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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




Our News



New Non-Executive Director - Chris McLoughlin

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.

Chris McLoughlin

Awards for CMFT's Human Resources teams

Two of CMFT's HR teams have won awards recently:

  • The E-Rostering team won the Award for bringing the Patient to the Centre of Workforce Planning and Delivery', at the Allocate Awards 2015
  • The First Steps Day Nursery has achieved a gold award in an assessment by Manchester City Council which looked at leadership and management, care, learning and development, inclusion (supporting children with additional needs) and partnership with parents and the wider community.

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 doctors launches

An 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 medicine

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 Oxford.

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 RMCH.

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Our Charity News



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 injured patients.

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 possible.

To learn more about the Helipad Appeal and how to get involved, go to or

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New website for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity

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:

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 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).



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Governor Diary Dates



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 public)

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Nowgen Centre, Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9WU

Tues 10th Nov

Youth Forum

6.00 pm- 7.00 pm

Weds 18th Nov

Governor Performance Review Meeting

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Weds 18th Nov

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 Event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Mon 7th Dec

Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tues 8th Dec

Governor Development Session (Chairman's Winter Development Event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Tues 8th Dec

Youth Forum

6.00 pm- 7.00 pm

Fri 18th Dec

Patient Experience Working Group

1.00 pm - 3.00 pm



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