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Chairman's Bulletin October 2015

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Members' meeting at the end of September.  More than 200 staff, Governors and members of the public came along to find out more about our performance over the past 12 months as well as our future plans.  This was followed by a question and answer session where members of the audience had the opportunity to ask questions of the Board of Directors.  The event was a huge success and personally it was great to see so many of you there.

At the meeting we also formally announced the outcome of the recent elections to the Council of Governors and I would like to welcome the following newly elected/nominated Governors:

  • Thomas Marsh (Public - Manchester)
  • Mike Molete (Public - Manchester)
  • Christine Turner (Public - Trafford)
  • Cheryl Rivkin (Public - Trafford)
  • Nik Barstow (Public - Trafford)
  • Theresa Clegg (Staff - Nursing & Midwifery).
  • Mariam Naseem - Nominated Governor (Youth Forum).

Finally, the new Lead Governor is Dave Edwards (Public Governor - Greater Manchester).  Welcome to everyone and it was great to meet some of you at the induction meeting at the beginning of this month and I hope you found the induction training useful too.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you also to those Governors who attended the recent Council of Governors' Meeting (14th October).  The meeting proved to be very lively and vibrant with fantastic discussions around the presentations that were given on the forthcoming CQC visit and the Greater Manchester Devolution Agreement.

I'd like to welcome new Non-Executive Director Chris Mcloughlin who took up post on 26th October.  She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge (see her profile for more details) and we look forward to working with her.

On the subject of devolution, across Greater Manchester the devolution partners - that is the NHS and councils - have been working together to draft their visions (known as locality or place based plans) for their areas for the next five years.

In a move never seen before on this scale they've already agreed to pool £2.8 billion of money; over a third of the overall budget. This means health and social care services increasingly won't be designed and contracted separately but as one single service, making it much easier for the people using them.

All organisations have been asked to work together to come up with radical ideas to transform the way they work together across the whole of the city.  By working together this should ensure Greater Manchester achieves the Health and Social Care system it needs by 2020.

The Trust successfully delivered the A&E standard in Quarter 2 and is gearing up for the expected seasonal growth in demand.  To help prepare for this, CMFT ran a 'perfect week' from 12th October.  The key outcomes of this were as follows:

  • A&E attendances in Q3 to date 6.2% up on the same period as last year
  • After the week, the quarterly A&E 4 hour standard performance was 1.5% better than the same period last year
  • On the first day (12th October), the starting position for the MRI was the most challenged since Q4.  After the week, the following Monday started with the best Monday since Q1
  • Performance for the week following was the best since the end of June 2015
  • Reduction in the time patients were waiting in Emergency Department
  • Increased number of beds available on AMU and ESTU in the morning to help admissions
  • Increased usage of the discharge lounge
  • More patients seen in the Community Assessment Unit.

Talking of demand, I have taken the bold and unusual step of writing direct to the Prime Minister David Cameron about the difficulties the Trust is facing in recruiting qualified international nurses.  Earlier this year CMFT identified over 250 high quality, Indian nurses to work at the Trust but due to the complexities of the immigration process we have only managed to place a handful.  I am determined to do all I can to raise awareness of this issue and to reduce the reliance on agencies to provide staff.

We are in the final stages of preparation for the CQC visit in early November.  The CQC want to hear from as many people as possible about their experiences of CMFT, so please look on our website for details of listening events that you might be able to attend.  Alternatively, you can speak to an inspector privately on 03000 616161.

If you have any questions about any of the topics I have mentioned in this bulletin please do not hesitate to get in touch at any time on 0161 276 8661 or email me at steve.mycio@cmft.nhs.uk.