Welcome to May's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.
I recently attended the official opening of the £20 million
Manchester Health Academy. Former British triple jumper and Olympic
champion Jonathan Edwards dropped in to chat to pupils at the
Wythenshawe-based academy. He spent time with the pupils, passing
on his own experiences and advice on making it to the top of his
sport. We are the lead sponsor of Manchester Health Academy which
is making good progress and was recently classified as 'good' by
OFSTED. David Cain, Director of Regeneration and Charities,
hosted the event as Chairman of the Health Academy Trust and
Humphrey Bear proved a great hit with the kids!
Plans are well underway for our second Young People's Health
Event on Wednesday 29th June. Last year's was extremely
successful and we would urge your support on the day.
You will have no doubt seen our new website which we are very
pleased with. We are asking governors to act as a 'critical friend'
to the communications team who are responsible for maintaining and
updating the website. If you are interested, please contact Donna
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cameron stands firm on NHS changes to 'avoid
David Cameron has said the NHS in England needs to change to
avoid a "future crisis" as he sought to rally support for a
controversial shake-up. Speaking to health staff, the prime
minister said the NHS was performing well but faced "enormous
financial pressures" as people lived longer. But he hinted at
concessions on plans to give GPs more control over budgets and the
private sector a greater role.
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Private sector 'still facing bit-part role in
The private sector will still remain a small player in NHS
hospital care for at least a decade even if government plans go
ahead, health firms say. The NHS Partners Network, which represents
health firms, said it was a myth that the NHS was to be privatised.
Just 3.5% of NHS operations are done by private firms currently -
and the network said that was unlikely to even double over the next
decade. But unions said the reforms could still destabilise the NHS
Hospital treatment waiting times on the up
Waiting times for patients have increased at most hospitals
in Greater Manchester, new figures have revealed. Statistics
released by the Department of Health show the number of people
waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment has soared in the region.
In the NHS in England, waiting for hospital treatment is measured
from the date when a GP writes a letter asking for a patient to be
seen to the date that treatment is started.
New £20m cancer centre will be home to 150
A new research centre aiming to improve cancer treatment could
be built in Manchester.
Proposals for a £20m development have been unveiled by the
Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) with bosses hoping to
deliver breakthroughs in cancer care.
The centre, which would have space for at least 150 cancer
researchers, would be built on land owned by The Christie in
Withington, and would be funded by the University of Manchester and
Cancer Research UK. It would focus entirely on early cancer
Researchers would develop new diagnostic tests, more advanced
treatments and better ways to predict how the illness could
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Galaxy House benefits from Arts and Health Mentoring
Galaxy House, our Child and Adolescent Mental
Health Service in-patient unit, has been involved with a cultural
mentoring outreach programme from the Whitworth Art Gallery. It
aims to promote mental health and well being through creativity and
cultural engagement. It has enhanced the appearance of Galaxy House
by transforming a sterile and purely functional space into a
colourful, homely environment which is enjoyable to live and work
in and has encouraged the children to be creative in order to
fulfil their cultural entitlement.
This has culminated in 'Who Cares - If you only see the illness,
you miss the person' which was launched at the Whitworth Art
Gallery where the artist in residence, Lucy Burscough paid tribute
to the staff and children.
She said: "They were kind enough to welcome me onto the ward as
their artist in residence, initially to produce murals for their
living spaces and later to paint some of the portraits that feature
in this exhibition. They introduced me to a deeply caring,
thoughtful and positive environment that was a pleasure to work in
and to help to brighten up a little."
Trust Chairman Peter Mount also attended the launch and said:
"The work of the resident artist Lucy Burscough and the volunteers
from the University in running the art club sessions is really
helping these children in ways which ordinary healthcare cannot
The staff and children visited the gallery to engage with the
collection and participate in workshops which initiated ideas for
the 39 artworks that were built at Galaxy House. Two murals were
created in the children's living spaces created by Lucy Burscough
Textiles pieces were transformed into bunting and have been used to
decorate the reception area.
RMCH host national's charity's official 50th
Patients, parents and staff recently got into the party spirit,
when national charity Action for Sick Children held their official
birthday party in RMCH's Teen Zone. The party was attended by many
of the hospitals old friends including Humphrey the Bear and Lucy
the Clown Doctor.
"It's a very significant birthday for Action for Sick Children"
explained Chairman of the Trustees, Pamela Barnes." We've been
setting the agenda for services for sick children for the past 50
years and we owe it to all our supporters and the children
themselves to help celebrate our very special achievements".
Action for Sick Children was formed in 1961 to help
professionals and parents make sure that parents could be with
their sick child in hospital at a time when visiting hours were
generally restricted to just one hour per week. The charity
has campaigned tirelessly for child and family-centred care, and
produces child-friendly information and literature covering the
recommendations of the 1959 Platt Report.
Susan Fairclough, Therapeutic and Specialised Play Service
Manager said: "Action for Sick Children have played a major part in
how sick children are cared for and looked after in hospitals today
and we're all delighted to be able to celebrate this
50th birthday party with them."
World Autism Awareness Day
RMCH recently celebrated
World Autism Awareness Day. The event was very well supported by
the general public and staff and there was a lot of interest in the
information on display which people found helpful. There were many
questions from families about how to access services for children
with autism and about the support RMCH offers patients at RMCH.
Networks were made with charities such as Aukids (www.aukids.co.uk), National
Autistic Society and Netbuddy (www.netbuddy.org.uk).
A fun quiz on the day demonstrated that most people had an
awareness of autism and knew at least one child or young person
with the condition.
Therapeutic and Specialised Play Consultant Frances Binns
said: "Tim an adult helper from Aukids who also has Autism
expressed his thanks to the organisers of the event saying that he
was happy to know that people at the hospital understood autism and
are trying to be more supportive and friendly. A special thanks to
the Royal Northern College of Music who provided musical
entertainment during the event."
Chris Barson from Positive About Autism was the keynote speaker
at the Adult Grand Round. This was well attended and one
recommended outcome was a Do's and Don't Poster for Adults with
Autism similar to the one that has been produced jointly by staff
from Salford University and RMCH.
Following suggestions from both days we are now planning further
training bespoke sessions for staff across the Trust and a
collaborative professional conference for 2012 to share good
For further information please contact Frances Binns,
Therapeutic and Specialised Play Consultant / Professional Lead on
Denise Welch officially opens new East Cheshire NHS
Local actress and television presenter Denise Welch officially
opened the new East Cheshire NHS Dialysis Unit at Macclesfield
District General Hospital. The new unit which is one of our
satellite units, has been purpose built and replaces a smaller unit
situated within the hospital. Patients are being cared for by
consultants from Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Those attending were given a tour of the new renal unit, had the
opportunity to see the unit's new facilities and state of the art
equipment, speak to staff and speak to patients who have already
benefitted from the unit's facilities. The unit, which opened its
doors in September 2010, means that patients who live in Cheshire
now have to travel less to get their life saving dialysis
Assistant Directorate Manager of Renal Medicine Diane Comer
said: "We have had a long standing relationship with the East
Cheshire Trust for the provision of dialysis on the Macclesfield
District General Hospital site. This partnership with Fresenius
Medical Care Renal Services and the opening of the new East
Cheshire NHS Dialysis unit now offers the opportunity to expand the
dialysis programme and to provide improved and timely access to
treatment for kidney patients who live in Cheshire."
From May 23rd - 27th Key 103 Cash for Kids
will be running an on air campaign on the radio station to help
raise £80,000 towards a Mobile CT Scanner at the children's
The campaign will come to an end on Friday 27th May
with a £1 wish day. To find out more and to get involved please
or tune in to Key 103 that week.
Things went a little bit quackers recently with our first ever
duck race in conjunction with Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club.
The duck race and family fun day took place at Bramhall Park and
saw lots of people come along to see their ducks racing.
Celebrity patrons even joined in the fun, entering their own
decorated duck into the Duck Derby, while ducks decorated by
patients at the children's hospital went beak to beak in Humphrey's
Ongoing activities include:
FT DVD advert now available on the Trust website and 'You Tube'
A new Facebook page has been set up -
Young People's Health Event to be held Wednesday 29th
Second Interactive Annual Members' Meeting to be held on
27th September 2011 - further details to follow
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
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
Tues 13th Sept
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
Mon 24th Oct
Wed 2nd Nov
Staff Health & Wellbeing working group
Tues 8th Nov
Wed 23rd Nov
Fri 25th Nov