Welcome to July's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our organisation and what is going on in the
On 5th July I had the honour of celebrating the NHS
65th Birthday at an event at Trafford General Hospital
- the birthplace of the NHS. There was an exhibition which
looked at the history of the hospital, how patient care has evolved
over the years and also showcased current services and future
A special anniversary cake was cut as part of the
celebrations. The event finished with a 150 balloon release
outside the main entrance.
Since my last bulletin we have received the
Secretary of State's decision to support the proposed new model for
hospital services in Trafford. We are now working with the
Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and other partner
organisations in Trafford to agree the process for implementation.
We have also started meeting with staff who may be affected by
these changes over the coming months.
The new model ensures the right balance between caring for the
sickest patients in specialist hospitals and retaining local access
to a broad range of high quality services for patients with less
serious needs. This model works because Trafford General
Hospital is part of a Foundation Trust that includes a wide range
of specialist hospital and community services and because we are
working in close collaboration with primary and community health
services and social care to develop and deliver an effective
integrated care system.
You will have received details about the forthcoming elections.
Further details can be found on the Governor Election webpage -
All nomination papers should be received by the Returning
Officer by Noon on Monday 29th July 2013.
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
Local authorities urged to take action to improve
Children's health minister Dr Dan Poulter has joined with other
experts to ask local authorities to sign up to the
government's pledge to do everything possible to improve
They are also asking local authorities to publish and share good
examples of what they are doing for children's health in their own
For further details:
Proposals to improve care for vulnerable older
The health secretary has announced he is seeking views on a set
of proposals to radically improve care for vulnerable older
The proposals set out improvements in primary care and urgent
and emergency care. They look at establishing ways for NHS and
social care services to work together more effectively for the
benefit of patients, both in and out of hospital.
For further details:
Migrant access to the NHS
This consultation is about migrants' access and financial
contribution to the NHS. It is widely recognised that the NHS has a
longstanding weakness in charging foreign nationals who use the
NHS, and has similar problems in recovering the cost of treatment
to visitors from the European Economic Area.
The consultation asks who should be charged in future, what
services they should be charged for, and how we can ensure that the
system is better able to identify patients who should be
For further details:
NHS England asks patients, the public and staff to
help shape the future of urgent and emergency
NHS England is asking patients, public and NHS staff to help shape the future
of urgent and emergency care services.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh's Urgent and Emergency Care Review was
announced in January this year. Its aim is to develop a national
framework to build a safe, more efficient system, 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
Those using and working in the NHS have until 11th
August to feedback on an evidence base for change and emerging
principles that will guide the Review.
The terms of reference, evidence base and emerging principles,
along with details on how to contribute and get your views heard,
are all on the NHS England website.
This Review is just one part of a national approach to improving
the way NHS services are delivered so that patients get high
quality care from an NHS that is efficient now and secure for
For further details go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2013/06/17/uec/
Our Hospital School and Home Teaching Service is
Manchester Hospital School and Home Teaching Service, based at
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, has been declared
'Outstanding', scoring the highest grading in each Ofsted inspected
area of school activity.
Inspectors commented very positively on the leadership and
management of the school, stating that 'excellent teamwork under
the inspirational leadership of the exceptional headteacher
underpins the effectiveness of this highly successful school.'
The achievement is even more impressive as the rating was
achieved under Ofsted's new tougher and more challenging inspection
framework, under which it has become even more difficult to achieve
an 'outstanding' judgement.
The report highlights the quality of teaching at the school.
Inspectors noted that 'teaching is never less than consistently
good and much of it is outstanding. At the heart of this
strong teaching is the sensitivity to be able to separate the
educational needs of each student from their health issues and to
adapt their teaching quickly and effectively in the face of
changing needs. As a result, students' achievement is
It also recognises that 'teachers make learning very relevant
and enjoyable' and that 'excellent use is made of highly skilled
To read more go to:
Manchester Health Academy is first in UK to scoop
Children's Food Trust Award
Manchester Health Academy has become the first school in the
country to receive a new national award for excellence in
children's food and nutrition.
Children's Food Trust Award, a new accreditation scheme to help
schools and early years settings show parents their commitment to
helping children eat well, is only given to schools and childcare
providers who can show how they are championing healthy eating and
nutrition for children.
It means that the Academy met tough criteria on their food
policy, menus, dining experience, staff training, opportunities to
learn how to cook, and how actively staff encourage children to eat
For further details:
Identical twins become the first in Europe to receive
kidney transplants from the same donor at the same
Jack and Joshua, 9, from North Wales are recovering well after
undergoing four hour operations in theatres next to one
another. The Renal Transplant team at Manchester Royal Infirmary
and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital performed the surgery
overnight after the call came through that a donor had been
identified and the kidneys had been allocated to the twins by a
combination of matching and luck.
We worked with The Sun to ensure good media coverage -
For further details: /media-centre/latest-news/twintransplant.aspx
New MAHSC Newsletter launched
MAHSC (the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre) is a
partnership between The University of Manchester and six NHS
organisations (including ours).
Our NHS partners are some of the most highly rated NHS Trusts in
the country, and The University of Manchester is one of the top 3
UK research universities.
We are proud to be one of only five centres in the country
designated as an AHSC. AHSC designation recognises excellence
across research, innovation, education and patient service, and in
particular the potential to excel in translational medicine.
Through partnership with the GM AHSN, MAHSC acts as a beacon within
the local health system, providing clinical leadership and helping
health care organisations reap the benefits of research and
innovation to drive improvements in care.
The newsletter can be found at:
Be Seen in Green Day 2013
On Friday 5th July, the Charity Team held its
annual Be Seen in Green Daytogether with Ryman Stationery.
This year, 21 schools and 38 businesses, which included over 20
branches of HSBC, signed up to get their green on in aid of the
Olympic swimmer, Becky Adlington, visited HSBC Manchester and
Alkrington Primary School on the day to meet staff and pupils and
take part in question and answer sessions. St Mary's RC Primary
School and HSBC Hale also won £500 Ryman vouchers for
Charity Sky Dive Day
In support of the Children's Hospital, Saint Mary's and the Eye
Hospital, the charity had 18 brave supporters
take to the sky at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancaster.
Amongst the thrill seeking fundraising was Michael Kenworthy,
who raised over £1,000 for the 'Jennies Pennies' fund at the
Children's Hospital, plus Craig, Gabriella and Margaret from
corporate supporters Bridgfords also raised funds for the
Children's Hospital. Staff members Ruth Massey took part for the
Eye Hospital, Andrea Bowker for Saint Mary's and Ronald Brooks for
A huge well done to all of you for braving the jump at 15,000
feet and free-fall of 120mph - a real feat!
Laura Wolfe becomes Ambassador for the Children's
The Charity Team is delighted to announce Laura Wolfe, MD of
award-winning marketing agency Journey9, as its new Charity
Ambassador for the Children's Hospital.
Manchester-born Laura has been a long-term supporter of the
Charity, both personally and professionally, first becoming
involved back in 2006 when the charity still operated as the New
Children's Hospital Appeal.
Initially drawn to the Hospital Charity as a thank you for the
treatment received there by her eldest son, who was born with
dextrocardia, Laura was part of the team that delivered the final
fundraising dinner for the New Children's Hospital Appeal, helping
to raise a staggering £200,000 on the night to reach the ultimate
£20 million target.
Further information and photos from all Charity Team events and
activities can be found on our family website www.cmftcharity.org.uk or
the Children's Hospital website www.rmchcharity.org.uk
and Facebook Page www.facebook.com/RMCHCharity.
You can also follow the Children's Hospital Charity on Twitter
@RMCHcharity. Alternatively, feel free to contact the team on 0161
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