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 Event).
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 to life.
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 16th September.
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 email@example.com.
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 MRI
Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) consultant Dr Alberto Rocci is the chief investigator of a new £118,000 grant-funded study aimed at 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 patients
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).
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Research facility investigating the senses opens at RMCH
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.
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Governor Diary Dates 2016
Here is a provisional list of diary dates for 2016, which will be extended over the coming year.