Sefton CVS Annual Conference 2017 – ‘Growth through Collaboration’

Sefton residents involved in local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups are being invited to a major event on the theme of collaboration later this month.

The Sefton CVS 2017 annual conference – Growth through Collaboration – will be held at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo from 9am to 4pm on Thursday 19th October.

Healthwatch England’s ‘It Starts With You’Campaign wants to hear from you

Healthwatch Sefton, the local health and social care consumer champion, has been supporting Healthwatch England’s It Starts With You campaign with a number of initiatives within the borough.

Today (Wednesday) the Healthwatch Sefton team is at Strand House in Bootle to engage with those within the 123 flats and to capture any feedback on the health services they use.

Over the last year, more than 3,000 local residents have shared their stories with Healthwatch Sefton to help identify where things weren’t working and let doctors, nurses and care workers know when they were getting it right. The aim is for Wednesday’s visit to add to this picture by listening to what the residents have to say with all responses being anonymous.

This follows a co-ordinated Listening Event earlier in July when eight local Healthwatch visited Accident & Emergency departments throughout Cheshire and Merseyside at the same time, on the same day, and asking people the same questions from a pre-arranged survey.

Two members of Healthwatch Sefton spent the afternoon at Southport and Formby District General Hospital A+E department where they captured feedback from 24 people.

This information will be included in a wider Healthwatch report intended to gain insight as to why people attend A+E and where pressures elsewhere in the system may affect demand on the emergency department. It is hoped a follow-up survey will also add to the picture of A+E demand.

In another initiative to coincide with the It Starts With You campaign, Betty Boner, Healthwatch Sefton Engagement and Participation Officer, linked in with Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust’s recent launch of their Experience of Care Strategy. Betty gathered people’s feedback at Southport Hospital on the different services provided at the site and shared comments such as: “I received fantastic aftercare” and “I meet up with other people who were (at the clinic) at the same time. We now support each other”.

The Healthwatch network exists to make it straightforward for people to give feedback about health and social care services. Healthwatch Sefton has made this easy by providing a specific Feedback Centre on its website (www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk) where people can also rate their GP practice, dental surgery or hospital clinic – all anonymously.

 

Still Time For The Flu Jab

Residents across Sefton are still being urged to get the flu jab this winter by Sefton Council and local health commissioners.

The flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways to reduce harm from flu as it
reduces risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.

Free flu vaccinations are being offered to all pregnant women, all children aged 2 to 4, residents of all ages with a long term health condition and everyone aged 65 and over. Most people who are eligible can get vaccinated at their local GP practice.

In addition, this year children in school years one, two and three have been offered the flu vaccination and a programme has been carried out across the borough offering the nasal spray.

The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine.

It’s quick and painless and means children are less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing, said: “There is still time for residents to get the flu jab or the nasal spray flu vaccine.

“Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly and can be very unpleasant for children and adults alike. Symptoms include fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week.

“By having the vaccination it will go a long way to protect yourself against such nasty symptoms.”

Pippa Rose, a practice nurse lead for NHS South Sefton clinical commissioning group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “As well as planning your Christmas shopping, remember to book your flu jab before the colder weather sets in.

“Having a flu jab isn’t just about protecting you from what can be serious effects of the flu but also helps reduce the spread of flu to those around you. We also encourage carers to get protected too.

“It’s really good news that a greater number of children can now benefit from the free vaccine. However, we mustn’t forget that it’s equally important for expectant mums, those aged over 65, or anyone of any age who has diabetes, chest complaints like bronchitis and kidney problems to get their vaccination.

“If you are not sure if you qualify for a free vaccine, just contact your practice and they’ll be happy to offer advice.”

For more information on the flu vaccine for children please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/child-flu-vaccine.aspx

And for a full list of who is eligible for a flu vaccine please visit: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/who-should-have-flu-vaccine.aspx

Public Health Report: How VCSE organisations contribute to wellbeing, health and care

This report (click here) sets out recommendations for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the health and care sector.

This is a joint review by the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England. The aim of the review is to:

  • describe the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes
  • identify the challenges and opportunities in realising the sector’s potential
  • address challenges and maximise opportunities

The report makes recommendations for government, health and care system partners, funders, regulatory bodies and the VCSE sector. It emphasises putting wellbeing at the centre of health and care services, and making VCSEorganisations an integral part of a collaborative system.

Sefton CCGs to become ‘dementia friendly’

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have signed up to become ‘Dementia Friends’ and are well on their way to reaching their target after gaining some training from the top doctor who is leading this work.

Both CCGs are working towards being ‘dementia friendly’ with 100 reception staff at Sefton GP practices already having received the training. In addition, a group of staff at the CCGs’ offices received training from the National Clinical Director for Dementia at NHS England, Alistair Burns,

He said: “It was fantastic to be here and I was delighted to meet with so many people at the CCG. It was good to hear about the work they are already doing to improve dementia diagnosis rates in Sefton and the post diagnosis support that they are offering to patients.

“I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and energy in the room and thoroughly enjoyed the session which so many people attended. It is good news to hear that the CCG are amongst the few CCGs who have signed up to become dementia friendly. It is so important to raise as much awareness as we can and with their partners I’m sure the message will be spread far and wide.”

The CCGs’ have signed a pledge with Sefton Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), supporting the national movement to bring about a society wide response to dementia. The Sefton DAA is made up of organisations in the borough who aim to work together to radically improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. Its official launch in Sefton is in Dementia Awareness Week on Wednesday 18th May.

Part of the CCGs’ action plan in the alliance is to raise awareness about dementia in the community and to encourage member practices and providers to become dementia friends, which they have both started working on.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at both CCGs, said: “Dementia is a priority area for both CCGs which is why the training was important to us. At the session when staff were asked if anyone in the room knew someone with dementia, of course, over half the room lifted their hands. We were asked to make a pledge and on behalf of the CCG I am keen to spread the word on dementia and whilst we’ve work to do to improve care and the diagnosis rate, I am really pleased that the CCGs are becoming dementia friendly and that we are part of the alliance, which is so important for Sefton.

“Dementia is of interest to everyone, not only on a personal level but on a professional one as well. It’s so important that people understand how someone with dementia may feel in certain situations. Thanks to Alistair for running the session for us, I’m sure we’ll all wear our badges proudly.

“Small changes to the way our society, communities, shops and businesses are run can make a huge difference to people with dementia. By improving awareness and having a greater understanding of dementia we can hopefully make a real difference to those living with dementia and their carers.”

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Whether you attend a face to face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch their online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

For more information visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Swan Centre: Women’s Social & Therapeutic Allotment Project

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

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

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

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