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Chairman's Bulletin April 2013

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Welcome to April's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our organisation and what is going on in the NHS.

I recently met with the Chairs of our working groups together with the supporting director to undertake our annual review of the working groups' effectiveness, discuss the work which had been undertaken during the year and agree the focus of work for the coming year. I was very pleased to hear about the progress you have been making in all the working groups.

The new health and care system became fully operational on 1st April.  It aims to deliver the ambitions set out in the Health and Social Care Act (2012).  NHS England, Public Health England, the NHS Trust Development Authority and Health Education England have now taken on their full range of responsibilities.  For us this means that we are dealing with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the NHS Commissioning Board (NCB).  For further details which explains the new system go to:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-health-and-care-system-explained/the-health-and-care-system-explained

NHS Trafford is still awaiting the decision from the Secretary of State regarding the service changes set out in the New Health Deal for Trafford proposals. In the meantime we have organised some staff open house sessions to outline the implications suggested changes will have on the Trafford site and some of the services on our main Oxford Road site. 

In response to the Francis Report, the government is launching plans to ensure that patients are always put first and people are treated with respect. For further details visit, https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-publishes-initial-response-to-the-mid-staffordshire-nhs-public-inquiry-report

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.