I'd like to begin my Bulletin by sharing with Governors what a pleasure it was to take part in the SHINE celebration day on 20th September 2016. It was a wonderful opportunity for colleagues to take a little time to celebrate together the outcome of our Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection. The day focused on highlighting local successes across all our services, and giving each other a well-deserved pat on the back. Everyone worked incredibly hard to achieve the CQC outcome - the rating of GOOD is an excellent result for our staff and our patients and reflects CMFT's commitment to care.
The Annual Members' Meeting (AMM) on Tuesday 27th September 2016 will also be a chance to continue these celebrations. Thank you to the Governors who have already signed up to help with a range of member engagement activities on the day, including asking members to complete a questionnaire about our priorities and responding to questions on our Membership stand. A bespoke AMM Governor Engagement Pack has been developed to support Governors with this engagement process, and if you have not already done so, do contact our Membership Manager Donna Beddows as soon as possible to book your engagement slot. We look forward to seeing as many Governors as possible at the AMM.
Please also make the most of the AMM email and tweets and help us to promote the event further, encouraging both members and members of the public to attend via your contacts, networks or local community groups.
The results of the 2016 Governor Elections are now available - please visit the Governor Election webpage to see the Report on Voting. Our Lead Governor David Edwards will be formally announcing the results at the AMM. I know you'll extend a warm welcome to the new Governors at the AMM, and also at their first Council of Governors meeting on 12th October 2016. The final element of the process will be the election of a Lead Governor with details recently being circulated to Governors inviting nominations. If you are interested in standing for election as Lead Governor, please ensure that your completed nomination form is returned to Donna Beddows, no later than 5.00 pm on Monday 26th September 2016. The results will be formally announced at our next Council of Governors' Meeting (12th October 2016).
Work continues on creating the new city-wide single hospital service, and Peter Blythin, Singe Hospital Service Programme Director, gave a comprehensive update at a Governor briefing session earlier this month (6th September 2016). A Joint Governor Workshop between UHSM and CMFT is currently being arranged (to be held in early October 2016), with details being circulated to Governors shortly.
Turning to the wider health economy, Manchester's clinical research capabilities made the headlines when the National Institute for Health Research announced funding of £28.5m for a Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). Clinical and research colleagues across the city did a tremendous job in preparing a comprehensive and compelling bid for BRC status, and Governors can read more about this success below.
Another area in which CMFT and our city are leading the way is around tackling childhood obesity. This month saw the launch of a card game designed as a great new way to learn about the health benefits of a range of popular foods. The CHAMP (Children's Health and Monitoring Programme) Trumps card game has been developed as part of the Reducing Childhood Obesity in Manchester (RCOM) Programme, a citywide collaboration led by CMFT. Click here for more information.
CMFT's excellence as an employer has also been recognised nationally, with our Trust being ranked 23rd in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List. This recognises our continued dedication to workplace diversity, placing CMFT among an elite list of UK organisations that promote inclusion across all protected characteristics, throughout each level of employment. You can read more about this by clicking here.
Completing this quartet of successes is an award which recognises CMFT's pioneering approach to using technology to improve patient safety. The 'Best Improvement in Patient Safety' award was given jointly to our Acute Care Team and Informatics for their work on the Patientrack project, at the North West Connect Conference 2016. The system is now used across five of our hospitals' in-patient wards, and the team has uniquely combined technology and acute care education to engage all staff. Congratulations to them on this excellent achievement.
I look forward to seeing Governors at the AMM on 27th September 2016 and at the Council of Governors meeting on 12th October 2016. In the meantime, do please contact me if you have any questions about the topics in this Bulletin or I can assist you in carrying out your role - 0161 276 6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landmark award for Greater Manchester's devolved health system
On 14th September 2016, history was made when a single Manchester bid was awarded £28.5m from the NIHR, bringing lifesaving tests and treatments a step nearer for millions of people.
The bid was only made possible through bringing together the recognised clinical and research expertise from across health and academia, which demonstrates the connectivity and collaboration that is central to making Greater Manchester devolution a success.
Our Charity News
We did it! Helipad Appeal target reached
We are thrilled to announce, during National Air Ambulance Week, that we have hit the £3.9million target for our #TimeSavesLives Helipad Appeal, a staggering one year earlier than planned!
The Charity received tremendous support from across the region including a generous charitable donation of £1million from the County Air Ambulance Trust's HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal and £1.1million from the Government's LIBOR fines funds in the Chancellor's Budget.
This means that a dedicated helipad can now be built on the central site helping critically ill or injured patients to access the specialist treatment they require quicker; helping our hospitals to save even more lives. Thanks to our donors, work will commence on the helipad in January, with the facility due to be operational by the beginning of 2018. Our gratitude goes to Governors who supported the Appeal, and you can watch a short film of thanks here.
John Thomson Helps Make A Lotto Difference!
We're delighted to tell Governors about a brand new initiative that could see you, your family or friends winning a weekly cash prize of £1,000!
Cold Feet star John Thomson recently visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to help us launch our brand new charity lottery that will help make a lotto difference to all hospitals in our hospital family.
John commented: "I've seen first-hand the incredible work being done right here on our doorstep, so I'm absolutely delighted to be able to help launch the Charity's new weekly lottery. The more players we can get to sign-up, the more the Charity will be able to do - it's as simple as that. I want to encourage the people of the North West to get involved and do something amazing for a fantastic cause."
Please visit http://www.rmchcharity.org.uk/ to sign up or find out more. Alternatively please contact the charity team on 0161 276 4522.
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Key Membership Messages
Governors would like to encourage member and public attendance at the Annual Members Meeting, which will provide an opportunity to engage with both Governors and the Board of Directors.
Members can find the 2015/16 Annual Report & Quality Report at http://www.cmft.nhs.uk/your-trust/annual-reports
Governor Diary Dates 2016