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New NHS England Chief Exec meets staff and patients

New NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens came to visit our hospitals this week to hear and see firsthand how innovation is improving patient care and treatment at our hospitals and the benefits of having services co-located on the one site.

He was welcomed by Chief Executive Mike Deegan, Medical Director Professor Bob Pearson and Chief Nurse Gill Heaton.

His first stop was the pioneering Royal Manchester Eye Hospital where he met Clinical Head of Division Sus Biswas and Professor Graeme Black , Strategic Director of the Manchester Centre for Genomics,  discussed their innovative patient care and groundbreaking research with him.  Mr Stevens was able to see the special exhibition commemorating the bi-centenary of the Eye Hospital.

Simon Stevens - group picture
He then met Professor Dian Donnai, Clinical Head of Division, Divisional Director Karen Connolly, and Head of Midwifery Kathy Murphy, at Saint Mary's Hospital where he toured the Central Delivery Unit, hearing about how recent changes have led to a better service for women and babies, the benefits of having integrated high dependency and central monitoring facilities, and the future challenges for the hospital.  Mr Stevens was able to meet new mums in the High Dependency Unit and those on the enhanced recovery programme following elective caesarean sections.  Dr Jane Eddleston, Clinical Head of the Division of Clinical Scientific Services, discussed the use of Patientrack which acts as an early warning system, recognising deteriorations and lessening the chance of serious complications.

Mr Stevens then moved on to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital where he met Divisional Director Alwyn Hughes and Naomi Davis, Associate Clinical Head of Division.  Sue Crook, Modern Matron in Paediatric Oncology and Haematology, showed him round the unit and gave an overview of its work and how it benefits from collaborative working and has been able to develop dedicated facilities for teenagers, thanks to the Teenage Cancer Trust.  Consultant Paediatric Surgeon Ross Craigie and Julie Jolley, Modern Matron in Enhanced Recovery and Care Co-Ordination, discussed their pioneering enhanced recovery programme in paediatrics which has resulted in improved quality of care and reduced length of stay in some specialties.

Before he left, Mr Stevens was able to meet Professor Nick Webb, Director of the Wellcome Trust Children's Clinical Research Facility, who talked about the development and work of the facility testing new medicines.

Chief Executive Mike Deegan said:  "This visit was a great opportunity for us to show Mr Stevens our wide range of high quality clinical services and research.  He was able to see firsthand how innovation is improving patient care and treatment in our hospitals and also had time to meet patients and their families and hear about their personal experiences of our care."