GP & Partner Bulletin

Pulse 2

 

December 2017

Welcome to the December issue of Pulse The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust's GP and partner bulletin. Each issue will round up the latest news from inside the Trust and present it in this e-newsletter. If you would like to make any comments about this issue or if you have any suggestions for future content then please email the editor

HEADLINE NEWS

Future of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust's Services

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAHT) currently runs four hospitals and associated community services in North Manchester, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale boroughs.

An effective arrangement for the long term management and ownership of Pennine Acute's services is essential to support the future clinical and financial sustainability of acute hospital and community services across Greater Manchester.

NHS Improvement (NHSI), the sector regulator for health services in England and the statutory vendor of Pennine Acute Trust (as a non-Foundation Trust Hospital), has now outlined its proposal for the North Manchester General Hospital site to be acquired by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) to acquire the Oldham, Bury and Rochdale hospital sites to join its group of healthcare services, called the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.

This decision follows discussions and views taken from Pennine Acute Trust's commissioners and the legal process is now beginning.

The first meeting of a Board, which will oversee the process took place on 28 November 2017. Jon Rouse, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Chief Officer, chairs the Board and the membership comprises senior representatives from NHSI, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, PAHT, SRFT, MFT, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, and all CCGs and local authorities on the current Pennine Acute footprint.

The Board will ensure that staff, key stakeholders and bodies are appropriately engaged by the relevant organisations.

Under pressure Oldham A&E doctors urge public to think carefully and Choose Well this winter

Doctors from The Royal Oldham Hospital are encouraging people to think carefully before attending A&E and to consider which health service to use this winter as the number of people attending A&E is increasing significantly due to the cold weather.

By choosing the right service, patients will get the best treatment in the shortest possible time, whilst keeping emergency health services available for emergencies and life-threatening conditions.

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CQC Update from Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive

I want to thank all staff across our Care Organisations following what has been a very busy few weeks during which the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been visiting our sites, wards and departments.

CQC inspectors arrived on 17 October to undertake a comprehensive inspection.  They met with staff, patients and relatives, and carried out numerous site visits and looked in depth at our systems, procedures and leadership arrangements.  Amanda Stanford, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, has provided some initial feedback, which I want to share with you.

Her overwhelming message was that there have been significant improvements compared with two years’ ago and that we are on a clear journey of transformation. She was positive about our energy, determination and purpose to make the improvements we all want for our patients, their families and for each other as employees.

She was positive about the creation of our Care Organisations which have strengthened our leadership teams, enabled quicker decision making and meant a more positive, approach to staff engagement.  The CQC has noticed a ‘sea change’ in our culture, although they recognise this will take some time to bed-in.

I was really pleased to hear that staff on the whole feel more listened to and feel our culture is more open and transparent. We know we want to provide more opportunities for people to get involved in our quality improvement ‘learning collaboratives’ and put their ideas into action to improve services.

One issue which clinical staff raised as a continued frustration was the reliability of our IT systems. I completely understand that we have to address many years of under investment. This is a priority for the Board where, in addition to preparing a programme of upgrades and renewals, we will be transferring the IT ‘know-how’ from Salford Royal.

Many thanks to all of you who shared your views with the CQC.  It is hugely important that staff feel that they are at the heart of our journey of improvement and transformation, and feel able to recommend our hospitals as either a place to receive care or a place to work.  

It is unwise to speculate the outcome or rating of the CQC inspection. What I do know, is that collectively we took the opportunity to show what we can do to drive improvements where needed and to make our Care Organisations the best they can be.  The CQC will now take a number of months to pull together its formal report and engage with us through a period of factual accuracy in late January. We hope to be in a position to feedback and confirm a publication date in February.

This has been very much your inspection. Everyone has taken the opportunity to be open and honest.  You have every right to feel proud of what you do and the positive changes you have made.

On behalf of the Board and my senior leadership team, I really want to thank you again for your contribution and your positive response to this inspection.  And also, more importantly, for everyone’s continued hard work and willingness to be open to change and to make a difference.  

Thank you.

Sir David Dalton

Group Chief Executive 

The Royal Oldham Hospital League of Friends donate bladder scanner to acute medical unit

A generous donation by a group set up specifically to support patients and visitors at The Royal Oldham Hospital has seen a department invest in a new piece of clinical equipment.

The Royal Oldham Hospital League of Friends donated £6,500 to the acute medical unit (AMU) to fund a BARD bladder scanner.

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Trust urges people in Oldham, Bury, Rochdale & North Manchester to give blood this December

The Trust is urging people in Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester to give blood this December to ensure blood stocks stay healthy over Christmas.

We are supporting NHS Blood and Transplant’s call to blood donors to make and keep a date to donate in the run up to Christmas. Donors who need to cancel are asked to give three days’ notice so the slot can be opened up to someone else.

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New North Manchester community neuro rehabilitation service is praised by patients

A new community neuro rehabilitation team has been launched to deliver a service to North Manchester residents.

Funded by Manchester Healthcare Commissioning Team, the service started in September 2017 and is based at Charlestown Health Centre, which is part of the North Manchester Care Organisation.

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Pennine News December Edition Published

The December edition of the Trust's monthly magazine Pennine News has now been published.

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Lee’s epic cycle ride will benefit patients at Rochdale Infirmary

Everything in a specialist ward garden at Rochdale Infirmary will hopefully be coming up rosy thanks to a generous donation.

Dr Lee Harkness, a senior clinical psychologist, who works in the NHS, has donated £1,700 to the Oasis Unit which is a 10 bed facility for patients who have an acute medical condition that need admission to hospital, but who are also living with dementia.

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Trust Consultant opens a first-of-its-kind sensory space in southern Cambodia, to enhance medical and nursing care for children and young people

Dr Bratati Bose-Haider, consultant paediatrician at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury has jointly opened a first-of-its-kind facility that will provide valuable support for children and young people attending a children’s centre in Sihanoukville, southern Cambodia.

This is the second SicKids Sensory Space to open, after the first was unveiled at North Manchester General Hospital in September 2017.

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EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY

Maggies Centre, Talk & Tour

31 January 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00  

Location

Oldham

Venue

Maggies Centre, TROH

Category

Foundation Trust Events

Description

An opportunity to look round the Maggie's Centre, in the grounds of the Royal Oldham Hospital.  The Centre opened in June last year in in partnership with Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer. 

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

01706 517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk

A free talk on the End PJ paralysis movement

13 February 2018 from 14:30 to 15:30  

Venue

Education Centre, Rochdale Infirmary, OL12 0NB

Category

Foundation Trust Events

Description

A free talk on the End PJ paralysis movement, which goes hand in hand with the last 1000 days by challenging the historic culture that once a patient arrives in hospital they should be in their pyjamas in a hospital bed.  

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

01706 517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk

Crumpsall Vale Intermediate care Unit - Talk & Tour

20 February 2018 from 14:00 to 15:00  

Venue

Crumpsall Vale, Intermediate Care Unit, NMGH

Category

Foundation Trust Events

Description

An opportunity to view the new Crumpsall Vale Intermediate Care Unit at North Manchester General Hospital.

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

01706 517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk

Sepsis Talk

22 March 2018 from 14:00 to 15:00  

Venue       

Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2

Description

A free talk to learn more about Sepsis, a life threatening condition that causes more deaths in adults per year that prostate cancer, HIV and breast cancer combined.

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

01706 517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk

 
 

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