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

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year. We had a marvellous end to 2011 when we were told that we had achieved NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) Level 3 following a rigorous two day assessment. We are one of only seven Trusts in the country to have been awarded Level 3 across both general and maternity services.

We were assessed against five standards each containing ten criteria giving a total possible score of 50.  In order to be successful Trusts must achieve a score of at least 40.  We scored 44, with a maximum of 10 out of 10 for 'Learning from Experience'.  Other categories assessed were Governance, Competent and Capable Workforce, Safe Environment and Clinical Care.

We will be re-assessed in two years to ensure that the good practice is maintained and to incorporate new areas such as community services. For further details about the NHSLA standards visit

Following a visit from the Patients Association's Chief Executive Katharine Murphy, we are hosting an exciting conference in partnership with them on Tuesday 7th February 2012 in Education South. Katharine was very impressed and reassured by the work going on in the organisation. The Partners in Care Conference will focus on what patients want from their NHS care and how creating a culture of excellence can help services to get it right. For further details visit

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


NHS News



Ministers back call to quiz patients on lifestyles

NHS staff in England must adapt their roles to ensure they promote good health under plans being published. An independent panel of government advisers says health professionals should take every opportunity to discuss diet, exercise, smoking and drinking habits. Ministers have backed the proposal from the NHS Future Forum to "make every contact count". But the Royal College of GPs says the move could drive some patients away.

Patients should see medical records by 2015: report

Government advisers have said that access to GP medical records online is a vital 'first step' towards patients feeling that they truly own information held about them. However, just providing access is not enough if patients are not supported and counselled about what they may find, the Future Forum said.

The recommendations were included in the 'information' section of the wide-ranging document on the future direction of the NHS.



North West News



The redesign of health and social care in Trafford gets underway

Doctors, nurses, social care professionals, patients and health managers have come together to start the process of redesigning health and social care services in Trafford. More than 40 participants, from a wide variety of clinical areas from across the borough, shared their views on how to address the pressures facing local services, over two dedicated clinical planning days. This redesign work to create a new health deal for Trafford is essential to secure local health and social care services for the future.

David Cameron calls for return of the hospital matron on visit to Salford Royal

David Cameron recently visited the region and championed a return to old-fashioned nursing - including the return of matrons on hospital wards - on a visit to Salford Royal. The prime minister announced a package of reforms he said would 'reset' Britain's approach to caring for patients.

He wants it to become common practice to have a matron, sister or team leader on every ward. Nurses will also make old-fashioned 'rounds' to ensure all patients are happy. There will also be new patient-led inspections, in which local people are sent into hospitals to examine standards of cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity.

We have 40 Matrons and 17 Lead Nurses overseeing patient care throughout our Trust.



Our Trust Charity News



The Big Tea Break

Tea breakBy joining in this year's Big T-Break, you could be in with a chance of winning a cuppa with one of the stars from the nation's favourite soap - Coronation Street.

CMFT Charity is asking you to put the kettle on Friday 24th February with friends, family or work colleagues and help to raise money for our family of five hospitals.  Registered participants will be entered into a free prize draw for the Coronation Street prize and will also receive a fundraising pack, including Lancashire tea and vouchers for Warburtons products, all to help make your event a big success.

If you would like to know more about the Big T-Break please contact the charity team on  0161 276 4522 or e-mail



Trust News



A shot of culture

+Culture Shots is a week-long series of taster events run by museums and galleries that are designed for health professionals. There are 70 creative workshops taking place between 6th and 12th February.

Planned to fit around the busy working day, these short sessions (some are 'drop in) take place at all five of our hospitals. From museum collections, music, film and photography to wild food foraging, painting and the science of football, these unique sessions give our staff the chance to discover how culture can enhance your own life, our professional practice, and our patients' health and well being.

PEAT - Patient Environment Action Team

The annual Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) Assessments are currently being undertaken. This assessment process provides a 'snapshot' of what standards patients would experience across a variety of non clinical services in practice, which then allows us to use the findings to make changes which will then improve the quality of the patient contact with us.

In 2011 we scored GOOD which is defined as "always meets and regularly exceeds expectations" and we hope to retain or improve this standard. The assessments are being undertaken by teams made up of the Facilities Monitoring Team, Sodexo, Lead Nurses (Children's and Adult's), Infection Control, a Divisional Director, two External Validators and most importantly Patient Representatives.

Frantic festive season

Schools, organisations and a couple of famous faces helped to celebrate the festive period at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. There was definitely room at the inn for all the visitors throughout December. Coronation Street, Waterloo Road and Hollyoaks' stars visited RMCH together with many other organisations including the Royal Air Force, Eventbooths, GMP Tactical Aid Unit, Lancashire County Cricket Club and Salford City Reds. 

MUFCBoth Manchester football teams painted the hospital red and blue, and delighted patients and their families, along with staff when they came armed with presents. Players including Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and Manchester City's Mario Balotelli put a smile on everyone's faces.



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Membership Matters



Ongoing activities include:



Governor Diary Dates






Wed 25th Jan

Membership Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Fri 3rd Feb

Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 7th Feb

Annual Planning Meeting

1.00 pm - 3.30 pm

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



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