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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trafford consultant elected President of the British Society for Haematology
Dr Patrick Carrington, Consultant Haematologist at Trafford General, has been elected president of the British Society for Haematology, a national organisation which strives to advance the treatment of patients with blood diseases.
Double award win for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital art project
A creative design project based at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital has won two prizes at the national Building Better Healthcare Awards 2014.
The Awards celebrate innovation, technology and services that are constantly transforming and improving patient care in the healthcare industry across the UK. Lime Arts walked away with the 'Best Collaborative Arts Project' and 'Patients Choice' award, beating tough national and international competition for their 'Starship X-ray' project at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Communications Team wins for Best Media Handling at AHCM Awards 2014
Our Communications Team has picked up a prestigious Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing award. The award - for Best Media Handling - related to the managing of press activity after a documentary featuring the University Dental Hospital of Manchester premiered on ITV1 to glowing reviews, sparking a nationwide debate about dental health.
Our Charity News
This year the Charity team will have their first ever collection at Bolton Wanderers FC and they are looking for volunteers to lend a hand on Saturday 13th December from 1pm to 3pm.
The collection will take place at Macron stadium (formerly the Reebok stadium.). If Governors, their family and friends are able to help, please contact Angela Rowe on 0161 901 5258 or e-mail email@example.com
The Charity team have launched their Christmas Appeal, which this year is raising money for the refurbishment of Ward 84 at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to make it more child-friendly.
The campaign has been mailed to over 100,000 people in the Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire regions. It focuses on a patient and ward manager Helen Jackson, and showcases the difference the radiology refurbishment has made to the hospital.
To find out more about our Christmas Appeal please visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk
Christmas Carols in the City
On Thursday 18th December Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity proudly presents Christmas Carols in the City at Manchester Cathedral.
The event, hosted by world renowned soprano Lynne Dawson, will feature readings from Charity patrons as well as performances from the choirs of Manchester High School, The Manchester Grammar School and Withington Girl's School. There will be congregational singing to set the scene for Christmas and to help you get into the festive spirit.
For more information and to book tickets visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk or call 0161 276 4522.
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Please note when attending Trust meetings that work has started on the extension to the Grafton Street multi-storey car park. The disabled/accessible spaces which were on the surface car park at Grafton Street have been reallocated inside the multi-storey car park. This is a 15-month project, and the Trust apologies for any inconvenience it may cause.