Welcome to the September e-bulletin which gives Governors news
and information about our organisation and what is going on in the
You should have now received the updated version of 'Your
Statutory Duties: A reference guide for NHS Foundation Trust
Governors' issued by Monitor which reflects the new roles and
responsibilities of governors as set out in the Health and Social
Care Act 2012.
Some of you attended the recent Governors' Board Up-date Meeting
and following your request received a briefing about CQUINs
(Commissioning for Quality and Innovation) - the payment framework
which enables commissioners to reward excellence, by linking a
proportion of English healthcare providers' income to the
achievement of local quality improvement goals.
We have just held our latest round of Divisional Consultant
Meetings. At these meetings consultants have been in discussions
around the development of the new performance figures which will
show the performance of individual consultants. This is a
development of work started by Heart Surgeons in recent
years. Consultants are now working and looking at ideas as to
what these will be and how they will be developed.
As you are aware, this year's Annual Members' Meeting
takes place on Tuesday 1st October between 1.00 - 4.00
pm in the Nowgen Centre on Grafton Street (MRI). Board
presentations will begin at 1.30 pm and from 2.30 pm there is a
valuable opportunity for you to speak and engage with the members
who elected you to represent them. The theme this year is
Proud to Care for You with staff running information stands about
the innovative and high quality care provided by all our hospitals
and community services and I look forward to seeing you there.
You should have all received a copy of our Foundation Focus
Newsflash which features Agimol Pradeep who you may recall
presented to you at our recent Governor Development Sessions
(Summer Lunch Events) about raising awareness of the Organ Donation
and Transplantation programme in South Asian communities. Two
of our Governors (Ivy and Richard) also share their personal
transplant experiences in this edition.
A copy of our latest newsletter and past editions can be found
on our Foundation Trust News webpage
Another date of note in October is the 16th October
when it will be our next Council of Governors' Meeting and I hope
to see you there.
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
Trust Appointed as the Local Branch of the NIHR
Clinical Research Network
It has just been announced that we are one of just 15 NHS
Trusts/FoundationTrusts in England to
be appointed to run a local branch of the National Institute for
Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research
delivery arm of the NHS. It provides funding to hospitals and
surgeries to pay for research nurses, scans, X-rays and other costs
associated with carrying out clinical research in the NHS.
Since April, the NIHR Clinical Research Network has been
carrying out a rigorous selection process to identify the NHS
Trusts/Foundation Trusts to run its 15 local branches across
The process was open to all NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts in
As the chosen Trust for the Greater Manchester area, we will be
awarded a five year contract from the Department of Health through
the NIHR, and will take responsibility for distributing £19 million
of funding per year, to support clinical research across the whole
Nursing and Midwifery Conference
At the beginning of September hundreds of nurses and midwives
came together to celebrate the launch of the recently developed
values and behavioural framework which is being introduced to
ensure a consistent caring approach by all our 5,000 nurses and
Last year our nurses and midwives developed their core values
and commitments to deliver great care with dignity and
compassion. During 2013 they have developed a behavioural
framework to ensure the delivery of those values and to support
them in holding each other to account.
This framework was launched at the 2nd Annual
Nursing & Midwifery Conference "The Art and the Science of
Nursing and Midwifery practice".
Also announced on the day were the six winners of our own
internal GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Awards. These are new
awards which have been introduced to recognise our nursing and
midwifery colleagues across the organisation.
Further details: /media-centre/latest-news/commitmenttocaring
Genetic Test Speeds up Diagnosis for Children with
A blood test for children born with cataracts will allow faster
diagnosis and more personalised treatment, according to researchers
The team, from the Centre for Genomic Medicine a collaboration
between our Trust and The University of Manchester, have developed
a test that checks all genes known to cause congenital cataracts
using just one blood sample.
For further details:
Our Approach to the Environment Is
We have launched the first electric car charging points on
The new charging points provide a dedicated bay for owners to
charge their vehicles for a fixed hourly rate, typically costing no
more than £6 to fully charge in 3 to 4 hours. This is around three
times faster than charging at home from a domestic plug socket. The
two points will form part of an infrastructure of over 200 bays
across Greater Manchester.
In association with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), the
Trust installed two electric vehicle charging bays in the
Hathersage Road multi-story car park. This, along with government
grants currently available of up to £5,000 for electric vehicle
owners means that the conversion to electric is not only helping
the environment but also proves cost effective.
Claire Igoe, Trust Sustainability Lead said: "Electric vehicles
produce around 40% less carbon dioxide than similar petrol or
diesel vehicles. With the installation of this charging point and
plans to install more I hope more staff will consider purchasing an
For more information on the charging bays, please contact ECOteam@cmft.nhs.uk. The
Operational Policy can be found at
Photo: Electric vehicle owner, Clare Mumby, Medical Registrar in
Diabetes and Endocrinology
New Staff Benefit to Launch on 1st October
Saving the easy way, directly from salary
We have been working with Manchester Credit Union (MCU) to
introduce a way for staff to access savings, affordable loans and a
range of insurance products.
Manchester Credit Union is a non-profit making, financial
co-operative owned and controlled by its members - these are the
people who invest their money with MCU.
MAHSC E-bulletin Issue 3 Out
The Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) e-bulletin
is now out.
This issue includes the latest research, education and clinical
care news from across the MAHSC partnership, as well as a
The newsletter can be found at:
Shingles Q&A for healthcare
Shingles is a common disease that can cause long-lasting, severe
pain. It can cause permanent disability, and it occurs more
frequently in those over 70 years old, who are also more likely to
have worse symptoms
It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox -
A universal routine herpes zoster (shingles) vaccination
programme for adults aged over 70 years will start in September
2013. The aim of the universal vaccination programme is to reduce
the incidence and severity of shingles disease in older people.
For further details:
More than 5,000 patients carry out hospital
Patient-led hospital inspections to improve food, cleanliness
and dignity sees every eligible trust taking part in the voluntary
Since April, teams of patient inspectors have carried out more
than 4,600 ward inspections across the country covering things that
matter most to patients - being treated in a clean, safe
environment, tasty nutritious food, and high standards of privacy
Early examples show that the inspections are particularly
helpful for seeing hospitals through older patients' eyes. Changes
are already being seen as a result of the inspections.
Sporting Event Thank You
This year, our sporting events participants raised over £200,000
to support treatment, care and research at our hospitals, helping
us to make lives a little easier for our patients and their
families. With this in mind, we wanted to say thank you for
all their hard work and celebrate what they had achieved
All sporting event participants were invited along to
Manchester's stunning Victoria Baths for an evening of recognition
where everyone received their own personalised medal.
The events taken part in this year by our amazing and dedicated
supporters included, the Greater Manchester Run, Swim and Cycle;
the Great North Run and Swim; the Greater Manchester Marathon; the
London Marathon and various other marathons around the country.
Once again, well done and thank you to all those who supported
Tina Urges Ladies to Wiggle for Women to Help
Actress Tina O'Brien is encouraging women from across the North
West to get their wiggle on, in aid of the High Dependency
Unit at Saint Mary's Hospital.
Former Coronation Street star Tina, who has a four-year old
daughter Scarlett, believes that this is a project very much worth
supporting. She says:
"All new mothers will know the anxiety, as well as the
excitement, that comes with waiting for the arrival of a new baby.
For mothers who are also ill themselves, the strain must be
enormous, hoping that all will be well with their baby and that
they will be able to care for them themselves.
"Wiggle for Women will raise funds to help support these women
when they are at their most vulnerable. A Zumbathon is a great way
to have fun with your friends while raising money for this most
worthwhile cause and I would urge women throughout the region,
whether or not they have a child themselves, to take part and raise
much needed funds for Saint Mary's Hospital Charity."
Further information and photos from all Charity Team events and
activities can be found on our family website www.cmftcharity.org.uk or
the Children's Hospital website www.rmchcharity.org.uk.
Find Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity on Facebook or
follow on Twitter @RMCHcharity.
Find Saint Mary's Hospital Charity on Facebook or follow on
Alternatively, feel free to contact the team on 0161 276
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