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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scientists announce major breakthrough against rare kidney disease
Scientists at our Trust and The University of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the fight against membranous nephropathy (MN) - a rare kidney disease which can lead to kidney failure. Their research was funded by Kidney Research UK - the UK's largest funder dedicated to kidney research and kidney problems in the UK.
Celebrating one year of cord donation at Saint Mary's Hospital
The Anthony Nolan Cord Donation Programme at Saint Mary's Hospital celebrated its first anniversary last month. This is a pioneering initiative to save lives by using stem cells from the blood in the baby's placenta and cord to treat blood cancer or other blood disorders.
Trafford resident celebrates medal for seventy-year diabetes milestone
73-year-old Sale resident Moya Chalmers has received the Diabetes UK John Macleod medal for successfully managing type 1 diabetes for 70 years.
Moya was presented with the award at Trafford General's Diabetes Centre, which she regularly visits for check-ups and treatment. Retired Trafford General Diabetes Consultant, Bill Stephens presented Moya with the award on behalf of Diabetes UK.
RMCH Nurse wins National Child Health Award
Our Consultant Nurse for Acquired Brain Injury in children, Gilly Robinson was recently announced as the winner of the Nursing Standard Child Health Award at a prestigious ceremony in London. This brings well deserved recognition of Gilly's work to develop and implement CATNIP - a coma assessment tool for new borns, infants, children and young people.
Our Charity News
Great Manchester Run
Sunday 10th May saw the return of the Great Manchester Run, the largest 10km race in Europe. Over 2,000 keen runners took to the streets of Manchester for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, with many also taking part to raise money for Saint Mary's Hospital.
The weekend was a fantastic success for the Charity as hundreds of children also completed the Junior and Mini Run at Heaton Park. The day was particularly special as two patients, seven-year-old Ella Chadwick and 13 year-old Charlotte Jennings were invited to be honorary race starters.
Taking part in the adult run for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity, as part of the 'Boon Army' of runners, was music legend, Peter Hook. Joining the 'Boon Army' (which was captained by patron, Clint Boon) were Cbeebies' television presenter, Alex Winters, musician Liam Frost and of course, Humphrey Bear.
Also putting his best foot forward was our Trust Chairman, Steve Mycio, who wore the lime green vest for the children's hospital - one of the nominated charities at this year's run.
The Charity received excellent television coverage on the day, with BBC2 featuring two pieces; one about Ward 84 and Charlotte Jennings and the other regarding the 'Boon Army' and Clint Boon's fundraising for Saint Mary's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Thank you to everyone who took part in the event in support of our hospitals.
Be Seen in Green
Friday 3rd July sees the return of Be Seen in Green Day, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity's flagship fundraising day. Be Seen in Green asks supporters to wear green and to pay a suggested donation of £1 to take part. This year the fundraising day will be supporting the redevelopment of Ward 84, making the ward a much more child-friendly and comforting space for our patients, however other wards and projects within Royal Manchester Children's Hospital can also be supported.
To sign up and for more information visit the RMCH Charity website, or drop into the charity office in the atrium of the children's hospital. Everyone who registers will be given a fundraising pack full of exciting ideas on how to make the most out of your fundraising. You can also contact the charity team on 0161 276 4522 (x64522) or email@example.com
Key membership message: Come along to our Young People's Event on Friday 26th June - you can ask our Governors questions and share your ideas about health services for young people.
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