GP & Partner Bulletin - September 2017

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September 2017

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


Manchester Single Hospital Service Update – video

Manchester remains on track to create the new Single Hospital Service for the City of Manchester and Trafford on 1st October 2017 following the merger of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospitals South Manchester (UHSM). 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.

Annual Report published

We have published our Annual Report for 16-17 on our website. Please follow the link to download a PDF copy.

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Annual Public Meeting in Bury on 4 October

The Annual Public Meeting (APM) and drop-in Open Event on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at the education centre at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.

The drop-in Open Event for the public will start at 3pm and run until 5.30pm. This will then be followed by the formal APM, which will include a presentation from the Chief Executive, Sir David Dalton, and Chairman, Mr Jim Potter (pictured), who will give a review of the last 12 months and the future plans for the Trust and its hospitals.

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Quality Improvement Strategy 2017-20

Pennine Acute’s Oldham, North Manchester and Bury/Rochdale Care Organisations have a new three- year Quality Improvement (QI) Strategy that has four key aims: Aim 1: No preventable deaths

Aim 2: Continuously seek out and reduce patient harm

Aim 3: Achieve the highest level of reliability for clinical care

Aim 4: Deliver innovative and integrated care close to home which supports and improves health, wellbeing and independent living

We will achieve these aims by focusing on leadership, culture, building staff capability, measurement, operational excellence, and a suite of quality improvement projects and joint learning collaboratives. The key to the QI strategy is working with our frontline staff to collectively solve problems and provide a better service and outcomes to our patients.

The Trust has already been working on the QI strategy for months through the two collaboratives: The Deteriorating Patients Collaborative and End PJ Paralysis Collaborative. This has involved hundreds of staff. We chose the collaborative method because we know our staff are the ones with the knowledge on how to improve. Support will be given to frontline staff to give you the space to do what you do best – to provide high quality care. During this week a series of follow-up shared learning events are being held for staff across all sites to focus on the #EndPJParalysis project.

Read our latest membership magazine

The Autumn issue of 'Your Services, Your Pennine' includes news about our new bereavement centres and highlights lots of other exciting developments over the last quarter.

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New Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre opens at The Royal Oldham Hospital

A new £600,000 state of the art Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre, known as the Dinwoodie Centre, has officially opened at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

The new centre will help enhance clinical training and equip doctors, nurses, midwives and other clinical staff with the skills to provide the highest possible patient care, both in hospital and out in the community.

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Local health charity ‘SicKids’ opens its first sensory space at North Manchester General to enhance medical and nursing care for children and young people

SicKids, a children and young people’s health charity working in the North West of England and in Cambodia, held the grand opening of The SicKids Sensory Space at North Manchester General Hospital today with Mr Barry Dixon CBE DL, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, performing the formal opening ceremony.

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Staff Awards - Patients' Choice Award 2017

We are seeking nominations for the Patients’ Choice Award as part of our Staff Awards 2017, which will be held on the evening of the 17 November 2017.

Our awards recognise the very best of patient care, dedication and innovation at our Oldham, Bury & Rochdale and North Manchester Care Organisations, hospitals, community services, and staff.

The award gives members of the public the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and publicly recognise the outstanding care and treatment given to either them or a relative or close friend. You are invited to nominate any nurse, doctor, midwife, therapist, receptionist or other member of staff or team, including volunteers.

The nominee will have shown exceptional patient care; this could be great kindness, professional expertise or expert patient care.

Please complete this form to nominate a member of staff, team or ward for the Patients' Choice Award.

The closing date for nominations is midnight on 8 October 2017.

Go to the nomination form

Investment in new scanner for Rochdale Infirmary

Around 6000 patients a year are set to benefit from a brand new MR (magnetic resonance) scanner which will be installed at Rochdale Infirmary.

The new £550,000 machine will replace the existing scanner which is 12 years old, next spring.  Up to an additional £200,000 will also be spent on renovations and vital technology replacement to the scanner suite in preparation for the new equipment, depending on site surveys.

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New state of the art scanner set to benefit patients at North Manchester General Hospital

Around 6,000 patients a year are set to benefit from a brand new MR (magnetic resonance) scanner recently installed at North Manchester General Hospital.

The new £600,000 machine replaces the existing scanner which was a decade old.  An additional £100,000 was spent on renovations to the scanner suite in preparation for the new equipment.

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Readdressing Our Patient Referrals

Throughout the coming months, the Booking & Scheduling Department at Pennine Acute Trust will be working closely with NHS Digital to improve our electronic patient referral systems by ensuring all referrals to Consultant led first Outpatient appointments are conducted through the Electronic Referral system (ERS) rather than traditional referral routes such paper or letter.

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Older People's Conference 'Active Ageing – Staying Well, Living Well' on Friday 13 October 2017

ON Friday 13 October, the Trust will be hosting the first ever Health and Wellbeing Conference for people over 50.

The team have put together a packed programme of talks, exercise and mindfulness taster sessions and opportunities in a one-stop marketplace for advice, information and signposting to local services.

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High tech 3D printer at North Manchester General Hospital to revolutionise treatment

An investment in the latest 3D technology is set to see hospital patients benefit from the production of high tech implants and prostheses with the touch of a button on a 3D printer.

The maxillofacial laboratory at North Manchester General Hospital has invested £38,000 in a 3D printer and £20,000 in software packages to house the first 3D printer in an NHS hospital in Manchester to be used directly to treat patients.

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Cancer Partnership Shortlisted for National HSJ Awards

Staff from the 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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North Manchester Community Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation Service

North Manchester Community Stroke Team is being Co-located with the new Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team at Charlestown Health Centre.  From 13 September the telephone number to contact the Community Stroke Team will be 0161 741 2007/2008. This number is available 08:30am until 16:30 Monday to Sat. The teams will be based at Charlestown health centre, Charlestown Road, M9 7ED. The fax number is: 0161 741 2037.

The team provide multidisciplinary rehabilitation for people with a diagnosis of a stroke providing occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, nursing and psychology support. Referrals accepted via email on

Please note North Manchester Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team (CNRT) now accepting referrals 

From 1 September the telephone number to contact the Community Neuro team will be 0161 741 2007/2008. This number is available 08:30am until 16:30 Monday to Sat. The team are based at Charlestown Health centre. The fax number is: 0161 741 2037. We are seeking to move away from faxing so please use the email address. The team provide multidisciplinary rehabilitation for people aged over 18 registered with a North Manchester GP with a neurological diagnosis or problems providing occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, nursing and psychology support. Referrals accepted via email on


Open Event and Annual Members/Public Meeting - Salford Royal

03 October 2017 from 15:00 to 19:30 
Salford (Salford Royal Hospital)

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Open Event and Annual Members/Public Meeting - Pennine Acute 

04 October 2017 from 15:00 to 19:30 
Bury (Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital)

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Nutrition & Dietetics Talk

05 October 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00

Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital

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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?