GP & Partner Bulletin - February 2016

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February 2016

Welcome to the February 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


Trust listens to patients and relatives with new open hospital visiting policy

Patients, relatives and staff have given the thumbs up to extended and more flexible patient visiting hours which have been introduced at our hospitals.

Following a successful trial at The Royal Oldham Hospital late last year, an open hospital visiting policy has been implemented at our four main hospital sites at The Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester and Fairfield General Hospitals and Rochdale Infirmary.

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Patients and staff benefit from 400 new electric bed frames

The Trust has purchased 400 new electric profiling bed frames, to replace old non-electric bed frames it has been advised to replace.

The new bed frames can be electrically adjusted to suit patient needs and comfort, which will reduce the risk of patient falls and patients developing bed sores (pressure ulcers).

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Trust appoints new dementia nurse consultant

As part of our quality improvement plan we have appointed a new Dementia Nurse Consultant to take the operational and strategic lead for the delivery of specialist dementia expertise across our hospitals and community services.

As one of her first tasks Janice McGrory, who joined us last month, will advise and lead on the Trust’s dementia strategy and deliver dementia training to all grades of staff who work across North Manchester and Fairfield General Hospitals, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and community services.

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New £9m local partnership will see neighbourhood health and care teams better ‘in touch’ with people

A £9m contract to deliver a range of community health and care services through integrated teams across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale has been awarded to the Trust as the lead provider working in collaboration with local partner agencies.

The new contract and services will commence in the summer.

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Easier to navigate services thanks to new provider partnership

A £110 million deal to deliver services to patients in Heywood Middleton and Rochdale for the next five years has been signed, which will see four service providers working in true partnership for the first time.

A procurement exercise managed by NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) established that the partnership of four providers - this Trust, Care UK, BMI Highfield Hospital and GP Care Services, would provide the best way of delivering an end to end service for patients who are referred by their GPs for investigation or treatment in the specialties of Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), gynaecology, orthopaedics, urology and some upper and lower gastro-intestinal problems.

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Lactation consultant at Trust means more breastfeeding support for new mums and babies

New mums who choose to breastfeed their babies after having giving birth at the Trust will now be supported by a lactation consultant.

Jennifer Sager, lead midwife/infant feeding co-ordinator has passed the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants’ examination.

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Trust physio awarded highly regarded Clinical Lectureship

A persistent pain specialist physiotherapist from the Trust has been awarded a much sought after Clinical Lectureship from Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Trust Physiotherapist Dr Deborah Antcliff (PhD) is currently based in the musculoskeletal out-patients physiotherapy department at Fairfield General Hospital.

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Our patient stories

We have published our first collection of patient stories – a series of experiences from patients and their carers who have received high quality care and treatment from our staff across a range of our services. Download them as a PDF or read them now on our website.

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Celebrating Success

Recognising and celebrating success across the Trust is very important. Our staff work extremely hard throughout the year and their achievements and awards are highlighted in our new booklet, 'Celebrating Success'.

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Trust members magazine

We have published issue 9, the winter 2016 issue, of our Trust magazine. This issue contains stories about our Raising the bar on Quality programme, preparations for our CQC inspection, highlights from our Staff Awards 2015 and details of our ‘Medicine for Members’ events.

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Trust response to media reports on our Staff Awards

We would like to clarify the facts and reassure the public and the communities we serve about how our staff awards have been funded.

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Special remembrance service commemorating Rochdale babies

03 March 2016 from 19:00

Dearnley Methodist Church, New Road, Dearnley OL15 8PL

The service which was previously held at St Barnabas Church will include prayers, poems, hymns and the lighting of candles in remembrance, with a chance to remember all the babies by name that have died.

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'Asthma' Talk

09 March 2016 from 14:00 to 15:00

The Post Graduate Centre, North Manchester General Hospital

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Vascular Dementia joint event - in partnership with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

06 April 2016 from 14:00 to 15:00

Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital

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