Reminder to Have Your Say on Sefton Health Policies Review

Sefton residents have a month left to share their views on a number of local health policies that aim to make sure NHS resources are used on the most effective treatments for patients.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (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 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 we are asking as many people as possible to share their views by completing a survey before 7 July. This feedback is really important and will 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.

The Bootle Music Festival Returns for 2019! Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July

The Bootle Music Festival is back! After last year’s great success, the team at SAFE Regeneration and Community Pub the Lock & Quay, has pulled together the BMF2019 – a weekend of amazing music, family activities, food, fun and canoes! And under 10s go FREE!

The line-up is a special one – including the lovely Tommy Scott, back to headline Saturday with his full band SPACE; The FARM are our Sunday headliners and we are delighted to welcome guitar legends Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) and Nick Harper as well as Dodgy – celebrating 25 years of their Britpop classic album ‘Homegrown’; Bootle’s own The Real People are back playing to the home crowd, Brazilian legends Adillia’s Place will get everyone on their feet; incredible Soul, Blues & Jazz from Xander & the Peace Pirates and The Deportees and throw into the mix Mercury – an amazing Queen tribute band and Bootle – we will most definitely Rock You!

Our family zone has some very cool stuff like canoeing, climbing walls, yoga, alternative therapies, meditation, visual art ‘zendoodling’ workshops, yoga, meditation and much more. There will also be lots of lovely people from the local community giving advice and information on local health & environmental issues.

The full line up can be seen below and tickets for the event start from £15.

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For more information and to purchase your ticket please visit; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bootle-music-festival-tickets-59898205144

ENSOU Expressive Arts Therapy Workshops at Woodvale Community Centre (May-November 2019)

Expressive Arts Therapy Workshops for counsellors in training and practice. Personal development in a uniquely connective space. Immerse, explore and express yourself using a variety of media – learning through creative connection, regardless of artistic ability.

PLEASE NOTE: Costs apply – £65 including certificate of attendance for 5 hours continued personal development.

All workshops will be held 10am-4pm at Woodvale Community Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 3RS.

Click here to download the information poster and full programmes schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

How People in Sefton can Access Medical Help during Bank Holidays

With Easter fast approaching, Sefton health professionals are reminding people to ensure they use the right NHS service for them, should they or their family members become unwell over the long weekend and also during the first May bank holiday.

GP practices will be closed from Good Friday (19 April) to Easter Monday (22 April) and the early May bank holiday (6 May) but there are several other ways for Sefton residents to access medical help during this time, if they need it.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Pharmacists are a great resource. We recommend taking advantage of all the services available at your local pharmacy for any minor health-related concerns and if you need a GP appointment to think about using the extended access service.

“Pharmacists are highly trained and are able to offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to manage a range of minor health concerns, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy troubles, aches and pains and many more.

Most pharmacies will have private consultation rooms where they can advise you on self-care treatments and give you advice on your medication.”

If you do need an appointment there are now extended GP appointments of an evening or weekend across Sefton. These appointments can be booked in advance via the GP practice you are registered with or by calling 111.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, (pictured right) said: “The extended access GP service launched last October in Sefton and has been popular ever since. Open 365 days a year the service is really useful over bank holiday weekends like Easter. If you do become unwell and your GP practice is closed you can call 111 to book an appointment with your nearest service as long as you are registered with a GP practice in Sefton.”

Pharmacy opening times will differ over the bank holidays. There will be normal opening times on Saturday (20 April), but a reduced service on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Monday 6 May. You can view the Easter opening times here: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/ or www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/

“If you’re unsure which service is right for you, ring NHS 111 to speak to a highly trained adviser who will assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.”

You can also visit 111.nhs.uk to get medical advice on where and when to get help.

Local dental providers offer NHS Urgent Dental Clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside, with urgent appointments for patients who need urgent treatment, advice and support on dental queries or referral to other services.

If you need help with an urgent dental problem, call the Helpline 0161 476 9651 which is available from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

Easter Sale to Support Sefton Homelessness Charity

Homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside is holding a 5-day Easter sale and golden egg hunt across their three charity stores.

The ‘Emmaus Easter Sale’ will take place between Wednesday 17th April and Monday 22nd April at the Emmaus Merseyside Charity Superstore in Seaforth and their two Charity Re-Use Shops in Bootle and Liverpool. The sale will include huge reductions off items including furniture, electrical appliances, clothes, books and vinyl. Furniture at the Emmaus Merseyside Charity Superstore.JPG

Kevin, one of the people supported at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “We have all worked hard to offer our customers some Easter bargains as well as some Easter fun and wish all our customers past and present a Happy Easter, we look forward to seeing you.”

For the Emmaus Easter Sale, formerly homeless people who are supported by Emmaus Merseyside have hidden golden eggs within each of the charity’s stores. Prizes will be awarded to everyone who discovers one of the golden eggs.

Honora Crisp, Business Manager at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “Following a spring clean we’ve been sorting through some great items and for a short period, we’ll be offering these at reduced prices for our loyal Emmaus Merseyside supporters. We want everyone who visits our charity stores to find some treasure and hopefully our golden Easter egg hunt will keep all ages entertained over the Easter break.”

Emmaus Merseyside supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity runs a social enterprise selling donated furniture, clothes, books, bikes, household goods and upcycled products, from three retail outlets.

The Emmaus Merseyside Charity Superstore in Seaforth and two Charity Re-Use Shops at Household Waste Recycling Centres in Bootle and Liverpool will be open as usual on Good Friday and Saturday, closed Easter Sunday and open on Bank Holiday Monday, 10am-4pm.

To find out more about Emmaus Merseyside visit www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. For more information, to make a donation or get involved call 0151 928 1588 or visit Emmaus Merseyside at; 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Bootle, Merseyside L21 3TW.

Living Well Sefton; ‘Grow For It’ Grants

To coincide with the Year of Green Action, Living Well Sefton is launching its Grow For It Grant.

The £500 grants are for community-based organisations using gardening as a way of improving people’s wellbeing.

Living Well Sefton is supporting the government’s Year of Green Action initiative which aims to encourage more people in activities to improve the natural world.

And linking in with Happy Plants, from local gardening supplier Porters Fuchsias, means that the grants have the potential of receiving match funding.

In order to eligible for a grant, groups and organisations need:

  • To be from the voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector
  • Agree to provide feedback and photographs on the Grow For It project
  • To have spent the grant by the end of May 2019

Anyone interested in applying for one of the £500 Grow For It grants can complete a Grow For It application form and email it back to Anne-Marie Morrison via anne-marie.morrison@seftoncvs.org.uk or LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk

The deadline for completed application forms is Friday, April 26th.

If you have a query about the grants please ring 0300 323 0181.

Liverpool City Region: ESF Community Grants 2019 – 2021

ESF Community Grant

A £2.7 million programme to tackle unemployment has been launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.

Over the next two years, the charity will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The WEA will distribute small grants of £20,000 across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between April 2019 and May 2021.

Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. The funding can help all who are out of work but especially those with:

  • disabilities and long term health conditions
  • single parents
  • women
  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people over 50
  • those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence

Round 1 of ESF Community Grants will open on Wednesday 24th April 2019 – please check back here on this date for further information and how to apply.

For information on application scoring criteria and decision making please click here.

For any other queries please call the ESF Grants Team on 0151 243 5356 or email ESFgrantslcr@wea.org.uk.

 

Local Parkrun Events Promote Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Ahead of Diabetes Prevention Week (1 – 7 April 2019) a GP from Sefton joined Crosby parkrun alongside representatives from Diabetes UK, to give people the opportunity to determine their own risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Nigel Taylor spoke to runners at the weekly run and even took part in the run himself, where Diabetes UK hosted a stall which offered people the chance to understand their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and what action they can take to reduce it.

Dr Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Park run is a great way to get people together to promote a healthy lifestyle which is important factor in preventing Type 2 diabetes. I spoke to many people about how getting regular exercise, by taking part in activities such as this run, to help maintain a healthy weight will significantly reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes which is often linked with obesity.”

“The condition is often preventable and can develop as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle.  Millions of people in England are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, with approximately 12 percent of people in Sefton having been identified as ‘at risk’ of Type 2 diabetes. The condition can have a huge impact on everyday life; you will need change your diet, have regular check-ups and you may have to take medications or tablets.  If you do not manage it well you may develop serious complications.”

 

People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly. Around 90 per cent of the 3.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2. There are almost 1 million more people living with Type 2 diabetes, who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed. While other factors like age and ethnicity affect a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, being overweight is the most significant risk factor that can be changed.

Dr Doug Callow, clinical lead for service quality and diabetes for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Make sure you get a good amount of exercise; aim for 2.5 hours week. This can include time at the gym, a brisk walk or climbing the stairs.

“It is also important that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Try to limit the amount of high fat and high sugar foods that you eat, and replace them with healthier snacks. Reducing your alcohol intake, if you drink over the current recommendation of 14 units a week, can also reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.” 

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, ‘Healthier You’, is a free local service for those who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The programme is designed to stop or delay the onset of the disease through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions. These include education on lifestyle choices, advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating and bespoke physical activity programmes. 

 

There is also support available for people who have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Contact your GP for more information. 

Clare Howarth, head of the north of England at Diabetes UK, said: “It’s important that people understand their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and are given the knowledge and resources necessary to help them reduce their risk by eating healthily, moving more and losing weight if necessary.

“Thousands of Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented if we help people understand their risk and how to reduce it.”

During Diabetes Prevention Week, Diabetes UK will be in attendance at a second parkrun event taking place on Saturday, 6 April starting at Hesketh Park in Southport at 9am. They will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have and share advice on diabetes prevention.

To find out more about diabetes you can visit the Diabetes UK website at www.diabetes.org.uk. To find out more about the ‘Healthier You’ diabetes prevention programme being delivered in Sefton visit: www.ingeus.com/nhs-diabetes-prevention-programme.

To sign up to your nearest parkrun please visit: www.parkrun.org.uk

Job Vacancies; Housing First Recruitment

Housing First Team Recruitment

Date posted: 26/03/2019
Closing date: 15 April, 2019 4:00 pm
Hours per week: 35.00
Salary: Various
Location: No.1 Mann Island, L3 1BP
Employment type: Full Time
Contract type: Fixed Term for 18 Months


On behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority; 

Job Description:

HOUSING FIRST TEAMS
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Homelessness Strategy Team

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is pulling together a team of exceptional individuals with the passion to deliver on our vision of supporting people out of Homelessness by developing a Housing First service across the city region.

Central government has allocated £7.7million to the Liverpool City Region to help tackle homelessness. The Housing First pilot will be delivered in conjunction with existing programmes throughout the city region and will help complement steps already being taken by councils and their partners. It will allow the testing of the Housing First models at a scale that could make a significant difference in providing support to homeless people.

Housing First is an internationally evidence-based approach, which uses independent, stable housing as a platform to enable individuals to begin recovery and move away from homelessness.

Through the provision of intensive, flexible and person-centred support, people are supported to maintain their home. Unlike other supported housing models, individuals do not need to prove they are ready for independent housing, or progress through a series of accommodation and treatment services. There are no conditions placed on them, other than a willingness to maintain a tenancy agreement, and Housing First is designed to provide long-term, open-ended support for their on-going needs.

We are now looking for outstanding people to form the first Housing First support teams in the Liverpool City Region to deliver this vital piece of work. The positions available are:

Housing First Operational Manager – £35,964 – £39,303 (On-call allowance £1300)

Housing First Senior Support Worker x 3 posts – £28,977 – £34,918 (On-call allowance £1700)

Housing First Support Workers x 12 posts – £26105 – £27,865 (Shift allowance £3263 plus weekend allowance)

We want people who are passionate and committed to ending homelessness across the Liverpool City Region. The success of this ambitious programme of delivery and system change will rely on us building a team of knowledgeable, skilled and driven people to deliver this work. The Homelessness Strategy Team is committed to ensuring that people with lived experience are at the heart of everything we do. We recognise that people who have overcome difficulties in their lives may have gaps in their employment history, periods of homelessness and involvement with the criminal justice system. We will adopt an understanding approach to the circumstances of applicant’s past lives in order to ensure that a troubled past does not become an unnecessary barrier to employment within Housing First services.

All posts will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

There will be an information evening on Monday 8th April for interested candidates. If you wish to find our more information on the above roles please join us from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm on a drop in basis at our offices at No 1 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP.

The roles will initially be for 18 months on a fixed term contract. We however we envisage that the successful candidates will champion the development of the model into the longer term commissions and there is the possibility that staff could be part of a planned transition to commissioned providers.

Interviews will be held between 22nd April – 30th April 2019

For full details please visit;
https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/governance/vacancies/

Completed application forms should be sent to;
recruitment@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk

Closing date: 15th April 2019


Documents:
This information can be provided in alternative formats on request

Job Vacancies at Sefton Carers Centre

Sefton Carers Centre have a number of exciting new opportunities to join them and provide valuable services. They are also seeking to recruit a new Trustee to Sefton Carers Centre Board.

Completed Applications and Monitoring Forms can then be emailed to
rachel.fripp@carers.sefton.gov.uk by the relevant closing date, or return via post to:

Rachel Fripp, Head of Performance & HR
Sefton Carers Centre, 27-37 South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE



Parent Carer Development Worker

Salary: £12,444 per annum
Terms: 0.6 FTE, 21 hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 12th April 2019

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Living Well Sefton – Support Worker
Salary: £12,444 per annum
Terms: 0.6 FTE, 21hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 15th April 2019

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Living Well Sefton – Support Worker & Frontline
Salary: £16,593 per annum
Terms: 0.8 FTE, 28hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 15th April 2019

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Welfare Benefits Advisor
Salary: £10,370 per annum
Terms: 0.5 FTE, 17.5hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Tuesday 16th April 2019

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Personal Health Budget – Lead
Salary: £32,096 per annum
Terms: Fulltime post, 35 hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 22nd April 2019

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Personal Health Budget – Advisor
Salary: £22,890 per annum
Terms: Fulltime post, 35 hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 22nd April 2019

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Personal Health Budget – Payroll & Monitoring Worker
Salary: £18,311 per annum
Terms: part-time post 28 hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 22nd April 2019

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Personal Health Budget Advocate – Two posts (employed by Sefton Advocacy)
Salary & Terms: 1 x Fulltime £24,072 per annum
1 x 17.5 hrs/week £12,036 per annum
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 22nd April 2019

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Trustee (Volunteer)

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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.

Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Coordinator receives national commendation from Princess Royal

Adam Connolly, Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Co-ordinator is celebrating being presented with a prestigious Butler Trust commendation by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal at St James’s Palace in London, on 21st March.

Adam Connolly received the commendation from the Butler Trust, which has The Princess Royal as its patron; his commendation was one of just 20 granted from over 400 nominations across Britain.

Freshfields Animal Rescue host pub quiz double-header to celebrate 40th birthday

Freshfields Animal Rescue is continuing its mammoth 40th birthday celebrations with two charity pub quizzes in April.

As part of the yearlong commemoration of the much loved animal rescue shelter, Freshfields have teamed up with a Southport pub quiz host for a double header of trivia and game nights in April.

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.

Deputy PCC marks The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade with a programme of events to tackle modern slavery

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Cllr Emily Spurrell in partnership with Merseyside Police and the International Slavery Museum are to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade by providing a programme of events to raise awareness of Modern Slavery.

On the 29th March local businesses and partner agencies will have the opportunity to learn about Modern Slavery, how to spot the signs and how to report their concerns.

Sefton Launches Major Bid for Future High Street Funding

Sefton Council is bidding for a slice of the £675m Future High Street Fund with bids planned for both Southport and Crosby.

The Future High Street Fund was announced in last November’s budget and aims to support and fund local areas’ plans to make their high streets and town centres fit for the future.

In this first round, Sefton will include bids for both Crosby village and Southport town centre and builds upon the Council’s ambitions for its town centres encapsulated within its agreed regeneration frameworks and 2030 Vision.

The Future High Street Fund aims to help Councils, their communities and the private sector work in partnership to develop and sustain town centres to enhance their vitality and viability.  The fund also includes the opportunity to bid for part of a £55m Heritage High Street Fund.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Skills and Regeneration, said: “Building on Sefton’s ambitions for its town centres, we are aiming to submit two bids to the Future High Street Fund for both Southport town centre and Crosby Village to help sustain them for the future. The bids will also support Sefton’s and the City Region’s ambitions for future growth.


“For Southport this will build upon Sefton’s success in securing around £10m of Heritage Lottery and Coastal Communities Funding for King’s Gardens, Southport Pier and the recently announced Townscape Heritage Scheme.

“For Crosby this will build on the significant private sector funding by St Modwen into the village centre. If successful, Sefton Council will continue to work in an inclusive way with private sector and community sector partners.”

Formal stage 1 bids for both projects will be made in the coming months with further details issued in due course.

Friends Of… Groups Help make Borough Sparkle during Year Of Friendship

Friends Of groups have united in a shared love of making sure Sefton stays clean, green and beautiful.

Throughout the Year Of Friendship, Sefton Council and its partners are celebrating groups, individuals and organisations who make a difference and help foster friendship throughout the borough.

For February, Sefton Council has been celebrating the continued hard work of the many ‘Friends Of…’ groups who turn out week in, week out in parks, greenspaces and the 22 miles of Sefton’s coastline to remove litter and make the environment a better place.

The 22 miles spanning between Southport and Seaforth are some of the most iconic, idyllic and important stretches of greenspace and coastline in the UK and are home to a menagerie of fauna and flora.

But it takes a lot of work to make our coastline the sandy success that it is!

The Green Sefton coast and countryside division are supported by hundreds of volunteers, who come under the umbrella group, the ‘Friends of Sefton Coast.’

Between them they give up just a small portion of their time throughout the year to keep our coastline beautiful.

Last year alone an incredible 2,300 people volunteered 5,200 hours of their time over 76 clean-up events that saw thousands of bags of rubbish cleared from our coastline and this continues well into our Year Of Friendship campaign.

Inland too volunteer groups remain hard at work helping perfect our parks and greenspaces such as the Friends of Derby Park, while volunteer gardeners like the Lord Street Volunteers give up their time to help  make sure floral planters are constantly blooming.

There’s always plenty to get your teeth into on both our coastline and in our parks and greenspaces and Green Sefton are always looking for more people to get involved.

To register your interest in forming or joining a Sefton ‘Friends Of…’ group click here.

To find out more about the Year Of Friendship visit www.sefton.gov.uk/friendship.

Police put Additional Feet on the Beat for the First Time in Nine Years

Merseyside Police will be recruiting an additional 80 new police officers and 14 police staff and will be able to stem the loss of approximately 40 officer posts to invest in more police on the streets of Merseyside over the next year.

This means that the force will be able to invest in the creation of a new team to target wanted fugitives and the introduction of a new Cyber Investigations Unit.

The force budget was announced last week at a special public meeting held by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy and Chief Constable Andy Cooke.

Funding for 40 of the new officer posts has been generated from the increase of the police precept on council tax, following a public consultation held by the Commissioner. Savings that the force has identified throughout the last year, have also generated funding for a further 40 officers and will save approximately 40 police officer posts that were due to be lost.

The force will also bring in an extra 14 police staff in 2019/20.

The new and saved posts will increase capacity on the front line and create dedicated teams of officers and staff to target those who cause the most harm to the communities of Merseyside.

In the last year Merseyside has seen an increase in knife crime, violence and robbery, and the force is still managing the threat that serious organised crime, which includes gun and drug related crime, brings to communities. We want to ensure that we have the capacity to respond to these incidents and put those involved in this type of criminality on the back foot.

To do that we are now in the position to create a Priority Crime Team within Matrix disruption. The sole aim of that team will be to transfer the fear of crime back on to the criminal through targeted, proactive policing.

A centralised Fugitive Team will also be set up to track and arrest wanted criminals and bring them to justice. The team will find those wanted on arrest warrants and who have breached licences and will support the force’s local policing and targeted teams to locate suspects who commit crime in our communities.

Police and Crime Panel Seeking Co-opted Independent Member

The Merseyside Police and Crime Panel is seeking a committed and enthusiastic person from the Merseyside area to serve as a co-opted independent member on the panel from July 2019 for a term to end in May 2023.

This role is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the arrangements for police governance and accountability, which would involve scrutinising and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced significant changes in police governance and accountability; in particular, replacing Police Authorities by directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) from November 2012.

In summary, the public accountability for the delivery and performance of the police service within each force is now placed into the hands of the PCC on behalf of their electorate. The PCC draws on this electoral mandate to set and shape the strategic objectives of their force area in consultation with the Chief Constable. The PCC is accountable both to the electorate and the Police and Crime Panel; the Chief Constable is directly accountable to the PCC.

Each force area has a Police and Crime Panel to offer both support and challenge in relation to the PCC’s decision-making and actions. The PCC is required to consult with the Panel on the strategic plan for local policing, as well as the level of council tax needed to support the local policing budget, and the appointment of a Chief Constable. Independent members, through their knowledge and experience, are expected to enhance the Panel’s ability to play its role effectively.

The panel is made up of 10 local councillors in total from the five local authorities in the force area, plus two independent co-opted members.

The role of a panel member is an important and demanding one. The typical commitment required from a member of the panel is expected to average one day a month, including preparation time.

Applicants must live or work within the Merseyside area (Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral). Experience in community safety, victim support, criminal justice and related issues would be helpful, but is not essential. There is no salary for the role, but reasonable travel expenses can be reclaimed.

Panel Meetings are generally held in the daytime with meetings ordinarily being held in Huyton, Knowsley. All panel members receive induction and other appropriate training.

Please telephone 0151-443-3367 to request a copy of the application pack.

Sefton Awarded £500k to help Bolster Prevention of Youth Crime

Sefton Council has been awarded half a million pounds for its early intervention programme and ongoing work to prevent youth crime in the borough.

The £500,000 from the government’s Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund with help the local authority to continue in-depth work with parents, carers and professionals around the dangers of children being exposed to gang culture.

The Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund enables keyworkers, community groups, teachers and other professionals working with children and young people at risk, to intervene early on and help stop them from becoming drawn into gang crime, serious violence and the youth justice system.

Sefton Council will now use the £500,000 funding to continue with a range of initiatives, which will see teams work closely with young children who may be directly impacted by crime from an early age.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve been given this grant. This much-needed vital funding will allow us to continue to help families in need to resolve problems that affect them and their community.

“We recognise that investing in people at an early stage, before problems become too serious, will help our families across the borough so they can make positive changes to their lives that will keep them safe and healthy and away from youth or gang crime. This funding will help us support initiatives that focus on early intervention and scaling up whole family working before problems escalate into something much more serious that could have consequences later in life.”

“However, the funding is only short-term and doesn’t substitute for a much needed sustainable approach to local government funding to tackle issues like this in our community.”

The grant is the latest recognition for Sefton Council’s Localities team after their partnership work around gang awareness was praised as an example of best practice by the government’s Victim’s Commissioner, Baroness Newlove.

For more information about Sefton Council’s Localities team and their work around early intervention and prevention, where they offer support at Family Wellbeing Centres, Libraries, Leisure Centres or community bases, please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/localities

Sefton O.P.E.R.A. Needs Your Tesco Tokens!

Sefton OPERA have been informed that during March and April 2019 they will be one of the Charities chosen for The Bags of Help scheme. They are looking for funding to support our “Volunteering for the Future” project, which is encouraging old and young alike to come and join them as volunteers.

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store (see below) of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token

The stores where you can drop you token in are:

L21 8NZ – Litherland (S)
L22 4QH – Crosby Road, Liverpool
L23 5RQ –  Crosby Coronation Road
L10 2JA – Liverpool Old Roan
L23 4TE – Thornton

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website here: http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/

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.

‘Like Glue’; An Upcoming Theatre & Training Event – Monday 25th February 2019

“Like Glue” is an upcoming theatre & training event. It explores the diversity of teenage relationships, healthy and unhealthy behaviour and the impact that intimate partner violence has on young people. Attending the training also gives delegates access to an educational toolkit that can be used to support further work.

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This project has been funded by Merseyside PCC via Sefton council and is free for any professional working in Sefton to access. We would therefore like to invite you to book onto the event. Spaces are limited so please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.

To book a place please contact access27theatre@outlook.com

 

Alzheimer’s Society Upcoming February Events

The Alzheimer’s Society is holding two events in the North and South of the borough during February.

The first is a Side by Side volunteer recruitment event taking place at the Lord Street Hotel in Southport on Thursday 21 February. They have a number of people living with dementia in the Southport area who are waiting to be matched with potential volunteers.

Alzheimers Society Side by Side

Download the flyer here



The second is a ‘Pop-up’ Memory Café taking place at Lydiate Village Centre on Friday 22 February. It’s a chance for people living with dementia and their carers to get together in an informal, relaxed setting. They can meet others in a similar situation and receive vital support and information. No need to book, just come along on the day.

Alzheimers Society Pop Up Memory Cafe

Download the flyer here

Healthwatch Sefton Opens Doors

Parents, people with a disability and older people are now finding it easier to get in to Maghull Health Centre after automatic doors have been fitted.

Local patient consumer champion, Healthwatch Sefton, has worked in partnership with the NHS to resolve the daily problem of accessing the centre after it was raised as an issue by patients during engagement work.

“Through a series of Enter & View visits to the health centre we listened to what people thought of the community services and, among other things, it kept coming up that they had difficulty using the double sets of doors to enter the building,” explained Wendy Andersen, Engagement Manager with Healthwatch Sefton.

Following their feedback reports, Healthwatch Sefton was in dialogue with the various NHS agencies over remedies to the situation and it was finally resolved in January when the automatic doors were installed.

The news has gone down a treat with local patient and wheelchair user, Jonathan Desmond, who also brought the issue to Maurice Byrne, Healthwatch Sefton locality representative for Maghull early on. He said: “The automatic doors are great and mean it is easier to use the centre.”

It is not only patients feeling the benefit because Gaynor Ferguson, receptionist at the centre, explained: “From a staff point of view it has made our jobs better because we no longer have to hold doors open for people which means we can get around quicker.

“I think it makes the centre feel more modern and that’s given us a nice boost. But it’s also better from a hygiene perspective.”

Wendy commented: “Thanks go to all those who spoke to us about this and other community services issues. And thanks also to the various NHS agencies we spoke to and helped to resolve the situation.”

To view the full Maghull Health Centre reports visit: www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk and to contact Healthwatch Sefton ring 0800 206 1304.