GP & Partner Bulletin - November 2014

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November 2014

Welcome to the November 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


Seminars - Living on a Railway Line: Turning the tide of child abuse and exploitation

Professor Andrew Rowland, one of our consultants in paediatric emergency medicine at North Manchester General Hospital, has recently published his report into child abuse and neglect. His report entitled, ‘Living on a railway line. Turning the tide of child abuse and exploitation in the UK and overseas: international lessons and evidence-based recommendations’, has been published in association with The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and University of Salford.

Andrew has kindly agreed to hold a series of four one hour seminars this month for Trust staff, local GPs and healthcare colleagues in primary care where he will present the key findings of his research study looking at improving the protection of children, including those that attend Emergency Departments and urgent care facilities.

The first of these seminars will be held at Rochdale Infirmary room D3 on Thursday 13th Nov at 10am, followed by two evening sessions starting at 6pm on Thursday 20th at Fairfield General Hospital and Wednesday 26th at North Manchester General Hospital post graduate medical centre. The last session will be held at 1pm at The Royal Oldham Hospital education centre on Thursday 27th Nov.

Bury and Rochdale residents to benefit from improved diabetes care

A brand new diabetes service has been launched which will improve the care that people living in the boroughs of Bury or Rochdale receive and ensure they can enjoy the best quality of life possible.

The Bury and Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) Diabetes Service launched in September 2014. It has been commissioned by NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS HMR Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and is jointly run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

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Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust shortlisted for coveted HSJ Award

The Research and Development (R&D) team at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been shortlisted for a highly coveted Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award.

The team have become finalists in the Clinical Research Impact category in the HSJ Awards 2014, after beating off fierce competition nationally to be shortlisted from a record 1300 entries, the highest ever in the awards history.

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Stop the Pressure

Next Monday (17th Nov) marks the start of our Pressure Ulcer Awareness campaign managed by the Tissue Viability Team. During the week, amongst other things, our staff will be handing out information and displaying posters across our sites reminding our staff, patients and the public about the dangers of pressure ulcers and what we can do to prevent them from happening. Around 95% of pressure ulcers (also known as bed sores) are preventable and lead to longer stays in hospital. This campaign is about doing as much as we possibly can do to make sure that all our staff know exactly what they can do to help tackle this issue.

Watch our preventing and treating pressure ulcers video

Paediatric patient discharge summaries

The Paediatric wards throughout The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have now gone live with electronic prescribing (ePMA) and HealthViews eDischarge Summaries.

As from Tuesday 11th November 2014 local GP practices started to receive Paediatric patient discharge summaries in a different format. The information recorded has not changed from the previous discharge summaries sent, just the look and feel is a bit different.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns please contact Libby Woodcock at PAHT on 0161 604 5794 or email

Improving communication to GPs/primary care

Sharing appropriate information and care plans about patients with our local GPs and colleagues in primary care is an essential aspect to good patient care. We have a duty to communicate effectively with our GPs and commissioners about our patients. It is a fundamental part of all clinical care by our doctors and responsible clinicians when a patient is treated by this Trust. An important aspect to this is the timeliness of discharge summaries being sent out to GPs.

In order to improve and promote effective communication with our local GPs and commissioners, and to improve the timeliness of discharge summaries, from Tuesday 21st October, letters for ‘Self-Discharged’ and ‘Deceased’ patients will be automatically generated and sent from the Trust’s Patient Administration System (PAS). The PAS letter contains basic information about the patient, however, a full discharge summary will follow from the admitting clinician/ward.

This new process went live Trustwide from Tuesday 21st October 2014. Any questions and queries can be directed to Libby Woodcock at PAHT on 0161 604 5794 or email

Pennine Acute medics receive top prizes at regional research awards

Two inspirational doctors from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have scooped two top prizes for their ground-breaking research at this year’s Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2014 ceremony.Clinical research staff from Greater Manchester hospital Trusts and GPs surgeries were celebrating excellence in health care research across 13 categories at the special annual regional awards event on Thursday 30 October.

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Pennine News published

The November edition of Pennine News our monthly magazine has now been published. Inside this edition contains all the usual news and features including, Three Steps to Excellence – PAT’s first nursing and midwifery full day conference, launch of a new speedier service that eases MSK pain, the Chief executive launching our Trust flu campaign and the news of our R&D staff being shortlisted for a HSJ award.

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'Walk this way ... Podiatry Open Day'

01 December 2014 from 13:00 to 16:00

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