Welcome to my monthly newsletter for Governors, and I'd like to start by thanking you for your contribution to the process of selecting a new Chairman. I was very pleased that the Council of Governors' meeting in October approved the appointment of Steve Mycio, and I'm sure that he will do an excellent job when he takes up the role formally in January 2015.
Looking ahead, you may have views to share on the NHS Five Year Forward Plan which was presented by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens on 23rd October. It's been developed by the partner organisations that deliver and oversee health and care services including NHS England, Public Health England, Monitor, Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission and the NHS Trust Development Authority. Patient groups, clinicians and independent experts have also provided their input. The Plan gives a collective view of how the health service needs to change over the next five years if it is to close the widening gaps in the health of the population, quality of care and the funding of services.
From ideas about the future to a celebration of the past! I was delighted that several Governors were able to attend the wonderful open day hosted by Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) on its 200th birthday (21st October). From information stands and interactive session to tours of high-tech operating theatres, it was a tremendously enjoyable day and attracted hundreds of current and former patients, staff and trainees. Well done to the MREH organising team and all the staff on a splendid occasion.
It was also a real privilege for me to attend another wonderful event in October, when HRH Prince Harry made a private visit to Ward 83 at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on 20th October. This was in his capacity as Patron of the WellChild charity, which funds a specialist nurse caring for children on this ward. You'll hear more about the visit in December as it will be featured in a special programme on ITV.
I look forward to seeing many of you over the coming weeks, including at our Winter Governor Development Lunches in December. In the meantime do please contact me if I can assist you in your role at any time, on 0161 276 8661 or at email@example.com.
MRI therapist to trial innovative new technology for stroke rehabilitation
A speech and language therapist from Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) has won a prestigious National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship to trial a new web based app for stroke rehabilitation patients, developed as a result of patient feedback.
The study, led by therapist Claire Mitchell, will pilot an app called ReaDySpeech that Claire developed with funding from the Trust.
Two awards for Saint Mary's bereavement services
The bereavement team at Saint Mary's are winners in this year's national Butterfly Awards, in the categories of 'Best Hospital Bereavement Service' and 'Medical Professional'. The Awards were given to specialist midwives Emma Lane and Vicky Holmes and consultant obstetrician Dr Alex Heazell.
The Butterfly Awards recognise families for the strength and courage they have shown during the loss of a baby, and professionals for the work they do supporting families through this loss.
Trafford hearing specialist named Audiologist of the Year
Trafford General hearing specialist Greg Nassar has been named Audiologist of the Year 2014, fighting off stiff competition to become the first NHS professional to win the prestigious award. He was nominated by patient Lynn Chipperfield who expressed how Greg had gone above and beyond to ensure her daughter got the best care possible.
Our Charity News
Michelle Makes Promise to Patients
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity (RMCH Charity) is delighted to announce Manchester's very own Michelle Keegan as the charity's newest patron.
The former Coronation Street star first got involved with the hospital in 2013 when she fronted RMCH Charity's Big T-Break campaign. Michelle has now pledged her support to the charity by becoming an official patron, taking time out of her busy schedule to meet with patients at the hospital.
Christmas Carols in the City
Governors are invited to join us for our first ever Christmas Carols in the City at Manchester Cathedral from 7pm on Thursday 18th December.
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity patrons and choirs from Manchester High School, Manchester Grammar School and Withington Girls School will help to get you into the festive spirit and set the scene for Christmas at this song filled evening.
Governors can buy two tickets at the discounted rate of £8 per ticket, from the charity offices located in the children's atrium or at Citylabs (a Trust ID badge will be required at time of purchasing.) For further information please contact the events team on 0161 276 4522 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also buy general admission tickets online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-carols-in-the-city-brought-to-you-by-rmch-charity-tickets-12632111987?aff=es2&rank=6
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