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:
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:
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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: 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).
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