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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 organisation.

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


NHS News



Battle over fate of struggling NHS Services
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 rest.  

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 care. 

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.



Trust News



RMCH brings past into the present
Time capsuleThe 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
Richard FeinnmanManchester 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 work.

The artists are:

  • Mary Tang (Chinese) whose traditional Chinese calligraphy spells out the words Fortune, Longevity, Health and Peaceful Mind.
  • Rizwan Iqbal whose traditional Islamic calligraphy spells out the words Jamal (Beauty), Salam (Peace), Amal (Hope) and Mahabba (Love).
  • A.U.Chaba who has portrayed a traditional and ancient African story about Queen Amina and her struggle for freedom and liberation.
  • Steve Devine who made a series of photographs of objects that are used by Manchester Museum to tell stories from around the world.



North West News



Doctor backs call for reform of maternity care on Greater Manchester
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 clock.

Top heart specialist quits NHS role in protest of reforms
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 health service.

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 unsafe.



Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity News



Charity Sky Dive!
Do you fancy doing a tandem sky dive to raise vital funds for the Trust? On Saturday 17th September you can!

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



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Governor Diary Dates






Wed 3rd August

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 13th Sept

Youth Forum

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

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Wed 2nd Nov

Staff Health & Wellbeing working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 8th Nov

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Wed 23rd Nov

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Fri 25th Nov

Patient Experience working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm



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