Trust Chair Praises Outstanding Commitment of Staff at PAT Annual Public Meeting

Chris Outram
Trust Chair Praises Outstanding Commitment of Staff at PAT Annual Public Meeting
09 October 2020

The Chair of the Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust (PAT) Board has praised staff for their outstanding commitment to patient care.  Speaking at this year’s PAT Annual Public Meeting (APM), Chris Outram, who is also Chair of The Christie, commended the dedication of staff throughout the COVID pandemic and expressed her personal thanks to all those involved in providing care and support to patients, and their relatives, during what has been one of the biggest challenges ever faced by the NHS.

Chris Outram joined Chief Executive, Patrick Crowley, and Director of Finance, Damien Finn, to present at the PAT APM on Wednesday 7th October, which has been held separately to the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) Annual Members Meeting (AMM) this year. During the meeting, the members of the PAT Board presented the Annual Report and Accounts for the last financial year (2019/20), covering the key highlights and achievements from across the North East Sector Care Organisations.  During the period under review (2019/20), the whole of PAT was managed by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) and the PAT Board thanked them for their leadership of the Trust that year, which led to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) ‘Good’ rating for the Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust in February 2020.  During the meeting, Patrick Crowley also provided a look ahead at the Board’s key priorities for the rest of this financial year (2020/21).

The PAT Board of Directors was introduced on 1st April this year to oversee the effective delivery of the interim management arrangements that came into effect the same day.  Those interim arrangements saw Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) take responsibility for managing North Manchester General Hospital, whilst Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) has continued to manage the hospital and community services of Oldham and Bury & Rochdale Care Organisations, in addition to Salford Care Organisation, as part of the NCA.  These interim arrangements have been brought in in preparation for the formal alignment of management responsibility for these services to the NCA and MFT on 1st April 2021 – The PAT Board is responsible for overseeing the effective delivery of those Transactions in addition to holding MFT and SRFT to account as required during the interim management period.