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Chairman's Bulletin June 2014

Chairman's Banner Jun 2014

Welcome to the June Governor Bulletin, at the end of a very busy and exciting month for our Trust.  I'd like to begin by congratulating our Chief Executive Mike Deegan following the news that he has been awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Mike has worked for the Trust since 2001 and receives this award for his services to the NHS. On being informed about the award, he said: "I feel incredibly honoured, but really taken aback, by this news. I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful team at CMFT and would wish to say thank you to everyone for their support over the last 13 years. I never cease to be inspired by the unstinting efforts of our staff in transforming the care we provide for our patients and the communities we serve.

"With The University of Manchester and Manchester City Council, we have completely redeveloped our Oxford Road campus and now have all the ingredients in place to be one of the leading international academic hospitals."

This is great news and I am sure you would like to join me and the Board of Directors in saying well done to Mike, who will be presented with his Knighthood later in the year at Buckingham Palace.

Our Trust was also in the national media spotlight thanks to 'The Dentists', a fascinating documentary about the staff and patients at the Dental Hospital. It was broadcast on ITV1 at 9.00 pm on Monday 16th June, and staff gathered for a special premiere event earlier that evening. Programme-makers spent eight weeks at the hospital to create this one-off documentary, which demonstrated the outstanding care and expertise provided by our Dental staff. It was estimated that the documentary attracted 4 million viewers nationwide.

The skills and knowledge of a wide range of staff were also on show at our annual Young People's Event on 24th June. More than 350 pupils from local secondary schools came along to find out about careers in the NHS ranging from physiotherapy, pharmacy and nursing to IT, research and pathology. My personal thanks go to Jayne Bessant, David Edwards, Mariam Gaddah, Arif Islam, Richard Jenkins, Andrew Peel and Lynne Richmond for doing sessions on the Membership stand and engaging with our very enthusiastic young visitors.

I am pleased to report on the success of the first of a new series of Governor engagement sessions, supporting new member recruitment and sharing with the wider public the benefits of being a member of our Trust. David Edwards ran the first session at a local GP practice in his hometown of Bolton.

David attended a meeting of Bolton Community Practice's Patient Advisory Group at their Waters Meeting Health Centre, and after giving a well-received presentation, he held a question and answer session with the Group.  As a result of his visit, the practice has put a link to our Trust on its website and will distribute information and membership application forms across its four surgeries. David also established a link with Healthwatch Bolton, which ensures the views of local people about health and social care services are heard.

Our annual election process will be starting shortly and details of which Governor seats are open for election will be posted on our website in July 2014 (www.cmft.nhs.uk, go to the Foundation Trust section - "Governor Election" webpage). If you know anyone who may be interested in becoming a candidate, they can download a Governor Role information pack at www.cmft.nhs.uk/foundation-trust/governor-elections, or get a hard copy from the Membership Office.

I am also pleased to report that on the 19th June, a Governor Workshop was held to discuss our Trust's vision and strategic aims over the next 5 and 10 years.  Darren Banks and Caroline Davidson from the Trust's Strategic Development Department facilitated an interactive session, which generated a great deal of energy and valuable feedback.  I would like to thank everyone who participated for your contribution and enthusiasm.

Urgent care services are a key priority within our Trust's strategic plans.  The work being carried out to support the longer term transformation of the urgent care pathway was presented to the June Trust Board Seminar and the Urgent Care Board. During 'Phase 1' (January to April 2014), seven Rapid Improvement Events have taken place, resulting in 18 projects. By the end of June, 12 projects will have been completed and six are continuing. From now until the end of December 2014, the next phase needs to increase in scale to ensure improved patient flow ahead of winter. To achieve this, the programme will focus on four key areas across the MRI, namely A&E; Ambulatory Care, Assessment & Short Stay; Ward Processes and Bed Management.

Moving on to the national picture, new NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has spoken about some of the challenges and opportunities facing the NHS, including the different but important role that small local hospitals will continue to play in the changing NHS environment. You can watch his speech to the NHS Confederation's annual conference at this link.

Mr Stevens visited CMFT in May, and was very positive about what he saw in his thank you letter to Mike Deegan: "The dedication and professionalism of your staff towards the patients they care for and the impact it has on their well-being was clear to see. I could see how the layout of your new hospitals encourages clinicians to work extremely closely together, which is of real benefit to your patients."

Finally, I look forward to seeing you at our Council of Governors meeting on Wednesday 2nd July, and if you have any questions or queries do please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.