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
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
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
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
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
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:
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 email@example.com.
New Non-Executive Director - Chris
Chris initially worked as a nurse in Manchester Royal Infirmary
in the 1980s and subsequently became a social worker based in a
community team in central Manchester. She held a number of
key leadership roles in Manchester City Council in Children and
Family Services from 1992-2009.
She joined Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in 2009 as
Director for Social Care and Health. Since October 2012,
Chris has been the Director for Safeguarding and Prevention,
responsible for the multiagency Safeguarding Children's
Unit and all Integrated Children's Services including Social Care,
Health, Youth Offending , Drug and Alcohol services for young
people, parent support and Early Intervention teams
She is also currently Chair of Greater Manchester Teaching
Partnership and represents the GM Directors of Children's Services
on the GM Mental Health Executive and also the GM Justice
& Rehabilitation Executive.
Awards for CMFT's Human Resources teams
Two of CMFT's HR teams have won awards recently:
As well as the HR teams other teams across the Trust have been
shortlisted for HSJ awards under the categories of Improving
Environmental and Social Sustainability, Patient Safety, and Using
Technology to Improve Efficiency.
Award-winning CMFT training programme for international
award-winning online CMFT training programme for doctors across
the globe has gone live across the UK.
The Induction for International Doctors programme is a web-based
educational resource led by Dr Sujesh Bansal from our Postgraduate
Medical Education Department, in partnership with
HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH).
The online training programme introduces internationally
qualified doctors, who are new to UK clinical practice, to national
ethical, social, legal and professional aspects. It is available to
all NHS employers/Royal Colleges to use for their new non-UK
qualified doctors; employed or sponsored by them.
Manchester named as centre of precision
Manchester has been named as one of six centres of excellence
for precision medicine in the UK. The other centres announced
by The Precision Medicine Catapult, the UK's innovation centre for
precision medicine, are Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and
Precision medicine is an approach where individual patients
receive the care that is most appropriate for them, taking into
account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle
for each person.
As a partner within the Northern Health Science Alliance, CMFT
and the University of Manchester are set to become part of regional
precision medicine activities within the UK-wide network.
This also supports the work of Manchester Academic Health Science
Centre, of which both organisations are members,
into discovery science and translational approaches.
The Precision Medicine Catapult will enable centres of
excellence to apply for collaborative research grants and other
funds in partnership with other organisations, and working with
industry and academia on joint projects.
As a centre of excellence, we will work on locally driven
programmes and use the network to harness the breadth of UK
expertise, developing innovative technologies and solutions for
broader use across the UK healthcare sector.
Launch of 'Parent Voices Count' A-Z Guide
A launch event took place recently in the atrium of the
Children's Hospital to promote a new A-Z guide.
The guide is a collection of hints and tips from families across
the North West, all of whom have looked after a child or young
person with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness.
The guide, written by parents for parents, aims to share ideas
between families on a number of ideas ranging from signposting to
useful services, to more practical tips.
The event was attended by the Lord Mayor of Manchester and
representatives of the parent's group, patients, and staff from
CMFT Charity launches Helipad Appeal
The CMFT Charity has launched a brand-new £3.9 million
fundraising appeal to build a dedicated helicopter landing pad on
the Trust site. This is the charity's largest fundraising
appeal since the completion of the £20m New Children's Hospital
Appeal in 2009.
The Helipad Appeal will enable the creation of a 24-hour access
primary helicopter landing site, the first in central Manchester,
enabling the Trust to save many more lives and increase the chances
of a full or improved level of recovery for many seriously ill or
Located on the roof of the new multi-storey car park on Grafton
Street, the helipad will be connected to the hospitals by a
high-level link bridge and roof top corridor.
Travelling by air ambulance rather than by road can dramatically
reduce the time it takes patients to reach major trauma or
specialist treatment centres but the Trust does not currently have
a dedicated landing pad.
Currently, we rely on a secondary landing site in a nearby park,
an arrangement which means that patients initially transported by
air ambulance must then be transferred the final mile of their
journey by land ambulance. A secondary transfer adds precious
minutes to the overall transfer time with every moment's delay
greatly increasing the risk to life.
Over the next year the Helipad Appeal will take the lead focus
of the charity's fundraising as the team look to rally support from
the whole of the North West. The Appeal ensures a stronger future
for some of the most vulnerable people who have suffered very
serious injury and those requiring the very best care as quickly as
To learn more about the Helipad Appeal and how to get involved,
go to www.cmftcharity.org.uk or
New website for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is delighted to
have launched a brand new website. The new site has improved
functionality and design to allow for a better user experience with
the charity's supporters. This is an exciting project for the
charity and we are keen to share the new designs with you.
You can view the new website here: www.rmchcharity.org.uk.
Charity Christmas Cards
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity will once again be
selling Christmas cards in the run up to Christmas. This year there
are a whopping 14 designs to choose from, with prices starting from
just £2.50 for a pack of ten. To order, please contact the
charity team on 0161 276 4522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff and patients can pick up the cards from our charity office
located in the Children's Hospital atrium (open 10am-4pm) or our
offices located in Citylabs (open 9am-5pm).
Key membership message: Care Quality
Commission (CQC) want to hear from as many people as possible about
their experiences of CMFT - visit their website.
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Trust meetings 2015
Key dates for November
Weds 4th Nov
Governor Focus Group - Care Quality Commission
11.00 am - 12.00 noon
Mon 9th Nov
Board of Directors' Meeting (open to the
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Nowgen Centre, Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9WU
Tues 10th Nov
6.00 pm- 7.00 pm
Weds 18th Nov
Governor Performance Review Meeting
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Networking Meeting - Governors & Non-Executive Directors
12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
Mon 23rd Nov
Staff Experience Working Group
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Tues 24th Nov
Governor Tour (including Trafford Hospital)
11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Weds 25th Nov
Membership Working Group
1.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Dates for the rest of the year
Tues 1st Dec
Governor Development Session (Chairman's Winter Development
12.00 noon - 1.30 pm
Mon 7th Dec
Corporate Citizenship Working Group
Tues 8th Dec
Fri 18th Dec
Patient Experience Working Group
1.00 pm - 3.00 pm