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Chairman's Bulletin December 2013

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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.  As you may observe, we have included a new section to give you the key headlines of what is going on in the organisation from a financial, strategic, performance and patient experience perspective. I hope you find this useful.

The implementation of the service changes at Trafford General were completed on Friday 29th November 2013. Neighbouring hospitals, GPs, community, social and ambulance services have been working together over the past two years to ensure that the changes will be delivered in a safe and effective way. These changes will secure the future of Trafford General Hospital which has a vital role to play in the local health economy.

It was back in 2010 that we started our CMFT Abroad project and since then more than 100 members of staff have either done some volunteering overseas or are actively interested in doing so. I recently attended a successful event to celebrate their achievements.  As well as networking, there was the opportunity to hear presentations from staff who have volunteered in places from Madagscar to India. They were there to answer some of those frequently asked questions and share their experiences.

We also had the good news recently that our Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) had been named as one of only six elite accredited partnerships in the country and the only one outside the South-East of England.  MAHSC represents a partnership between The University of Manchester and six Trusts across Manchester, including ourselves.  The MAHSC accreditation is a quality stamp for the world-class clinical research we do in Manchester.

We are currently coming to the end of our final round of working groups for the year and I have been so impressed with the progress you have made on your workstreams. I look forward to seeing your work next year.

We will bid farewell to one of our Governors at the end of the year. Professor Gillian Wallis, Associate Dean for Post-Graduate Education Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences, is stepping down from her position as a University Nominated Governor after more than four years on 31st December 2013. Gillian's role as at the University has changed and so she is no longer able to devote as much the time and attention to her role as Governor as before. Therefore she will no longer be in a position to Chair the Staff Health and Wellbeing Working Group but hopes that the work of this group will continue to progress under a new Chair. Gillian has expressed her thanks to CMFT for the opportunity to be a Governor as she has enjoyed the experience and has learnt a great deal about how both our organisation and the NHS function which has been invaluable to her University roles. She wishes us all the best going forward and I would like to thank her for her hard work and dedication to the role. She will be missed.

This is my final bulletin of 2013, so I would like to take this opportunity 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 peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.