Chairman's Bulletin November 2011
 
 
 

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 sub-specialisation.

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 peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.

 
 

NHS News

 

 

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).

The Operating 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 stability.

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 threat'

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 patient care.

Full story at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15809351

 

 

North West News

 

 

NHS North West Launches Campaign to Highlight incorrect use of A&E

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 months.

Watch the videos now at http://bit.ly/rGJxLw

For further details: http://www.northwest.nhs.uk/media/news.aspx?storyID=4764

 

 

Trust News

 

 

Ronald McDonald House - One Step Closer

Topping OutRonald 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 Saint Mary's.

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 Winter?

Choose Well

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 life-threatening conditions.

For further details: /media-centre/latest-news/are-you-prepared-for-colds-and-flu-this-winter.aspx

Information about colds and flu can be found on-line at http://tinyurl.com/coldandfluleaflet and www.nhs.uk

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 films.

There will also be a series of short presentations running throughout the day.

For more information, please contact Emma Berry on emma.berry@cmft.nhs.uk 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 year's awards:

Best Website - shortlisted

Best Media Campaign - Highly Commended

Best Internal Communications - Highly Commended

Communicator of the Year - Winner:  Yvonne Davies, Head of Communications & PR

 

 

Our Trust Charity News

 

 

Get Involved in the Great Manchester Run

We are looking for people to join our 2012 Great Manchester Run team.

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 clare.mcmanmon@cmft.nhs.uk

Are You Up For the Gold Challenge?

100m

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

 

 

Useful News Links

 

 

NHS

www.dh.gov.uk

www.nhsconfed.org

www.nhs.uk

FOUNDATION TRUST

www.monitor-nhsft.gov.uk

www.ftga.org.uk

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/

 

 

Membership Matters

 

 

Ongoing activities include:

 

 

Governor Diary Dates

 

 

Trust Meetings:

Wed. 7th Dec

Winter Lunch Event with the Chairman

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

 

Wed. 7th Dec

Governors' Equality & Diversity Training

2.00 pm - 5.00 pm

 

Tues. 13th Dec

Winter Lunch Event with the Chairman

12.30 pm - 2.00 pm

 

Weds. 14th Dec

Winter Lunch Event with the Chairman

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

 

2012

Tues. 10th Jan

Youth Forum

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

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Wed. 18th Jan

Performance Indicator group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

 

Wed. 25th Jan

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Fri. 3rd Feb

Patient Experience

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

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

 

Wed. 18th Apr

Staff Health & Wellbeing working group

.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Mon. 23rd Apr

Corporate Citizenship working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Wed. 25th Apr

Performance Indicator group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

 

Wed. 2nd May

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Tues. 8th May

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

 

Fri. 18th May

Patient Experience

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Wed. 4th Jul

Council of Governors

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Tues. 10th Jul

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

 

Wed. 11th Jul

Staff Health & Wellbeing working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Wed. 18th Jul

Performance Indicator group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

 

Mon. 23rd Jul

Corporate Citizenship working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Wed. 1st Aug

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Tues. 11th Sept

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

 

Fri. 14th Sept

Patient Experience

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Tues. 18th Sept

Annual Members' Meeting

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Wed. 17th Oct

Council of Governors

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Mon. 22nd Oct

Corporate Citizenship working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Wed. 24th Oct

Performance Indicator group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

 

Wed. 31st Oct

Staff Health & Wellbeing working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Tues. 13th Nov

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

 

Wed. 21st Nov

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

 

Fri. 7th Dec

Patient Experience

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

 

 
 

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