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 Beddows.
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 crisis'
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.
Private sector 'still facing bit-part role in NHS'
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 in England.
North West News
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 researchers
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 research.
Researchers would develop new diagnostic tests, more advanced treatments and better ways to predict how the illness could progress.
Galaxy House benefits from Arts and Health Mentoring Scheme
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 address."
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 birthday party
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."
More Trust News
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 practice.
For further information please contact Frances Binns, Therapeutic and Specialised Play Consultant / Professional Lead on 701 5504.
Denise Welch officially opens new East Cheshire NHS Dialysis Unit
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 treatment.
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."
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity News
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 hospital.
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 visit www.key103.co.uk 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 Handicap.
Ongoing activities include:
FT DVD advert now available on the Trust website and 'You Tube' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHYCT8EJkUY
Young People's Health Event to be held Wednesday 29th June
Second Interactive Annual Members' Meeting to be held on 27th September 2011 - further details to follow shortly.
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