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


NHS News



Have your say on the future of Children's Congenital Heart Services

The NHS has launched a major four month public consultation on the way children's congenital heart services should be provided in the future. The NHS is urging everyone with an interest in children's congenital heart services to take part in the consultation and have their say on these vital services.

Alder Hey works in partnership with Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to provide these services for our patients.

A consultation event for parents, patients and the public will be in held at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on Monday 9th May between 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm. Registration for this event is now open. To register please go to:

The public consultation runs until 1st July 2011.

Health and social care services opened up to big society

NHS staff and patients will get more control of their services thanks to a package of measures announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at the social enterprise conference, VOICE 11 in London on 30th March.

The measures all put into practice the Big Society values of reconnecting people with the services they provide and use, giving them the ownership and freedom to innovate and make the changes which Whitehall is too remote to lead.

Measures include:

  • The Right to Provide scheme which will enable all staff working anywhere in NHS and care services where it is clinically appropriate to set up as independent organisations to run the services they deliver.
  • To give staff the financial support necessary to do this at least £10 million additional funding is being given to the Social Enterprise Investment Fund. The Fund has already helped support over 400 social enterprises to establish themselves and compete to provide services.

These measures are not designed to make it easier for private providers to enter the NHS - some of the most successful examples of this approach have come from within the NHS. City Healthcare Partnership in Hull provides services to over half a million people including reducing emergency admissions and any profits it generates as part of this are made available as grants to fund local voluntary projects to improve health and wellbeing.

Andrew Lansley reaffirmed the Department's commitment to making choice a reality for patients including a choice of any provider that is appropriately qualified. The Department will issue its response to the consultation, Liberating the NHS: Greater choice and control, and guidance on implementing Any Qualified Provider, shortly.



North West News



New programme will help MedTech companies get a foot in the door of NHS procurers

MedTech companies are being offered a helping hand to penetrate the NHS with the launch of the new innovation programme, Smart Solutions for Healthcare.

The initiative is open to companies and other non-NHS organisations from any country and across any sector and will provide them with a rare opportunity to have their product or service evaluated in an NHS clinical setting. 

Organised by TrusTECH, the North West NHS innovation hub, hosted by this Trust, entries will be assessed by a panel of experts and between four and 10 will eventually be selected to undergo further evaluation. 

Programme director, Dr Bryan Griffiths, said "The NHS faces a monumental challenge in the years ahead. We need to find smarter solutions and new ways of working and we will be challenging industry and other innovation suppliers to help us do this.
And he said the panel was particularly looking for solutions to treat long-term conditions such as cancer and heart disease and new approaches that help to deliver healthcare in patients' communities or homes.

 "We are specifically interested in new technologies, products, services and the application of scientific advances that enable patients to have a greater role in managing their own health, or help healthcare providers improve staff productivity and eliminate waste," he added. 


New campaign encourages people in the North West to seek an early dementia diagnosis

A new Government pilot campaign is being launched today in the North West aimed at increasing early diagnosis of dementia. It encourages people to recognise the signs and symptoms of the condition and urges them to seek advice from their GP if they are worried.
Latest figures show that in North West, there is an estimated 82,661 people with dementia and of those people approximately 46,709 remain undiagnosed and are missing out on access to the right treatment and support to help them live well.

This figure is expected to rise and the number of people living with dementia in the area in 2021 is predicted to increase to an estimated 107,5891 people

An early dementia diagnosis is crucial to enable people to get the right support and treatment needed and can improve a person's quality of life, helping to maintain independence for longer. Fortunately, the signs and symptoms of dementia can be spotted early and include;
o struggling to remember recent events, although a person can easily recall things that happened in the past

  • finding it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV
  • forgetting the names of friends or everyday objects
  • difficulty recalling things that have been heard, seen or read
  • a person repeating things or losing the thread of what they are saying
  • problems with thinking and reasoning
  • feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss
  • finding that other people start to comment on a person's memory loss
  • feeling confused even when in a familiar environment

Dr Mike Cheshire, Medical Director of NHS North West, added; "Research has shown that people don't know enough about dementia to be able to help - recognising the signs and symptoms, talking about it and seeking advice are the crucial steps to receiving a diagnosis. For example if a loved one is struggling to remember recent events, but can easily recall things that happened in the past, this could be one of the signs of dementia. We have local specialist services to support people living with dementia and their carers, and I would urge people who are worried about dementia symptoms to seek advice from their GP."



Trust News



Work begins on Ronald McDonald House

 Work is due to begin on the 60-bedroom Ronald McDonald House, located on the site of the old Saint Mary's, on 13th April.  The house which is funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) provides free 'home away from home' accommodation for families of seriously ill children being treated at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.  The House will enable up to 60 families to stay each night, 365 days a year.  The Manchester House will be the fifteenth Ronald McDonald House in the UK and is due to open in May 2012.  The House is costing £7.5 million to build.


Manchester Royal Eye Hospital first to offer sight to the blind

 Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is due to be one of the first four centres in the world to offer the revolutionary Argus II electronic retinal implant device, which restores some sight to blind patients. 

The implant technology consists of a tiny camera and transmitter mounted in a pair of glasses. This camera transmits a wireless signal via a small processing device to an ultra-thin electronic receiver, an electrode panel that is implanted in the eye and attached to the retina. The electrodes are intended to stimulate the remaining retinal nerves, allowing a signal to be passed along the optic nerve to the brain, which perceives patterns of light and dark spots corresponding to which electrodes are stimulated. 

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is part of the The Argus II Study Group, which comprises 11 sites located throughout Europe, the United States, and Mexico. A 2-patient pilot study commenced in 2006 and was followed by 30 patients enrolled to date. As of August 2010, the equivalent of 60 patient-years experience has been gathered overall. 

Mr Paulo E Stanga, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital - Associate Professor of Ophthalmology for The University of Manchester and Member of Staff of the Manchester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, is one of the Principal Investigators in the Argus II Clinical Trial. 

Since early 2009, Mr Stanga and his team have contributed to the advancement of the study through their ongoing research with the enrolled patients. Testing and training with shapes, letters, and short words are helping people to better identify those things which were once so familiar to them. For many of these people, who have gradually lost their sight over time, the brain needs to learn how to recognise the various images that the system sends. Real-world tasks such as the identification of moving and stationary cars or bus stop poles, finding doors and windows, following a crosswalk across the street, localising light sources, and sorting dark and light laundry are also being addressed by the team.


Manchester Heart Centre heroes given national award for outstanding patient care

Specialist nurses Linda Griffiths, Jane Hill and Mark Heyhoe from Manchester Royal Infirmary have been given a national award for their outstanding work with young heart patients in Manchester. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) presented the team with this prestigious award at its Healthcare Professional (HCPS) Awards celebration event. 

Linda, Jane and Mark won the Outstanding Achievement Award. They and the rest of their team focus on the needs of young heart patients growing up with congenital heart disease. They work in particular on ensuring the transition from paediatric to adult care is seamless, and hold a cardiac transition workshop for 12 to 18 year olds. They have also developed a dedicated website for young people, a cardiac youth forum that engages in many activities including outdoor pursuits, and a text messaging service. 

Andrew Taylor, one of the patients treated by the team, spoke of the invaluable care he has received from Linda, his nurse:

"Linda's dedication to her patients is nothing but remarkable. She set up a texting service for her patients to contact her whenever they have a life issue that conflicts with their conditions such as: sporting activities, leisure activities, alcohol, holiday travel, medication trouble, palpitations and many, many more. Her promptness to respond to our queries is always impeccable and Linda has helped so many of us carry out tasks we were afraid our conditions may not manage or dreams we deemed out of reach. She has given us the confidence to be more independent as we know help, from someone who fully understands our conditions, is just a text away. 

Catherine Kelly, Programme Lead for Healthcare Professionals at the BHF said: "Our BHF funded Healthcare Professionals make a real difference to heart patients across the UK. The letters we receive from patients tell us time and again that our healthcare professionals offer a vital service not only for them but for their families too. 

The BHF supports over six hundred healthcare professionals across the UK who provide vital care and support to heart patients. The Healthcare Professional Programme has transformed the quality of care available to nearly 800,000 heart patients since 2004.




Governor Diary Dates




Trust Meetings 2011

Wed 20th April

Staff Health and Wellbeing working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 4th May

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 10th May

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Friday 20th May

Patient Experience working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Wed 22nd June

Council of Governors

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 29th June

Young People's Event

10.00 am - 3.00 pm

Tues 12th July

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Mon 18th July

Corporate Citizenship working group

10.00 am - 11.30 am

Wed 20th July

Staff Health and Wellbeing working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 3rd August

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 13th Sept

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Fri 16th Sept

Patient Experience working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Tues 27th Sept

Annual Members' Meeting

1.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Wed 19th Oct

Council of Governors

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Mon 24th Oct

Corporate Citizenship working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Wed 2nd Nov

Staff Health & Wellbeing working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 8th Nov

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Wed 23rd Nov

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Fri 25th Nov

Patient Experience working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm



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