GP & Partner Bulletin

Pulse 2


March 2019

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


David celebration event Oldham
Northern Care Alliance Chief Executive Sir David Dalton has been celebrating his retirement with staff

Sir David will leave the organisation on Friday this week (March 29) and has been spending time with colleagues across the Alliance to say goodbye.

Elaine Inglesby-Burke
Gold Award for our Chief Nurse

The Northern Care Alliance’s Chief Nurse Elaine Inglesby-Burke CBE has been honoured for her remarkable nursing career by the NHS’ top nurse.

Pennine security
Press statement re staff robberies at The Royal Oldham

We have stepped up security at The Royal Oldham Hospital after a number of staff robberies.

Nutrition and Hydration Week - Health care staff highlight the importance of good nutrition for elderly patients
Health staff highlight the importance of a healthy diet for elderly patients

Health and social care staff in Oldham are supporting a national campaign to highlight the importance of good nutrition and hydration for patients.

Jessica and Michael Greaves with Simon Mehigan and maternity unit staff
Oldham couple raise vital funds for Royal Oldham Hospital maternity units

Losing a baby can be one of the toughest things that a parent ever has to face, but one brave couple from Oldham have used the loss of their son Dexter to support other parents on the maternity units at The Royal Oldham Hospital by fundraising with family and friends.


Wolstenholme web
Rochdale Infirmary shortlisted in Student Nursing Times 2019 Awards

THE Wolstenholme Intermediate Care Unit at Rochdale Infirmary has been shortlisted for a national award in the Student Nursing Times 2019 Awards.

Delirium day
Members of the public invited to Greater Manchester World Delirium Awareness Day event

Greater Manchester members of the public and professionals are being invited to attend a free information event about Delirium, part of World Delirium Awareness Day on Wednesday 13 March, 10:00 – 15:00 at the Post-Graduate Centre, North Manchester General Hospital.

libby and georges web
GDE Fast Follower funding agreement announcement

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been given the go ahead to deliver an exciting new programme of digital health technology and electronic patient pathways by NHS England.

Pharmacy Team at The Royal Oldham
Pharmacy team at The Royal Oldham helps speed up discharge for patients

The Pharmacy Team at The Royal Oldham Hospital are working with ward nurses and doctors to help speed up the time it takes for patients to be discharged from hospital.

Nicola Firth - Royal Oldham Director of Nursing and Interim Chief Officer
The Royal Oldham counts the cost of missed patient appointments

The Royal Oldham Hospital is asking patients who are unable to attend their hospital appointment to do the right thing; cancel or rearrange it and free up the slot for other patients, after recent data highlighted the financial cost of patients not attending.


Sir David Dalton
Workforce race equality: it’s time to make a difference in Greater Manchester

Can you imagine the day when a black woman is as likely to be shortlisted for a senior position as her white colleague or that an Asian man is no more likely to enter the disciplinary process than a white man? Greater Manchester can.


PAT Diagnostic Improvement Plan Primary Care Survey

“Your Request - Your Responsibility”

During 2015 Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust experienced an increase in the number of undetected cancers; and this was identified through the Trust’s incident and complaints data.  This prompted a piece of work to internally review incidents and complaints on missed diagnostics across a five year period.  The Trust has established a Diagnostics Improvement Group to oversee the Diagnostics Improvement Plan and has developed Clinical Standards for Diagnostics Testing - ’Your Request, Your Responsibility‘.

Pennine Acute Hospitals are keen to gather feedback from our GP partners on their experiences of the services received. All feedback from this short survey will be reviewed and the Trusts action plan will be adjusted as appropriate.

This short survey should take no longer than 5 minutes for you to complete. Thank you in advance for your invaluable feedback.

Take the survey here: - web link - social media


Medicine for Members – Sir David Dalton 40 years in the NHS

29 March 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 
Salford (Humphrey Booth Lecture Theatre Level 1, Mayo Build)

Chemotherapy Talk

02 April 2019 from 14:00 to 15:00 
(Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2)

Physiotherapy Talk

10 April 2019 from 14:00 to 15:00 
(Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital)

Physical Activity & Sugar Smart Event

16 April 2019 from 13:30 to 16:00 
Bury (Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital)

Stroke Talk

30 April 2019 from 14:00 to 15:00 
(Seminar Room 1 & 2, Salford Royal)

Endometriosis Talk

08 May 2019 from 14:00 to 15:00 
(Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2)

'Research across the Northern Care Alliance - a record breaking year' *(not yet confirmed)

21 May 2019 from 14:00 to 15:00 
(Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital)

Pharmacy Talk

20 June 2019 from 14:00 to 15:00 
(Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2)

Diabetes Talk

23 July 2019 from 14:00 to 15:00 
(Education Centre, Rochdale Infirmary, OL12 0NB)

Have you read the latest issue of Loop, the Northern Care Alliance magazine for members, stakeholders and staff?