Welcome to the May e-bulletin, and I am very pleased to begin by telling you about an exciting new joint venture which is set to make Manchester one of the country's leading centres of cardiac excellence. The Boards of our Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) have agreed to develop a single cardiac service, providing care for patients in Greater Manchester and the North West. We have an existing collaboration with UHSM and The University of Manchester focusing on research into cardiovascular health as part of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) partnership.
In early June there will also be an official announcement about the opening of the new Anthony Nolan Cord Collection Centre at Saint Mary's Hospital. New mums will be given the opportunity to donate their umbilical cord blood to someone in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. We are delighted that this facility is coming to us here in Manchester.
Other positive news to share with you is that CMFT has completed its CQC self-certification process and is compliant in every category apart from health records. Work is ongoing to ensure we quickly become compliant in this area.
Governors participated in two excellent events this month. David Edwards, a former patient, attended the official opening of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) bicentenary exhibition on 13th May. I'd encourage all Governors to drop into the MREH atrium and see the free exhibition, which runs throughout 2014 - it's an amazing journey through the past and current work of the hospital. Our Trust HR team also put on an outstanding staff Equality & Diversity conference on 20th May, and they were delighted that Keith Paver, Rabnawaz Akbar, Erica McInnis and Sue Webster all took part in the day's wide range of activities.
Looking ahead, our next high profile member engagement opportunity is the Young People's Event on 24th June from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm at the Nowgen Centre. More details are on the website and do please let Donna Beddows know your availability to help man the Membership stand and interact with our young visitors.
We recently held our inaugural Governor Development Group meeting to discuss the findings of the annual Governor Questionnaire, Skill Mix Matrix and Working Group Reviews plus additional training needs highlighted by Governors. All this valuable feedback from Governors is being included within the Governor Development Plan for 2014/15, and this will be shared with you at the July Council of Governors meeting.
The Trust continues to perform well across the majority of services, but action is being taken to improve two areas:
Our Emergency Department was built in the 1980s with a maximum capacity of 50,000 patient attendances a year, but current levels are now double this. Extensive modifications have extended this capacity, but a team led by our Chief Operating Officer Julia Bridgewater has prepared a strategic development case (Project Red) anticipating the capacity requirements for the next 20 years. We are also looking at future growth in the context of foreseeable changes to the broader configuration of hospitals across the Greater Manchester conurbation. The creation of an 'Emergency Village' including assessment, treatment and outpatient areas will cost around £80m, and the Trust is now exploring possible external funding options.
Delivering safe, high quality care remains a key focus for our Trust, and for the wider NHS. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt used a keynote speech at the Patient Safety Congress on 22nd May to call for increased reporting of concerns about the safety and quality of patient care.
Finally, looking at the national financial picture, the NHS Trust Development Authority has confirmed that the NHS trust sector finished 2013-14 in deficit by £241m. At year end, our own position of a £3.3m surplus was slightly below what we had planned, and action is underway to remedy this during 2014/15.
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New NHS England Chief Exec meets staff and patients
The new Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, came to visit our hospitals on 7th May to hear and see first-hand how innovation is improving patient care and treatment at our hospitals and the benefits of having services co-located on the one site.
He was welcomed by Chief Executive Mike Deegan, Medical Director Professor Bob Pearson and Chief Nurse Gill Heaton, and visited Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Saint Mary's and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Memory Lane opens at the MRI as part of Dementia Awareness Week
As part of National Dementia Awareness Week 2014, our staff showcased all the improvements made to create a dementia-friendly environment for their patients, including the brand-new Memory Lane in the MRI.
The Memory Lane installation was officially opened on 22nd May by the Trust Dementia Champion and Non-Executive Director Steve Mycio and Gill Heaton. "Improving the hospital experience for patients living with dementia care is one of the key priorities to improve the patient experience and for patients who suffer with dementia. I am very proud of all the hard work and dedication of our staff in making this a reality," said Gill.
Steve Mycio opens Memory Lane
Our Charity News
Great Manchester Run
The Great Manchester Run weekend was a huge success for the charity. The charity team had over 1,600 runners taking part in the children's and adult events across the two days. Our runners in the 10k on the Sunday included former footballer Phil Neville, Coronation Street star Antony Cotton, actress Hollie Jay Bowes, designer Nadine Merabi, pop star Kavana and our very own Humphrey Bear.
Humphrey and the children's hospital also featured in the live coverage that was broadcast on BBC2 on the Sunday of the Great Manchester Run. Thank you to everyone who took part in the event in support of our hospitals.
Team Humphrey on the start line
Radiology Department Seeing Stars
The newly enhanced radiology department at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital was officially opened by Coronation Street star Antony Cotton recently.
Antony was joined by Joanna Wild, Chair of Thomas Cook Children's Charity, the charity whose donation made the refurbishment possible. The department is now 'out of this world' with a space theme running throughout, helping to turn the department into a colourful and engaging environment for patients and staff.
Artists from hospital arts charity Lime delivered the project, thanks to the generous donation of £100,000 from Thomas Cook Children's Charity.
Brian Chapman of Lime Arts, Joanna Wild, Chair of Thomas Cook Children's Charity and Anthony Cotton on the Unit
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Please note when attending Trust meetings that work has started on the extension to the Grafton Street multi-storey car park. The disabled/accessible spaces which were on the surface car park at Grafton Street have been reallocated inside the multi-storey car park. This is a 15-month project, and the Trust apologies for any inconvenience it may cause.