£1.8m to implement a ‘vein to vein’ blood tracking system
This grant will help install a ‘bedside electronic transfusion check’ system across Barts Health NHS Trust Hospitals. It will be the the largest use of this system in the world. The funding, supported by £363,000 from NHS Charities Together, will help make the blood transfusion pathway digital. This will reduce the potential for the wrong blood being given to the wrong patient by prompting staff to carry out key steps in the correct order.
£30k to develop a game to help young people transition to adult services
The transition from paediatric healthcare provider to adult services can be difficult for patients. This grant will allow Barts Health to develop a ‘transition’ board game to ease the process. The game will exist in both a physical and digital format which young people can play with their families outside of the hospital setting.
£34k for a ‘Social Prescriber’ staff member
This funding will provide a ‘Social Prescriber’ at Newham Hospital. One of the aims of social prescribing is to reduce the lifestyle factors that can cause ill health. The pandemic has highlighted existing health inequalities in our community. The social prescribing initiative hopes to tackle some of the causes of these inequalities. Social prescribers will promote healthy behaviours and signpost patients towards resources to improve their health. This might include affordable fitness classes, healthy eating resources, interpreting services or after-school clubs.
£366k to improve access for patients with pacemakers who need MRI scans
Almost half a million people in the UK require an implanted device like a pacemaker to support their hearts. Previously, it was not possible for patients with cardiac devices to have an MRI scan. This was due to interaction of the strong magnets with the electronic device. Now, with thorough planning and collaboration, these patients are able to have MRI scans.
£36k for a Health and Wellbeing Support role
This grant has provided a ‘Wellbeing Prescriber’ in four of the Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals. They will offer psychological and physical wellbeing support for staff in patient-facing roles. This could involve directing colleagues towards wellbeing services, or working with them to help resolve problems quickly. They are also responsible for engaging staff in the co-design and delivery of Barts Health’s wellbeing strategy.
£2.6m to create the Barts Centre for Squamous Cancer
Squamous cell cancers are very common and affect many different organs such as the skin, lungs and mouth. Oral cancers are a particular problem in South Asian patients in East London. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London will be brought together in a collaborative research Centre. They will study patients with squamous cell cancers to improve diagnostic tests and treatments.
£266k to research lymphoma of the central nervous system
Lymphoma affecting the brain is a devastating form of blood cancer, particularly in patients where the disease has come back after treatment. Sadly, these patients survive only three months on average so there is an urgent need to identify new treatments for this disease. The aim of this project is to develop the team’s earlier research in this area. They will also thoroughly test drugs which they believe can block the pathway which allows this form of cancer to grow.
£157k for a PhD student to study the genetic risk of coronary artery disease
Heart disease runs in families and studies have found 200 common genetic variants that predispose people to the disease. This funding will allow a PhD student to perform cutting-edge experiments. They will examine the effect of all these variants on genes and particularly on blood vessel formation. The data generated from the project will be used to further pursue this research into blood vessel genetics. The eventual goal is to aid the development of new treatments for heart disease.
£266k to trial Art Therapy to help prevent burnout in NHS workers
NHS clinicians are frequently exposed to work-related stress putting them at risk of burnout. The pandemic has increased the pressure our NHS is under even further. A study carried out after the pandemic showed 51% of European intensive care staff reporting severe burnout.
Our Covid-19 response
Since March 2020, we’ve awarded £4.5m for the Barts Health NHS hospitals in response to Covid-19. This has provided funding to support NHS staff wellbeing, improve patient experience and for research to help us better understand the virus.
Thank you again to all our supporters who’ve made this possible.