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Chairman's Bulletin August 2015

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I hope Governors are enjoying the summer break, although there is still plenty going on as I can report in this issue of my Bulletin.  The annual Governor elections are well underway, and you can see the list of candidates and the constituency they are standing in on the Trust website.

Ballot papers will be distributed to qualifying members on Thursday 20th August 2015 (for those seats that are contested). Completed ballot papers must be received by the Independent Scrutineer by noon on Thursday 10th September 2015.  The results will be announced at our Annual Members Meeting (details below).  Do please encourage members in your constituencies to vote, during your member engagement activities.

Thank you to those Governors who attended the Governing-body Review Workshop held on 22nd July, which provided Governors with a very real opportunity to put forward their ideas and suggestions in relation to the current framework.  Currently, these ideas and suggestions are being considered with attendees acting as the Reference Group for future input.

Planning has begun for the Annual Members' Meeting (AMM), which is on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm in the Postgraduate Centre on the Oxford Road site.  This year's theme is 'Proud to Care for You' and the meeting will showcase some of the outstanding patient care provided across all our hospitals and services.  The formal part of the meeting will see the presentation of the Annual Report and Accounts to members by the Chief Executive and Executive Director of Finance, plus a report by the Lead Governor. I will chair the meeting, and invite questions from the audience to the Board of Directors. More details will be on the FT Events page of our website in due course.

The AMM is an excellent opportunity to meet and engage with members, and we are preparing a short member questionnaire to assist Governors in doing this.  Donna will be in touch with more details and to arrange slots for Governors to cover the 'Meet Your Governors' area.  I do encourage as many of you as possible to attend, and of course to welcome our newly elected Governors.

One of the topics I'm sure our members will be keen to hear more about is the way 'shared single services' will operate across Greater Manchester, to help meet the highest quality and safety standards. Under the approved Healthier Together plans, all hospitals across the region will continue to provide care to their local populations. Improvement plans include creating four 'shared single services' across Greater Manchester. This means that care will be provided by four teams of medical staff each working together across a number of hospital sites. In our case, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Trafford Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital will work closely together to provide a shared single service for A&E, emergency medicine and emergency general surgery.

These changes will feed into the GM Devolution programme. Health leaders in the region are continuing to work on a Strategic Sustainability Plan, showing how improved and sustainable services for the people of Greater Manchester will be delivered. The government has pledged that GM Devolution will be aligned with the Spending Review process for health and social care - enabling greater certainty as funding levels will be known for a longer period than is currently the case.

While external changes will undoubtedly have an impact on the way we deliver services, the focus remains on putting high quality, safe patient care at the heart of everything we do.  This is in line with the vision for the future NHS, set out by Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, in a speech last month.

However, NHS funding issues do remain high on the agenda.  David Bennett, chief executive of Monitor, said the NHS was facing an almost unprecedented financial challenge this year. Monitor has recently written to Foundation Trusts in England to ask them to look again at their financial plans as current ones are "simply unaffordable". Governors are aware that everyone across our Trust is working hard to deliver productivity and efficiency savings.

I look forward to seeing you at the AMM on 22nd September, and do please contact me at any time if I can support you in your role as Governor, on 0161 276 8661 or email me at steve.mycio@cmft.nhs.uk