Welcome to August's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.
I am looking forward to seeing you at this year's Annual Members
Meeting which will also include Trafford Hospitals' Annual General
Meeting. It is being held on Tuesday 18th September 2012 between
1.00 pm and 4.00 pm in the Post-Graduate Centre, Manchester Royal
Infirmary. Board presentations will take place from 1.30 pm. The
theme this year is 'Your Health Matters to Us!' which centres on
four major conditions (heart attack, stroke, cancer and diabetes)
which may affect you and your family or friends. In addition to
showcasing our services, experts will be giving advice and
information on helping you to prevent or manage these conditions.
You can also participate in interactive demonstrations and have
your blood pressure checked! Presentations will also be given by
our Directors (beginning at 1.30 pm) which provide information
about how our Trust is performing.
The results of our 2012 elections have been posted on our
website at: /foundation-trust/governor-elections.aspx
Results will be formally announced, with newly elected Governors
starting in office, at our forthcoming Annual Members' Meeting.
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.
RNCM calls for 5,000 more midwives
The Royal College of Midwives says 5,000 more midwives are
needed across England to keep up with rising birthrate and growing
numbers of obese and older pregnant women who need extra care.
Midwife numbers have not kept pace with the birthrate in
England, which has risen 22% in the past two decades. Over the same
period the number of midwives is said to have risen by less than
Locally in Greater Manchester the major service redesign for
maternity and newborn services referred to as 'Making It Better'
has led to an increase in the number of midwives working at Saint
Marys. We are compliant at the recommended midwife:birth ratio and
we have continued our recruitment process in line with this. In
November 2011 we were pleased to welcome a cohort of experienced
midwives who joined our team from Salford Royal and this has been
complemented by recruitment in March and July.
Second national cancer patient experience survey
A report, based on the results of the second national cancer
patient experience survey, provides insights into the level of care
received by nearly 72,000 in-patient and day case cancer
cancer patient experience survey 2011/12 national report
compares performance with the previous
2010 survey, and on most questions scores have improved, with
the most significant increases in positive scores seen on
information and communication issues. There are nine new questions
in this year's survey, including an overarching question asking
patients to rate their overall care. This came out with 88 per cent
of patients rating their care 'excellent' or 'very good'.
Patients warned over whooping cough
Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated against
whooping cough after dozens of youngsters were struck down by an
outbreak. Eighty-two cases have been confirmed in adults and
children in Greater Manchester this year so far - more than four
times the number recorded in 2011. Last year just 20 people were
diagnosed in the region but a national outbreak has seen numbers
rocket - and the majority of sufferers are children or in their
Public health chiefs at the Health Protection North West believe
some of the cases are being contracted abroad where whooping cough
is more prevalent and are now advising parents to get their
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NHS Direct chosen for £40m NHS 111 contract
NHS Direct has been named as the preferred provider of a £40m
contract to deliver the NHS 111 non-emergency health advice
service in the north west of England.
The three-year contract is expected to be signed by NHS Shared
Business Services Commercial Procurement Solutions and NHS Direct
in the near future. NHS Direct will provide call handling, clinical
assessment and referral to an appropriate service.
It said that it is now the preferred provider for NHS 111 in
nine areas of England, covering 30% of the population. Most
recently, NHS Direct was awarded preferred provider status in the
West Midlands; Greater Manchester; Cheshire and Mersey; and Cumbria
A New Health Deal for Trafford - Public
The NHS in Trafford needs to change to ensure that we continue
to provide the best quality, most effective and safest care for
local residents, and secure the future of Trafford General
The 14 week consultation runs until 31st October
2012 and will give everyone an opportunity to have their say about
the proposed changes to healthcare services across Trafford.
The consultation proposal suggests the need for changes to be
made to some of the services that are currently delivered out of
the Trafford General Hospital site, to ensure that people receive
the right care, at the right time, in the right place, and that
investment can be made in developing an integrated care system.
Events have been planned over the coming months to give everyone
in Trafford an opportunity to meet with clinicians and understand
the case for change. They will also provide an opportunity for
local people to share their views on how a long term future for the
hospital, providing services which would continue to be safe and
affordable, can be secured.
The consultation documents and dates of all the events can be
found at: email@example.com
Further information can also be found on our website:
The Midwives are riding high in the
The six part BBC2 series featuring the maternity team at Saint
Mary's has been receiving rave reviews and averaging almost 2.5
million viewers. There are two more episodes in the series with the
final one featuring our staff. This is being broadcast on Tuesday
4th September at 9.00 pm.
A first for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care in England (MTFCE) is a
foster care programme designed to help looked-after children
with high levels of need turn their lives around.
This programme enables local authorities to offer solutions for
youngsters who have experienced many placement disruptions and who
have a high level of need from all children's services in
education, health and social care. The aim is to promote stability
and the ability to live in a family whether the outcome is a return
to home or extended family, to long term fostering or adoption. In
this way, MTFCE broadens the range of foster care placements
available within the children's local communities.
A joint project between our Trust and Salford Children's
Services has recently been the first in the North of England to be
certified as an Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care
(MTFC) site by the developers of the model who are
based in Oregon, USA.
National Team Site Consultant Joanna Warburton said: "Teams have
to provide rigorous examples of fidelity to the MTFC model before
they can be fully certified as an MTFC site. There are only two
other certified sites for adolescents in England so we are
delighted that the Salford team are the first in the North of
England to achieve this. The project began with the successful
bidding for a grant from the Department for Education and is part
of the government drive for evidence-based programmes."
Prestigious award for former
One of our former surgeons has been recognised for his work in
Paediatric Surgery. Adrian Bianchi, a Consultant Paediatric and
Neonatal Reconstructive Surgeon, who worked in RMCH and Saint
Mary's Hospital for more than 25 years until he retired, was
awarded the Denis Browne Gold Medal, a prestigious annual award, to
mark outstanding contributions to paediatric surgery.
He said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been awarded the
Denis Browne Gold Medal. This is the most prestigious award offered
by the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons to colleagues who
have been voted by the membership to have contributed significantly
to Paediatric Surgery.
"It is a happy but humbling experience for which I am thankful
to the many colleagues, nurses, patients and their families that
have supported and tolerated me through the many years of often
controversial development. I look back with pride at my time as a
neonatal and paediatric surgeon and urologist in Manchester, and I
regard the Award as a tribute to Neonatal and Paediatric Surgery
and Urology in Manchester. I hope that Manchester will continue to
offer leadership and innovation in our speciality."
Mini Humphrey is launched
The Charity Team have teamed up with street dance star George
Sampson and Ryman Stationery to officially launch a new beanie
bear, known as mini Humphrey; that will be sold in support of Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.
George, who is a patron of the charity, was joined at the launch
by the real Humphrey to see the very first mini Humphrey sold at
the Ryman store in Manchester Arndale. The bears are now sale
at Ryman stores across the North West of England, as well as at
The beanie bears, which will go on sale for £4.99 with a least
£1.50 being donated to the charity, are part of the long term
charitable support that stationery firm, Ryman and their Chairman,
Theo Paphitis, have shown to RMCH. To order a beanie bear direct
from the charity please visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk
Wiggle for Women
There is still time to sign up for Wiggle for Women - our
zumbathon in support of Saint Mary's Hospital. Taking place
at the national cycling centre from 12.00 pm on
Sunday16th September, Wiggle for Women is a great way
to enjoy Zumba - the only Latin inspired dance fitness programme
that blends red hot international music and contagious steps to for
a fitness party.
Registration is £10 (£15 including a T-shirt) and all money
raised will go towards purchasing cooling cots for the Rainbow Room
at Saint Mary's Hospital as well as other vital equipment to look
after young and vulnerable babies. To find out more please contact
Clare McManmon on 0161 276 4404 or visit www.cmftcharity.org.uk/events/wiggle-women
to register online.
Ongoing activities include:
Wed 17th Oct
Council of Governors' Meeting
1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Monday 22nd Oct
Corporate Citizenship Working Group
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Wed 24th Oct
Performance Indicator Group
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Wed 31st Oct
Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group
Tuesday 13th Nov
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Monday 19th Nov
Board of Directors' Meeting Update
12.00 noon - 2.00 pm
Wed 21st Nov
Membership Working Group
Tuesday 4th Dec
Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)
12.00 noon - 1.30 pm
Weds 5th Dec
Friday 7th Dec
Patient Experience Working Group
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Weds 11th Dec