Welcome to January's e-bulletin, and I would like to wish you all a very happy and successful New Year. My colleagues and I and look forward to working with you on the many programmes and work streams planned for 2014.
Congratulations go to two Trust colleagues who were awarded OBEs in the Queen's New Year's honours list. Dr Catherine White has been Clinical Director at St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) since 2003 and a Forensic Physician since 1995. Trust Non-Executive Director Kathy Cowell was recognised for services to the community in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
Thank you to those Governors who attended the recent Governors' Annual Planning Workshop (21st January 2014) which provided a very real opportunity for Governors to put forward their comments and suggestions in relation to the Trust's Annual Plan 2014/15 proposals. The suggestions/comments made by Governors have been documented with the finalised plan being available shortly.
You should have received an open invitation to attend the Governors' Membership Working Group (29th January 2014) at which Governors were invited to forward ideas/suggestions in order to generate new membership engagement initiatives.
At this meeting, Governors made the recommendation for all Public Governors to individually identify a local patient/public group that they can directly engage with (attend group/forum meetings). A briefing pack is being developed in order to support Governors when engaging with Members face to face.
GOVERNOR ACTION: To identify a local patient/public group (contact to be made with a local GP Surgery, Library or Church Parish) - identified group details to be forwarded to Donna Beddows - FT Membership Manager
2014 is also a special year for the Eye Hospital, as it celebrates its bicentenary. An international academic conference, atrium exhibition and open day are all being planned. You can find out more at the dedicated bicentenary webpages: www.mreh200.org.uk.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be carrying out a series of inspections of acute hospitals from January to March, to test its new approaches to inspecting NHS services. This letter from Professor Sir Mike Richards, the CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, gives more details about the new regime and the dates of inspections. It also explains how the CQC hopes its relationship with Councils of Governors will develop as part of this new approach.
The 2013 Dr Foster Hospital Guide was published in December. It measures hospital performance against mortality metrics, two of which you will be familiar with: Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) and Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI). Our Trust improved its performance in both areas to now show rates of 93 and 105 respectively.
I look forward to seeing you at the Governors' Performance Review Meeting on 12th February, but in the meantime 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from the Board
The operating financial performance at Month 8 was £2,392K worse than plan, with a bottom line surplus of £26K. Medical staffing overspends continue to be the primary issue in all financially challenged Divisions, with a further £600K pressure in November increasing the Trust-wide cumulative overspending to £4.8M.
The overall cumulative shortfall against delivery of trading gap plans was £5,694K. The Finance Scrutiny Committee is due to meet on the 5th February 2014 to look in detail at plans for the Divisions of Medicine and Community and Children's as well as the overall position for the Trust.
The Board of Directors revised the proposed vision, strategic aims and key priorities for 2014/15 which informed the Governors' Annual Planning Meeting held on 21st January 2014. There will be further opportunities to be part of this process up until submission at the end of March 2014.
Members reviewed the Venous ThromboEmbolism (VTE) assessment rates which were currently at 93% with further work being undertaken to achieve the Quarter 4 target of 95%.
The Chief Operating Officer, Julia Bridgewater, provided members with a full update on the work being undertaken in A & E to not only achieve the targets in Quarter 4 but also improve the whole patient experience.
A number of reports were reviewed by the Board in this area, focussing on complaints reporting, cancer patient survey results, impact on nurse staffing level and patient acuity levels, the role of the Healthcare Assistant and the Trust's latest progress position in response to the recommendations in the Francis Report. Full details of all the reports can be found at: /your-trust/meet-the-board-of-directors/board-meetings
Awards for Trust staff
A project led by our Anaesthetic team has received nationwide recognition. The innovative use of patient experience to enhance postoperative recovery of gynae-oncology patients was the winning entry in this year's Quality in Care (QiC), Excellence in Oncology Awards.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Bibhas Roy was the winner of the Healthcare Project of the Year category in the Bionow Awards 2013. He has developed a new web-based tool, which enables remote monitoring of patients following shoulder surgery.
Reshma Thampy, a trainee ophthalmologist at the Eye Hospital, has been named as one of the Health Service Journal's "Rising Stars" at this year's awards.
Researchers find potential new treatment approach for pancreatic cancer
Scientists from our Trust - which is part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre - believe they have discovered a new way to make chemotherapy treatment more effective for pancreatic cancer patients.
Work begins on £6million state-of-the-art surgical facility
Work has begun on a new £6 million state-of-the-art hybrid endovascular theatre suite, set to transform the treatment of patients undergoing minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures. MRI will be the first UK hospital to have two adjacent fully hybrid theatres utilising a robotic imaging system with fully flexible theatre table.
Our Charity News
Children's Hospital is nominated charity for Great Manchester Run
We are delighted to announce that Royal Manchester Children's Hospital has been selected as the nominated charity for the 2014 Great Manchester Run, set to take place on the Sunday 18th May.
When registering on the Great Manchester Run website (www.greatrun.org) runners will now instantly be able to select to support the children's hospital, simply by ticking a box on the registration page. Of course you, your family and friends can take part in the 10k event for any of our family of hospitals.
To support us, please contact the charity team on 0161 276 4522 or e-mail email@example.com as we have a limited number of guaranteed entry places available with a discounted entry fee of £20.
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