Welcome to September's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS..
Elections have recently been held for seven public
governors and two staff governors. In the City of Manchester
constituency Jayne Bessant, Sue Webster and Margaret Parkes were
successfully re-elected after serving on the Council of Governors
since it was established. We also welcome three new governors Helen
Scott, Dave Brown and Owen Henderson. Lynne Richmond was elected in
the Greater Manchester constituency and we have two new staff
governors, Susan Turner and Erica McInnis.
Martin Rathfelder and Roy Walters are leaving us but I would
like to take this opportunity of thanking them both for their
commitment and support throughout their term of office.
Our Annual Members Meeting is approaching. It takes place
on Tuesday 27th September 2011
from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. The theme is "Stay Well" in Education
South (Postgraduate Centre). Presentations will be from 1.30 pm to
2.30 pm. We would appreciate your support on the day as it will
provide an opportunity to welcome our new governors. Also, voting
will take place on consituional chages. I would like to thank the
Membership sub-group of governors who have worked with us on the
I haven't been a patient for years. Then two hospital spells
came along in August. They have taken me out of circulation but
gave me a great opportunity to see things as our patients see it.
The experience was very reassuring. The medical and nursing care
that I and my fellow patients received was really excellent. I
found the meals fine because the meal attendant took time over
serving meals with care. Yes, of course I did have a short list of
things we can improve but the most irritating was to see so many
fit and active visitors abusing our blue badge disability parking.
I really can recommend the Trust. It would be awful if I
If there is anything I can do to assist you in your role as a
Governor, please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at email@example.com
NHS: More hospitals will lose wards, managers
They issued the warning after David Cameron gave the go-ahead
for the first major hospital units to be shut under the Coalition.
Mr Cameron, when in opposition, promised to halt Labour's plans to
close Chase Farm in Enfield, north London, calling them "completely
unjustifiable." But as disclosed by The Daily Telegraph, Andrew
Lansley, the Health Secretary, has confirmed that Chase Farm will
lose its accident and emergency and maternity units. Downing Street
said that it had "sadly" concluded after "new evidence" that the
plan should go ahead.
Local Conservative MPs attacked the plan, but Mike Farrar, the
chief executive of the NHS Confederation which represents
hospitals, made it clear that similar decisions needed to be taken
2,000 nursing places have been
The Labour party used Freedom of Information requests to
discover there were 29,332 students in 2010 compared to 27,410 this
year. Labour said London and the West Midlands lost 400 and
509 places respectively.
Shadow Health Secretary John Healey said: ''David Cameron
promised to protect the NHS but these cuts to the funding of
important university courses will mean fewer nurses and midwives in
the years to come - and all the while, the Prime Minister continues
to waste millions on his reorganisation of the NHS bureaucracy.
Having railroaded their Health Bill through the House of Commons
and with signs of strains emerging across the health service, it is
becoming clearer by the week that you can't trust the Tories with
A Department for Health spokeswoman said: ''As a result of the
Government's decision to protect the NHS budget, near record
numbers of nurses and midwives are working in the NHS. "
Healthy start as Moston clinic pioneers 'dial-a-GP'
A GP surgery in Manchester is one of first in the country to
test a system where patients first discuss symptoms with their
doctor over the phone. Bosses at the Simpson Medical Practice, in
Moston, say the trial means they can help three times as many
people every day. Patients are first offered advice over the
telephone, but a doctor may then decide a face-to-face consultation
Dr Washik Parkar, from the practice, said the scheme was
speeding up the treatment process and freeing up appointments for
people with more serious conditions.
Previously, doctors at the Moston Lane centre would only have
time to see around 20 patients per day - but now they are able to
help up to 60.
Dr Parkar, the practice's clinical lead, said: "I can deal with
about three patients in the same time it would take to see one. We
want to ease the pressure on the frontline and this system seems to
be helping. It could potentially have massive implications
Health reforms 'threaten future of NHS', claims leading Manchester
A top Manchester doctor has hit out at plans to reform the
NHS saying it could lead to chaos. Raymond Tallis, emeritus
professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester,
has spoken out to warn the government's planned shake-up could ruin
decades of progress. Professor Tallis, 64, from Bramhall
in Stockport, fears the Health and Social Care Bill could open the
way to privatisation of care and an American-style health
He has written to the British Medical Association and senior
politicians to voice his concerns and urge health secretary Andrew
Lansley to reconsider the proposals.
He said: "The bill is a mass of flaws and I am not alone in
regarding it as a threat to the very future of the NHS. An
American-style health service would be inefficient and serve all
but the well-off very badly. It will create a chaotically muddled
system of management with a cat's cradle of lines of
responsibility. The involvement of a multitude of health
entrepreneurs will add to the chaos.
CQC praises services at Manchester Royal Infirmary
We have now received the written feedback from the Care Quality
Commission (CQC) following an unannounced review visit at
Manchester Royal Infirmary on 24th June 2011. The
report found that Manchester Royal Infirmary is meeting all the
essential standards of quality and safety that the CQC
We are really pleased with the outcome of the review and in
particular with the feedback from patients. Comments such as "the
staff are brilliant" and "the staff are kind, considerate and
always willing to help" are testament to our passion and
determination to deliver excellent patient care.
The visit focused on our compliance with essential outcomes
relating to supporting staff and dietary requirements and how well
Manchester Royal Infirmary is meeting them.
Gill Heaton, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Services said:
"We are really pleased with the findings of the CQC in its review
of compliance and we are particularly proud of the positive
comments and feedback our staff and services have received from our
Families put the art back into our state of the
art Newborn Intensive Care Unit
Families from across the region whose children were born
prematurely or poorly have worked with staff on the Newborn
Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Mary's Hospital for over a year
to help improve the surroundings for other families.
After moving into the new Saint Mary's in July 2009, families
welcomed the fact that the new unit was full of state of the art
equipment and it was much bigger and brighter than in the old
hospital. However, staff soon realised that whilst the new
unit ensured we could provide babies from across the region with
the best possible care, the size and the clinical setting meant it
was sometimes overwhelming to the families visiting it. It
was after Sue Emms spent time here with her son, Dillon, that she
approached the staff to ask if she could develop a piece of artwork
to not only provide a colourful welcome but to also offer some
words of comfort to families.
Manchester to host new
£5m arthritis research unit
Patients across the North West and beyond are set to benefit
from a new national research unit based in Manchester which will
Investigate the treatment of arthritis and other diseases affecting
the joints and muscles.
The Manchester NIHR Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) will be run
in partnership by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester. The
partners already have a highly regarded Musculoskeletal (MSK)
Research Group, and have successfully applied to the National
Institute for Health Research for almost £5 million to set up a
nationally recognised BRU to extend the group's work.
Professor Dian Donnai is awarded the European Society of
Human Genetics Education prize
Saint Mary's Hospital Professor Dian Donnai was awarded the 2011
European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) Education Award at the
annual conference in Amsterdam in June. The ESHG Education Award is
one of only two annual awards made by the Society.
The citation reads: "The ESHG wishes to recognise Professor Dian
Donnai's longstanding significant contribution to the clinical
genetic sciences, education of students and clinical geneticists
worldwide, the creation of the Manchester Dysmorphology Conferences
which have contributed significantly to strengthening the
collaboration between dysmorphologists in Europe and beyond, her
wonderful dysmorphology workshops at the ESHG meetings and her
excellent clinical genetic books."
Ongoing activities include:
Ready, Steady Ho
This year we have places available in the Heaton Park 5km Santa
Dash wish is set to take place on 11th December.
You can get into the festive spirit and can walk, jog, run or
skip the 5km route, dressed as Santa! Everyone who takes part will
be provided with a Santa suit and will receive a medal as they
cross the finish line. The minimum age to take part is
eight-years-old, so this really is a fun day for all the family! If
you fancy pushing yourself a little bit further, there is a 10km
option available! Registration costs £20, to register or find out
more please contact Clare McManmon on 0161 276 4404 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Manchester Marathon
After a 10 year absence the ultimate running challenge is back -
that's right the Greater Manchester Marathon has returned.
Thousands of runners will take part in the 26 mile 385 yard course
on 29th April 2012, starting from Stretford's Longford
Park. We have a limited number of guaranteed entry places
available, and we are interested in hearing from those with an
extra special reason for running in support of our hospitals. If
you are offered a guaranteed entry place, there is a minimum
sponsorship of £200.
To find out more about how you can join one of the flattest
marathon courses in the world and help to raise money for your
ward/department at any of our family of five hospitals then please
contact Clare on 0161 276 4404 or e-mail email@example.com
If you would like further information on how you and your staff
can get more involved then please do not hesitate to contact me or
a member of the charity team on 0161 276 4522.
Tues 27th Sept
Annual Members' Meeting
1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Wed 5th Oct
Performance Indicator Meeting
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Wed 19th Oct
Council of Governors
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Mon 24th Oct
Corporate Citizenship working group
2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Wed 2nd Nov
Staff Health & Wellbeing working group
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Tues 8th Nov
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Wed 23rd Nov
Membership working group
Fri 25th Nov
Patient Experience working group
Wed 18th Jan