Bricklaying ceremony at UHSM's new A&E department

In a special ceremony, Wythenshawe and Sale East MP, Mike Kane, helped lay a commemorative stone to celebrate the £15m extension, which will improve patient care, alongside representatives from the Trust, developers, Interserve Construction and project managers Rider Hunt.

The new development will double the size of the existing emergency department to ensure Wythenshawe Hospital can continue to provide first class emergency treatment and care to patients, in bigger and better surroundings that meet increasing demands.

Improvements to the new facility at the hospital, part of University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM), will include larger cubicles and treatment rooms. The two-storey building will also house two additional resuscitation bays, two new X-ray rooms, and the children’s emergency department will be significantly improved and expanded.

Silas Nicholls, chief executive at UHSM, said: “This is a major investment for the Trust and recognises the very specialist emergency care which we can offer to patients across south Manchester and Trafford. Once completed, this will be one of the most modern emergency departments in the UK, with the very latest facilities.

Wythenshawe and Sale East MP, Mike Kane, said; “I was delighted to visit Wythenshawe Hospital to see building work on this important extension to the emergency department really taking shape. 

The project will be delivered in three stages, with the first phase involving the construction of a new-build 2,000 square metre extension to the front of the existing department to provide major and minor injury areas, a waiting area and reception.

The second stage is an internal refurbishment to the existing department to provide a  resuscitation area, children’s emergency department and X-ray facilities, while the third phase concentrates on improvements to provide facilities for relatives, offices and seminar rooms. There are more than 200 rooms within the new development, including 46 treatment rooms and eight resuscitation rooms.


MHA students receive GCSE results

The students of Manchester Health Academy celebrated their GCSE results this week, with some impressive individual achievements. The academy’s highest performer achieved an outstanding 8 A* and A grades amongst 11 grades A* - C.

Principal, Mr Owen, said: “I am very proud of the students, whose effort and determination to succeed is reflected in their results. I’m also very proud of the dedication shown by the staff throughout the year to give students opportunities to achieve this success, no matter what their starting points, individual abilities and challenges are.

As discussed in the press recently, the new GCSEs are more demanding than ever before, making our students’ successes even more significant.

“Exams are, of course, just one aspect of a good education.  Students leave Manchester Health Academy with a rounded education, personal values, resilience and the potential to succeed in life no matter what path they choose. I wish each and every one the best for their future.”

In 2017 the new GCSEs in English language, English literature and mathematics have been examined for the first time. These courses no longer include coursework in the grades so the results depend upon final exam performance only. The A*- G grades in these subjects are now replaced with a scale of 9 – 1 (9 is the highest grade). The examinations are designed to assess a more demanding curriculum.


New partnership for employment & skills

Facilities at the Forum Centre are set to grow further with the relocation of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to the Forum Learning campus. Job Centre Plus (JCP) will be located on the ground floor and is set to open in the spring of 2018.                                       

DWP is continuing to merge staff and facilities from smaller centres into larger spaces. The Forum Centre relocation ensures that jobseekers are not inconvenienced by the need to travel out of area, and can take advantage of an accessible venue with other facilities on site.

The Manchester College has now consolidated delivery of local training from its Wythenshawe and Northenden campuses, but Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES) will continue to deliver education and skills on site, and will work in partnership with the job centre.

MAES already delivers a wide range of courses at the Forum which help residents to prepare for, and progress into employment, and to develop the skills to take a more active role in their communities through, for example, volunteering. Julie Rushton, head of MAES said:

In research carried out last year, 99% of learners said that MAES courses make their lives better.  MAES is looking forward to developing its existing partnership with Wythenshawe Job centre and Wythenshawe Forum Trust, to provide an improved education and employment service for residents and employers.”

Chief executive of Wythenshawe Forum Trust, Eddie Flanagan, is enthusiastic about the changes: “We are delighted to welcome JCP to the Forum. Working in partnership with MAES, one of our valued existing stakeholders, the Trust is looking forward to building a unique training and employment service that will be of considerable benefit to local people.”


MEA students receive bursaries

Chairman of the Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) board, Bishop of Manchester, The Right Rev Dr David Walker, visited the Manchester Enterprise Academy (MEA) to meet sixth form leavers who are about to start university.  

Students will benefit from a bursary donation from WCHG, which will support them in their first year of university, and will leave a lasting legacy for the residents and community of Wythenshawe.

The Bishop of Manchester said: “WCHG’s commitment to supporting the youth of Wythenshawe is an investment in the future of the community and MEA is doing a fantastic job to support young people to both hold and reach their ambitions.

“I was delighted to meet the students and hear firsthand the difference these bursaries will make to their lives. Education really matters to the life chances of young people growing up in Wythenshawe and here we will do what we can to help support this.


Landmark extra care housing scheme

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, officially launched Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s (WCHG) landmark development, Village 135, on 5 June.

With 24 hour on-site extra care provision, residents of the 135 apartments can also benefit from the onsite beauty salon, spa and therapy room, bistro, landscaped sensory gardens and luxurious communal areas for relaxing and spending time with family or friends.

Village 135 promotes a full and active lifestyle for residents, who can participate in a range of activities designed to enrich their lifestyle, build friendships and provide new skills.

These new modern, energy-efficient homes provide a mixed tenure of 66 apartments for affordable rent, 39 apartments for shared ownership and 30 apartments for outright sale.

Village 135, offers residents independent living in their own two-bedroom apartments designed to meet full mobility and access in line with the Lifetime Homes design criteria, while ensuring that living spaces are flexible in design to adapt to future needs.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to open Village 135 today and to have the opportunity to see this landmark development in Wythenshawe. The new facility will provide specialised housing to suit the needs of older people, helping them maintain their independence, while the development will also create new, local job opportunities. This development is a fantastic addition to the Wythenshawe community and to south Manchester.”

Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of WCHG, said, “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved on the Village135 development. This fantastic landmark scheme is so much more than just housing. It’s a vibrant new community that could only be achieved through partnership working. It’s great to see this in practice through our new partnership with The Manchester College, whose students now work as part of the community facilities that are on offer here.”

Lisa O'Loughlin, Principal of The Manchester College, said: "Since our Wythenshawe campus first opened in 2010, we have offered a wide range of courses for school leavers and adults. We are always pleased to support our neighbours and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group's Village 135 is a landmark development - delivering extra care support for the over-55s - in the heart of the community.”

Mavis Thomson, a new resident said. “I’ve lived in Wythenshawe all my life and I think this place is beautiful. We are all getting to know each other. It’s better than any hotel I’ve ever stayed in. I’ve settled in better than I expected.”

Peter Mackie, another new resident said, “I moved here from a four bedroom house. I like everything here, all the facilities. I’ve made new friends and I know everybody really.”


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