I'd like to begin my update for Governors by saying how
delighted everyone at CMFT is that our CQC rating
was confirmed as good in the inspection report released earlier
this month. The CQC inspectors found many examples of
outstanding practice across a range of specialties and a deep
commitment to the innovative and active development of services,
and to research. They were particularly impressed with the
care and compassion shown by staff, the willingness to report and
learn when things went wrong and the high standard of clinical care
delivered by all of our teams.
That a Trust of our size and complexity has received such a
positive recognition from the CQC is an acknowledgement of the
tremendous commitment, dedication and hard work shown by all of our
staff to delivering the highest quality patient care. We can
all be proud of this fantastic achievement and we will build on
this and strive for even better in the future. Governors can
read the full report at: http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RW3
The other landmark event this month was the response of the
Health and Well Being Board (HWBB) to the recommendations in the
Single Hospital Service Review - Stage 2 Report.
The HWBB, which is chaired by Manchester City Council Leader, Sir
Richard Leese, met on 8th June and discussed the content
and recommendations of the Stage 2 report.
The HWBB reaffirmed their commitment to transform healthcare
services within the City and to improve health outcomes for the
local population. They were fully supportive of the proposals made
within the Stage 2 report and agreed that CMFT should enter into
discussions with University Hospital of South Manchester NHS
Foundation Trust (UHSM) and North Manchester General Hospital
(NMGH) run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAHT), to
consider how a new organisation to run hospital services in
Manchester might be achieved.
The HWBB asked that the Trusts attend a session of the HWBB in
six weeks to feed back the outcomes of these discussions.
UHSM, CMFT and PAHT indicated their support to deliver the full
range of benefits that a Single Hospital Service offers. All agreed
that they would commence the discussions recommended by Sir
Jonathan. The next briefing session for Governors about the
Single Hospital Service Review will be held on Wednesday
29th June at 3.00pm in the boardroom, 1st
floor, Nowgen Centre (immediately following our Young People's
My thanks go to the Governors who will be supporting our annual
Young People's Event on Wednesday 29th
June in the Nowgen Centre. It's a great opportunity to hear
what young people think about current health services, and their
aspirations for future NHS care. Even if you have not signed
up to help with membership engagement activities, do please drop in
between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm, to meet some of the 400 students,
teachers and staff involved in the event.
Another key member engagement opportunity is around the
governor election process, which is about to begin
next month. I would like to ask all Governors to encourage
any member in your constituency who may be considering standing for
election to do so.
We are committed to maintaining a truly representative
membership and to reflecting this in our Council of
Governors. Donna will be sending you further information in
due course, and more details about the Governor role are on the
website, including our newly updated Governor Role Information
Pack, which you can download here.
It's a real pleasure to be able to celebrate the achievements of
our staff in many different areas. Earlier this month, I was
very pleased to attend the official unveiling of the newly
refurbished NIHR/Wellcome Trust Manchester Children's
Clinical Research Facility at Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital. We are very grateful to the
Stoller Charitable Trust for donating £600,000 to fund this art
project (you can find out more below). Well done to the many
colleagues involved in bringing some wonderfully imaginative ideas
Congratulations go to the 29-strong Sodexo waste
management team at CMFT, who have won the Waste Management
Team award of the year at this year's Sodexo Service Excellence
Awards. They are responsible of collection and disposal of
the waste across the whole site, including all the wards,
departments, catering facilities and offices.
Good luck also to the team behind the Autism/Learning
Disabilities Programme at Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital. They have been nominated for the Community
Organisation award at the National Diversity Awards. The
winners will be announced at a ceremony in Liverpool on Friday
Looking ahead to next month, a reminder about the
Council of Governors meeting on Wednesday 6th
July. Key items on the agenda will include updates and
discussion on the Single Hospital Service, Local Care
Organisations, single commissioning and progress with our
turnaround programme. Governors will also formally receive
the Trust's Annual Report and Accounts and Operational Plans.
I'd like to emphasise how important it is that Governors have their
say and represent the views of members on these significant issues.
I look forward to seeing you on the 6th, and if
you have any questions about the topics in this bulletin please get
in touch on 0161 276 8661 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, I want to thank Governors, and many other colleagues,
contacts and friends, for all the kind messages of congratulation
and good wishes, following the announcement that I have been
awarded the OBE by Her Majesty The Queen. I consider it a
real privilege to be the Chairman of CMFT, and feel that this
honour is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work and
dedication of all our staff.
National charity funds bone marrow cancer research at
Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) consultant Dr Alberto Rocci is
the chief investigator of a new £118,000 grant-funded study aimed
supporting frail patients with myeloma.
The money, from the Myeloma UK Health Services Research
Programme, will fund a two year study looking at developing new
strategies for identifying and tackling the causes and impact of
frailty in patients with multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer). It
will involve 80 patients who are treated at MRI.
Tech-savvy volunteers happy to help
A hospital volunteer has come up with an
innovative idea that will help patients and visitors navigate
their way across the four hospitals on the main Oxford Road site of
Central Manchester University Hospitals (CMFT). It was just
one of the contributions made by our volunteers that were
highlighted during National Volunteers' Week (1-12 June).
Research facility investigating the senses opens at
The grand opening of the newly refurbished NIHR/Wellcome Trust
Manchester Children's Clinical Research Facility on 7th
June gave visitors the first glimpse of an aspiring, 'senses'
themed art project that has turned the department into a colourful
and engaging environment for patients and staff.
A generous donation from the Stoller Charitable Trust enabled
the refurbishment of the facility for children and their families
participating in clinical trials, in order to make the ward more
comfortable, fun and patient friendly. At the opening, local
businessman Sir Norman Stoller CBE KStJ DL was presented with a
plaque in gratitude for his kind donation.
The new artwork is themed around 'investigating the senses',
with five individually decorated rooms based on five senses; See,
Smell, Taste, Hear and Feel. Each room reflects the exploratory and
researching characteristics of the facility, based on drawings by
children treated on the ward.
The treatment room features colourful flower designs, with
creatures hidden within the garden scene, designed to help to
distract patients when receiving treatment. Patients are also given
a sense of control when sitting in treatment chair as they are able
to control the ceiling light artwork, 3D clouds and sunlight via
iPad built into the chair.
Be Seen In Green Day
Governors may like to take part in Be Seen in Green Day on
Friday 1st July to help raise money for our Helipad
Appeal. The event, kindly supported by Ryman, is open to
schools, organisations, businesses, nurseries, social groups or
even just groups of friends. It is really easy to take part -
simply wear green for the day and make a donation of £2. You
can find out more and register to take part at http://www.rmchcharity.org.uk/events/be-seen-green-2016.
Wards at RMCH have also been challenged to decorate everywhere as
green as possible to win a visit from Humphrey Bear.
Our Governor election process for 2016/17 will soon
begin and we welcome candidates from all backgrounds. More
information about the governor role is available on the Trust
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Here is a provisional list of diary dates for 2016, which will
be extended over the coming year.
Young People's Event - Open to Public
10.00am - 3.00pm Nowgen Centre, MRI
3rd Governor Briefing Session (Single Hospital Service)
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Council of Governors' Meeting - Open to Staff & Public
1.30pm - 4.00pm Ground Floor Meeting Room, Nowgen Centre,
Board of Directors' Meeting - Open to Staff & Public
2.00pm - 4.00pm Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, CityLabs Building,
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Corporate Citizenship Working Group
2.30pm - 4.30pm
Performance Review Meeting
1.00pm - 2.30pm
Governor/NED Networking Meeting
2.30pm - 3.30pm
Membership Working Group
1.30pm - 3.30pm
Staff Experience Working Group
10.00am - 12.00noon
Patient Experience Working Group
1.00pm - 3.00pm
Annual Members' Meeting - Open to Staff & Public
1.00pm - 4.00pm Post-Graduate Centre, MRI
12/10/2016 (date changed from 19/10/2016)
1.30pm - 4.00pm Seminar Rooms 1, 2 & Lounge, CityLabs
2.30pm - 4.30pm
05/12/2016(date changed from 16/12/2016)