GP & Partner Bulletin - September 2016

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September 2016

Welcome to the September 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


Stabilising Fragile Services - update

Many of our services are safer as a consequence of the immediate actions that have been put in place by the Trust following our CQC inspection, particularly around our four main fragile services – Urgent Care, Maternity, Paediatrics, and Critical Care - which have been under long-term acute pressure due mainly to staffing shortages.

The Pennine Improvement Board, which is chaired by the Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, now meets fortnightly and brings together health and social care organisations within Manchester and across GM to help stabilise and offer support to Pennine.

Work is well underway to ensure our maternity services are safe and reliable through the Trust’s Maternity Improvement programme and collaborative working with colleagues from Central Manchester FT (Saint Mary’s Hospital) around developing clinical leadership at NMGH.

A number of measures have also been put in place to support our Emergency Department at NMGH involving the provision of enhanced primary care and community care. Additional consultant cover from senior clinicians is also being identified from elsewhere across the Trust and has also offered from neighbouring Trusts to support our staff. From this month, North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) crews will also use existing pathways to stream emergency high acuity patients who are extremely ill, including those with abdominal bleeds, and take them directly to the designated specialist sites at Oldham, Salford Royal or CMFT between 8pm - 8am as part of the phased implementation of the Healthier Together arrangements. It is expected this will affect three patients per day.

New leadership at Pennine Acute Trust to hold Annual Public Meeting in Oldham – 6 October

The new Trust leadership team are to hold our Annual Public Meeting (APM) on the evening of Thursday 6th October in Oldham. The APM will be held at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Street, in Oldham OL1 1QJ. 

The meeting will start at 6pm and will include a presentation from the Trust Chief Executive, Sir David Dalton and Trust Chairman, Mr Jim Potter, who will review the last 12 months and outline the Trust’s plans going forward.

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Chief Nurse launches ‘Communication and Information Needs Passport’ for patients

Elaine Inglesby-Burke, Chief Nurse at the Trust, has unveiled a new ‘Communication and Information Needs Passport’ for patients, service users, carers and parents at an Accessible Information Standard launch event held at North Manchester General Hospital.

The new Communication and Information Needs Passport will support the implementation of the Accessible Information Standard by helping health and social care staff easily identify the communication and information needs of patients and service users who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss and will make sure that they can access and understand the information that they are given.

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Trust invests in state of the art x-ray facility at Rochdale Infirmary

Radiology services at Rochdale Infirmary have been strengthened following the investment and creation of a third digital x-ray room on the hospital site.

The Trust has invested over £220,000 on the new x-ray room which houses state-of-the-art equipment to produce images of the inside of the body to diagnose a range of conditions.

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Trust patients invited to nominate their hospital and community NHS staff heroes

Trust is inviting the public and its members to nominate their NHS heroes as part of its seventh annual Staff Awards event.

If you or a relative have received exceptional care and treatment at one of the Trust’s four hospitals or from community services staff, or if you or your family want to thank a particular doctor, nurse, support worker, or ward that did their best to treat and look after you, then this is your chance.

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North Manchester’s Community Assessment and Support Service shortlisted for HSJ Award

Staff who provide health and social care support for vulnerable patients in the community within North Manchester’s Community Assessment and Support Service (CASS) has been shortlisted in the prestigious national health sector HSJ Awards - in the ‘Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government’ category.

The Community Assessment and Support Service is an integrated service of health and social care staff, managed by the Trust’s Integrated and Community Services Division in North Manchester.

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Free Fitness MOTs for Over 60s at Radcliffe Library

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 on Thursday 6th October at Radcliffe Library.

Older People’s Day is a United Nations global awareness day which is held annually in the UK in October. It is used primarily to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy.

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Membership magazine published

We have published the latest edition of our membership magazine, 'Your Services, Your Pennine' which is available on the Trust website and to download using the read more link on this page.

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The Royal Rover is back in service

We are pleased to announce that the Royal Rover minibus hospital shuttle bus service has been reinstated at The Royal Oldham Hospital. Alternative funding has been sourced from the Trust's Support Services directorate.

We are now looking to recruit additional volunteer drivers and drivers' assistants to help sustain and maintain the valuable service at The Royal Oldham Hospital. Full training and uniform are provided. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Voluntary Services on 0161 604 5892.


The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust's Annual Public Meeting (APM)

6 October 2016

6pm - 7.30pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham

Trust board meeting

6 October 2016


Room 219, Trust HQ, North Manchester General Hospital

Neonatal Talk

17 October 2016

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital

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Trust board meeting

24 November 2016

9.30 to 12.30

Room 219, Trust HQ, North Manchester General Hospital

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Trust board meeting

15 December 2016

9.30 to 12.30

Room 219, Trust HQ, North Manchester General Hospital

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