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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Trust currently has a small surplus but this is
insignificant compared to our turnover. Two main areas of
risk were highlighted; the first being in relation to shortfalls in
trading gap plans in the Children's Division and Medicine and
Community Division and the second being medical staffing costs in
excess of budgets. However, this is not expected to put our
breakeven position at risk.
The Human Resources Strategy was approved by the Board of
Directors. There are four key domains in the strategy:
The delivery plan is currently being brought together and
monitored by the Executive Team.
We have requested an extension to the response time in order to
formulate a robust reply to the issues raised in the Cancer Surgery
Services in Greater Manchester investigation which has been
commissioned by Monitor. We are continuing to feed into the process
as the need to improve cancer services for the population of
Greater Manchester is essential
The Dr Foster Annual Hospital Guide is due to be published this
month. Our expected performance for Hospital Standardised
Mortality Rates (HSMR) and Standardised Hospital Mortality
Indicators (SHMI) is likely to show an improvement.
The second report of the review of Urgent and Emergency Care
Services in England was published at the end of November and
outlined proposals for changes over the next three to five years.
The report was commissioned as more people than even are using the
Urgent/Emergency care system. Therefore changes need to be made to
ensure that people are receiving the correct care in a timely
There are five key elements within the proposal:
We are currently considering the recommendations through the
Urgent Care Board and incorporating the actions into our revised
Urgent Care Improvement Plan. A link to the full report is
The Intelligent Board reports are expected to undergo a
substantive overhaul in the coming months and will take into
account the outcomes and feedback from the Quality Reviews.
Governors are asked to advise Mr Roberts if they would like to be
involved in the review of the report.
Key areas receiving attention were the VTE (venous
thromboembolism risk) assessments as the target increases in
quarter 4, the number of incidences of MRSA and the requirement to
sustain performance in A & E targets.
The CQC have released further details on the metrics being used
to assess the focus and frequency of visits to Trusts. This
Trust is not in the next wave of inspections.
The GMC (General Medical Council) visited the MRI
recently; it was a very positive visit with no serious issues
identified. Initial feedback has been received with the final
report expected in February 2014.
Our organisation is leading the way in reassuring patients
that they are receiving the best care in our hospitals. The nursing
team have recently created posters to be located on the entrance to
all our wards, to display every day planned and achieved staffing
levels. This is part of a bigger project which began in September
to give patients more reassurance, and to be open and transparent
about the care we deliver which includes our ward staffing levels.
This is in response to patients and their relatives indicating that
staffing levels would make them feel that they were being treated
in a safe environment.
Clinical Support Workers Apprenticeship Programme
One of the recommendations from the Francis Report related
to ensuring there was clarity in terms of the title and role of
clinical staff who support and contribute to the delivery of care
with registered staff. One element of this relates to the
title used for these roles which is often different from hospital
to hospital. The usuggestion made in the Francis report is to
use the title Nursing Assistant as this clearly shows the
contribution these vital role make to care delivery but defines
them from the registered staff.
At our organisation, these roles are known as Clinical Support
Workers and as part of their training undergo training and
development through an apprenticeship programme. It is
planned to work with senior nurses, clinical support workers and
staff side colleagues to gain feedback in terms of the title for
these roles in the New Year.
Manchester Credit Union staff benefit
We recently held our sixth Staff Benefit/Incentive Event
Day to showcase some of the organisations and services that offer
discounts and incentives to our NHS employees. MP Lucy Powell was
also invited to officially launch the Manchester Credit Union staff
Movember Docs head to Man City!
Doctors who treat health conditions considered to
be the biggest killers amongst Manchester men are recently tackled
footy fans at the ETIHAD Stadium to raise awareness amongst
supporters. Our health trust is the first in the country to work
together with the Movember campaign in promoting awareness of men's
health issues. Doctors from Urology, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology
and Bowel Surgery answered questions and offer health advice at the
Manchester City Vs Tottenham Hotspurs game. A First Stop Health bus
provided by Manchester City Council was also be at the City Stadium
offering free NHS health-check ups and advice to
RMCH Filming for New Channel 5 Series
A production company - Forces of Record (Chwarel
TV) - are currently filming at the Children's Hospital to make a
Christmas themed documentary. They will be focusing on the activity
in a Children's Hospital in the run up to, during and after the
festive season. We will be making three one hour programmes to be
broadcast Christmas 2014.
RMCH Documentary wins BAFTA
We are very excited to announce that a documentary we have
been involved in featuring Royal Manchester Children's Hospital won
a BAFTA award. Operation Ouch, a documentary for the CBBC Channel
aimed at 7 to 12-year-olds, was successful in the best Children's
Factual Programme category. The awards took place on Sunday
24th November 2013 and were presented by Jake
Get, Set, Ho, Ho, Ho
Last weekend saw us at Manchester United
Foundation Santa Dash at the Theatre of Dreams. There
was lots of Christmas activity going on throughout the day,
including food stalls and carol singers plus...
It was a great day which saw our mascot Humphrey Bear finish
second in the mascot race and get a hug from player Michael
Carrick for his efforts!
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