Local NHS commissioners confirm governing body meeting dates (6th + 7th February)

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton are inviting residents to come along to their first governing body meetings of 2019.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG will hold its meeting on Wednesday 6 February and NHS South Sefton CCG will then hold its meeting on Thursday 7 February.

Sefton’s CCGs shortlisted for prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) award

Apprentices celebrate graduating from the scheme at the L20 in Bootle

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award.

Their apprenticeship scheme with Hugh Baird College has been shortlisted under the workforce category with ten other entrants across the UK.

The bespoke course designed and shaped by the CCGs with Hugh Baird College gave apprentices the chance to train whilst working in a GP practice to get the hands on experience that they need. Many of them still work in practice and some have gone on to complete further training.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at the CCGs said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted, the team here worked so hard to design the course and all of the apprentices who took part have expressed how beneficial it was to them.

“In this climate where it isn’t that easy to source funding for further qualifications or to get jobs easily, they relished the opportunity and gave it their all. We are just happy that they found it so worthwhile.”

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: “With the NHS experiencing a tough time as funding fails to keep up with demand, the HSJ Awards are once again the best reminder of the excellence the service is capable of. Taken together the entries to the HSJ Awards represent work which, directly or indirectly, has saved thousands of lives and enhanced many times that number.”

Now in their 35th year, the most sought after accolade in British healthcare recognises, celebrates and promotes the finest achievements in NHS, and showcases them to the service’s most influential leaders.

The next stage for the CCGs will be to complete a presentation and interview to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector. The winners will then be announced at the prestigious ceremony in partnership with de Poel health + care on 23 November 2016 at the InterContinental O2 in London.

For the full shortlist please visit: awards.hsj.co.uk/2016-shortlist

Sefton CCGs shortlisted for prestigious student nursing award

A joint scheme between NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG has been shortlisted in the prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards 2016.

The CCGs have made it into the final round of the ‘Student Placement of the Year – Community’ category, after becoming the first accredited hub in the country to offer bespoke placement opportunities to student nurses.

Through the scheme the CCGs provide students with a structured learning environment, offering them the support and experience they need for their future careers.

The placements that the CCGs offer introduce pre-registration student nurses, student quality ambassadors (SQAs) and care makers into a commissioning setting in order to improve quality of care.

The collaborative work the CCGs have been doing with Edge Hill University and the North West Placement Development Network (NWPDN) means that students are mentored by the quality team at the CCGs with the opportunity to interact with board level professionals and attend high level strategic meetings. They are also given the opportunity to input into the development of the CCGs’ strategic plans and commissioning priorities to ensure that quality of care of patients remain at the centre of what they do in a complex commissioning environment.

Brendan Prescott, deputy chief nurse for both CCGs, said: “We are so pleased to be shortlisted in the Student Nursing Times Awards. We have worked extremely hard to put the student placements together working with Edge Hill University and NWPDN, so it means a lot that this has been recognised.

“The feedback that we get from our students is that there is nothing better than getting that hands on understanding of becoming a nurse and here at the CCGs they have the best of both worlds. They can see how it works from the CCGs’ offices and attending high level meetings then they can go into practices to get the wider experience of a nurse’s role. It is invaluable experience for them.”

These awards are the only one of its kind to celebrate the very best in student nurses and nurse education. They pay tribute to student nurses who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses.

The awards ceremony will take place on 28 April 2016 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Visit the awards website (www.studentawards.nursingtimes.net) for more information.