I wanted to use my last Bulletin before retiring at the end of
December to reflect on what a pleasure it has been to work with you
Becoming a Foundation Trust and establishing a Council of
Governors was a major project for the Trust back in 2008-09.
Many people worked very hard on the FT consultation, our successful
submission to the Department of Health to be granted FT status and
the subsequent huge campaign to recruit members.
Our initial Council of Governors set a very high benchmark for
collaboration, involvement and commitment, and the many Governors
who have been elected or nominated since then have made an equally
As Chairman since 2001, I have been part of a number of major
milestones for our Trust. These include the mergers that
created CMFT plus Community Services and Trafford becoming part of
our Trust family. The completion of the new hospitals' development
in 2009 and the Royal visit and official opening in 2012 were
totally unforgettable occasions.
But we are so much more than bricks and mortar and over the past
13 years, I have seen our clinical services and research flourish
and go from strength to strength. I am confident that the new
Chairman, Steve Mycio, will continue to build on this record of
success and achievement.
One of the high points of my last year in office has been the
celebration of the bicentenary of Manchester Royal Eye
Hospital. We were also honoured with a visit from Prince
Harry to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in his role as patron
for the charity WellChild. He took a great interest in the
work of the team on Ward 83, chatting to staff and families about
their experience and the support provided by WellChild.
Over the years, our clinical work and research has continued to
attract national and international recognition, with numerous
prizes and awards presented to teams across CMFT. It has also been
a particular pleasure for me to be involved in our own staff
recognition awards, and the annual 'We're Proud of You' awards
dinner is one of the highlights of the year for me.
I will continue to follow progress and developments across our
hospitals and community services and look forward to hearing about
CMFT going from strength to strength under the very capable
leadership of Steve, the Non-Exec Directors, Mike and the Executive
team. I know that you will all continue to play a key role in
supporting our Trust in achieving its ambitious plans for the
A special thank you goes to our Membership Manager Donna Beddows
and our current and former Trust Secretaries Alwyn Hughes and Sue
Allison. I 'm very grateful for all the help they have given me in
planning the programme of Governor and member activities, ensuring
meetings run efficiently and engaging with our members.
Finally, I would like to put on record what an honour and
privilege it has been to serve as Chairman of this great
institution and to thank you all for supporting me in this role
over the years. It is greatly appreciated and I will miss
working with you all.
My very best wishes to you and your families for a happy
Christmas and a successful 2015.
Peter W Mount CBE