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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


NHS News



NHS boss issues health reform warning

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 welfare

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.



North West News



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.



Trust News



National Innovation Award for Renal Team

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 wellbeing. 

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 patients."


TransitionsSeamless 'Transition' from teenager to adult

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 services. 

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."


Dental juneFully 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 Orthodontic treatment.

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 and child-friendly.

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…




Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity News



Moon Ride

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 home ground.

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



Membership Matters



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Governor Diary Dates






Tues 12th July

Youth Forum

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

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 13th Sept

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

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

Corporate Citizenship working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Wed 2nd Nov

Staff Health & Wellbeing working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 8th Nov

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Wed 23rd Nov

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Fri 25th Nov

Patient Experience working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm



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