GP & Partner Bulletin - March 2018

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March 2018

Welcome to the March 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


CQC finds new leadership at Pennine Acute Trust are turning things around with significant improvement across all its hospitals

A report published today (1 March 2018) by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that significant improvements have been made across every hospital run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust since its last inspection in 2016, with 70% of the aspects of the services inspected now rated as either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

The Pennine Acute Trust (PAT), now part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group with Salford Royal, runs four hospitals and a range of community services serving the communities of Oldham, North Manchester, Bury and Rochdale borough.

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Mayor of Greater Manchester opens new £5m intermediate care unit for North Manchester

A new purpose-built £5m intermediate care unit has officially opened today by the Mayor of Greater Manchester located on the grounds of North Manchester General Hospital to provide support and rehabilitation to patients needing additional support between a stay in hospital and returning home.

Andy Burnham, Mayor for Greater Manchester, officially opened the new unit unveiling a plaque and said: “Crumpsall Vale is what the 21st-century NHS should look like: a social model of care, built around the individual and breaking down barriers between health and social care. We want more of this in Greater Manchester.”

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"Maternity Services Talk” – 4 April 2018

On Wednesday 4th April 2018, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting a free talk on ‘Maternity Services’ at The Royal Oldham Hospital.  

Simon Mehigan Divisional Director of Midwifery and Gynaecology will be giving an overview of the services provided to pregnant women and their families at both the Royal Oldham and North Manchester Hospital sites. The services have recently been classed as “Good” by the CQC having previously been classed as “requires improvement”.

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Calling time on chemotherapy at The Royal Oldham Hospital

A breast cancer patient at The Royal Oldham Hospital has called time on her chemotherapy treatment by ringing a special bell installed at the hospital’s Victoria Breast Care Unit.

The bell which has been placed in the waiting area of the unit is a bell that only chemotherapy patients can ring when they are celebrating the end of their treatment plan.

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Parents of North Manchester General Hospital theatre nurse create memorial rug for Manchester Arena attack

THE parents of a theatre practitioner at North Manchester General Hospital have created a lasting memorial to those caught up in the Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017.

Chris and Tim Edwards, who live near Scunthorpe, were moved by the horrific events when a bomb went off following a concert in May 2017, where 22 people lost their lives.  They therefore decided to create something in dedication for everyone who helped at the scene or in the hospitals treating patients, and also for the victims and their families. Over six months Chris created a crocheted rug which is rich in symbolism of Manchester.

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The Royal Oldham Hospital Gynaecology Macmillan nurses are starting to ‘make noise’ for ovarian cancer awareness month

The Royal Oldham Hospital gynaecology Macmillan nurses will be spreading the word about the symptoms of ovarian cancer for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March.

Amanda Storey, Tracey Dixon and Julie Dale will be joining Target Ovarian Cancer to ‘Start Making Noise’ about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, to help more women be diagnosed earlier and save lives. 

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The Loop Magazine for the Northern Care Alliance - Spreading our positive news

The first edition of our new quarterly public and membership magazine for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is now available to view and download. The magazine is available in print and online to share positive news, events and developments about the Alliance and our Care Organisations, and will also include membership updates. The plan is to produce three a year; one in March, July and November. The Loop has been sent this week to our 25,000 public members across Group and will also be shared with our external stakeholders, partner organisations and public. Download the full issue using the link below.

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Northern Care Alliance Care Organisation Videos

Over the past few weeks we have arranged for filming and interviews to take place across our four Care Organisations. Five short films are being produced; one for each Care Organisation and a general overview video about the Northern Care Alliance.

The videos are an opportunity for us to introduce our Care Organisations, showcase some of the specialist services and improvements we have made, and promote ourselves including those who may be considering joining our teams and the Northern Care Alliance. We are delighted to unveil the first of these videos which are now available to view on our website, YouTube and Twitter, and the rest will follow at a later date once the final editing process is complete. Thank you to our colleagues who were involved in making the films.

PAHT Twitter account

We have now changed the name of the current Pennine Acute Trust account from @PennineAcuteNHS to @NCAlliance_NHS. There will be no need to re-follow if you already follow the PAHT Twitter, all current followers will automatically transfer to the new account. If you use Twitter please follow each of our Care Organisations to receive the latest news, events and updates.

  • Rochdale - @RochdaleCO_NHS
  • Bury - @BuryCO_NHS
  • North Manchester - @NorthmcrCO_NHS
  • Oldham - @OldhamCO_NHS

Our Recruitment Teams have also merged our social media platforms where job vacancies, events and careers opportunities are promoted on Twitter @NCAlliance_Jobs and on Facebook @NCAllianceJobs.


Maternity Services Talk

04 April 2018 from 14:00 to 15:00  
Venue Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2
Category Foundation Trust Events
Contact Angela Greenwood
Phone 01706 517302


Pain Management Talk

26 April 2018 from 14:00 to 15:00  
Venue Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2
Contact Angela greenwood
Phone 01706 517302


Northern Care Alliance Nursing & Midwifery Careers Fair

09 May 2018 from 09:30 to 13:30  
Location Salford
Venue AJ Bell Satium, Salford

On Wednesday 9 May we have organised an event which is much more than a recruitment open day… its set to be our biggest careers event of the year!  

We are looking for Nurses and Midwives who share in our passion of ‘saving lives, improving lives’ to join our teams in making our hospital and community services exceptional.

Our Nursing & Midwifery Careers Fair is a fantastic opportunity for Nurses & Midwives (at all stages of their career) to get a real feel of what joining the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, one of the largest NHS healthcare organisations in Greater Manchester and the North West, will be like.  It’s also a chance to meet our people, listen to our expert speakers and be interviewed on the day!

Whether you have your heart set on one of our hospitals/departments, or you’re intrigued about the benefits and opportunities of joining the Northern Care Alliance, the 09 May is a date to keep in your diary.

To attend this event, please make an application here:   

If you have any questions about this event, please direct them to


Hepatitis Talk

09 May 2018 from 14:00 to 15:00  
Venue The Post Graduate Centre, NMGH
Contact Angela Greenwood
Phone 01706 517302


Urgent Care Talk

29 May 2018 from 14:00 to 15:00  
Venue Education Centre, Rochdale Infirmary, OL12 0NB
Contact Angela Greenwood
Phone 01706 517302


Christie's Oldham - Talk & Tour

09 June 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00  
Venue The Christie Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital
Contact Angela Greenwood
Phone 01706 517302

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