Edge Hill University Medical School’s Community Engagement Event – Opportunity for VCF sector student placements (12.30pm-4pm, Tuesday 19th November 2019)

Edge Hill University Medical School (EHUMS) has an ethos of social accountability and community  engagement, with the aim of showing students that health and social care does not just take place in NHS premises.

EHUMS has been working in partnership with Sefton CVS to provide 2nd year medical students with personal learning about the community context to health and social care. The placement will involve the students engaging with a community project, which would result in recommendations or lasting benefits to the voluntary organisations.

12.30pm-4pm
SING PLUS CENTRE
53 CAMBRIDGE ROAD
SEAFORTH
MERSEYSIDE
L21 1EZ

Click here to download the information poster

Please come along to find out more about how your organisation can become involved with our medical school.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE and for more information please email ehumscommunityengagement@edgehill.ac.uk

Health and Social Care Strategy for Cheshire and Merseyside: Sefton consultation with the VCF sector (1-4pm, Wednesday 30th October 2019)

Sefton CVS are inviting VCF Sector organisations in Sefton to comment and input into the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership 5 Year Strategic Plan.

Health and Social Care Strategy for Cheshire and Merseyside:
Sefton consultation with the VCF sector
1-4pm, Wednesday 30th October
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre
Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Merseyside, L22 1RR

Events are being held in each borough in the Cheshire and Merseyside region in partnership with Voluntary Sector North West to ensure the sectors voice and feedback is captured shaping the outlook of this strategy. It presents us with an excellent opportunity to input sector excellence and innovation into the regional plan.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION FLYER

Working with Sefton’s Transformation Programme Team, we have a session planned for Wednesday 30th October 1pm-4 pm to look at core themes and ensure Sefton’s sector views are well represented.

If you would like to book a place and be part of the sector engagement in regional planning please book your place by emailing events@seftoncvs.org.uk or alternatively please call 0151 920 0726

Job Vacancies: Sefton CVS Outreach and Intervention Workers – 3 x posts (closing 12noon, Monday 28th October 2019)

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Sefton CVS and South Sefton and Southport and Formby CCG’s are piloting a new and exciting project to support high-intensity users of emergency NHS services.

We are seeking experienced, motivated individuals, with experience of working with people with complex needs as well as working within a fast-paced environment, to join our exciting new pilot project. The successful candidates will work with a rolling cohort of patients who attend A&E, call 999 or have been admitted to hospital more than might be expected. We are looking for individuals whose ability to connect with patients is strong enough to be able to change the behaviours of people with even the most complex medical/social needs. The post holders will seek to appropriately reduce the number of emergency ambulance calls and unscheduled care interactions, emergency contacts and other care interactions across South Sefton and Southport and Formby CCG areas.

Reporting to the High Intensity User Co-ordinator, the Outreach and Intervention Workers will work with people to focus on positive behaviour change addressing those issues that are contributing to inappropriate care seeking behaviours.

This role is fixed term for 12 months in the first instance and is subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

Downloads

Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Job Description & Person Specification (Word PDF

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

Closing date: 12noon on Monday 28th October 2019
Interviews scheduled for: Tuesday 5th November 2019 

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

Job Vacancy – Outreach & Team Manager with Mencap Liverpool & Sefton (closing 14th October)

Mencap Liverpool & Sefton are seeking to appoint an Outreach & Team Manager. Click here to visit the Mencap website for full application details.

This position is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to manage and develop a team whilst maintaining a front-line delivery role. We are looking for someone who wants to develop their core skills as well as eager to build on these and take on more strategic and leadership responsibility over time.

Public Health England’s Sexual Health Innovation Fund 2019-20 (closing date 5pm, 25 September 2019)

Public Health England’s Reproductive Health, Sexual Health and HIV Innovation Fund 2019-20.

Since 2015 the annual Innovation Fund has supported volunteer organisations to spearhead new approaches to HIV prevention in communities at increased risk of the infection.

This year the fund will also support projects that offer new and innovative ways of improving Reproductive Health and Sexual Health (including STI prevention) as well as HIV. Proposals will be accepted from voluntary sector organisations to deliver projects of up to 12 months in duration of a cost of between £25,000 and £100,000.

Next steps for applicants:
1. Read the guidance document which explains the Fund and how to apply
2. Register your interest in the Fund with the team at HIVSRH.Innovation@phe.gov.uk
3. Download the electronic application form
4. Review the terms and conditions for successful applicants
5. Forward questions to HIVSRH.Innovation@phe.gov.uk

Guidance and resources for practitioners to undertake evaluations of interventions or projects in sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services can be found here.

“Going Forward Without Fear” Sefton LSCB Learning Event – Serious Case Reviews (Tuesday 12th November)

Due to the overwhelming success of the Learning Event (SCRs) held in June, Sefton LSCB will be hosting a further repeat event for the multi-agency workforce. The event is FREE to attend and we have again secured actors from AFTA Thought (Training Consultancy) to deliver the learning from Sefton Serious Case Reviews using the ‘voice of the child’.

All staff/volunteers working with children, young people and their families including: all practitioners, managers and senior leaders connected to the children’s workforce in Sefton.

Click here to download the event information, and to book your place please click here or follow the link in the information poster.

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Tips to Look After Yourself this Bank Holiday

Many of us may be making plans for the bank holiday on Monday 26 August. If you are unfortunate enough to have an illness or injury over the long weekend, this information could help you get back on your feet in no time.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG suggest you could be getting better sooner if you see your local pharmacist or contact NHS 111 (by phone or online.)

Some local pharmacies are open on bank holiday Monday and may be able to give you the advice and medication you need, without having to wait to see your GP. You can find your local pharmacy bank holiday opening times on the CCGs’ websites.

If you do need to see a doctor or nurse, there are now GP appointments at weekends and weekday evenings across Sefton. You can either book an appointment via your GP practice, or NHS 111 can book an appointment with your nearest service – so long as you are registered with a GP practice in Sefton.

The NHS 111 freephone number is available any time day or night. Trained call handlers can give you the advice you need, or direct you to the service best suited for your need.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “At any time of year, it’s a good idea to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet to treat common illnesses or minor injuries. Paracetamol, bandages, plasters, painkillers, indigestion remedies and a thermometer would help most healthy adults deal with most minor illnesses and ailments.

She added: “If you need any further advice, I would recommend calling NHS 111, going to NHS 111 online or visiting your local pharmacy. These services are excellent options for dealing with any non-urgent medical concerns.”

You can find the pharmacy opening times for each CCG area here:

South Sefton: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/may-and-august-bank-holiday-opening-times-for-pharmacies/

Southport and Formby: https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/may-and-august-bank-holiday-opening-times-for-pharmacies/

Macmillan to Hold Event for People Affected by Cancer – Thursday 12th September

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre will be holding its second ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’ of the year on Thursday 12th September at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport and anyone who has been affected by cancer, whether directly or through supporting someone is invited to come along.

The Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding the event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel from 2pm – 4.30pm.

On the day there will be around 40 local organisations, clinical nurse specialists and representatives from local support groups – all available to offer their expertise and help.

Volunteers from Sefton OPERA will be offering free complementary therapy tasters. Entertainment will be provided by the Macmillan singing group who will be inviting visitors to join in and learn for themselves just how therapeutic singing can be.

There will be a focus on the financial impact of having cancer with two breakout sessions hosted by staff from the Department of Work & Pensions and the Southport Money Advisory Group to discuss returning to work, benefits and debt management advice.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said: “These events are ideal for people to come along and meet others who have had a similar experience. It is always useful to share and the hope is that there may be an activity or group out there that suits an individual’s needs, so you might go away with an idea of what we can help you with. It’s a friendly and informative event and everyone is very welcome.”

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Partnership Quality Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside, said: “We saw over 100 people at the last event in March and we hope to see even more this time, they are always a great success and the more people we can support the better.

“The feedback we get is that people enjoy meeting others they can chat to, whether that be other patients, clinical nurse specialists or someone from a support group. Many people who come to the Centre or one of our events have joined one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group, which they feel is another good way to meet others and get out and about during or after treatment.”

Elaine Deeming, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said: “We’re delighted to continue to build on the success of previous health and well-being clinics. The events provide access to the wide range of services available locally in one venue, making it easier for our attendees.”

The Health and Wellbeing Events aim to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event.

The events are friendly and educational with the opportunity for visitors to chat to cancer nurse specialists, key organisations and support groups.

You can watch a video from a previous event here: https://youtu.be/jr4d9S3xRy4

The Health and Wellbeing events are free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

Information about Sefton’s Access To Food initiative over the Summer Holidays 2019

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 for details of the VCF sector provision during Summer 2019 (PDF)

This service is open access and is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays, and we hope this will compliment the service being provided by Sefton Council from the Family Wellbeing Centres across the borough.

Click here to donate online and support this year’s Access To Food initiative 

Sefton 4 Good are hoping to raise valuable funds to support the access to food initiative, and are appealing to the general public, local businesses and organisations to donate what they can.

All funds raised will go to support local not-for-profit voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector organisations who are providing this service during the summer holidays.

 

DEADLINE EXTENSION – Provision of a Social Prescribing Service to Primary Care Networks (Expression of Interest closing 5pm on Monday 12th August 2019)

Sefton CVS are seeking expressions of interest from Sefton based VCF sector organisations to contribute to the delivery of a social prescribing service within  Primary Care Networks, working in partnership collaboration with the Living Well Sefton model.

Primary Care Networks are an integral part of the recently published NHS Long-Term Plan which introduces this new role of ‘social prescribing link workers’ into their multi-disciplinary teams as part of the expansion to the primary care workforce.  This is an opportunity to work collaboratively with  developing PCNs to establish this new role and shape the development of a model of excellence in social prescribing in Sefton.

Successful organisations will employ and manage a ‘Social Prescribing Link Worker’ who will form part of a multidisciplinary team focused on improving personalised care for patients within a specified Primary Care Network. Link Workers from all areas will function as one team and work closely with all Living Well Sefton partners.

Click here to download the Expression of Interest form  (Word / PDF

Completed expressions of interest should be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 12th August 2019 by email to socialprescribing@seftoncvs.org.uk. Incomplete submissions or those received after the deadline will not be considered.

Any queries should be submitted by email to socialprescribing@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Your Chance to Have a ‘Big Chat’ with Local Health Commissioners

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are inviting local people to attend their combined ‘Big Chat’ and annual review events in September.

The events are an opportunity for residents to find out about the work that their local CCG has carried out in the past year. Attendees are also invited to share their experiences of local health services and give their views about the CCGs’ latest and forthcoming programmes and plans for the next 12 months.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “These events give people the chance to have a chat with their local health commissioners and share their feedback about our plans. We will also combine these events with our Annual General Meeting (AGM), so people can find out about how well we have performed during the past year.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “There will also be a ‘marketplace’ of information stalls promoting local health, care and support services. Some of the services attending the events will include Macmillan, Healthwatch Sefton and a 7-day GP extended access.

“The feedback we receive during these kinds of events is really useful. I encourage anyone that is interested in finding out more about local health services and commissioning, and who is interested in sharing their views on these topics, to attend one of our ‘Big Chat’ events.”

The ‘Big Chat’ events will take place on:

  • NHS Southport and Formby CCG: Tuesday 10 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at The Bliss Hotel (formerly the Ramada Hotel) adjacent to Floral Hall on the waterfront in Southport, PR9 0DZ.
  • NHS South Sefton CCG: Thursday 12 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, L20 2DD.

Residents are encouraged to attend the event for their local CCG in order to get the most relevant information.

People are asked to register in advance by emailing southportandformby.ccg@nhs.net for the event on 10th September, or southsefton.ccg@nhs.net for the event on 12th September. You can also register by calling 0151 317 8456.

For more information on the events visit the CCG websites:

https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/our-chat-events

https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/our-chat-events/

Celebrate the NHS with Tea and Cake

Health professionals in Sefton came together on Monday 8th July to hold a ‘Big Tea’ and cake bake event to raise money for a local NHS charity.

‘Big Tea’ events are being held across the country raising money for NHS Charities Together on and around the 71st birthday of the National Health Service. These donations will be distributed to a number of NHS charities throughout the UK to help further support and benefit local patients.

As NHS charities make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families and the wonderful staff who care for them, members of staff from NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG decided to bake cakes and raise money for The Walton Centre Charity, one of the many NHS charities that will benefit from the ‘Big Tea’ events.

Located in Liverpool, The Walton Centre is a specialist hospital trust dedicated to providing comprehensive neurology, neurosurgery, spinal and pain management services.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “It was great to take a break and celebrate another fantastic year of the NHS. Thank you to everyone at the CCGs who participated in the bake sale by baking or buying some of the delicious treats here today. All the money raised will go to our local Walton Centre Charity, which helps so many people in our area.”

“I would also like to take this time to thank all of our staff, who work tirelessly to support people in our community. Last year was a big birthday for the NHS but it’s still nice to mark the occasion by doing something like this for charity this year. “

The CCGs are now encouraging others to hold their own ‘Big Tea’ celebrations in appreciation of the NHS. You can hold a tea party with friends or organise your own charity bake sale.

Further information, resources and a Plan a Party guide are available at www.nhsbigtea.co.uk

Job Vacancy: Tenancy Sustainment Worker with Sefton Supported Housing Group (closing date: 12noon Monday 8th July)

Sefton Supported Housing Group (SSHG) is seeking applications for Two Tenancy Sustainment Workers to work across a number of temporary accommodation settings in the Sefton area. The posts will be employed by our partner providers, Excel Housing Solutions and Venus Charity.

SSHG is an organisation that promotes a work life balance to ensure staff are productive and remain motivated in their objective. Working 33 hrs per week, you will be required to have a flexible approach to your hours to meet your own personal commitments and the commitments of your clients.

Working with clients who are ready for move on to independent accommodation but may be prevented due to lack of opportunity, you will be required to find them suitable accommodation and provide support to clients to set up and manage their property until they are able to manage it independently.

Applicants will have a positive attitude, be confident, assertive, innovate and be able to establish a good rapport with clients and other professionals quickly. You must be able to work alone and be self motivated. Your role will require you to establish positive relationships with Registered Social Landlords, Landlords from the Private Sector, and local lettings agents.

Applicants must have general knowledge of the Property Pool Process and knowledge of the Welfare System (Benefits and Housing Benefit). Knowledge of Mainstay is desirable. A full clean driving licence is preferable.

Please note that two positions are available in two separate organisations.  For further information please go to:

www.excelhousingsolutions.com refer to the jobs section within the website.

For Venus Charity please email: recruitment@venuscharity.org

Job Vacancy: Community Builder with the L30 Community Centre (closing Monday 22nd July)

The L30 Communtiy Centre are looking for someone who can get alongside the Netherton community whilst it builds.

For the last two years we have been working in Netherton, thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, on developing asset based community development approaches across the area.  The focus on what’s strong rather than what’s wrong has enabled this community to begin to discover and connect what is already there.  In the last few months, the buds have started to flower and community members have stepped up to take the lead.  They want to see a village where neighbours get together and look out for each other, they want to see local businesses supported and growing; they want a village where children, young people and adults who are on the edge feel a sense of belonging.

They need a special person to support their growing vision.  Someone who can get alongside, steward and serve whilst walking backwards.  They are looking for someone who loves their village as much as they do.  Anyone who applies for the role from the village and meets the requirements will automatically be offered an interview.

We know that this is a long term role.  We know that we only have two years Lottery funding left at the moment.  We have hope and believe that this work will continue (believe not guarantee!).

This is an amazing opportunity to be part of something special in Netherton.  In addition to support from The National Lottery Community Fund the area is also a Big Local area. Local people are keen to create a legacy. Can you help them do it?  Do you want to see if you have the gifts, skills and passion that we are looking for?

For an application pack please contact rene.martin@l30communitycentre.org.uk

For an informal discussion please email angela@ripens.co.uk to arrange.

Closing date for applications: Monday 22nd July 2019. 

Satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure and references are required if successful at interview.

The L30 Community Centre is based on the Sefton Estate in Netherton and sits under the umbrella of Fun4Kidz.

Registered office: L30 Community Centre, Stonyfield, Netherton, L30 0QS. Company Limited by Guarantee: 4201603. Registered Charity: 1091549

Former Midwife Urges People to Have Their Say about NHS Change

Healthcare in Sefton will only work if people get to have their say – urges former midwife, Anne Major.

Anne, from Southport, who also used to be a neonatal nurse, is encouraging others to speak out as part of the national ‘What Would You Do?’ campaign, led by independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Sefton.

The campaign aims to encourage people in Sefton to share their views about how extra money from the Government should be spent on local NHS services.

The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Local organisations are now being asked to explore how services should change locally to make the NHS work better for people.

Anne, who is also Healthwatch Sefton locality representative for Central Southport, said: “When I have been at listening events at Southport and Formby hospital with Healthwatch Sefton we get fantastic comments and feedback about health services through talking with and listening to people.

“Patients are the experts. Each and every one of them has a story to share – whether that’s good or bad. I would encourage others to take part in the campaign and make sure their voice is heard.”

Anne has had plenty of first-hand experience with health and care services in the borough, having worked as a midwife and neonatal nurse for more than 30 years. She has personal experience of the NHS due to her husband having had a quadruple heart by-pass and is passionate about ensuring that the care of her family and community is the best the NHS can provide.

Maureen Kelly, Chair of Healthwatch Sefton, added: “The NHS only works when the voices of the people who use it are heard. This is a once-in-a-generation chance for local people to help decide where this extra money from Government should be spent in our NHS services in Sefton.

“We want to hear from as many people as possible about what works, what doesn’t and how they think local health services should be improved. No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it. Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy – and could make a big difference.”

People can share their views via this online survey.

Have your say on Sefton health policies review

Sefton residents are being asked for views about a number of local health policies, being reviewed to make sure NHS resources are used on the most effective treatments.

NHS South Sefton (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with Halton, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs to review a group of policies for procedures and treatments that are known as Criteria Based Clinical Treatments (CBCT).  These are routine procedures that are known to have medical benefit only in very specific situations, or for a small number of people.

Life After Stroke – Help for residents recovering from a stroke who feel isolated

Throughout Sefton’s Year of Friendship, Sefton Council is dedicated to reducing loneliness by making residents aware of the many groups and activities on offer throughout the borough.

The Council would like to highlight the Stroke Association’s work to tackle isolation for Sefton residents who are recovering from a stroke.

Have Your Say on Sefton Health Policies Review

Sefton residents are being asked for views about a number of local health policies, being reviewed to make sure NHS resources are used on the most effective treatments.

NHS South Sefton (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with Halton, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs to review a group of policies for procedures and treatments that are known as Criteria Based Clinical Treatments (CBCT).  These are routine procedures that are known to have medical benefit only in very specific situations, or for a small number of people.

This is the third phase of the review, which aims to keep NHS care up to date with the latest national clinical guidelines, methods and technology, whilst also making the best use of NHS resources.

The policies that Sefton residents are being asked to provide views on in this latest phase are:

  • Continuous glucose monitoring systems
  • Cough assist devices
  • Insulin pumps
  • Secondary care administered peripheral joint injections
  • Surgery for prostatism or lower urinary tract infections
  • Transanal irrigation

At the same time, the CCGs are letting people know about updates to their policy for Botulinum toxin treatments, bringing it in line with national guidance from NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It is right that we regularly review the services we commission to ensure that we’re providing the most effective treatments that make the best use of our limited NHS resources.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “This review of policies is about looking at the latest guidelines, treatments, methods and technologies and where there is very little or no evidence of effectiveness, there is no benefit in offering them to patients.

Craig added: “Any procedure comes with risk, so it’s important patients are offered those with the maximum clinical or functional benefit, not for cosmetic or psychological reasons. As clinicians we will explore other, more suitable treatments for patients with these types of needs.”

The information gathered will be used to help develop new or revised polices.

No final decisions have been made at this stage and it is important that as many people as possible give their views to help shape local NHS policies for the future.  Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an Individual Funding Request (IFR) where appropriate.

More details on proposed changes to the policies being reviewed along with a survey, open until 7 July 2019, can be found on each CCG’s website www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk or www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk or by emailing mlcsu.involvement@nhs.net or calling 01782 872 506.

2019 is Sefton’s Year of Friendship!

Sefton Council is delighted to celebrate the official launch of Sefton’s Year of Friendship 2019.

A recent launch event was held at Waterloo Community Centre highlighted the positive impact friendships have on peoples’ lives. Over recent years there has been an increase in loneliness within certain groups across Sefton, which has a detrimental impact on health and well-being.

NHS South Sefton CCG & NHS Southport and Formby CCG: Will you be part of Europe’s biggest healthcare survey?

More than two million people are being given an opportunity to tell the NHS about their experiences of using services at their GP practice. The GP Patient Survey invites a sample of people aged 16 and over from over 7,000 practices across England to take part.

Macmillan Listening Event – Friday 8th February 2019

Following the success of a previous listening event, Macmillan Cancer Support has organised another one in Crosby next month.

At the initial event, people said:

  • That Community Cancer health care services needed to change
  • Macmillan Cancer Support needed to deliver care earlier and closer to people and patients
  • They needed to deliver it in a more joined up manner with other health, wellbeing, and care support

Now they want to hear your thoughts, feelings, and ideas about future Community Health Care Services in Cheshire & Merseyside based on your experiences or the experiences of family and friends.

The listening event will be on Friday, 8 February at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre between 10am and 12noon.

For more information or to book a place at the event contact Joe on 0151 330 0552 or email joehemington@expandinghorizons.co.uk or Claire on 07458 062979 or email clevans@macmillan.org.uk

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Still Time to Give Views about Same Day Healthcare in South Sefton

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people that there is still time to give their views and experiences about using and choosing different urgent care services when they need immediate or same day health advice or treatment.

The commissioner, which plans and buys the majority of healthcare for south Sefton residents, has been out and about encouraging people to get involved as part of a review of ‘urgent care’ services since early December 2018.

Urgent care includes services for physical and mental health problems ranging from pharmacies, GP practices, GP out of hours services, the NHS 111 phone line and website, walk-in centres, accident and emergency (A&E) departments/ and 999.

Up until 31 January 2019 the CCG is asking people to complete a questionnaire about these services for adults, children and young people. The information gathered will be used to help develop proposals for how urgent care could look in the future.

Dr Craig Gillespie, GP and acting chair for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “From our conversations with residents over the past few years we know that some find the current range of urgent care services difficult to choose from and confusing. Sometimes when people don’t know which service to choose they use accident and emergency, which puts extra pressure on hospitals, and means that people might have to wait longer for their treatment.

“This review is the first step towards making sure that our services really meet local needs, so we have been encouraging as many people and NHS staff as possible to get involved and tell us what it’s like to use or work in these services and how they could be better and easier to choose from in the future.

“We’ve been out and about across south Sefton encouraging people to take part and would like to thank the organisations who have helped us reach residents so far, also a big thank you to those who have filled out a survey already.”

The review will also consider how new NHS national guidelines for urgent care services and the introduction of ‘Urgent Treatment Centres’ might be put into place in south Sefton.

NHS South Sefton CCG is carrying out its review with partners across north Merseyside as patients often use urgent care services across this wider area. So, the CCG is also encouraging residents in Southport and Formby who use urgent care services in north Merseyside to complete a survey.

Complete an online questionnaire and find out more on the CCG website: www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk

Healthwatch Sefton is helping us to make the questionnaire available to anyone who may find it difficult to take part online. So, for help to complete a questionnaire, request a paper version, or for another format call Freephone 0800 206 1304, email info@healthwatchsefton.co.uk or text 07434 810 438.

The Orrell Trust’s Memory Cafe is heading to Bootle (starting 25th January)

The Orrell Trust is launching a Memory Café later this month to help support people living dementia or memory loss and their carers’.

The group will enable people who are living in similar circumstances to meet on a regular basis to take part in gentle exercise, games, sing-alongs, arts and crafts and memory box workshops.

Sefton Sexual Health Service – Consultation for Community Organisations

Sefton Sexual Health Service is considering bringing the age of access for free Emergency Hormonal Contraception in Community Pharmacies down to under 25s only.  In order to make sure there are no adverse consequences for women accessing this service and local participating pharmacies, an equality impact assessment must be carried out.

Please click here to participate in the consultation

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.

NAVCA: Civil Society Futures Report NOW AVAILABLE

This week sees the launch of the Civil Society Futures report – the result of a two year inquiry into the future of the VCSE orgs & what the sector needs to do to adapt to economic and social challenges over the next decade & beyond.

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. 

Aldi’s Christmas Food Donation Campaign – Important information for local charities (applications close Sunday 18th November)

All Aldi stores will close from 6pm on Christmas Eve until Thursday 27th December 2018 to give  staff a well-earned break, and stores will be donating unsold fresh food to good causes in the local community.

Each of the UK stores will select one charity from their local area who may benefit from a donation. 

Know your Care at the Chemist

In preparation for winter and the illnesses the cold weather can bring, Healthwatch Sefton and the two NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the borough are working in partnership to raise awareness of where local residents can get free, fast and expert advice from their local pharmacist.

All pharmacists offer expert advice on minor illnesses and ailments and should be your first port of call for conditions like coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as advising on healthy eating and stopping smoking.

They can recommend the best over-the-counter remedy to start treating your symptoms as soon as possible, without the need for an appointment. They can also signpost you to which local service can help you if they can’t.

In addition to the free advice already available from high street pharmacies, some also offer the Care at the Chemist scheme, which is available to all patients registered with a Sefton GP. It is intended to improve access for patients suffering from minor ailments to the medicines they need to treat the illness without the need to see your GP.

If you don’t pay for your prescriptions then you can ask to join the Care at the Chemist scheme to get free medicines for a range of everyday health ailments.

The range of common, everyday illnesses and ailments included in the scheme comprises: athlete’s foot, cold sores, conjunctivitis, constipation, cystitis, diarrhoea, fever, haemorrhoids (piles), heartburn and indigestion, infant colic, nasal congestion, sore throat, sprains and strains, toothache, thrush, and warts.

However, during engagement work with pharmacies, locality representatives from Healthwatch Sefton – the health and care consumer champion – highlighted the difficulty people may have in knowing which pharmacy was part of the scheme. HWS - Maurice head shot

Maurice Byrne, Healthwatch Sefton Locality Representative for Maghull, explained: “It is important for people to bear in mind the options available to them when it comes to seeking medical advice or information. But, if you don’t know which pharmacy is part of the Care at the Chemist scheme, then it can be difficult to make that choice.”

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:
“All pharmacists are highly trained experts who can give advice on common illnesses and ailments, advising on the best over-the-counter medicine to treat your need whether they offer Care at the Chemist or not.

“You also don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist. They have private consultation rooms so you can talk to them in confidence.

“If they are unable to treat your symptoms or have any concerns they will sign post you to the correct service.

“You can find out more about Care at the Chemist, including a full list of participating pharmacies from both CCG websites.”

The following pharmacies are currently part of the Care at the Chemist scheme:

Southport & Formby;
Bispham Road Pharmacy, Southport
Cambridge Road Pharmacy, Churchtown
Crossens Pharmacy, Rufford Road
Formby Health Rooms & Pharmacy, Liverpool Road
Fylde Road Pharmacy, Southport
Hesketh Park, Queens Road, Southport
Sedem Pharmacy, Churchtown
St Marks Pharmacy, Southport
Woolleys Internet Pharmacy, Bispham Road, Southport

South Sefton;

Crosby/Waterloo
Alexanders Pharmacy
Cohens Chemist
Higgins Pharmacy
Crosby Road Pharmacy

Netherton
Cohen’s Chemist
Netherton Pharmacy, Durham Avenue

Maghull
Meadows Pharmacy, Station Road Pharmacy.

Bootle
Knowsley Road Pharmacy
Superdrug Pharmacy, Bootle Strand.

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