Welcome to October's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.
Our Annual Members Meeting took place at the end of September.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend but I received excellent
feedback about the event and was pleased to hear that so many of
you attended to give your support.
There has been extensive coverage in the media about the Care
Quality Commission (CQC) finding many failings in care of the
elderly in hospitals up and down the country. As last month's
bulletin reported, the CQC visited Manchester Royal Infirmary
earlier this year and found that we are meeting all the essential
standards of quality and safety. We have also had recent visits
from the Chief Executive Katharine Murphy of the Patients'
Association who was very impressed and reassured by the work going
on in the Trust.
The Royal College of Nursing's Chief Executive and General
Secretary Dr Peter Carter and Director of Service Delivery and
Nursing Janet Davies, who completed her training at MRI, also
recently met with several members of staff including Chief Nurse
Gill Heaton and Director of Nursing (adults) Cheryl Lenney. The
pair were given a tour of both medical and surgical wards in the
MRI where they had the opportunity to talk to nurses. They also
looked at the work being undertaken across nursing in raising the
quality of care through the use of the Quality of Care rounds,
Brilliant Basics initiative and the ward accreditation
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.
NHS bill: Government wins key vote in House of
Earl Howe said a vote to delay "could well prove fatal" to the
Health and Social Care Bill.
The government's controversial NHS bill for England has cleared
a crucial hurdle after peers rejected a proposal to send it for
further scrutiny. The House of Lords voted 330 to 262 against an
amendment which would have referred parts of the bill to a special
select committee. Health Minister Earl Howe said it could be
altered further to address concerns, but any hold-up could "prove
fatal." Peers have also rejected an amendment to block the bill
altogether. That amendment was put forward by Labour peer and
former GP Lord Rea, who argued it was never a manifesto commitment
by either the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats.
Number of NHS patients waiting more than 18 weeks
has doubled, says report
The number of patients waiting more than the recommended maximum
of 18 weeks for NHS treatment has
soared by 48% since last year. Figures released by the Department
of Health came as a separate report by the King's Fund found that
in more than 45 hospital trusts, more than 10% of patients were not
admitted within 18 weeks of being referred by their GPs, breaching legally
binding targets in the NHS constitution. The figures have more than
doubled on the previous year.
The report found that while the NHS overall had managed to meet
targets on waiting times and infections despite hospitals having to
find savings of between 6% and 7% this year, this masked
"considerable variation" at a local level
Whilst the 18 week standard is being delivered for adult
services at this Trust, there has been a backlog of patients who
have built up for some children's surgical specialties. The Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital have recruited additional medical
staff and have been reducing the waiting list since June of this
year - It is expected that the 18 week standard will be delivered
from January 2012 in line with timescales agreed with local GP's
Anyone Who Has a Heart
An innovative light sculpture was recently switched on at the
Trust. 'Anyone who has a Heart' was made by artists Andrew
Small and Steven Almond and was commissioned by Lime arts and the
Trust through a special arts programme allocation from Charitable
The switch-on took place at dusk when the iconic artwork was
illuminated and particularly striking. A number of governors
attended the event.
The sculpture aims to catch attention through its form, textures
and movement, giving a sense of fun and playfulness for all
ages. When you approach the sculpture walk around it to
trigger the light display then hold onto the stainless steel hand
grips. There are electrodes embedded in the handgrips that monitor
your heart rate and translate that into a red light display
synchronised with your pulse.
It can also tell you the time as every hour the sculpture turns
into a clock. The sequence is explained on the floor panel. The
work also uses control devices that can be updated and changed as
the technologies develop. The idea was to make an iconic work
fitting the function of a hospital whilst being engaging and
interactive for all ages.
Artist Andrew Small said: "A hospital is more than just a
building; it is a living machine and a machine for living. The work
as a whole alludes to a simple, precious and fascinating human
commonality: the beat of the heart."
First President of Manchester Royal Infirmary brought
back to life!
A portrait of the first President of the Manchester Royal
Infirmary is now taking pride of place in the Main Boardroom. The
painting of James Massey, has sat in storage gathering dust for
many years, but has now been renovated through Charitable
James Massey was the head of the firm of James Massey and Co
Fustian Dyers, Water Street and the first joint president of the
Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, formally instituted
on 28 February, 1781. He was the Borough-reeve of Salford and the
first President of the MRI. The portrait was presented to the
Infirmary by artist William Tate in 1793.
Lord Howe sees renal innovation in action
Lord Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the
Department of Health has visited Manchester Royal Infirmary to
speak to patients benefitting from an award-winning innovation. In
June, the renal team at Manchester Royal Infirmary was awarded an
Innovation Challenge prize for their work in offering renal
patients dialysis at home. As well as making treatment easier
and more convenient for patients, it has also saved the NHS
thousands of pounds. In September they were formally
presented with their prize by Lord Howe, alongside the other
winners. Lord Howe was then given a tour of the Renal
Dialysis Unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
RMCH patients paint a picture of life in
Patients at RMCH have brightened up its reception area by
designing 3D art installations for the display cabinets. Children
from every ward and department designed a masterpiece depicting
life in hospital using shoeboxes donated by Clarks Shoes. However,
some patients expanded this theme to include fairies and
Therapeutic and Specialised Play Service Manager, Susan
Fairclough said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for both our
in-patients and out-patients to become involved in creating a
welcoming environment. It was lovely to see so many young people
from all over the hospital being so enthusiastic about this
project. We hope to rotate the displays and are busy thinking of
new themes to encourage even more contributions in the future."
Hannah Morrow, who is being treated for a Chiari malformation,
an abnormality in the area where the brain joins the spinal cord,
designed one of the shoeboxes illustrating the fun and games you
can have with the RMCH play team. The 16-year-old is eager to use
her artistic side to demonstrate some of the activities organised
by the Therapeutic and Specialised Play Service that help patients
come to terms with being treated in hospital.
Hannah said: "You can do almost anything with the play
specialists, you can do arts and crafts, they organise quizzes and
you can play on the games consoles. One of the play leaders, John
Smith helped me when I was making the box."
Report criticises five Greater Manchester hospitals over care of
Five hospitals across Greater Manchester are failing on the care
of the elderly, according to a report. The study, from the Care
Quality Commission (CQC), found half of all NHS hospitals in
England are failing to provide all-round good nutrition to elderly
patients while 40 per cent do not offer dignified care.
Of 100 hospitals investigated, 49 were found to have minor,
moderate or major concerns about nutritional standards for elderly
The report found:
appointed to new SHA clusters
The Appointments Commission has announced the appointment of
non-executive directors to the SHA clusters, following the
introduction of cluster arrangements on 3 October 2011.
NHS North of
(bringing together NHS North West, NHS Yorkshire and the
Humber and NHS North East)
Chair - Kathryn Riddle
Chief executive - Ian Dalton
Sir Peter Carr (Vice Chair)
Sally Cheshire (Vice Chair)
Ian Walker (Audit Chair)
The announcement of SHA cluster non-executive directors follows
the appointments of chairs, chief executives and directors. At the
time of the appointments of the SHA cluster chairs, Sir David
Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive said: "Clustering SHAs will ensure
we have sufficient capacity in the system to maintain grip and
momentum throughout the transition period."
"Moving to four clusters will ensure the best fit between our
transition arrangements and the future arrangements for the NHS
Commissioning Board, which will be organised across the same
Grand Christmas Raffle Returns
Our Grand Christmas Raffle in support of CMFT Charity is back
and once again we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs. This
year we are offering you the chance to win £500 of Trafford Centre
vouchers, a Manchester city centre weekend package including an
overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at the four star Palace
Hotel and a £100 Trafford Centre voucher, along with a comedy night
package that includes a voucher for Ning restaurant and four
tickets to Manchester's Frog and Bucket comedy club.
There are also five runner up prizes including two tickets to a
play at the Royal Exchange, afternoon tea at the Midland Hotel and
vouchers for Piccolino Restaurant. Tickets are priced £1 and
must be returned by Friday 9th December 2011. The
draw will take place on Monday 12th December meaning you
could have those Trafford Centre vouchers in time for a bit of
Christmas Shopping! If you would like to buy a raffle ticket, or
can help us to distribute tickets in your local community please
contact the charity team on (0161) 276 4522.
Yes Christmas is fast approaching and if you fancy getting into
the festive spirit then why not take part in the Heaton Park 5km
Santa Dash on 11th December 2011.
We are looking for participants to walk, jog, run or skip the
5km route, dressed as Santa! Everyone taking part will be provided
with a Santa suit and will receive a medal as they cross the finish
line. The minimum age to take part is eight-years-old, so this
really is a fun day for all the family! For those who want to push
themselves that little bit further there is a 10km option
We have a limited number of places available, and would love to
hear from people who are keen to help raise vital funds for their
hospital, right before Christmas!
To find out more about this fantastic event, contact Clare
McManmon in the charity office on 0161 276 4404 or email@example.com
Mon 24th Oct
Corporate Citizenship working group
2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Wed 2nd Nov
Staff Health & Wellbeing working group
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Tues 8th Nov
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Wed 23rd Nov
Membership working group
Fri 25th Nov
Patient Experience working group
Wed 18th Jan
Performance Indicator Meeting
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Ongoing activities include: