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Welcome to the September e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our organisation and what is going on in the NHS.

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


Our News



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/FoundationNIHRTrusts 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 England.

The process was open to all NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts in the region.

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 area.

Further details:


Nursing and Midwifery Conference 2013

Nursing 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 midwives.

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 Cataracts

A blood test for children born with cataracts will allow faster diagnosis and more personalised treatment, according to researchers from Manchester.

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: /media-centre/latest-news/genetic-test-speeds-up-diagnosis-for-children-with-cataracts

Our Approach to the Environment Is Electrifying!Electric Car 2

We have launched the first electric car charging points on site.

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 electric vehicle".

For more information on the charging bays, please contact 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 2013

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 Nowmahsc

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 Director's update.

The newsletter can be found at:



NHS News



Shingles Q&A for healthcare professionals

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 - varicella zoster.

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 inspections

Patient-led hospital inspections to improve food, cleanliness and dignity sees every eligible trust taking part in the voluntary programme.

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 and dignity.

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.

For further details:



Our Charity News



Sporting Event Thank You Evening

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 together.

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 us!

Tina Urges Ladies to Wiggle for Women to Help Poorly Mums-to-Be
Tina Obrien

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 or the Children's Hospital website

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 Twitter @StMarysHosp.

Alternatively, feel free to contact the team on 0161 276 4522.

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Governor Diary Dates




Tuesday 1st Oct Annual Members' Meeting

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 8th Oct Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 16th Oct Council of Governors' Meeting

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 21st Oct Corporate Citizenship Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Weds 30th Oct Staff Health & Wellbeing Working Group

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 11th Nov Public Board of Directors' Meeting

1.00 pm

Monday 18th Nov Governors' Trust Board Update Meeting

11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Weds 20th Nov Membership Working Group

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Weds 4th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Weds 27th Nov Performance Indicator Group

11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Friday 6th Dec Patient Experience Working Group

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Tuesday 10th Dec Youth Forum

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Weds 11th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Tues 17th Dec Governor Development (Winter Lunch Event)

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm



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