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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New measures were announced at the beginning of the month to protect people who rely on care services in the event their care home or service provider goes into administration.
Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, announced legislation would be introduced to give the Care Quality Commission (CQC) powers to oversee the financial stability of the largest and most difficult to replace care providers.
The role of local authorities is also being clarified so that, if a care provider fails, local authorities will have ultimate responsibility for ensuring continuity of care for all people receiving care regardless of who is funding the services.
The CQC's oversight of finances, and the clarity of the local authority role, will give people who depend on care providers, along with their families and carers, an added level of assurance that their care needs will continue to be met.
Information to help people choose, compare and comment on residential care homes and home care services is now available on NHS Choices. The new care profiles provide the most comprehensive source of information on care services.
North West News
A pensioner is leading a crusade to make sure standards in Manchester's healthcare are monitored and maintained. John Eastwood, 72, is secretary of the region's Civil Service Pensioners Alliance, which has 900 members. Using the Freedom of Information Act, his committee has gained a snapshot of Manchester's trusts over the last five years.
Over six months, he has painstakingly compiled statistics, ranging from the number of beds, doctors and nurses to parking charges and the number of spaces for the disabled over the last five years. He says he will repeat the process every six months to monitor standards.
International Clinical Trials Day
On 20th May, our activities to promote the research capabilities of the Trust culminated with celebratory events to mark International Clinical Trials Day. Visitors to our hospital sites were able to learn more about research and how to get involved through information stands, interactive activities and public engagement events.
Around 100 members of the general public attended the interactive engagement event, which included presentations from: Simon Denegri (NIHR Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research); consultants involved with research, Professor Colin Sibley, Professor Ian Bruce, Dr Rick Body; research nurse/coordinator Alison Royale and Clare Griffin. The NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit also provided an interactive session for participants who have been involved in their research at the NIHR / Wellcome Trust Manchester Clinical Research Facility.
Jacqueline Thompson (Advanced Nurse Practitioner, MRI and Florence Nightingale Travel Scholar 2012/13) was invited to attend the Florence Nightingale Commemoration service, at Westminster Abby earlier this month. This annual service celebrates the life and work of Florence Nightingale and gives thanks to nurses, midwives, healthcare workers in the Armed Forces and unqualified staff working in healthcare.
A number of readings were given within the service. These included the Dean of Westminster, Jane Cummings (Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England), Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health) and Professor Elizabeth Robb (Chief Executive, The Florence Nightingale Trust).
Scientists from Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit based at our Trust, along with The University of Manchester have indentified 14 new genes whihc would have important consequences for future treatments of childhood arthritis.
Scientists Dr Anne Hinks, Dr Joanna Cobb and Professor Wendy Thomson, from the University's Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit, whose work was published in Nature Genetics this weekend, looked at DNA extracted from blood and saliva samples of 2,000 children with childhood arthritis and compared these to healthy people.
For the first time on British television, BBC One and Gold Star productions have gained unprecedented access to the St Mary's Centre, the leading Sexual Assault Referral Centre, to produce a documentary entitled Raped (working/title).
As well as following the work of the team, the one-hour programme focuses on different aspects of our services which are shown through the personal stories of two women who have been raped.
Our Trust Charity News
Fundraising projects 2013/2014
The Charity Team was delighted with the project funding applications received from across the Trust this year, which have highlighted some very exciting fundraising priorities for the next 12 months.
There are too many projects to list here in full and there are still more to be confirmed but some of the priorities for the year include the refurbishment of the Burns Unit and investment in play equipment for the Children's Hospital, an elastography machine for liver clinics at MRI, a retinal scanner for the Eye Hospital, a microscope for children's root canal treatment at the Dental Hospital and enhancements to the High Dependency Unit (Ward 64, delivery unit) at Saint Mary's.
If you are interested in hearing more about any of these projects or the others that have been confirmed, there is more information on our website www.cmftcharity.org.uk or you can call the Charity Team on 0161 276 4522.
Kids Love Football
On Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, our Charity patrons, Phil and Julie Neville hosted 'Kids Love Football', a family fun day at Bowdon Club in Hale. The day saw plenty of activities including an under 10s and under 11s football tournament, Tesco FA Skills and CP Sport (cerebral palsy) football skills sessions plus fairground stalls, raffles and tombolas.
Phil Neville presented FC Blue Star Meteors, the winners of the under 10s tournament and Albert FC, the winners of the under 11's tournament with trophies and Rio Ferdinand also made a special appearance. With the sun shining, the day was a huge success raising over £8,000 for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Thanks to all our Manchester Marathon runners
The Charity Team would like to say thank you and congratulate all those that took part in this year's Manchester Marathon to support our family of hospitals. This year, the charity had over 100 runners in the 26 mile race and it was great to meet them, plus their family and friends on the day in the Charity Village at Old Trafford.
Further information and photos from all Charity Team events and activities can be found on our family website www.cmftcharity.org.uk or the Children's Hospital website www.rmchcharity.org.uk and Facebook Page www.facebook.com/RMCHCharity.
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