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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Global spotlight on Eye Hospital's
'bionic eye' treatment
pioneering treatment for dry age related macular degeneration
(AMD) carried out at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital attracted the
attention of the world's media.
Surgeon Paulo Stanga restored some sight to a
patient who had lost his central vision due to AMD, by implanting a
bionic eye device - a world first. The story generated over 150
pieces of press coverage, plus slots on the main BBC TV and radio
MRI Transplant Team transforms record number of kidney
The Renal Transplant Team at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) is
transforming the lives of a
record breaking number of kidney patients.
In May, 41 patients underwent transplants at the MRI breaking
the previous national record of 32 in a month, held by another
transplant centre. This success continued into June, when a further
35 patients received life-changing transplants at the MRI.
Saint Mary's research team highest recruiters to
national obstetrics study
A research team including midwives and obstetricians from Saint
Mary's have recruited the 100th participant to a multi-centre
obstetrics study, as well as being named the
highest recruiting study centre. This highlights the important
role patients play in clinical trials that will lead to new
developments in medicine.
A number of good news stories about CMFT are at
the planning stage, including:
Be Seen in Green a great success
This year's Be Seen in Green Day was our biggest and best to
date. On Friday 3rd July we had a record number of nurseries,
schools and companies taking part in our flagship fundraising day,
with over 17,000 people signing up to wear green in support of
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH).
On the day our charity team, hospital staff, patients and their
families joined Humphrey to help turn the hospital as green as
possible, with stalls in the atrium, displays on the ward and even
a fun photo booth with green props!
All money raised on the day will go towards the enhancement of
Ward 84, our children's cancer ward, to help make a positive
difference to the patients on the ward.
Turn up, tune in, spin out! On 3rd October we will be hosting a
new three hour 'Silent Spin' fundraiser, taking place outdoors at
the Lowry Plaza at Salford Quays. The event will be a three hour
mass participation spinning event, with participants wearing Silent
Disco headphones whilst taking part.
Entry is £20 and we are asking participants to pledge to raise a
minimum sponsorship of £100. To enter the silent spin visit https://rmchsilentspin.eventbrite.co.uk
or contact the Charity team on 0161 276 4522.
Do Governors know of a child's nursery, crèche or play group
which will support our PJ Day on Wednesday 14th October? Our PJ Day
is a fun and simple event to raise money for RMCH. For every child
that wears their pyjamas to nursery, a suggested donation of £1 is
made by the child's family. For more information please contact
Angela Rowe, Community Fundraising Manager in the charity team on
0161 901 5258.
New RMCH Charity website coming soon!
The charity team are delighted to announce that we will be
launching a brand new website for RMCH Charity in mid-September.
This is an exciting project for the charity team and we can't wait
to unveil the new website design.
Key membership messages: our
Governor election process for 2015 is
underway and we encourage members to vote for their
representatives. Voting papers will be circulated on
20th August 2015 (for those seats that are contested)
with further details being found on our Governor Election
Follow CMFT on:
Please note when attending Trust meetings that work
continues on the extension to the
Grafton Street multi-storey car
park. The disabled/accessible spaces
which were on the surface car park at Grafton Street have been
reallocated inside the multi-storey car park. This is a 15-month
project, and the Trust apologies for any inconvenience it may
Trust meetings 2015
Key dates for August & September
Weds 19th Aug
Membership Working Group
1.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Mon 24th Aug
Staff Experience Working Group
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Tues 8th Sept
6.00 pm- 7.00 pm
Weds 9th Sept
Governor Performance Review Meeting
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Networking Meeting - Governors & Non-Executive Directors
12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
Fri 11th Sept
Patient Experience Working Group
1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Mon 14th Sept
Board of Directors' Meeting (open to the
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm in the Nowgen
(please note new start time and venue)
Tues 22nd Sept
Annual Members' Meeting (open to the
1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Postgraduate Centre
Dates for the rest of the year
Tues 13th Oct
Weds 14th Oct
Council of Governors' Meeting (open to the
1.30 pm - 4.00 pm, Nowgen Centre
Mon 2nd Nov
Corporate Citizenship Working Group
2.30 pm - 4.30pm
Mon 9th Nov
Time and venue to be confirmed shortly
Tues 10th Nov
Weds 18th Nov
Mon 23rd Nov
Weds 25th Nov
Tues 1st Dec
Governor Development Session (Chairman's Winter Development
12.00 noon - 1.30 pm
Tues 8th Dec
Fri 18th Dec