Job Vacancy: Sefton CVS Health & Wellbeing Trainer (Part-Time ) (Closing date: 12noon, Monday 8th April)

The Health and Wellbeing Trainers are a forward thinking and dynamic team that works in South Sefton’s Virtual Ward, to improve health outcomes for adults with long term conditions. The successful applicant must be passionate about tackling health inequalities, and have a person-centered approach which encourages these adults to set achievable reablement goals.

Take a positive step towards feeling better – Access Sefton

Local NHS leaders are reminding Sefton residents that there is a free, confidential service to support people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health conditions.

Sefton Council’s ‘Sefton in Mind’ campaign launched on Monday 10 September, covering the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day (10 October). The campaign aims to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Geraldine O’Carroll is the Senior Manager for Commissioning and Redesign at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG. She said: “Everyone goes through difficult times, but sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we may feel that we can’t cope. If you are in this situation, you’re not alone.

“I recommend contacting Access Sefton for confidential advice and treatment. They can offer appointments at a variety of locations including GP surgeries across Sefton; and can also offer telephone-based or computer-based therapy where appropriate. They will work with you to find an option that’s best for you.”

Access Sefton is available to anyone aged 16+ and registered with a Sefton GP. You can self-refer via the website www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton, by phone 0300 303 2708 or email CWP.AdminAccessSefton@nhs.net. You can also ask your GP to make a referral for you.

Ryan Forrest, Deputy Operations Manager at Access Sefton, added: “As well as anxiety, depression and stress, talking therapies are an effective treatment for other common mental health conditions, including phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic.”

As part of the Sefton in Mind campaign, Sefton Council wants to know which parts of Sefton have a positive influence on your mental health. The aim is to create a positive mental health map of Sefton, showing the places where people go to feel better and in turn help reduce the social isolation that can often be a symptom of depression.

To get involved and help create the map, tell us about your favourite place and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil or alternatively email to communications@sefton.gov.uk.

Job Vacancy: High Intensity User and Reablement Co-ordinator, Full-time (closing 5pm, Monday 17th September)

Sefton CVS in partnership with South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG will deliver a pilot project working directly with Sefton residents who are using urgent care services inappropriately.

Salary: £28,485
Location: Based at Sefton CVS Burlington House however the post is borough wide and will require some travel
Responsible to: Deputy Chief Executive, Sefton CVS

This role is fixed term for 18 months.

Job Purpose: 

The post holder will manage a team of ‘Outreach and Intervention Workers’ who will work with ‘high intensity users’ to reduce the number of emergency ambulance calls and unscheduled care interactions. The ‘Outreach and Intervention Workers’ will focus on positive behaviour change addressing those issues that are contributing to residents utilising care services inappropriately.

The post holder will also manage a team of ‘Reablement Health and Wellbeing Trainers’ working as part of the ‘Virtual Ward’..  The focus of reablement is on helping older people “to do for themselves” in their own home rather than “doing it for” them.  Reablement is about supporting adults to achieve maximum independence and regain the skills and confidence they may have lost as a result of poor health or as a consequence of having spent a period of time in hospital.

Downloads:
Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF)

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

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 17th September 2018.

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September 2018. Please note: candidates must be available to attend interview. 

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

Summer Holidays don’t have to spell Unhealthy Habits

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The school summer holidays are a chance to relax, sleep in, and enjoy a break from homework, but it’s best to maintain some routines to stay healthy and avoid a ‘shock to the system’ come September.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Routines such as regular bedtimes and mealtimes are important for keeping your children on the right learning path.

“Studies show that memory, learning, attention, mood, behaviour and physical health are all improved through sleep.”

Here are some top tips for healthy eating and drinking during the summer holidays:

There’s room for occasional treats during the holidays but it can get expensive to keep buying a round of ice creams for the whole family – try to plan ahead and take some healthier snacks with you on a day out.

Change 4 Life have some great ideas for healthier lunchbox and picnic swaps that are easy to prepare and fun for the whole family: www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes.

It can be difficult to keep food cool on hot days, so follow this advice from NHS Choices on how to prepare and cook food safely, including on barbeques: www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-prepare-and-cook-food-safely.

Try to limit your intake of sugary drinks – even fruit juices contain sugar. Water is the healthiest option and the best for rehydration on a hot day. You can make the drinks more appealing to kids by adding novelty ice cubes or chopped fruit and cucumber.

Debbie added: “Eating healthily, regular exercise and good sleep all go hand-in-hand and will make the summer holidays more enjoyable and stress-free for the whole family.”

‘Examine Your Options’ this Bank Holiday

Local health commissioners are encouraging Sefton residents to examine their options if they become unwell over the bank holiday weekend.

Anyone who thinks they may need to access health services over the bank holiday is being urged to check opening times for walk in centres, GP practices and chemists and also think about ordering any repeat prescriptions they need before the long weekend begins.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The bank holiday weekend can be a good opportunity to relax and unwind but it’s important people know how to access health services, should they need to. Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday, so it’s particularly important for people to examine their options if they become poorly.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “There are a variety of services on offer to people such as the advice on the NHS choices website, and the NHS 111 telephone number. Pharmacists are also available to provide free, confidential advice about common health problems such as coughs, colds and sore throats.”

The local NHS in Sefton is also reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the region there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

 Pharmacy Services

Many pharmacies will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend and the best way to find out which pharmacy is open and when is to visit our ‘Your Services Health page’.

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to self-care and prepare for many common illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.

In Sefton – whilst all pharmacies provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments, a number in Sefton offer Care at the Chemist, which ensures our most vulnerable patients who don’t routinely pay for their prescriptions have free and easy access to over the counter medicines they may need without the need to see a doctor.

 NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.

 NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

 Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

 GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

 Walk-in centres

Litherland Walk in Centre is open 8am – 8pm every day. in Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JN. Call 0151 475 4667.

No matter where you live in Sefton you can simply drop in – there is no need for an appointment and all ages can get treatment here. The service treats minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to accident and emergency (A&E). Remember A&E is for serious and life threatening illnesses or injuries.

West Lancashire Health Centre – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week 

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

 Patient Access

Manage your repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture outside, by using the new FREE Patient Access website and smartphone app. Simply search for ‘Patient Access’ in the app store.

Remember though, if using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.

For information about services that can help in south Sefton over the bank holiday please visit our ‘Your Services Health page’.

Leading Sefton health figures say ‘no’ to sugary drinks as part of GULP campaign!

Sefton Council is working with Food Active to promote the new GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Early Years campaign called ‘Kind to Teeth’.

The campaign aims to improve knowledge and raise awareness of the health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks in under-fives.

Developed by registered nutritionists, the campaign has been launched as part of National Smile Month and is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.

Research shows that by the age of five, nearly a third of children had obvious decay in their milk teeth.  In another study, 12% of three-year-olds were found to have evidence of tooth decay having on average three decayed, missing or filled teeth – and sugary drinks are a major part of the problem.

This is despite the fact that babies are only recommended to consume breast milk (or formula milk if necessary) until six months and then milk and water are the best sources of hydration for babies and young children.

Sugar is not necessary for the diet, especially for children and when consumed in the form of sugary drinks, can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lots of sugar can often be hiding in many baby juices and other sugary drinks marketed at the early years.

The Kind to Teeth campaign has been developed by registered nutritionists, dental health and early year’s specialists and forms part of the well-known GULP campaign.  It is aimed at parents of children under five years of age, to help promote healthier drinking habits in the early years and will involve a number of electronic resources for local authorities to utilise.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Improving the health of Sefton’s young children is a key priority for us, so I am very pleased that the Kind to Teeth campaign is being promoted in Sefton.

“Nearly a quarter of our 5-year-olds start school with dental decay and a quarter in Reception year are overweight or are an unhealthy weight by the time they start school. Tackling unhealthy drink habits in the early years is a crucial preventative measure to protect our young children against poor dental health and weight gain”

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, added: “When children are young, we have a fantastic opportunity to influence healthy food and drink patterns, as habits are often established when children are young.

“This campaign will help to educate parents on the health risks associated with consuming sugary drinks in the early years, and emphasise that water is the best source of hydration for their young one. We hope it will help to influence healthy drinking patterns from the early years and throughout their growth and development into adulthood.”

By the Light of the Silvery Moon – Dementia Friendly Film Screening

The film programme will include a mix of classic films and musicals to help trigger memories and enable conversations about shared experiences

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Christine Physick on 0151 928 1530/christine@plazacinema.org.uk

January Film:
Date: Thursday 18th January
Time: 2.00pm

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Pregnant women in Sefton urged to get their flu jab

Pregnant women across the borough are being urged by Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG to make sure they get the flu jab this winter.

Capital Schools Mental Health

More than half of primary school teachers say they do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems, research suggests.  Just one in 10 “strongly agreed” with the statement that they felt they had the necessary training to feel confident about what action to take when a child was experiencing a mental health problem, compared with 54% who disagreed.

Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide is a major public health issue for Sefton and a leading cause of years of life lost.  In 2015, there were 25 deaths due to suicide or undetermined injury in Sefton.

Staff work on their Wellbeing

Paying attention to wellbeing was the aim of Living Well Sefton’s recent staff development day.

The focus of National Work Life Week is wellbeing at work and the partners of Sefton’s wellbeing collaborative came together for an afternoon of activities and work updates.

Living Well Sefton supports World Mental Health Day (10th Oct)

To coincide with its first anniversary, Living Well Sefton – the local wellbeing organisation – is supporting a World Mental Health Day event at Hugh Baird College.

On Tuesday, 10 October Living Well Sefton and the Feelgood Factory – one of its partners – will be at the Bootle-based college to raise awareness of how paying attention to your mental wellbeing is an important part to feeling good.

Residents enjoy a ‘Big Chat’ at NHS annual review

Over 40 south Sefton residents turned out for the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) ‘Annual Review meets Big Chat’ event on Thursday 21 September.

For the third year running, NHS South Sefton CCG combined its annual review meeting with a ‘Big Chat’ style event held at The Park Hotel in Netherton.

Think Differently, Cope Differently

‘Think Differently, Cope Differently’ is a 5 week mental health and wellbeing programme led by Living Well Sefton.

The programme comprehensively covers the important areas associated with positive mental wellbeing i.e. Stress Management; Challenging negative thinking; encouraging healthier lifestyles and affective goal planning.

Access Sefton

Find your balance with Access Sefton this World Mental Health Day 2017 (October 10).

Held at Hugh Baird College’s L20 Centre, the free event will feature stands from a range of local wellbeing organisations, along with activities and workshops people can get involved with, including crafts, mindfulness, hand and shoulder massage, and more.

Health and wellbeing organisations will be at hand to offer information and advice to anybody who needs it.

There will also be lots of opportunities to win great prizes in a free-to-enter wellbeing treasure hunt, including EFC tickets, signed LFC memorabilia and vouchers for local stores and restaurants.

The event will take place October 10. 10am-3pm.

Access Sefton is supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

For more information follow @AccessSefton on Twitter.

Young leaders are Champions of mental health!

Young people from Sefton and Liverpool are leading the way towards better mental health for them and their peers.

Those age 13-18 years make up the Neurochampions – a group who recently delivered an eight week mental health workshop to their peers with support from leading scientists, youth workers and researchers.

The workshops covered the full spectrum of well being and mental health support, taking a closer look at young people’s brains, emotions, wellness and behaviours.

The group gained new experiences and skills in digital and traditional media, along the way learning practical production and digital skills to create their own videos, animations and more!

Each session drew on their own personal experiences and developed their confidence and leadership skills.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities at Sefton Council said:

“The Neurochampions have helped young people from lots of different backgrounds to learn something about themselves. 

“The variety of those taking part reflects the way that mental health can affect us all. Working with experts and developing digital skills for their future has clearly given these young people aspirations, which I hope will lead to further success” 

Neurochampions is a programme that equips young people with the knowledge and skills  to become effective leaders in mental health.

To find out more about the work of the Neurochampions, visit their website here.

To find out more about services to support young people age 11-21 years in Sefton, visit the Sefton Youth website

CCG VCF Report – Working Together for a Healthier Community

The achievements of community groups within Sefton have come under the spotlight with the launch of a new report.

The Working Together For A Healthier Community report showcases the work of organisations and groups in the voluntary, community and faith sector after receiving grants from the CCG VCF Fund.

Over more than three years, the two NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in Sefton invested £2.5million into projects designed to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, says: “The main aim of the grants was to improve people’s sense of inclusion and involvement which, in turn, helps their health, wellbeing and independence.

“The grants, managed by Sefton CVS, have clearly highlighted the potential ‘reach’ of the funding – far beyond the direct beneficiaries – but deep into people’s families and communities.”

There were 52 different projects delivered throughout Sefton ranging from those looking to tackle childhood obesity, reduce social isolation for older people or help people improve their mental wellbeing.

More than 10,500 people engaged with the projects that delivered around 54,000 meals and more than 590 volunteers gave their time in supporting the projects.

Nigel Bellamy, Deputy Chief Executive of Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), explains: “As a result of this vital investment we can say that more children are now confident to face the challenges of growing up, more adults are positively equipped with skills to deal with managing their wellbeing and more older people can lead an independent life where they don’t have to feel alone.”

Please see the report here.

For more information about the report and the projects visit www.seftoncvs.org.uk

Personal budgets to become dementia friendly as Sefton MBC sign charter

Sefton Council has pledged to sign up to the Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to help give people with dementia greater choice and control over their care and support.

The Care Act gives everyone who is receiving support from social services the legal right to a personal budget.

Alzheimer’s Society has produced a guide of easy and cost-effective actions councils can take to improve the personal budgets process for people with dementia and their careers. Sefton Council has signed up to the Dementia-Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to demonstrate its commitment to supporting people affected by dementia.

Councillor Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Sefton Council, said:

“Personal budgets not only give people choice over the care they need, but also enable support to be delivered in innovative and cost-effective ways.

“Sefton Council is pleased to sign up to Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to show our commitment towards making personal budgets more accessible to our residents living with dementia.”

Ian McCreath, Personal Choice Manager at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

“Personal budgets have the potential to give much needed choice and control to people with dementia. Our research has uncovered a worrying situation for people with dementia when trying to obtain a budget so it is really encouraging to see Sefton Council signing up to The Dementia-Friendly Personal Budgets Charter. Hopefully it will encourage other local authorities to follow suit and support more people with dementia to live better lives.”

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets Charter enables local authorities to demonstrate their commitment to people with dementia. Pledges include:

  • Producing relevant and clear information on personal budgets for people with dementia that always explain all the available options and methods for receiving a personal budget
  • Training all staff involved in care and support planning in the personalisation agenda  to ensure accurate and appropriate information is provided at all times
  • Having a timely and transparent assessment process that clearly explains how they have decided on the amount of money a person will receive
  • Collecting robust data on the uptake and outcomes of personal budgets for people with dementia so that services are continuously improved

Alzheimer’s Society launched the Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets charter at the National Children’s and Adults’ Services Conference 2016 and is calling on local authorities to sign up at www.alzheimers.org.uk/personalbudgetscharter

Have your say about the review of Sefton health policies

People in Sefton are being asked for their views about a range of local health policies that are being updated to reflect the latest medical evidence.

The two NHS bodies responsible for the shaping and buying of health services in Sefton is reviewing more than 100 policies to ensure that resources are used on the treatments which work best for local people.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with their counterparts in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs on a project called ‘Reviewing local health policies’ to agree a number of clinical procedures based on certain criteria.

The review aims to ensure that patients receive the appropriate healthcare in the right place at the right time, that treatments with no or very little evidence of effectiveness are not used and procedures are carried out for maximum clinical or functional benefit, not for cosmetic of psychological reasons.  Clinicians will explore other, more suitable treatments for patients with these types of needs.

Another advantage is to ensure services are up to date with the latest national guidelines, methods and technology, whilst also offering value for money.  Where possible, another aim is to try and standardise the policies and treatments available across the seven CCG areas.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “The quality of care given to patients is the most important factor in developing these policies and by working together in this review we can make sure that NHS resources are being spent in the best way on the most effective treatments and procedures.”

Dr Andrew Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, added: “We are reviewing these polices against the latest medical evidence, advice and treatments, so we can be sure we get the best care and outcomes for our patients.

“Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an individual funding request (IFR) where appropriate.”

Treatments being reviewed over the next few months in this first phase of the programme include removal of piles, cataract surgery, laser tattoo removal and treatments for hairloss.

You can view all of the policies being reviewed and find out how to have your say on each Sefton CCG’s website www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk or www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk  – until the 18th September 2017.

Summer fun for Sefton’s Children & Young People

– Summer of Golf –

School holidays will not yet be in full swing as The Summer of Golf takes over Southport during the week of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Families can enjoy a huge range of golf themed activities, from playing some of the world’s most famous holes in the golf simulator to competing on the putting course and more…


– Head to the Coast –

Sefton’s beautiful coastline will be a hive of free activities for the whole family, whether hunting mini-beasts in woodlands or going wild on fun days, there is lots to enjoy. You can discover what is happening on Sefton’s coast by visiting 2017 The Year of Sefton’s Coast.

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Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre will be helping young people to harness their skills on the water with the KIDZ H2O programme. During the Summer school break, they can take part in Adventure Days where they will enjoy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, bell boating, open canoeing, climbing, raft building, rowing, problem solving and stand up paddle boarding. Adventure Days take place Monday-Friday, 9.30am -4.30pm, with wraparound care for working parents from 8.30am – 5.30pm. Adventure Days are priced

Splash World in Southport is offering visitors a free splash every fourth visit from 1 May – 30 September. Find out more about this fantastic offer  and admission prices at the Splash World website


– Be Active –

The coast is not the only place where children and young people can let off steam, as the Be Active summer programme gives them lots of fun physical activities and some respite for parents too! This summer’s programme includes gymnastics, archery, Rampworx, Judofit, Born to Move music classes, carnival themed dance classes, baby ballet and fitness bootcamps.

Be Active will again be hosting the very popular football camps, which will be in partnership with Everton FC.


– Out and about in Sefton’s parks –

There will be lots of excitement in Sefton’s parks at the Community Fun Days where families can enjoy bouncy castles, go-karts, fairground rides, circus skills workshops, face painting, crafts and more. Fun days take place 22 August, Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, 25 August, South Park, Bootle, 29 August, Hightown and 1 September, Rainbow Park in Melling.


 – Outdoor Cinema Screenings –

Southport’s King’s Gardens will be hosting another series of the popular outdoor cinema screenings, showing Hairspray (21 July), Grease (16 August) and Pete’s Dragon (2 September). While the screenings are free, the Friend’s of King’s Gardens ask that visitors consider a minimum donation of £2. Food is available on site but visitors can bring their own. It is also recommended that visitors bring their own seating and blankets.


– Cultural pick ‘n’ mix at The Atkinson –

The Atkinson in Southport will he hosting another cultural pick ‘n’ mix for families during the summer holidays.

Whats-On-at-The-Atkinson-2-300x200The museum and gallery will offer a world of escapism and education, as Ancient Egypt and the tales of Sefton’s historic coast are brought to life.

The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show takes place 31 July and is for children aged 2 years and over. It is a magical performance that combines music and singing with children’s favourite Hairy Maclary tales.

The popular family film showings will be returning throughout August, showing every Wednesday at 2.30pm. This summer, families can enjoy Finding Dory (2 August); Sing (9 August); Jungle Book (16 August) and Beauty and The Beast (23 August). Tickets for these films are priced at £3 per person.


– Create your own story with Sefton’s libraries –

Young visitors to Sefton’s libraries will be able to write the story of their own Summer by getting involved in a rich variety of activities and events, including: The Summer Reading Challenge, mobile zoo, Sefton Rangers wildlife sessions, print workshops with artists from Liverpool’s Bluecoat, Lego club, arts and craft sessions, family fun days and more.


– Aim High with Family Fun Days for disabled children –

Sefton’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service will be giving children and young people in Sefton a fun summer of engaging activities. In order to take part in this fantastic short breaks programme, children need to be registered with Aiming High’s Short Breaks team.

For those not already registered with the service, they will be hosting a series of Family Fun Days at Christ the King High School in Southport and Rowan Park School in Litherland. These special events are a great chance to find out more about the service and register your child(ren) with them while enjoying activities such as the mobile zoo, bouncy castle, face painting and more.

To find out more, contact Aiming High on 0151 288 6811 or by email


– Young people look North for a unique summer arts project –

Young people in Sefton will be using their creativity and artistic talents to think about their place in the world as part of a special exhibition during the school holidays.

The Our North project is a series of workshops and culture walks at The Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, created especially for young people in Sefton to work toward an Arts Award accreditation.

Derived from the North exhibition at The Open Eye,  the workshops look at issues of identity, discrimination and culture through photography and fashion, especially through the lens of young people and their identity.

The workshops take place 1, 8, 10, 15, 22 and 29 August and are a partnership between Sefton Council’s youth services, the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool John Moores UniversityFACT and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To take part in this unique opportunity, contact Sefton Council’s Integrated Youth Service on 0151 934 4899 or by email

All Sefton GP practices sign up to successful scheme

All GP practices in Sefton have now signed up to a repeat prescription ordering scheme following its success in several GP practices.

The change in the way repeat prescriptions are ordered not only improves patient’s safety but also helps to reduce the amount of wasted medicines, estimated at costing the local NHS at least £2 million each year.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG introduced the scheme which means that pharmacies can no longer order repeat prescriptions on behalf of patients. For the new GP practices on board this will begin from 11 July 2017.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management for both CCGs, said: “We initially piloted the scheme in 19 practices in September 2016 and as well as benefiting patients it saved £220,000 in 3 months.

“A further 13 GP practices joined the scheme in March this year and we’re really happy that all of our practices are now signed up as this will help us to safely monitor repeat prescriptions for those patients. It will also ensure their repeat medications remain appropriate for their individual medical needs, which often change over time.

“It is important to note for the new practices coming on board next month that the scheme does not affect anyone who already orders their own repeat prescriptions directly from their GP practice, and whilst the new system may be inconvenient for some, it does address some very real medicines safety issues as well as safeguarding precious NHS funds.”

Whilst GP practices will put special arrangements in place for those patients who would struggle to order their own repeat prescriptions directly from their GP practice, the roll out across all 49 GP practices means it will now affect just under 50% out of a total of almost 280,000 people registered at practices in Sefton.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Southport GP, said: “We know that the previous system often led to patients receiving medications they did not require, yet because their pharmacy ordered their repeats for them, people continued to receive excess, which was a real safety issue.”

So, as well as introducing safer prescribing systems, the scheme will also save money, enabling more vital NHS funds to be spent on priority healthcare benefiting a greater number of Sefton residents.

Dr Andrew Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We know our NHS services are operating in difficult financial times, so anything that can save resources whilst importantly improving patient safety at the same time has to be welcomed and I’d encourage residents who may experience some initial inconvenience to consider the overwhelming safety and cost benefits of this scheme.

“This is about patients, carers, practices and pharmacies working together to achieve the safest and most cost effective prescribing systems that benefit us all.

“If you are experiencing any difficulties don’t be afraid to speak to your practice or the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) to resolve any issues.”

The newest GP practices to join the scheme are:

  • Christiana Hartley Medical Practice
  • Churchtown Medical Centre
  • Lincoln House
  • Norwood Surgery
  • Roe Lane Surgery
  • St Marks Medical Centre
  • Eastview Surgery
  • Kingsway Surgery
  • Aintree Road Medical Centre
  • Maghull Family Surgery
  • Maghull Health Centre
  • Ford Medical Practice
  • Concept House Surgery
  • Drs Misra, Bird and Kassha Surgery
  • Maghull Practice
  • Litherland Practice
  • Seaforth Village Surgery

Patients new to the scheme will be invited to give their views and experiences as part of the evaluation of the system.

Anyone wanting to give their views about the scheme can complete a short survey, which can be found on each CCG’s website, along with more information and videos about the project by clicking here.

Those patients affected by the scheme have been sent a letter and a leaflet from their practice and the two CCGs, giving them full details of how the scheme works and what it means for them. Anyone who has queries or who wants to know more can contact the PALS team on 0800 218 2333 or email MLCSU.PALS@nhs.net

Memory pods in Bootle take pensioners back to the good old days

A pop-up 1950s kitchen and 60s-inspired living room are taking Bootle pensioners back to the good old days – and also helping people with dementia.

The nostalgic ‘reminiscence pods’, which include everyday items to touch and smell, even feature a vintage-style television set with newsreels from a bygone era.

The pods are being used at Riverside’s Windsor Court Retirement Living complex to help older residents strike up conversation and reminisce – and to support people with dementia so they feel safe and secure.

Carbolic soap and reproduction packaging of vintage brands including Spam, Omo and Pilot Matches all feature in the so-called ‘rem pods.’

– Memories – 

Sisters Betty Hughes and Rita Connelly enjoyed stepping back in time and remembering their childhood years.

72-year-old Betty, who has lived at Windsor Court for 16 years, said: “The pods are very nostalgic. They take me back to just after the Second World War and all the things my mum and dad used to do, such as washing with carbolic soap.”

Among other items on display was a cast iron ‘shoe last’ used to repair footwear.

Rita 77, who has lived at Windsor Court for 12 years, added: “My dad would mend all our shoes on one of these, and with eight children it was well used!

“Seeing the ration book brings back memories too. During the war, my parents used to get the ration books renewed on Ludlow Street, along with the sweet coupons because sugar was scarce. In September my mum would save our coupons for Christmas so she had sweets to give us.

“We had an outside toilet and got washed in a tin bath or would go to the swimming baths. There was an outside tap and in winter it would freeze up so we would have to hold a candle to defrost the water in the pipes.”

The ‘rem pods’ also create therapeutic settings familiar to people with dementia, helping to improve their mental well-being.

Just looking through old photographs, smelling something they recognise, or listening to music can prompt conversation as well as ease distress and anxiety.

Catherine ‘Kitty’ McCornick, aged 87, has lived at the Riverside scheme in Bootle for 11 years and has had dementia for the past six years. Her daughter Betty Palin looked around the rem pods.

Betty said: “I remember having that wallpaper in my mum’s living room when we were growing up, and the smell of the carbolic soap takes me back.

“Dementia can be horrendous. Those who have it do things which are out of character, such as make a cup of tea although they have just made one, or leave the tap running. My mum can remember her nine children but not her 27 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. It is heart-breaking and upsetting for us, and she still thinks we are children.

“My mum loves every minute living here. It’s a safe environment and she has always felt safe.”

Sue Fairley, Riverside’s Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Merseyside, said: “The rem pods create a setting that is comfortable and familiar to people with dementia; they start conversations.

“The rooms help people with dementia because they create environments that they remember and are comfortable with. People can live well with dementia and Kitty is a good example.

“We hold various reminiscence activities throughout the year.”

Southport Care homes unite against dementia for awareness week

CARE home bosses from Southport have met for the first time in the town to help raise awareness of dementia across the care spectrum.

Organised by the Athena Health Care group, Parklands Lodge, Abbey Wood, Aaron Crest, Dale Park, Marine Care Home, the Promenade Rest Home and Aaronmore Park care home staff met at the Marine Lake cafe on the Promenade last week as part of Dementia Awareness Week

New year, new you? – tips and advice from NHS South Sefton CCG

With 2017 now in full swing, health experts in south Sefton are highlighting the benefits of eating healthier and being more active to patients as they focus on New Year’s resolutions.

Dr Andrew Mimnagh, local GP and NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chair, said: “Now that we are in 2017 why not think about the year ahead and perhaps set some targets to improve your health?

“After indulging over the festive period, many of us naturally start to think about cutting down at the start of the new year, whether it be taking part in Dry January, deciding to stop smoking or just generally eating healthier and cutting down on treats. All of these can help with health issues along with being more active. It is important though that we try and maintain all of these things throughout the year.

“The gym isn’t for all of us, and for some, being more active might be walking to the top of their road to get the newspaper. For others it will be joining a gym and getting a personal trainer. We all have different targets but it is proven that regular exercise can lower the risk of many health conditions including type 2 diabetes, depression and dementia and it doesn’t need to be costly.”

Talking about Dry January, Dr Mimnagh continues: “We really encourage Dry January as it has been proven that after taking part many people have more energy, get more sleep and many cut down on alcohol in the months following it so it does have its benefits.”

Evidence shows that one month after participating in Dry January in 2016:

  • 79 per cent of participants saved money
  • 62 per cent had better sleep and more energy
  • 49 per cent lost weight

If you are thinking about stopping smoking but would like some advice you can call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000.

You can also find lots of information on where to start with exercising on the NHS choices website here: www.nhs.uk/livewell/fitness/Pages/Fitnesshome.aspx

MP John Pugh opens new Spinal Day Room at Southport Hospital

John Pugh MP officially opened a refurbished day room for patients at Southport Hospital.

The new room will be used by patients of The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

The centre cares for people with spinal cord injuries from Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria, Cheshire, parts of North Wales and the Isle of Man.

The day room has now been completely revamped providing a light, bright location for patients to cook meals, chat and relax.

Emily Hoban, who runs the centre, said: “We were delighted Mr Pugh was able to officially open this new facility which will provide a fantastic environment for our patients.”

The centre is internationally recognised for the excellent treatment of people with high cervical spinal cord injury.

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

Huge success for Southport Macmillan Cancer Centre’s Health and wellbeing event

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched its new Cancer Recovery Programme at the sixth successful ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’ on March 17 at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Almost 200 people attended the event and benefitted from the chance to chat to nurse specialists and people from key organisations at the various market stalls. Visitors also listened to talks, took part in activity sessions, had hand massages and watched a healthy food demonstration. Guests were also told about different support groups, such as the new Macmillan gardening group which starts in April.

The regular event, run in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, aims 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.

Feedback on the day was excellent with comments such as: “All fantastic and uplifting for mind, body and soul” and “Thank you for having these magnificent events that can really change people’s lives.”

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Development Manager, Cheshire West and Merseyside, said: “The event was a real success and the convention centre had a real buzz about it as people walked around the stalls. It is so important for people to come together to find out about the help and advice that is on offer to them so I am glad we had such a good turn out.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “We are proud to support the Macmillan Centre in Southport. A lot of people don’t realise what is available to them on their doorstep so I’m hoping that people went away from the event with a better understanding and that they go on to use the support available to them.”

Jackie Brunton, cancer services manager at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “I speak to so many people who really benefit from the advice given at the regular health and wellbeing events and also from meeting likeminded people too, which is great to hear.

“Physical activity is a key element in the Cancer Recovery Programme, it can really lift people’s mood as well as keeping them fit and well so I would certainly recommend it. Please do sign up sign up to the next event if you have not been before.”

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is situated within the Living Well Centre on Scarisbrick Avenue and is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (not bank holidays). No appointment is necessary and anyone affected by cancer is more than welcome to drop in for a coffee and a chat; they also have a wide range of Macmillan literature available, along with walking, craft and singing groups to join – and new for 2016 is a new gardening group.

The next Health & Wellbeing Event will be held on Thursday June 30 from 1pm – 3.30pm at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, this event is free and anyone wishing to book a place should call 0151 288 6893 or email sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net

Smoking, Stress & Mental Health

Debunking the misconceptions between Smoking & Stress

4th February marks ‘Time To Talk’ Day 2016.  A national initiative that hopes to tackle the stigma around mental health, and end the misconceptions around it.

1 in 4 of us live with mental health conditions in the UK, with some sufferers using smoking as a self medication to cope with times of anxiety. In fact, most smokers of all backgrounds tend to think of their habit as a “stress relief”.

But according to NHS Choices, the idea that cigarettes relieve stress is a complete myth. And smokers are actually more likely to develop mental health issues, like depression or anxiety disorders, than non-smokers.

So why would anyone falsely believe smoking improves their mood?

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

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

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

Sefton SUPPORT are encouraging local smokers to begin the fight against mental health conditions by quitting smoking.

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

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

You can join the conversation on Time To Talk  by searching the hashtag #TimeToTalk on Twitter and Facebook.

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