Welcome to November's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.
I have been fortunate to recently attend the 10th
birthday of our Youth Forum in the Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital Teen Zone. Originally known as Teen Talk, the young people
involved over the years have undertaken a number of projects and
contributed positively to shaping young people's services. The
Youth Forum have been involved in a number of significant projects
throughout the past 10 years, notably contributing to the design of
the new RMCH. Members have also been involved in developing
transition policies and the Age Policy. They are heavily involved
in consulting with other young patients in the hospital and
representing them and their views to senior staff.
As you are aware, the Health & Social Care Act (2012)
requires us to revise our Constitution therefore we have utilised
Monitor's Model Constitution to incorporate the required
changes. The revised Constitution has been approved by the
Board of Directors, Council of Governors and has been ratified at a
recent Governors' Membership Working Group Meeting. We have
also received confirmation from our Solicitors that the revised
Constitution is compliant with legal requirements.
Members have also been notified of the proposed changes via a
newsletter (Foundation Focus Newsflash) with a Special Members'
Meeting being scheduled for Wednesday, 5th December 2012
(3.30 pm - 5.00 pm in Meeting Room 1, Nowgen Centre, MRI) at which
changes will be presented to members for approval. Following
this, the revised Constitution will be sent to Monitor.
The New Health Deal for Trafford public
consultation, which outlined a proposal for creating integrated
care services in the borough, as well as a proposed redesign of
services at Trafford General Hospital, closed on Wednesday 31st
October 2012. All responses made by this deadline have now been
forwarded to an independent company for analysis.
Over the coming weeks, the Strategic Programme Board, which
oversees the New Health Deal
project, will hold a series of meetings to consider the
consultation feedback alongside a range of other evidence, before
it makes a final recommendation on the proposals. We will keep you
updated on any developments. For further information visit
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.
Health technologies to improve the lives of people
with long-term conditions
Across the country 100,000 people are set to benefit from new
health technologies, Jeremy Hunt has said as he set out his vision
for improving the lives of people with long-term conditions.
Speaking at an Age UK conference, Jeremy Hunt kickstarted the
roll out of telehealth, the use of electronic information and
technology to help people manage their health independently, as a
way of giving people with long-term conditions control over their
own care. This followed publication of the NHS
Mandate where he announced that significant progress will be
made towards 3 million people being able to benefit from telehealth
Views sought on strengthening NHS
Proposals to strengthen the NHS Constitution have been set out
for public consultation, with the NHS, patients and public are all
being asked to respond.
The main changes proposed cover:
Dementia challenge progress report
A progress report has given an update on the first seven months
of the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge. The report, 'Delivering
major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015: A report
of progress', outlines the aims, achievements and ambitions of the
challenge's three champion groups.
There is a champion group for each of the following areas:
There are estimated to be 15 million people currently living in
England with a long term condition or complex health needs, and
this figure is expected to rise as the population ages and
grows. In order to be able to make sure it can provide
services for everyone when they need them, the NHS has to be able
to make services and resources available as required. To help
us deliver this we need everyone to use the NHS wisely.
Data tells us that 12% of people admit to having used A&E in
the past even when they knew there was nothing seriously wrong with
them; and 18% of GP workload is for common complaints alone.
Around two million people each year go to A&E with ailments
that they could have either self-treated or used another local
service for. At an estimated cost of £136 million a year this is
the equivalent of 6,500 nurses.
Chair of MAHSC Announced
Manchester City Council's Chief Executive Sir Howard Bernstein
will be the next Chair of the Manchester Academic Health Science
Centre (MAHSC). MAHSC - a partnership between The University of
Manchester and six NHS organisations (including ours) -
conducts leading-edge research for patient
benefit; the partnership includes some of the most
highly rated NHS Trusts in the country.
"MAHSC's partners have already made Manchester a beacon for
health science across England and have the ambition and the
potential to become leaders in the field internationally," said Sir
Howard. "For Manchester's residents that means faster access to new
treatments and world-leading healthcare discoveries.
"I'm attracted by the fact that MAHSC has a firm community base
and mission within the North West of England, and at the same time
has the drive and energy to help Manchester compete globally for
investment and jobs. Manchester is already one of the most
attractive locations in Europe for companies to develop new health
products and services, and is on its way to becoming one of the
best in the world."
MAHSC is one of just five Academic Health Science Centres in the
country, and the only one in the North of England. The scale of
Manchester's health science sector is of national economic
Four time Paralympian visits RMCH
Paralympic fever came to Manchester when swimmer Matthew Walker
MBE took time out of his busy schedule to drop in. Matthew, 34, who
has won 12 medals in four consecutive Paralympics Games, met some
of patients who were having physiotherapy in our Hydrotherapy Pool
and took part in a question and answer session with some of our
hospital school pupils.
He then showed some of our young patients his medals, his most
recent being a magnificent bronze at London 2012 and inspires them
to be champions of the future. He met 17-year-old Edward Lobley,
who also loaned Matthew his laptop so everyone could watch his
London 2012 medal winning performance!
Matthew said: "Being an athlete takes dedication. Hopefully me
coming in will help to inspire children who may have disabilities
or illness themselves to know that this does not stop you from
achieving what you want in life."
Therapeutic and Specialised Play Service Manager at RMCH, Susan
Fairclough added: "It is very generous of Matthew to give up his
time to brighten up the day of our young patients. Hopefully they
will be inspired to fulfil their own dreams."
Research and Innovation Conference 2012
Registration is still open for this
year's Research and Innovation Conference, which takes place on
Monday 3rd December in the Postgraduate Centre, MRI.
The keynote speakers at the event are Professor Munir
Pirmohamed, Head of the Department of Molecular and Clinical
Pharmacology, University of Liverpool and Professor Yanick Crow,
Genetic Medicine, Saint Mary's Hospital/The University of
Manchester. The Manchester Biomedical Research Centre Launch
will also form part of the conference with talks from Professors
Ian Jacobs, Colin Sibley and Graeme Black and Chief Executive Mike
Oral and poster presentation competitions will be running
throughout the day and a number of research facilities and
organisations will be hosting information stalls in the servery
area. If you would like to register or want more information please
Nuclear Medicine: A Different View of Life
The Consultant Clinical Scientists' Group present their
15th Annual Christmas Lecture. Professor Richard Lawson
and his colleagues from the Nuclear Medicine Department will
explain how radioactive tracers are used to view the function of
patients' internal systems in a non-invasive way. The lecture
contains entertaining demonstrations, including opportunities for
audience participation. It is suitable for age 12 and above. You
are very welcome to attend with your families and friends.
There will be two performances on Monday 10th
December 2012 at 4.30 pm (with refreshments from 4:00 pm) and 7.00
pm (with refreshments from 6.30 pm). The venue is the
Post-graduate Centre Lecture Theatre in Manchester Royal
Free tickets are available from Nicola Batchelor in Nuclear
Medicine. Tel 0161 276 4780 or e-mail email@example.com.
Please state which performance time you would like to attend.
Chaplaincy Christmas Events
Our Chaplaincy and Spiritual Service have organised an abundance
of festive events for everyone to enjoy in December. We would love
to see you there.
Children's Crib Service
Monday 3rd December at 12.30 pm, RMCH
Peter Gomm Singing in RMCH Atrium
Tuesday 11th December 12.30 - 1.30 pm
Christmas Carol Singing (around the Atria)
Monday 17th December - meet 12.30 pm at
Thursday 20th December at 12.30 pm Multi-faith
Christmas Day 2.00 pm in Multi-faith Centre
Action for Sick Children asks 'Who
Two charities with links to Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital have recently hosted a joint conference which
saw delegates visiting the hospital. 200 professional delegates
from Europe and Asia attended Action for Sick Children (AFSC) and
WellChild's conference "Who Cares?" at the Manchester Conference
Following the conference, Therapeutic and Specialised Play
Service Manager Susan Fairclough and Directorate Manager Phil
Taylor showed 25 delegates from AFSC and European Association of
Children's Hospitals (EACH) around RMCH and Ronald McDonald
Newly Appointed Consultant Development
the last two years, our Medical Director, Bob Pearson, has been
keen to introduce a 12 month programme for newly appointed
consultants that would be of real relevance to individuals at the
start of their consultant career; a programme to assist in the
transition from being a 'learning' doctor to a 'leading'
The programme included items that participants might not have
been exposed to as junior doctors such as writing a business case,
understanding financial management in an NHS Trust, Contracting and
GP Commissioning and the Regulatory Framework. Workshops on
leadership style and capabilities were provided including
negotiation and persuasion skills, change and innovation and
developing leading teams.
Thousands of runners will take part in the Manchester Marathon
on 28th April 2013. Entry is now open and we need keen
runners to sign up and represent our family of hospitals.
This year, the race village will be located at Old Trafford,
with the race beginning at the White City Roundabout. Lots of
improvements and developments have been made from the last race,
and the route in 2013 will be entirely main roads, with no narrow
lanes, muddy areas or underpasses. The route will allow you to see
some great parts of Greater Manchester before crossing the finish
line at Old Trafford Stadium.
To sign up for this event, go to http://www.greatermanchestermarathon.com
and follow the instructions. Then, make sure you get in touch with
the charity team to register as an official fundraiser and receive
your sponsorship pack - this will include sponsor forms, T-shirt
and lots of materials to help with your fundraising! For more
information, or to request a fundraising pack, contact Clare on 276
4404 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter from Father Christmas
Do you know someone who would like a
personalised letter from Father Christmas?
Letter from Father Christmas is the perfect festive surprise for
children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or friend. For a
suggested donation of just £5 per letter you can order a
personalised letter to be sent to the child or children of your
choice, whilst also helping to make a difference to patients and
their families at the children's hospital. To find out more or to
order your letter please visit
Ongoing activities include:
Tuesday 4th Dec
Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)
12.00 pm - 1.30 pm
Governors' Patient Experience and Equality & Diversity
Weds 5th Dec
Friday 7th Dec
Patient Experience Working Group
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 11th Dec
12.00 noon - 1.30 pm
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