Chairman's Bulletin June 13

Welcome to June's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our organisation and what is going on in the NHS.

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 here.

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: /your-trust/our-history.aspx

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 England asks patients, the public and staff to help shape the future of urgent and emergency careNHS England#

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 future generations.

For further details go to:

£260 million invested in patient safety plans

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 for hospitals.

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.

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Government Publishes Care BillCare 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 home.

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Expansion of groundbreaking scheme to support NHS staff

Schwartz Center Rounds allows NHS staff to get together once a month to reflect on the stresses and dilemmas that they have faced.

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:

  • Feel they communicate better with their patients and colleagues;
  • Feel less isolated and more supported;
  • Feel better able to cope with the emotional pressures of their work; and
  • Understand better how their colleagues think.

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 the scheme.

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Our News



Hat-trick at The Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards

Clinical research awardsWe 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 Year gong.

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 date."

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 sugars.

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.

Full story here

Manchester Health Academy Takes Gold

Health AcademyManchester 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 Academy.

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.

Full story here

UK's first ever study shows early mammograms in younger women at increased risk of breast cancer could save lives

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 survival.

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.

Full story here



Our Charity News



Great Manchester RunMCR1MCR2

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 RunHarley

This year, we were the nominated Charity for the Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run and our little runners really did us proud!

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 or the Children's Hospital website and Facebook Page You can also follow the Children's Hospital Charity on Twitter @RMCHcharity. Alternately, feel free to contact the team on 0161 276 4522.



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Governor Diary Dates




Tuesday 2nd July Governor Development (Summer Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Weds 3rd July Council of Governors' Meeting

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 8th July Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Tuesday 9th July Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Monday 15th July Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Weds 17th July Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 22nd July Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd July Governor Development (Summer Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Weds 24th July Governor Development (Summer Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Weds 7th Aug Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Tuesday 13th Aug Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 28th Aug Performance Indicator Group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Monday 9th Sept Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Tuesday 10th Sept Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Monday 16th September Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Friday 20th Sept Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 16th Sept Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Tuesday 1st Oct Annual Members' Meeting

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 8th Oct Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 16th Oct Council of Governors' Meeting

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 21st Oct Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Weds 30th Oct Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 11th Nov Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Monday 18th Nov Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Weds 20th Nov Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Weds 4th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Weds 27th Nov Performance Indicator Group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Friday 6th Dec Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 10th Dec Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 11th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Tues 17th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm



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