Peter Mount at Ronald McDonald House ground break
 
 
 

Welcome to our latest e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.

I recently attended the ground break for the new 60-bedroom Ronald McDonald House, which is due to open in May 2010 and will be located on the site of the old Saint Mary's Hospital.  This £7.5million development is being funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to provide free 'home away from home' accommodation for families of seriously ill children being treated at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.  The House will provide accommodation for up to 60 families a night, 365 days a year. This exciting project will mark the completion of the Trust's new developments.

I was delighted to learn this month that our Trust is the safest place in the country to undergo bowel cancer surgery according to a study by Cancer Research UK. On average across the UK 6.7 per cent of patients, treated between 1998 and 2006, died within a month of undergoing bowel cancer surgery however at the Manchester Royal Infirmary this figure was much lower at just 1.7 per cent. The findings of this study are an excellent reflection of the benefits of being treated in hospital with our infrastructure, which offers a wide range of specialists in different disciplines working closely together.

If there is anything I can do to assist you in your role as a Governor, please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.

 
 

NHS News

 

 

Voluntary sector share views on NHS modernisation at Downing Street listening event
Representatives from the voluntary sector have recently shared their views with the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at Downing Street, as part the listening exercise on NHS modernisation.

The membership of the NHS Future Forum, that will drive engagement in the listening exercise, was also announced. Chaired by Professor Steve Field, the group includes patient representatives, clinicians, health experts and representatives from the voluntary sector, including Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations

 

Staff and care users given control of social care
Care Services Minister Paul Burstow sent out a strong message to councils on 14th April aimed at encouraging joint working across health and social care and making personalised care a reality.

Ahead of his speech at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services' (ADASS) Spring Seminar in Newcastle, Mr Burstow revealed the six sites which have been selected to pilot Social Work Practices for adult social care.

The Social Work Practice pilots will see groups of frontline social care workers given more flexiblity to work with the people they support and their carers to improve their outcomes.

In addition to this, the Minister has announced plans to strengthen the legislation on direct payments to ensure councils make clear to every person entitled to care and support how they can make use of a direct payment.

New Directions to councils, to be consulted on shortly, will mean all councils must ensure there is a full and open discussion about direct payments. This builds on best practice that is common in some local authorities already.

 

 

North West News

 

 

NHS North West PCT cluster Chair and Chief executives announced
As regional health services continue to implement the government's reform programme NHS North West can now confirm the appointment of the Chairs and Chief Executives who will lead the five primary care clusters across the region.

The appointments are:

The chief executive and chair of the Cumbria PCT cluster will be Sue Page and Mike Taylor.

The chief executive and chair of the Pan Lancashire PCT cluster will be Janet Soo-Chung, who is currently the chief executive of NHS North Lancashire, and Peter Kenyon, who is currently the chair of NHS Central Lancashire. 

The chief executive and chair of the Merseyside PCT cluster will be Derek Campbell, who is currently the chief executive of Liverpool PCT, and Gideon Ben-Tovim, who is currently the chair of Liverpool PCT. 

The chief executive and chair of the Cheshire PCT cluster will be Kathy Doran, who is currently the chief executive of NHS Wirral, and Kathy Cowell, who is currently the chair of Central & Eastern Cheshire PCT. 

The chief executive and chair of the Greater Manchester PCT cluster will be Mike Burrows, who is currently the chief executive of NHS Salford, and Prof. Eileen Fairhurst, who is currently the chair of NHS Salford.

Mike Farrar, chief executive of NHS North West said: "The cluster Chief Executives will provide additional leadership, support and scrutiny for local decisions during a challenging time for the NHS. As well as driving up the quality of patient care and services, the clusters will support the new GP consortia to ensure the NHS spends its money as effectively as possible.

"The leadership in the north west is as such that we had a strong group of candidates from which to choose from however I am delighted that we have appointed five talented leaders and whose experience will help the NHS in the North West to prepare for the major reform programme we face." 

 

 

Trust News

 

 

First PET-CT scan takes place at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital carried out the first PET-CT scan in the north of England to diagnosis Congenital Hyperinsulinism (CHI) this month. This new scan will greatly help in the diagnosis of Congenital Hyperinsulinism (CHI), a common cause of persistent low sugars in babies and children. This is caused by the uncontrolled release of a hormone in the body called insulin which is made from the pancreas gland. Low sugars can cause brain damage, which can be prevented by early diagnosis and treatment. 

Currently children from all over the country have to travel to Berlin to undergo a PET-CT scan which uses a rare radio-isotope to diagnose the condition. After successfully bidding to be the UK's host for this scanner, RMCH has worked closely with the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre based at the Christie Hospital to produce the radio isotope. 

Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology Indi Banerjee said: "The Trust is extremely pleased and proud that we will be able to offer this service. It is the culmination of a great deal of planning and working together by different institutions and departments." 

RMCH is one of the centres for the Northern Congenital Hyperinsulinism Service (NORCHI), a specialist centre in the north of the UK. Along with Alder Hey Children's Hospital, NORCHI has successfully managed children not only from Greater Manchester and Liverpool, but also from other areas such as North Wales, Glasgow, Birmingham and Nottingham. Now it is set to become one of the major European centres in CHI.

 

 

More North West News

 

 

Making It Better update

Making it Better is a programme of improvements to NHS services for pregnant women, babies, children and young people throughout Greater Manchester. These include providing more modern hospital facilities and equipment, more doctors, nurses and midwives with improved skills and investments in community services to help bring care closer to home. There will be fewer hospitals providing overnight care for babies, children and maternity so that specialist expertise, experience and resources can be concentrated in centres of excellence and staffing levels can be improved. 

The changes were agreed in 2007 following one of the biggest consultations in NHS history, taking into account the views of patients, staff and the public throughout Greater Manchester. 

A recent review of the Making it Better programme has confirmed that from November 2011, overnight maternity and neonatal (newborn baby) services will no longer be available at Salford Royal Hospital.  

As originally agreed in 2007, there will be eight overnight maternity units in Greater Manchester. All the Greater Manchester maternity units will have neonatal units that will provide care to newborn babies who need medical and nursing care. 

From November 2011, the overnight maternity and neonatal services at Salford Royal will transfer to the maternity units at the Royal Bolton Hospital, Saint Mary's Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital. 

Under the Making it Better changes, all hospitals will continue to provide out-patient care at their local hospital antenatal clinics and community midwifery care. A standalone midwife-led birth centre will be available in Salford, which will be run by Saint Mary's and will be called the 'Saint Mary's Birth Centre in Salford'.  It will be run entirely by midwives with the support of health care support workers and will have no doctors, meaning it will be a choice for healthy women with low risk pregnancies.

 

 

Governor Diary Dates 2011

 

 

Dates

Meeting

Time

Wed 4th May

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 10th May

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Fri 20th May

Patient Experience working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Wed 22nd June

Council of Governors

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 29th June

Young People's Event

10.00 am - 3.00 pm

Tues 12th July

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Mon 18th July

Corporate Citizenship working group

10.00 am - 11.30 am

Wed 20th July

Staff Health and Wellbeing working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 3rd August

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 13th Sept

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Fri 16th Sept

Patient Experience working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Tues 27th Sept

Annual Members' Meeting

1.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Wed 19th Oct

Council of Governors

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Mon 24th Oct

Corporate Citizenship working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Wed 2nd Nov

Staff Health & Wellbeing working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 8th Nov

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Wed 23rd Nov

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Fri 25th Nov

Patient Experience working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

 

 
 

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