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Welcome to October's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our organisation and what is going on in the NHS.

October has been an extremely busy month for us all with our Annual Members' Meeting which was very successful and well attended and I would like to forward a special thank you to those Governors that came to show your support. The theme of the meeting was 'Proud to Care for You' and our staff ran health information stands showcasing the innovative and high quality care provided by all our hospitals and community services. Our outgoing Lead Governor Malcolm Chiswick addressed the attendees highlighting our achievements over the last year and how we are responding to feedback from patients, staff and Governors to further improve our services.  

We have also had our final Council of Governors' meeting of the year where our new Governors were formally welcomed. Congratulations were also offered to our new Lead Governor Keith Paver. At this meeting, we received some presentations which included the Trust's Internal Quality Reviews which are currently taking place throughout the organisation  in addition to a safeguarding presentation by our Director of Nursing for Adults, Cheryl Lenney which was requested by Governors at a previous meeting. We were also given an update on our Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre (MAHSC) application and our Living Longer, Living Better Programme.

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


Our News



Movember is back - Join the Cause on 1st November!

MovemberYou should have received an invitation to join us at the launch of the MovemberMen's Health Awareness Campaign, which begins  on 1st November 2013 with men across the world selflessly growing a moustaches throughout the course of the month.

The aim is to raise awareness and prompt discussion of men's health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer, stroke, heart attack and diabetes.

Friday 1st November sees the launch of Movember which  includes a pop-up barber shop  located at the entrance to Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI Entrance 1). One of the golden rules of Movember is to be clean shaven on the first day of the month.  To be initiated, passers-by can officially sign-up and be treated to a free shave from professional barbers.

Alongside this, clinicians from specialties including Urology, Colorectal, Vascular Surgery and Cardiology will be supporting the campaign by providing information and offering blood pressure checks.  A Health Bus provided by Public Health Manchester will also be parked on The Boulevard, with staff giving out information and offering health checks.  

An invitation has also been circulated to members as this event will provide an excellent opportunity for members to find out more about staying healthy, and to take up the offer of free health checks.  I would encourage Governors to attend as this will provide you with an opportunity to listen to members' views on both men's health services and wider patient care issues. To find out more about Movember, click here:

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Hospital work experience scheme 'Highly Commended'

Staff and students from the Supported Traineeships programme are celebrating an excellent start to the new academic year after achieving a 'Highly Commended' award at the National People Management Awards. The recognition comes as the programme starts its fourth year at Central Manchester Hospitals and also launches at Trafford General.

The People Management Awards, held by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in people management and development. The Supported Traineeships scheme, which supports young people with learning disabilities into paid work, received the award in the category of 'Diversity' at the London ceremony.

The scheme is a partnership between us, The Manchester College, Trafford College and Pure Innovations. Trainees attend daily classroom session delivered at the hospital where their training is based.

New MAHSC Sino-British health partnership

SinoThe Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) has formed a partnership with the Peking University Health Sciences Centre to establish an international centre of excellence in genetic medicine.

The new Peking-Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, announced by UK Chancellor George Osborne in Beijing on Monday, will comprise three separate but interdependent research facilities - the International Centre for Rare Diseases, the Centre for Cancer Genetics, and the Joint Clinical Trials Facility.

MAHSC's involvement is being led by the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine at Saint Mary's Hospital, an integrated centre bringing together University of Manchester researchers and our clinical services, to form a world leader in genetic and genomic medicine for research into inherited diseases and delivery of services to families with inherited disorders.

Central Manchester hospitals participates in NHS Innovation Fellowship video

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is featured in the launch video of the NHS Innovation Fellowship, a new programme which will draw inspiration from some of the world's leading thinkers in the worlds of health, business, academia and science into the NHS.

We're committed to ensuring that patients get high quality care now, but recognise that it's equally important for us to build better ways of working into our services for the future.  This is the innovation part.  In-line with our mission, we are already using the skills that are within our organisation to improve people's health through clinical research, and identify opportunities to drive continuous improvements, in terms of quality of care and/or efficiencies.

National Personal Safety Day 

National Safety WeekWe marked National Personal Safety Day on Monday 14th October by holding surgeries in the atrium of the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and in the restaurant at Trafford General Hospital.  Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers and our own NHS Protect Accredited Security and Fraud Specialists were on hand to provide advice on both personal safety and crime prevention. 

National Personal Safety Day is an annual event aimed at raising awareness of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression in today's society. It's about helping people live safer, more confident lives.

Trafford Minibus Shuttle Trial

Following feedback from staff and staffside, we are pleased to announce that we are trialling a shuttle minibus service to transport staff between the Central site and Trafford General Hospital for a two month trial period.




NHS News



Friends and Family Test extended across public services

Francis Maude recently announced the extension of the Friends and Family Test (FFT) across the NHS and other public services, including further education, Jobcentre Plus and the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The simple test - answering the question: "Would you recommend this service to your friends and family?" - will be extended to all NHS services in England, including mental health services, community nursing, and outpatient appointments by the end of March 2015.   

This comes as the test is today rolled out to every maternity service in England, meaning that all new mothers will be asked if they would recommend their service to their friends and family. With over 700,000 births a year in England, this will be a fundamental change to the way the NHS listens to patients and will help parents-to-be make choices over the care they receive throughout pregnancy.

Seven day, 8am - 8pm, GP access for hard working people

People will be able to see their GP seven days a week and out of office hours under new proposals set out by the Prime Minister for a first wave of GP groups offering extended opening hours across the country.It will help thousands who struggle to find GP appointments that fit in with their family and work life.

Innovative practices will be able to apply to a new £50m Challenge Fund to set up a pioneer programme. Pioneers will be established in every region of the country - nine in total - which together are expected to cover up to half a million patients. 



Our Charity News



Harley Lane Wins Pride of Britain Award

HarleyRoyal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity case study, Harley Lane, won a Pride of Britain Award after the Charity Team nominated him following his participation in the Great Manchester Mini Run 2013.

Harley, 'a child of courage,' was joined on stage by the host of the show, Carol Vorderman, and X-Factor's, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and last year's contestants Union J when he was presented with his award.

Ever the character, Harley refused a kiss from Nicole on stage and won the crowd and viewers over with his wit and charm.

Earlier in the month, Harley was also surprised by 100m World Record holder Usain Bolt who broke the news that he had won the award for his courage and determination.

At the age of three, Harley received treatment at the Children's Hospital after he contracted meningitis and unfortunately lost all of his limbs. Five years later, as a thank you to the hospital and staff that saved his life, Harley started and took part in the Great Manchester Mini Run to raise money for the charity.

The race, which was one mile long, was the furthest that Harley had ever walked on his prosthetic limbs but he completed it without stopping and has even mentioned he would like to take part again next year. Harley raised over £1,000.

Further information and photos from all Charity Team events and activities can be found on our family website or the Children's Hospital website

Find Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity on Facebook or follow on Twitter @RMCHcharity.

Find Saint Mary's Hospital Charity on Facebook or follow on Twitter @StMarysHosp.

Alternatively, feel free to contact the team on 0161 276 4522.



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Governor Diary Dates




Friday 1st Nov Movember Men's Health Campaign Launch

11.00 am - 2.00 pm

Wed 6th Nov LIME Arts/Central Site Tour

2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Monday 11th Nov Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Tuesday 12th Nov Youth Forum    

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Monday 18th Nov Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Weds 20th Nov Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Weds 27th Nov Performance Indicator Group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Weds 4th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Friday 6th Dec Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 10th Dec Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 11th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Tues 17th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm



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