GP & Partner Bulletin - August 2017

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August 2017

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


Introducing the Northern Care Alliance - Message from Sir David Dalton, Chief Exec, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

The Northern Care Alliance

Saving Lives - Improving Lives

Dear colleague,

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the progress we are making in creating our group of hospitals, community and healthcare services. 

Each of our four Care Organisations for Oldham, Bury/Rochdale, North Manchester and Salford now has its leadership teams firmly in place, led by a Chief Officer and consisting of a Managing Director, Medical Director, a Director of Nursing, and a Finance Director.  Our Care Organisations are responsible for delivering safe, high quality and reliable care to the local communities that they serve.  

New management teams have been appointed in each Care Organisation with operational responsibilities given to divisional directors and supported by clinical directors and directorate managers.  New arrangements are also being developed for our clinical support, estates, facilities and corporate departments which will operate across the Group.  

Better Care - Locally Delivered

These new local arrangements place the emphasis for operational management where it matters - in each hospital and locality. They strengthen senior leadership support at hospital-level, enabling better engagement with staff and clinical teams.  Compared with the previous, more remote Trust HQ they are closer to the ‘shop floor’, understanding the challenges and issues staff are facing.  These teams will also build strong relationships with each of our local health and social care partners.

Introducing the Northern Care Alliance

Our Care Organisations are designed to operate within a new Group arrangement which brings together Pennine Acute Trust (PAT) and Salford Royal.  This NHS Group is to be known as the Northern Care Alliance. We expect to be known locally as “the Alliance”.


The Northern Care Alliance will be one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. Together, we serve a population of over 1 million people across our local communities. We bring together over 17,000 staff, manage over 2,000 hospital beds across our hospitals, and manage an operating budget of £1.3 billion. The Alliance will use this scale to deliver better patient outcomes and other benefits.

Core Purpose of the Group

Our Mission Statement that binds us all together is: “Saving lives, Improving lives”.  We will deliver highly reliable care and services, at scale, which are trusted, connected and pioneering.  

The Alliance provides the benefits of scale but delivers this locally through multiple sites. 

It has 5 key roles which are not undertaken at the Care Organisation level.

  • Develops Service Strategy across the wider population of 1m;
  • Agrees new/replacement buildings and equipment;
  • Agrees annual operational delivery plans with each Care Organisation;
  • Develops a standardised operating model on the basis of evidence of best practice;
  • Organises spread of best care across multiple sites and locations. 

Governance Arrangements – Committees in Common

A Group is not the same as a merger of Trusts.  This is because both Trusts will continue to exist and will remain as the employer of staff.  Although Salford Royal has a ‘management agreement’ to manage the services of Pennine Acute, both Trust Boards have delegated their functions to a ‘Committees in Common’ which operates the new Group.

Key Priorities of the Alliance

We are developing our Service Strategy for our Group of Care Organisations, with five strategic aims:

  • To develop world-class Accountable Care Organisations in each Locality;
  • To adopt best clinical practice and standardise this at scale, leading to consolidation of some elements of surgical services;
  • To continue the delivery of high quality specialist services for Greater Manchester and beyond, e.g. neuro services, trauma centre and stroke services;
  • To establish Group-wide shared clinical support services
  • To build strong partnership arrangements with other providers to enable reliable, high quality services to be provided, consistent with changes across GM

What Has Already Started

We continue with our Improvement Plan for the Bury/Rochdale, Oldham and North Manchester Care Organisations to meet the requirements of the CQC.  We have successfully secured a total of £26m for service improvement for this and last year.

With our local NHS Commissioners we are identifying options for high quality, sustainable service portfolios for each hospital site.  We are working with our partners in the City of Manchester to develop a vibrant future for the North Manchester site.

We are designing a single shared hospital service’ across Bury, Rochdale and Oldham – associated with Salford and/or where appropriate, with other partner organisations.

Following the successful Vanguard model in Salford, and integrated services in Rochdale, we are working with our local commissioners to develop new integrated health and social care services in each locality.  This includes opportunities for new models of care in the community and supporting people at home. 

We are also building on the digital innovation at Salford Royal - with the Global Digital Centre status and £10m funding we will spread new digital systems across all Care Organisations.

We are implementing a number of Greater Manchester service changes, such as Major Trauma at Salford and High Acuity Centres at Oldham and Salford.  We have recently received confirmation of capital investment monies of £48m for a new clinical building in Salford and £25m for a new clinical building at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

The Alliance will work with partners in supporting all of the strategies of the GM Health & Social Care Partnership and the priorities of the elected Mayor for Greater Manchester.

Future of North Manchester General Hospital

We are also working with commissioners and providers in the City of Manchester to develop a shared vision for the future of the North Manchester General Hospital site, ensuring that the proposed changes create the Manchester Single Hospital Service and the Manchester Local Care Organisation as well as support the continued provision of services for people in the North East Sector. 

North Manchester General Hospital has a strong, positive and vibrant future. It has a vitally important role to play in continuing to provide local hospital services to a population with complex health needs and will continue to be connected firmly to its local community.  It is planned that it will be an integral part of a new single hospital service for Manchester - benefiting from new integrated services and facilities to improve the health and wellbeing of the population as well as building on existing expertise in community care, frailty, chronic disease and palliative care services, whilst also providing reliable and sustainable emergency, urgent, acute, maternity and children’s services.

Whilst the plans are being developed, we continue to invest in the site with £5m to be spent on upgrading the boiler house and other infrastructure.  The new Intermediate Care Unit on the site is also nearing the final period of construction.  This will provide first class care for older people to support their independent living in the North Manchester community.


These are exciting times: a new name, a new sense of purpose, and new investment alongside a commitment to continue to work closely with our staff, our communities and our partners to provide high quality care to our patients.  All of this, together with the spirit of teamwork which exists in all of our Care Organisations will enable us to fulfil our crucial mission of Saving Lives, Improving Lives.

Sir David Dalton

Group Chief Executive

Manchester Single Hospital Service Update

Plans to create a new Single Hospital Service for the City of Manchester, Trafford and the wider communities we serve, have moved forward to the next key stage.

As you will be aware, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been reviewing the proposed merger between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) as part of the approvals process for the creation of the new Single Hospital Service.

In its final independent report, the CMA has cleared the merger, stating that it will lead to substantial benefits for patients including those at risk of heart attacks or strokes and those needing vascular surgery or kidney stone

Link to CMA Announcement:

CQC Re-inspection

We are expecting the CQC to visit us and carry out its formal re-inspection of Pennine Acute and our services any time from the beginning of next month, September. The CQC will undertake a number of unannounced and announced visits across all of our sites as part of the re-inspection process. The CQC will inspect our services under a combination of both the old and new regulatory framework. Again, this will involve groups of inspectors speaking with staff, patients and our stakeholders. This is an opportunity to demonstrate and speak positively about the improvements and progress that has been made at ward, departmental and service level since March last year. 

Staff Awards - Patients' Choice Award 2017

We are seeking nominations for the Patients’ Choice Award as part of our Staff Awards 2017, which will be held on the evening of the 17 November 2017.

Our awards recognise the very best of patient care, dedication and innovation at our Oldham, Bury & Rochdale and North Manchester Care Organisations, hospitals, community services, and staff.

The award gives members of the public the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and publicly recognise the outstanding care and treatment given to either them or a relative or close friend. You are invited to nominate any nurse, doctor, midwife, therapist, receptionist or other member of staff or team, including volunteers.

The nominee will have shown exceptional patient care; this could be great kindness, professional expertise or expert patient care.

Please complete this form to nominate a member of staff, team or ward for the Patients' Choice Award.

The closing date for nominations is midnight on 30 September 2017.

Go to the nomination form

August Pennine News

The August edition of our Pennine News Trust magazine has been published and is now available across all sites and on our website. 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. Read online or pick up your copy now.

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Integrated North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service Shortlisted in Nursing Times Awards

The Integrated North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service (NMMPCSS) has been shortlisted in the Nursing Times Awards 2017 in the Nursing in the Community Category. Judges had a tough job scoring and have commended the high quality of entries this year so to be shortlisted is a fantastic achievement! For the next stage the team will have to present to the judging panel and take questions from the panel. Their judging day will be on Friday 15 September, so we all wish the team luck! All finalists will find out if they have won a Nursing Times Award on Thursday 2 November at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane. Well done team and good luck!

New electronic fetal heart monitors to improve safety during labour at The Royal Oldham and North Manchester General Hospitals

A new electronic system which will monitor babies’ heart rates during their mother’s labour period has been installed at the maternity units at The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital. 

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Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Team at The Royal Oldham Hospital shortlisted for national award

A team based at The Royal Oldham Hospital has been shortlisted for a national Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award which recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution Macmillan professionals make to cancer services.

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Specialist breast care team shortlisted for Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award

A team from Pennine Acute Trust has been shortlisted for a national Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award which recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution Macmillan professionals make to cancer services.

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Oasis Unit Talk & Tour

30 August 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00 

Oasis Unit, Rochdale Infirmary

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Pressure Ulcer Talk

12 September 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00 

Postgraduate Centre, North Manchester General Hospital

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Open Event and Annual Members/Public Meeting - Salford Royal

03 October 2017 from 15:00 to 19:30 
Salford (Salford Royal Hospital)

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Open Event and Annual Members/Public Meeting - Pennine Acute 

04 October 2017 from 15:00 to 19:30 
Bury (Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital)

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Nutrition & Dietetics Talk

05 October 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00

Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital

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Eye Conditions Talk 

10 November 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00

Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital

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Dinwoodie Centre (Simulation Suite) Tour 

21 November 2017 from 14:00 to 16:00 

Dinwoodie Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital

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