Partnership with University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire
Hospital Trusts work together to deliver the best of local and specialised care

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust are working together to increase access to specialists for patients across Coventry and Warwickshire.
The two Trusts have already joined forces on a number of initiatives that will share resources and knowledge across both organisations, and provide improved care for local patients.
This innovative way of working includes haematology consultants and vascular surgeons working across both sites to provide better care for patients, and also supporting on-call roles.  In addition to this, teams of doctors and surgeons work closely together by using clinical networks to improve cancer care.
Dr Gordon Wood, Medical Director at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, explains: "We have joined forces with specialists based at University Hospital in Coventry to further improve care for patients.  This is only the start of a partnership approach to providing care in local communities across Warwickshire.
"We are committed to providing local care, wherever possible at George Eliot Hospital, and highly specialised services, where necessary at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, so that the needs of the patient come first."
Andy Hardy, Chief Executive Officer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, said: "We are pleased to be working closer together with George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and are excited about the advantages both organisations can bring to our patients.
"Patients are able to benefit from seeing world-renowned specialists closer to home at their local hospital, or in Coventry.  Increased networking means that the two Trusts are able to support by working collaboratively to improve patient care.



Twinning Agreement with Hospital in Nicaragua:
This year, George Eliot Hospital and public sector trade union, UNISON, were pleased to welcome their partnership delegates from a Nicaraguan Hospital to sign the second stage of a 'twinning agreement'. The twinning agreement is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to assist both parties to learn together, share expertise and improve the quality of health services for patients and staff.
The full agreement framework was signed between the George Eliot Hospital and Nilda Patricia Hospital in Cuidad-Sandino, Managua. George Eliot Hospital.  Acting Chief Executive Kath Kelly and  Dawn Downes, Branch Secretary for UNISON  signed on behalf of the Hospital and Dr Carlos Molina and Heysel Medina signed on behalf of the Nilda Patricia Hospital. The event was supported by UNISON representative Ravi Subramanian.
The event was held to celebrate the beginning of the twinning relationship and to affirm the mutual support between our unions and hospitals.
Consultant Paediatrician, Dr Sebastian Yuen and UNISON, Branch Secretary, Dawn Downes and Deputy Convenor Roy Emblen welcomed the delegates who attended on Friday 17th April, and hosted a tour of the hospital.
The Tour visited inpatient and outpatient departments focusing on modern techniques and new innovations within the hospital. This included demonstrations of state of the art imaging techniques within Radiology, portable transport incubators within the Maternity Neonatal Unit and also facilities within the Coronary Care Unit.
Carlos and Heysel were particularly impressed with the new Lorenzo Electronic Patient Record System and the fast access to the Internet within the hospital to access research information. In Nicaragua, the hospital does not have access to the internet. The new partnership also started a new group to share information between the two hospitals utilising online translating software to help support future collaboration.
Dawn Downes, Branch Secretary, George Elliot UNISON Branch, said:
"We would like to thank our Nicaraguan partners for coming to visit us at the George Eliot Hospital and we look forward to sharing the learning in this new partnership."



30 September 2015
George Eliot Recruits New 'Physicians Associates' 
A pioneering new role which supports doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients has been adopted on a wider scale at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust. The Trust was one of the first in the country to employ 'Physicians Associates', and now employs 10 physician associates across medical specialities. The Trust is expanding this role and currently has 8 PAs in training on placement with them in acute medicine and paediatrics.. 

Gordon Wood, Medical Director at the Trust explains why this is such an important role:
"The Physicians Associates are trained to perform a number of roles including taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analysing test results and developing management plans for the care of patients. Their role is becoming essential within the Hospital as they support our trained Doctors, with the everyday care our patients need, therefore freeing up time for Doctors to provide more specialist care."

The Physicians Associates training takes place over two years, as  applicants have a first degree in a science related subject and includes practical and theoretical training, on site at the Hospital and local general practices and within a University setting.