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

I'm sure you won't be surprised to see that I am beginning this month's bulletin with the exciting news of the official opening of our new hospitals by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh which took place on Friday 23rd March.

We were incredibly excited that we had been chosen as part of this year's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  This was an historic occasion for the organisation.

A specially commissioned piece of music by the Royal Northern College of Music 'Diamonds, feathers and saxophones' was played as the Royal party exited the Royal Eye Hospital and Her Majesty was presented with the score in a commemorative book.

The event was attended by over 1,000 guests and members of staff and hundreds more lined the Boulevard to witness this spectacular event.


The acquisition of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust (THT) by our Trust has now been approved by The Secretary of State for Health.

This approval is the final stage following the approvals by: Our Board, The NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP), Care Quality Commission and Monitor.

This means that the acquisition will take place on 1st April 2012.

We have a long established relationship with Trafford Healthcare Trust and have been working with them over the provision of some services for a number of years.  We want to ensure that the high quality services continue to be provided in Trafford and we are in a strong position to ensure that this is possible.

The acquisition will provide much greater financial stability and security for health services in Trafford.

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


North West News



Manchester Researchers net £6m to develop online tool to help doctors diagnose cancer and rare diseases

Manchester researchers are to receive over £6m to develop a new internet-based tool to help improve diagnoses made by nurses and doctors in GP surgeries.

NHS Greater Manchester will be handed almost £6.3m by the government to try to improve safety for patients.

The online tool - which will be devised by academics at the University of Manchester - will aim to identify symptoms of cancer and rare diseases, which will help clinicians who are in any doubt about making a diagnosis.

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NHS News



Health related stories are in the media every day.  If you want to know the facts behind the story there is a great section on the website -

£4 million for technological solutions to tackle healthcare problems

The Department of Health has opened two new competitions with up to £2 million of funding each to develop technological and innovative solutions to tackle two major health challenges.

The challenge is to:

  • change people's behaviour in order to reduce the impact of obesity and alcohol related diseases
  • improve the number of patients taking their medication as prescribed

Alcohol and obesity related diseases cost the NHS over £7 billion each year and between 6-10 % of all hospital admissions could be preventable if prescription medication was taken correctly.

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NHS Confederation Chief puts NHS on high alert for excessive burdens as new system takes place

The head of the NHS Confederation has put the NHS on high alert for excessive burdens as the proposed new architecture of the health service takes shape.

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GPs' shares in private firms raise alarm

Swathes of senior GPs stand to profit from the Government's contentious NHS reforms through shares they hold in private medical companies, research has found, raising further concerns about potential conflicts of interest within the health system.

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Our Trust Charity News



Great North Run

General entry for the 2012 Great North Run is closed but you can still get involved by joining the CMFT Charity running team.

The charity team has a limited number of guaranteed entry places available for the Great North Run which takes place Sunday 16th September 2012 in Newcastle. Places can be used to run in support of any of our family of hospitals.

All our runners will receive a fundraising pack including t-shirt for race day, sponsor forms, information and will receive a medal on the day.

To apply for a place, e-mail or call the team on 276 4522.



Trust News



New Collaboration Key to Clinical NeedsD4D

A collaboration that could lead to the developments of new treatments andtechnologies to address unmet clinical needs was announced this month between ourselves and Devices for Dignity (D4D), a national Healthcare Technology Co-operative.

The collaboration between the two organisations was announced at our Partners in Care conference. With the support of their charitable funds, we will make available a support grant of £30k to enable them to fast track some of the unmet clinical needs.

Read the full story at: /media-centre/latest-news/new-collaboration-key-to-clinical-needs.aspx


Short Break Service praised by CQC

We have received welcome feedback from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a review of the Short Break service. The report found that the service is meeting all the essential standards of quality and safety.

We are really pleased with the outcome of the review and in particular with the feedback from patient's parents. Comments such as "a fantastic service" and another saying that their son getting a place at the home was like "winning the lottery" are testament to our passion and determination to deliver excellent patient care.


Gill Heaton, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Services said: "We are really pleased with the findings of the CQC in its review of compliance and we are particularly proud of the positive comments and feedback our service has received from our patient's parents."

The CQC praised our staff for engaging very well with service users and treating them with respect as well as recognising the positive and warm relationships our staff have with service users.

Citilab - The new name for the Former Royal Eye Hospital

New Exterior

It was announced recently that the developers are rebranding the Former Royal Eye Hospital as Citilab.

Citilab is a new 100,000 sq ft biomedical centre of excellence, located on Oxford Road at the heart of Europe's largest clinical academic campus. It will attract biohealth companies to develop new products and services designed to meet the needs and expectations of patients.

For further details: /media-centre/latest-news/citilab---the-new-name-for-the-former-royal-eye-hospital.aspx

£5.5 Million to Support Research

The Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility and The Wellcome Trust Children's Clinical Research Facility (WTCRFs), at the Trust are celebrating after securing £5.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to carry out research into many of the major diseases and illnesses that affect the population of Greater Manchester and the wider North West.  We are one of three leading hospital trusts, working closely with The University of Manchester, to be awarded funding.

The WTCRFs will expand world class Experimental Medicine in areas of high priority and unmet need including arthritis, mental health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dermatology, paediatrics and genetic medicine. The WTCRFs will also support the brand new £6 million NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit and Translational Research Partnership in Joint and Related Inflammatory Disease in their goal of 'Treating Arthritis: Right First Time'.

Read the full story at: /media-centre/latest-news/manchester-on-the-map-after-government-windfall.aspx



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Membership Matters



Ongoing activities include:



Governor Diary Dates



Trust Meetings:


Wed 18th April                           
Staff Health & Wellbeing working group               
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 23rd April                      
Corporate Citizenship working group                   
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed. 25th April                          
Performance Indicator group                               
11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Wed. 2nd May                           
Membership working group                                
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 8th May                       
Youth Forum                                                    
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Friday 18th May                        
Patient Experience                                            
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 30th May                           
Governor Development Session (Governor Role & Membership Engagement)
1.00 pm - 4.30 pm

Tues 3rd July                            
Young People's Event
10.30am - 3.00pm

Wed 4th July                             
Council of Governors                                         
1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 10th July                           
Governor Development Session (Summer Lunch Event with Chairman)
12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Tuesday 10th July                      
Youth Forum                                                    
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Wed 11th July                            
Staff Health & Wellbeing working group               
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 18th Jul                             
Performance Indicator group                               
11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Monday 23rd July                       
Corporate Citizenship working group                   
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 24th July                           
Governor Development Session (Summer Lunch Event with Chairman)
12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Weds 25th July
Governor Development Session (Summer Lunch Event with Chairman)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm
Wed. 1st August
Membership working group                                
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 11th September
Youth Forum                                                    
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Friday 14th September               
Patient Experience                                            
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 18th September
Annual Members' Meeting                                 
1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 17th October                      
Council of Governors                                         
1.30 pm - 4.00 pm



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