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

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 there.

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


Our News



BBC Two The Midwives - back for series two!

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 Britain today?

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 on iPlayer.

For further details: /media-centre/latest-news/bbc-two-the-midwives-back-for-series-two!

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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 for patientsYvonne Spencer

Together with Sodexo we have appointed a Facilities Matron to help reinforce high standards of cleanliness, patient dining and overall care.

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 focusing on.

For further details: /media-centre/latest-news/new-facilities-matron-improves-experience-for-patients

Biomedical Research Centre Bulletin - Summer Edition

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MAHSC E-bulletin Issue 2 Out Now

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, including CMFT.

The newsletter can be found at:



NHS News



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

Prime Minister announces £500 million to relieve pressures on A&E

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 local services.

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.

Dr Poulter's 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.

Further details:



Our Charity News



Wiggle for Women to Help Poorly Mums-to-Be

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 Hospital, Manchester.

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 or call the Charity Team on 0161 276 4522.

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Saint Mary's Hospital Charity Facebook and Twitter Launch

We have recently launched a Facebook and Twitter account for Saint Mary'sHospital Charity and we need your 'Likes' and 'Follows'.

Find us on Facebook:

Follow us on Twitter: @StMarysHosp

Christmas Cards

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 email .

Further information and photos from all Charity Team events and activities can be found on our family website or the Children's Hospital website and Facebook Page You can also follow the Children's Hospital Charity on Twitter @RMCHcharity

Alternatively, feel free to contact the team on 0161 276 4522.




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Governor Diary Dates




Monday 9th Sept Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Tuesday 10th Sept Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Monday 16th September Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Friday 20th Sept Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 16th Sept Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Tuesday 1st Oct Annual Members' Meeting

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 8th Oct Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 16th Oct Council of Governors' Meeting

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 21st Oct Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Weds 30th Oct Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 11th Nov Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Monday 18th Nov Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Weds 20th Nov Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Weds 4th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Weds 27th Nov Performance Indicator Group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Friday 6th Dec Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 10th Dec Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 11th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Tues 17th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm



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