Welcome to July's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our organisation and what is going on in the NHS.
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 developments.
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 - www.cmft.nhs/foundation-trust/governor-elections.aspx.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local authorities urged to take action to improve children's health
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 children's health.
They are also asking local authorities to publish and share good examples of what they are doing for children's health in their own areas.
Proposals to improve care for vulnerable older people
The health secretary has announced he is seeking views on a set of proposals to radically improve care for vulnerable older people.
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.
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 charged.
NHS England asks patients, the public and staff to help shape the future of urgent and emergency care
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 future generations.
For further details go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2013/06/17/uec/
Our Hospital School and Home Teaching Service is 'Outstanding'
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 outstanding'.
It also recognises that 'teachers make learning very relevant and enjoyable' and that 'excellent use is made of highly skilled teaching assistants.
To read more go to: /childrens-hospitals/news-events/hospital-school-is-outstanding.aspx
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 healthily.
Identical twins become the first in Europe to receive kidney transplants from the same donor at the same time
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:
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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 Children's Hospital.
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 participating.
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 Ward 84.
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 Hospital
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 276 4522.
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