Our charity loves to support innovation and advances in our hospitals.

So we are really proud to fund the Oxford Hospitals Charity Chief Nursing Officer Fellowship.

This scheme, now in its second year, gives nurses and allied health professionals who work in our Trust the opportunity to lead on important research to improve a number of hospital challenges.

The most recent cohort of staff taking part presented the findings of their research projects last week.

We were delighted to hear from the six CNO fellows – four nurses, a radiographer and a speech and language therapist – who shared their findings at the end of their six months of research.

Their projects all addressed key priorities for the Trust, such as the transition of patients from children’s to adult services, prevention of patient falls in hospital, staff retention, the role of Professional Nurse Advocates and violence and aggression towards staff and patients.

All the staff spoke with such passion and energy about the research they had undertaken. We were delighted by how much they had achieved in six months of research – and their plans for their work to be taken forward.

Yvonne Christley, OUH's Chief Nursing Officer, said: “It has been a privilege to hear about the CNO Fellows' experiences of developing and advancing their improvement work.

The fellowships have enabled these colleagues to step back from their regular duties and delve into the challenges their teams encounter. Each should be very proud of the advanced solutions they have formulated to complex issues that the Trust and the broader NHS confront.

Celebrating the fellows' achievements over the past six months has been a pleasure. We want to assure them that we are committed to supporting them in continuing to develop and integrate their work.

I want to thank the Oxford Hospitals Charity for supporting this initiative and for their positive impact on the fellows, patient care, and staff wellbeing.

Douglas Graham, CEO of Oxford Hospitals Charity, added: “It was wonderful to hear the passion and enthusiasm of all the staff involved – and to see how their work will drive improvement within our hospitals in a practical manner, helping both patients and NHS staff.


“Both I and our trustees were really impressed by the high quality of the research presented and delighted to hear how positive the fellows were about the programme, which has given them the confidence to continue with research and improvement within their roles. To hear one Sister say this was the highlight of her 15-year career really showed us how important this work is.”


We’d like to share our congratulations with all those who presented their work:


Giada Donnini, Manager in the Tarver Dialysis Unit, looked at how to improve staff retention.

Jordan Thomas, Speech and Language Therapist in the Upper Airways Service, who researched transition from children’s to adult services, specifically looking at people with severe asthma.

Kamaldeep Bhatti, Therapeutic Radiographer at the Oxford Cancer Centre, also concentrated on the transition from children’s to adult services, with a focus on oncology patients.

Reem Ali, staff nurse from Catheterisation laboratory, explored how to reduce falls, focusing on two clinical areas, at the Horton General Hospital and the Churchill Hospital.

Jessica Pountney, senior sister in Oxford Critical Care, looked at the Professional Nurse Advocate role and how it impacts on service improvements.

Aziza Abubakar, deputy sister in complex medicine, studied violence and aggression towards staff and patients, looking in particular at the Emergency Department, Oxford Centre for Enablement and gastroenterology.

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