GP & Partner Bulletin - November 2015

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November 2015

Welcome to the November 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


Industrial action by junior doctors on 1 December

Statement from the Trust

A spokesman for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“Junior doctors in England have voted in favour of going on strike following the ballot by the British Medical Association (BMA). The BMA has announced three days of industrial action.

“The first strike will start on Tuesday 1st December where junior doctors will provide only emergency care for 24 hours from 8am.

“Patient safety and the welfare of our patients is the Trust’s top priority.

“Our A&E departments and urgent care services will operate as usual but the public are encouraged to think twice before coming to A&E unless their condition is urgent. People are also reminded of the other healthcare options available instead of coming to A&E or dialling 999 – such as visiting their pharmacist or GP, calling NHS 111 or using NHS Choices (

“There is likely to be some impact on our non-emergency and planned services during this period.  We will be contacting patients directly if their care has to be postponed and rescheduled as a result. Those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal.”

Trust appoints new Medical Director

Professor Matthew Makin, who was born and brought up in Manchester, will take up post at the Trust in early 2016. He is currently Medical Director in Wales at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Professor Makin’s clinical background is in General Medicine, Palliative Medicine and General Practice, and his academic interests have been research into the cause and treatment of Cancer Pain, and Clinical Ethics in Medicine.

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Trust launches new Maternity Listening & Action Group

A new Maternity Listening & Action Group has been launched by the Trust so that women and their families views are heard as part of the planning and delivery of maternity care.

The new group will provide close and regular feedback from the local population, ensuring safe, responsive, family centred maternity services at the Trust’s four hospitals – North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, Rochdale Infirmary and community services.

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Trust cleans up at Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards

The Trust has won big at the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2015 claiming two first places and two runner up awards.

Dr Andrew Ustianowski, infectious diseases consultant at the Trust won Investigator of the Year, and the Research Team at Fairfield General Hospital won Research Team of the Year at the awards which took place on 4 November.

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Stop the Pressure conference highlights dangers of pressure ulcers

Tissue viability nurses at the Trust were joined by fellow health professionals from across the region at a Stop the Pressure conference on 17th November to highlight what can be done to prevent pressure ulcers, commonly known as bed sores, which can cause long term pain and distress for patients.

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Life saving vascular nurse specialist wins national Nursing Times Award

A vascular nurse specialist for the Manchester Leg Circulation Service at the Trust has been recognised for pioneering work which has saved the lives of two patients.

Lisa Smith, the nurse who is thought to be one of only four vascular nurse specialists in the country won the Nursing in the Community award at the Nursing Times Awards 2015.

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Trust shortlisted in three categories for the national Health Business Awards 2015

The Trust has been shortlisted as finalists in three categories for the national Health Business Awards 2015 which take place on 3rd December in London.

The Trust is shortlisted in the following categories, the Healthcare IT Award, the Patient Safety Award and the Hospital Catering Award.

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Trust Staff Awards 2015

The Trust's annual Staff Awards were held at the Sheridan Suite, Manchester on Friday 13 November. The event, hosted by the BBC's Bill Turnbull, was a celebration of individuals and teams from across the Trust. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners: Patient Safety Award, Ebola Task and Finish Group at North Manchester General Hospital; Award for Quality, Quality and Performance Committee, North Manchester Community; Award for Transformation, Crisis Response Team, North Manchester Community; Award for Performance and Productivity, District Nursing Team, North Manchester; Award for Staff Health and Wellbeing, Deborah Bancroft and FGH Physiotherapists, Integrated Discharge Team at North Manchester; Volunteer of the Year, The Floyd Unit Volunteer Team; Pennine Patient’s Choice, North Manchester Oral Maxillofacial (Head & Neck) Cancer Team; Rising Star Award, Sharon Nuttall, L&OD; Award for Leadership, Victoria Thorne, Integrated and Community Services, North Manchester, Chief Executive’s Award for Innovation, The Frailty Programme, North Manchester Community; Chairman’s Award for Living our Values, The Stroke Services at Fairfield General Hospital.

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Rheumatoid Factor Analysis - processing delay

Please note that there has been a delay in processing specimens for Rheumatoid Factor at the Trust due to a problem with the Rheumatoid Factor calibrator provided by the supplier.

Specimens already received for Rheumatoid Factor analysis are being stored and are awaiting a delivery of calibrator to enable the laboratory to process these samples. Any further specimens received will be stored appropriately and will be analysed as soon as the problem is resolved.

GP Specialty Doctor with Special Interest in Rheumatology required

Applications are invited for this exciting new one year placement. The post will deliver the competencies in Rheumatology that are relevant to primary care, and which will enable the post holder to provide better quality care for their patients. It is hoped that postholders will be stimulated to develop a longer term interest in this speciality in their future GP careers by way of GPwSI or other such similar primary/secondary care interfaces.

The placement will involve a weekly outpatient clinic and a second session for patient related administration, continuing professional development and supporting primary care development and engagement. This post is based at North Manchester General Hospital but as a large multi-site Trust so can offer a high degree of flexibility in session times to fit in with your existing GP commitments.

For further information on the above posts, please contact: Dr Masroor Ahmed or Dr Leena Das, Consultant Rheumatologists on 0161 720 2598 or email or

Emma Flynn, Directorate Manager on 07837325150 or email


Hear Here! The Trust hosts free audiology open day

03 December 2015 from 11.00 to 12.00, Education Centre, North Manchester General Hospital

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

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‘I’ve got this terrible pain, nurse’ – free health talk

On Friday 11th December, Paula Bragg,  Lead Pain Nurse from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting a free public talk on, The Integrated Persistent Pain Service, to be held at The Royal Oldham Hospital, Education Centre (2 – 3 pm).

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‘Care in the Community’ Talk - 15th December 2015

THE Trust is hosting a free talk to inform people about the community health services that are provided by the Trust in North Manchester.  

The event is open to patients, staff, public and our members and will be held at the Post-Graduate Centre, North Manchester General Hospital on Tuesday 15th December 2015, 2 – 3 pm. 

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Podiatry Talk, with Jackie Schofield

13 January 2016, 14.00 to 15.00, Fairfield General Hospital

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


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