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

It was good to see so many of you at my recent lunches where you were able to hear about the progress we have made in our key priorities and the challenges for the coming year. You were also provided with some details of the Greater Manchester 'Healthier Together' programme of work

I was delighted to hear Sodexo has completed its final round of assessments and interviews and have appointed five new apprentices sourced from the local community - two electricians, two mechanics and one joiner. They will begin in the New Year with inductions, site tours and specific training requirements. This brings a number of benefits, not just to us and the local community, but also builds the skills and needs for the future and grows local talent into all levels of trade, supervisory and senior management within Sodexo, further supporting our succession planning. This is a perfect example of the work our Corporate Citizenship working group encourages. one of five prizes of £100 to spend in their area of work. I recently drew this raffle and was delighted at the number of suggestions.

I would like to take this opportunity in my final bulletin of 2012 to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for all your dedication, support and interest during the year.

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



Steps set out for greater patient involvement and more choice

The Government's response to its consultation on proposals for greater patient involvement and more choice has been published. For the first time, people who use mental health services will get more choice about where and how they get their condition treated by the NHS. The response to the 'Liberating the NHS: No decision about me, without me' consultation outlines how patients will be able to choose from any provider in England when they are first referred to see a specialist in secondary care. In addition, the response outlines plans more broadly to increase patient involvement in decisions about their care and treatment and to increase patient choice. It sets out the next steps to be taken to make 'no decision about me, without me' a reality in the NHS.

GP contract proposals outlined

Proposed changes to the GP contract have been outlined by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. They will see GPs rewarded for earlier diagnosis and better care of dementia patients and putting a sharper focus on improving the lives of patients with long term conditions.

Jeremy Hunt said: "Getting patients an earlier diagnosis of dementia and supporting those with long term conditions are my main priorities. I want GPs to take the lead in making this happen. Our proposals will make sure we support the patients most in need and will help save lives in practices across the country. We believe GPs can and will rise to these new challenges."



North West News



NHS Northwest launches competition to find the next viral video

Budding film makers in the North West are being asked to show their talents as the NHS launches a competition to create a viral video for their latest campaign. The Choose Well campaign aims to ensure that people, who need advice and treatment for common complaints, get fast and expert care. It points them towards ways of getting treatment other than going to A&E departments. Many minor illnesses or injuries can be treated at home with help from local services such as pharmacies and GP surgeries.

That's the subject of the video health conscious amateurs are being asked to produce for their entry to the competition. They are being asked to create a short, 30 second, film aimed at 15-24 year olds that explains the range of services available and when to use them. The winning entry will be uploaded to web sites and TV screens located in NHS waiting rooms and surgeries and Youtube channels. The winner will be selected to front the campaign. The deadline is 21st January 2013.

@Matron Says

MatronMatron is a 'virtual' community matron developed for use on Twitter by the NHS North West to support the Choose Well Winter Campaign (2012).

Matron (@MatronSays) describes herself online as a: 'Community matron, very interested in self care. Matron loves celebrity gossip and comments on every bit she can find, particularly if she can spot any silly (or exemplary) behaviour with regard to how celebs manage their healthcare this winter! Common sense and with a no-nonsense approach, Matron has one message and one message only to share: Choose Well this winter!

Matron is specifically designed not to be a 'corporate voice', but to be a humorous character with her own personality. She will support Choose Well messages and will  tweet other messages relevant to the community nursing role and the overall Choose Well campaign e.g. make sure you look in on elderly relatives, don't forget prescriptions.  We are working with a community matron based in Wigan to make sure that we get these messages right.

Self Care Survey

As part of the summer Choose Well campaign, a survey was launched by NHS North West on behalf of strategic health authorities across the country, to learn about people's views on self-care for common health complaints.

The aim of the survey was to:

- test the views of the public towards self-care
- use the results from the survey to go back out to the public and further test their views
- test the views of different groups, by age, gender and ethnicity
- provide results that can be used for further publicity 

A copy of a summary of the survey results is now available.

No general hospitals in Greater Manchester will shut in shake up, pledges health chief

No district general hospitals will close under a massive shake-up of the NHS, health chiefs have pledged. Dr Raj Patel, medical director for NHS Greater Manchester, spoke out to ease fears that hospital services could be cut across the region. The M.E.N. recently revealed how bosses had drawn up plans, called Healthier Together, to reorganise health services.

They said changes were needed to 'modernise' the NHS, with an internal report claiming the district hospital model was designed to meet the needs of the last century.

But Dr Patel, a Tameside GP, categorically denied any of the region's hospitals would close under the programme.



Trust News



£25m facelift for Manchester Royal Infirmary critical care unit

CCUOur critical care unit in MRI is getting a £25m facelift. The Manchester Evening News was given the first look inside the new unit as the biggest phase of the work - the revamp of beds for the most seriously sick patients - was finished. The overhaul began in February and the first patients are expected to be moved in within weeks.

Work on the intensive care, high dependency and cardiac surgery wards is still to be completed - but when the project is finished, there will be 52 beds. The unit will be home to 20 intensive care bays - up from the previous 13, and seven isolation rooms. It will also feature new offices for the anaesthetics, renal transplant and department of medicine teams, along with a new relaxation room for doctors.

Arrangements have been made to take interested Governors on a tour of the new facility.

New scanner to benefit patients across Manchester

ScannerPatients across Manchester will benefit from a new state-of-the-art MRI scanner which has been officially opened. The scanner is hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Wellcome Trust Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF), which received funding from NIHR in March 2012 to carry out experimental medicine research into many of the major diseases and illnesses that affect the population of Greater Manchester and the wider North West. The ribbon to open the scanner was cut by Mike Deegan, Chief Executive and Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences and Director of Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

PEN Awards Success
Seven projects have been shortlisted for the prestigious Patient Experience Network (PEN) National Awards. The awards are dedicated to improving patient experience for all organisations involved in care in the UK and aim to recognise, celebrate and share examples of great initiatives in patient experience. In some categories, we have had two projects shortlisted. The Awards Day and Best Practice Conference is due to take place on Wednesday 6th February 2013.

The categories are:

Setting the Stage/Strengthening the Foundation:

CAMHS - Promoting High Quality Care

Setting the Stage/Measuring, Reporting & Acting

Personalised Patient Experience Tracker 

Communicating Effectively with Patients and Families

We Have the Time to Care

Access to Information

Improving Patients Perception

Information Resource

Environment of Care

CMFT Charity

The Manchester Biomedical Research Centre launches new chapter

Taking a prime spot at our annual Research and Innovation Conference on 3rd December, the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre launch included talks from Professor Alistair Burns, Clinical Director of MAHSC, Mike Deegan, Chief Executive, Professor Colin Sibley, Director of the Manchester BRC and Head of Research and Innovation and Professor Graeme Black, Director of the Institute of Human Development and Deputy Director of the Manchester BRC.

Saint Mary's Birth Centre at Salford celebrates a successful first year!

SalfordOn 23rd November, staff from Saint Mary's Birth Centre at Salford, as well as senior staff from Saint Mary's Hospital, welcomed Hazel Blears MP to the birth centre as part of the first birthday celebrations. The birth centre was opened on 5th December last year as part of the Making it Better project, which was a reconfiguration of maternity and children's services across Greater Manchester.  It's been a year of celebrations and milestones for the team who welcomed their first baby on 6th December 2011, delivering 100 babies by July and now having delivered over 200 babies; far exceeding expectations!

Salford and Eccles MP, Hazel Blears, said: "It was a pleasure to join the hard-working birth centre staff and parents of the children who have been born there to celebrate the centre's first birthday.":

Waste Award

Waste awardSodexo have won the prestigious Sustainable Facilities Management Performance of the Year award from the Chartered Institution of Waste Management.

This was awarded for Sodexo's work with us where we have put in measures to reduce wastage when ordering stock; reduced food waste by 50%; worked with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to undertake compositional analysis of waste; and, implemented the clear bag system for general domestic waste, which has tripled the amount of waste the Trust recycles and eliminated waste to landfill.



Our Trust Charity News



Bury Teenagers Launch Promises Album in Memory of Charlie

A group of teenagers from Bury have launched a brand new Christmas charity album called Promises, recorded in memory of their friend Charlie Wyatt 

Charlie was a patient at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital before sadly losing his battle against Leukaemia in December 2010. In early 2011 his friends decided to set up the Charlie Wyatt Fundraising Committee in his honour to raise money for the RMCH Charity.

Along with cover versions of well known tracks such as 'Wherever You Will Go 'and 'Skinny Love' the album also features a song, called Charlie's Song, that was written and produced by the committee to tell the story of how much the group misses Charlie.   The personal song will be available as a download from iTunes for 99p while the album will cost £5.99 to download, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the children's hospital. The album will also be available on spotify, amazon and hard copies are available direct from the charity office.

Great Manchester Run

Entry is now open for the 2013 Great Manchester Run, and we want you to come and join our team! We had over 350 runners take part in the 2012 run, and they raised a staggering £80,000 for the charity! We want the 2013 run to be the best yet and to beat the amount raised this year!

To register for your place, go to and follow the online instructions. Make sure you get in touch with us once you've secured your place, so we can register you as a fundraiser and send you a sponsorship pack. All our runners will receive sponsor forms, a t-shirt for race day and lots of other materials to help with your fundraising, plus lots of help and support from the charity team!

For more information, or to register for your fundraising pack once you have a place secured, contact Clare in the charity team at or 0161 276 4404.



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Governor Diary Dates




Monday 7th Jan Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Tuesday 8th January Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Monday 14th Jan Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm 

Weds 16th Jan Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group 

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm 

Monday 21st Jan Board of Directors/Governor Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm 

Weds 23rd Jan Membership Working Group

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm

Weds 30th Jan Performance Indicator Group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Friday 1st Feb Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 12th Feb Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 20th Feb Annual Planning Meeting

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Weds 27th Feb   Council of Governors' Meeting    

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 11th Mar Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Tuesday 12th Mar Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Monday 18th Mar Board of Directors/Governor Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Tuesday 9th Apr Youth Forum    

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm 

Weds 10th April Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group 

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm 

Monday 15th April Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Weds 1st May Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm 

Weds 8th May Performance Indicator Group        

11.00 am - 12.30 pm 

Monday 13th May     Public Board of Directors' Meeting  

1.00 pm

Tuesday 14th May Youth Forum    

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Friday 17th May Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 20th May     Board of Directors/Governor Update Meeting

11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Tuesday 11th June Youth Forum    

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Tuesday 25th June Young People's Event   

10.00 am - 3.00 pm

Weds 3rd July Council of Governors' Meeting

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 8th July Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm 

Tuesday 9th July Youth Forum    

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Monday 15th July Board of Directors/Governor Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm 

Weds 17th July Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group 

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 22nd July Corporate Citizenship Working Group     

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Weds 7th Aug Membership Working Group       

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Tuesday 13th Aug Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 28th Aug Performance Indicator Group      

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Monday 9th Sept Public Board of Directors' Meeting

 1.00 pm

Tuesday 10th Sept Youth Forum    

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Friday 20th Sept Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 16th Sept Board of Directors/Governor 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 Board of Directors/Governor Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Weds 20th Nov Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 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



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