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Staff Newsletter 26 June 2020

Dear Colleague

We continue to be very grateful for all your hard work in healthcare and your loyalty to us at 18 Week Support.

This is our twelfth weekly newsletter to inform you of our activity providing clinical support to the NHS in these difficult times and to offer support to you.


We are becoming increasingly busy with new sites coming on board and discussions with many NHS Trusts regarding all our specialties and forthcoming contracts. We are restarting dermatology and cataract surgery shortly and many more endoscopy sites are opening too.

The clinical coordination team have been contacting you regarding your availability for weekdays and weekends in the coming weeks.  We have several new endoscopy weekday contracts coming up, so we are particularly keen to hear about endoscopy nurse availability for these. Perhaps you have booked annual leave for which you have no plans for, for example?

Headquarter Staff

Our headquarter staff continue to work with us, but with reduced working hours:

9 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Senior on call manager

Please find our senior manager on call rota
for June and July HERE

The telephone number for the senior on call manager
is 0203 893 8673

New Nurse in Charge Report 

We are launching our new Nurse in Charge report this weekend, 27th and 28th June.

Please find guidance on how to complete this HERE.

We have also developed guidance for NICs to support leadership of the daily 18WS team site huddle, and checklists for the following clinical areas:

  • Outpatients department
  • Ward
  • Anaesthetics
  • Theatre
  • Recovery
  • Endoscopy procedure room

Please find a link to this guidance HERE

18WS Professional Standards and Conduct

We have produced a new document that details the standards of professional practice, behaviour and conduct we expect from our clinical staff. This will be sent out with all new contracts but also applies retrospectively to all clinical staff. Please find a link to it HERE  

Staying in Touch

We love our 18WS family and we want to stay in touch with you and get your news and feedback on how you are and what more we can do to support. Please send any comments or suggestions about this newsletter to Niara at nblommestein@18weeksupport.com.  

With our very best wishes 

Jane Naish
Director of Nursing 

Niara Blommestein
Service Operations Manager 


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