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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from the Board
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:
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
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.
Clinical Support Workers Apprenticeship Programme
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
Movember Docs head to Man City!
RMCH Filming for New Channel 5 Series
RMCH Documentary wins BAFTA
Our Charity News
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