Welcome to February's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our Trust and what is going on in the
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.
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Governor, please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at email@example.com.
Clean sweep: 1,000 days with no MRSA Trafford
General Hospital Best in England
Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust has not had a single case of the
superbug MRSA for 1,000 days - the best performance in England. The
Trust, who will be joining us in April, has transformed the
way it works so patients are not exposed to infection from
themselves or other people.
Bosses credit their success to training staff to treat patients
without touching key parts of instruments which come into contact
with skin. Patients are also advised not to touch their wounds, to
wash their hands before meals and after visiting the lavatory, and
staff and visitors are also asked to wash their hands regularly.
The hospital also carries out random screening to check whether
people have washed their hands effectively. The last case of the
infection at the trust was in April 2009 - making Trafford's
hospitals the best for stamping out MRSA in the country.
New Pathway for the Treatment of Patients with
The Health Protection Agency estimates that there are 250,000
people with Hepatitis C in the UK, while some estimates put the
prevalence as high as 466,000. Most people go undiagnosed and less
than half receive treatment.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that can cause inflammation,
swelling and scarring of the liver tissue, and often leads to
significant liver damage. Greater Manchester has the highest levels
of Hepatitis C in England, with estimates reaching around 16,000
cases, due largely to its high prevalence among the sizeable local
injecting drug using population. Without a doubt, Hepatitis C is an
escalating public health issue that will cost the NHS up to £8
billion over the next 30 years unless testing and treatment is
The Greater Manchester Hepatitis C Strategy, in partnership with
NHS Greater Manchester, has developed a new clinical care pathway
for the treatment of people with suspected Hepatitis C. The new
pathway puts patient care at the heart and will streamline and
shorten the various processes a patient needs to go through.
David Cameron vows to tackle binge drinking
Prime Minister David Cameron has called for bars, supermarkets
and the drinks industry in England to do more to help ensure
responsible drinking. On a visit to a hospital in north-east
England, he promised to tackle the "scandal" of drunkenness and
alcohol abuse that costs the NHS £2.7bn a year. He suggested the
use of US-inspired "drunk tanks", cells to house people overnight
while they sober up
NHS shake-up 'risks safety and patient
Plans to shake up the NHS run the risk of cutting levels of
staff and patient care, as well as leading to overspending,
according to a series of internal assessments. The assessments,
carried out by the four English NHS regions, suggest a high
potential of conflict between organisations in the new system.
They also find that there is a high chance that the reforms
will fail to achieve hoped-for management improvements and budget
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is under pressure over the
shake-up after claims that Conservative Cabinet ministers have
criticised his handling of the changes and a Downing Street source
was quoted saying he should be "taken out and shot". The
Prime Minister and Mr Lansley have insisted that the NHS will
remain free to patients at the point of delivery.
Fly High for Charity
If you are up for the challenge of a lifetime then why not sign
up to take part in our bespoke skydiving day on Sunday
15th July and help to raise funds for our family of five
After climbing to 14,000 feet you will exit the aircraft with
your highly experienced British Parachute Association Instructor
and freefall for 30 seconds, reaching a speed of about 120 miles
per hour! Your descent under the large parachute will then take
several minutes, and family and friends can watch and cheer as you
make your landing.
The jump takes place at Black Knights Parachute Centre in
Cockerham, Lancaster. All participants will receive a free
fundraising pack, including T-shirt, sponsor forms and information
on setting up your own justgiving.com page! For more information,
or to request a registration form, contact Clare in the charity
office on 0161 276 4404 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative dates are available.
Saint Mary's get to the heart of maternity
Saint Mary's have won the RCM Award for
'Excellence in Maternity Care', one of the UK's top midwifery
prizes at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual
The team were presented with their award at the Royal College of
Midwives Annual Midwifery Awards ceremony in London. Head of
Nursing and Midwifery Kathy Murphy, said: "We are honoured and
delighted to be given the RCM award. The service we offer at
Saint Mary's really does give women the hope of having the family
they long for and it's a service we're very proud of. It's
absolutely a team effort and so we want to also acknowledge
everyone who works with us to help provide this service to our
The award was given for their work with pregnant women with
complex heart problems, one of the leading causes of maternal
mortality. The two midwives and their wider team set up a
specialist service in 2004. This involved appointing a specialist
midwife and also moving antenatal appointments for these women from
the out-patients department to the antenatal clinic. This simple
change meant that the focus was more on the women's pregnancy and
wellbeing, rather than their heart condition, and generated very
positive responses from the women using the service.
New genetic eye test to benefit patients
A new genetic testing service will result in better diagnosis
and treatment for people with inherited blindness. The new
test will give many more patients a definitive diagnosis of their
condition and allow some to preserve their sight for longer with
directed medical management and new treatments. More than 700
patients will be tested every year, although there are plans to
increase this if there is demand.
Vision charities RP Fighting Blindness and Fight for Sight, as
well as an advisory group of patients affected by the conditions,
have been central to the development of this service.
Launch of CMTV
underway to install 87 screens in atriums, cafés and waiting areas
across the hospital sites in preparation for the launch of our new
TV information network called CMFTV. Screens
are already in place in MRI Accident & Emergency, Cobbett House
and the atriums, with the rest being installed in phases over the
Each screen will be colour coded to its hospital or division and
we will have total control of content. We will be able to
display our own promotional campaigns, films, information, patient
notices and local waiting times in addition to news, public health
and Department of Health campaigns.
Working together to crack crime
Neighbourhood Police Constables PC Carl Kelly and
PC Jim Collins from Greater Manchester Police patrol our wards,
corridors and meeting to ensure that our hospital environment is
safe for staff and patients.
Their work has helped to reduce the level of antisocial
behaviour and violence and aggression towards staff and has
resulted in the issue of 7 ASBOs (Antisocial Behaviour Orders)
which prevent people entering the hospital unless they need
emergency medical treatment.
Protecting our staff from violence and abuse is extremely
important and working closely with Greater Manchester Police has
made us one of the best performing Trusts in the country based on
recently published National Violence against Staff
Statistics. 98% of recorded crimes committed in Accident and
Emergency over the last 12 months have been detected.
It is believed that we are the only NHS Trust nationally where
such a service, provided by the local police force, exists.
Ongoing activities include:
Wed 29 Feb
Council of Governors
1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Tues 13th Mar
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Wed 18th April
Staff Health & Wellbeing working group
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Monday 23rd April
Corporate Citizenship working group
Wed 25th April
Performance Indicator group
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Wed 2nd May
Membership working group
Tuesday 8th May
Friday 18th May
Patient Experience working
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm