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
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
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."