Alzheimer’s Society: Your thoughts on the ‘This Is Me’ information leaflet

Do you use the popular Alzheimer’s Society-RCN leaflet This Is Me‘ in your work at a hospital, care home or other setting?

Alzheimer’s Society are revising ‘This Is Me’ and are very interested to hear from users how they might improve it. Getting involved is not likely to be very onerous.

Click here to view the This Is Me leaflet

If you have any suggestions for improving this leaflet please contact Tim Beanland at tim.beanland@alzheimers.org.uk

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust seek Dining Companion Volunteers!

What is a Dining Companion?

A dining companion is a volunteer who sits with a patient on a one to one basis and provides assistance to help them eat.  As well as helping the patient with eating, the dining companion can chat to the patient and encourage them to eat.  They keep nursing staff informed about what the patient has eaten and whether the patient has enjoyed their food.

 The Problem

In 2006, AGE UK produced a document called Hungry to be Heard as part of a national campaign to increase standards within all hospitals.  Hungry to be Heard provided a seven step improvement plan for hospitals to ensure elderly patients received better care and attention during mealtimes. 

Often elderly patients need some assistance with cutting up their food, holding utensils etc., and there is a risk they may become malnourished if they don’t have the support they need.  Malnourishment increases the risk of infection and can significantly increase recovery time. 

The Solution

The Trust operates a ‘Red Tray Scheme’ and volunteers are placed on wards to assist with menus, mealtimes, drinks and other social duties such as chatting to patients to alleviate the boredom and loneliness that can be experienced whilst staying in hospital.  Patients who are identified by staff as requiring additional support at mealtimes will have their food served on a ‘Red Tray’.  Ward staff and volunteers then ensure help is given with the meal.  This is vital to some patients who do not receive any visitors and could be lonely or anxious or may be suffering from a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s. 

Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteers go through an application process including a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check and Health Assessment Check.  They will be invited for an interview and if they are successful, will be recruited as a volunteer at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. 

The process is kept as informal as possible as good communication skills are vital in the volunteer role and it’s important for the applicants to feel comfortable. 

If you would like any further information, please contact Chris Pilkington on 01704 704955 or email chris.pilkington@nhs.net

COMPASS: Setting a new course!

COMPASS is a leading, voluntary sector service deliverer of community counselling, NHS contracts, work place support services and professional development training.

At the heart of Compass’ work is our flagship, donation-based community counselling service delivered by highly skilled and trained voluntary counsellors.

COMPASS has set a new course.

To support the board of trustees achieve an ambitious long term plan of action designed to protect, extend and enhance this vital service. which includes attaining service accreditation with British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and reach Star Standard, a quality standard that is designed to enable voluntary sector groups to demonstrate their effectiveness and contribution to local agendas, the Compass Council of Management are pleased to announce the following;

Gary Williams has been appointed Vice Chair of the Compass Council of Management. A member of the BACP, Gary works as a counsellor for COMPASS and in private practice offering person centred counselling & solution focused brief therapy for members of the emergency services & performing artistes in the entertainment industry.

Andrew Reeves joins the Compass board of trustees, Andrew is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist (Snr. MBACP) as well as a Fellow of BACP (FBACP). who originally trained as a social worker before then training in counselling and psychotherapy.

Andrew has researched therapy with suicidal clients and people who self-injure and self-harm for over 15 years and have written extensively about this.Over the years he has delivered highly-regarded workshops to many thousands of therapists, psychologists, mental health workers and teachers and have a national and international reputation for delivering engaging, inclusive, insightful and humorous training workshops.

Registered Office:
151 Dale Street Liverpool L2 2AH
Compass is Registered in England & Wales as a Registered Charity No. 700335  and a Company Limited by Guarantee No.2235061

Sefton Council: Council Tax e-billing Now Available!

Residents can now register and switch to e-Billing which allows them to receive their Council Tax bill, along with all the supporting information, electronically.

Through the new system, which has just gone live, as soon as a Council Tax bill is available an email notification is sent out.

Each year around 125,000 annual bills for Council Tax are issued in March and around 120,000 daily bills per year to Sefton residents.

Switching to E-Billing saves money on printing and postage along with protecting the environment by reducing the need for paper and envelopes.

Anyone who signs up before December 15, 2015 will be entered into a prize draw to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet in time for Christmas.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “Registering for E-billing is simple and easy and most importantly it is free.

“It speeds things up as you get to see your Council Tax bill as soon as it is available using a secure email system.

“Anyone who signs up to the system will always know where their bill is and they will also be doing their bit for the environment as it will stop the need for using paper, printing and envelopes. It will also help us to save money in the process.”

To sign up to start receiving your future Council Tax bills by email please visit https://forms.sefton.gov.uk/ebill/

You will need your Council Tax account number and a valid email address.

NHS CCGs in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are encouraging people to ‘Help yourself to stay healthy this winter…’

NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are encouraging people this self-care week to be aware of how they can look after themselves this winter.

By keeping fit and healthy, individuals can take control of their own health, manage minor illnesses and effectively manage long-term conditions.

If you do need further help, think carefully and examine the number of options available to you across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire:

• Through the NHS Care at the Chemist (minor aliments) scheme your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and medicines for a range of common illnesses and ailments, without the need to see a GP.
• When your local GP surgery is closed call NHS 111, who will direct you to the appropriate service available to you in your area
• If you have a long-term condition, prepare for winter by ensuring you do not run out of your medication but do only order what you need. Many pharmacists offer repeat prescription services without the need to see your GP.
• Use 111 rather than calling 999 for non-emergencies. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
Claire Heneghan, chief nurse of NHS West Lancashire CCG, “It’s important that people know when and how they can treat themselves and when they should seek further advice. By taking simple steps to look after yourself this winter, you can have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing.”

Dr Robert Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “When it comes to treating minor ailments and illnesses, examine the options available to you. You can get plenty of advice from your local chemist as well as on the NHS Choices website. Remember, the accident and emergency departments and ambulance services are for life-threatening conditions. By selecting the right option, you can help the NHS to direct their focus to the patients who need it the most.”

More information on how everyone can use self-care to improve their health and wellbeing is available on the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk

Sefton’s offer for disabled children

If children and young people age 0-25yrs have special educational needs and / or a disability (SEND), Sefton’s Local Offer website will provide them, their families and professionals with accessible information about services and support available locally.

The Local Offer helps families to understand what services they can expect from a range of local agencies, including statutory entitlements, eligibility and referral criteria. The Local Offer also makes clear what is available from a wide range of services, including:

  • Early years settings
  • Schools (including academies and free schools) & colleges
  • Sport and recreation
  • Health services
  • Social care
  • Employment, further education and volunteering

For all enquiries on the Local Offer, or to provide feedback, contact Sefton’s Information, Advice and Support Service on 0151 934 3334 or by email.

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

 

Sefton SUPPORT eBulletin

Sefton SUPPORT, the local NHS Stop Smoking Service, have released the November edition of their “Stop Sefton Smoking” eBulletin.

The online newsletter includes a review of Stoptober, the national 28 day quit challenge. It also includes Christmas saving tips, news on World COPD Day and Movember, as well updates on stop smoking clinic times.

Click here to view the eBulletin in your browser.

Alternatively, e-mail Michael.Killen@LiverpoolCH.nhs.uk to be put onto the mailing list.

Ask Your Pharmacy week launches in Sefton

Pharmacists in Sefton’s two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be reminding residents about the range of services available in local chemists, and encouraging them to make appropriate use of NHS services during Ask Your Pharmacist week (9-15 November).

Often, people make unnecessary trips to the GP or even A&E, when their neighbourhood chemist could help instead. In recent years, pharmacists have expanded their role, and now provide a wide range of clinical and public health services, within easy reach of the people who need them most. However, whilst most people go first to their chemist for medicines and medicines advice, many don’t know about the range of other healthcare services on offer in chemists.

NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have made this easier with their Care at the Chemist scheme, providing fast expert advice and medications for a wide range of conditions, without the need for a doctor’s appointment.

Mr Wear, who has been visiting Ryders Chemist in Formby since 1988, said: “I have been coming here a long time now and the pharmacists have always been approachable. I use Care at the Chemist a lot and find it extremely useful, the advice they give is invaluable and it can save a lot of time rather than getting an appointment at the doctors.”

Susanne Lynch is the CCGs’ head of medicines management and the Sefton mum of two and uses Care at the Chemist if her boys are under the weather.

Susanne said: “Our Care at the Chemist service helps keep people up to speed with what is now on offer on their doorstep in pharmacies – a uniquely accessible healthcare professional workforce who can deliver expert medicines advice and an expanding list of public health services.

“Your local pharmacist is a good first contact point for advice on many common health concerns – it is certainly mine. While most people will go first to their pharmacist for medicines advice, many don’t know about the range of other healthcare services provided by pharmacies on their doorstep and the level of expertise there.  Pharmacists are available without appointment and are able to deal with a wide range of ailments, as well as offering uniquely accessible advice on maintaining and improving your health.

“Here in Sefton we promote this regularly through our Care at the Chemist scheme but this awareness week will promote this wider and will hopefully alert patients to the services on offer at the chemists on their doorsteps.”

Activities are planned across the country during Ask Your Pharmacist Week including health checks in shopping centres, community talks, chemist window displays and visits to chemists by local dignitaries.

Anyone of any age who is registered with a Sefton GP can get Care at the Chemist. Simply call into your chemist and ask to be registered onto the scheme. It is best if you use your usual chemist but if you are using one that does not know you; you will be asked to bring proof of identity.

Smoking and Stress – Debunking the Myths

The 4th of November marks ‘National Stress Awareness Day’.

Most smokers tend to believe that their smoking is a stress relief, with some using it as a self medication to cope with times of anxiety or tension. But according to NHS Choices, this is a complete myth, and smokers are actually more likely to develop depression or anxiety disorders than non-smokers.

So why would anyone falsely believe smoking improves their mood?

Scientists think it’s because they 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 it’s the smoking that has improved their mood, when in fact it’s smoking that caused the psychological disturbances 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.

There really is no better way to take action against stress than to stop smoking, and the good news is that Sefton SUPPORT are here to help you.

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 smoking. 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 National Stress Awareness Day  by searching the hashtag #NationalStressAwareness Day on Twitter and Facebook.

Introducing… Sefton Cancer Support Group

The Sefton Cancer Support Group is a registered charity, based in Formby, which gives support to Cancer Sufferers and their Carers.

The Support Group is available as a resource for information, financial advice, and support. They also offer a social opportunity away from the stress of dealing with cancer, providing aromatherapy and relaxation, acupuncture, chiropody, reflexology, and Reiki to unwind the client and re energise them. They also provide social opportunities for the people recovering from the trauma of cancer, such as day trips or going out for meals.

An after hours helpline is available for those who need a human voice to talk to at night. The number is 01704 876 613 and the call will be answered by a volunteer whenever possible.

To call the main office line, dial 01704 879 352, or you can call into the centre at 1 Duke St, Formby, L37 4AL.  Office hours are 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am to 1pm on Fridays. You can also email the team at hello@seftoncancersupportgroup.org.uk

For any further information you can visit http://www.seftoncancersupport.org.uk or click here to download a leaflet.