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Chairman's Bulletin February 2013

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

It is our first Council of Governors Meeting for 2013 on Wednesday 27th February and I look forward to hearing about the subjects you have discussed in your working groups and the progress you have made. You will have no doubt seen the media coverage of the Francis Report which revealed shocking stories of poor patient care at Mid Staffs Hospital. We will be covering the report in a number of scheduled meetings over the next few months. The Prime Minister has responded in Parliament to the final report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. Further details are available at http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2013/02/midstaffs-response/

Our organisation featured on The One Show on BBC1 as an example of good care and we must continue with this standard and solve problems when they arise.

With regard to A New Health Deal for Trafford, NHS Greater Manchester gave its approval on the proposal to redesign services at Trafford General Hospital at a public meeting held on 24th January.  The NHS Greater Manchester Board reviewed the recommendations of the Trafford Strategic Programme Board (TSPB) that oversaw the new health deal for Trafford work, and came to the conclusion that the proposed redesign of these local hospital services should go ahead.   The Board also accepted that some things would need to be in place before the proposed changes take place, which are: 

  • Addressing transport issues by setting up a 'Health Transport Bureau' and the subsidisation of a local 'dial and ride' travel scheme. 
  • Accelerating the implementation of the integrated care system in Partington and Carrington, which will include setting up community matron and community geriatrician services. 
  • Ensuring continued access to mental health services when the urgent care centre at Trafford General Hospital is closed between midnight and 8.00 am. 

The decision may now be reviewed by the Secretary of State for Health but, subject to this, we would anticipate being ready to implement the new service model later this year.

I recently joined our Charity team to host my own Big T-Break in the Postgraduate Centre. I had great fun as I met so many of our staff who raise funds for treatment, care and research at our hospitals. Read about the rest of our Charity news further down the bulletin.

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.