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:
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 email@example.com.
A Change4Life campaign launched earlier this month aims to raise awareness of the health risks associated with drinking regularly over the guidelines. Four weeks of nationwide TV advertising form the main part of the campaign. The advert shows how drinking can easily 'sneak up on you' and encourages people to check their drinking online using the Change4Life Drinks Checker
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has launched a 12 week consultation to establish a full set of NICE quality standards and guidance for social care. The Department is seeking ideas from care users, their families and carers, service commissioners, care providers and front line staff to help decide on future topics for NICE guidance and standards. The aim is to establish a full set of NICE quality standards and guidance in order to improve the quality of social care.
Some of the potential NICE standards for discussion in the consultation include:
North West News
NHS Heroes - who's yours?
The nominations for NHS Winter Heroes are now open. NHS Heroes, which first launched last year, is a recognition scheme open to all staff working in the NHS.
To nominate go to: www.nhsheroes.com before 28th February.
Success at the Patient Experience Network (PEN) National Awards 2013
Three of our projects were winners at the prestigious Patient Experience Network (PEN) National Awards with four others named as finalists. They recognise, celebrate and promote excellence in patient experience. This unique awards programme is now in its third year and offers an opportunity to celebrate the areas of really outstanding practice in the patient experience arena, and hear what teams are doing to deliver quality experiences for their patients. The Awards Day and Best Practice Conference took place on 6th February.
The winners were in the following categories:
Setting the stage /Strengthening the foundation
Promoting high quality care and dignity for deceased person (adults) and their families - Suzanne Reid and Katie Elder
Access to Information
Improving the patient's perception of medicines information - Aoidin Cook
Environment of care
RMCH Hydrotherapy Artwork project - Brian Chapman, Lime Arts and Tanya Hamid, Charities
The Friends and Family Test
The Friends and Family Test (FFT) was announced by the Prime Minister in May 2012. It is an easy-to-understand, question that will be asked of patients about the care and treatment they received in acute in-patient wards or A&E departments.
The main objective is to improve patient experience and identify best performing hospitals in England. To allow for this comparison the FFT will be mandatory across acute in-patient and A&E departments from April 2013, followed by maternity services from October 2013.
As a provider of NHS care we will be required to give all patients (in the groups mentioned) the opportunity to respond to the question.
The Question is: "How likely are you to recommend our ward/department/A&E to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?"
1. Extremely likely
3. Neither likely nor unlikely
5. Extremely unlikely
6. Don't know
We have been obtaining patient feedback for some time and we will be using this question, together with follow-up questions to drive continuous improvements in the quality of care.
The Department of Health will be launching FFT publicity and promotional support materials later this week to help organisations in implementing the Friends and Family Test.
FFT results will be published later this year, so that comparisons can be made between organisations providing acute NHS care. Patients will be able to use the information to make decisions about their care and to challenge their local Trusts to improve services.
A specialist research team based at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH), beat nine other finalists to be named Clinical Research Site of the Year in the prestigious Pharma Times Awards. The team was made up of representatives from the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Children's Clinical Research Facility (NIHR/WT CCRF) and the Medicines for Children Research Network, both based at RMCH
The NIHR/WT CCRF was the first such unit in the North West and is one of only a small number across the UK. It opened in November 2009 and carries out all types of clinical research, working closely with children and their families. It focuses particularly on testing new medicines to ensure that they are safe and effective in children of all ages. The unit is supported by the Medicines for Children Research Network, which works alongside local healthcare professionals to conduct clinical trials and other research studies in babies, children and young people.
Discovered in Egypt in 1910, 2000 year old Demetria has been on display at the Manchester Museum for the past century. She recently came in for a CT scan at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. For the first time, we were able to see inside the sarcophagus. John Sargeant and the BBC One Show team were there to film this historic occasion.
Our Trust Charity News
If you're looking for a challenge when it comes to fundraising then perhaps you would enjoy taking part in one of our sporting events? We have a number of official charity places up for grabs in a variety of races, so if whether it's swimming, running, cycling or even rowing you're interested in, you can register your interest and support any of our hospitals.
For more information or to request a sporting fundraising pack, contact Clare in the Charity Team on 0161 276 4404 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Additions to the Team
The Charity Team is delighted to welcome three new members. Lucy Naylor, Communications Officer, will be working closely with patients and their families to develop case studies to help with fundraising for the hospitals.
Rosie Fleig, Press Officer, will be working with our patrons and the media in order raise the charity's profile across the region. Brenda Ruth, Trafford Hospitals Charity Officer, is based at Trafford General Hospital and is the main point of contact for all fundraising activity for our three Trafford Hospitals: Trafford General, Altrincham and Stretford Memorial Hospitals.
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