Support Seaforth Community Shop’s hampers appeal this Christmas with Sefton 4 Good!

Seaforth Community Shop operate a Community Pantry providing emergency food during times of crisis throughout the year. To access this support, families are referred by Health Visitors, Midwives, GP, YOT, IMPACT, FIT, Social Workers, School mentors and Teaching staff.  The families have at least two children. They are not entitled to Food bank vouchers but do live in significant food poverty.

Seaforth Community Shop try to alleviate extra pressure put on families during school holidays such as Easter, Summer and Christmas by providing food and hygiene hampers.  So far this year, they have supplied approximately 700 hampers to families across Sefton.

The shop anticipates requests for support at Christmas for 400 families. We get some of our food from membership of Fare Share and buy the rest ourselves, apart from a meat voucher which is supplied by 23 Foundation for our families.

 

PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF SEAFORTH COMMUNITY SHOP FOR CHRISTMAS 2015

Click here to visit the Sefton 4 Good fundraising page

Click here to go straight to BT MyDonate and support the work of Seaforth Community Shop

In addition to donating to Seaforth Community Shop, they are also seeking a number of items to be included int he hampers. Please see below for a list of items which can be donated to Seafroth Community Shop:

  • Tuna
  • Soup
  • Corned Beef
  • Ham
  • Hot dogs
  • sweet corn
  • carrots
  • peas
  • Coffee
  • tea
  • sugar
  • cereal
  • jam
  • rice pudding
  • tinned fruit
  • custard powder
  • pasta sauce
  • pasta
  • curry sauce
  • long grain rice
  • biscuits
  • tub of sweets such as roses/quality street
  • soap powder
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • washing up liquid
  • shower gel
  • baby wipes
  • AA batteries

For more information, or to contact Seaforth Community Shop directly, please see below:

Seaforth Community Shop
73 Seaforth Road
Seaforth
Liverpool
L21 3TX

Email: higgins316@hotmail.co.uk

Phone: 07806 286990

 

CQC inspectors Publish Reports on 54 Adult Social Care Services in the North of England

In the past week the Care Quality Commission has published a further 54 reports on the quality of care provided by adult social care services across the North that have been inspected under its new approach.

Following recent inspections, 26 have been rated as Good, 24 have been Requires Improvement and four have been rated Inadequate.

Under CQC’s new programme of inspections, all of England’s adult social care services are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

Debbie Westhead, CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care in the North, said:

“People are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care.  If that is what we find on inspection – we give the service a rating of Good, or Outstanding.

“If we find that a service requires improvement, we will expect them to provide us with a full plan setting out how they will address the issue.  We will share our findings with local commissioners, and we will return in due course to check that they have made the required improvements.

Whenever we find a service to be Inadequate, we will consider taking further action on behalf of the people who use the service.”

Full reports on all 54 inspections are available at: http://www.cqc.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society: Your thoughts on the ‘This Is Me’ information leaflet

Do you use the popular Alzheimer’s Society-RCN leaflet This Is Me‘ in your work at a hospital, care home or other setting?

Alzheimer’s Society are revising ‘This Is Me’ and are very interested to hear from users how they might improve it. Getting involved is not likely to be very onerous.

Click here to view the This Is Me leaflet

If you have any suggestions for improving this leaflet please contact Tim Beanland at tim.beanland@alzheimers.org.uk

CQC Inspectors Highlight Outstanding and Good Care as Reports are Published…

The Chief Inspector of General Practice has found another 50 GP practices to be Good following recent inspections by the Care Quality Commission.

This week, CQC has published a further 65 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices that have been inspected by specialist teams of inspectors.

Of those, 50 of the practices have been rated as Good, ten have been rated Requires Improvement, two have been rated Outstanding, two have been rated Inadequate and one was a focused inspection.*

Under CQC’s new programme of inspections, all of England’s GP practices are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. 77 GP practices have been rated as Outstanding so far.  

Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice, said:

“After more than 2,000 inspections we now have the evidence that the vast majority of England’s GP practices are providing a service which is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. We have also found so many practices going far beyond the call of duty to care for patients to provide an outstanding service to their patients.

“But, unfortunately, there are still areas of practice that are inadequate and unacceptable. Patients have a right to expect high quality care from every GP practice. Where improvement is required we will expect the practice to take the necessary steps to address the issues and we will re-inspect at a later date to check that those improvements have been made.

“Practices rated Inadequate that are put into Special Measures are offered additional support by NHS England which is working with the RCGP to help the practice get back on track. We have already seen the benefits of this approach when we re-inspect.”

Full reports on all 65 inspections are available at: http://www.cqc.org.uk

Click Here for GP Practices listed by CCG area and rating

Healthwatch England Chair update: Letter from Anna Bradley…

A letter from Anna Bradley, Chair of Healthwatch England – 

“I wanted to let you know that since I am coming to the end of my extended term as Chair of Healthwatch England, the Department of Health have begun the process of recruiting my successor.

Ministers intend to appoint a new Chair for the next phase of Healthwatch England’s development and therefore an advert will appear shortly as part of the standard process for making public appointments. We will keep you all posted as we know more about the process and when an appointment has been made.

My term concludes on 31 March 2016, with the new Chair set to take up the reins from 1 April.

At the last Healthwatch England Committee meeting, Jane Mordue was appointed as the organisation’s first Vice Chair. As well as supporting me and my successor, the Vice Chair will play a vital role in ensuring continuity in leadership for the organisation during this time of transition.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to update you regarding the recruitment of the new CEO. In order for the new Chair to be able to play a role in the recruitment of the new CEO we have decided to recruit someone on a fixed term basis to lead the organisation during the transition. 

As you know, Katherine announced in September that she would be leaving Healthwatch. She will cease her full-time employment at Christmas but has said she can be available on a part-time basis in the New Year to aid the handover.

I appreciate that this represents a substantial amount of change for Healthwatch England and that this may feel unsettling. However, I believe we have together built very strong foundations for Healthwatch. I am very proud of the many examples of the value that Healthwatch is adding to health and social care across the country and it is a pleasure to see the rewards of all the efforts we have all put into building a strong and effective network over the past three years.

We will continue to keep you updated on both recruitment processes over the months ahead. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact myself or Katherine or your Development Officer if you have any queries.

Kind regards,

Anna Bradley
Healthwatch Sefton”

NHS CCGs in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are encouraging people to ‘Help yourself to stay healthy this winter…’

NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are encouraging people this self-care week to be aware of how they can look after themselves this winter.

By keeping fit and healthy, individuals can take control of their own health, manage minor illnesses and effectively manage long-term conditions.

If you do need further help, think carefully and examine the number of options available to you across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire:

• Through the NHS Care at the Chemist (minor aliments) scheme your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and medicines for a range of common illnesses and ailments, without the need to see a GP.
• When your local GP surgery is closed call NHS 111, who will direct you to the appropriate service available to you in your area
• If you have a long-term condition, prepare for winter by ensuring you do not run out of your medication but do only order what you need. Many pharmacists offer repeat prescription services without the need to see your GP.
• Use 111 rather than calling 999 for non-emergencies. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
Claire Heneghan, chief nurse of NHS West Lancashire CCG, “It’s important that people know when and how they can treat themselves and when they should seek further advice. By taking simple steps to look after yourself this winter, you can have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing.”

Dr Robert Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “When it comes to treating minor ailments and illnesses, examine the options available to you. You can get plenty of advice from your local chemist as well as on the NHS Choices website. Remember, the accident and emergency departments and ambulance services are for life-threatening conditions. By selecting the right option, you can help the NHS to direct their focus to the patients who need it the most.”

More information on how everyone can use self-care to improve their health and wellbeing is available on the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk

Breathe Easy group supports Self-Care Week!

South Sefton patients who have set up a new support group for residents with breathing illnesses are inviting people to come along to an event they are holding during Self Care Week (16-22 November) to find out about how they can better manage their own wellbeing. 

On Wednesday 18 November Breathe Easy South Sefton is held a coffee day in the Strand By Me shop in Bootle Strand, where residents can find out more about the group and the range of support available locally for people with breathing conditions. 

After attending a respiratory and self-management training course organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS), the patients decided to launch their new Breathe Easy group. The group launched in June 2015 and they come together once a month with local residents in south Sefton to share their knowledge.

As well as being part of Self Care Week, the group’s event on Wednesday also marks World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) day. Group members will be on hand to discuss self-management of respiratory conditions and they will be joined by NHS stop smoking services, offering advice on how to quit. 

Mick Maher, chair of the Breathe Easy group, said: “I wanted to go on the self-management course originally as I was diagnosed with a lung condition myself and had no idea what it was or how to deal with it. Then I thought, along with others on the course, that people in the community would really benefit from having that knowledge whether it’s for them or for someone they know, so we set up the group and decided to put an event on during Self Care Week.” 

Jenny Kristiansen, respiratory lead at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), explains: “Our six week course was launched back in January this year as patients were telling us they’d like more support to help them better manage conditions like COPD or asthma. It is proving really popular with patients and the fact that this course has led to the Breathe Easy group being established in south Sefton is fantastic – I can’t recommend their events highly enough and think the day at Strand By Me will be really beneficial to those with similar conditions.” 

The Breathe Easy group meets monthly in south Sefton and organises talks from a wide range of other local services, like Healthwatch Sefton giving patients the chance to hear about the support available to them in the area. 

One person out of seven in the UK is affected by a lung condition and the British Lung Foundation, Breathe Easy group, NHS South Sefton CCG and Sefton CVS want those people to know support is available for every one of them.  

This year the theme for Self Care Week is ‘Self Care for Life’ and the aim is to raise awareness of how to support people to be healthy throughout their life. Whether it is about preventing ill health by choosing healthy options that will impact positively on their physical health and mental wellbeing, taking care of their own minor ailments at home or understanding how to manage more serious conditions. For more information please click here.

For more information on ‘Breathe Easy Sefton South’ or to become a member, please visit: https://www.blf.org.uk/BreatheEasy/Detail/Sefton-South 

Alzheimer’s Society: Making Your Home Dementia Friendly

The Alzheimer’s Society have just launched a new 32 page booklet ‘Making your home dementia friendly’. It’s a practical guide for people with dementia who are living at home. It explains how to create or adapt the home environment to make it a  safe and familiar place.

 Please click the link below for the PDF version. You can also order copies, free of charge by calling 0300 3035933 or emailing orders@alzheimers.org.uk.

It’s a great guide with lots of hints and tips, well worth a look.

Click here to download the booklet

Sefton’s offer for disabled children

If children and young people age 0-25yrs have special educational needs and / or a disability (SEND), Sefton’s Local Offer website will provide them, their families and professionals with accessible information about services and support available locally.

The Local Offer helps families to understand what services they can expect from a range of local agencies, including statutory entitlements, eligibility and referral criteria. The Local Offer also makes clear what is available from a wide range of services, including:

  • Early years settings
  • Schools (including academies and free schools) & colleges
  • Sport and recreation
  • Health services
  • Social care
  • Employment, further education and volunteering

For all enquiries on the Local Offer, or to provide feedback, contact Sefton’s Information, Advice and Support Service on 0151 934 3334 or by email.

NYAS advocacy and Independent Visiting Service are currently looking to recruit volunteers in Southport!

NYAS advocacy and Independent Visiting Service are currently looking to recruit volunteers to befriend children and young people who are looked after (in care) with Cardiff Local Authority in the Southport area. These are often children and young people who have little or no contact with their own family and who would really benefit from a long term relationship with a trusted adult.

We ask our volunteers to spare 2-4 hours once a month to visit the young person they are matched up with to undertake a joint activity together. Independent Visitors may become a significant person to a child. NYAS Independent Visitors help them to have fun, feel valued, feel listened to and help to increase their self-esteem. NYAS Independent Visitors can make a real difference in a child’s life by acting as role models and helping them to make the most of themselves, from simply listening , to helping with school work or getting them involved in activities in their communities they would never had experienced otherwise.

We ask for a minimum commitment of 2 years and that you are age 18 +. We do not ask for any specific qualifications or experience, just an ability to relate well to children and young people. NYAS provide comprehensive training, great support from experienced staff and the opportunity to meet up with other volunteers at regular intervals.

The role is hugely rewarding and really is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to a child or young person’s life. Here’s what one of our volunteers has said about the role:

I love seeing the world through the eyes of the little girl with whom I’m matched, talking to her, sharing my insight and experiences and doing activities together. Just by being there for her every month I hope that she’s starting to know that in the chaos of her life I’m a quieter, calmer little oasis for her! The hug she gives me when I drop her off after we’ve been out on a visit makes me realise that she’s starting to see that I’m someone that she can trust. She can and that feels good!”

 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for us, then please get in touch with Elly Jones or Sylvia Lucano at our local office in Cathays, Cardiff on 02920668956, or email elly.jones@nyas.net , sylvia.lucano@nyas.net

Swan Centre: Women’s Social & Therapeutic Allotment Project

The Swan Centre are offering women the opportunity for personal growth and confidence building through their ‘Social & Therapeutic Allotment Project’. And with research showing that green activities improve mental health in over 94% of people, the Swan centre are inviting Sefton women to attend every Wednesday morning over the next year to reap the full therapeutic benefits.

The project will allow women to meet others and make new friends in a relaxed therapeutic environment. They will benefit from improved physical and mental health, as well as learning new skills at their own pace.

Please click here to download a project flyer from The Swan Centre.

If you are require any further information, or you are interested in getting involved, please contact: Jane Payton on janep@swanwomenscentre.org or 0151 933 3292

 

Sefton SUPPORT eBulletin

Sefton SUPPORT, the local NHS Stop Smoking Service, have released the November edition of their “Stop Sefton Smoking” eBulletin.

The online newsletter includes a review of Stoptober, the national 28 day quit challenge. It also includes Christmas saving tips, news on World COPD Day and Movember, as well updates on stop smoking clinic times.

Click here to view the eBulletin in your browser.

Alternatively, e-mail Michael.Killen@LiverpoolCH.nhs.uk to be put onto the mailing list.

Sefton Council consultation on residential substance misuse services

Sefton Council has launched an online questionnaire as part of a public engagement and consultation into the delivery of medically managed residential substance misuse detoxification services in the borough.

Detoxification is part of integrated drug and alcohol treatment services and any successful recovery requires sustained and coordinated care.  When severe dependency or complex needs are indicated a medically managed residential inpatient treatment may be more suitable and will give the patient 24/7 access to specialist doctors and other clinical staff.

The current service contract expires in June 2016 and the council is seeking to engage a wide range of stakeholders, including existing service users, potential service users and third sector organisations to help inform the service specification ahead of the re-commissioning of the service.

Sefton Council understands that this is a very highly specialised treatment and therefore we are seeking the views of as many service users as possible.

To take part in the questionnaire, visit: www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton

Ask Your Pharmacy week launches in Sefton

Pharmacists in Sefton’s two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be reminding residents about the range of services available in local chemists, and encouraging them to make appropriate use of NHS services during Ask Your Pharmacist week (9-15 November).

Often, people make unnecessary trips to the GP or even A&E, when their neighbourhood chemist could help instead. In recent years, pharmacists have expanded their role, and now provide a wide range of clinical and public health services, within easy reach of the people who need them most. However, whilst most people go first to their chemist for medicines and medicines advice, many don’t know about the range of other healthcare services on offer in chemists.

NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have made this easier with their Care at the Chemist scheme, providing fast expert advice and medications for a wide range of conditions, without the need for a doctor’s appointment.

Mr Wear, who has been visiting Ryders Chemist in Formby since 1988, said: “I have been coming here a long time now and the pharmacists have always been approachable. I use Care at the Chemist a lot and find it extremely useful, the advice they give is invaluable and it can save a lot of time rather than getting an appointment at the doctors.”

Susanne Lynch is the CCGs’ head of medicines management and the Sefton mum of two and uses Care at the Chemist if her boys are under the weather.

Susanne said: “Our Care at the Chemist service helps keep people up to speed with what is now on offer on their doorstep in pharmacies – a uniquely accessible healthcare professional workforce who can deliver expert medicines advice and an expanding list of public health services.

“Your local pharmacist is a good first contact point for advice on many common health concerns – it is certainly mine. While most people will go first to their pharmacist for medicines advice, many don’t know about the range of other healthcare services provided by pharmacies on their doorstep and the level of expertise there.  Pharmacists are available without appointment and are able to deal with a wide range of ailments, as well as offering uniquely accessible advice on maintaining and improving your health.

“Here in Sefton we promote this regularly through our Care at the Chemist scheme but this awareness week will promote this wider and will hopefully alert patients to the services on offer at the chemists on their doorsteps.”

Activities are planned across the country during Ask Your Pharmacist Week including health checks in shopping centres, community talks, chemist window displays and visits to chemists by local dignitaries.

Anyone of any age who is registered with a Sefton GP can get Care at the Chemist. Simply call into your chemist and ask to be registered onto the scheme. It is best if you use your usual chemist but if you are using one that does not know you; you will be asked to bring proof of identity.

Smoking and Stress – Debunking the Myths

The 4th of November marks ‘National Stress Awareness Day’.

Most smokers tend to believe that their smoking is a stress relief, with some using it as a self medication to cope with times of anxiety or tension. But according to NHS Choices, this is a complete myth, and smokers are actually more likely to develop depression or anxiety disorders than non-smokers.

So why would anyone falsely believe smoking improves their mood?

Scientists think it’s because they confuse the ability of cigarettes to abolish nicotine withdrawal as a beneficial effect on their mental health.

Smokers tend to feel irritable, anxious and down when they haven’t smoked for a while and these unpleasant feelings are temporarily reversed when they light up a cigarette. That creates the impression that it’s the smoking that has improved their mood, when in fact it’s smoking that caused the psychological disturbances in the first place.

Studies show that people’s anxiety, depression and stress levels are lower after they stop smoking when compared with those who carry on smoking and that their quality of life and mood improves. Also, the improved levels of oxygen in the body means that ex-smokers can concentrate better.

There really is no better way to take action against stress than to stop smoking, and the good news is that Sefton SUPPORT are here to help you.

Sefton SUPPORT are the local NHS Stop Smoking Service and have helped thousands of people to quit and live longer healthier lives. Their drop-in clinics run across the borough 6 days a week, and offer a chance for smokers to get specialist NHS support to quit smoking. To find your local clinic here at the Healthy Sefton website, or call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000.

Follow Sefton Support on Twitter by clicking here, and Facebook by clicking here.

You can join the conversation on National Stress Awareness Day  by searching the hashtag #NationalStressAwareness Day on Twitter and Facebook.

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board is Looking to Appoint a Second Independent Board Member.

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is looking to appoint a second Independent Board Member to help in contributing to keeping local children safe.

All local authority areas are required by Government to have a Safeguarding Children Board in place which has members from agencies such as the Police, Health providers, Children’s Social Care and Probation. The aim of all Safeguarding Boards is to ensure that there are plans in place in their area to keep children safe.

The Sefton LSCB is now looking for a new independent board member to join the team.

To apply you need to live in Sefton but you must not work for any agency that is a member of the Board. This includes unpaid work as a volunteer. We welcome people from all backgrounds, ages and communities, and especially young adults.

Dr David Sanders, Independent Chair of Sefton LSCB, said: “Working as an Independent Board member with Sefton LSCB will be a challenging and very important role.

“However, it will also be extremely rewarding and provide you with an opportunity to serve the children and families of Sefton. You do not have to be a professional but you need to be committed to support the work of the Board, engage with local communities and a willingness to challenge the thinking of others.

“As an Independent Board member, you will be an equal member of the LSCB and your contribution will be valued by all members – as an integral member of the Board. All members of Sefton LSCB are required to complete tasks, attend meetings and challenge decisions to improve the safety of children and young people in Sefton and your tasks will be no different.”

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) aims to be an inclusive board and represent Sefton’s rich and diverse community. 

For further details and to apply visit www.sefton.gov.uk/laymember

Jamie Carragher Opens New Health Service Shop – Strand By Me!

Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher was the VIP guest at the launch of a new community and health service shop in Bootle.

The former Reds defender officially opened the Strand By Me outlet at the Strand Shopping Centre, which will be used as a local base by a range of organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in the town.

Other guests at the launch included representatives of the partners in the new venture – NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sefton CVS.

The Strand By Me shop – based on a an idea by GP practices in Bootle to make sources of support more accessible to residents – is available for organisations to hire to promote their health-related services and offer information and advice to local people.

These organisations include public sector health providers, charities and voluntary, community and faith sector groups, who offer support with everything from stopping smoking and welfare rights to keeping fit and ageing well.

Speaking at the launch Bootle-born Jamie – who also runs his own young people’s charity, the 23 Foundation – gave his enthusiastic backing to the new facility.

He said: “As a local lad I’m passionate about anything that helps to improve community services in Bootle and the health and wellbeing of the people who live here.

“This new shop is an exciting new resource for the area which will provide a base for a wide variety of organisations that can help to achieve these objectives.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, Chair of South Sefton CCG, said: “This is a good example of how our local GP practices are working together with partners like Sefton CVS to develop new services, and it’s great to see their idea for Strand By Me become a reality. We hope people find the shop useful in providing them with information and advice about their health and wellbeing and we’d encourage anyone to pop in and take a look for themselves.”

Sefton CVS Deputy Chief Executive, Nigel Bellamy, added: “Strand By Me demonstrates the strength of partnership working across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

For more information on Strand By Me email StrandByMe@seftoncvs.org.uk  or visit www.seftoncvs.org.uk/StrandByMe.