GP & Partner Bulletin - October 2017

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October 2017

Welcome to the October 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


Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

Our hospitals, community and healthcare services are now run as Care Organisations. Each of our Care Organisations for Oldham, Bury & Rochdale, North Manchester and Salford now operate within a new Group arrangement which brings together over 17,000 staff and services of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Our NHS Group is to be known as the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.

The Alliance provides the benefits of scale but delivers this locally through multiple hospital sites. Together as an Alliance, and working closely with our partners, will use this scale to deliver better services that are safe, reliable and high quality, leading to improved outcomes for our patients and other benefits.

We will deliver highly reliable care and services, at scale, which are trusted, connected and pioneering.

Our Alliance and Care Organisation Priorities

The Alliance has set the following six core priorities:

  1. Pursue Quality Improvement to assure safe, reliable and compassionate care
  2. Deliver mandatory standards
  3. Support our staff to deliver high performance and improvement
  4. Improve care and services through integration and collaboration
  5. Deliver financial plan to assure sustainability
  6. Implement enabling strategies Within these core priorities, a number of priorities have been set for each Care Organisation. All have measurable targets.

Stakeholder Briefing Update on Pennine Acute Trust’s Improvement Plan

Please find below a paper and performance slide pack which has been circulated to senior leaders of key partners and key external stakeholders. The slide pack was presented at Pennine's Improvement Board.

Stakeholder briefing

Presentation pack

Manchester Single Hospital Service Update – video

Manchester remains on track to create the new Single Hospital Service for the City of Manchester and Trafford following the merger of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospitals South Manchester (UHSM) on 1 Oct. Work will then begin quickly to integrate North Manchester General Hospital into the newly created Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) around 12-18 months later. Watch this video which features members of the MFT Interim Board, senior clinicians and hospital site leaders outlining what the Single Hospital Service Programme for Manchester is, why it is being created and what the changes include.

Watch the video

Specialist clinics herald the arrival of six bouncing babies at The Royal Oldham Hospital

Six ladies from the Oldham area have thanked the staff in the joint diabetes antenatal clinic at The Royal Oldham Hospital for their expert care in their antenatal period.

All the ladies have type one diabetes which means that there are increased risks associated with pregnancy and so specialist input was required throughout their pregnancy.

Diabetes is a condition in which the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood is too high.  Glucose comes from the digestion of starchy foods, such as bread and rice.  Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps the body to use glucose for energy. There are two main types of diabetes, Type 1 DM is when the pancreas produces no insulin and people require insulin injections for life. Approximately 10-15 % of people with diabetes will have type 1 Diabetes.  Type 2 DM is more common and occurs when the pancreas doesn’t make sufficient amounts of insulin or the insulin is not effective. It can be managed with diet and lifestyle, and or medications or insulin.

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Martin Fox from Manchester Leg Circulation Service wins national Allied Health Professionals Award

Vascular specialist podiatrist Martin Fox from the Manchester leg circulation service has won a national Allied Health Professional award for demonstrating workforce transformation leadership.

The award was presented at the 2017 Chief Allied Health Professional Officer Conference in recognition of the transformational leadership work around the early diagnosis and best clinical treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), that Martin and colleagues from North Manchester have pioneered. The award acknowledged the impact the team has made on raising awareness of this common and deadly disease and the transformational changes they have influenced locally, regionally and nationally, with podiatrists and other clinicians who assess and treat lower limb conditions.

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Free Fitness MOTs for Over 60s at Radcliffe Library

Following the success of last year’s event, as part of UK Older People’s Day physiotherapists from Fairfield General Hospital in Bury will be offering free Functional Fitness MOTs to anyone aged over 60.

Older People’s Day is a United Nations global awareness day which is held annually in October, in the UK, it is used primarily to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy actively supports the day and there will be events across the country to show how physiotherapy and increasing physical activity can help older people stay healthy and independent.

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Tudor reigns as visionary health partnership invests in court’s future

An extensive refurbishment at Heywood’s Tudor Court has been officially opened after a special ceremony attended by scores of people from across the local health community.

The enhanced facilities include a new look ground floor area, utility rooms, a new administration area, refurbished kitchen areas and extra space for residents to relax and recuperate.

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New £1m regional specialist joint replacement unit opens at Fairfield General Hospital

A new dedicated joint replacement (arthroplasty) unit that will provide joint replacement surgery for the population of North Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and Bury has opened at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.

The majority of elective joint replacement operations, such as hip and knee replacements, for patients in this catchment area will now take place in the newly built ward nine. The theatre complex at Fairfield General Hospital has also had a further two theatres converted to provide ‘ultra clean air’ which is needed to undertake such procedures. In all just under £1 million has been invested in the new unit.

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Trust Cancer Partnership Shortlisted for National HSJ Awards

Staff from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust involved in the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) in Manchester, have been shortlisted for two top national HSJ Awards, in recognition of the Partnership’s impact on cancer patients and carers over the past four years.

Our staff, as part of the partnership, have been shortlisted for cancer services’ redesign and for creating a new improved model of after-care for breast cancer patients who have completed their initial treatment.

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Pregnant women and new mums invited to NHS Maternity Whose Shoes? Listening event on 19 October

Midwives at The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and in the community are inviting pregnant women and those who have recently experienced local maternity services to attend a Maternity listening engagement event, called ‘Whose Shoes?’

The event will be held on Thursday 19 October between 12 midday and 3pm at the Oldham Civic Centre, Rock Street Resource Centre on West Street in Oldham.

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Pennine News October

Read the October edition of our staff magazine Pennine News, which has now been published.

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North Manchester Care Organisation Commences Primary Care Streaming

In conjunction with the GP Federation (Northern Health GP Provider Organisation) our North Manchester Care Organisation has commenced Primary Care Streaming in accordance with the NHS Five Year Forward View programme for Urgent and Emergency Care. PCS is the first step of the Trusts wider Same Day Care Service programme to treat more patients presenting with primary care conditions in a more appropriate GP led environment. Primary Care Streaming (PCS) started at NMGH on 3rd October. For more information contact

Rochdale HEATT Car Pilot Scheme Wins NHS Improvement North Competition

A new pilot that helps people avoid urgent care in the Rochdale area has won a ‘Region’s Got Talent’ competition which was organised by NHS North Improvement in September to showcase some of the improvements that have been achieved across the region over the past 12 months. Our team will now be invited to showcase the HEATT service at a regional event in November where winners from Yorkshire & Humber, Cheshire & Lancashire, Cumbria & North East will also be showcasing as sub regional winners. The HEATT Car pilot started in November 2016 providing an emergency response vehicle manned by a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals that goes out in the community to people’s homes. Since November, the HEATT service has helped 88% of patients avoid the need to be taken to A&E or the UCC.

Message for all Oldham GPs and practice manager

All trauma patient referrals for plain film imaging must be directed to The Royal Oldham Hospital Radiology department in the first instance and not to the Integrated Care Centre (ICC) in Oldham. This is so that patients with positive bony injuries can be referred directly to the Accident and Emergency department without the need for transport to be arranged.

The Trust has also received an increasing number of referrals from primary care colleagues that are not providing sufficient clinical information. The Trust’s radiographers are not able to justify the x-ray and are having to contact the referrers directly. This causes unnecessary delays to the patient.

Adherence to the above request will help the Trust provide a smoother through flow and an overall better experience for patients.

Thank you.

For more information please contact Kaye Brown, Clinical Department Manager at the Radiology Department, The Royal Oldham Hospital on 0161 656 1788 or email:

New Interventional Radiology Day Case Unit – Open day at The Royal Oldham Hospital

A new Interventional Radiology Day Case Unit is due to open at The Royal Oldham Hospital in November 2017. The interventional radiology team would like to invite staff, stakeholders, patients and their families/carers to an Open Day on Thursday 30 November 2017 from 1pm until 4pm.

The event will be an opportunity for staff, the public and Trust members to learn more about the new innovative day case unit and the many different interventional radiology procedures that will be performed there.

If you are interested in attending the Open Day please register via email –


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?