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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


North West News



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 Hepatitis C

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 improved.

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.



NHS News



David Cameron vows to tackle binge drinking 'scandal'

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 care'

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 cuts. 

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.



Our Trust Charity News



Fly High for Charity

Sky Dive

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 hospitals.

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 page! For more information, or to request a registration form, contact Clare in the charity office on 0161 276 4404 or e-mail Alternative dates are available.



Trust News



Saint Mary's get to the heart of maternity care

MaternitySaint 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 Awards.    

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 women."

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

CMFTVWork is 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 coming months. 

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

CrimeNeighbourhood 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.



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Governor Diary Dates






Wed 29 Feb

Council of Governors

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm 

Tues 13th Mar 

Youth Forum 

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

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 25th April

Performance Indicator group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Wed 2nd May   

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 8th May

Youth Forum 

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm 

 Friday 18th May

Patient Experience working group      

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm



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