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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.

 
 

News from the Board

 

 

Finance
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.

Strategy
The Human Resources Strategy was approved by the Board of Directors. There are four key domains in the strategy:

  • Organisational development
  • Workforce planning
  • Reward, recognition and accountability
  • Staff health and wellbeing. 

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 manner.

There are five key elements within the proposal: 

  • Provide better support for people to self-care
  • Guide people with urgent care needs to get the right advice, right place, first time.
  • Highly responsive urgent care service outside hospital so people no longer queue in A&E.
  • People with more serious/life threatening emergency care needs receive treatment in centres with right facilities to maximise survival.
  • Connect all urgent and emergency care services together

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 provided below

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/keogh-review/Documents/UECR.Ph1Report.FV.pdf 

Performance
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.

Patient Experience
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.

 

 

Our News

 

 

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 launch
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 benefit. 

Movember Docs head to Man City!
Movember busDoctors 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 passers-by. 

RMCH Filming for New Channel 5 Series
Film crew at workA 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 Humphrey.

 

 

Our Charity News

 

 

Get, Set, Ho, Ho, Ho

Santa DashLast 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...

  • 5K Serious Santa Run 
  • 2K Family Fun Run 
  • Best Dressed Competition

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! 

Find Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity on Facebook or follow on Twitter @RMCHcharity.

Find Saint Mary's Hospital Charity on Facebook or follow on Twitter @StMarysHosp.

Alternatively, feel free to contact the team on 0161 276 4522.

 

 

 

Useful News Links

 

 

NHS

http://www.england.nhs.uk/
www.dh.gov.uk
www.nhsconfed.org
www.nhs.uk

FOUNDATION TRUST

www.monitor-nhsft.gov.uk
www.ftga.org.uk
http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/

 

 

Membership Matters

 

 

Ongoing activities include:

 

 

Governor Diary Dates

 

 

2013

Wed 23rd Dec LIME Music for Health Concert

10.30 am

 

2014

Monday 6th Jan Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Monday 13th Jan Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Tuesday 14th Jan Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Monday 20th Jan Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Tuesday 21st Jan Governors' Annual Planning Meeting

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Weds 22nd Jan Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Weds 29th Jan Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Tuesday 11th Feb Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 12th Feb Governors' Performance Review Meeting

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Friday 14th Feb Patient Experience Working Group

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

Wed 5th March Council of Governors' Meeting

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 10th March Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Tuesday 11th March Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Monday 17th March Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Monday 7th April Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Tuesday 15th April Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Wed 30th April Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Monday 12th May Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Tuesday 13th May Youth Forum

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Wed 14th May Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Friday 16th May Patient Experience Working Group

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

Monday 19th May Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.00 pm

Wed 21st May Governors' Performance Review Meeting

11.00 pm - 12.30 pm

Tuesday 10th June Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Tuesday 24th June Young People's Event (tentative)

10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Wed 2nd July Council of Governors Meeting

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 8th July Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Monday 14th July Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Monday 21st July Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 pm - 1.30 pm

Wed 30th July Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Monday 4th Aug Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Tuesday 12th Aug Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Wed 20th Aug Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 27th Aug Governors' Performance Review Meeting

11.00 pm - 12.30 pm

Monday 8th Sept Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Tuesday 9th Sept Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Friday 12th Sept Patient Experience Working Group

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

Monday 15th Sept Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 pm - 1.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd Sept Annual Members Meeting (tentative date)

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 14th October Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Wed 15th October Council of Governors Meeting

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 3rd Nov Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Monday 10th Nov Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Tuesday 11th Nov Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Wed 12th Nov Governors' Performance Review Meeting

11.00 pm - 12.30 pm

Monday 17th Nov Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Wed 19th Nov Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Wed 26th Nov Staff Health & Wellbeing Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 9th Dec Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Fri 12th Dec Patient Experience Group

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

 

 
 

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