Welcome to June's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.
I recently attended a double celebration at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital where there were events to celebrate its third birthday and Chairman of the Trustees of Action for Sick Children Pamela Barnes presented a clock to formally cement the long standing relationship between our two organisations. They have played a major part in how sick children are cared for and looked after in hospitals today and we're all delighted to recognise our relationship with them. Pamela Barnes and Action for Sick Children have transformed hospital care for children.
I also attended an event to recognise the achievements of young people with learning disabilities who have been taking part in a training and employment programme to gain skills and paid, permanent employment. Project Search is a 12 month project that provides on the job training opportunities, leading to permanent opportunities through a series of three 10 week internships. Last year our partnership working with The Manchester College and Pure Innovations helped six young people find permanent jobs in our Trust and successfully complete their City and Guilds Certificate in Personal Progression through Employment. Our challenge is to repeat the same success with our new cohort of trainees this year.
Plans are well underway for our third Young People's Health Event on Wednesday 3rd July from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm in Nowgen. 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 email@example.com.
British Medical Association Industrial Action
The first industrial action by doctors in 40 years took place
throughout the country last Thursday when around 10,000 doctors
joined a national day of action. All hospitals, clinics and GP
practices were open as usual - but some postponed non-urgent care
for 24 hours to protest against major changes to their NHS
pensions. GPs, hospital doctors and public health and
community health doctors all took part.
We worked with our senior medical staff to minimise any disruption to patients. Some routine out-patient appointments and a number of planned operations were rearranged, but it was very much business as usual.
Half of patients are forced to wait two days to see their GP with one in eight waiting a week
Half of patients have to wait longer than two days to see their GP, official figures show.
And more than one in eight is unable to get an appointment until the following week. In fact only a third of patients manage either to see or speak to their doctor on the phone on the day they call the surgery, according to the Government's own data. Critics say the situation is 'completely unsatisfactory', pointing out that patients could be very seriously ill by the time they finally get an appointment. In 2010 the Government controversially scrapped a target that everyone should be seen within 48 hours, claiming it was 'too bureaucratic'
North West News
Choose Well This Summer
Choose Well is a national NHS communication and engagement campaign. It aims to:
We know that 12 percent of people admit to having used A&E in the past even when they knew there was nothing seriously wrong with them; and 18 per cent of GP workload is for common complaints alone. Since 2005/6, the number of First Attendances at A&E and emergency departments in England has gone up from 17,775,225 to 20,717,197 in 2010/11 (16.5 per cent). Around two million people each year go to A&E with common complaints, which they could have either self-treated or used another local service for, at an estimated cost of £136 million a year - the equivalent of 6,500 nurses.
With a growing older population, living with complex and long-term health needs. If we can make more people aware of the self-care options for common complaints, and use NHS services appropriately, this should release resources for NHS teams to focus on more vulnerable people.
Over the summer, a campaign is being launched to focus on summer common complaints, such as sickness and diarrhoea, sprains and strains and hayfever. It will run from 2nd July - 30th August, will focus on self-care and the use of high-street pharmacy for common summer complaints.
The second phase will focus on educating people about the range of NHS services they have locally and how they fit together. The third phase will focus on winter messages.
How can you help?
We will be supporting the campaign by publicising the various elements to our staff and through our website and social media. In addition a mobile phone friendly weblink has been created, which links to symptom advice - you can download this at http://bit.ly/nhsnwQR and pass it on. If you have primary school aged children, send a copy of the colouring competition to their friends or their school http://www.northwest.nhs.uk/document_uploads/Choose%20Well/Colour_comp.pdf. If you have a Twitter account, you can follow #choosewellsummer and re-tweet our messages, or post them on your Facebook page.
Our Trust Charity News
Wiggle for Women
Ditch the workout and join the party at Wiggle for Women - Manchester's largest Zumbathon in aid of Saint Mary's Hospital. Taking place at the national cycling centre from 12.00 pm on Sunday 16th September, Wiggle for Women is a great way to enjoy Zumba - the only Latin inspired dance fitness programme that blends red hot international music and contagious steps to for a fitness party.
Registration is £10 (£15 including a t-shirt) and all money raised will go towards purchasing cooling cots for the Rainbow Room at Saint Mary's Hospital as well as other vial equipment to look after young and vulnerable babies. To find out more please contact Clare McManmon on 0161 276 4404 or visitwww.cmftcharity.org.uk/events/wiggle-women to register online
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
We have been chosen as the designated hospital for the Olympic Family (VIPs, Athletes etc) for the events which are being held in Manchester. For more information about the London 2012 events go to: http://www.london2012.com/
Everyone is being encouraged to take part in this historic event. For details of how you can 'join in' go to: http://www.london2012.com/join-in/
Paralympic Games 29th August - 9th September
Dr Karen Forbes Award
Dr Karen Forbes, a Stepping Stones Fellow in Maternal and Fetal Health at The University of Manchester and part of Maternal and Fetal Health Research at Saint Mary's Hospital, has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Gábor Than Award in Placentology. This award, made by the International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA), recognises an outstanding contribution to the field of placentology by someone in the early stages of their career as an investigator. Karen's current research is targeting placental microRNAs towards a therapy to improve fetal growth.
The Gábor Than Award includes $2000, accommodation and registration to the next IFPA meeting and an engraved bronze medal. Karen has also been invited to present a plenary lecture at this meeting, which will be published in Trophoblast Research.
5 millionth baby screened by the Newborn Hearing Screening Team at St Mary's
The Newborn Hearing Screening Team based at Saint Mary's Hospital recently conducted the 5 millionth newborn hearing screen on baby Ella-May Johnson. The team who are part of Children's Community Services were featured on BBC's Breakfast programme to help raise awareness of the importance of identifying hearing problems early in newborn babies. The full team of 19 screeners work across all the maternity units in Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Bury screening 17,500 babies every year.
With rising demand for emergency care, our Trust has recognised the need to re-develop our Emergency Department to rise to the challenge of providing a world-leading quality of care at the forefront of 21st century Emergency Medicine. Project RED (Redevelopment of the Emergency Department) is an ambitious three-year project, which aims to produce a customised, state of the art Emergency Department.
Our Project RED team includes all of the key stakeholders, from clinicians to hospital managers. The project began with an extensive review of published literature. We then undertook an extensive consultation involving our patients, staff, and external clinicians and architects with experience of recent redevelopment projects at other institutions, prior to commencing the design phase.
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