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Chairman’s Bulletin July 2016

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Welcome to my July Bulletin, and our Council of Governors meeting on 6th July was one of the highlights of another very busy month.  Key topics included the Single Hospital Service, joint commissioning and the Local Care Organisation.  Governors also formally received the Trust's Annual Report and Accounts, which illustrated the huge amount of hard work and commitment that goes into providing excellent care to our patients and their families each and every day.  Our ambitions for the future are covered in the Forward Plan for 2016/17, and I'd like to encourage Governors to use the 'Forward Plan Overview' as a way of engaging with members and seeking their comments and feedback.  This information is on the CMFT website, together with FAQs and a link to the full plan.

The Board of Directors' meeting on 11th July also covered some of these topics, and I'd also like to highlight the report on patient experience.  This celebrated some of the excellent work that is driving improvements across CMFT, and outlined plans for the future including learning from events such as the recent very successful Perfect Dining Week.  The NHS Inpatient Survey 2016 is also underway, and I am keen that our feedback reflects the significant efforts that all our staff have made to ensure patients and their families have a good experience while in our care.

I'd like to thank all the Governors who supported our Young People's Event (YPE) on 29th June.  It was a fantastic day, with over 350 young people, teachers and parents/carers finding out about NHS careers and how to take good care of their own health.  I was proud to see the excellent work across our departments, specialist services and with partner organisations being showcased and well done to everyone involved in making the event a huge success.  Social media coverage is on our website.

The YPE also provided an excellent opportunity to engage with young people and promote our membership among 11 to 18 year-olds.  Governors chatted to the students about their views on health services and priorities, and completed questionnaires with the young people.  Donna is analysing the feedback, with findings being shared with Governors, via the Governors' Membership Group, in due course.

A brief reminder that the Governor elections are underway, with the deadline of Friday 5th August for receiving nominations from people who wish to stand.  Voting packs will be despatched on Thursday 25th August to members where Governor seats are contested.  If you have a colleague or friend that is interested in standing for election as one of our Governors, a bespoke Candidate Information Pack is available with this and more information being posted on our Governor Elections webpage.

I'm pleased to be able to report that our turnaround project is progressing well.  Overall we have achieved income and savings in the first two months of the financial year, with a variety of projects achieving their milestones and delivering planned savings.  It's very heartening to see the excellent teamwork and enthusiasm for innovation and change which are key elements of the turnaround process.

Looking at changes across the wider health economy, good progress has been made during six weeks of discussions among the three Trusts involved in the Single Hospital Service review process - University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM), North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAHT), and CMFT.

A report documenting the outcome of these discussions was published on 15th July. The report proposes a two stage process to create a new, single organisation: initially, UHSM and CMFT would be brought together to create a new Foundation Trust (Project 1), then NMGH services would be transferred into the new Foundation Trust (Project 2).  These proposals were accepted by the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) on 22nd July.  Details were shared with Governors, and we will continue to keep you fully updated on progress towards creating a single hospital Trust.

Governors were also briefed about proposals by NHS England (NHSE) to reorganise adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) surgical services across the North West region, as part of a wider national programme.  We were disappointed with the decision, and are now awaiting further guidance from NHSE on how the proposals will be implemented, and the impact of objections raised by the Leicester and Royal Brompton Trusts to the proposals.

However, there is good news about our diabetes services.  At the recent Charitable Funds Committee meeting, which I chaired, it was agreed that £1 million would be added to existing resources of £500,000 to create a new £2.1m Diabetes and Endocrinology Centre within the Peter Mount Building.  Diabetes consultant Dr Martin Rutter made an excellent presentation to the committee, and afterwards said: "We're very grateful to the committee for supporting this important project, which will make a huge difference to the care we provide for patients, and help to create a much better working environment for our staff."  He and his colleagues are working with our Charity team to raise the remaining £600,000 needed for the Centre.

While we do face a period of considerable change, I'm confident that our staff will continue to rise to the challenge and remain committed to doing the best for our patients.  This approach was reinforced for me when speaking to staff at the launch of the new professional standards for our administrative and clerical (A&C) colleagues.  A&C staff are fundamental to the quality of care we provide to our patients and to enabling clinical and non-clinical staff to do their jobs effectively.

It was also a real pleasure to attend the annual Trafford Hospital Wellness Day on 20th July.   Staff past and present joined students representing the future of the NHS to recreate the now iconic photograph marking the birth of the NHS just over 68 years ago, which Governors can see on our website.

CMFT staff are also playing an important part in developing knowledge and new treatments that will benefit the wider NHS.  Congratulations to Dr Claire Bailey, Specialty Registrar in Clinical Genetics, who has been awarded a prestigious British Heart Foundation (BHF) Clinical Research Training Fellowship to further her research into a rare cardiac condition which can cause the sudden and unexpected death of young people.  In 2014, Claire received initial funding for her work from the CMFT Charity.

I hope those of you who are about to take a summer break have a very enjoyable holiday, and look forward to seeing Governors at the Performance Review & networking meetings on 23rd August.  If I can do anything in the meantime to assist you in your role do please get in touch with me on 0161 276 8661 or at steve.mycio@cmft.nhs.uk.

Best wishes,
Steve