TRAINING ON FERRY Staff at maritime charity The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society have taken part in the care facility’s pioneering Maritime Acquaint Training programme which helps staff better understand their seafaring residents.

The training day, which was funded by a supporter of the Society, took place at the beginning of May on a P&O cross channel ferry from Dover to Calais. It follows the format of the charity’s forward-thinking Maritime Acquaint Training Programme first established by the Society’s CEO, Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, in 2016 to help staff better understand the physical and psychological needs of their former seafaring residents. Staff from the charity’s specialist nursing care home in Banstead, Surrey, took part in the training

to build an appreciation for the lives of residents who have worked at sea.

As a nursing care home which caters for those who have served at sea and their dependents, it is important that staff are aware of residents’ predisposition to feel isolated and accustomed to hardship. The training programme enables staff to understand the oſten extreme conditions of life at sea and help tailor their care as such. The care offered to residents takes into consideration the particular struggles of the diverse ways people live at sea, and the many issues former seafarers may face in later life.

Staff from across the Society’s departments were joined by a former Trustee of the charity who had served in the Merchant Navy for over 40 years. Staff were shown the responsibilities, leadership skills and instinct required to lead a crew in oſten perilous journeys around the world. The group were

20th April at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London. Organised by Chamberlain Dunn, these awards aim to recognise and reward projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives.

Malcolm is a chief biomedical scientist at Western Sussex NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust and is a member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). He received a standing ovation for winning the Biomedical Scientist of the Year award, sponsored by Health Services Laboratories, as well as the Overall Winner award.


AWARDS Malcolm Robinson, a scientist from Worthing, has received two awards at the Advancing Healthcare Awards, recognising his commitment to charitable work with severely ill children.

Now in their 12th year, the Advancing Healthcare Awards (AHA) were held on

- 6 -

Malcolm is best known for his charity work, having begun the charity Harvey’s Gang, a children’s charity focussed on showing critically ill children in the hospital what happens to their blood sample when it reaches the laboratory.

In 2013, the Haematology and Blood Transfusion Laboratory at Worthing Hospital, part of Western Sussex NHS Trust, (WSHT) was contacted about showing a little boy, named Harvey, around the department who was curious to see where his blood went when it was tested. This simple

invited to see firsthand how large vessels are controlled and steered. Staff emerged from the experience appreciating how unpredictable the weather can be out at sea and the significant responsibility for those working aboard ships.

The Society’s CEO, Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, said: “As a charity dedicated to the cause of caring for aged and infirm seafarers, we are always looking for ways to integrate our staff into the seafaring community.

“By offering the Maritime Acquaint Training programme and bespoke sessions such as this, we ensure all staff can build rapport with and relate to the colourful experiences of our residents. It is a very successful initiative which we hope to grow in the future with more hands-on experiences like this session with P&O ferries.”

request became the start of what has become an international PBM initiative to increase the involvement and knowledge of patients and their families in the laboratory aspects of their transfusion treatment.

Sadly, Harvey lost his battle with leukaemia in October 2014. Aſter receiving numerous requests from other critically ill children to visit the laboratory like Harvey had, Malcolm decided to launch Harvey’s Gang in memory of Harvey.

Malcolm’s charity has now gained national attention and is present in more than 30 hospitals in the UK. Malcolm is pictured with Lynda Rigby, Executive Head of Marketing and Membership at the IBMS, which has agreed a £5000 sponsorship deal to support the lab coats for Harvey’s Gang children.

IBMS President, Alison Geddis, said: “I am delighted for Malcolm to be recognised for his hard work. His dedication and commitment to biomedical science and his charity work is outstanding.”

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48