‘Working Together To Support Our Communities’ Workshops (Wednesday 3rd & 10th October)

Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sefton Council and NHS South Sefton CCG & NHS Southport & Formby CCG to host two upcoming workshops looking at a community-based model of services in Sefton.

These workshops will give you and your organisation the opportunity to both hear in more detail about these ideas but also to shape the way you or your organisation wants to be involved.

Click here to download the event invitation 

Click here to download the booking form (Word / PDF

The two workshops planned in Sefton are:

Wednesday 3rd  October, 9.30am-2pm – Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC), Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 1RR (click here for map)

Wednesday 10th October, 9.30am-2pm – Waterside Lodge, Marine Drive, Southport, PR8 1RY  (click here for map)

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

To book your place, please complete and return the attached booking form to events@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726. Alternatively, please return the booking form to the address below:

Freepost RTCG-HGXH-LHRS
Sefton Council For Voluntary Service
3rd Floor, North Wing, Suite 3b, Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,
LIVERPOOL,
L22 0LG

Please include details of any dietary or accessibility requirements. Bookings are available on a first come first served basis.

Easter Bank Holiday Opening Times for Pharmacies and Walk-ins

As part of the ‘Examine your Options’ campaign South Sefton and Southport & Formby CCG’s have release the opening times, see below, for local pharmacies and walk-in centres over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend 2018.

All Sefton editions of the Champion newspaper will be covered with a useful ‘Examine Your Options’ guide to services and opening times over the holiday period.

Pharmacy Opening Times

Visit your pharmacist for confidential, expert advice and treatment of minor health issues.

You can also pick up over the counter medicines from your pharmacist to treat common conditions such as:

  • Headaches
  • Fevers
  • Sore throats
  • Coughs
  • Indigestion

Your pharmacist will be happy to advise if you’re not sure.

Please note that the opening times below are only for the pharmacies we know are open, do check with your local pharmacy if they are not on the list.

South Sefton Pharmacy Opening Times

Good Friday Easter Sunday Easter Monday
Alexanders Pharmacy Ltd
49 – 51 Stuart Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 0RY

0151 928 1457

Closed 12:00pm to 2:00pm Closed
Asda Pharmacy
81 Strand Road, Bootle, Liverpool, L20 4BB

0151 955 4110

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Asda Pharmacy
Asda Superstore, Ormskirk Road Aintree, Liverpool, L10 3LN

0151 520 2921

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
The New Strand, Bootle, Liverpool
L20 4SX

0151 922 1006

8:30am to 5:30pm Closed Closed
Boots Pharmacy
Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool
L23 5SF

0151 924 4338

9:00am to 5:30pm Closed Closed
Boots Pharmacy
35 Seaforth Road, Bootle, Liverpool
L21 3TX

0151 928 3733

Closed 2.00pm to 4.00pm Closed
Cohens Chemist
12-13 The Marian Square, Bootle, Liverpool, L30 5QA

0151 525 9541

Closed 12.00pm to 2.00pm Closed
Crosby Road Pharmacy
59 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 4QD

0151 928 3169

Closed 2.00pm to 4.00pm Closed
Day Lewis Pharmacy
5 The Crescent, Bootle, Liverpool
L20 0DX

0151 525 2567

Closed 10.00am to 12.00pm Closed
Kellys Pharmacy
195 Altway, Aintree, Liverpool
L10 6LB

0151 526 8140

Closed 12.00pm to 2.00pm Closed
Lydiate Pharmacy
28 Liverpool Rd, Lydiate, Liverpool L31 2LZ

0151 526 3879

Closed 10.00am to 12.00pm Closed
Superdrug Pharmacy
New Strand, Bootle, Liverpool,
L20 4SP

0151 922 6282

9.00am to 5.30pm Closed Closed

Southport and Formby Pharmacy Opening Times

Good Friday Easter Sunday Easter Monday
Asda Pharmacy
Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TY

01704 502260

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
131 – 135 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport, PR9 9SD

01704 232464

8.30am to 6.30pm Closed Closed
Hillside Pharmacy
72 – 74 Sandon Road, Southport,
PR8 4QD

01704 563 364

Closed 10.00am to 12.00pm Closed
Lloyds Pharmacy
St George’s Place, Lord Street, Southport, P9 0AF

01704 531046

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Rowlands Pharmacy
15 Chapel Lane, Formby, L37 4DL
Closed 12.00pm to 1.00pm Closed
Superdrug Pharmacy
10 Eastbank Street, Southport,
PR8 1DT

01704 530994

9:00am to 5:30pm Closed Closed
Tesco Pharmacy
Town Lane, Kew, Southport,
PR8 5JH

0345 677 9628

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Whitworth Chemists Ltd
11 Norwood Avenue, Southport,
PR9 7EG

01704 509394

Closed 2:00pm to 4:00pm Closed

Walk-in centre opening times

Simply drop in to one of the centres and receive treatment for illnesses you can’t treat yourself – there’s no need for an appointment

Litherland Walk-in Centre

Open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year, including Good Friday and Easter Monday
Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Road, L21 9JN
Tel: 0151 475 4667

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre

Open 8am to 8pm, Good Friday to Easter Monday.
116-118 The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LJ
Tel: 01695 588 640

West Lancashire Urgent Care Centre

Open from 8am to 8pm, Good Friday to Easter Monday.
Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ
Tel: 01695 588 800

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: “Our repeat prescription ordering pilot explained”

Are you a patient at one of the 19 GP practices taking part in the Sefton CCG’s repeat prescription ordering pilot? If so, take a look at the film below that tells you more about how the pilot works.

You can also find answers to some frequently asked questions that people have been asking us on this dedicated webpage, along with links to more short films that you may find helpful.

There is also a short survey on the webpage that the CCG’s are asking patients from the 19 practices involved to complete with their feedback.

Pilot to improve medicines safety and reduce waste

A new pilot in 19 Sefton GP practices is beginning on 1st September, which will improve the safety of repeat prescriptions and reduce 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 are piloting the new system that stops pharmacies from being able to order repeat prescriptions on behalf of patients from those participating practices.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management for both CCGs, said: “It is important to note that the pilot will 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 are not able to order their own repeat prescriptions directly from their GP practice, the new system is expected to affect just over 47,000 of a total of nearly 280,000 people registered at practices in Sefton.

It means that from 1 September, GP practices will be able to more safely monitor repeat prescriptions for these patients, ensuring their repeat medications remain appropriate for their individual medical conditions, which often change over time.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Southport GP, said: “We know that the current system often leads to patients receiving medications they do not require, yet because their pharmacy orders their repeats for them people continue to receive excess, which is a real safety issue and we need to end this.” 

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.

Councillor Catie Page, chair of Sefton Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Adult Social Care and Health, 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 pilot.”

Bootle GP, Dr Anna Ferguson, added: “This is about patients, carers, practices and pharmacies working together to achieve the safest and most cost effective prescribing systems that benefit us all.” 

Cllr Page concluded: “If you are experiencing any difficulties don’t be afraid to speak to your practice or the Patient Advice and Liaison Service to resolve any issues.” 

The pilot will initially run for six months in the 19 participating practices and patients 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 pilot can complete a short survey, which can be found on each CCG’s website, along with more information about the project by following the links below.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG website – http://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/current-exercises/pilot-scheme-for-ordering-repeat-medicines/

NHS South Sefton CCG website – http://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/current-exercises/pilot-scheme-for-ordering-repeat-medicines/     

Those patients affected by the scheme have been sent a letter from their practice and the two CCGs, giving them full details of how the pilot will work 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 CMCSU.PALS@nhs.net 

CCG pilot success in Sefton leads to national rollout

A pilot scheme in Sefton to enhance cervical screening tests for women has now been rolled out across England.

Sefton was one of six areas involved in the pilot study which tests women for the presence of high risk human papilloma virus (HPV) which has been strongly linked to the development of cervical cancer. Before now, the HPV test was only done if abnormal cells were found in the smear sample. NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG both took part in the pilot.

HPV screening makes no difference to how the screening sample is taken but women with a negative HPV test can be reassured that they are at extremely low risk of developing cervical cancer so is beneficial to Sefton residents.

Dr Debbie Harvey, a Macmillan GP from NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We are proud to be one of the first to run with the HPV testing and we are so pleased that it’s been rolled out across England now so that each screening is tested for it automatically.

“It surprises me how many women don’t go for smear tests and our GPs and practice nurses across Sefton are always encouraging patients to attend their appointment. With the new HPV testing 600 new cases of cervical cancer could be prevented per year which is great news.”

According to a survey carried out by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, one in three women over 50 has delayed or not attended their cervical screening test, which should take place every five years. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust surveyed 1,000 women over 50.

The average time women put off getting screened was more than two years but one in 10 delayed their test for more than five years.

Across the whole of the UK, women are invited for cervical screening between the ages of 25 and 64. Women aged 25-49 are invited every three years and women aged 50-64 are invited every five years. In England, all girls aged 12 to 13 are offered HPV vaccination as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The vaccine protects against the High Risk Human Papilloma Virus strains.
Women can make an appointment with their local GP when they receive a letter or ring the surgery to check when they are due a screening test. Alternatively, you can make an appointment at your local sexual health clinic.

They can also make an appointment to be screened at one of Sefton’s sexual health service clinics by calling 01704 513303.

For more information on cervical screening please visit: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cervical-screening-test/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

CCG shortlisted for top award

A campaign to reduce the annual £2 million cost to the NHS of wasted or unused medicines in Sefton each year has gained national recognition after being shortlisted for a top accolade at The Pharmacist Awards 2016.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s head of medicines management, Susanne Lynch and her team were nominated in the community innovation category of the awards for their “only order what you need” campaign.

On her nomination, Susanne said: “I am so happy to have been shortlisted for this award and I have to say I couldn’t have got this far without the help of my team who have been out and about speaking to the residents of Sefton.

“People have taken a real interest in our campaign and a lot were shocked about how much waste we see from repeat prescriptions and people over ordering so I do think it will make them think twice before ordering next time.

“As head of medicine management it is extremely important to me that the message is passed on and I can’t stress enough how important it is to only order or accept medicines that you need as unused prescriptions cost the NHS in Sefton an estimated £2million a year.”

The team went out on a ‘winter tour’ to local supermarkets and community events to tell people about the savings that could be made if people were to ‘only order what they need’. On the tour they also advised on how people should take their medicine properly so they are as effective as possible but also how to dispose of medicines should they or someone they know have medicines at home that are no longer needed.

The Pharmacist Awards hosted by Zinc Media were held on 30 June at The Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London.

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

CCGs make the final of prestigious student awards

A joint scheme between NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG made it into the final shortlist at the Student Nursing Times Award.

The CCGs were nominated along with seven others in 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 placement 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 were so thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award.

“We are proud of what we have achieved and have worked extremely hard to put the student placements together working with Edge Hill University and NWPDN, so it means a lot to us all that this has been recognised.”

Sheila Ollerhead, Associate Head of Nursing at Edge Hill said: “The collaborative work Edge Hill University has been doing with the CCGs and the NWPDN means that students have developed an understanding of how a CCG operates within a local economy and have gained first-hand experience of how decisions are made at a strategic and commissioning level.

“The scheme enhances student understanding of the skills to being an effective leader and an ability to form relationships within and across agencies. Importantly, it provides an avenue for newly qualified nurses to explore a future career within a CCG.

“The ability to offer students such high level placement opportunities is a great platform for attracting potential students to undertake a degree in Nursing at Edge Hill. A huge well done to the CCG for making it into the final shortlist.”

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 event was held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 28 April. For more details see: www.studentawards.nursingtimes.net

Gill Brown appointed at Southport and Formby CCG

Gill Brown has been appointed as NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG’s) new Governing Body lead for patient and public participation.

Joining the CCG as a lay representative, Gill was previously chief executive for Healthwatch Lancashire, which acts as the public voice for health and social care.

The chartered biomedical scientist from Southport has a number of years’ experience of working in the NHS in a variety of clinical, research, managerial and governance roles.

Commenting on her appointment, Gill said: “I’m honoured to be given this opportunity to join the Governing Body. These are very challenging times for the NHS and social care services and I hope the skills I bring from my previous roles at Healthwatch Lancashire and from my time working in hospital trusts will assist the CCG in fulfilling its responsibilities.”

She was the inaugural corporate secretary for The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University NHS Trust and her final role before retirement from the NHS in 2014 was as director of corporate and research governance for The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2013, Gill was the first member of the NHS to be awarded a national Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators’  ‘Excellence in Governance’ award, which she won for her innovative work and proactive engagement with NHS foundation trust governors.

Gill is also a co-opted governor for Southport College, is a member of the college’s Governance Committee and is a director of a company that specialises in the promotion of excellence in governance and engagement.

Chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Dr Rob Caudwell, said: “We welcome Gill to the Governing Body and the wealth of experience she brings in championing patient and public participation and her knowledge of the NHS. We look forward to working with Gill and we’ve no doubt that her contribution will help us to better involve our residents in our work.”

Her appointment follows the retirement of Roger Pontefract from the Governing Body, who previously held the role since the creation of NHS Southport and Formby CCG in 2013.

Anyone with an interest in local health and services can hear Gill and other members of the Governing Body discussing and making decisions about the CCG’s work at its next meeting on Wednesday 25 May.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG holds bi-monthly Governing Body meetings in public. There is a chance for people to ask members of the Governing Body questions and queries prior to the start of the formal meeting at 1pm.

More information can be found on the NHS Southport and Formby CCG website www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk

Southport & Formby Community Services Survey

Since December 2015, Southport and Formby CCG have been asking local residents to give their views about the range of NHS treatments that are known collectively as community services – including blood testing, care for feet and leg ulcers, district nursing, pain control and community matrons.

Take a look at some frequently asked questions about thecurrent review and re-procurement of community services.

The views received up until the 31 March 2016 will inform the re-procurement of these services. People can still tell the CCG about their experiences of using these services after this date using the online form.

Across the NHS, commissioners have contracts with organisations like community health trusts and hospitals, which set out standards for the services they provide. Commissioners also have a legal duty to carry out re-procurement exercises for these contracts from time to time, and this helps to ensure that healthcare constantly meets expected levels of quality.

Find out more about Southp

Hear more about your local NHS (CCG Governing Body Meeting – 30-31st March)

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton have announced the dates of their next governing body meetings and are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along.

The CCGs’ hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “The governing body is a formal meeting and it’s a way for people to find out more about what we’re doing. They can also ask us any questions ahead of the meeting getting underway.”

Andy Mimnagh, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “The meetings are also a chance for residents to meet some of the doctors and other professionals that make up the governing body and to listen in on the discussions taking place.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 30 March at The Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand: www.southportformbyccg.org.uk/?page_id=343.

The NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 31 March at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand: www.southseftonccg.org.uk/?page_id=212.

Anyone who is interest in attending is asked to

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.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG honoured at Health Business Awards

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has received the clinical commissioning accolade at the Health Business Awards 2015.

Hosted by Doctor Mark Porter, medical correspondent for The Times and known for his work with BBC’s The One Show, the award ceremony took place at the Grange Hotel in St Paul’s, London. NHS Foundation Trusts, CCGs, Collaborates, Partnerships and Air Ambulance Services came together to celebrate the very best within the NHS.

The clinical commissioning award, sponsored by Fujitsu, recognised the recently formed CCG sector and an organisation which has quickly made an impact to reduce hospital admissions through preventative practice.

Sharon Forrester, cardiovascular disease programme lead at the CCG, who collected the award said: “As a CCG we are honoured to have received this award, it is fantastic that our work is being recognised and that it’s making a difference in Southport and Formby. Diabetes is a common health condition and it’s really important that patients have access to the right advice and treatment which we have worked hard to promote.

“A huge thanks to the health business awards for choosing us as the winner and for a fantastic event bringing NHS staff together.”

NHS England data ranked NHS Southport and Formby CCG as the best in the country in supporting adult diabetics to control their blood glucose levels in 2013/14. With approximately 6,500 people in the area living with diabetes, the CCG commissions diabetes services with a real focus on prevention, educating people on how to successfully manage the disease in order to reduce the risk of future complications.

The CCG also works to ensure that patients at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes have access to lifestyle advice to help them stay healthy and well.