Welcome to June's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our organisation and what is going on in the
I attended the Young People's Event on Tuesday 25th
June and it was great to see so many enthusiastic young people
attending. Over the course of the day we had over 300
visitors who all showed a keen interest in talking to our staff
manning the 27 stands and finding out more about the work we do
The next round of my lunch sessions begin next week and we have
a whole host of interesting presentations to look forward to.
Please check that you have the dates in your diary and I look
forward to seeing you there. Rhona Bradley will be covering this
for me during my holiday.
While we are talking about diaries, please ensure you have the
afternoon of Tuesday 1st October marked down as this
is the date of this year's Annual Members' Meeting.
I'd like to finish off by marking Friday 5th July
as it is the 65th Anniversary of the NHS. This
marked a key date in our organisation's history especially for
Trafford General Hospital where the official launch of the NHS took
place back in 1948. Our history dates back many decades
before this and you can find out more about our organisation's
history on our website:
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 England asks patients, the public and staff to
help shape the future of urgent and emergency care
NHS England is asking patients, public and NHS staff to help shape the future
of urgent and emergency care services.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh's Urgent and Emergency Care Review was
announced in January this year. Its aim is to develop a national
framework to build a safe, more efficient system, 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
Those using and working in the NHS have until 11th
August to feedback on an evidence base for change and emerging
principles that will guide the Review.
The terms of reference, evidence base and emerging principles,
along with details on how to contribute and get your views heard,
are all on the NHS England website.
This Review is just one part of a national approach to improving
the way NHS services are delivered so that patients get high
quality care from an NHS that is efficient now and secure for
For further details go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2013/06/17/uec/
£260 million invested in patient safety
Jeremy Hunt announces technology fund for hospitals to help
improve patient safety.
Responding to the Francis report, which called on the NHS to
make better use of technology to improve safe, effective care,
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a new £260 million fund
Last year at least 11 people died in the NHS because they were
given the wrong prescriptions. This fund will be used to increase
the use of technology which will help stop drugs being prescribed
incorrectly because patients' notes have been lost.
Errors in prescriptions are present in as many as 8% of hospital
prescriptions and studies have shown that the use of technology can
cut these errors by half.
The fund will help protect patients by ensuring that doctors and
nurses are able to access accurate details about the care of a
patient. And it will make a patient's journey through different
parts of the NHS much safer, because their records can follow them
electronically wherever they go.
For further details go to:
Government Publishes Care Bill
The Care Bill will modernise the law to put people's wellbeing
at the heart of the care and support system.
Published recently, the
Care Bill introduces legislation to provide protection and
support to the people who need it most and to take forward elements
of the government's initial response to the Francis Inquiry.
The Care Bill will give people peace of mind that they will be
treated with compassion when in hospital, care homes or their own
For further details:
Expansion of groundbreaking scheme to support NHS
Schwartz Center Rounds allows NHS staff to get together once a
month to reflect on the stresses and dilemmas that they have
The expansion of a groundbreaking scheme to help foster a
culture of compassionate patient care was announced by Health
Minister Dr Dan Poulter recently.
The scheme, called Schwartz Center Rounds allows NHS staff to
get together once a month to reflect on the stresses and dilemmas
that they have faced while caring for patients. Robert Francis QC
specifically pointed to the positive impact of Schwartz Center
Rounds in his report.
Research pilot sites in America and England show staff who
attend Schwartz Center Rounds:
The Department of Health will give a grant of almost £650,000
over the next two years to the Point of Care Foundation to expand
For further details:
Hat-trick at The Greater Manchester Clinical Research
We collected an impressive
three awards out of a possible nine at this year'sGreater
Manchester Clinical Research Awards.
The Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology was named the most
successful recruiter in Greater Manchester, and Dr Rick Body,
Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Honorary Lecturer in
Cardiovascular Medicine scooped the Principal Investigator of the
Sarah Thorpe from Manchester Centre for Sexual Health collected
the final award of the evening: Research Nurse of the Year.
Colin Sibley, Head of the Research and Innovation Division,
said: "I'm delighted that our staff have been recognised for their
capability and innovative approach to clinical research.
These awards affirm our position as a leading biomedical research
centre. Last year, we were number one in Manchester, and
within the top five nationally, for recruitment into studies and we
are in a strong position to further build on our success to
Full story here
Recognising low blood sugars could help prevent brain
damage in newborn babies
Researchers from The University of Manchester, and the
Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, studying a rare and
potentially lethal childhood disease - which is the clinical
opposite of diabetes - have made an important discovery.
The team has found newborn babies with transient (also known as
short-term) congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) are at risk of
developing, long-term disability or brain damage due to low blood
Previously it was thought only babies with the most severe form,
known as persistent CHI, were at risk of brain damage. The study,
published in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology, will now
inform pediatric practice.
CHI is a disease which affects newborn babies where their bodies
produce far too much insulin and as a result their blood sugars are
very low. It was already known babies born with the persistent form
of CHI were at risk of brain damage and developmental delay but it
was always believed that the transient form of CHI was less severe
and did not carry the same risks.
Researchers from the University's Faculty of Life Sciences and
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences along with consultants from
the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital teamed up for the
research. Royal Manchester Children's Hospital is the base for the
Northern Congenital Hyperinsulinism (NORCHI) service which is a
highly specialised service for the treatment of this condition.
Manchester Health Academy Takes Gold
Manchester Health Academy won the Gold
Go4It Award for all the work that theAcademy does around developing
those skills recognised by employers as being key to employability.
Nicole (Year 8) and Jordan (Yr 10) along with the Vice Principal
Mrs Gorman were invited to receive the award on behalf of the
This is a prestigious award provided by the nationally
recognised HTI (Heads, Teachers and Industry Ltd) who are a
not-for-profit organisation with over 25 years proven track record
working across business, education and government to raise the
aspirations and employability of young people. They challenge,
stretch and develop leaders of schools, colleges and academies who
go on to inspire our next generation. Over 20,000 school leaders
have been trained and developed by HTI in 10 years.
Both students have participated in a range of activities offered
at the Academy, which help to build up those skills that companies
recognise as being important, not only in the world of work, but
also contribute to a successful society. All students are
encouraged to participate in extended activities that are on offer
as well full participation in the enrichment programme across years
7 and 8.
UK's first ever study shows early mammograms in younger
women at increased risk of breast cancer could save
Findings, published in
journal Familial Cancer, show women under the age
of 40 at higher risk of breast cancer who went for mammographic
screening had their breast cancer detected at an earlier, more
easily treatable stage, potentially improving their chance of
Leading breast cancer research charity Breast
Cancer Campaign, has funded the first ever study into mammographic
screening in women under 40 with an increased risk of breast cancer
compared to the general population.
More than 450,000 women in the UK under the age
of 40 (around 3%) are classed as being at moderate risk of breast
cancer due to a family history and at least half seek help from a
health professional because of concerns. Their risk of getting
breast cancer is between 17% and 29% compared to the general
population's risk, around 12.5%. A further estimated 1% of
women are classed as 'high risk', with a risk of 30% or more,
including those like Angelina Jolie with BRCA or TP53 gene
mutations who can have up to an 85% risk.
Cancer genetics expert Professor Gareth Evans at the Trust and
The University of Manchester carried out the study in 1,448 women.
He retrospectively analysed mammographic screening information from
studies among women aged 35-39 with a 17% (1 in 6) or more lifetime
risk of breast cancer, to find out whether surveillance with
mammography showed any benefits.
Great Manchester Run
The Charity Team would like to say a huge thank you to all 576
of our Great Manchester Runners, which was a record number of
participants for all of our hospitals!
Congratulations to all of those that took part on what was a
very hot and sunny day and thanks to all the friends and family too
who showed their support by visiting us in the Charity Village.
A Smile for Orly
This year's Great Manchester Run saw some special fundraisers
join the race in memory of Orly Bette Feddy, who sadly should have
been celebrating her second birthday on the same day.
Over 170 runners wore pink 'A Smile for Orly' T-shirts and
helped to raise over £68,000 so far, which will fund the Giggle
Doctors and further projects in the Children's Hospital.
Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run
This year, we were the nominated Charity for the Junior &
Mini Great Manchester Run and our little runners really did us
With new 'Team Humphrey' T-Shirts and bright Humphrey bear ears,
there was a sea of green across the whole event.
The race was also started by our case study, Harley Lane, along
with his mum and little brother.
Harley lost all his limbs to meningitis when he was just
three-years-old but now aged seven, he wanted to take part in the
race on his prosthetic limbs and raise money to say thank you to
the Children's Hospital for saving his life.
Without stopping, Harley completed the whole Mini Run, which was
one mile long, with his mum and Humphrey at his side. Harley
really enjoyed the race and has even said he would love to do it
again next year.
Further information and photos from all Charity Team events and
activities can be found on our family website www.cmftcharity.org.uk or
the Children's Hospital website www.rmchcharity.org.uk
and Facebook Page www.facebook.com/RMCHCharity.
You can also follow the Children's Hospital Charity on Twitter
@RMCHcharity. Alternately, feel free to contact the team on 0161
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