Friday, 25 March 2016

HSJ article on CSO 2016 awards: winner is Harvey's Gang

Claire Read' article in HSJ; thank you

What a great article in the prestigious journal, celebrating our work in rememberance of such a fantastic boy, Harvey, and winning the CSO 2016 award

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

CSO 2016 Awards published

Chief Scientific Officer's awards 2016: Healthcare Science Patient and Public participation 2016 award to Malcolm Robinson and Harvey's Gang.

Healthcare Science Patient and Public Participation - Malcolm Robinson

Sunday, 6 March 2016
Malcolm Robinson, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS FT won Healthcare Science Patient and Public Participation at the 2016 Healthcare Science Awards.
2016 CSO Awards_Healthcare Science Patient and Public Participation - Malcolm RobinsonMalcolm's citation read:
PPI is a more difficult ask for laboratory scientists who rarely get to see patients in person – and that’s what makes the winner tonight so remarkable.

This story starts with Harvey Baldwin, a cheeky 7 year old boy with leukaemia who was being treated at Worthing Hospital. 
Could Harvey visit the labs that processed his many blood samples? asked his mum one day. Chief Biomedical Scientist Malcolm Robinson in a life changing decision agreed. Harvey sat there, absolutely transfixed, watching his own blood going through the machine. The lab coat he wore swamped him so overnight, the chief of service ran up a mini lab coat from discarded NHS sheets.
Then Malcolm got the idea of bringing these young patients who endure frequent blood tests into the labs on a more regular basis.  Sadly Harvey – who would have made a great Biomedical Scientist – lost his battle but Harvey’s Gang is his legacy.  Youngsters come into the labs, they get a special lab coat (not run up by the chief of service) and other goodies. Having been there, youngsters are less frightened about giving samples, and having explained how the lab works, parents are more reassured.
For the healthcare scientists involved, the experience of Harvey’s Gang has been transformative. ‘It reconnects us with our patients’ says Malcolm, ‘and it’s also meant that we’ve made changes to our services which ensure better care for our patients’.  Harvey’s Gang is now being rolled out not just in other UK units but across the world with places as diverse as the United Arab Emirates and Tennessee wanting to emulate it.  

A big thanks to Simon and Handelsbanken for Harvey's Gang coats

Our beautiful coats are currently sponsored by a great team under Simon at Handelsbanken: THANK YOU.

The Branch Manager; Simon Nicolson
Handelsbanken You only ever deal with people you know by name, decisions are made locally by us at the branch and what we offer is a banking service that is tailored to your individual needs.

Friday, 11 March 2016

IBMS recognition of Harvey's Gang CSO award 2016

I received a letter from the IBMS in recognition of Harvey's Gang winning the CSO award 2016.

Received a letter from Jill Rodney, Chief Exec of the Institute of Biomedical Science congratulating us on winning the Chief Scientific Officers National award 2016 for Healthcare Science Patient and Public Participation.

Thank you, IBMS

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Thank you, no really, THANK YOU, Davison CE High School for Girls

A massive THANK YOU to The Davison CE High School for Girls for very kind donation to Harvey's Gang.

A huge thank you for donation of £ 500 to Harvey's Gang

The Davison CE High School for Girls raised this huge amount for Harvey's Gang by holding a Mufti day!

Who would have known that ( A mufti day (also known as casual clothes day, casual Friday, colour day, own clothes day, home clothes day, plain clothes day, non-uniform day, mufting day, free dress day, civvies day, dress down day, uniform-free day) is a day where students and staff go to school in casual clothing instead of school uniform) wearing your own clothes could raise so much money.

This money will help Harvey's Gang do so much more for critically ill children and young people (#CYP). We are expanding Harvey's Gang to so many new sites, and this will help us help them start tours.

Where are we now; Worthing, Chichester, Ashford, Canterbury, Kings College Hospital and Southampton.

Where are we going next? The race is on;

Brighton and The Alex, Hayward's Heath, Redhill, Taunton, Yeovil, Coventry, Birmingham, North Staffordshire, Sheffield, Newcastle, Barnsley & Rotherham, The Royal Marsden and Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Nashville, Tennessee, USA, Ras Al Khaimer, United Arab Emirates.

So, thank you
Harvey Buster Baldwin:


Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Harvey's Gang won the Chief Scientific Officer's award; 2016

London was a great success; we won the Chief Scientific Officer's award 2016 for; Healthcare Science; Patient and Public Participation

The Chief Scientific Officer's 2016 award goes to; 

and the winner is; Malcolm Robinson and Harvey's Gang

Malcolm Robinson; dressed in Harvey's orange.

Loveley evening in London