GP & Partner Bulletin - April 2017

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April 2017

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


Group Committees in Common (CiC) & Care Organisations

From 1 April 2017, the Trust Boards of both organisations at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAT) have delegated their functions to a Group ‘Committees in Common’ (CiC). While the two Trusts will remain statutory bodies, the Group CiC will effectively manage both Trusts. This is also an important aspect in the improvement journey for PAT. 

The Committees in Common will meet monthly, a minimum of 10 months a year, and meetings will be held in public. The first meeting of the CiC (Board meeting) was held on 24 April 2017. The agenda and papers are available on the Pennine Acute website. The Group CiC comprises the Chairman and six Non-Executive Directors, along with six Executive Directors who will be responsible for Group executive leadership roles spanning both SRFT and PAT.  

Our Care Organisations within the Group are responsible for delivering high quality reliable care to the local communities that we serve.  Our four Care Organisations are: Salford, Oldham, Bury/Rochdale and North Manchester. The Chief Officers of our Care Organisations are members of the CiC in a non-voting capacity. Each Care Organisation now consists of a Medical Director, a Director of Nursing, Managing Director, and a Finance Director. Together they will manage and be responsible for day to day running of hospitals and community services.

Information is available on the Pennine Acute website as a pdf booklet that includes details of the Group, CiC membership, and the leadership teams that have now been established to strengthen and improve senior leadership at hospital level and who will take operational decisions for each site and services provided by each Care Organisation.

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Pennine Improvement Plan

Our Pennine Improvement plan continues to make good steady progress across a number of key areas.

  • New site-based leadership teams in place – staff engagement improving; more responsive to local issues
  • An additional 303 (net) members of staff have been recruited, including a high % at NMGH
  • 122 registered nurses have been offered jobs
  • Agreement for continued support from SRFT and CMFT consultants in NMGH A&E - over 200 hours of consultant cover in ED compared with c.50 hours previously
  • A 16% reduction in cardiac arrest calls, indicating an improvement in identifying the deteriorating patient
  • A 15% reduction in the number of hospital patient falls
  • Significant reduction in 12 hour A&E breaches for patients waiting to be admitted  
  • Positive roll-out and staff use of the Nursing Assessment and Accreditation System (NASS) to 40 wards
  • The patient helpline installed in 78 wards
  • Over 1000 patients previously waiting over 50 weeks for admission - now we are meeting the RTT standard
  • New bereavement suites/resource rooms  at NMGH (+ all other sites)
  • Roll-out of the new SWAN end of life care model across all sites, supporting and empowering staff
  • Patient experience process improving with now no outdated complaints
  • The number of Coroner inquests have more than halved
  • £10m capital for preliminary site works of which £5m being spent at NMGH and £5m at The Royal Oldham
  • £20.5m investment in staff and services across PAT which is targeted at the inadequacies identified by CQC

North Manchester health partnership wins national award for end of life care

Staff working within The North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service (NMMPCSS) have been recognised for their work with a top International Journal of Palliative Nursing award at a ceremony held at the Royal College of General Practitioners. The Service won the Multidisciplinary Teamwork Award.

Based at the Trust’s Cornerstones Centre in Beswick, the Service is regarded as an excellent model of integrated community-based care for patients requiring end of life care and support.

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Nursing recruitment – recent success in London

Staff recruitment is a major aspect of our Pennine Improvement plan. Significant progress is being made on recruiting staff with a particular focus on supporting and strengthening our wards, maternity and critical care services. So far, 303 additional staff have been recruited to the Trust. Positively, 122 registered nurses have been offered jobs.

Well done and thank you to our recruitment team for their efforts at the RCN Recruitment Fair in London on 20 & 21 April. Those involved included Lorna Beswick from Fairfield, Jackie Bryce from North Manchester, Gillian Fogarty from Fairfield and Janet Stanton from North Manchester and Fairfield, supported by Alex Barker and Helen Skidmore.  Thanks to the hard work of the team, the professional recruitment packs and exhibition stand, we have made offers to three London-based Nurses who are to relocate to Greater Manchester to join Pennine:- 1 for the Urgent Care centre at Rochdale, 1 for HDU CO to be confirmed, and 1 for elderly care to be based at North Manchester. We look forward to welcoming the three new recruits to the Trust in the coming months.

Your Medicines Matter

Patients coming into hospital are being reminded to bring their medicines in with them as part of a new campaign in Greater Manchester. This is important because it will help hospital staff decide on the best and safest treatment for patients; ensure patients continue taking medicines they recognise; reduce waste and the cost of us reissuing medicines patients already have; and help reduce delays when it is time for them to go home.

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Dying Matters Awareness Week (8-14 May)

The Trust will be involved in this year’s national Dying Matters Awareness Week with some amazing activities taking place. The Trust’s end of life care team would love colleagues, partners and members of the public to support this important initiative by getting involved. Two open days will be held for healthcare staff and the public to learn more about the Jewish Mortuary at NMGH (10-12) and an open day at Khizra Mosque in Cheetham Hill (2-4pm), both to be held on 7 May. More details are available via email

As part of the awareness week, the Trust will also be opening our new nurse-led dedicated bereavement resource centres across all sites for patients and relatives. Look out for more details on our website.

Rochdale Integrated Elective Care Pathways (IECP) go live

GP referrals are being received into the new Integrated Elective Care Pathways Service for Rochdale borough (HMR) which went live from 1 April 2017 under a new partnership arrangement and single referral system. The specialities covered by the IECP are:

  • Ear Nose and Throat (paediatric and adults), including Enhanced Audiology (adults) (PAT lead provider)
  • Gynaecology
  • Orthopaedic (MSK) (Go live June/July 2017)
  • Urology
  • Limited upper and lower gastro-intestinal problems (PAT lead provider).

All referrals will be captured by the HMR single point of access booking service hosted by Pennine Acute Trust and automatically forwarded on to the relevant provider for clinical triage:

  • The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • BMI Highfield Hospital
  • GP Care Services Ltd
  • InHealth

The triage teams are fully registered clinicians with advanced skills of at least five years of experience in triage management. Following the triage, the clinician will identify the most appropriate service with the lowest acuity pathway and most appropriate provider.  If a patient is not suitable for the IECP service they will be onward referred to the most appropriate service, this will include any two week waits, urgent referrals, specialist services etc.

Maternity Listening & Action Group appeals for new members

A maternity Listening & Action Group is appealing for new members to represent the interests of women and their families and ensure their views are heard as part of the planning and delivery of maternity care.

People from locally diverse, underrepresented and BME communities are particularly welcome and parents are invited to attend with their babies/children.

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A&E Ambulance diverts: Trust diverted four patients in 13 week winter period to another NHS Trust outside of Pennine

The Trust has issued information and a statement following the publication of a national report by the Nuffield Trust into pressures facing the ambulance service. 

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April Pennine News

The April edition of our Pennine News Trust magazine has been published and is now available on our website  – click here – and scroll down to the view the current edition. The magazine includes a variety of news stories and information on activities and developments, policy news, colleagues on the move, and stories relating to the services and achievements of teams and staff.

RiP Dr Soheir Sayed

The Trust has received the sad news that a former member of staff, Dr Soheir Sayed has died.  Dr Sayed was an associate specialist in anaesthesia at North Manchester General Hospital for nearly 18 years.  As a popular member of staff, she will be well remembered by many of her former work colleagues.  Dr Sayed’s family have taken her back to Egypt for burial.


Mortuary and Mosque Tours

07 May 2017

14.00 to 16.00

North Manchester General Hospital and Khizra Mosque

Reserve your place by emailing us or calling the membership office on 01706-517302

Supporting People with Learning Disabilities and Autism in Hospital

22 May 2017

14:00 to 15:00

Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital

Reserve your place by emailing us or calling the membership office on 01706-517302

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