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Chairman's Bulletin march 2011

Chairman and Laura Roberts sign over TCS staff

Welcome to our latest e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.

Since we last met, at the Council of Governors meeting, in January further developments have taken place to transfer community health services from NHS Manchester (Manchester Primary Care Trust) on Friday 1st April 2011 into one of the following local NHS organisations:

  • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Manchester Mental Health & Social Care NHS Trust.

On the 16th March the Trust's Board of directors signed the agreement to transfer the following  community services from NHS Manchester to our Trust: Adult Services (eg District Nursing) for the central Manchester area, along with Children's services, Contraception and Sexual Health, Community Dentistry, and Learning Disabilities services for the whole of the city.  The annual budget for these services is £50m and this equates to around 1,100 whole time equivalent staff.

This new set of services will strengthen our ability to deliver improvements in quality of care and efficiency, and I hope you will join me in offering a warm welcome to all members of staff joining us from NHS Manchester.

We are also busy preparing for a number of other projects that will come to fruition this April including the official launch of the Trust's new Appraisal scheme, that Governor's who sit on the Health and Wellbeing Working Group have supported and  phase two of the Trust's website development programme, which will ensure the Trust achieves Government standards for website accessibility.  As well as improving our existing search functionality, making it easier for patients and visitors to find the information they need.

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 peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.