Statement from the Improvement Board for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Sir David Dalton
Statement from the Improvement Board for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
26 July 2016

It is recognised that for the Trust to make our services sustainable and robust for the future and to further support our staff, it requires the engagement and support of other organisations to look at a system-wide response and longer-term solutions.

The Trust is working closely with its local NHS commissioners (CCGs), local council leaders and social care colleagues as well as our regional partner agencies across Greater Manchester through a Quality Improvement Board to ensure the Trust is able to provide safe and sustainable services for local families and the communities we serve.

This Greater Manchester Improvement Board will support the Pennine Acute Trust to consider and implement a combination of immediate and long term actions to support staff and stabilise services to ensure they are safe and reliable.

Sir Howard Bernstein, Chair of the Quality Improvement Board for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

"There have been, and continue to be, a number of discussions and actions being taken around improvements and support that is needed for some of the services provided by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Health and social care organisations within Manchester and across Greater Manchester have come together through the Quality Improvement Board to provide support for some of the more pressured services.  This includes A&E, maternity services and paediatric services.

"Under the leadership of Sir David Dalton from Salford Royal NHS FT, and with the support of other organisations across Greater Manchester, a range of immediate actions are being put in place.  More activity will take place in the coming weeks to continue to ensure Pennine Acute is able to provide high quality and safe care across all of its hospitals."

Further information for editors:

Staff at the Pennine Acute Trust have been working with colleagues from Salford Royal under the leadership of Sir David Dalton to implement and embed a range of immediate actions to address some of the issues that were flagged up by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) during their formal inspection earlier this year and to stabilise some key service areas that are facing pressures due to staffing shortages.

Work is already underway to ensure maternity services are safe and sustainable through the Pennine Acute Trust’s Maternity Improvement programme and collaborative working with colleagues from Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. CMFT has been working to develop a programme of Clinical Leadership and support in order to stabilise services on the North Manchester General Hospital site.  

The recruitment and retention of maternity staff has been a major focus for Pennine Acute Trust over the last few months with the Trust recently recruiting a further 33 midwives and 25 healthcare support workers to enhance its midwifery staffing establishment, which includes over 350 midwives.