NHS Professionals is proud to support Clowning Around

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NHS Professionals (NHSP) is pleased to support Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Clown Round – Suffolk Artlink by presenting a donation for £250.00

NHSP recently conducted our annual client satisfaction survey for Trust senior users, including Ward Managers and Trust Leads, to feedback on the service they receive from us. This year we offered a £250.00 donation to a charity of choice for each Trust Lead that completed the survey.

Dr Hyacinth Haystack from Clown Round, ‘Thanked NHSP very much for the cheque as it would help her and her Clown Doctor colleagues to come and play with the children at Colchester Hospital more often’. She went on to say that ‘laughter is the best medicine’.

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Clown Round  which has been running since 2008 brings fun, laughter and distraction to children and young people in hospitals and hospices. The team of 8 doctors, including Dr Hyacinth Haystack, visit children on the wards to engage them in storytelling, music and magic, helping to distract them and their families through difficult times.

Kim Ness, Ward Manager for the Children’s Ward at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust said ‘We always know when the Clown Doctors are here as we can hear the children giggling all the way down the ward’.

Lucy Archer, NHSP Client Relations Manager and Amelia Maraula, Trust Liaison Coordinator at NHSP presented the cheque to Barbara Stuttle, Director of Nursing at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.

She said ‘It isn’t just about clinical care; we treat the whole family – not just the child. The Clown Doctors bring some normality to the children’s day and are good for the staff too’

NHS Professionals is the leading provider of managed flexible worker services within the NHS. More than 50,000 general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, administrative and other healthcare professionals work via NHSP with clients across the country. NHS Professionals works in partnership with their clients to manage their staff bank. Visit www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk  for further information and how to join the bank.

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NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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