GP & Partner Bulletin - April 2016

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April 2016

Welcome to the April 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


Salford NHS leaders to support other local hospitals

The Chair and Chief Executive, Jim Potter and Sir David Dalton, of Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are now providing leadership and support to the Trust as from 1 April 2016. Salford Royal is one of the top performing Foundation Trusts in the country and Sir David Dalton has been chief executive since 2001, leading it to an ‘outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last year.

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Our CQC Chief Inspector of Hospitals inspection

A team of approximately 60 inspectors visited the Trust and focused on hospital services from 23 – 26 February and on community services from 1 – 3 March 2016. The CQC inspectors acknowledged the huge amount of work completed over the last two years and the progress that has been made in improving clinical services and strengthening governance arrangements in the Trust.

The unannounced follow-up inspection took place on 17 March. In their initial feedback CQC highlighted many areas of good patient care, particularly in community services. Where the CQC has challenged the Trust, the executive team has responded positively and quickly.

Over the last few weeks the new Decision To Admit (DTA) policy has been implemented, a combined North Manchester / Oldham urgent care consultant level rota has been introduced, paediatric bed capacity has been reduced to reflect staffing numbers, an interim dedicated medical rota has been put in place for the HDU at Oldham (with plans for a substantive rota being finalised), equipment maintenance arrangements have been amended and made more robust and a number of changes have been made in maternity services in relation to staffing escalation and theatre support for c sections.

The CQC formal report and rating will be provided in 2-3 months. We are aware that there are rumours circulating that the Trust has been placed in special measures – this is not true. We have taken a number of immediate actions following the inspection and these are highlighted above.

Launch of Summary Care Record access Trustwide

The Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic patient record which can be accessed via the NHS Spine using a smart card. The record is uploaded by a patient’s general practitioner and contains details of medications they are on and significant medical history, it also increasingly contains information about care plans and resuscitation status.

Staff in A&E and AMU at Fairfield General Hospital have been able to access the SCR for some time having been a pilot site for the initial SCR roll out, over 80% of patients in our area now have an SCR, so we are extending access to all sites, North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary. 

Trust’s stroke team shortlisted for national award

The stroke team at the Trust has been shortlisted for the Specialist Services award in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

The team, which is based at Fairfield General Hospital, has made the shortlist for its centralisation of the Trust’s stroke service on the Fairfield site in Bury.

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New bedside pressure monitoring system on trial at Trust

The Trust is trialling a new bedside pressure monitoring device which has the potential to significantly reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers (bed sores) in patients.

The system on trial at Ward F10 General Medicine at The Royal Oldham Hospital uses a pressure sensing mat filled with thousands of tiny sensors to show where patients are experiencing areas of high pressure when laying and resting in bed. This information is sent to a monitor attached to the mat which shows areas of high pressure as red and orange, and lower pressure areas as green and blue.

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Community nurse shortlisted for national Nurse Awards for palliative care work

A North Manchester community nurse from the Trust who works in integrated community services has been shortlisted for the Leadership Award in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2016.

Victoria Thorne, Lead Nurse for North Manchester Community Services at the Trust, has made the shortlist for her involvement in the launch of a new North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service.

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Midwife wins top UK award

A midwife from the Trust who works on the postnatal ward at North Manchester General Hospital has won one of the UK’s top midwifery prizes.

Jenny Brown has jointly won the RCM Members’ Champion Award at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Awards.

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Community Falls Prevention Service - New referral form

Please be aware there is a new referral form for the Community Falls Prevention Service. The form can be downloaded from the Trust website using the link below.

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STop Unnecessary AMPutations (STAMP) workshop addressing critical limb ischaemia in the community

26 April 2016, 14.30 to 19.00 inc hot buffet 

Best Western Park Hall Hotel

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Falls talk

06 May 2016 from 14:00 to 15:00

Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2

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Bowel cancer screening talk

12 May 2016 from 13:00 to 14:00

Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital

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ImPaCT: Improving Patient Care Together Events

09 June 2016

Manchester Conference Centre

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