Welcome to the August e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our organisation and what is going on in the
We are looking forward to receiving the results of the on-going
Governor Elections which will be available on 9th September.
This year's Annual Members' Meeting will take place on Tuesday
1st October between 1.00 - 4.00 pm in the Nowgen
Centre on Grafton Street (MRI). I hope to see all of you
Thanks to all those Governors who recently attended the Governor
session which gave an overview of the organisation's values and
behavioural framework. Your input was greatly appreciated and
your suggestions have been taken on board. Further up-dates will be
provided at your usual meetings.
As our commitment to carbon reduction I am pleased to announce
the appointment of Ian Gibbs, who joined us as Energy Manager
recently. Ian will be planning and monitoring how we use energy
across the Trust Estate, and identifying ways in which we can
become more efficient.
He will be providing technical advice and support and
implementing a number of small, medium and large energy efficiency
programmes. Ian brings with him a wealth of experience from
his previous role at the University of Hull. If you have any
Energy Saving tips or suggestions, please contact the Eco Team at
I really enjoyed the BBC 2 programme 'The Midwives' which I
watched last Tuesday. It demonstrated the excellent work
being done at Saint Mary's of which I am sure they are very
proud. Further details about the programme are below.
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
BBC Two The Midwives - back for series
Everyday we rely on Midwives to look after us and to bring our
children safely into the world. Pregnancies are more complicated
and parents more demanding. So, what¹s it like to be a midwife in
This documentary series for BBC TWO is a moving, revealing and
heart-warming look at the work of our midwives.
Filming with our midwives at Saint Mary's, as well as other
hospitals across the North West, this series shows the
extraordinary responsibility we lay upon our midwives and the
difficult situations and decisions they face every day. We see them
juggling NHS resources and the need to meet patients demands.
Episode one was broadcast on Tuesday 20th August at
9.00 pm. If you missed it you should still be able to get it
For further details:
Proton Beam Therapy Will be
Available in Manchester
A major new cutting edge radiotherapy treatment
will be available in the UK thanks to £250 million of government
funding to build two new facilities in Manchester and London.
The therapy - Proton Beam Therapy - is a
particularly important form of cancer treatment as it targets
tumours more precisely with less damage to surrounding tissues.
This can improve the quality of life following cancer treatment,
reduces side effects, especially for children and, because the NHS
will be able to treat more people, it will save lives.
Currently, the NHS sends children and adults
needing Proton Beam Therapy to the United States, but from 2018 it
will be offered to up to 1,500 cancer patients at the Christie NHS
Foundation Trust in Manchester and University College London
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London.
Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) is a precise form of
radiotherapy that uses charged particles instead of X-rays to
deliver a dose of radiotherapy for patients. It can be a more
effective form of treatment than conventional radiotherapy because
it directs the radiotherapy more precisely with minimal damage to
surrounding tissue. Evidence is growing that protons can be
effective in treating a number of cancers, in particular children
and young people with brain tumours, for whom PBT appears to
produce fewer side effects such as secondary cancers, growth
deformity, hearing loss and learning difficulties.
The successful funding is the result of a collaborative approach
by The Christie together with Central Manchester University
Hospital NHS Trust, Salford Royal NHS Trust and Manchester Academic
Health Science Centre (MAHSC).
New Facilities Matron improves experience
Together with Sodexo we have appointed a Facilities Matron to
help reinforce high standards of cleanliness, patient dining and
Yvonne Spencer, previously a ward manager at Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital, has joined Sodexo from the Trust on a 12-month
secondment. The company runs a range of services for the Trust,
including cleaning, portering and patient dining, together with
site maintenance, security and facilities management.
Acting on feedback about food and ensuring wards achieve the
highest cleanliness standards are two key areas which Yvonne is
For further details:
Biomedical Research Centre Bulletin - Summer
The Biomedical Research Centre Bulletin is available via:
MAHSC E-bulletin Issue 2 Out
Issue 2 of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC)
e-bulletin is out now. This issue includes details of new
international developments, an update on the redesignation process,
the latest research news and updates from all MAHSC partners,
The newsletter can be found at:
Consultant Treatment Outcomes Published
As part of NHS England's commitment to making more information
available about how services and professionals are performing and
to drive up the quality of care and to help people choose the
treatment that suits them best, 'consultant treatment outcomes'
have been published.
All Trusts have been asked to establish a webpage to publicise
this publication. Our page can be found here: /your-trust/everyone-counts.aspx
Minister announces £500 million to relieve pressures on
A&E departments will benefit
from an additional £500 million over the next 2 years to ensure
they are fully prepared for winter.
With over 1 million more people visiting A&E compared to 3
years ago, last year's harsh winter put exceptional pressure on
urgent and emergency wards.
The new funding will go to A&E departments identified as
being under the most pressure and be targeted at 'pinch points' in
The aim is for patients to be treated promptly, with fewer
delays in A&E, and for other patients to get the care,
prescriptions or advice they need without going to A&E.
For further details:
Minister launches radical new procurement strategy to
save the NHS £1.5 billion
A radical new blueprint for how our NHS buys everything - from
rubber gloves and stitches to new hips, building work, bed pans and
temporary staff - was unveiled last week.
new strategy for NHS procurement is set to radically change
what our NHS does with its money by cutting wasteful spending - so
cash can be ploughed back into the front line for patient care. It
details ambitious plans to save £1.5 billion by getting our NHS to
use its money more smartly and more efficiently.
This organisation has been involved in this and worked with the
Department of Health regarding the launch publicity.
Wiggle for Women to Help Poorly
Women from across the North West are being invited to get their
wiggle on, in aid of the High Dependency Unit (HDU) at Saint Mary's
The Saint Mary's Hospital Charity is holding its second annual
Zumbathon, entitled Wiggle for Women, on Sunday 29th
September at the National Squash Centre at SportCity. The
three-hour fitness party will be led by a team of Zumba experts,
taking participants through routines which combine Latin-inspired
music and contagiously enjoyable dance steps.
The event will fund projects which will help to ease the
distress of expectant mothers who become unwell prior to delivery,
during labour or following the birth of their baby and who are
cared for in the hospital's HDU. These women are very poorly and
have a variety of complex medical and pregnancy-related conditions
which often require the premature delivery of their baby.
Many patients on the HDU are bedbound due to their illness,
causing them to feel isolated and vulnerable and, in the case of
mothers who remain unwell following the birth, often affecting
their ability to bond with their new baby. Sometimes in these
circumstances the baby requires treatment in the hospital's
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), meaning that their mother may
not be able to see their new-born during its first few precious
days of life.
This year's Zumbathon aims to raise £10,000 to purchase a number
of items designed to create an environment which allows expectant
or new mums the best opportunity possible to be able to bond with
their baby, to allow their partners to stay with them overnight and
to provide distractions from their situation, such as televisions
and DVD players.
To register, or for further information, please visit www.cmftcharity.org.uk or
call the Charity Team on 0161 276 4522.
Saint Mary's Hospital Charity Facebook and Twitter
We have recently launched a Facebook and Twitter account for
Saint Mary'sHospital Charity and we need your 'Likes' and
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saintmaryshospitalcharity
Follow us on Twitter: @StMarysHosp
This year, for the first time, we are selling Christmas cards to
support continuing excellence in treatment, care and research here
at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and they will be available
from the middle of September.
All cards are supplied in packs of 10 with envelopes.
All cards have the greeting: With best wishes for Christmas and
the New Year.
For every pack sold at least £1.46 will be used to support
projects at the hospital, directly benefitting the 200,000 patients
we treat each year.
To order please contact the Charity Team on 0161 276 4522 or
Further information and photos from all Charity Team events and
activities can be found on our family website www.cmftcharity.org.uk or
the Children's Hospital website www.rmchcharity.org.uk
and Facebook Page www.facebook.com/RMCHCharity.
You can also follow the Children's Hospital Charity on Twitter @RMCHcharity
Alternatively, feel free to contact the team on 0161 276
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