Welcome to June's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.
I am delighted to announce that the dialysis team at Manchester
Royal Infirmary has been awarded the top prize of £100,000 in the
Department of Health's Innovation Challenge. The prize was
awarded for the development of a home haemodialysis programme which
enables and trains patients to dialyse at home. Read more
information in Trust News.
Our Trust has just launched a zero tolerance campaign to combat
violence against NHS staff. Posters, which are being displayed in
MRI's Accident and Emergency Department, depict staff that have
been attacked and sustained facial injuries. The bold imagery has
been designed to shock people into thinking about their actions.
The posters carry a strong message that '98% of people who
assaulted our A&E staff in 2010 were successfully convicted'
making it clear to patients and visitors that any violence towards
our staff won't be tolerated. The campaign is a joint initiative by
ourselves and Greater Manchester Police.
Our second Young People's Health Event takes place on Wednesday
29th June. Last year's was extremely successful and we
would urge your support on the day.
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.
NHS boss issues health reform
The chief executive of the NHS has warned that part
of the Government's revised health reforms, the establishment of a
National Commissioning Board could create "the greatest quango in
the sky" unless local GPs are quick to take responsibility for
commissioning care for their patients. The stark warning from Sir
David Nicholson underlines growing concerns from some in the NHS
that the changes to the Government's health reforms announced
earlier this week could have unintended consequences.
The editor of the respected Health Service Journal
wrote that the reforms would result in the continuing "planning
blight" that has afflicted the health service since changes were
announced. "This blight will distract and confuse. Quality
will suffer, as will efficiency - despite the efforts of NHS staff
to compensate," he wrote. Speaking to health professionals in
London Sir David, who will head up the new National Commissioning
Board to support local commissioning consortia said he was aware of
criticisms that this would create a massive centralisation of
budgets in a single organisation - because it will hold budgets
where local groups are not ready.
Cameron and Milliband clash over cancer patient
Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for a halt to welfare
changes for cancer patients, claiming 7,000 people will be £94 a
week worse off. The government will take money from people "in
need" by introducing means-testing for some patients 12 months
after diagnosis, he told MPs. But Prime Minister David Cameron
disputed the figures.
He dismissed Mr Miliband's comments as a "smokescreen" for
Labour's reluctance to back reform of the welfare system. The row
over proposed changes to the benefits system stems from the
government's current reassessment of all those on incapacity
benefit to see if they are able to work.
More cuts as Greater Manchester NHS Chiefs told to
axe another £400m
Health chiefs have been told to slash £400m from their budgets
over the next four years.
The cuts will have to be made by Greater Manchester's primary
care trusts, which run GP surgeries and community health facilities
across the region. The significant figure was announced by NHS
Greater Manchester, a new body formed to bring together the
region's 10 existing primary care trusts and drive down costs.
Trust bosses claim they can make the majority of savings by not
filling vacancies and sharing management costs. But health
campaigners warned that PCTs - which are already rationing
treatments like IVF and cosmetic surgery - would be forced to make
further frontline cuts. PCTs pay for GP surgeries, NHS dentistry,
walk-in centres and all other non-acute hospital services.
Manchester GPs to offer
HIV test to all new patients
Anyone registering with a GP in Manchester could be routinely
offered HIV screening as part of a new screening drive. Health
bosses plan to introduce the policy because of the city's high
infection rate - almost five people in every 1,000 have the virus.
The national figure is 1.4 in every 1,000.
They hope earlier detection will help to stop the inadvertent
spread of the disease - and reduce the cost of lengthy hospital
stays by allowing patients to stay well for longer.
From this week, patients who are admitted to the medical
assessment unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary are being offered HIV
screening. Doctors will offer the test to about 1,000 people every
month. If it is successful it could be extended to all departments
at the hospital.
National Innovation Award for Renal
The dialysis team at the Department of Renal Medicine at
Manchester Royal Infirmary has been awarded the top prize of
£100,000 in the Department of Health's Innovation
Challenge. The prize was awarded for the innovative approach
to dialysis care designed and adopted by Consultant Nephrologist Dr
Sandip Mitra (Programme Lead) and his multi-disciplinary team.
The team has developed a home haemodialysis programme which
enables and trains patients to dialyse at home. Patients who
choose to go on the programme undergo training at their own pace so
that they are fully prepared and confident from the outset.
The training programme is led by Sister Gillian Dutton.
Launched five years ago, the programme has demonstrated
significant benefits both in outcomes, patient experience,
efficiency and cost savings. Patients are able to live a more
normal life, free from having to travel into hospital several times
a week to dialyse. Flexible and often longer dialysis results in
better outcomes and a significant improvement to their
Patient David Coyle said: "The result is a very noticeable
increase in energy levels and general wellbeing. The quality
of life I enjoy now is as close to having a real kidney as it is
possible to get and I strongly recommend it to all haemodialysis
Seamless 'Transition' from teenager to
A project aimed to help RMCH Cystic Fibrosis patients transfer
to the Manchester Adult CF Centre at Wythenshawe has recently been
launched. 'Transitions' is a creative project by and for young
people aged 15 to 18 with cystic fibrosis (CF) which aims to help
them make the transition from paediatric to adult healthcare
Lime Art commissioned three artists to work with young people
with CF to design a Transitions Pack which includes an information
booklet, leaflets and a DVD. The DVD is divided into chapters and
includes a short drama fictionalising accounts drawn from young
people with CF, animation sequences, a virtual tour of the
Manchester Adult CF Centre and interviews with older CF patients
about their experiences.
Arts Project Manager, Helen Kitchen said: "I am absolutely
delighted with the completed Transitions booklet and film. It
looks very high quality and professional and demonstrates the
powerful impact that artists, NHS staff and patients working
together collaboratively can achieve."
Fully refurbished Departments of Child Dental
Health and Orthodontics now open for business!
The work to refurbish the Department of Child Dental Health and
extend the Orthodontic Department on the 2nd floor of
the Dental Hospital came to an end last month, with the clinic
opening on Monday 23rd May. The work, which ran from
February to May, was split into two phases:
The first phase included the installation of a new reception
desk, three new treatment rooms, and additional space for
The second phase included refurbishment of the Children's Clinic
and Sedation Suite, including a recovery room. Every effort has
been made to provide an environment which is modern, yet welcoming
The open plan clinic now houses eight state of the art chairs
with flat-screen TVs and facilities for ambidextrous working.
However, this isn't the end of the facelift. The Dental Hospital
has just started work on a £200 000 refurbishment of the Dental
Casualty Department, so watch this space…
We have teamed up with St Ann's Hospice to offer you
Manchester's first ever overnight bike ride.
Sponsored by Tesco and Manchester City Football Club the first
Manchester Moon Ride will take place on the evening of Saturday
10th September and will continue through to the early hours of
Saturday 11th September. Cyclists will pedal a 100km circular
route around Greater Manchester starting at Manchester City's
Eastlands stadium. The route will then take in both charity sites,
Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium, the Trafford Centre, the
Imperial War Museum and many other famous Manchester landmarks
before pedalling the final stretch to end back at Manchester City's
Participants will be asked to pay a £25 registration fee to take
part in the event and all participants will be asked to make a
pledge to raise £150 in sponsorship.
Sponsorship will be divided equally to benefit both Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital Charity and St Ann's Hospice.
To register or find out more about Moon Ride call the charity
team on 0161 276 4522 or visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk
Ongoing activities include:
Tues 12th July
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Mon 18th July
Corporate Citizenship working group
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Wed 20th July
Staff Health and Wellbeing working group
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Wed 3rd August
Membership working group
Tues 13th Sept
Fri 16th Sept
Patient Experience working group
2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Tues 27th Sept
Annual Members' Meeting
1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Wed 19th Oct
Council of Governors
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Mon 24th Oct
Wed 2nd Nov
Staff Health & Wellbeing working group
Tues 8th Nov
Wed 23rd Nov
Fri 25th Nov