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Gordon Banks OBE


The Haywood Foundation was saddened by the loss of our president Gordon Banks OBE in February.


Gordon was known around the world to millions as a goal keeping legend, a World Cup winner and as a true gentleman who loved his adopted city, Stoke-on-Trent.


Gordon took on the role as president of the Haywood Foundation in August 2014 and highlights of his presidency included the opening of the PIER information and resource centre at the Haywood Hospital and the judging of an art competition that the by Year 9 pupils at the Haywood Academy.


Haywood Foundation Chairman, Professor Andy Hassell said: "We were delighted when Gordon agreed to become President of the Foundation. His generosity, enthusiasm and enduring popularity enabled the Foundation to raise its profile and help improve the lives of many more arthritis patients and their carers. “Gordon Banks had the rare qualities of being humble whilst being an inspiration to many people. There was a great demand for his presence from many organisations and individuals and we are eternally grateful that he managed to find time to help our cause.”


Gordon Banks and Andy Hassell

Gordon Banks (right) with Professor Andy Hassell from the Haywood Foundation


Gordon Banks Art pupils

Gordon Banks with pupils at the Haywood Academy in 2015


Thank You Doreen

Professor Andy Hassell and Kay Stevenson presented flowers to Doreen Eaton on her retirement from the Haywood Foundation in January 2018.

Doreen began her career at the Haywood Hospital over 40 years ago as an Auxiliary Nurse. During the last 10 years Doreen has worked as a Ward Clerk on the Haywood Hospital Sneyd Ward.

Doreen has been a member of the Haywood Foundation since its very first beginnings in 1977. Before this she was involved with the League of Friends run by Dr Ted Hothersall. During her time with the Foundation Doreen has been actively involved in all types of fund raising activities, from raising money for a new scanner and helping with summer fetes, to judging the winners of our popular hospital bake bake competitions.



“We will all miss Doreen as a member of the Foundation but wish her well and thank her so much for her time, energy and smiles”.


Bright Ideas Update July to October 2018

A big thank you to everyone that submitted their ideas to the Haywood Foundation Bright Ideas project.

Once again we had a great response and plenty of requests to consider. Suggested projects that have been completed since our last update are:

• Request for a baby highchair for use in the patient waiting area – This is now in place
• Request for new wheelchairs for outpatient use – This request was forwarded to the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust, who have purchased new wheelchairs that are now in place for patient use.

New suggestions that we are taking forward:

• The Haywood Foundation has recently funded a Tai Chi and a Qigong programme, which are available to patients that have arthritis or other related conditions.

Tai Chi sessions take place over 10 weeks and are held at the Haywood Hospital and Qigong sessions are held at a community venue in the Leek area.

Both forms of activity have been funded by the Haywood Foundation to help patients with self-management of their conditions.

For more information about these opportunities please contact:


We have a number of other suggestions we are looking at and will let you know the outcome of these requests very soon.


The Bright ideas is an ongoing venture, so if you have any Bright Ideas, fill in one of our yellow cards and pop it in our yellow boxes that can be found around the hospital.


You could get between £10 and £10,000 to help you take forward your ideas to help people with arthritis and other related conditions.


Have you got a bright idea?

We want to enhance the lives of people with arthritis and related conditions.
As a local charity, The Haywood Foundation could support your ideas with funding. This could be any amount up to £10,000.


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Bright ideas montage



Improving recognition of anxiety and depression in rheumatoid arthritis


A qualitative study in a community clinic. One of the researchers is Nicky Dale who is also a member of the Haywood Foundation.




Many Congratulations to Gordon Banks OBE

The Haywood Foundation President on receiving the Freedom of the City for Newcastle under Lyme.

Gordon Banks Freedom of City



Haywood Foundation staff attend World Confederation for Physical Therapy


The Haywood Foundation has recently supported two members of staff, Kay Stevenson (Consultant Physiotherapist/Senior Knowledge Mobilisation Fellow) and Steve Nawoor (Extended Scope Physiotherapist), to attend the international World Confederation for Physical Therapy conference.


The conference was formed in 1951 and has 113 member countries. It is an opportunity to share internationally the development of the physiotherapy profession and this year’s conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa, between 2-4 July 2017.


Steve Nawoor contributed to a debate on advanced practice and prescribing. It was clear from the debate that the UK leads the world in physiotherapists having prescribing rights and most leading nations looked to the UK for leadership on this issue.


Steve also presented the work of the musculoskeletal interface service and the contribution that advanced practice and extended scope physiotherapists make to our world class service at the Haywood Hospital.


Kay Stevenson presented work on evidence into practice groups. This received global interest particularly from America and Denmark. Kay also presented the implementation work around stratified care for low back pain.


Both Steve and Kay said that they benefited hugely from the conference and it was very evident to them both that physiotherapy in the UK, and particularly in SSOTP, is at the forefront of both professional advanced practice and research.

Research Improving Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment


A new test could lead to better treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis in Staffordshire, following extensive collaborative research by University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM), Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP) and Keele University.

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Hundreds more North Staffordshire patients helped by fracture service


Hundreds more bone disease patients are being offered vital support to avoid serious fractures after a top-rated service was expanded. The fracture liaison service is based at Burslem's Haywood Hospital and is now helping up to 2,000 people a year. They are given scans to diagnose conditions like osteoporosis and also receive assessments and advice to reduce the risks of suffering life-changing injuries from falls.


Fracture service


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Ceramic flowers created by artists, patients and staff have gone on display at Haywood Hospital.


For Sale –‘Mothertown’ Mounted prints by Emma Jousta



Outstanding Best Practice Award from the British Society of Rheumatology