospital before

work started

Redeveloping Riverside Theatres

The Riverside Operating Theatres at Charing Cross Hospital are set to be redeveloped

thanks to a £1 million grant from the charity.

The Riverside Theatres are currently outdated but these

improvements will produce the full set of facilities required

for elective short stay surgery in one unit: waiting area;

patient consent rooms; four theatres compliant

with modern air handling requirements; recovery;

improved changing rooms and quiet room for

patients; and improved storage to maximize the

use of the theatre facility.

Helping doctors in the fight

against antimicrobial resistance

multiplatform application is set to make it easier for doctors to check Public

A Health England (PHE) guidelines when prescribing antimicrobials such as antibiotics

and antifungals.

The charity awarded funding to develop a Point Of Care Antimicrobial Stewardship Tool,

known as POCAST, which can be used on a desktop or mobile device and will be kept up-todate

with the latest PHE advice. Professor Alison Holmes, director of infection prevention and

control at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Antimicrobial management is a key

aspect of patient safety and of clinical care. Appropriate prescribing is essential for successful

treatment and to prevent unwanted consequences of toxicity, Clostridium difficile-associated

disease and antimicrobial resistance. The bulk of antimicrobials are prescribed in the

community and antimicrobials are often prescribed inappropriately. Research has shown that

providing doctors with access to antimicrobial prescribing data, together with patient education,

can reduce antimicrobial prescriptions, saving the NHS money.

“We are working with doctors in the community to ensure effective antimicrobial use across

the whole patient care pathway, not just in hospitals. With GPs and primary care prescribers

working together with Public Health England, we can really tackle the problem of AMR.”


Researching the psychological impact

of early pregnancy loss

Couples who experience a miscarriage during early pregnancy will receive more of the

emotional support they need in future thanks to research funded by the charity.

Jessica Farren, an obstetrics and gynaecology specialist trainee, has been looking

at the psychological impact of early pregnancy loss by surveying women and their

partners one month, three months and nine months after a miscarriage.

Data from the study, which is the first of its kind, is still being analysed, but the

pilot suggests that one month after a miscarriage, 28 per cent of women experienced

post-traumatic stress disorder, increasing to 38 per cent after three months.

Levels of anxiety and depression were also higher in women who had experienced a

miscarriage than those who had healthy pregnancies.

Dr Farren said: “Early pregnancy losses are clearly distressing to most women.

Sometimes this distress can be long-lasting, and severe, such that it impairs a woman’s

ability to function – in the workplace or at home. At present, miscarriage care takes no

account of this: the provision of follow-up focuses only on clinical health.”

Her supervisor, Professor Tom Bourne, said: “It’s an area we understand very little about

and an area we have never had the capacity to deal with within our clinical facilities.”


Thank you for all your generous support.

We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without you.

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