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Chairman's Bulletin November 2014

Chairman's Bulletin November 2014

Welcome to my newsletter for Governors, and I'd like to begin this month by looking at the recent announcement about devolution for Greater Manchester and the opportunities it may bring for our Trust.

The Government is proposing to give the city region greater local control over areas of public spending including planning, transport, housing, skills, business support plus specific aspects of public service reform such as health and social care.  This will see around £2 billion, out of approximately £22 billion, of public expenditure being controlled locally.  The ultimate aim is to maximise the economic potential of the North, by creating a 'Northern Powerhouse' across our region.

While devolution offers long term opportunities, we also need to focus on current pressures and challenges, particularly as we come into the peak demand period over the winter months. The Department of Health has put in place additional funding of £300m, making a total of £700m available to fund more clinical staff for A&E services and offer alternative care and advice options outside hospital.

Despite quite exceptional pressure on our A&E units during quarter 2, CMFT met the national A&E standard of seeing 95% of patients within 4 hours. We are continuing to work with commissioners and other bodies to understand the reasons for this increased demand.

Our Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) play an important role in holding the Executive Directors to account in relation to managing all these challenges. The process to appoint two new NEDs is now underway. One NED will replace Steve Mycio when he becomes Chairman and the other is a new post.  Applications closed earlier this month and panel interviews will be held in February 2015.  Governors will be involved in this process, and the recommended candidates will be presented for approval by the Council of Governors.

Finally, I would like to thank Karen England who is stepping down as Divisional Director for Surgery.  She has made a major contribution to our Trust over many years and we are very grateful for her dedicated service.  Dave Pearson will be Acting Divisional Director of Surgery (in addition to his role in CSS) until Karen's successor is appointed.

I hope to see you at our Winter Governor Development Lunches on 2nd, 9th or 15th December, and particularly look forward to welcoming our new governors to these very useful sessions.  In the meantime do please contact me if I can assist you in your role at any time, on 0161 276 8661 or at peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.