Archive for May, 2015

Local mum praises children’s community nursing team

May 26th, 2015 | News, Partner News | 1 Comment

Nicci Adkins with her two daughters in her home in southportA Southport mum has praised a community children’s nursing team who helped her daughter battle rare condition.

Nicci Adkins’ four-year old daughter Daisy has Diamond Black Fan Anaemia, a rare condition that means her body doesn’t produce any red blood cells. Along with monthly blood transfusions at hospital, Daisy requires weekly visits from the Children’s Community Nursing Outreach Team (CCNOT), based at Ormskirk hospital, to help manage her condition.

“We couldn’t be without the CCNOT team,” says Nicci. “Getting to monthly hospital appointments is challenging enough with two children, having the CCNOT team come to us for weekly visits really takes some of the stress away for both Daisy and me. Daisy is familiar with the team and they really put her at ease. They even visit her at nursery!”

CCNOT was formed in 2013 and are a team of experienced paediatric nurses who provide ongoing medical treatment and assessment for sick children at home, seven days a week. They provide treatment and support for children with a range of conditions including mild asthma, tonsillitis and gastroenteritis, along with rarer conditions and ones that require long-term support.

By providing treatment at home, such as daily intravenous antibiotics, this reduces the need for hospital admissions and reduces anxiety for children.

Patient satisfaction surveys frequently show how much parents value the service with statements such as “an asset to the NHS” and “invaluable” commonplace.

Nicci certainly agrees: “If we didn’t have the CCNOT team, it would mean a visit to hospital at least once a week. The flexibility of the team really meet Daisy’s and our family’s needs. They really do help make life easier during a stressful time.”

Dr May Ng, Clinical Director of Paediatrics at the Trust, said: “Our Children’s Community Nursing Outreach Team provides high quality care and embodies the exemplar standards for child health, as set out last month by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. We are extremely proud of the service and this is echoed by our patients and their families.”

Job vacancy for exciting new health project

May 21st, 2015 | News, Partner News | 0 Comments

Sefton CVS is looking to recruit a Community and Health Services Co-ordinator for a brand new community and health services shop located at the Bootle Strand Shopping precinct.

This exciting new role is more than just shop management, and we are looking for someone who is passionate about their community, has an understanding about local health issues and is self motivated.

Visit Sefton CVS website for more information.

The closing date for all applications is 4 June 2015.

New Chair appointed at Liverpool Community Health

May 21st, 2015 | Partner News | 0 Comments

LCH logoThe NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has today confirmed the appointment of Trevor Lake as Chair of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust.

He replaces Frances Molloy who announced in March that she was stepping down after five years in the role.

Trevor Lake comes to Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust from The Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust where he has served as a Non-Executive Director since 2012.

He is also Chair of the Joint Independent Audit Committee for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police Force, and was previously an Independent Member of West Yorkshire Police Authority, a Non- Executive Director with Calderdale PCT and a Non-Executive Associate with NHS Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield District.

Trevor Lake said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to take on this role and to serve the people of Liverpool, Sefton and surrounding areas.

“The delivery of more NHS services closer to where people live is hugely important and the opportunity to help LCH work with GPs and other professionals to deliver more joined-up care for patients is very exciting.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to my predecessor Frances Molloy who has stepped down after serving as Chair of the Trust since 2010.”

Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by the NHS TDA are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Trevor Lake has been appointed from 21 May 2015 until 20 May 2017 and is entitled to receive a remuneration of £21,105 per annum.

He has declared no political activity in the last five years.

Grant funding for health projects in Sefton

May 18th, 2015 | News | 0 Comments

Community, voluntary and faith groups in Sefton can now apply for financial support for health projects from a local grant scheme.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available from the NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG Voluntary Community and Faith Fund, which is managed by Sefton CVS.

The scheme is open to properly constituted community groups, voluntary organisations, faith bodies and charities across the borough.

Applications will also be accepted from consortiums of organisations from these sectors joining forces to work on a specific project.

The grant scheme was established to support the CCGs’ key objectives which are to provide high-quality and integrated care services, and improve the health and wellbeing of all Sefton residents.

However, particular priorities for this funding are projects which address adult mental health issues, social isolation in older people, dementia, and obesity in children and young people.

Fiona Clark, chief officer of both CCGs, said: “We recognise the valuable work that voluntary, community and faith organisations do in supporting Sefton residents, and we know from speaking to local people that they greatly appreciate the help they receive from the sector.

“This is the second year we have been able to offer grants to voluntary, community and faith organisations and previous recipients have used the funding for a wide range of schemes that are helping to make a difference to people’s lives.

“We look forward to receiving some equally strong applications for this latest round of grant funding and this year we’re asking groups to think about how their schemes can address some of the biggest health and wellbeing challenges that affect people in Sefton.”

Applications for funding are also welcome for projects which will improve the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people in Sefton, and the problems that arise for this group when they face major transitions in their lives.

Projects supported by a grant from this CCG funding need to be completed by March 31st, 2017. The closing date for applications is May 29th, 2015.

Successful organisations will be expected to achieve the Star Standard quality assurance mark and work towards obtaining the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.

Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS, commented: “Securing funding for projects is always a challenge for community organisations, and this has been particularly true in the difficult economic climate of recent years.

“That’s why I am sure this funding from the CCGs will receive a warm welcome from the VCF sector in Sefton, and that we will receive many good-quality applications.”

For more information visit the Sefton CVS website, ring ext 220 or email .

Bank holiday health services – 23 – 25 May

May 18th, 2015 | News | 0 Comments

There are a number of services that can help if you or a member of your family needs health advice or treatment over the bank holiday weekend:

Your local pharmacy — can give expert advice about common illnesses and ailments and the best medicines to treat them. Here is a list of those open locally on bank holiday Monday:

ASDA Pharmacy – Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TY, Tel – 9am – 6pm

Boots The Chemist – 31-39 Chapel Street, Southport, PR8 1AH, Tel – 11am – 5pm

Boots The Chemist – Unit 3, Central 12 Shopping Park, Southport, PR9 0TQ, Tel – 11am – 5pm

Rowlands Pharmacy – 33 Lincoln Road, Birkdale, PR8 4PR, Tel – 1pm – 3pm

Ryders Chemist – 41 Old Town Lane, Formby, L37 3HJ, Tel – 12pm – 1pm

Sainsburys Pharmacy – St.George’s Place, Lord Street, Southport, PR9 0AF, Tel – 9am – 6pm

Tesco Pharmacy – Town Lane, Kew, Southport, PR8 5JH, Tel – 10am – 4pm

GP out of hours service – when your doctor’s surgery is closed, you can still see a local GP by calling your usual practice number and following the instructions to connect to the service.

NHS 111 – when you need medical help fast but it is not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 111 – free from landlines and mobiles. – where you can check symptoms, get answers to common health questions, enquire about non urgent health matters and find local services.

Emergency dental services – when your dentist is closed you can call 0161 476 9651 for advice and assistance with urgent problems.

All this information is on our app, ideal for when you’re out and about. Get the app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store and search NHS SFCCG.

Health commissioner’s May meeting

May 18th, 2015 | Events, News | 0 Comments

Southport and Formby residents with an interest in local health services are invited to come along to the May Governing Body meeting of their local clinical commissioning group (CCG).

Governing body meetings are held bi-monthly in public by NHS Southport and Formby CCG. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals, who make up the committee, discuss and make decisions about local health services at the meetings.

Members of the public can ask questions prior to the start of the formal meeting, which takes place on Wednesday 27 May at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport

Anyone wishing to come along is asked to call to confirm their attendance.