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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.

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


NHS News



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 17%.

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 published

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 patients.

The  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'.



North West News



Patients warned over whooping cough epidemic

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 teens.

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 children immunised.

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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 and Lancashire.

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Trust News



A New Health Deal for Trafford - Public Consultation Underway

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 Hospital.

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:

Further information can also be found on our website:


The Midwives are riding high in the ratings

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 Service (CAMHS)

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 surgeon

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."



Our Trust Charity News



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 RMCH.

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


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 to register online.



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Ongoing activities include:



Governor Diary Dates



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

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 13th Nov

Youth Forum

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

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 4th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Weds 5th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Friday 7th Dec

Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Weds 11th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm



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