Welcome to the May issue of my Bulletin, and this month I'd like to focus on Governor engagement with members. A key agenda item at the recent Membership Working Group meeting was the draft Governor and Membership Engagement Communication Plan. Governors made many positive suggestions and comments including the development of a Governor/Membership Calendar of Events which will be shared with Governors shortly.
Membership Manager Donna Beddows also reported on the success of our annual new public members recruitment campaign. The campaign aims to replace members lost through natural attrition, and particularly to fill the shortfall identified in our public membership profile categories. This shortfall included people aged 11-16 and 40-49, males and various white, mixed and Arab ethnic groups. New members were recruited in each of the target groups, with almost 600 people recruited overall.
Governors took the initiative in supporting our membership recruitment drive. Peter Dodd arranged for publicity about our recruitment campaign to be tweeted by the Mechanics Centre Ltd and included in his Trade Union Branch magazine, which is sent to 4000+ members in the Greater Manchester area. My thanks to Peter, and also to David Edwards and Carol Shacklady, who have both been distributing membership flyers and application forms with GP and patient groups in their local wards in Bolton.
Our extremely popular annual Young People's Event will be another fantastic recruitment and engagement opportunity for Governors. We will be welcoming around 300-400 young people aged 11-20 and their teachers to CMFT on Friday 26th June from 10.00 am - 3 pm, to find out more about NHS careers, staying healthy and how they can get involved with our Trust. Donna will be in touch with more details and to ask you to take part in Q&A sessions with the young people.
Engagement with constituents is a core part of the Governor role. As Monitor explains, "each interaction between Governors and members or the public can make a difference and should not be under-estimated." I'm keen to hear about successes you may have had in engaging with members, so we can share these more widely. And of course I'm very happy to support Governors in this important task.
On the topic of outreach and engagement, you may recall hearing from Agimol Pradeep at a Governor development session and other meetings. Agimol is Transplant Recipient Coordinator at Manchester Royal Infirmary, and she has just received the British Journal of Nursing 'Nurse of the Year' award. The award follows her recent achievement of a PhD after a five-year targeted education campaign which saw 3,000 South Asians sign up to be organ donors. Agimol's work featured in a past membership newsletter which inspired many of our members to join the Organ Donation Register.
We are now a month into the new financial year, and continue to face funding challenges, which have been clearly identified in the Trust's provisional Financial Plan for 2015/16. Work is ongoing to increase efficiencies across activity/income, workforce, urgent care and through Divisional solutions, while maintaining a clear priority on patient safety and quality.
Looking at the wider Greater Manchester picture, progress is being made on the devolution of health and care services under 'Devo Manc'. Ian Williamson, the Chief Officer and Accountable Officer at Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, has been appointed to lead this incredibly important project and we look forward to working closely with him.
Two CMFT directors will play an important role in this work. While Gill Heaton continues to support Mike Deegan as the Deputy Chief Executive, she will have an increasing focus on the external change agenda across Greater Manchester, particularly around integration and devolution. Over the summer, the Trust will therefore be recruiting a Chief Nurse to enable Gill to focus most of her time on this critical agenda.
The post of Director of Strategy has been re-designated as an Executive Director position, recognising its importance to CMFT's continued development. Darren Banks holds this post and, in addition to leading for CMFT on strategy, he will work closely alongside key stakeholders in helping to shape the future form of devolution, which will have a significant impact on our Trust.
I've now completed my three races for RMCH charity and have so far raised over £1,000. Thanks for all support and anyone who wants to give please visit www.justgiving.com/stevemycio.
Finally, a reminder about Governor Performance Review meeting tomorrow, 13th May, which will include updates on safeguarding, dealing with complaints and the outcome of the Board effectiveness review as well as the usual Trust performance metrics.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting and do please get in touch if I can assist you in your role at any time, on 0161 276 8661 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
New £17m community hospital opens its doors in Altrincham
Our new £17 million community hospital in Altrincham town centre opened its doors to patients on Monday 27th April.
All services that were provided at the old Victorian Hospital on Market Street have transferred to the purpose-built new facility on Railway Street, including the nurse-led minor injuries unit for the assessment and treatment of conditions such as fractures, burns and wounds. The new community hospital will provide a wide range of general and specialist outpatient, diagnostic and therapeutic services.
MREH expands specialist services across the region
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) is developing its world class services across Greater Manchester, with the recent news that it is now delivering vitreoretinal surgical services for patients at Rochdale Infirmary.
Patients with eye conditions such as retinal detachment, macular holes and severe diabetic eye disease, can now be treated by a MREH surgeon in Rochdale if this is more local and convenient to them.
National Health Visitor of the Year Award for Shakila
Shakila Shan has won the prestigious National Health Visitor of the Year Award by the Community Practitioners and Health Visiting Association (CPHVA). The annual CPHVA awards highlight good practice and professional development and recognise the valuable contribution that health visitors make to the health and well-being of communities.
Our Charity News
Over the past 12 months we have seen lots of events and activities taking place to help raise money to support our hospitals. It is thanks to the dedication of our supporters, including Governors and their families and friends, that we are now able to fund a number of projects within our hospitals. Here are just a few of the projects that are already making a difference:
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital - we have been able to fund a number of projects including the purchase of a video laryngoscope, which will help our paediatric intensivists to see patient airways more clearly. We've also been able to fund an 'All About Me Diary' for our major trauma patients. The diary will help to inform the parents and child about the child's injuries, and the teams involved in their care, and will follow the child out to school and community services to help aid the transfer of care following discharge.
University Dental Hospital - we will now be able to enhance the main reception and waiting area at the dental hospital through the introduction of artwork. This will help to improve the patient experience and make the area a more friendly and welcoming space.
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital - we are delighted to have smashed the £200,000 target set for the eye bicentenary appeal, raising over £340,000. This money will now go towards enhancing the environment of the children's eye clinic, providing specialist equipment to improve diagnosis and treatment and supporting innovative research to lead the way and help future patients.
Manchester Royal Infirmary - we have been able to fund an additional skin camouflage clinic that will greatly help people with disfiguring skin conditions, marks and injuries. The clinic, run by Changing Faces, teaches patients how to apply specialist cover creams that can help to boost their confidence and lessen distress that they may feel because of their condition.
Saint Mary's Hospital - we will be able to provide a specialist ventilator to help some of our poorliest babies. The newborn life support machine will be used for babies needing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, as conventional ventilators are not compatible due to the strong magnetic field on the scanner.
Key membership message: becoming an FT member offers everyone the chance to have a say in shaping the future of NHS services.
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Please note when attending Trust meetings that work continues 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.
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