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Chairman's Bulletin June 2015

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Welcome to the June issue of my Bulletin, and this month I'd like to focus on some of the great initiatives across CMFT that are supporting our staff engagement programme. The recent Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Conference was a fantastic showcase of all the excellent work underway to make CMFT a welcoming place for colleagues from many different backgrounds and cultures. We value the skills, knowledge and commitment of every member of staff, and the rich diversity of experience and connections they bring to our organisation and those we care for. A key speaker at last year's conference, new Non-Executive Director (NED) John Amaechi attended this year in his capacity as lead NED for EDI.

I'm also very proud to tell you that CMFT has been chosen as one of 25 NHS Employers Equality and Diversity Partners for 2015/16. During the year, we'll be working with NHS Employers, other Equality and Diversity Partners plus national stakeholders such as the Leadership Academy and NHS England to support efforts to improve diversity and equality across the NHS.

Listening to the views of our staff is essential in helping us understand how well we are performing, the challenges our staff face and how we can improve. The recently published NHS staff survey for 2014 was carried out during a year of significant pressures but despite this, in comparison with other Trusts, more of our staff are satisfied with and motivated by their jobs, feel supported by their manager and believe their team works effectively. The really good news is that in those areas staff were most concerned about last year, for example, work related stress and incidents of violence, we have made significant improvements moving us into the top 20% of acute Trusts.

In the 2014 survey there were some new questions to measure the degree to which staff feel confident to raise a concern about unsafe clinical practice. 67% of CMFT staff said they would feel safe to raise a concern and 93% would know how to do so. Both of these results were in line with the majority of other acute trusts. Whilst this is a good start, our aim is to become one of the best Trusts nationally in this area. It is really important to me as Chairman that our staff work in an open and transparent culture, and we are committed to ensuring we achieve this in CMFT.

Medical research is another area where our Trust is leading the way; we are one of the top sites in the UK for hosting clinical trials. Colleagues from the Research and & Innovation Division were proud to showcase some of our major discoveries on 20th May, International Clinical Trials Day 2015. Patients and their families attending RMCH, The Eye Hospital, Saint Mary's and MRI were able to visit information stands and find out more about getting involved in research.

Research is just one of the topics lined up for our annual Young People's Event on Friday 26th June, from 10.00am to 3.00pm in the Nowgen Centre. Eight Governors have already signed up to help at the event, which is an excellent opportunity to engage with over 300 young people as well as our own staff. I'm keen for more Governors to participate, even if you can only come along for an hour or so. Do please get in touch with Donna Beddows to book a slot. Donna can also supply flyers, posters and a newsletter which you might find helpful to promote the event with your local community and contacts.

In mid-May, we held one of our regular Governors' Performance Review Meetings. This was an excellent opportunity for Governors, Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors of the Trust to exchange views and seek assurance on a range of issues and performance measures. We received an overview of the Trust's complaints process from Cheryl Lenney (Director of Nursing - Adults) along with key themes evident during 2014/15 and examples of learning from complaints.

We also received a very informative overview of Safeguarding from Marie Forshaw (Deputy Director of Nursing - Community, Safeguarding and Learning Disabilities) & Bridget Thomas (Head of Safeguarding). Governors particularly received further insight on safeguarding processes in place within CMFT, key relationships with other agencies and the training requirements in place for our wider workforce. This was once again a very popular forum with Governors with excellent attendance.

Performance and finance will continue to be key themes for the NHS following the election. A key issue is the cost of using temporary agency staff; NHS foundation trusts in England spent £1.8bn in 2014 on agency and contract staff - more than twice the planned amount.   NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens is addressing this concern and you may like to see his recent interview on the Andrew Marr programme, which also covered seven day services and the impact of obesity on the NHS: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02slpr1

Two important initiatives will support our local drive to focus on performance and efficiency. I am pleased to tell you that CMFT has agreed to establish a new working relationship with University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) that will enable us to deliver better outcomes for patients, higher quality services, and greater value for money for the residents of the City of Manchester and Greater Manchester.

Our new working relationship will combine the strengths of both organisations and enable our clinical staff to work together to innovate and develop new models of care, using exciting new technologies. The partnership will focus on:

  • Research and innovation, through MAHSC, Manchester Science Park and MediPark.
  • Integration of health and social care for the City of Manchester.
  • Joint use of our Altrincham and Withington Hospital sites to bring care closer to home for our patients.
  • Shared services for General Surgery, Vascular and, in time, Cardiac to improve patient outcomes across Manchester.

This new partnership is a great practical example of the spirit of collaboration under Greater Manchester Devolution (GM Devo), which is beginning the second phase of its communications, engagement and movement for change.  This will start with finding out what residents, staff and stakeholders understand about GM Devo, work which is expected to conclude by the end of July.  The programme's website is currently being constructed, so more information is available by emailing GM.Devo@NHS.net.

I look forward to seeing you at our Young People's Event and also at our Council of Governors Meeting on 1st July.  In the meantime, if I can assist you in your Governor role do please call me on 0161 276 8661 or email me at steve.mycio@cmft.nhs.uk