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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


NHS News



Cold Weather Plan for England 2012 published

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 risk'

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.



North West News



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.



Trust News



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 ( 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 Team

The Communications Team have been shortlisted in two award events this year, both of which are open to entries from across the UK. 

These are:

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

Bobby CharltonRoyal 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 CAMHS.

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 MPDan 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 and the CityUnsafe 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 pigmentosa.

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 life.



Our Trust Charity News



Tower Run

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 seconds!

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.

Santa Run

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 

Christmas Raffle

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



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Governor Diary Dates



Wed 31st Oct

Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 13th Nov

Youth Forum

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

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 4th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Weds 5th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Friday 7th Dec

Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Weds 11th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm



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