16th March, 1973Vol. 2. No. 40.

Contents -

N.H.S. Reorganisation: News Sheet No. 5
Study Course
Local Mental Health Assoc.
Around the Hospital
Round the N.H.S.
12 Months ago -
Club News
Welcome to
Nursing News


In view of the postponement of this month's JCSC meeting some time may elapse before the elections of the new staff side. As many hospital employees as possible should take an interest in this election, as the JCSC provides direct access to Management where 'normal' channels are non-existent or ineffective.

Use the time before the elections to question your representative, or go through the minutes which he or she can provide.



News Sheet No. 5

Among Government amendments to the Bill, following the debate stage, are:-

a.Secretary of State responsible for establishing community health councils.
b.Local professional advisory cttees. to be recognised by the Secretary of State instead of by the health authorities.
c.More will be written into the Bill about consultation with staff.
d.In some cases the Health Service Commissioners will have discretion tO enquire into complaints without these having been first investigated by the responsible health authority.

Once the Bill is law a complex series of events must follow so that arrangements are legally in order before the Appointed Day, which is 1st April 1974. The method of keeping this programme under review will be explained in a future issue.

The Secretaries for the National Staff Cttees, for Admin. and Clerical Staff and for Nurses and Midwives should now be in Post, and will be visiting various authorities in different parts of the NHS to get first-hand information in their respective fields. The Management Study Report HRC (72)3 contains decisions reached by the Sec. of State in the light of comments from the 'Grey Book' (Management Arrangements for the Reorganised NHS).

McKinsey and Co. have put forward proposals for an interim stage of development which might be achieved within two or three years of reorganisation which the Dept. will subject to field trials shortly and publish guidance on in late 73 or early 74. The reorganisation will result in responsibility for Ambulance Services being transferred to the NHS and preparatory planning has already commenced. A review-of joint liaison cttees. progress will appear in a future issue of the News Sheet.



Study Course

Although I had been insistent on attending the course to be held at Crossley Hospital (I was so sure that ALL was to be revealed) it was very off-putting as I set out at 7.5O a.m. to be informed that I looked like Judge Heilbron setting out for the Law Courts - the frost was quite thickish and without the protection of my cycling gear I wasn't exactly "hoop-la" at the nip in the air. Howsoever, off I banged to get the bus to the station. The station ... my heart really sank into my well-polished shoes ... seedy, draughty and moribund. Yet, when Mr. Bell, another student, arrived and we boarded the train, the diddledum of the wheels lifted my spirits. Upon arrival at Frodsham the ticket collector directed us to the hospital bus which Mr. Lewis, the Hospital Secretary, had so kindly delayed for ten minutes in order to carry us to Crossley West. My spirits winged higher and higher - along with the bus - the patients and staff aboard were friendly and helpful and the countryside extremely pretty.

The hospital chapel had been converted into a very attractive lecture room. Mr, Jones (equally attractive) the Course Tutor, was there to greet us and seat us, we each stated our name and employer, and the proceedings began.

Throughout the week we had a series of erudite, interesting lectures delivered to us by almost all sections of the NHS (I could have wished for a Mental Hospital representative) and Local Authority services - doctors, administrators, full-time lecturers, the Principal of William Rathbone Staff College and the Training Officer for the L.R.H.B. We were given historical information, factual information and "I think" information; we were invited to interrupt and ask questions - which quite a few of us did - but apart from the intelligence given in the grey book and the News Bulletins, the message that came across was


Oh.,.we were told that progress through the Lords had been so slow and amendments being made, it was running behind time.

But... a host of other facts came through. How ignorant we really were of the others' work and problems, how strange it was (or was it political) that the Social Service were not brought into the fold, how interesting to note that the lately introduced system of staff reporting had been practiced in the Colonial Service where one amongst us had started upon her medical administrative career, and how true it was that we must do what our first lecturer, Dr. Dolton, had exhorted us (not just the class but everyone concerned) to do "Love one another".

We were divided into four syndicates, each consisting of five members, to consider two different problems, with a Chairman and Secretary to each project, the secretary having to prepare a report on the consensus opinion of the syndicate, which was to be read to the assembled class by the Chairman.

Dr. Wallace (I mention him in particular because I know HE reads The Standard) will be glad to learn that I was a member of the syndicate which had to consider how the re-organised NHS would affect the Medical discipline! But dinna fash yoursel' the Chairman was a Deputy M.O.H.

On the last day we were able to question a panel of the (possibly) new district (present) hierarchy. Mr. Rossington, a Health Education .Officer, who had asked questions all the way through, asked some more, one of which was "Why are staffs not better informed?". The reply to this was:

Everything possible is being done to circulate information as it arrives. The Cheshire Joint Liaison Committee intends to hold a meeting of representative members of all the staff organisations. Probably in April/May the Cheshire County Council intend to hold possibly three meetings for staff. The Joint Liaison Committee are now gathering information on present staffs, present accommodation, etc. That apart from the few top positions, most staffs would be working as they are now. That - as we are all aware - N.H.S. Reorganisation is not yet on the Statute Book, and when it is it is reasonable to assume that staffs and the public in general will be acquainted with the Government's intentions. This aside, no-one KNOWS exactly anything else.

Mr. Rossington thought, and I agreed, that this lack of knowledge should be communicated - so here am I trying to communicate it to you.

Now, may I round off by saving how I enjoyed myself? I met a lot of interesting, articulate people. I thought one member of the panel a little bit scathing in his replies to questions - as though he had forgotten that we were not as learned as he. One of the lecturers appeared to me to be a real 'pro' another a born teacher, one particularly charming and one or two of them thoroughly sincere and human. Everyone employed at the hospital was pleasant and helpful. The catering staff - like ours - took the extra work in their stride and served to us excellent attractively laid luncheons, especially on the last day when there was a most delicious buffet.

When the time came to say "Farewell" I shook hands with the men, he who I thought was a lay preacher his voice was so plummy and churchlike, and who turned out to be an organist and choir master, the nice young man in the smashing pale pink silk tie who put me in the way of two good books about cats, the handsome Unit Officer who seemed too tall to be Welsh, the bearded Unit Officer, who was a Geordie, the Admin. Officer who's face I knew and used to live in Winwick, Mr. Lewis whose lugubrious expression belied his pleasant nature, Mr. Rossington the burley questionnaire par excellence who ensured we were kept awake, the ambulance officers, the Executive Council administrator. The ladies, the Social Worker who hailed from Sheffield, the District Nursing Officer who was so keen to do her job well, the Admin Assistants, and Miss Perkins and Dr. Asfour who had been in my syndicate and whose company I particularly enjoyed. Miss Perkins, quiet, knowledgeable, pretty like china and Dr. Asfour who I should like to think I shall perhaps meet again one day.

On the back porch I patted for the last time Lassie the border collie and her chum the golden labrador, remembered that each discipline in answer to "How do you think the service to the patient will be maintained in the interim period" had ended by saying "(Medical) Officers will still continue to provide a service to the best of their ability."

Now ... you all know that if my carcass were for sale in a supermarket butchery the ticket clapped on to me would read "Boiling Recommended" nevertheless T still want to do my duties conscientiously, efficiently, methodically and with order - just like most of us. So ... we must continue conscientiously, we hope efficiently, and we trust that in the fullness of time method and order will prevail.

Cordelia Naisby


Among those present at the first meeting of the above were Miss N. Coppack, Mr. P.R. Ditchburn, Dr. B. Ward and Rev. P. Nunn.

The group is to be a local association rather than a branch of the National Assoc. and the Steering Group, to prepare the ground for an inaugural public meeting, has as its Hospital representatives Mr. Ditchburn, Mr. H. Boston, Dr. Ward, Dr. A.S.Carey, Mr. J.T.Docherty and Miss Coppack.

The objectives of the M.H.A. are:
1. Education at National and local level
2. Provision of practical services, e.g. social clubs, visits to hospital patients, residential accommodation, workshops., holiday schemes etc.

The second meeting took place on 12.3.73. We hope to be able to report on this next week.




Ward 26 (Female 1 Down) is scheduled to move to Ward 38 (Female 7 Down) on Wednesday, March 21st.

D. McKendrick


Technical Nursing Library

New books available on loan -
'Psychology in Medicine' - Orme & Spear
'Pocket Book of Ward Information' - Houghton & Jee
'Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation' - E.M. Macdonald
'A Textbook of Psychosexual Disorders' - C. Allen

Nurse Teaching Dept.



Cash for Orthopaedic Research

Two Warrington orthopaedic surgeons have been given a £750 cash allocation by the League of Friends of the Warrington Hospitals. They are Mr. Arthur Morris and Mr. William Boyle.

The money will be used to finance research into the causes of rheumatism and the replacement of knee joints.


The League of Friends of Warrington. Hospital has now donated over £3,000 for use in the town's hospitals. This includes £1,200 to be used for refurnishing the out-patients department at Warrington Infirmary. Provision of seating in the out-patient department at Warrington General Hospital is costing £850 and a further £800 is being used for carpeting end chairs in lounges at Thelwall Grange Annexe Hospital. The remainder of the money has been used to provide television sets. The money has been raised by various efforts organised by the League of Friends and donations made to them. The League's recent flag day in Warrington raised a record £810.

The League recently received a cheque for £150 from Warrington's "18 Plus" Group.

Mrs. Sue Potter, Chairman of the project, presented the cheque to Councillor Bernard Eaves, Chairman of the HMC, and Mr. Jack Richardson, Chairman of the League of Friends .



A referendum held in Cambridge last week asked nurses if they preferred to keep their starched aprons or throw them away in favour of the new apronless national nurse uniform.

By nearly two to one the Cambridge nurses voted in favour of keeping the aprons. 62 were against the new uniforms, while 38% were for the change.

Nurses would be issued with eight of the new uniforms, while now they have three dresses and 14 aprons of the traditional style. If the new style were to be adopted, protective gowns would be used for dirty work where normally aprons would be changed.



Manchester RHB is to spend £400,000 over the next three years to improve facilities for geriatric patients.

A 30-bedded unit and a 50-place day centre are to be built at Whelley Hospital, Wigan, with work starting this summer. Eventually the hospital will become one solely for geriatrics after the medical patients at present being treated are transferred to Billinge and Leigh hospitals.

The new scheme is part of a general reshuffle in hospital organisation in the Wigan and Leigh Hospital Management Committee area. Frog Lane Hospital, Wigan has now been closed and patients moved to the new 160-bed unit at Billinge. Pemberton Hospital - also chiefly geriatric - will also be shut down by the Manchester RHB. Geriatric patients are already being transferred to Billinge.

The whole of Whelley Hospital will eventually become available for geriatric patients. At the moment there are 20 geriatrica beds and 50 for medical patients.




We published an article from a student nurse describing Night Duty, and also sowed a seed...

The Stepping Stones Club was described in our pages...

C. Breslin received a reply to one of his articles...

The Social Therapy Department crossed swords with a critic...

E. Wallace gave some constructive criticism of 'The Standard'...

Dog-catching proved to be a popular sport.




The Rev. A. Horner, well known in Winwick Hospital as one of the Methodist Ministers, is also a keen member of the hospital photographic club. Mr Horner spent 6 weeks or so in the U.S.A. last year and took lots of excellent photographs. The best of these pictures have been made into a slide show entitled "Camera in Carolina" and any member of the staff (and their friends and relations) can come and see this slide-show par excellence on Monday, 19th March in the Old Billiards room (near the bank). Admission is free so come along and be our guests.

E. Miller



The Competitions to be held shortly - 1st & 2nd Div. K,0.'s and a Lightning Tournament - are intended partly to encourage participation by non-regular players, from beginner upwards. Yet to date there has not been a single entry from this area.

The club and all its facilities are there. The cups and prizes are there. Where are you?

R. Bruton
Hon. Sec.

Linda Lewis and Jane Cathcart, in the O.T. Dept.

John Lowry, Fred Bennett, Sydney Moss and Albert Neale in the Engineers' Dept.



Welcome to:Mr. M LintornN/A Pre Pupil
Miss C. MaundN/A Pre Pupil
Miss S. NoonN/A
Miss D. Braid
Mrs M. BeckN/A
Miss S. FisherN/A
Miss P. TurnerT/NA N.D.
Farewell to:Mrs. P. FaulknerN/A
Miss C.E. CareyStudent
Mrs. A.B. MellorN/A
Mrs. M HeatonPupil Nurse

Information has been received from the L.R.H.B. that a grant of up to £200 towards the cost of a Travelling Scholarship is to be provided by the Trustees of the Trevor Lloyd Hughes Memorial Trust Fund. Anyone wishing to know more about this will find a notice on the Notice Board.

Mr. Bagguley, a Charge Nurse from Moss Side Hospital has spent a week here.

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