Royal College of Physicians selects Central Manchester for two projects to participate in national programme
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has selected projects from
Central & South Manchester and the North West Paediatric
Allergy Network, as two of only four development sites, in the
second phase of the RCP's Future Hospital Programme.
A project hosted by Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
involves the North West Paediatric Allergy Network
(part of the North West and North Wales Allergy and Infectious
Diseases Operational Delivery Network). This project centres on
educating and empowering patients, parents and primary care
professionals, in order to reduce inappropriate allergy referrals
in patients receiving specialist care.
The project also aims to empower primary healthcare
professionals caring for non-complex food milk and peanut
allergies, and increase the knowledge and confidence of the patient
and their parents/carers in managing their own food allergies.
A further project unites Central Manchester University
Hospitals Foundation Trust (CMFT), University
Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) and Central and
South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), who
will lead a project with the aim of creating a single respiratory
person-centred, integrated care service.
Led by respiratory consultant Binita Kane, the initiative will
focus on enhancing patient experience by reducing fragmentation of
care, tackling healthcare inequality across central and south
Dr Peter Arkwright, project lead & chair, North West
Paediatric Allergy Network said:
"Being selected as a RCP Future Hospital development site
provides an amazing opportunity for the North West Paediatric
"It allows us to push forward with our primary objective, which
is to look beyond healthcare within individual Trusts and develop
strong working partnerships and camaraderie with health care
professionals at all tiers of the NHS."
Michelle Byrne, founder of Manchester Allergy Support
Group and part of the project team said:
"Through my involvement with the Manchester Allergy Support
Group many inconsistencies in care provision for those with
allergies have become apparent.
"These have resulted in heighted anxiety not only in those with
the condition, but in many with whom they come in to contact.
"Success with the Future Hospital's Project will ensure
provision of a basic standard of holistic care for those with
allergies, it really is fantastic news."
Dr Frank Joseph, Future Hospital officer and consultant
"The Future Hospital Programme (FHP) is fortunate to select two
sites in Manchester with fantastic potential in this exciting
second phase of the project.
"Greater Manchester is currently redesigning both health and
social care services, as part of DevoManc. As the first project of
its kind, it is an excellent opportunity for the FHP to support the
unity of two city hospitals, Central Manchester Foundation Trust
(CMFT), University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) and Central and
South Manchester CCGs, in the delivery of joined up respiratory
services not impeded by the boundaries of geography, institution or
"North West Allergy Network also has an established track record
of delivering good quality care; however, we have seen an increase
in the challenges and complexity of diagnosis and management of
allergies in young people.
"With the support of the FHP, the Network aspires to educate and
empower patients, parents and health care professionals in primary,
secondary and tertiary care to deliver high quality care within
communities, closer to people's homes."
Binita Kane, UHSM respiratory consultant
"We recognise that patients with respiratory disease in
Manchester often face barriers to co-ordinated care because of
geographical boundaries between organisations.
"This is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively across
two large teaching hospitals, in true partnership with patients and
colleagues in Primary Care to overcome these barriers and improve
"We are delighted to be working with the RCP and look forward to
drawing on the expertise and support they will provide.
"The RCP will support the new Future Hospital development sites
by providing access to quality improvement expertise, helping to
implement new ways of working and providing support to evaluate the
impact of the projects.
"The lessons learned through the Future Hospital Programme will
be collated and shared with the rest of the NHS, to spread
innovative practice and nurture a powerful learning community,
committed to system-wide improvement in the care of medical
NHS organisations across the UK were invited to apply to
become future hospital development sites. The four new Future
Hospital development sites will join the four original development
sites, who began working with the Future Hospital Programme in 2014
and are all leading projects to improve care for people who are
frail and elderly. www.rcplondon.ac.uk/FHP
The Royal College of Physicians
Everything that we do at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
aims to improve patient care and reduce illness. We are patient
centred and clinically led. We drive improvement in the diagnosis
of disease, the care of individual patients and the health of the
whole population, both in the UK and across the globe.
Our 30,000 members worldwide work in hospitals and the community
across 30 different medical specialties. They range from medical
students to retired doctors. Physicians diagnose and treat illness,
and promote good health. They care for millions of medical patients
with a huge range of conditions, from asthma and diabetes to stroke
and yellow fever. Physicians' clinical work ranges from caring for
patients who are acutely unwell in hospital, to supporting patients
to manage long-term health problems at home and encouraging people
to stay fit and healthy in the community. Further information can
be found at: www.rcplondon.ac.uk
The North West Paediatric Allergy Network
The North West of England is the third largest region and is
home to nearly seven million people, or one eighth of the UK
population. There are 1.4 million children in the region, of which
at least one quarter will have allergy.
The Network is a pioneering collaboration between doctors and
nurses arising out of a proposal submitted to the then commissioner
of North West Specialist Commissioning Team, Mr. Simon Banks in
December 2008 with the remit of implementing recommendations of the
Government Response to the House of Lords Science & Technology
Committee Report on Allergy
Our Network incorporates healthcare professionals and patient
and parent representatives with an interest in allergy from across
the North West. The overall vision of the Network is to
provide evidence-based health care for children with allergies and
allergic diseases living in the North West by educating and
empowering healthcare and allied professionals at all levels and
conducting research and audit aimed at developing more effective
prevention and treatment strategies.
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation
CMFT is a leading provider of specialist healthcare services in
Manchester, treating more than a million patients every year. Its
seven specialist hospitals (Manchester Royal Infirmary, Saint
Mary's Hospital, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester
Royal Eye Hospital, University Dental Hospital of Manchester,
Trafford General and Altrincham Hospital) and community services
are home to hundreds of world class clinicians and academic staff
committed to finding patients the best care and treatments. www.cmft.nhs.uk @CMFTNHS
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital provides specialist
healthcare services for children and young people throughout the
North West, as well as nationally and internationally. The hospital
sees 185,000 patient visits each year across a range of specialties
including oncology, haematology, bone marrow transplant, burns,
genetics, and orthopaedics. RMCH is the largest single site
children's hospital in the UK.