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 process.

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 peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.


NHS News



NHS bill: Government wins key vote in House of Lords

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 and commissioners



Trust News



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 Funds.

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 Funds.

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

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 hospital


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 football!

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."



North West News



Report criticises five Greater Manchester hospitals over care of the elderly

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 people.

The report found:

  • 'Minor' concerns about the nutrition and dignity afforded elderly patients at Royal Bolton Hospital;
  • 'Minor' concerns about dignity for the elderly at Salford Royal Hospital;
  • 'Moderate' concerns about the nutrition provided at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital, along with 'minor' concerns on dignity;
  • 'Minor' concerns on both the dignity and nutrition for old folk at Trafford General Hospital;
  • 'Minor concerns' about the dignity and nutrition at Wythenshawe Hospital.

Non-executives 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 England
(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)
Sarah Harkness
Oliver James
Alan Foster
Peter Fidler
Denis Lidstone

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 geographical areas."



Our Trust Charity News



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.


Santa Dash 

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 available.

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 clare.mcmanmon@cmft.nhs.uk



Governor Diary Dates






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

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Wed 23rd Nov

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Fri 25th Nov

Patient Experience working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Wed 18th Jan

Performance Indicator Meeting

11.00 am - 12.30 pm



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