Welcome to January's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our organisation and what is going on in the NHS.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year. We are currently in the middle of our first working groups of the year and I look forward to hearing about the work you are doing at our Council of Governors meeting next month.
The Trafford Strategic Programme Board (TSPB) that oversees the 'new health deal' redesign project has put forward a formal recommendation to NHS Greater Manchester that the proposed redesign of these local hospital services should go ahead. The Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee's (JOSC) response was also reviewed and considered. The TSPB felt that it was able to address any concerns of the JOSC, which incorporated issues raised by both Trafford and Manchester's health scrutiny committees, and that its final recommendation to continue with the proposals should go ahead.
Along with our Chief Executive, Mike Deegan, I was delighted to host the annual gala dinner for the We're Proud of You awards. All the Winners and Highly Commended entrants were invited to the event which showcased some of the fantastic work being undertaken by staff from all job types and levels across the entire Trust. It was humbling to hear about the work of individuals and teams going the extra mile.
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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the NHS to be paperless by 2018 - a move a report says could help save the health service billions of pounds a year. In a speech, Mr Hunt will say a first step is to give people online access to their health records by March 2015.
And by April 2018, any crucial health information should be available to staff at the touch of a button. Price Waterhouse Coopers suggests a potential £4.4bn could be put back into the NHS with better use of information and technology.
The proposed strengthening of the NHS Constitution will be overseen by an expert group chaired by Minister of State for Care Services Norman Lamb.
The group's role will be to:
Health Minister Norman Lamb said: "The NHS Constitution is an incredibly important document, setting out patients' rights and reinforcing the values of the NHS."
The Department of Health has announced funding of £120 million for an open competition to research ways of improving NHS services. Each research project will involve collaborative partnerships between a university and surrounding NHS organisations and will be overseen by the National Institute of Health Research. The Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) were first trialled in 2008, aimed at turning high quality research of patient needs into uppermost levels of care in the NHS. Previous CLAHRCs have undertaken research into areas such as blood-clotting drugs, telephone counselling, and tools to assess the needs of stroke sufferers.
North West News
Jack Frost may well be creeping at your toes but there's something more serious to keep an eye out for over winter and that's Norovirus. The country has already been hit by the seasonal virus and in an attempt to slow the spread of the illness NHS North West are urging people to stay away from hospital if they are struck with it. Norovirus, and the similar Rotavirus, are spread quickly and if they get in to hospitals it can lead to wards being unable to accept any new admissions, NHS staff going off sick and appointments being postponed.
We're quick to complain when the winter bites but bear in mind it might be biting someone you care for even more. If you know someone who needs a bit of extra attention there's a new online network tool to help you get other friends involved in helping to look after them.
RallyRoundMe is an online service that makes it easy for family members and friends to co-ordinate how they all help out a loved one who wants to stay living independently in their own home. It is funded by NHS Trusts from the North West, to help people who have been discharged from hospital, or who are living with a long-term health condition.
To help with the rehabilitation process close and trusted friends and family are encouraged to create a network on the site which then provides a platform to effectively organise care needed. Users can create a list of jobs that need doing for the person, from doing their shopping, picking up a prescription to just popping in for a chat. The group can then check to make sure what needs doing and make sure they do their bit. The site can be found at www.rallyroundme.com and is completely free to sign up to.
CMFT Twitter breaks 2000 followers!
Our CMFT twitter account has just broken 2000 followers, making it one of the most popular Trust accounts in the North West.
Launched in August 2011, we've used twitter in many ways over the past 18 months...
The account is also a hugely useful tool to listen to our patients' and carers' concerns and suggestions, making it one of the most effective two-way forms of communication available.
Take a look at our account here: https://twitter.com/CMFTNHS
Healthcare in Altrincham is in line for significant improvement following the signing of a contract which will see additional services on offer at the new £13 million hospital set to be built in the town centre. The original plans would have seen the new hospital on Railway Street replacing services at the existing hospital on a like-for-like basis, offering new high quality facilities and better disabled access. Following a new agreement between our organisation and development partner Citybranch, the Trust will be taking more space and additional services will be offered at the hospital.
Over 200 nurses and midwives made a New Year's Resolution to pledge to improve one small thing to ensure that care and compassion remains a core component of nursing and midwifery practice across all their services. This is the final jigsaw in our 2012/13 Brilliant Basics programme which has seen a focus each quarter on a different theme. The previous ones being: Communication; Harm Free Care and Leaving Our Care.
The event highlighted how patients feel when they are in our care and at the end of the session each nurse was asked "What little thing are you going to do?" and handed a red heart on which they wrote their resolution and placed in a large jar.
Senior nurses have already made their pledges and made a short film to play at the event.
Our Trust Charity News
Register for the Big T-Break 2013 - Win a Year's Supply Of Tea
This year's Big T-Break will take place on Friday 1st March. You can host a T-Break for a specific ward, department, project or equipment. The team that raises the most from their Big T-Break will win a year's supply of Lancashire Tea!
Receive a Big T-Break pack containing Tea-riffic tips and suggestions on different ways to raise money, Lancashire tea bags, a poster to promote your T-Break and also a yummy lemon drizzle cake recipe provided by winner of the Great British Bake Off, John Waite!
If you would like further support or advice with fundraising ideas then please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 276 4522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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