Archive for July, 2014

Transforming cancer care – public consultation

July 28th, 2014 | Partner News | 0 Comments

Cancer Centre concept July 2014The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust (CCC) has launched a public consultation on proposals for Transforming Cancer Care in Merseyside and Cheshire.

It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to expand and improve cancer services for people from Merseyside, Cheshire and surrounding areas. CCC wants to achieve this by developing a new specialist cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool, on the same site as the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the University of Liverpool and other key partners.

Outpatient services at CCC’s Wirral and Aintree sites would be retained, along with the services CCC provides in hospitals across Merseyside and Cheshire.  Inpatient services and the most complex care would move to the new hospital.  (Most cancer patients are seen and treated as outpatients.)

The public consultation on the proposals runs from 28th July 2014 to 19th October 2014.  Consultation events will be taking place across Merseyside and Cheshire between now and 19th October so people can find out more and details can be found on the consultation website.  If you would like the Transforming Cancer Care team to visit your organisation/ members/networks, then please do not hesitate to contact the Consultation Team on or .

For more about Transforming Cancer Care:

  • Visit the website
  • Watch the film
  • Complete the consultation questionnaire
  • Read the summary consultation document or the full consultation document

Join the ‘Memory Walk’

July 25th, 2014 | Events, Partner News | 0 Comments

The Alzheimer’s Society is holding a ‘Memory Walk’ on Sunday 5th October at Aintree Racecourse.

Anyone who would like to join the walk in honour of a loved one with dementia and to help raise funds for the Society is welcome to come along.

There will be lots of stalls and entertainment so it will be a great day out for all the family.

Visit to sign up for the event or telephone .

Formby venue for CCG meeting

July 18th, 2014 | Events | 2 Comments

Our governing body meeting on Wednesday 30 July is being held in Formby and members of the public are invited to come along.

The meeting at Formby Christian Fellowship on Church Road is a chance for residents to hear members of the committee discussing and making decisions about local health services.

There will also be an opportunity for people to ask questions and meet some of the GPs, health professionals and lay members who make up the governing body prior to the start of the formal meeting.

The CCG holds bi-monthly governing body meetings in public. Questions from the audience will be taken from 12.30pm, with the formal meeting beginning at 1pm.

If you would like to come along please call to confirm your attendance.

Sefton’s Janet is an inspiration

July 14th, 2014 | Partner News | 0 Comments

Janet Atherton HSJ award July 2014Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health has received a national honour, as one of the most inspirational women in healthcare, from the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

The HSJ Inspirational Women list celebrates those outstanding individuals who are driving transformational change within the NHS.  The list contains women from both clinical and non-clinical settings who stand out for their passion and ability to innovate and drive change. Only 50 from all areas of healthcare have made the 2014 list.

Dr Atherton, said: “I am absolutely delighted and more than a little shocked to have been included on the HSJ list of the most inspirational women in healthcare.  It was lovely to meet some truly dedicated and inspirational women contributing to health in a whole variety of different roles at the awards ceremony.  It is great for the contribution of public health to the wider health system to be recognised in this way as there are many, many talented women (and men!) in public health who make a huge difference to people’s lives.”

The HSJ invited nominations for the award who needed to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Delivering outstanding leadership
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise with others in the sector
  • Acting as a role model/mentor to colleagues
  • Driving innovation in service redesign and/or research
  • At the heart of shaping or influencing policy

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, said: “This award is so very well deserved. Janet is a beacon of commitment and has a vast knowledge base, driving Public Health Improvements forward for the people of Sefton. She has achieved recognition from her colleagues by being elected as the president of the Association of Directors of Public Health and is a true inspiration.”

A panel of ten judges from positions including the Head of Nursing, Unison, the Deputy Managing Director, NHS Leadership Academy and the Director of Organisation, People and Performance, North Bristol Trust, represented a broad spectrum of opinion reviewed the nominees and add suggestions of their own.

Fifty women made the final list and received their award at a private reception.

Acclaim for Southport surgery’s work on diabetes

July 7th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

David and Jen UnwinNorwood Surgery in Southport made it to the finals of a prestigious national health award for its innovative and unusual approach to supporting patients with type 2 diabetes.

The GP practice on Norwood Avenue was amongst five national projects shortlisted for both ‘Primary care team of the year: saving money and improving care’ and ‘Diabetes Team of the year’ in the annual competition run by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The project also recently won the Mersey Deanery practice of the year award and has been published in a national journal, Practical Diabetes.

Husband and wife team, Dr David Unwin from the practice and Dr Jen Unwin, who works as a psychologist at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust were the brains behind the course.

Jen said: “We are delighted that the success of the course has been recognised by the BMJ’s judging panel and with the difference weight loss is making to the lives of our patients living with type 2 diabetes.”

Together David and Jen came up with the idea of pairing a new psychological, solution focused approach with a lower carbohydrate diet involving drastic reduction in the consumption of bread pasta and rice.

Patients were given a choice of attending either a monthly individual review with a GP or practice nurse, or evening group meetings where they were given advice about eating more healthy fats, vegetables and protein instead of carbohydrates like bread  pasta or potatoes. Their weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol, liver, thyroid and renal functions were all measured before and after the course.

The group sessions also gave people the chance to talk about living with diabetes, ask questions and share their experiences.

Patient, Michael Mckenna, explains: “I have lost over a stone in just a few months and I have been able to come off my diabetic medication altogether now, I’m delighted.”

David said: “We have seen some excellent early results amongst our patients who took part in the first nine month course. On average, people’s weight dropped by around a tenth and there were also improvements in their blood pressure, liver function and cholesterol despite a diet higher in healthy fats. Starchy foods like bread contain far more sugar than is generally known and cutting them out for weight loss and better diabetic control is looking very promising. We are starting to wonder if the epidemic of obesity is matched by an ever increasing consumption of bread, pasta and sugary cereals.”

The initial course ran with 18 participants. Due to its success the practice has expanded this approach and there are now 75 people taking part.

Shaping future dementia services

July 2nd, 2014 | News, Partner News | 0 Comments

Older people living well with dementia Sefton residents are being asked for their views and experiences about living with dementia to help shape a borough wide strategy for improved services.

The draft strategy, ‘Living Well with Dementia: A Strategy for Sefton’ has been developed by the Health and Wellbeing Board, which brings together Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and Healthwatch Sefton.

The draft strategy has been developed working with a range of partners including Alzheimer’s Society as well as voluntary, community and faith groups.

Like most of the country, Sefton is seeing a continuing rapid increase in the number of its older residents. Older people in Sefton generally enjoy good physical and mental health, and they are a great asset to their communities through their many contributions to local organisations, neighbourhoods and their own families. Nevertheless, this increasing proportion of older people in the population will make greater demands on health and social care services, including those with dementia, so it’s important to plan for the future.

Dementia can affect adults of any age but is most common in older people. One person in 20 aged over 65 has a form of dementia, rising to one in five in those aged over 80. Dementia in people aged under 65 is relatively rare – less than 3% of all those with dementia.

Positive, proactive approaches to service development providing individualised support can help ensure that physical and mental health are sustained as long as possible, so that people live at home for as long as possible and that crises and unnecessary use of intensive costly services are minimised.

It remains our intention to ensure that older citizens experiencing dementia can access appropriate, joined-up services that are provided safely and effectively to maximise independence, choice and quality of life.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member, Older People and Health and Chair of Sefton Dementia Strategy Group, said: “This is the first stage of delivering a borough wide strategy for dementia. It is important that we now listen to residents who may be living with dementia or caring for someone who is, as well as from organisations and providers of services to ensure that the strategy is fit for the future.”

Dr Clive Shaw, Chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know that the vast majority of people affected by dementia will be older, which is why it is so important for us here in Sefton to make sure our strategy is right. Our population is getting older and we have many more over 65-year-olds than other parts of the country. In less than a decade we expect there to be nearly half as many more people aged over 85 years than there are now.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, Chair of NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “Having a single, jointly developed vision for improved dementia services in Sefton is essential if we are to make a real difference to the lives of those with the condition and the people who care for them. So we would encourage everyone in Sefton whose life is affected by dementia to tell us about their views and experiences of living with the condition, so we can be sure that our strategy to improve care and support in the future is based on what matters most to our patients.”

A copy of the draft strategy – ‘Living Well with Dementia: A Strategy For Sefton 2014-2019’, together with details of how to take part in the consultation process, can be found here.

The consultation on the draft strategy will run until 10 August 2014 and the final strategy is expected to be published in the Autumn.