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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a quality standard on the care of people with dementia. It has also published a dementia commissioning guide.
The dementia quality standard is one of the first NICE joint health and care quality standards. The other is on health and wellbeing of looked-after children.
Health and care commissioners and providers will be able to use these standards and guidance as tools to help improve their services.
North West News
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has launched a new campaign to show how it helps patients get the right care. On road, on foot, over the phone and in the sky; there are a number of ways the Service can help to make sure patients get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
NWAS saw a five per cent increase in the number of 999 calls received (during the period 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013) - 1,170,154 compared to 1,113,398 the previous year. Yet only a third of these calls were categorised as life-threatening.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the variety of ways in which the Service can help, including how it seeks alternatives for those patients whose conditions are deemed less serious - keeping ambulances free for those who need them most. A film featuring ambulance staff and volunteers will be available to watch on NWAS's social media pages and website: www.nwas.nhs.uk.
Northenden Health Visitors scoop national 'Team of the Year' award
The Northenden Health Visiting Team have been named 'Community Practitioner Team of the Year' at this year's national Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association (CPHVA) Awards. The team who are part of our Manchester Health Visiting Service received a double nomination in this year's short listing, with team member Sarah Mills also named as runner-up in the Student Health Visitor of the Year category.
The awards highlight good practice and professional development and recognise the contribution that Health Visitors and Community Practitioners make every day to communities across the country. The team, who are based at Northenden Health Centre, will be featured in the next CPHVA journal following their success.
Researchers find links between lifestyle and the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
Researchers in Manchester, led by Professor Ian Bruce, Professor of Rheumatology at The University of Manchester and one of our consultants, have found a link between several lifestyle factors and pre-existing conditions, including smoking cigarettes and diabetes, and an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Learn about the study, which was funded by Arthritis Research UK here: http://www.manchestermskbru.org/News/article.php?id=114
Vulnerable Baby Service nominated for national Patient Safety Award
Our Vulnerable Baby Service has been recognised in the
prestigious Patient Safety Awards 2013. The team received a
nomination in the Patient Safety in Paediatrics category for their
initiative 'Safe Sleeping Practice for Infants; Believing and
Communicating the Message'. The initiative focuses on reducing the
incidence of Sudden Unexplained Death of Infants (SUDI) in the
Manchester community where incidents are three times higher than
the national average. Ethna Dillon, Head of Vulnerable Baby
Service, will present the initiative to the judging panel on 3rd
June. The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner.
Lord Mayor Councillor Elaine Boyes, accompanied by the Lady Mayoress Linda Geoghegan, recently presented deaf Manchester University student Georgina Grimshaw with a £6,000 Cochlear™ Graeme Clark Scholarship Award at a ceremony in the city. Georgina who has lived in Tameside all her life is currently studying chemistry at university with the dream of becoming a leading British scientist.
Georgina, 20 years old, was born profoundly deaf and could hear very little with hearing aids. At the age of four, she was fitted with a Cochlear™ Nucleus® implant which she says changed her life. Cochlear implants are electronic devices for adults and children who do not receive adequate benefit from conventional hearing aids. Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants bypass the damaged hair cells in the inner ear and stimulate the hearing nerve directly providing a sense of sound to its user.
Our Trust Charity News
Brew's are on…
A walk on Corrie's cobbles for charity
A group of 18 friends and family joined David on his walk from Ashton-in-Makerfield to the MRI and back again over the weekend of Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March. The fundraising walk was also supported by Coronation Street's Kym Lomas who arranged for part of the route to take place along the famous Corrie Street cobbles. Kym became involved with the walk as her son, David Cunliffe, 17, and ex-partner David Cunliffe senior are good friends with David Thompson.
David said: "The medical team at Manchester Royal Infirmary were fantastic during my stay so I wanted to say thanks. I decided on a 51 mile walk to represent the 51 days I stayed in hospital. The support offered to me has been amazing and the fact that we get to walk along the Corrie Cobbles is wonderful."
Easter egg run descends on children's hospital
Kevin 'Ginger' Lawton and his scooter fanatic friends descended on Royal Manchester Children's Hospital for their 27th annual 'Ginger's Easter egg run.' Around 600 scooters arrived at the hospital for the 'Custom Scooter Show' when staff, patients and parents spent some time admiring the bikes on show. Patients on Ward 84 were invited to be judges of the show and voted for their favourites.
Kevin and his friends then handed out Easter eggs to the hospital to be distributed among the young patients. He said: "Our Easter egg run is one of the oldest and biggest in the country and we are grateful that so many scooting fanatics joined us to support the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity."
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