Welcome to November's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.
I am pleased to report that plans for Trafford Healthcare NHS
Trust to become part of our organisation from April 2012 are on
track and progressing well.
Although Trafford provides high-quality services, the gap
between its income and its costs is now too large to close just by
working more efficiently. Joining a large teaching trust like ours
will provide economies of scale, as well as greater opportunities
for education, training, research and clinical
Clinicians, managers and other staff from Trafford Healthcare
Trust and our Trust are already working closely together to ensure
that the acquisition takes place smoothly, with no complications or
adverse effects for patients or staff.
Malcolm Chiswick, our lead governor has written to you seeking
your support for the acquisition of Trafford Healthcare Trust and I
can assure you that the Board has undertaken a thorough examination
of the risks and has given the acquisition its full support.
You will have no doubt heard about the Industrial Action planned
for 30th November across the public sector. This
will obviously have an impact on our organisation and managers are
working hard to ensure that we can provide as many services as
possible. There will, however be groups of patients who will
be having their out-patient appointments or procedures re-arranged
for another day.
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 NHS operating framework published
The new NHS operating framework setting out the business and
planning arrangements for the NHS in England for the next year has
been published (24th November).
Framework for the NHS in England 2012/13 describes the national
priorities, system levers and enablers needed for NHS organisations
to maintain and improve the quality of services provided, while
delivering transformational change and maintaining financial
It sets out the practical steps that need to be taken to carry
the NHS through a strong and stable transition over the next year,
maintaining high quality standards and financial grip, as the NHS
moves towards the new modernised system envisaged in Liberating the NHS.
RCN claims that nearly 50,000 NHS jobs 'under
A row has broken out between nursing leaders and the government
over the number of jobs being cut in the NHS.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says almost 50,000 jobs will
go in England's health service by 2014.
The government has accused the RCN of scaremongering - and says
efficiency savings can be made at the same time as improvements in
Full story at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15809351
NHS North West Launches Campaign to Highlight incorrect
use of A&E
A series of viral videos, which were filmed on location at our
site, are headlining an NHS campaign highlighting some of the most
incorrect reasons for patients attending A&E which could cost
up to £100 million across England.
Actors from stage and screen gave up their time free of charge
to appear alongside NHS staff as characters including women waiting
for treatment for hair-dye disasters and botched false nails, a
pushy mum desperate for her son to be seen by senior doctors for
his diarrhoea, and even a man hoping A&E staff will turn their
hands to helping out his poorly dog.
The more serious message is that cases such as these put added
pressure on already busy A&E and 999 teams. In the North West
alone, more than 400,000 people who could have been treated and
advised by their local pharmacist or GP, or could have looked after
themselves at home, went to A&E departments in the last 12
Watch the videos now at http://bit.ly/rGJxLw
For further details: http://www.northwest.nhs.uk/media/news.aspx?storyID=4764
Ronald McDonald House - One Step Closer
Ronald McDonald House
Manchester celebrated its Topping Out with a couple of very special
guests. Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Bobby Charlton attended to show
their support for the new House.
When it is completed in April next year it will provide a 'home
away from home' environment for families who need to stay close to
their children who are in-patients in our Children's Hospital and
The house is being built by Ronald McDonald House Charities and
will provide 60 en-suite bedrooms, communal lounges, kitchens,
dining areas, playrooms, laundry facilities, a teenager room and a
quiet room, over five floors. It will be the fifteenth Ronald
McDonald House in the UK.
Topping Out events traditionally celebrate a building reaching
its highest point and this was the case with our House as we were
recognising the completion of the roof.
Are You Prepared for Colds and Flu this
Our Trust is supporting the Choose Well Campaign. As part
of the campaign people are being asked for their help to ease
pressure on the NHS this winter. GP appointments and visits to
A&E go up at this time of year, and one of the main causes is
cold and flu.
Around 15 million people in the UK are affected by colds and flu
each year, with the numbers increasing in the winter months. Advice
is being made available locally and on-line about what to do if you
or someone in your family catches a cold or has the flu.
GP practices, A&E and ambulances experience a surge in the
number of patients each winter. We know for example that one out of
every four people who goes to A&E could have either
self-treated or used another local service, such as their pharmacy
for advice, for conditions such as colds and flu.
We also know that colder winter weather brings an increase in
the number of heart-attacks, strokes, and breathing problems. We
need to make sure that GP practices, ambulance staff and A&E
teams are free to treat people with these serious and
For further details:
Information about colds and flu can be found on-line at http://tinyurl.com/coldandfluleaflet
Patient Experience Marketplace Event: 16th December
2011, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
As part of our Quality Improvement work, the Patient Experience
and Quality Team are organising a Patient Experience and Equalities
showcasing event to take place on the 16th December 2011 from 10.00
am - 4.00 pm in the Nowgen Centre.
The purpose of the event will be for all our divisions to
showcase the service improvements that they have implemented which
demonstrate that they have responded to the patients' needs.
You are welcome to drop in at any time throughout the day to browse
the displays, talk to the staff and watch some patient story
There will also be a series of short presentations running
throughout the day.
For more information, please contact Emma Berry on email@example.com or
extension 11710. Tel: 701 1710.
Quality Assurance Visit: Palatine Colposcopy Service,
Withington Community Hospital
The Palatine CASH Colposcopy Department has received outstanding
feedback following a site visit recently by the North West Cervical
Screening Quality Assurance team.
Success at the National Association of Healthcare
Communicators and Marketing Awards
I am pleased to report that we achieved the following at this
Best Website - shortlisted
Best Media Campaign - Highly Commended
Best Internal Communications - Highly Commended
Communicator of the Year - Winner: Yvonne Davies, Head of
Communications & PR
Get Involved in the Great Manchester Run
We are looking for people to join our 2012 Great Manchester Run
We have a number of guaranteed entry places available, which can
be used to raise money in support of any of our family of five
hospitals. To receive a guaranteed entry place you will need
to pay a registration fee of £37 and pledge to raise a minimum
sponsorship of £200.
The Great Manchester Run will take place on Sunday
20th May and will see over 30,000 runners taking to
the streets of Manchester to complete the 10k course.
If you would like to be one of them then contact Clare McManmon
on 276 4404 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Are You Up For the Gold Challenge?
Be the first to run 100m at the Olympic Stadium in 2012 by
getting involved with Gold Challenge.
Gold Challenge is a mass participation legacy to the Olympic
Games offering different challenges and sports taster sessions
whilst also helping to raise money.
We are offering two chances for Gold Challenge participants to
enjoy the experience of a lifetime and compete in a 100m race at
the stadium next year.
Everyone who registers for Gold Challenge will automatically be
entered into a free prize draw which will be drawn on the
17th February, while the second place will be awarded
to the highest fundraiser for the challenge as of the
20th February 2012
There are many different ways to take on your own personal
challenge and even children aged 5 and up along with their families
can get involved.
To find out more or sign up today, please visit http://www.rmchcharity.org.uk/event/91/gold-challenge.php
Ongoing activities include:
Wed. 7th Dec
Winter Lunch Event with the Chairman
12.00 noon - 1.30 pm
Governors' Equality & Diversity Training
2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Tues. 13th Dec
12.30 pm - 2.00 pm
Weds. 14th Dec
Tues. 10th Jan
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Wed. 11th Jan
Staff Health & Wellbeing working group
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Mon. 16th Jan
Corporate Citizenship working group
Wed. 18th Jan
Performance Indicator group
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Wed. 25th Jan
Membership working group
Fri. 3rd Feb
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Tues. 7th Feb
Annual Planning Meeting
1.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Wed. 29th Feb
Council of Governors
1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Tues. 13th Mar
Wed. 18th Apr
.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Mon. 23rd Apr
Wed. 25th Apr
Wed. 2nd May
Tues. 8th May
Fri. 18th May
Wed. 4th Jul
Tues. 10th Jul
Wed. 11th Jul
Wed. 18th Jul
Mon. 23rd Jul
Wed. 1st Aug
Tues. 11th Sept
Fri. 14th Sept
Tues. 18th Sept
Annual Members' Meeting
1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Wed. 17th Oct
Mon. 22nd Oct
Wed. 24th Oct
Wed. 31st Oct
Tues. 13th Nov
Wed. 21st Nov
Fri. 7th Dec