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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 proposed changes.

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 couldn't!

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


NHS News



NHS: More hospitals will lose wards, managers warn

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 elsewhere.


2,000 nursing places have been cut

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 the NHS.''

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. "



North West News



Healthy start as Moston clinic pioneers 'dial-a-GP' trial

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 is needed. 

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 nationally."


Health reforms 'threaten future of NHS', claims leading Manchester doctor

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 service.

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.



Trust News



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 reviewed. 

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 patients."


Families put the art back into our state of the art Newborn Intensive Care Unit

NICU artwork

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.



Trust News



Professor Dian Donnai is awarded the European Society of Human Genetics Education prize

Di Donnai award

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."



Membership Matters



Ongoing activities include:

  • FT DVD advert available on the Trust website and 'You Tube' -
  • You can follow us on Facebook
  • You can follow us on Twitter @CMFTNHS
  • Second Interactive Annual Members' Meeting to be held on Tuesday 27th September 2011 from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm in Education South (Postgraduate Centre).



Our Trust Charity News



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

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

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.



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Governor Diary Dates






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

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Wed 23rd Nov

Membership working group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Fri 25th Nov

Patient Experience working group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Wed 18th Jan

Performance Indicator Meeting

11.00 am - 12.30 pm



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