Welcome to October's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.
I was pleased to see so many of you at the Council of Governors
meeting earlier this month. Not only was there a packed agenda with
several informative presentations, but it gave me the opportunity
to personally welcome our new Governors.
I recently attended this year's Patient Listening Event for
surgical cancer patients along with senior managers and
consultants. It was an invaluable experience and we want to improve
the way we treat our patients with dignity, respect and care. As
Professor Ajith Siriwardena said when opening the event, it was not
for patients to listen to us, it was for us to listen to them.
Although we love to hear positive feedback, it is important to look
at issues raised by patients and their families and Governors can
support us when addressing these.
The public consultation on the proposed service redesign of
health services in Trafford (A New Health Deal for Trafford) will
end at 5.00 pm on 31st October.
There is still time to respond on line at:
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.
Cold Weather Plan for England 2012
The Cold Weather Plan aims to prepare for the effects of winter
weather on people's health. The plan is part of a wider suite of
measures that the Department of Health, NHS, Health Protection
Agency and the Met Office are taking to protect individuals and
communities from the effects of severe winter weather. It provides
advice for individuals, communities and agencies on how to prepare
for and respond to severe cold weather as part of wider winter
planning. It is supported by a Met Office cold weather alert
service that starts on 1st November and runs until the
end of March 2013.
Target to become world's best in elderly care 'at
The government's pledge to try to make England a world leader in
elderly care is at risk of becoming "superficial" words, council
chiefs are warning. The Local Government Association and
Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said the
social care crisis had to be solved first. The target of becoming
the "one of the best" in terms of elderly care was made by the
health secretary last month. Jeremy Hunt wants England to become
"one of the best countries in Europe to be old" and that councils
"must take the lead". To help, he will be announcing a £50m fund
for hospitals and care homes to help pay for improvements to help
patients with dementia.
Revealed: £189 million spent by Greater Manchester
hospitals on treating alcohol related illness
More than half a million people a year are being admitted to
hospitals in Greater Manchester because of alcohol - with nearly
four times as many pensioners being treated as young people. A
major survey has revealed the shocking true cost of booze to the
region for the first time.
It shows £189m a year is being spent by the NHS treating people
who have drunk too much. The data - published by Alcohol Concern -
includes A&E admissions of revellers injured while out
partying, as well as the cost of treating chronic alcohol-related
illnesses such as liver disease. For the first time, the figures
are broken down for individual cities and towns. They reveal that
Manchester had more than 120,000 alcohol-related hospital
admissions in 2010/11 - equivalent to nearly one in four of the
population being hospitalised at least once every year.
MRI Stages Emergency Department Tweetathon
We recently staged an event that was the first of its kind for
an Emergency Department in the UK. Wednesday 10th
October saw a 12-hour 'tweetathon' take place from 8.00 am to 8.00
pm in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary.
A tweetathon is an organised event for which an organisation
commits a set amount of time to posting regular updates on a
particular service or topic via Twitter (www.twitter.com). Successful
tweetathons have previously been held by Greater Manchester Police
and the North West Ambulance Service.
In collaboration with the department's clinical staff, tweets
were sent regularly by the hospital's Communications Team from a
dedicated device. The tweetathon offered the public an insight into
the pressures and challenges the Emergency Department faces on a
typical day in Manchester and also encouraged the public to 'Choose
Well' by raising awareness of the circumstances in which the
Emergency Department (A&E) should and should not be the first
port of call. The event was a great success with more than
600 new followers. If you haven't already become a follower, join
us at @CMFTNHS.
Awards Shortlist Success for Communications
The Communications Team have been shortlisted in two award
events this year, both of which are open to entries from across the
UK Public Section Communications Awards - Best In House Team
Association of Healthcare Communications and Marketing Awards -
Best Team, Best Website and Best Annual Report. Winners will
be announced late November.
CAMHS celebrates expansion of service and unveiling of
artwork by Sir Bobby Charlton CBE
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital is home to a
facility which treats children and young people from all over the
North West with mental health conditions. Children and Adolescent
Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at Galaxy House provides 24 hour
support to the population of Greater Manchester, Lancashire,
Cumbria and beyond.
To celebrate the opening of two additional new in-patient beds
in Galaxy House and the donation of some magnificent pieces of
artwork including a mosaic produced by students from Withington
Girls School, CAMHS organised a day of events in the Harrington
Building which is home to Galaxy House and other services within
The services and projects CAMHS provides across Manchester and
Salford were showcased and the mosaic was officially unviled by Sir
Bobby Charlton CBE.
Dan Poulter MP Pays A Visit
Dan Poulter visited us on Thursday
25th October to see for himself the great work going on
at the Children's Hospital and Saint Mary's. Dr Dan Poulter
is MP for Central Suffolk and North. He has previously worked
as an NHS hospital doctor specialising primarily in obstetrics,
gynaecology and women's health. In September 2012 Dr Poulter
joined the Government as a Minister (Parliamentary Under Secretary
of State) for Health. His responsibilities include women and
children's health, nursing and Veteran's health.
Dr Dan Poulter said: "The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
has the largest paediatric intensive care unit in the UK and I have
seen first hand the dedication of the staff and the high quality
care they give their young patients.
"Saint Mary's Hospital is a fantastic example of of how mums-to-be
and new mums in Manchester can receive antenatal, neonatal and
midwifery-led care all under one roof."
BBC3 Unsafe Sex in the City
Unsafe Sex in the City which began on BBC3 last
week and which will be on for four weeks has received excellent
feedback. The series was filmed within Manchester Centre for
Sexual Health, going behind the scenes of one of the country's
busiest sexual health centres.
The BBC have said that they are "thrilled with the viewing
figures", which have been in the region of 1 million, placing it as
one of the most popular shows on BBC 3, the usual average being in
the region of 300,000. If you're into Twitter you would be
pleased to note that not only did it trend number one for
Manchester and the UK, it trended 4th Worldwide.
NHS Warrington tweeted "Your team was fantastic on
#unsafesexinthecity. Educations and entertaining."
'Bionic eye' expert presents ground-breaking
results in Milan
The pioneering eye surgeon behind the 'bionic eye' retinal
implant programme at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) has
joined experts from across Europe to present his latest findings at
the 12th EURETINA Congress in Milan. Paulo Stanga, Professor of
Ophthalmology & Retinal Regeneration at The University of
Manchester, Vitreoretinal Surgeon at MREH and Director of the
Manchester Vision Regeneration (MVR) Lab, has been working with
Second Sight Medical Products Inc. to trial the company's Argus® II
Retinal Prosthesis System with patients who have retinitis
Professor Stanga first implanted it in patients in 2009 as part
of a small group of leading surgeons worldwide involved in a
clinical trial of the device. The initial aim was to restore a
basic level of useful vision, in the form of spots of light and
shades of light and dark.
The largest clinical trial of a retinal prosthesis to date has
shown that the device can reliably withstand long-term implantation
(more than 5 years) while offering a positive benefit/safety
profile. Patients have shown clear improvements in visual
function and the system has had a positive impact on their daily
Over 120 people took on the challenge of the Manchester Beetham
Tower Run to help raise money for the children's hospital. The
event, organised in conjunction with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CF
Trust), saw participants running or walking up the 798 steps to the
46th floor of the tallest residential building in
Europe.The fastest runner reached the top in just 4 minutes 43
All proceeds from the Tower Run will be equally split between
the CF Trust and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Our thanks
must go to Braemar Estates and Beetham Tower Residents Association
for their kind support.
Join Ryan Giggs at the Manchester United Santa Run at Old
Trafford on Sunday 2nd December to help raise money for
our family of hospitals. There is a 2K family fun run at 11.30 am
and for those slightly more competitive, a 5K event at 12.30
pm for 'Serious Santas'.
Entry is £10 for an adult, £5 for children or £20 for
families. Entry includes a Santa hat for children or a full
Santa suit for adults. To enter or for more information contact the
charity team on 0161 276 4522 or e-mail email@example.com
How would you like to win £500 of Trafford Centre Vouchers or a
camcorder to capture all those valuable family moments? Well we are
offering our supporters the chance to win some fabulous prizes in
our Christmas Raffle.
Tickets cost £1 and the prizes available are:
1st Prize - £500 Trafford Centre Vouchers
2nd Prize - Toshiba Camcorder
3rd prize - £100 Iceland vouchers
4th prize - £400 ethos hairdressers vouchers
5th prize - an overnight stay for two at the
Macdonald Town House Hotel and a meal for two at Croma.
To be in with a chance of winning and to be entered in to the
draw, tickets need to be returned no later than Friday
21st December. The draw will take place on
Christmas Eve and all winners will be notified within 28 days of
the draw. If you would like to help sell raffle tickets in your
local community or would like to order raffle tickets please
contact the charity team on 0161 276 4522 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing activities include:
Wed 31st Oct
Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 13th Nov
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Monday 19th Nov
Board of Directors' Meeting Update
12.00 noon - 2.00 pm
Wed 21st Nov
Membership Working Group
Tuesday 4th Dec
Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)
12.00 noon - 1.30 pm
Weds 5th Dec
Friday 7th Dec
Patient Experience Working Group
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Weds 11th Dec