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 all.
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 valuable contribution.
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 future.
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