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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trainee orthodontist gets the gold
Trainee dental surgeons from the University Dental Hospital of Manchester obtained good results all round following the MOrth exams at the Royal College of Surgeons, including a gold medal for trainee Farooq Ahmed.
Researchers identify gene mutation that can cause eye defect in babies
A scientific collaboration, involving the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine (MCGM) at Saint Mary's and the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Naples, has pinpointed the genetic cause of a rare form of blindness in newborn babies.
Congratulations to 2015 Green Impact teams
Thirty teams from across the Trust took part in this year's Green Impact campaign, an environmental and efficiency challenge run by the National Union Students. Participants completed a number of challenges to reduce waste, improve efficiency, save money and reduce CMFT's carbon footprint.
This year, the teams completed more than 2000 challenges - doubling last year's achievements and saving tens of thousands of pounds in the process. A number of medals were awarded, with the Molecular Diagnostic Centre named as the overall winner. Special awards also went to:
Our Charity News
Great North Run
This year we have a record number of runners taking part in the Great North Run - the largest half marathon in the world - all supporting the Trust's family of hospitals. Participants include staff from Royal Manchester Children's Hospital - Associate Director Nicola Adamson and Professor Nick Webb - who will be joining 21 other participants in Newcastle on 13th September for the big run.
Governors looking for a challenge might want to sign up for our charity skydive. The day normally hosts around 15 brave participants supporting the hospitals, who will jump from an aircraft at 11,000 feet, with a free-fall of 120 miles per hour. The event will take place on the 22nd August at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham, Lancashire. For more information please contact Lucy Naylor in the Charity Team on 0161 901 1124 or email email@example.com.
'Dig the City'
In the first week of August, the Charity Team will be getting involved in 'Dig the City', Manchester's Summer Garden Festival, supported by the National Trust. Award-winning garden designer Sue Jeffries and hospital Play Leader John Smith will be designing 'The Playful Garden' in support of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH) Charity. It will feature Victoria Park Infant School's vegetable seedlings (with the creatures who are living in them!)
The garden will be located on King Street in Manchester for the full week of the festival and Governors are very welcome to stop by to take a look. Following the festival the garden will be rebuilt on the RMCH roof top play area for all the patients to enjoy.
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Key membership messages: our Governor election process for 2015 is underway and we welcome candidates from all backgrounds and protected characteristics.
Members and the public are encouraged to come along to open meetings of the Council of Governors and Board of Directors.
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Please note when attending Trust meetings that work continues on the extension to the Grafton Street multi-storey car park. The disabled/accessible spaces which were on the surface car park at Grafton Street have been reallocated inside the multi-storey car park. This is a 15-month project, and the Trust apologies for any inconvenience it may cause.
Trust meetings 2015
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