GP & Partner Bulletin - October 2013

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October 2013

Welcome to the October issue of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust's GP / CCG 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


Foundation Trust application

The Trust will submit a formal application for Foundation Trust status in the first quarter of 2015/16 and this date has now been agreed with the Trust Development Authority. Following successful assessment by the Trust Development Authority and by Monitor the Trust should be authorised as a Foundation Trust by the end of 2015/16. The agreed timeline recognises:

  • The need for clarity from the Healthier Together programme about the shape of services across Greater Manchester
  • The need to develop the Trust’s own strategy
  • The need to achieve greater consistency of performance in some areas of the Trust
  • The need to ensure that CIPs are achieved and a balanced financial position can be met for several years ahead.

One of the preconditions of Foundation Trust authorisation is that the new Chief Inspector of Hospitals has visited the Trust and that there are no major issues to address.

Transforming theatres

As part of the Trust’s new five year Quality Strategy, unveiled last month, a major focus has started in driving up quality, efficiency and improving the patient experience in its operating theatres through a new staff-led improvement programme called “Transforming Theatres”.

Trust produces Emergency Care film in consultant recruitment drive

Senior A&E doctors at the Trust have produced a promotional film about the Trust’s emergency care services and the investment at its hospitals, as part of a recruitment drive to attract more consultants to join the Trust.

Watch the film on YouTube

New Oldham Diabetes Service rolls out self management support

The new specialist Oldham Diabetes Service is rolling out a self- management education programme for people with Type 2 Diabetes as part of its commitment to support people with Diabetes across Oldham and improve the quality of their care.

Flu campaign kicks off

A team of 100 specially trained volunteer nurses have been signed up to get the Trust's flu campaign underway. The flu link nurses will be administering the flu vaccination jab to all frontline teams at the Trust and at special pop-up staff vaccination clinics throughout the Trust’s hospitals.

Clinical and non-clinical staff including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, community health care professionals, support staff, receptionists, managers, catering, clerical staff and Trust volunteers have all been encouraged to have their free flu jab over the coming weeks.

Trust gets thumbs up for new way to hear patient views

The Trust has introduced a new scheme whereby patients can grade the service they have received in its Accident and Emergency departments at North Manchester, Oldham and Bury, and the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at Rochdale Infirmary, by use of a token scoring box.

Stroke services update

The 6 September saw the reconfiguration of acute stroke services within the Trust. The changes were part of the plans to reconfigure stroke services across the City of Manchester and to improve and refine the care stroke patients receive.

Radiology department North Manchester

The Radiology department at North Manchester General Hospital is now located in the Phase 1 (H Block) following considerable refurbishment during 2012.

Cancer Services newsletter

The autumn edition of the Trust's Cancer Services newsletter has now been published. Inside this issue are articles about living with and beyond cancer; launch of cancer buddy scheme; local voice at national level; transforming end of life care; raising the profile of ovarian cancer; local voice at national level; and Sage and Thyme communication skills course.

Consultant in paediatric emergency medicine wins prestigious national award

Dr Andrew Rowland, who is based at North Manchester General Hospital, was awarded the Liz Molyneux prize by the Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine for his presentation of the Emergency Department’s research into a paediatric observation priority score.

The prize is awarded annually to the person delivering the highest-scoring presentation of original research work at the Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine annual meeting.

GCA pilot launched in North Manchester area

GPs and those working in medicine and A&E within the North Manchester General Hospital catchment area will be eligibe to access a new GCA pilot scheme that is being run by the rheumatology service at the Trust for a limited time.

Giant Cell (Temporal) Arteritis (GCA) is a medical emergency. Inflammation of medium and large blood vessels can lead to permanent visual loss.

Under the pilot scheme suspected cases of GCA from the community or from the acute units within the Trust can be phoned through to the GCA hotline by contacting Anne Byrne on 0161 7204752. Anne will track and prioritise referrals whenever possible.

Patients may be asked to travel to North Manchester General, Fairfield General or Rochdale Infirmary rheumatology clinics for an earlier review.

Please note that this is not a general headache clinic and only cases with a reasonable index of suspicion for GCA should be referred.

It will remain essential that referred patients continue to be initiated on appropriate high dose steroids in the community as soon as a diagnosis of GCA is suspected and that follow up arrangements in primary care are put in place to review such treatment should there be an unexpected delay in specialist assessment.

Patients with associated visual disturbance should also be referred to ophthalmology services.

For further information please contact Dr Sowden, Consultant Rheumatologist, on the GCA hotline tel no above.


100 years of pathology

8th November 2013, 2.30pm until 3.30pm, The Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital.

100 years of pathology – a talk by Len Fielding, directorate manager of pathology at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Email: for more information and to make a booking.

Nuclear medicine

16th October 2013, 2pm until 3pm, Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, North Manchester General Hospital.

The talk is part of the Trust’s series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events and will give people the chance to find out more about Nuclear Medicine - a form of diagnostic imaging – which involves the injection of a slightly radioactive tracer into the body to show various systems.

Email: for more information and to make a booking.