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Chairman’s Bulletin May 2016

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Welcome to this issue of my newsletter for Governors, and I'd like to focus on some of the excellent work going on to help transform our services and tackle the financial challenges we face.

During 2016/17, we need to make £65m of savings through improving the safety and effectiveness of the patient care we provide, and using our clinical staff and resources more effectively.  The good news is that at the start of the new financial year on 1st April, we had robust plans in place to achieve £50m of savings.  Plans to save a further £7m are almost complete, and the final £8m is currently being tackled.  By providing more effective and efficient services, we ensure our patients have a better experience and don't need to stay in hospital so long.  Consequently we can increase our activity levels, and so generate more income.

Executive Director of Finance Adrian Roberts is updating our staff on how we're responding to the financial challenge through a series of videos - the most recent one is at this link:  https://vimeo.com/162572456.  More than 2,500 colleagues have accessed this video, and staff suggestions are making a significant contribution to the transformation process.  Their ideas range from using different paper for letters and reports (saving £15,000 over the year) to changing the theatre gowns and table drapes used in MREH Theatres (saving £1,500 a year in just one hospital).  I'm very proud of the way everyone is doing their bit to help save money and work more efficiently, so that CMFT's services remain strong and sustainable for the future.

Finance was just one of the topics discussed at the recent Board of Directors meeting, along with transformation and the Manchester Locality Plan.  The Board also recognised the achievement of gaining a 'Good' rating from the CQC.  We hope to receive the final version of the CQC report shortly, and are in the process of developing our internal response to the report so we can continue to improve.

Turning to our extremely popular annual Young People's Event, this will be a fantastic recruitment and engagement opportunity for Governors.  We'll be welcoming around 400 young people aged 11-21 and their teachers to CMFT on Wednesday 29th June from 10.00 am - 3 pm, to find out more about NHS careers, staying healthy and how they can get involved with our Trust.  It's also an excellent chance for Governors to engage with the staff who very kindly give up their time to run around 30 stands and laboratory activities during the day.

Please respond to Donna if you are able to actively participate in Governor engagement slots scheduled throughout the day, and to gather responses to our special young people's questionnaire.  Donna can also supply hard copies of flyers, posters and a newsletter which you might find helpful to promote the event with your local community and contacts.

I'm sure Governors will be pleased to hear that the work of the Manchester Single Hospital Service Review is nearing completion.  The Stage 1 report identified very considerable benefits that could be gained from establishing a single hospital service for Manchester, including improvements for patients and staff, and also efficiency improvements.  Stage 2 is looking at the most effective organisational arrangements to deliver these benefits.  A special briefing session for Governors will take place at 2.30 - 4.00pm tomorrow, after the Performance Review meeting.  The Stage 2 report will be made public on 31st May 2016, and a special Governor briefing will be issued at that time.

Moving on to other events, it was a special honour to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to our Trust last month. She visited Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) to meet staff and partners who provide support for victims of sexual abuse.  The Duchess also unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the Centre's 30th anniversary.  You can read more about the visit here.

I was also delighted to join Chief Nurse Cheryl Lenney, Margot Johnson, Executive Director Human and Corporate Resources, and NHS Professionals who sponsored the event, in judging 'Care and Compassion on Camera'. This is a CMFT photography competition celebrating the contribution our Nursing and Midwifery staff make in being proud to care through photographs.  With more than 140 entries, it proved very popular and we announced the winners on International Nurses Day (Thursday 12th May).

Congratulations to Ruth Wynn, Head of Service, IV Adult Community Therapy Team (1st prize); Andrew Grady, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, NICU (2nd prize); Tracey Claydon, Practice Education Facilitator (3rd prize).  The public were asked to vote as part of the process, and Tracey was also the winner of the Public Choice award, for her photo entitled 'Bi and Evelyn'. Governors will be able to see all the photos at the public Board of Directors' meeting on 11th July.

The care and compassion of RMCH staff was also on display in a new TV series, which launched on 17th May.  'Kids Hospital - Your Child in Their Hands' is a four-part documentary capturing the variety of treatments and services we provide at RMCH. The first episode showed renal transplant, burns, metabolic disorder and A&E teams in action. Future episodes are on Channel 5 on Tuesday evenings at 10pm.

Congratulations go to Professor Deborah Symmons on winning a prestigious Distinguished Member Award from the British Society for Rheumatology, and to our Emergency team who made it into the UK top three for 24/7 Quality in Emergency Care at the recent CHKS Top Hospitals Awards.  And well done to clinical photographer Vanessa Lozano, whose photo depicting the research culture at CMFT has made the shortlist in a prestigious competition celebrating the centenary of the Royal College of Nursing.

Finally, I'd like to thank everyone at CMFT and our partner organisations who made Dementia Awareness Week (15th - 21st May) such a great success.  It was inspiring to see the raft of initiatives across CMFT to both raise awareness of dementia, and to improve the experience of patients with dementia, and their families, when in our care.  I would also like to thank Kathy Cowell & Dave Edwards for their support in formally launching the events on both the Central and Trafford sites.

Please do your best to attend the Performance Review meeting tomorrow, to get key updates on performance in the first month of our new financial year.  And if you have any questions about the topics I've covered in this bulletin please get in touch on 0161 276 8661 or email me at steve.mycio@cmft.nhs.uk.