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Chairman's Bulletin May 2013

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Welcome to May's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our organisation and what is going on in the NHS.

We are pleased that health inspectors have just published a glowing report for Altrincham Hospital following an unannounced visit by the Care Quality Commission earlier this year. 

Altrincham Hospital, which provides  a range of out-patient clinics, diagnostic services, and a minor injuries service, received excellent feedback in all areas of the report, with inspectors finding that 'patients were treated with dignity and consideration by staff at all times'. I recently attended a celebratory groundbreaking event on the site of the new development to mark the start of building work on site. Facilities will include a minor injuries unit, out-patient consultation and treatment rooms, physiotherapy, X-ray, ultrasound and blood testing services, in addition to offices and meeting rooms for staff. 

We are coming to the conclusion of our very first Equality & Diversity Fortnight. A number of events and activities were organised to take place across the two weeks which aimed to look at our achievements in this area and to provide an opportunity for our staff to learn more about Equality, Diversity and Human Rights. 

Plans are well underway for our Young People's Health Event on Tuesday 25th June from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm in the Nowgen Centre.  The Membership Team began organising engagement events for young people several years ago to show young people what happens in our hospitals, offer information about careers in the NHS and provide advice about health and well-being.  These events also help us to recruit more young members and give them a voice in the planning and delivery of health services by our Trust. 

Our event this year will be our fourth and we hope that it will just be as successful. Over the years, nearly 1,000 young people with their teachers, friends or parents have attended. 

As you will be aware from the responsibilities outlined in the Health & Social Care Act (2012), this type of public and member engagement is a crucial part of the Governor role.  The feedback from Governors who attended last year was extremely positive - the event helped to recruit new members, attracted additional young people to join our Youth Forum and Volunteer Service and inspired some young people to consider pursuing a career in the NHS.

We are again asking Governors to assist Donna Beddows, FT Membership Manager in manning the Membership Stand.  It is an excellent opportunity to engage with the young people and their teachers who attend, and to gain valuable feedback from them in addition to promoting the role of Governor.

I do hope you will be able to join us at our Membership Event.  Please send details of your availability to Donna Beddows at donna.beddows@cmft.nhs.uk.  If you have particularly strong links with community groups, an event flyer is available via the Membership Office and I would be grateful if you could utilise this to promote the event further.

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 peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.