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.
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North West News
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.
Click here for further details: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/health/s/1488613_manchester-researchers-net-6m-to-develop-online-tool-to-help-doctors-diagnose-cancer-and-rare-diseases
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 nhs.uk website -
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:
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.
Click here for further details: http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/03/sbri/
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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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.
Click here for further details: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/gps-shares-in-private-firms-raise-alarm-7593668.html
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, JustGiving.com information and will receive a medal on the day.
To apply for a place, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the team on 276 4522.
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
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
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.
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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