Welcome to March's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our organisation and what is going on in the
It was lovely to see so many of you at our first Council of
Governors meeting of the year. We were treated to some very
informative presentations including one on Central Manchester
Clinical Commissioning Group's Strategic Plans and an update on the
Critical Care Facility in MRI and an update on progress with the
Trafford Hospital acquisition.
I recently attended a celebration event to
recognise the achievements of our staff who have been nominated as
an NHS hero. First launched last year, NHS Heroes is a scheme that
acknowledges the great work that individuals and teams do every day
in the NHS in England. I was delighted to meet just some of our
staff who were nominated by those who appreciate their efforts to
make a difference.
Hopefully you will have seen the results of the NHS Staff Survey
results. Our overall staff engagement score has significantly
increased and is now above average when compared to other acute
Trusts but we are not complacent about this and have work to do
this year . If you would like to take a detailed look at the
results you can find them at: www.nhsstaffsurveys.com
(click on Acute Trusts A-I).
Our 'Values and Behaviours' workshops are now well underway and
many staff have already attended. This is something the Board
are particularly supporting to ensure that our organisation is not
only the best for patient care, but also a good place to
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Act FAST shows anyone can be a stroke
The Act FAST campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the
signs of stroke aired its TV advert earlier this month. It shows
the symptoms we should look for to identify someone suffering from
a stroke, making everyone a potential stroke saver.
The common symptoms of stroke are:
Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said: "Despite being a
treatable condition, stroke continues to be the third leading cause
of death in England and the largest cause of adult disability. It
does not need to be this way. Treatment for stroke is improving,
with more and more patients being seen in specialist stroke units.
However, in order for people who have had a stroke to get the
treatment they need quickly, it's essential that we are all aware
of the signs and symptoms so we can Act FAST."
Following a successful Act FAST campaign last year, the NHS in
England saw a 25% rise in stroke related 999 calls, and a 19% rise
in stroke sufferers being seen quicker. The campaign was
originally launched in 2009.
Sexual health improvement framework
'A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England'
sets out the government's ambitions for improving sexual health.
These are designed to be used by local organisations when they are
looking at how best to provide sexual health services in their
area. This includes the need for:
Ground-breaking MCCIR £15m research centre opens in
A £15m research centre has opened in Manchester to try to find
new treatments for conditions including asthma and arthritis.
Bosses say that millions of patients suffering from inflammatory
diseases could benefit from the ground-breaking Manchester
Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research (MCCIR) centre.
It is a partnership between the University of Manchester and two
major pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca -
and researchers from the firms will be working alongside academic
staff. The centre, based at the university, will initially house
eight principal investigators and their research teams in custom
built, state-of-the-art laboratories. Prof Tracy Hussell, a
director of the facility, said: "Bringing together academia,
industry and clinicians in one centre creates the real possibility
of innovation. The ideas that spring from this partnership will
fuel the treatments of the future and provide the ideal platform to
transfer scientific progress into clinical benefit."
A&E North Manchester
General hospital facing axe in health shake-up
The A&E department at North Manchester General Hospital
could be axed under a shake-up of care. It is understood that
commissioners are reviewing services at the busy Crumpsall site -
and are considering downgrading the casualty unit to an urgent care
centre. This would mean that emergency patients would have to go to
other hospitals in the region, most likely Manchester Royal
Infirmary or Salford Royal. The A&E department at North
Manchester deals with 90,000 patients each year. A spokesman for
Pennine Acute Trust, which runs the hospital, said that no
decisions had been taken on the future of specific services. But it
is understood that managers will review all departments as part of
a plan to improve care over the next five years.
Jeremy Hunt Visits Manchester in Support of
Health Secretary Jeremy
Hunt was recently at our organisation to give a keynote speech at
the first of a series of events aimed at raising awareness of
dementia. We hosted the first event in the Department of Health's
Dementia Awareness tour, which brought together a range of leaders
across government, industry, social care, voluntary organisations
and patients and carers.
In his address, Jeremy Hunt explained that dementia is a
priority which needs a special focus on and was one of his personal
four priorities. He paid tribute to the huge amount of
initiatives which were taking place in the North West and
particularly in Manchester.
Secretary of State considers new service model for
The changes that are being proposed for hospital services in
Trafford were the subject of public consultation last summer, and
the Commissioners have now confirmed that they want us to implement
the revised service model. The changes are aimed at ensuring
that the services provided in Trafford continue to be safe, high
quality, and financially sustainable. The local authorities
in Trafford and Manchester have asked the Secretary of State to
review the proposals, and no changes will be implemented until
after this review has been completed. Subject to the outcome
of the Secretary of State's review, changes could be implemented
later this year.
Our Transplant Coordinator voted Best
Renal Transplant Coordinator, Agimol Pradeep, was voted Best
Nurse 2013 by British Malayali (a group for South Indians living in
the UK) for her work raising awareness for organ donation in the
South Asian Community.
Agimol, who is a post-grad PHD student at the University
of Salford, aims to tackle the problems by exploring and
investigating the views of South Asian people to understand why
they are reluctant to become donors. National figures show that
South Asians wait three times longer for a kidney transplant due to
the difficulties in finding a successful match.
New Greater Manchester Trial Tests Alternatives To
Hysterectomy For Women With Fibroids
Dr Kristina Naidoo, Consultant Gynaecologist, and her team are
taking part in a national study of surgical alternatives to
hysterectomy for women who have benign tumours in the womb, known
The trial at Saint Mary's aims to compare changes in the quality
of life women experience after their fibroids are treated with one
of two alternative procedures to hysterectomy, a procedure which
removes the womb entirely. The trial is part of the national
FEMME study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research
(NIHR) Health Technology Assessment programme, which will follow
the progress of 650 women over four years.
MRI Only UK Site to Trial New Test to Diagnose Heart
Dr Richard Body, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, and his team
are playing a vital role in an international trial to find out if a
blood test can accurately confirm a heart attack within an hour of
someone being admitted to hospital with chest pain.
High levels of a chemical called troponin in the blood can
indicate a heart attack. The trial is testing a new, highly
sensitive blood test for troponin, developed by Roche, on blood
samples donated by 140 patients who were admitted to MRI with chest
pains. The results of the new blood test will be compared
with the actual diagnosis for each patient to show the
effectiveness of the test, and the patients will also be followed
up over the next 12 months to check how they are recovering.
Rick's research specialises in better and faster ways to
diagnose heart attacks, so he is well placed to lead the study, and
Manchester is the only location in the UK where the trial is taking
place. The other trial sites are in Australia, Belgium,
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA,
with 1,400 patients taking part in total.
Service Improvement Team Success at Lean Health Care
The 5th Lean Healthcare
Academy Annual Conference and Awards event, now an established
event on the healthcare calendar, was held recently. The event,
which has grown in size and attendance each year, is created for
delegates to network, share best practice and to celebrate with
those who have adopted and sustained lean working principles.
Our Service Improvement Team entered for the first time this
year and were successful category winners:
Category - Productive Series - England
Submission - The Productive Operating Theatre programme - Using
a franchise approach to achieve large scale change - Lisa Elliott,
Vanessa Blanchard and Tracy Shawcross.
This programme has been successful through partnership working
with the theatre teams, materials management and the service
Thanks For Putting The Kettle On
The Charity Team would like to say a huge thanks
to everyone that took part in this year's Big T-Break! There were
some great T-Breaks held across all hospitals and across the
region, which the team really enjoyed attending and hearing all
about. The public and staff incentives of a year's supply of
Lancashire Tea are yet to be drawn but keep an eye to see if it's
your Big T-Break that won!
Vieira Dons (Walking) Boots to Support Charity
Cup winning football legend Patrick Vieira had the pupils of
Wellington School in Timperley under starters orders at its annual
sponsored walk, which this year was in aid of Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital. Each year the whole school of 1,350 pupils
take part in a ten mile walk around Timperley with years 10-13 in
Now in its 17th year, the annual fundraising walk has
become a much anticipated event of the school year, which in the
past has raised £40, 000 and in this years case that target is
hoped to be reached again for Royal Manchester Children's
Speaking at the school, Vieira said: "I have long been a
supporter of the tremendous work undertaken by Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital Charity and I am very happy to have been here
to represent them today.
"This has been a truly fantastic event. To see such an
incredible turnout of pupils of all ages doing their bit to raise
money for other children in need of medical care is genuinely
heartwarming, especially considering the cold conditions! I very
much enjoyed my visit and will look forward to hearing whether the
school have managed to achieve their £40,000 fundraising target for
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