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 /media-centre/latest-news/next-steps-for-the-trafford-new-health-deal-public-consultation.aspx
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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 by 2017.
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:
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:
North West News
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.
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 significance.
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 Deegan.
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 e-mail Brenda.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Infirmary.
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
Peter Gomm Singing in RMCH Atrium
Christmas Carol Singing (around the Atria)
Action for Sick Children asks 'Who Cares?'
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 Centre.
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 House.
Newly Appointed Consultant Development Programme
For 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' consultant.
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.
Our Trust Charity News
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 http://www.rmchcharity.org.uk/Letter-From-Father-Christmas.php
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