Hospital chairman discovers ‘broad beanefits’ of the trust

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THE chairman of Sheffield Children’s Hospital traded his board papers for broad beans when he headed out of the office and into the kitchen.

Nick Jeffrey, who took up the role of chairman last September, went ‘back to the floor’ to learn the ropes in departments across Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

The drive will also see other members of the trust’s board visit the thousands of staff on the ground to spend ‘a day in their life’.

Mr Jeffrey, who spent time in the outpatients department, the plaster room and the kitchens, said: “Going back to the floor was a great experience as I got to see first hand the difference the trust is making to the lives of children and parents every day.

“A highlight was seeing the fantastic work the staff in the plaster room do, they’re great at relaxing the children and making them laugh through the whole process.

“The kitchen staff are brilliant too and are really aware they are dealing with children, who can be fussy eaters, and so they’re hugely accommodating and give a lot of choice as well as specially preparing meals.”