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

We recently held our third Young People's Health Event which was successful with around 300 young people coming though the doors to learn all about NHS careers and health promotion. Staff ran stands covering a wide range of careers, including nursing, midwifery, pharmacy and physiotherapy.  I also took part in an interactive session on infection control which highlighted the importance of thorough handwashing! It was good to see some of you there and I would welcome your feedback on how we can further improve it next year.

We recently held our Summer Council of Governors meeting where Darren Banks did a presentation about the future of services at Trafford General Hospital. The consultation to enable the local community to have their say has recently been launched.

This year's Annual Members' Meeting is being held on Tuesday 18th September 2012 between 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm at Education South. (Post-Graduate Centre) There will be more details in August's briefing.

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



BMA lifts threat of industrial action

Doctors' leaders have lifted the threat of industrial action to re-enter talks with the government in their dispute over pension changes. The British Medical Association announced its decision after a meeting of its leaders recently. It means the BMA will join other health unions in debating some of the details of the changes which are being made to the NHS scheme. It comes a month after doctors across the UK boycotted non-urgent care.

The industrial action on 21st June led to thousands of non-emergency operations, such as knee and hip replacements, being cancelled and appointments at hospitals and GP surgeries being disrupted. The row is over the government's plan to reform the NHS pension, which will mean higher earners like doctors having to contribute more and work for longer. Although some routine out-patient appointments and a number of planned operations were rearranged, it was very much business as usual as we worked with our senior medical staff to minimise any disruption to patients. 

Doctors to be re-assessed every five years

Family doctors will be re-assessed to ensure they remain competent every five years from December, the medical watchdog has said. The GPs will face annual appraisals and more comprehensive interviews after five years. There is currently no process of assessment for doctors once they qualify, and many can treat patients for an entire career without their skills ever being checked.

The General Medical Council (GMC) said plans for 'revalidation' were finally ready to be introduced. Under the new requirements, doctors will be expected to meet clinical standards and keep up with developments in their fields. Feedback from patients and colleagues will also be part of the yearly appraisals.

Proposals to reassess doctors were called for after the case of Harold Shipman, the GP who murdered as many as 250 patients. One of the subsequent inquiry reports suggested that the process could expose any sub-standard practitioners before problems arose rather than leaving the GMC to respond to patients' complaints afterwards.

The Trust is also commencing a 'revalidation' for all its consultant medical staff.



North West News



Proposal Around Health Improvements a Step Closer 


You should have all received a briefing on the proposals for Trafford Clinical Services on Monday 23rd July. Please let me know if you did not receive this. You can also access information at


Name your NHS Heroes

The Health Secretary has called on everyone in England to name their NHS Heroes.

As he marked the 64th anniversary of the NHS in the North West, Andrew Lansley launched NHS Heroes, a brand new recognition scheme open to all staff working in the NHS. From now until mid-September, anyone working for the NHS who is nominated by members of the public, patients or colleagues as going the extra mile in their work will receive a recognition certificate.

Senior NHS figures are expecting countless staff members across England to be honoured in celebration events all over the country. The Secretary of State said he hoped patients and their families would take full advantage of the chance to thank all those who make the NHS great. Mr Lansley said: "Staff across the NHS in England carry out fantastic work every day - going the extra mile to make a real difference to people's lives. The NHS Heroes scheme is a chance for everyone to formally recognise these staff and thank them for their hard work, passion and dedication."



Trust News



Manchester medics give new hope to five-year-old Italian girl


A five-year-old Italian girl with a rare medical condition has flown to Manchester to undergo life-changing surgery at our children's hospital. Virginia Vicari has short bowel syndrome, which means she cannot absorb enough nutrients from food. She was born eight weeks prematurely and doctors quickly discovered she had a life-threatening intestinal blockage. Virginia had to endure around six operations within a couple of years to try to clear it - and was left with just 6cm out of a possible 250cm of bowel.

She faced a lifetime of artificial feeding or transplants - because doctors in Italy were unable to extend the bowel. Virginia had to be hooked up to a feeding machine at her Milan home, five days a week for 12 hours at a time, just to stay alive - but was offered a lifeline by medics at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. 

New £6.4m arthritis research unit is going for gold


Britain's Olympic athletes may be among the many people to benefit from a new biomedical research unit launched this month to focus on treating diseases such as osteoarthritis.   The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) brings together experts from our hospitals and The University of Manchester to tackle diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis which affect the joints and other tissues.  Over 10 million people in the UK have some form of arthritis, which can affect children as well as adults. 

Chairman Peter Mount and Chief Executive Mike Deegan attended the launch.  Mr Deegan said: "By combining the best research and clinical skills, and capitalising on patients' enthusiasm to be part of the research process, we can make significant strides in tackling arthritis and related diseases."

Professor Deborah Symmons, the BRU Director, added:  "The launch of the new unit under the 'Going for Gold' theme highlights our aim to deliver world class research to help people living with musculoskeletal disorders.  Our ultimate goal is to deliver the best possible treatment for patients with arthritis, whatever the cause may be."

The BRU has received funding from the NIHR (£4.9m) and the Department of Health (£1.5m).  Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:  "We know that conditions like arthritis and rheumatism can have a devastating effect on peoples' lives, so it is essential that we develop new treatments to help NHS patients and their families.  

CMFT on the small screen
Keep your eyes on the TV Listings for the upcoming series of The Midwives, a six part series looking at the work of midwives in Britain today.  Four of the films have followed the maternity team at Saint Mary's and we're extremely excited and proud to share their work with not only the rest of the Trust but the whole of the UK!  The series will be broadcast on BBC2 at 9.00 pm and we expect the first programme to be shown on Tuesday 31st July. 



Our Trust Charity News



Refurbished Rainbow Room

Rainbow Room

Charity patron Julie Neville was recently joined by corporate supporter Breck Stockton to officially open the refurbished Rainbow Room at Saint Mary's Hospital. The Rainbow Room is a space set up for parents and families to go after the delivery of a baby that is stillborn, has died during labour or in the immediate hours afterwards.  The room allows parents and relatives to spend some precious time with their child.

Breck, who owns designer furniture store Stocktons, kindly donated furnishings as well as his supplier's time to redecorate the Rainbow Room to help make it less clinical and more comfortable for the families who use it. 

Julie Neville, charity patron commented: "We are so grateful to Stocktons for their support in redecorating the Rainbow Room.  Creating an environment that is less clinical can have a huge impact on the experiences of bereaved families in our hospital."

The charity is continuing to support the Rainbow Room with the Wiggle for Women Zumbathon taking place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on 16th September from 12.00 pm. The event is raising money for an additional cooling cot; cooling cots are specially designed to keep a baby's body cool after their death.  Providing a cooling cot will mean bereaved families will be able to spend a little longer with their child enabling them to create lasting memories and create more time to make important decisions

To find out more about Wiggle for Women please visit or contact Clare McManmon in the charity team on 0161 276 4404.



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Governor Diary Dates



Wed 1st August

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 11th Sept

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Friday 14th Sept

Patient Experience

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 17th Sept

Board of Directors' Meeting Update

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Tuesday 18th Sept

Annual Members' Meeting

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 17th Oct

Council of Governors

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 22nd Oct

Corporate Citizenship working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 24th Oct

Performance Indicator group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Wed 31st Oct

Staff Health & Wellbeing working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 13th Nov

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Monday 19th Nov 

Board of Directors' Meeting Update

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Wed 21st Nov

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 4th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Weds 5th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Friday 7th Dec

Patient Experience

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Weds 11th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm



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