Job Vacancy: Healthwatch Knowsley Administration Officer (Signposting) (Closing 12noon on Monday 7th January 2019)

Knowsley Healthwatch is looking to appoint an experienced Administrator to provide a range of administrative and clerical support services to the Healthwatch team, whilst the postholder is on maternity leave for nine months.

Job Title: Administration Officer [Signposting], Knowsley Healthwatch
Salary: £17,772
Location: Huyton, Merseyside
Hours: 35 hours per week [maternity cover]

Duties include receiving and signposting enquiries to Healthwatch, updating databases and preparing documents and correspondence for the team. Other main duties include preparing agendas for meetings and minute taking and assisting with organising events, conferences and training courses.

The successful applicant must have excellent organisational skills, be a team player and work to agreed timescales and deadlines. In addition they must be IT literate and have strong communication skills both in writing and face to face.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete an application form and return it to recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk by 12noon on Monday 7th January 2019.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

Downloads:

Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF
Application Form (Word / PDF
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF

Men are encouraged to look after their health this November

It’s November, which means that as a part of ‘Movember’, health teams in Sefton are focusing on men’s health this month.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are encouraging men in the area to look after their health and make sure they know about some of the most common health problems that could affect them.

Talking about Weight with Children, Young People and Families in Sefton (23rd / 26th November or 5th December 2018)

In April this year, Public Health commissioned Food Active to assist in the development of obesity training to equip education, health and social care professionals, with the skills and confidence to inform and support families about healthy weight and wellbeing.

Local insight work has taken place over the summer to inform the development of the training, with a range of staff groups (NHS, Council, VCF) taking part in focus groups and consultation.

Sefton’s Social Investment Survey for local groups & organisations (closing Friday 30th November)

Sefton CVS, working in partnership with Sefton Council to explore the potential for social investment to finance solutions that address the challenges facing Sefton’s communities.

This survey is for Sefton’s VCFSE Sector to help us understand the current levels of local knowledge about social investment and the interest in finding out more about it. It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

If you experience any problems whilst trying to complete the survey, please email communications@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726. 

“Like Glue” Preview: Exploring the impact of relationship abuse in teenage relationships (9.30-10.45am, Monday 10th December)

On Monday 10th December, Sefton Council are hosting a special theatre performance at Bootle Town Hall exploring the impact of relationship abuse on young people. This performance is commissioned by the Office of the Merseyside PCC and Sefton Council’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Team and is free to attend. 

Government launches new national hate crime awareness campaign

A new nationwide hate crime campaign aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of what constitutes a hate crime has been launched by the government.

The campaign has been developed in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime and other organisations, to help the public understand hate crime, particularly offences which often people do not recognise as criminal, such as some forms of online and verbal abuse.

Do you know the signs of a ‘hypo’?

NHS Southport and Formby Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking if we know how to spot the signs of a ‘hypo’ and how to treat it.

A ‘hypo’ is hypoglycaemia, this is where the level of sugar (glucose) in your blood drops too low and mainly affects people with diabetes, especially if you take insulin, or tablets from the families of tablets called sulfonylureas (such as gliclazide, glimepiride, glipizide) or glinides (such as Repaglinide or Nateglinide).

There are a number of signs to show your blood sugars may be too low:

–       feeling hungry

–       sweating

–       tingling lips

–       feeling shaky or trembling

–       dizziness

–       feeling tired

–       a fast or pounding heartbeat (palpitations)

–       becoming easily irritated, tearful, stroppy or moody

–       turning pale

You can reduce the chance of having hypos by eating regularly and if you drink alcohol to follow advice about sensible drinking.

Dr Douglas Callow, clinical lead for diabetes at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Many people with diabetes will recognise the signs to show that their blood sugars are dropping – their mood will drop, they’ll feel hungry and shaky.

“Someone who knows they’re at risk should carry dextrose tablets or a small carton of smooth orange juice – you want something that works quickly, and that probably isn’t a chocolate bar.”

If not treated, you may then get other symptoms, such as:

–       weakness

–       blurred vision

–       difficulty concentrating

–       confusion

–       unusual behaviour, slurred speech or clumsiness (like being drunk)

–       feeling sleepy

–       seizures (fits)

–       collapsing or passing out

You may need to eat more carbohydrates both before and after physical exercise.

With the risks of passing-out, it’s important for those injecting insulin or taking diabetes tablets to check their blood glucose level before driving. They should not set off on their journey if their blood glucose level is less than 5mmol/L.

Dr Callow added: “It would also be sensible to keep glucose treatments in the car at all times and if they have a hypo whilst driving to stop the car as soon as possible.

“Take the keys out and, if it’s safe to do so, move into the passenger seat before treating the hypo.  Don’t ignore the symptoms.”

You can find out more about diabetes and hypoglycaemia on the NHS website:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes

www.nhs.uk/conditions/low-blood-sugar-hypoglycaemia

Local NHS Trust Produces Stoptober Animation to Help People Quit for Good

STOPTOBER has driven over one million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It’s based on research that shows if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good.

To help people prepare and remain smokefree during Stoptober, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has produced a short animation, packed with useful tips and advice.

Stoptober offers a range of support to help people on their quitting journey, including an app, daily emails, e-cigarettes and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community.

In your adult years the lifestyle choices you make can dramatically increase your chances of becoming ill. Smoking is still the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England, accounting for more than 80,000 deaths each year.

Alison Foster, Smokefree Lead for the Trust said: “Making changes can improve your health right away and considerably increase your chances of staying healthy.

“Some of the benefits to your health include: carbon monoxide levels, blood pressure and pulse returning to normal, breathing becoming easier and energy levels increasing.”

For further information on the benefits of quitting smoking, visit: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/Stop-smoking

For Stoptober resources and support, visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/stoptober/

‘Big Chat’ about Health in South Sefton – Thursday 27th September 2018

Health commissioners are inviting south Sefton residents to come to their ‘Annual Review meets Big Chat’ event on Thursday 27th September 2018.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is combining its annual review meeting with a ‘Big Chat’ style event, and this year will also be celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

So, as well as finding out about the CCG’s performance and achievements over the past 12 months, the event is a chance for residents to give their views about the organisation’s latest work to shape services.

This year, the event will include a marketplace with a range of health and wellbeing related stalls that people can browse ahead of the start of the main programme, which will combine a mix of presentations and interactive, table based discussions.

Dr Craig Gillespie, acting chair for the CCG, said: “This will be our 10th ‘Big Chat’ event in South Sefton. We really value the feedback and suggestions we gather from all those who come along to the events, so we hope to welcome many local people to our annual review.”

He added: “We are also hosting a marketplace, where colleagues and partners from neighbouring health organisations will have information stalls promoting a range of local health services.”

Copies of the CCG’s annual report and accounts for 2017-2018 will also be available for people to take away.

The event begins at 1pm with a marketplace and refreshments, with the main agenda taking place from 2pm to 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, Bootle, L20 2DD. The marketplace and refreshments will be available from 1pm.

Anyone who would like to come along is asked to confirm their attendance, along with any special requirements they may have, by calling 0151 317 8456 or emailing: southsefton.ccg@nhs.net

Take a positive step towards feeling better – Access Sefton

Local NHS leaders are reminding Sefton residents that there is a free, confidential service to support people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health conditions.

Sefton Council’s ‘Sefton in Mind’ campaign launched on Monday 10 September, covering the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day (10 October). The campaign aims to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Geraldine O’Carroll is the Senior Manager for Commissioning and Redesign at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG. She said: “Everyone goes through difficult times, but sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we may feel that we can’t cope. If you are in this situation, you’re not alone.

“I recommend contacting Access Sefton for confidential advice and treatment. They can offer appointments at a variety of locations including GP surgeries across Sefton; and can also offer telephone-based or computer-based therapy where appropriate. They will work with you to find an option that’s best for you.”

Access Sefton is available to anyone aged 16+ and registered with a Sefton GP. You can self-refer via the website www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton, by phone 0300 303 2708 or email CWP.AdminAccessSefton@nhs.net. You can also ask your GP to make a referral for you.

Ryan Forrest, Deputy Operations Manager at Access Sefton, added: “As well as anxiety, depression and stress, talking therapies are an effective treatment for other common mental health conditions, including phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic.”

As part of the Sefton in Mind campaign, Sefton Council wants to know which parts of Sefton have a positive influence on your mental health. The aim is to create a positive mental health map of Sefton, showing the places where people go to feel better and in turn help reduce the social isolation that can often be a symptom of depression.

To get involved and help create the map, tell us about your favourite place and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil or alternatively email to communications@sefton.gov.uk.

‘Working Together To Support Our Communities’ Workshops (Wednesday 3rd & 10th October)

Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sefton Council and NHS South Sefton CCG & NHS Southport & Formby CCG to host two upcoming workshops looking at a community-based model of services in Sefton.

These workshops will give you and your organisation the opportunity to both hear in more detail about these ideas but also to shape the way you or your organisation wants to be involved.

Click here to download the event invitation 

Click here to download the booking form (Word / PDF

The two workshops planned in Sefton are:

Wednesday 3rd  October, 9.30am-2pm – Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC), Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 1RR (click here for map)

Wednesday 10th October, 9.30am-2pm – Waterside Lodge, Marine Drive, Southport, PR8 1RY  (click here for map)

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

To book your place, please complete and return the attached booking form to events@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726. Alternatively, please return the booking form to the address below:

Freepost RTCG-HGXH-LHRS
Sefton Council For Voluntary Service
3rd Floor, North Wing, Suite 3b, Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,
LIVERPOOL,
L22 0LG

Please include details of any dietary or accessibility requirements. Bookings are available on a first come first served basis.

Treasure Sefton supports 30 Days of Sefton In Mind (10th September – 10th October)

Treasure Sefton – the local network for better mental health – is supporting the 30 days of Sefton In Mind campaign which runs from Monday 10th September to Wednesday 10th October.

The 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign covers the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10). The campaign aims to use this 30 period to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Let’s Change Lives Together: Macmillan Coffee Mornings across Sefton this September

The South Sefton Macmillan Community Navigators service have teamed up with Sefton CVS’s Community Connectors project to host a series of Macmillan Coffee Mornings across Sefton this September.

Click here to download the event flyer 

Everyone is welcome to join us, and please see below for details of each event:

MAGHULL
Wednesday 19th September, 10am – 12pm
Maghull Town Hall,
Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB

BOOTLE
Wednesday 19th September, 10am – 12pm
Strand By Me Shop, Lower Level,
Strand Shopping Centre, L20 4SZ

SOUTHPORT
Friday 21st September, 10am – 1pm
Southport Community Centre,
Norwood Road, Southport, PR8 6HQ

For more information about any of the Coffee Morning events,  or to confirm your place, please email navigators@seftoncvs.org.uk or call Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 to speak to the Macmillan Community Navigator team.

Job Vacancy: Administration and Data Support Officer (Part-time, 17.5 hours per week) (closing 5pm, Monday 17th September)

Sefton CVS in partnership with South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG will deliver a pilot project working directly with Sefton residents who are using urgent care services inappropriately.

Salary: £19,430 pro rata (actual salary £9,715)
Location: Based at Sefton CVS Burlington House however the post is borough wide and will require some travel. 
Responsible to: High Intensity User and Reablement Co-ordinator

This role is fixed term for 18 months. 

Job Purpose: 

A team of ‘Outreach and Intervention Workers’ will work with ‘high intensity users’ to reduce the number of emergency ambulance calls and unscheduled care interactions. The ‘Outreach and Intervention Worker’ will focus on positive behaviour change addressing those issues that are contributing to inappropriate care seeking behaviours.

The Administration and data support officer will provide administrative and data management support to the project coordinator and the workers.

Downloads:
Job Description & Person Specification (Word PDF)

Application Form (Word PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 17th September 2018.

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September 2018. Please note: candidates must be available to attend interview. 

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Job Vacancy: 3 x Outreach and Intervention Worker, Full-time (closing 5pm, Monday 17th September)

Sefton CVS in partnership with South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG will deliver a pilot project working directly with Sefton residents who are using urgent care services inappropriately.

Salary: £22,443
Location:  Based at Sefton CVS Burlington House however the post is borough wide and will require some travel

Responsible to: High Intensity User and Reablement Co-ordinator

This role is fixed term for 18 months. 

Job Purpose: 

A team of ‘Outreach and Intervention Workers’ will work with ‘high intensity users’ to reduce the number of emergency ambulance calls and unscheduled care interactions. The ‘Outreach and Intervention Worker’ will focus on positive behaviour change addressing those issues that are contributing to inappropriate care seeking behaviours.

Downloads:
Job Description & Person Specification (Word PDF)

Application Form (Word PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 17th September 2018.

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September 2018. Please note: candidates must be available to attend interview. 

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Job Vacancy: High Intensity User and Reablement Co-ordinator, Full-time (closing 5pm, Monday 17th September)

Sefton CVS in partnership with South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG will deliver a pilot project working directly with Sefton residents who are using urgent care services inappropriately.

Salary: £28,485
Location: Based at Sefton CVS Burlington House however the post is borough wide and will require some travel
Responsible to: Deputy Chief Executive, Sefton CVS

This role is fixed term for 18 months.

Job Purpose: 

The post holder will manage a team of ‘Outreach and Intervention Workers’ who will work with ‘high intensity users’ to reduce the number of emergency ambulance calls and unscheduled care interactions. The ‘Outreach and Intervention Workers’ will focus on positive behaviour change addressing those issues that are contributing to residents utilising care services inappropriately.

The post holder will also manage a team of ‘Reablement Health and Wellbeing Trainers’ working as part of the ‘Virtual Ward’..  The focus of reablement is on helping older people “to do for themselves” in their own home rather than “doing it for” them.  Reablement is about supporting adults to achieve maximum independence and regain the skills and confidence they may have lost as a result of poor health or as a consequence of having spent a period of time in hospital.

Downloads:
Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF)

Application Form (Word PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 17th September 2018.

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September 2018. Please note: candidates must be available to attend interview. 

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Tips for looking after your health in Sefton this bank holiday

However you are planning to enjoy the long weekend, the local NHS has some useful information for how to take care of yourself in case of illness or injury.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse for NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Most minor illnesses and ailments can be effectively treated at home with a well stocked medicine cabinet at any time of year but remember to store things like painkillers and antihistamines safely and out of the reach of young children. Your local pharmacist will be happy to advise you about the over the counter preparations that can help.”

She added: “If you’re out and about over the bank holiday weekend, you could add a small first aid kit to your bag or the boot of the car, just in case. Drinking plenty of water and protecting yourself from the sun are also simple ways to take care of yourself.”

Although GP practices will not be open on Monday 27 August, some local pharmacies will be open if you do need help unexpectedly. Pharmacists can give advice and suggest treatments for a range of minor illnesses and injuries. With no appointment necessary, you can get back to enjoying your weekend rather than waiting to see a GP.

You can visit the CCG websites to see which pharmacies will be open this bank holiday:

You can also find details of other services that can help if you’re unwell, including walk in centres and NHS 111, which is available anytime and for free by calling 111 and also now available online at www.111.nhs.uk.

Information About the Access To Food During The Summer Holidays

This summer, Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) are coordinating a network of community venues and local organisations to offer children, young people and families access to food during the school holidays—especially those who would normally be in receipt of free school meals during term time.

Click here to download the information flyer 

The groups and organisations involved in this year’s initiative will be providing open access during August on the days and times listed below.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE & TIMES

MONDAYS
12noon – 2pm           The Inclusion Network, Bootle
6pm—9pm                Parenting 2000 (Crosby)

TUESDAYS
12noon – 2pm           The Inclusion Network, Bootle
5.30pm – 8.30pm      Parenting 2000 (Southport)

WEDNESDAYS
12noon—1.30pm     Waterloo Community Association
5.30pm – 8.30pm      Parenting 2000 (Southport)

THURSDAYS
12noon—1.30pm     The Orrell Trust, Bootle
12noon—1.30pm     Waterloo Community Association
6pm—9pm                Parenting 2000 (Crosby)

Bootle Music Festival (26th & 27th August 2018)

Bootle Music Festival will celebrate original art through live music, visual artists and craftsmen as well as good food and real ale at realistic prices.

A Wellbeing Zone will include yoga, mindfulness, woodland crafts & much more with representatives from the local community giving advice and information on local health & environmental issues.

Organisers SAFE Regeneration are a not for profit organisation and all proceeds from this event will be re-invested back into community projects

Bootle Music Festival

Order your tickets now for the discounted online rate of just £10 per person for entry to the festival on both Saturday and Sunday!

Day Tickets are also available from the Lock & Quay, 2 Irlam Road, Bootle L20 4AH Daily from 12pm – 10pm for £6 per person per day.

Tickets are also available on the gate for £6 per person per day.

Under 10s are FREE!

Gates open at 1pm

Job Vacancies: Local Solutions are recruiting Care Support Workers

Local Solutions are looking for Care Support Workers in Maghull, Aintree, Orrell, Netherton, Waddicar, Sefton, Lunt and Lydiate.  

Are you:

Compassionate, Responsible, Committed, Enthusiastic, Respectful and Caring?

What Local Solutions offer

  • Competitive Pay £8.05 – £8.40 (£16,889.60 pro rata)
  • Enhanced Pay For Weekends
  • Full & Part Time Positions Available
  • Continuous Training & Development Opportunities
  • Career Progression & Professional Development
  • Smart Phone For Work Purposes
  • Pension Scheme

Please Apply

Call – 0800 988 2355
Website – www.localsolutions.org.uk 
Apply Online – www.cognitoforms.com/HumanResources5/ApplicationForm

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board Newsletter Now Available (Edition 1)

The latest newsletter from the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board is now available. Click here to download (PDF format).

Safeguarding agencies across Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral are working together to ensure that adults are able to live in safety and free from abuse and neglect.

From April 2017 the existing Safeguarding Adults Boards in these areas have formed the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board to work together to achieve more effective and personalised safeguarding. The new combined board has been running for twelve months and has built on the work of the previous Safeguarding Adults Boards and the valued contributions of partner agencies.

For more information about the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board, please visit www.merseysidesafeguardingadultsboard.co.uk.

 

 

Fifth Annual North of England Inequalities Conference, Liverpool (1st – 2nd November)

The Fifth Annual North of England Inequalities Conference will be held in Liverpool on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November 2018.

What can devolution mean for the health and wellbeing of people and places across the North? This conference aims to bring together individuals from across the region to discuss, share and learn how we can all live long and prosper, closing the health gap between and within our communities.

Hear from elected mayors, voluntary sector organisations, local enterprise partnerships, transport specialists, World Health Organization leads on healthy cities, NHS organisations, public health experts and leading academics. Speakers include Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England and Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead, WH Duncan Chair of Public Health at the University of Liverpool.

Aims and objectives of the conference are to:
• bring individuals across the North together to discuss, share and learn how we can all live long and prosper, closing the health gap between and within our communities
• provide a multi-disciplinary platform for presentations and discussions on key themes relating to devolution, health, wellbeing and growth
• showcase examples of good practice across the region in keeping with themes and recommendations outlined in the Due North report
• build engagement with professionals from all sectors in action to tackle the determinants of health

Who should attend:
Those working to address economic development, inclusive growth, addressing health inequalities, and poverty reduction, those involved in promoting healthy development in early childhood and working in community development and engagement.

This will be of particular interest to leaders and chief executives of local authorities, portfolio holders for regeneration and economic growth, portfolio holders for health and wellbeing portfolio holders, directors of regeneration and economic growth, members of health and wellbeing boards, members of local enterprise partnerships, representatives of housing organisations, voluntary and community sector organisations, clinical commissioning groups and commissioners of NHS services, public health professionals and academics working in the field of public health, inclusive growth and community engagement.

‘Examine Your Options’ this Bank Holiday

Local health commissioners are encouraging Sefton residents to examine their options if they become unwell over the bank holiday weekend.

Anyone who thinks they may need to access health services over the bank holiday is being urged to check opening times for walk in centres, GP practices and chemists and also think about ordering any repeat prescriptions they need before the long weekend begins.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The bank holiday weekend can be a good opportunity to relax and unwind but it’s important people know how to access health services, should they need to. Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday, so it’s particularly important for people to examine their options if they become poorly.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “There are a variety of services on offer to people such as the advice on the NHS choices website, and the NHS 111 telephone number. Pharmacists are also available to provide free, confidential advice about common health problems such as coughs, colds and sore throats.”

The local NHS in Sefton is also reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the region there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

 Pharmacy Services

Many pharmacies will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend and the best way to find out which pharmacy is open and when is to visit our ‘Your Services Health page’.

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to self-care and prepare for many common illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.

In Sefton – whilst all pharmacies provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments, a number in Sefton offer Care at the Chemist, which ensures our most vulnerable patients who don’t routinely pay for their prescriptions have free and easy access to over the counter medicines they may need without the need to see a doctor.

 NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.

 NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

 Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

 GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

 Walk-in centres

Litherland Walk in Centre is open 8am – 8pm every day. in Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JN. Call 0151 475 4667.

No matter where you live in Sefton you can simply drop in – there is no need for an appointment and all ages can get treatment here. The service treats minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to accident and emergency (A&E). Remember A&E is for serious and life threatening illnesses or injuries.

West Lancashire Health Centre – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week 

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

 Patient Access

Manage your repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture outside, by using the new FREE Patient Access website and smartphone app. Simply search for ‘Patient Access’ in the app store.

Remember though, if using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.

For information about services that can help in south Sefton over the bank holiday please visit our ‘Your Services Health page’.

Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation (closing 29th June)

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via http://www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202.

 

 

Leading Sefton health figures say ‘no’ to sugary drinks as part of GULP campaign!

Sefton Council is working with Food Active to promote the new GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Early Years campaign called ‘Kind to Teeth’.

The campaign aims to improve knowledge and raise awareness of the health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks in under-fives.

Developed by registered nutritionists, the campaign has been launched as part of National Smile Month and is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.

Research shows that by the age of five, nearly a third of children had obvious decay in their milk teeth.  In another study, 12% of three-year-olds were found to have evidence of tooth decay having on average three decayed, missing or filled teeth – and sugary drinks are a major part of the problem.

This is despite the fact that babies are only recommended to consume breast milk (or formula milk if necessary) until six months and then milk and water are the best sources of hydration for babies and young children.

Sugar is not necessary for the diet, especially for children and when consumed in the form of sugary drinks, can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lots of sugar can often be hiding in many baby juices and other sugary drinks marketed at the early years.

The Kind to Teeth campaign has been developed by registered nutritionists, dental health and early year’s specialists and forms part of the well-known GULP campaign.  It is aimed at parents of children under five years of age, to help promote healthier drinking habits in the early years and will involve a number of electronic resources for local authorities to utilise.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Improving the health of Sefton’s young children is a key priority for us, so I am very pleased that the Kind to Teeth campaign is being promoted in Sefton.

“Nearly a quarter of our 5-year-olds start school with dental decay and a quarter in Reception year are overweight or are an unhealthy weight by the time they start school. Tackling unhealthy drink habits in the early years is a crucial preventative measure to protect our young children against poor dental health and weight gain”

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, added: “When children are young, we have a fantastic opportunity to influence healthy food and drink patterns, as habits are often established when children are young.

“This campaign will help to educate parents on the health risks associated with consuming sugary drinks in the early years, and emphasise that water is the best source of hydration for their young one. We hope it will help to influence healthy drinking patterns from the early years and throughout their growth and development into adulthood.”

Green Sefton launches with massive borough-wide cleanup

Come along and meet Sefton Council’s newly formed ‘Green Sefton’ team who will be taking to the borough on June 8 to support World Oceans Day.

Green Sefton brings together Coast & Countryside, Parks & Greenspaces, Flooding & Coastal Erosion, Risk Management and Grounds Maintenance teams all together to ensure a joined up approach to the vital management, development and oversight of Sefton’s beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.

Embrace Sefton’s monthly LGBT Social and Support Evening at Kindfulness Coffee Club – Thursday 31st May 2018

Join Sefton’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) network Embrace at the next monthly social evening in Bootle on Thursday 31st May 2018.

The evening takes place at Kindfulness Coffee Club on Knowsley Road in Bootle from 7pm until 8.30pm, and will be an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the Embrace network, meet new people, and access support and advice related to LGBT issues.

Maghull Town Council Youth Survey (Closing Date: Friday 8th June)

Maghull Town Council are currently conducting a survey to find out what the young people of Maghull are looking for in regards to services and activities.

Maghull Town Council are actively looking to expand what is available within the town and hopefully create new opportunities.

The survey is open to all young people aged 11 to 21 years old. It will take no more than three minutes. Please share your views with us!

Click here to complete the survey

 

“It’s good to talk in Sefton” – Access Sefton talking therapies

Sefton residents who are experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression have been urged to contact Access Sefton, a talking therapies service which provides help for thousands of people every year.

Last year, around 5,500 people got help from Access Sefton, which is a joint service by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG and run by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with Insight Healthcare. It was established to improve access to psychological therapies, also known as talking therapies.

Hilal Mulla, clinical lead for mental health at Southport and Formby CCG, said: Unfortunately, some people are still reluctant to speak out when they are suffering and this can make the situation even worse. It is really important for people who are not feeling well to seek help as early as possible so that they give themselves the best possible chance of recovery”.

It is estimated that around 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental health issues during their lifetime while, each week, 1 in 6 people in England report experiencing a common mental health problem. Common mental health problems include stress, low self-esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-natal depression and other conditions.

Sue Gough, clinical lead for mental health at South Sefton CCG, said: “We have come a long way in our understanding of mental health over the last few years but we still have a lot of work to do. One of the benefits of Access Sefton is that people can refer themselves so I would encourage anyone who is feeling unwell to seek help.”

The importance of talking therapies is outlined in an online animation recently produced by NHS England. ‘Bernie’s story’ shows how people affected by mental health problems can sometimes dismiss their symptoms as just a part of everyday life instead of seeking help.

Access Sefton can be contacted directly by telephoning 0300 303 2708 or by visiting www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton