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Chairman's Bulletin February 2012

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

I am looking forward to seeing you all at the first Council of Governors meeting of the year where you will have the opportunity to hear about our latest developments.

Staff recently came together with patients and other health professionals to learn from each other about delivering the best care. The Partners in Care Conference was the first time an NHS organisation and The Patients Association have jointly organised a learning event. It was a great success with some fascinating presentations about care of the elderly and pain management to name a few. The event also generated some interesting and lively discussions about accountability of a board and the impact of NHS reforms. The conference was hosted by the Patients Association's Vice President, Angela Rippon at Education South and saw speakers from various organisations including our own.

+Culture Shots was a week-long series of taster events run by Manchester Museums and Galleries that were specially designed to fit around the busy working lives of health professionals.  It was the first time that such an event had been held in a hospital setting.  As an organisation, we are very committed to the role of arts and culture and the contribution that they can make to patient care and the patient experience, as well as the health and wellbeing of our own staff.  We hope to develop this work further in the future.

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.