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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.

Our recent Annual Members Meeting was extremely well attended and provided a forum for members to ask questions. In addition to showcasing our services, experts were also on hand to give advice and information on helping you to prevent or manage four major conditions (heart attack, stroke, cancer and diabetes). Again, we Tweeted throughout the meeting providing an on-going snap shot of the event. One follower responded: "Congrats Manchester Hospitals @CMFTNHS now live streaming their Annual Members Meeting thru Twitter #CMFTAMM. 1 day every hosp will do this." We now have over 1,000 followers on Twitter.  .

The meeting also provided us with an opportunity to officially welcome our new governors. Elections have recently been held for four staff and seven public governors. In relation to our staff governor elections, Mary Marsden has been re-elected to our Nursing and Midwifery constituency as well as new governor Sharon Green.  We also welcome John Vincent Smyth to the Medical and Dental category and Isobel Bridges in the Non-Clinical and Support category.

Following our public governor elections, in the City of Manchester constituency, Keith Paver was successfully re-elected. We also welcome two new governors to our new Trafford constituency, Matthew Finnegan and George Devlin as well as welcoming back Malcolm Chiswick to take up his new office in this constituency. We also welcome new governor Syed Nayyer Abidi MBE and welcome back Ivy Ashworth-Crees both to the Greater Manchester constituency.  In the Rest of England and Wales constituency, Lawrence Cotter has been voted in by public members after recently retiring from the Trust.

In addition to welcoming our newly elected staff and public governors, we also are welcoming three new Nominated Governors, Julie Cheetham for Central Manchester PCT/Clinical Commissioning Board, Karen Barclay for Trafford Borough Council  and George Kissen for Trafford PCT/Clinical Commissioning Group.

Julian Wright will shortly be leaving us both as a valued member of staff and governor and I would like to take this opportunity of thanking him for his commitment and support throughout his term of office.  I would also like to say thank you to Helen Hosker and Brian Donaldson for their contributions during their term of office as Governors. 

New Governors will shortly be undertaking Governor Role Induction Training and I look forward to seeing you all at our next Council of Governors' Meeting which takes place on Wednesday, 17th October 2012 at the Nowgen Centre, MRI from 1.30 pm. 

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



Views sought on new vision for nursing
A proposed new vision for nursing, midwifery and care-giving sets out the values of compassionate care and asks how they can be developed further across health and social care. Over recent months, Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing for the Department of Health, and Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, have been talking to care givers across the country to start to understand what the new vision and strategy for nurses, midwives and care-givers should look like, and what values unite the profession.

They now want to hear your views on the issues contained in the draft vision to inform the strategy for the development of the nursing, midwifery and care-giving professions.

Your comments will influence the next steps to set a course for the nursing, midwifery and care-giving contribution to develop the culture of compassionate care and meeting health needs for the coming years.

Our own Nursing and Midwifery Strategy was launched on 3rd September - For details visit: /media-centre/latest-news/providing-'wheely'-excellent-nursing-care.aspx


New programme to ensure greater local choice of care services
The Department of Health has launched a new programme to help provide more choice and higher quality of care and support services across the country. The Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice (DCMQC) programme will help local authorities build their capacity to shape a diverse, vibrant and high quality market for social care services. The programme will improve choice, provide tailored care and focus care on the outcomes that matter to people.

This reinforces the Government's commitment in the Caring for our Future White Paper to provide support to help local authorities develop their market capacity to provide greater choice for users and drive up quality in care services. Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: "People deserve a high quality care service that meets their needs. Everyone's needs are different. We can't have a one size fits all approach. This new programme will increase choice in the care services provided to them. We want to improve the care services already in place by giving local authorities the skills to work together with their care providers and anticipate future priorities, pressures and challenges in order to tailor care for their communities."



North West News



Top doctor's plea to Government: 'Act now to stop shocking toll of alcohol on elderly'
A top doctor has called on the government to tackle boozing by elderly people after new figures showed a shocking number of drink-related hospital admissions among pensioners. More than 16,000 people aged over 65 were admitted to hospitals in Greater Manchester due to alcohol-related harm in 2010/11. It is five times more than the 3,000 young people aged 16 -24 who were admitted during the same period.

The shocking figures do not include the thousands of people who have attended A&E departments with drink-related injuries and conditions. The figures, obtained from the North West Public Health Observatory, show that Manchester had the most drink-related admissions of elderly people in the region in 2010/11. It was closely followed by Wigan and then Stockport. Oldham had the fewest.



Trust News



WellChild Doctor of the Year
WellChild AwardsThe Clinical Head of our children's hospital has had another meeting with royalty after being rewarded for exceptional contributions to sick children with a national award. Consultant Paediatric Surgeon Jim Bruce has been named as a winner in the prestigious national 2012 WellChild Awards, beating off competition from hundreds of nominations from across the UK to win the category of Best Doctor.

He was presented with his award by WellChild patron Prince Harry at a glittering ceremony in London at the beginning of September after being nominated by Brooke Taylor's family.

Mr Bruce said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been awarded the WellChild Doctor of the Year.  It is a humbling experience for which I am thankful to the many colleagues, nurses, patients and their families that have supported me. I am especially grateful to Brooke and her family for nominating me for this award."

Brooke's mum Melissa said: "Words to describe him include caring, incredibly supportive, skilled, dedicated, passionate, and inspirational and above all a real people person. We wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for Mr Bruce. He focuses on a whole family approach. It is not just about the poorly child but a parent's well-being is paramount as far as Mr Bruce is concerned. He is a true inspiration. How can you ever repay a person who saves your daughter's life?

Operation Ouch!
Operation OuchThe team behind the hugely successful ITV1's Children's Hospital have been working with us on Operation Ouch!  This project is for CBBC and is aimed at making medicine accessible for a younger audience, attempting to do for medicine what Horrible Histories has done for history.  The series is presented by Dr Chris and Dr Xand, identical twins who are also practising doctors.  Each of the ten episodes will see them explore medicine in a way it hasn't been explored before, using animation alongside real patient stories; with lots of humour along the way.  They'll show their viewers how the body works in different ways, using simple experiments in their 'Try this at home' section! The series will be broadcast on CBBC, on Wednesday 3rd October at 5.45 pm. 

Best ever results for Manchester Health Academy 
GCSE resultsStudents and staff at Manchester Health Academy in Wythenshawe (of which we are lead sponsor) this summer celebrated their best ever GCSE results since the academy opened in September 2009.

The number of students achieving 5 A*-C has leapt to 51% from 41% in 2011 and from 26% in 2009. GCSE results in English and Maths are now above 60% A*-C in both subjects which means that the Health Academy is one of the fastest improving schools in Manchester.  

The academy's principal Barry Burke said: "These results represent outstanding achievements by our students who have worked incredibly hard and exceeded all expectations and targets. Our staff have done a brilliant job to inspire, engage and support all our students and we are confident that our success will continue year on year."

Chairman Peter Mount said:  "We are very proud of these results. I would like to congratulate the students and staff who have all worked extremely hard to achieve this."

The results are just the latest in a string of successes for the Academy which has grown hugely in popularity.  Its reputation as a centre of excellence providing outstanding opportunities and support for students has meant that it has moved into a position within the top 10 most popular secondary schools in Manchester from the position of least popular occupied by the predecessor school.

The Academy's first cohort of sixth form students have now completed their National Diplomas in Sports Science and Health and have succeeded in securing places on degree courses at a range of universities as well as an advanced apprenticeship in midwifery with us as the Academy's lead sponsor. 

Physiotherapist achieves Olympic dream
One of our physiotherapists bagged the job of a lifetime when she was one of the lucky few selected from 250,000 applicants for volunteer work at this year's London Olympic Games. Lynne Howell's time was split working in the Polyclinic in the Rowing and Canoe Village and onsite at Eton Dorney, providing physiotherapy and emergency cover. Her shifts ran from 16th July until 1st August, known as 'Gold Wednesday'), with the earliest shifts starting at 5.30 am until 1.30 pm, with the later shifts running between 2.30 pm and 11.15 pm.

Eton Dorney was a very special venue to be part of, with the British team having its most successful regatta ever, with four golds, two silvers and three bronzes. Best of all, the medical room was in the best possible position, just off the finish line. Lynne said:  "To witness the raw emotions of ecstasy, shock, pain, and devastation first hand as the rowers crossed the finish line was emotional."


A New Health Deal for Trafford - Final Weeks of the Public Consultation
The 14 week consultation runs until 31st October 2012 and gives everyone in Trafford an opportunity to have their say about the proposed changes to healthcare services across Trafford.

The consultation proposal suggests the need for changes to be made to some of the services that are currently delivered out of the Trafford General Hospital site, to ensure that people receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place, and that investment can be made in developing an integrated care system. The proposed changes include:

  • The change from an A&E department to an Urgent Care Centre, which would be open between 8.00 am and midnight, with assessment and treatment of attending patients led as now, by doctors.   As the unit would in future be open for 16 hours each day (and not 24) this means that it would be designated an Urgent Care Centre.
  • On-site provision of high dependency care, but no longer intensive care.
  • Closure of the paediatric observation and assessment unit, but continuing all other children's services (ie A&E, day case, out-patients).
  • No admission to an in-patient hospital bed for patients who would require emergency surgery or of patients who are acutely ill and unstable.
  • Opening an elective orthopaedic centre of excellence. 
  • An increase in the range of day case surgery.
  • An increase in the range of out-patient services.

The consultation documents and dates of all the public events can be found at:

Further information can also be found on our website:


The Save Trafford General Group published 32 questions about the proposed changes to local health services, and in particular, services at Trafford General Hospital, on its website. The new health deal team has answered those questions, and you can find them here:



Our Trust Charity News



Celebrities Get a Grilling
Celebrity GrillingCelebrity Grilling 3, hosted by Angus Deayton, saw two teams of celebrities go head to head as they swapped their day jobs to become chefs, bar staff and waitresses at Restaurant Bar and Grill in Manchester, raising over £65,000 for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.

Team Knife (Girls Team) and Team Fork (Boys Team) were joined by celebrity Head Chef Simon Rimmer, who oversaw the action from the budding Masterchefs in the kitchen. The auction, kindly hosted by Key 103's Mike Toolan and Hugh Ferris, proved to be a huge success with 18 prizes donated. To see more images from the night visit

Kids Love Football
A football tournament and family fun day, in association with Everton Footballer Phil Neville and his wife Julie, will kick off at 11.00am on Sunday 7th October at Bowdon Club in support of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity. Kids Love Football, supported by Tesco, will include a nine-a-side football tournament, run by Shooting Stars Sports Coaching, which is open to under 11s teams, plus Tesco FA Skills will be on hand to offer expert coaching sessions.  As well as the football tournament, there will also be a family fun day. Guests will also be able to win some fabulous prizes in the raffle and tombola including fantastic toys kindly donated by Sambro International.

To register a team for the football tournament or to volunteer your time to help at the family fun day contact the charity team on 0161 276 4522 or visit

Wiggle for Women
ZumbathonOver 170 people Wiggled for Women at our three hour Zumbathon in support of Saint Mary's Hospital, which was held at the national cycling centre in Manchester.

The event began with a with an inspirational talk from charity patron Julie Neville, wife of footballer Phil Neville, who has witnessed first hand the dedication and hard work of staff at the hospital.  Participants then got into the groove in the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, and contagious steps to form a "fitness-party" To date the event has raised over £3,000 for additional equipment at the hospital. Visit to see pictures from the day



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Governor Diary Dates



Wed 17th Oct

Council of Governors' Meeting

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 22nd Oct

Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Wed 24th Oct

Performance Indicator Group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Wed 31st Oct

Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 13th Nov

Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Monday 19th Nov

Board of Directors' Meeting Update

12.00 noon - 2.00 pm

Wed 21st Nov

Membership Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 4th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Weds 5th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Friday 7th Dec

Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Weds 11th Dec

Governor Development Session (winter lunch event)

12.00 noon - 1.30 pm



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