Welcome to March's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our organisation and what is going on in the NHS.
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 work.
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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.
'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:
North West News
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."
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.
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 Trafford
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.
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 as fibroids.
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 Attacks
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 Awards
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 improvement team.
Our Trust Charity News
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 Fundraiser
World 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 fancy dress.
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 Hospital.
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 the day."
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