GP & Partner Bulletin - June 2017

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June 2017

Welcome to the June 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


Fairfield General and Greater Manchester hospital stroke services now best in England

The Greater Manchester Stroke Operational Delivery Network have had their improvements recognised nationally with three of Greater Manchester’s units including the specialist Primary Stroke Unit at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, now placed in the top 10 in England.

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Partnership delivering streamlined healthcare across Rochdale borough (HMR)

Patients in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale with a wide range of complaints are benefitting from new and innovative ways of receiving care. Care is being fully integrated for the first time by a partnership of providers, overseeing the patient’s ‘journey’ from their GP and other healthcare professional, for their initial assessment, tests and then on for any required treatment. 

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Women & Children’s Services North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) – planned transfer to Central Manchester Foundation Trust (CMFT)

The anticipated transfer of Women and Children’s Services at NMGH to Central Manchester in October this year has been put on hold. The primary reason for this is for CMFT to focus their attention on the proposed merger with University Hospitals South Manchester to create a new City NHS Trust as part of the Single Hospital Service (SHS) programme for Manchester. 

Manchester Single Hospital Services Update

An Interim Board of Directors has been appointed to help ensure a safe and smooth merger between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospitals South Manchester NHS FT (UHSM) as part of the Single Hospital Service arrangements for the City of Manchester. In the meantime, CMFT and UHSM will continue to operate as separate organisations. The Trusts’ Boards of Directors, Executive Management, Councils of Governors and FT Memberships will continue as they are now. The first appointments to the Interim Board were announced in May, with Kathy Cowell CMFT Chair, appointed as Chair and Barry Clare, UHSM Chair as Deputy Chair.

Following a formal selection process, a number of new appointments to the Interim Board have now been made with others to follow over the next few weeks. Sir Mike Deegan, Chief Executive of CMFT, has been appointed Chief Executive of the Interim Board. The following eight Non-Executive Directors from UHSM and CMFT Boards of Directors have also been appointed:

  • John Amaechi (CMFT), Dr Ivan Bennett (CMFT), Nic Gower (CMFT), Christine McLoughlin (CMFT)
  • Prof Dame Susan Bailey (UHSM), Roger Barlow (UHSM), Jane McCall (UHSM), Trevor Rees (UHSM)

It is still planned that in 2018/19 that North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) will join the new city-wide hospital NHS Trust for Manchester 12-18mths following the merger of CMFT and UHSM to create a Single Hospital Service (SHS). North Manchester Community Services will also join the Local Care Organisation (LCO) for the City of Manchester as part of the city’s locality plan.


Manchester Local Care Organisation (LCO) Update

Both the Single Hospital Service and the Manchester Local Care Organisation (LCO) will deliver models of care which span both community and higher acuity (hospital) settings in order to treat people as close to home as possible. The Manchester Provider Board, comprising statutory and non-statutory healthcare providers, believes the provider organisations are in a strong position to deliver the LCO for the future and has submitted a bid to provide the LCO.

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (the organisation responsible for commissioning and paying for health and social care across Manchester) has this week announced that the Manchester Provider Board consortium can now progress to the next stage of the procurement process for the LCO.  The bid was the only one received at the qualification stage and it has been assessed as compliant. Commissioners will now move into a period of discussions with the Manchester Provider Board consortium to look at the possible future design of the organisation.

The vision for the Manchester LCO is a partnership between the main statutory health and social care providers in the city and a wide range of non-statutory organisations such as the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

This means it will coordinate care across primary, community and secondary settings and will focus on six main areas:

  • Frail older people
  • Adults with long term conditions and at the end of life
  • Mental health, learning difficulties, and dementia
  • Children and young people
  • People with complex lifestyles
  • Prevention and those at greater risk of hospital admission.

Improvement Plan & CQC re-inspection

Good progress is still being made against key areas of our Pennine Improvement Plan. The improvement work programme is considerable and continues to be given high priority particularly in our fragile services. Challenges remain with workforce availability and capacity in some areas especially at North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) although our staff recruitment is beginning to increasingly attract more nursing and permanent medical workforce applicants. Extra operational capacity will be created when the AMU at NMGH is expanded with more beds in July.

An unannounced ‘mock’ CQC assessment was undertaken across PAT last month supported by colleagues at Salford Royal and Manchester and Oldham CCGs. Areas visited included medical and surgical wards, urgent care. Overall feedback has been positive. The introduction of the NASS, investment in staffing, and the increased visibility of the leadership teams across each Care Organisation has shown to be helping drive improvements. There was evidence of good practice across the majority of wards and departments. Further work has been highlighted in some areas. A recent CQC review of maternity, paediatrics and neonates has also been generally positive with clear evidence of improvement. All staff should be congratulated on their involvement in the improvements to date.

We have been informed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that the data collection process which takes around four weeks to complete is due to begin this month in advance of their formal re-inspection of the Trust and our services in late summer/early autumn. The CQC will be undertaking a number of unannounced and announced visits across all of our sites as part of the re-inspection process. We expect these visits to take place at any time from the beginning of September 2017. The CQC will be inspecting our services under a combination of both the old and new regulatory framework. Again, this will involve inspectors speaking with staff, patients and our stakeholders.

AMU expansion at NMGH due to open next month

A 16 bed expansion of the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) on wards H3 and H4 at North Manchester General Hospital is due to open on 31 July. The expansion comes as part of the Trust’s Improvement Plan to support Urgent Care, to improve patient flow and reduce waiting times for patients. The extra beds will bring the capacity of the unit up from 33 to 49 beds in total. Thanks to the Trust Radiology team who have been heavily involved in the development meetings and have introduced dedicated ultrasound slots at weekends which seem to be working well. The site is continuing its recruitment drive to recruit additional staff for the unit including consultants, doctors, nurses,physios, occupational therapists and pharmacy staff. A new Matron, Dawn Hobson, has recently been appointed and is in post. 

Maggie’s Oldham

We are delighted that the new Centre, Maggie's Oldham, officially opened on Friday 9 June 2017, it was a particularly special moment as Maggie’s Oldham is their 21st Centre and opened within their 21st year.

Maggie’s Oldham has been built in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital and has been designed by acclaimed architect’s dRMM. The Centre was developed by Maggie’s working in partnership with The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer.  

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Families invited to Baby Memorial Service at North Manchester General Hospital

Families who have lost a baby through stillbirth or shortly after birth are being invited to a special service of remembrance at North Manchester General Hospital.

The service will be held in the post graduate education centre at the hospital on Wednesday 5 July at 7pm.

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PAT Diagnostic Improvement Plan Primary Care Survey

“Your Request - Your Responsibility”

During 2015 Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust experienced an increase in the number of undetected cancers; and this was identified through the Trust’s incident and complaints data. This prompted a piece of work to internally review incidents and complaints on missed diagnostics across a five year period. The Trust has established a Diagnostics Improvement Group to oversee the Diagnostics Improvement Plan and has developed Clinical Standards for Diagnostics Testing - ’Your Request, Your Responsibility.‘

Pennine Acute Hospitals are keen to gather feedback from our GP partners on their experiences of the services received. All feedback from this short survey will be reviewed and the Trusts action plan will be adjusted as appropriate. This short survey should take no longer than 5 minutes for you to complete. Thank you in advance for your invaluable feedback.

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Pathology Dept Andrology Testing Service Survey

The Pennine Pathology Department would like to invite users of the Andrology testing service to feedback on the service we provide to you. It is our aim to improve our service year on year and we value your opinions and suggestions on how we can achieve this. We would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete and return our survey. Please bring this survey to the attention of staff involved with andrology testing in any way and encourage them to complete it. Thank you for your assistance. If you have any enquiries please contact Jane Fielding, Interim Performance & Quality Manager at the Pathology Department by emailing The closing date is 14 July 2017.

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Anaemia Management Service

The Trust has set up an Anaemia Management Service, established to help managing patients with anaemia due to iron deficiency. The benefits of this Service are multiple and we would encourage everybody to use this service for the appropriate patients. Download the PDF via the read more link for full details. Please make any enquiries to Dr A. Allameddine, Consultant Haematologist, Chair of the Hospital Transfusion Team (HTT) on tel 0161 778 5033 or email

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Choose the name of our new Intermediate Care Centre

In partnership with North Manchester CCG the Trust is building a new Community Intermediate Care Unit on the Delaunays Road side of the North Manchester General Hospital site and we want you to choose the name of it.

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Day Surgery Unit & Theatres - Talk & Tour

11 July 2017 from 10:00 to 11:30 
  Rochdale Infirmary, Whitehall Street

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'Liver Disease Talk'

21 July 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00 

Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2

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