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

We are very pleased to have been selected by the Board of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust as their preferred partner to take forward the future development of local hospital services for the people of Trafford. The next stage of the formal process will involve us in negotiations over the detailed terms of the acquisition to ensure that the interests of patients are protected and the provisions of local hospital services remains stable during the transition period.

We also look forward to now working closely with staff in Trafford, developing strong plans which will ensure that together we can provide the highest quality health services for the people of Trafford.

Our theme of the Annual Members Meeting which takes place on Tuesday 27th September 2011 from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm, is "Stay Well" in Education South (Postgraduate Centre). Presentations will be from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm. This will give our new staff in Community Services a perfect forum in which to showcase their work. There will be an opportunity to learn about good health and preventing illness.

Members will be able to vote on the constitutional changes and I am very grateful to the governors on the membership working group who have worked with us to navigate the existing constitution and develop a set of proposed changes. You will also have the opportunity to hear about achievements of the past year and plans for the coming year. I would really like to see an even better turnout of governors this year for this very important event.

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


NHS News



Call for more maternity doctors

The NHS needs more specialist maternity doctors to prevent mothers dying due to "substandard care", experts have said. An editorial in the British Medical Journal written by six obstetricians says most maternal deaths are now caused by treatable medical conditions. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says too few doctors means warning signs can be missed. The Department of Health said it was committed to seeing every woman getting safe and quality maternity services. It says linking women's health services in networks will help.


Health wins as spending shrinks

Health will account for almost a third of all UK government spending by 2015, according to a report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies. This is due to both a long term shift in priorities, and the planned cuts in government spending.  The NHS faces growing financial pressure as the demand for care and the costs of providing it continue to rise.  These overall figures don't reflect the variation in health spending plans in the UK. 

For its report the IFS looked at trends in government spending from the late 1970s onwards. Paul Johnson, the director of the respected think tank, said "The way the state spends our money has shifted to a remarkable extent towards spending on health and social security over the past 30 years."



North West News



Do you have a healthy interest in the NHS?

GPs in Manchester would like to hear from local people who want to become involved in designing the future of health services in the city National NHS reforms are changing the way health services in Manchester will be planned, arranged and funded in the future. Local GPs are forming 'Clinical Commissioning Groups' which will work closely with hospitals, community health services and social care services to organise and develop health services which improve the quality of care available in the city.

Manchester GPs want to involve local people in this work. Dr Phil Burns, who sits on the Board of South Manchester's Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We are lucky in Manchester to have a range of high quality health services. However, we believe we can further improve the services in Manchester despite the challenging financial times we currently face in this country. In order to do this we need local people to advise us of their views where necessary, tell us how to improve our plans."


Home help as NHS birthplace leads the healthcare revolution

Hospital nurses are being alerted when seriously ill patients fail to take their medication at home. Tiny electronic monitors have been installed in the homes of people with chronic long-term conditions to try to cut the amount of time they spend in hospital.

It reminds them when they need to take their drugs or attend hospital appointments by sending bleeps.

If the patient does not press a button to indicate they have heard the message, an electronic warning is sent to nurses at cardiac and diabetes clinics at Trafford General Hospital. They then check the patient's welfare by phone - or visit their house if they are still concerned. Bosses say the Telehealth system is helping to save time, money and lives.

It is part of a pilot project to modernise healthcare in the birthplace of the NHS. Eighteen patients are currently involved in the trial in Trafford.



Trust News



Monitor's financial and governance risk rating

We have received our Monitor financial and governance risk rating. The Trust received a risk rating of 3 for finance and this is a level that we have been at since authorisation as a Foundation Trust, which is a stable position. There are five risk ratings with 1 being the highest risk and 5 being the lowest risk.

Our governance risk rating has been graded as amber-green. There are a range of risk ratings for governance ranging from red (high risk) through to green (low risk). We have just fallen short of achieving green but this is an overall satisfactory performance as we self declared that we are forecasting a breach on our referral to treatment time target of 23 weeks for admitted patients

Governors can be reassured that the Board is closely monitoring this governance performance and has been assured that to address the backlog of patients, particularly in paediatrics, a number of actions have been taken including additional consultant appointments and increased operational capacity.

Those of you who attend our quarterly performance indicator meetings will have seen our performance represented in dashboard indicators which have been discussed in detail.


Specialist Maternity Team Win Prestigious Award


One of our specialist maternity teams is celebrating after collecting a prestigious award from Parliament!  Our joint cardiac/maternity team won Highly Commended in the 'Best example of a service for women with complex medical needs in pregnancy' category at the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Maternity Services Awards, for their work caring for women with complex heart disease throughout pregnancy, the leading cause of maternal mortality.

The service was set up in 2004 by Dr Sarah Vause, Consultant Obstetrician and Dr Bernard Clarke, Consultant Cardiologist, with the support of a specialist midwife.  Since 2004, the amount of new referrals received has doubled, increasing from 43 in 2004 to 86 in 2010 and there have been no unexpected admissions of our patients to Intensive Care or maternal deaths. 


New Professor of Ophthalmology


Paulo Stanga, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the Eye Hospital, has been appointed Professor of Ophthalmology by The University of Manchester.  Mr Stanga, whose full title is now Professor of Ophthalmology and Retinal Regeneration, was the subject of worldwide media interest last year as a result of the pioneering treatment he was conducting around the 'bionic eye' innovation.



Our Trust Charity News



Gold Challenge

Year to go

Don't just be a spectator; join the excitement of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics by taking part in the gold challenge sporting experience in the lead up to the games. From archery and fencing to canoeing and water polo, you can master new sports and skills and raise money to help children and their families at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

You can choose to take part in the Gold Challenge as an individual or as a team. Your challenge can include trying completely new sports, or pushing your boundaries in your favourite sport.  It's all about creating a personal challenge and knowing that while you're having fun and getting active you are helping to make a difference to young patients.  Anyone can do the challenge regardless of physical ability and level of fitness.


The Trafford Centre Abseil

Join us for a totally unique experience - a 60m vertical drop abseil down the Bell Tower, from over 220ft above The Trafford Centre! Take in some of the amazing views of Manchester, Cheshire and The Peak District from this landmark building and raise funds for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.

This exciting event takes place on Sunday 25th September and participants are asked to pay a £30 registration fee to take part. This fee includes rental and preparation of venue, qualified and professional instructors, all equipment, registration and management on the day. All the money you raise through sponsorship then comes directly to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity! 

Places are subject to availability, if you would like any more information regarding this event please contact a member of the charity team on 0161 276 4522 or


Can you spare a few hours?

We have secured charity collections across selected Tesco stores in Greater Manchester and Cheshire on Thursday 22 September but we need your help! We are looking to recruit volunteers to collect in over 30 stores.  If you are unable to help yourself could you help us to spread the word by asking friends, family or colleagues to take part instead? If you or someone you know can help us, please contact a member of the charity team on 0161 276 4522 or e-mail 



Membership Matters



Ongoing activities include:

  • FT DVD advert available on the Trust website and 'You Tube' -
  • A new Facebook page has been set up
  • Second Interactive Annual Members' Meeting to be held on Tuesday 27th September 2011 from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm in Education South (Postgraduate Centre).



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Governor Diary Dates






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 5th Oct

Performance Indicator Meeting

11.00 am - 12.30 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

Wed 18th Jan 

Performance Indicator Meeting

11.00 am - 12.30 pm 



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