I'd like to open my monthly newsletter for Governors with a very warm welcome to our new elected and nominated Governors, who formally took up their roles at our Annual Members' Meeting (AMM) on 23rd September 2014. Congratulations to you all, and I'm sure you will make a very significant contribution to the continued development of CMFT and represent your constituents very effectively. I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank all the Governors who have left us this Autumn. Your support, energy and commitment over the years has been invaluable and I wish you all the very best in the future.
The AMM was a very successful event, as those Governors who attended and engaged with members will testify. I have thanked the Board of Directors, all the standholders and the organising team for their efforts. Feedback from the 200 plus people who attended was very positive and complimentary. And of course, I'm very grateful to Governors who spoke during the Q&A session and helped to support our Membership stand afterwards. You can see the photos of the event here
Another special event this month was the official opening of the new Citylabs biomedical centre of excellence by Chancellor George Osborne. CMFT is a partner in the £25 million redevelopment of the former Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
Research is at the heart of our vision, and Citylabs provides a great opportunity to work with research and innovation companies to develop medical technology and products which can be made rapidly available to our patients.
Looking ahead, we have further reason to celebrate, as 21st October 2014 is the 200th birthday of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH). Governors are in the process of being invited to come along to an Open Day at MREH on the 21st. You will be able to visit a wide range of interactive stands, covering clinical trials, a demonstration of visual illusions and virtual reality eyewear, a history of the Eye Bank, and, demonstrations of eye conditions using simulation spectacles. You can also take a tour of the operating theatres, where staff will explain how certain surgical instruments are used on a daily basis and how they have progressed through the history of the hospital. For more information please visit www.mreh200.org.uk
Turning to national issues, both the major political parties have announced health policies which seem to be guaranteeing that there will not be cuts in NHS funding. This is currently receiving extensive coverage both in the Press and Media.
Several of the current challenges facing the NHS will be discussed at the Council of Governors meeting on 15th October 2014, and I look forward to seeing you all then. Do please get in touch if I can assist you in your role as Governor at any time, on 0161 276 8661 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five blind patients to receive groundbreaking 'bionic eye' treatment
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (part of CMFT) is hosting the world's first study of whether blind patients with total central vision loss due to dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) can benefit from an artificial retina. This treatment was previously only for use in patients with the rare disease retinitis pigmentosa.
Funding award will improve care for Manchester patients undergoing surgery
A team at Manchester Royal Infirmary has secured funding from the Regional Innovation Fund to improve care for patients undergoing major elective surgery.
The award will be used to support the introduction of a novel programme to help reduce the incidence of lung complications
Saint Mary's bereavement services nominated for a national award
The bereavement team at Saint Mary's have been shortlisted in this year's national Butterfly Awards, in the categories of 'Best Hospital Bereavement Service' and 'Medical Professional'.
The Butterfly Awards recognise families for the strength and courage they have shown during the loss of a baby, and professionals for the work they do supporting families through this loss. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in October.
Our Charity News
Rugby's Danny Cipriani Opens Children's Rehabilitation Centre
In August, Sale Sharks' Danny Cipriani joined us to open the newly enhanced rehabilitation centre at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Thanks to a generous donation of £40,000 from the Wooden Spoon Charity, the Lime Arts team at the hospital were able to redesign the physiotherapy gymnasium and associated treatment rooms.
The artwork features a wide range of animals showing off their sporting skills, for example, a penguin on a surfboard and an elephant on a trampoline. All of the designs have been worked through with patients and physiotherapy staff, to help engage the children in physiotherapy tasks in a more colourful stimulating way. Some of the artworks are magnetic with animals that children can move - there are also wordplay and floor games.
Big Chill Swim
Have you or your family been inspired by the Ice Bucket Challenge and are you looking for an even cooler challenge? Why not consider taking part in the Big Chill Swim in Salford!
On 6th December 2014, you could be putting on your swimsuit and getting in to Dock 8 to swim one of four distances in support of one of our family of hospitals.
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Please note when attending Trust meetings that work has started on the extension to the Grafton Street multi-storey car park. The disabled/accessible spaces which were on the surface car park at Grafton Street have been reallocated inside the multi-storey car park. This is a 15-month project, and the Trust apologies for any inconvenience it may cause.