Welcome to July's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.
I recently attended a celebration event to mark the completion
of an innovative scheme which aims to provide diverse and
sustainable opportunities that support young people with
disabilities through skills training and potential employment.
Project Search is a 12 month project that provides on the job
training opportunities, leading to permanent opportunities through
a series of three 10 week internships. I am so proud to be
associated with such a wonderful venture. Disability is not
inability and we have opportunities for everyone in our
Our second Young People's Health Event took place at the end of
June and was extremely successful almost 300 young people coming
though the doors to learn all about NHS careers and health
promotion. Trust staff ran stands covering a wide range of careers,
including nursing, midwifery, pharmacy and physiotherapy.
There were also interactive sessions on resuscitation and infection
control, plus information about staying healthy, and an opportunity
to find out about the latest medical research.
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.
Battle over fate of struggling NHS
The battle over the future of Britain's hospitals has
intensified as leaked government plans suggested it could become
more difficult to close failing services and institutions -
something that NHS managers say is essential in order to save the
At least 50 NHS trusts are in severe financial
difficulty as a result of the unprecedented squeeze on NHS finances
as managers struggle to find £20 billion savings by 2014. In
addition, doctors' leaders say medical expertise is spread too
thinly across the country and must be concentrated in fewer
specialist centres to ensure the delivery of safe, high-quality
Cancer rate rising in middle-aged
Obesity, heavy drinking and a 'couch potato' lifestyle are
fuelling soaring rates of cancer in the middle-aged, a report has
warned. The numbers in their forties and fifties diagnosed with the
illness has risen by a fifth in the last 30 years. The warnings
followed claims that cancer survival rates are actually improving,
and have even doubled over the past 40 years. Improved treatment,
national screening programmes, better testing and drugs mean more
cancers are being detected at an earlier age.
According to a Cancer Research UK study, the chances of
surviving cancer for at least 10 years have doubled to almost 50
per cent. Experts say that certain tumours once only considered
common in old-age are now widespread in younger generations. Some
61,000 Britons aged 40 to 59 are diagnosed with cancer every year,
according to figures.
RMCH brings past into the present
The contents of a time capsule uncovered at the
former Royal Manchester Children's Hospital at Pendlebury have been
given a new home. It was discovered in the grounds at the entrance
to the former Zachary Merton building last year and contained a
newspaper from 1805, two newspapers from 12th March1935,
annual reports, old coins, and an invitation to the opening of the
Zachary Merton Convalescent Home on 13th March 1935
which is when it is believed to have been buried.
Now it is being preserved in a glass case in the new RMCH where
both staff and patients can delve into the past.
Former MRI consultant gets evidence into practice
Manchester Royal Infirmary Respiratory Physician
Richard Feinmann and his team in Uganda have won a prestigious
award at the British Medical Journal Group Awards. He was part of a
Ugandan team trialling a new technique to diagnose Tuberculosis
(TB) resulting in more people being treated.
Having spent 15 years at MRI, one would have forgiven Dr
Feinmann, 65, for putting his feet up after his retirement. Instead
he chose to volunteer at the International Hospital Kampala for a
year where he encountered a continent that had 100,000 cases of TB.
He explained that after the AIDS epidemic in the early nineties,
the cases of TB rose due to the immune systems of HIV/AIDS
sufferers being lowered.
However, diagnostic tests are extremely expensive so along with
Target TB, he carried out research in to low cost intervention into
the diagnoses of TB in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Feinmann said: "This award is for all the Ugandan
volunteer workers and village health workers who worked so
hard with us to improve the lot of their community. We are very
pleased with the award."
Multi-cultural expressions in MRI
The MRI neurology corridor has recently been transformed
thanks to Lime Arts. In 2010 they commissioned Writer-in-Residence
Chanje Kunda to work with hospital staff to find inspirational
words, phrases and stories from around the world.
Chanje then worked with artists from four cultural backgrounds to
find visual expression to some of those findings. The outcome was
this intriguing exhibition.
Director of Lime Arts Brian Chapman said: "This is a good
example of how we might connect further with minority groups to
explore health issues or simply to strengthen positive
relationships with community groups."
The corridor is transformed and staff, patients and visitors
hopefully will find some interest, joy and inspiration in the
The artists are:
Doctor backs call for reform of maternity care on
A top Greater Manchester doctor has backed a national call
for reform of maternity care.
Dr Michael Maresh, clinical lead for the Greater Manchester
Maternity Network and a consultant obstetrician at Saint Mary's
Hospital, spoke out after a major report recommended a
reorganisation of services. The Royal College of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology called for more midwifery-led units to be set up so
women with low-risk pregnancies could be in the sole care of
midwives. It also calls for the number of consultant units be
reduced so that senior clinicians are available around the
Top heart specialist quits NHS role in protest of
The expert charged with reviewing heart services at a
Greater Manchester hospital is quitting his role with the NHS. The
country's top heart specialist Professor Roger Boyle said he
planned to retire, partly in protest at government reform of the
He launched an angry attack on health secretary Andrew Lansley's
plans, saying they would abolish 'large chunks of the NHS'. His
announcement threw a question mark over his review of heart
services at Rochdale Infirmary - but bosses told the MEN his report
has been completed and will still be used by hospital chiefs. Prof
Boyle visited the hospital in March and said major cutbacks at the
Rochdale heart unit - the third biggest in the region - had made it
Charity Sky Dive!
Do you fancy doing a tandem sky dive to raise vital funds
for the Trust? On Saturday 17th September you
After climbing to 14,000 feet you will exit the aircraft with
your highly experienced British Parachute Association Instructor
and freefall for 30 seconds, reaching a speed of about 120 miles
per hour! Your descent under the large parachute will then take
several minutes, and family and friends can watch and cheer as you
make your landing. You can choose any of our five hospitals to
raise money for through your sky dive!
The jump takes place at Black Knights Parachute Centre in
Cockerham, Lancashire. If you would like to register your interest
in taking part, please contact Clare McManmon on 0161 276 4404 or
Ongoing activities include:
Wed 3rd August
Membership working group
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Tues 13th Sept
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Fri 16th Sept
Patient Experience working group
2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Tues 27th Sept
Annual Members' Meeting
1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Wed 19th Oct
Council of Governors
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Mon 24th Oct
Corporate Citizenship working group
Wed 2nd Nov
Staff Health & Wellbeing working group
Tues 8th Nov
Wed 23rd Nov
Fri 25th Nov