Local paediatric services go under the international spotlight

Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals went under the international spotlight when experts from across the globe heard from local healthcare experts.

Gemma Bradley, children’s nurse educator, Emma Lancaster, advanced paediatric nurse practitioner, and Liam Wilson, simulation lead, travelled to Amsterdam where they rubbed shoulders with specialists from across the globe including America, Qatar, Australia and Dubai.

The team had been selected from hundreds of submissions to present a poster presentation at the International Paediatric Simulation Symposium. They talked about a successful study day they run for healthcare assistants from the Trust’s paediatric and neonatal units.

The study day teaches healthcare assistants to recognise sick babies and children, assess them in an organised way, and escalate for help when needed. The study day focuses on communication, teamwork and the incredible value the healthcare assistant role brings to the teams.

Gemma said: “It was an absolute privilege to have been chosen to present our poster at such a prestigious conference. It was great being able to fly the flag for Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals alongside the likes of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.”

The journey to Amsterdam was made possible thanks to The Health Tree Foundation – the official charity of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

The Health Tree Foundation recieved a donation from a very kind member of the public specifically for staff, to enable them to attend conferences just like this one.

Gemma added: “We not only shared our work about the study day, but we also brought lots of new learning and fresh ideas back with us that we will share with our colleagues, and use to continue to improve the care we provide for our patients. It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the excellent work that is being undertaken in Northern Lincolnshire.”

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