GP & Partner Bulletin - August 2015

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August 2015

Welcome to the August 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


Intermediate Tier Services for Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

The Trust, as lead provider, has launched new Intermediate Tier Services for Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale on 1 September. The service, jointly commissioned by the local CCG and Rochdale Council, will be provided by over 200 staff from a variety of health and social care organisations; a unique joint partnership between the Pennine Acute Trust, Age UK Metro Rochdale (Age UK), BARDOC, Big Life Group, GP Care Services Limited, Pennine Care Foundation Trust and Rochdale Borough Council.

The new service will deliver a truly integrated health and social care model which will see these organisations working together to deliver a range of services including: intermediate care beds at Tudor Court in Rochdale and Springhill at Rochdale Infirmary, urgent care community response and home care pathway, enhanced medical and pharmacy support, and improved discharge and care navigation. These services will allow for a bespoke programme of health and social care to be designed around the needs of the individual and to be delivered in the community and in people’s homes.  

Clinical Council to be established at Trust

The Trust is establishing a new Clinical Council to act as a touchstone for the clinical voice in the Trust and to contribute to lively and constructive debate on the Trust’s strategic direction. The Clinical Council will also sense check clinical matters relevant to frontline staff. We are currently inviting nominations from clinical staff - Consultants, Nurses, Midwives / HCSWs, AHPs, Junior and Middle grade medical staff and members of clinical professions - to become members of the Council; hands on clinicians with no current management role. Further details will be made available once the nomination process is finished.

Staff Awards 2015 - Nominations sought for Patients' Choice Award

Our Staff Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions, skill, leadership, innovation and achievements of Trust staff, particularly those who not only demonstrate our Trust’s values, but who go that extra mile to make a difference to patient care and our services. Patients can nominate for the Patients' Choice Award on the Trust website. The closing date is Friday 16th October 2015.

Annual Public Meeting & Trust Expo – 24 September

The Trust Annual Public Meeting (APM) and Trust Expo will be held on Thursday 24th September from 4pm at The Sheridan Suite 371 Oldham Road, Manchester. As part of the Expo, large numbers of staff from various teams and departments across the Trust will be showcasing a range of services and displaying information about their achievements during 2014/15. The event is open to all staff, the public and our partner agencies. The Trust Expo is a great opportunity to meet with health sector colleagues and learn about our services and the Trust’s future plans.

Perfect Week in Theatres

The first two Perfect Weeks in Theatres for The Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary have proved very successful. It has enabled our staff to identity problems, issues and ‘blocks’, and find ways to improve patient care, patient experience and productivity in our theatres. An important aspect of the Perfect Weeks has been the role of Ward Theatre Liaison Officers. This is a great opportunity for staff and our healthcare colleagues to experience an area of the Trust’s work that they wouldn’t normally see. If you would like to volunteer as a WTLO for North Manchester General Hospital starting 9th Sept, or for Fairfield General Hospital starting 23rd Sept, please email or

New cardiac rehabilitation programme offered in the heart of the community

Patients in North Manchester can now access a cardiac rehabilitation programme right in the heart of their community.

The new service which has been commissioned by North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and is provided by the Trust, is for patients who have had a cardiac event ranging from a myocardial infarction (heart attack), unstable angina, angioplasty and stenting, coronary artery bypass surgery and valvular surgery.

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Trust is top recruiter of patients into lung disease study

Research nurses from the Trust have been the top recruiters nationwide over the past three months for a genetic study into interstitial lung disease. 

Fifty participants were recruited by research nurses including Denise McSorland, Dionne Dervin, Jonathon Ogor, and Paula Mulligan.  This brings the total recruitment at this Trust to a total of over 120 participants.

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Trust provides an improved service for patients undergoing gynaecology assessment

A new ultrasound service in the North Manchester General Hospital Gynaecology Assessment Unit (NGAU) has seen joint team working and has led to an improved experience for patients attending the unit.

The gynaecology assessment and radiology services at North Manchester General Hospital, which is part of this Trust, have worked jointly to provide an ultrasound scanning service for ladies who attend the NGAU with early pregnancy and gynaecological problems.

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‘A Breath of Fresh Air,’ supporting patients, improving lung health - 3 September

The Trust is hosting a free talk with Dr Georges Ng-Man-Kwong, consultant chest physician, to inform people about the treatment and service provided for patients who suffer with lung conditions.

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Cancer and You Discussion Group - 15 September

12 - 2.30pm, Friends' Meeting House, Manchester

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Is Your Ticker Tip-Top? – Free talk - 16th September

The Trust will be hosting a further ‘Medicine for Members’ event on heart disease prevention and management and the role of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team on Wednesday 16th September, 2–3 pm, at the Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital.

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The North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service - Launch Event - 21 September

For all health professionals, patients and carers involved with, or who may need to refer into palliative care services across Manchester. Come and learn about this important new service.

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Have you read the August issue of Pennine News, the Trust's monthly magazine for staff and stakeholders?