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Chairman's Bulletin July 2015

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Welcome to my July Bulletin, and I'd like to begin by thanking all the Governors who supported our Young People's Event (YPE) on 26th June.  It was a fantastic day, with over 400 young people, teachers and parents/carers finding out about NHS careers and how to take good care of their own health.  It was my first YPE as Chairman, and I was proud to see the excellent work across our departments, specialist services and with partner organisations being showcased.  Well done to everyone involved in making the event a huge success.

The YPE was also an ideal opportunity to engage with young people and develop our membership among 11 to 18 year-olds. Governors spent plenty of time chatting to the students about their views on health services and priorities, and used a questionnaire to collect some very useful feedback.  I will share the questionnaire findings with you in a future Bulletin.

This month we begin the Governor election process for 2015, I'm confident that we will have another committed and enthusiastic group of candidates.  You can find out about the election process on the website, and please do encourage anyone you know who may be interested in standing to download the Governor Role information pack.

The well-attended Council of Governors meeting on the 1st July covered a lot of ground, including the Governor election process.  Other topics ranged from updates on risk management and assurance; equality, diversity and inclusion; progress with the Transforming Care for the Future programme along with the results and actions from the latest staff survey.

We also welcomed Cheryl Lenney as our new Chief Nurse and thanked Gill Heaton for her valued contribution to, and, leadership of nursing over the past 40 years. Governors were advised that Gill will be focussing her attention solely on the role of Deputy Chief Executive going forward. Governors also received the Operational Plan (2015-16) and Annual Report & Accounts (2014-15).

At the Council of Governors meeting, we also heard more about the work programme and priorities for the teams implementing Greater Manchester Devolution (Devo Manc). One of these priorities is early implementation of the preferred option decision for Healthier Together, which is due to be announced on 15th July.  To share your views on Devo Manc with the implementation team, please complete the public survey via this  link on our website.

Another key initiative to help meet the health needs of local people is the new Greater Manchester Academic Health Science System (AHSS). Launched on 10th July, the AHSS will bring together NHS, academic and industry partners to make health research and innovation part of daily practice.

The NHS continues to face financial challenges, and all our Divisions are working hard to identify ways to increase productivity and efficiency while also saving money.  However, patient care and safety are paramount and remain at the forefront of everything we do.  This is one of the messages that the team preparing for our CQC inspection in early November will focus on demonstrating.

Finally, I look forward to seeing you at the Governor Workshop on Wednesday, 22nd July 2015 (arrival 11:45am with the workshop starting at 12.00pm - 4.00pm at the NOWGEN).  This will provide an opportunity to put forward ideas in relation to the Governing-body Framework, and to share your views and opinions about the future Governor meeting structure, amongst other things.

Do please contact me at any time if I can support you in your role as Governor, on 0161 276 8661 or email me at steve.mycio@cmft.nhs.uk