Local health organisation looking for new Governing Body member

Are you interested in championing the views of local residents in Southport and Formby? If so, then the local health commissioner wants to hear from you in its search for a new member of the public to join its Governing Body.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking for a new lay member for public and patient involvement, as the current postholder Gill Brown will be leaving at the end of October to take on a new role as a non-executive director at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dr Rob Caudwell, a GP in Southport and chair of the CCG, said: “Becoming a member of our governing body is a great opportunity to become directly involved with healthcare in the local area.

“As a lay member for patient and public involvement on the Governing Body, you will help champion the public voice of the local population in all aspects of the CCG’s business. You will also help to ensure that opportunities are created and protected for patient and public empowerment in the work of the CCG.”

The CCG is looking for someone that has a track record of successfully involving patients, carers and the public in the work of a public sector or community organisation, as well as having an understanding of healthcare and the trends that influence it.

Gill Brown, current lay member for public and patient involvement for the CCG, said: “This role has been hugely engaging and rewarding. I have loved being able to represent local residents within the CCG and make sure their best interests are at the forefront of our decision making.

“I would encourage anyone with the right experience and skills who wants to get involved in the local healthcare system to consider applying for this position.”

Rob added: “On behalf of the entire governing body, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gill for all of her hard work over the past three and a half years. She has been a valuable member of the CCG and will be greatly missed. We wish her luck in her new role.”

You can read the full job description here.

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the application form by midnight on 29 September 2019 via www.jobs.nhs.uk.  You will need to register with NHS Jobs in order to apply.

If you have any queries about the recruitment process please email Adam Burgess, HR Business Partner at adam.burgess@nhs.net

Flicks and Friends for September

Age Concern Crosby has released details of the next Flick and Friends, over 60’s film, for September.

The film is Mrs Lowry & Son starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave. This is a biography of artist L.S. Lowry who lived all his life with his over-bearing mother Elizabeth.

Bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth actively tried to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he was to her.

The film is being shown at the Plaza Community Cinema, on Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Tuesday 24th September.

The doors open at 12.30pm and the film starts at 1pm.

“It is just £1.00 to see this excellent film. Why not bring a friend?” says Age Concern Crosby.

Make a note of future dates for Flicks and Friends:

October 15th at 1pm

November 19th at 1pm

December 10th at 1pm

Healthwatch Sefton goes global

Sefton’s independent health and social care consumer champion has now expanded its reach to the other side of the world.

Healthwatch Sefton was contacted by Jan Seery after an internet search on hand muffs brought up an article on twiddlemuffs that had been on the Healthwatch website. Jan had been trying to find hand muffs for her mum who lives in a care home thousands of miles away in Australia!

Jan says: “I have been looking for hand muffs for my 96 year old mother but I haven’t been having much luck. However, I came across the Healthwatch Sefton website and thought I would write and ask if it would be possible to obtain a twiddlemuff for my mum.

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Gill White, Dementia Support Manager of Alzheimer’s Society Sefton, hands over the twiddlemuffs to Wendy Andersen, Healthwatch Sefton Engagement Manager

Alzheimer’s Society Sefton has been collecting knitted twiddlemuffs from lots of volunteers.“She does have Alzheimer’s but that was not the reason that I was looking for muffs for her. She suffers with cold hands – we do get cold weather in Australia in winter – and I have never seen anything like your Twiddlemuffs – they look amazing!!”

Dagmara Wojciechowska, from Alzheimer’s Society Sefton and who is also their representative on Healthwatch Sefton’s Community Champion Southport and Formby Network, explains: “There is a two-in-one benefit of twiddlemuffs because they have a warming effect when people put their hands inside but they also provide stimulation from the different additions, such as furry or crinkly materials.”

Gill White, Dementia Support Manager of Alzhiemer’s Society Sefton, comments: “We have had so many positive comments about twiddlemuffs from our service users and carers. They really are a great way to help a person living with dementia remain active and engaged and we would like to thank our marvellous army of volunteers who produce these woolly wonders for us.”

“Coincidentally this is World Alzheimer’s month and we are happy to have been able to raise awareness of the benefits these knitted muffs have for people with dementia,” says Diane Blair, manager of Healthwatch Sefton.

The twiddlemuffs are now making their way to Australia along with a pattern because as Jan says: “Perhaps our Alzheimer’s Society here in Queensland and Australia could get their volunteers to start making these wonderful objects.”

For details on Alzheimer’s Society Sefton ring 01704 539967. For Healthwatch Sefton ring 0800 206 1304.

Patient Safety Day highlights work of the NHS

The first ever national World Patient Safety Day highlights the great work the NHS are already doing in south Sefton to improve the safety of patients.

The aim of World Health Organisation’s national day is to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to speak up about their commitment to making healthcare safer.

In south Sefton there are many ways that NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are doing this and they are keen to share that good work with others across the region to support redesign of services to benefit all patients.

Tracey Forshaw, assistant chief nurse at NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We work all year round to improve the safety of our patients in south Sefton. What is key for us is to share any learning with our key partners in Sefton and if helpful we also share learnings nationally so as not to reinvent the wheel and so that patients receive the safest care as soon as they can.”

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Tracey Forshaw and Brendan Prescott from NHS South Sefton CCG  

Just one example in south Sefton is the reduction of antibiotic prescriptions for older people in care homes in Bootle. Many older people will show bacteria in their bladder when urine dipsticks are used but it does not necessarily mean that they have a water infection and need medication as some bacteria is harmless.

An eight week pilot with the CCG and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has shown the improvements that can be made in a short space of time. Two months before the pilot started the CCG saw 26 hospital admissions from water infections in people at care homes, after the pilot there has been none. There were also 76 antibiotic prescriptions made before the pilot and only four have been made since the pilot finished, showing that only appropriate prescribing are now taking place for water infections.

Something else the CCG has changed following a review is for maintenance agreements to be put in place for equipment including epilepsy bed mats in residential care. This is just one example where a case came to the clinical commissioning group who has then made improvements working with Sefton Council and Mencap, NHS England and NHS Improvement Cheshire and Merseyside and local authorities across the region to share the learning.

The CCG also works with Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on a regular basis to review how they work together to improve the safety of patients. Together they have done work with the team on falls prevention by introducing low rise beds, assisted technology, posters in hospitals and also started bay tagging to ensure that a member of staff is always around to watch those patients at risk of falls at all times and reduce harm as a result of falls.

Aintree University Hospital was one of the first hospitals in England to support ‘Sign up to Safety’, an NHS England national patient safety campaign with a mission to strengthen patient safety in the NHS and make it the safest healthcare system in the world, you can read more about their pledges here.

Steve Warburton, Chief Executive of Aintree University Hospital, said: “Our teams have done a lot of work to improve the safety of the care we provide in a range of areas. World Patient Safety Day is a great opportunity for us to share our successes, learn how we can improve further and promote best practice across the hospital.”

Aintree University Hospital will be hosting a Patient Safety Day event where teams from across the hospital will be on hand to discuss the work they have done to make improvements in a range of areas including medicines management, identifying and treating sepsis, preventing falls and pressure ulcers and improving infection prevention and control.

There will also be presentations from the hospital’s Chief Executive, Medical Director and Chief Nurse.

The event, which is open to everyone, takes place on 17th September from 11.30am – 2.30pm in the Boardroom at Aintree Hospital.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at the CCG, said: “We are speaking up for patient safety and working with others to share learning both ways. This is so important to us as a CCG and I am pleased there is a national awareness day to celebrate this work. It all helps in making changes for the better to improve the care of our patients for the future.”

Sefton health leaders support ‘We Are Undefeatable’ campaign

A new campaign inspiring people with health conditions to get more active is being supported by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council.

The campaign is called We Are Undefeatable and is being led by Sport England, a public body which promotes sport.

One in four people live with a long-term health condition such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis and Parkinson’s. Evidence shows that being active can help manage many conditions and help reduce the impact and severity of some symptoms, but people with long-term conditions are actually twice as likely to be inactive.

Dr Rob Caudwell, a GP in Southport and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Getting active doesn’t need to be about joining a local sports club or even running a 10k. It can just be about doing things that fit into your existing routine, as and when you can. Aim to do 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking five times a week.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, a GP in Crosby and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “It’s important to find an activity or sport you enjoy, so that you’re more likely to keep it up. Moving more with friends, family members, and others can also help make things more fun. The campaign website features lots of ideas for activities to try.

“Start slowly and build up with exercise and always make sure you warm up and cool down before and after.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s important to listen to your body and do what feels comfortable to you. Make the most of your good days and on your not so good days, you may need to do less. Small amounts of activity all add up so even little changes can make a big difference to your health.”

Anyone who is looking to make their first steps back into fitness may be interested in joining Active Sefton’s Couch to 5K programme. Taking place every Monday and Wednesday at Litherland Sports Park and Tuesday & Thursday at Hesketh Park, Southport, the coach-led crash courses aim to help you get back into shape or rediscover your love of running over a number of weeks.

The Southport course lasts six weeks, starting September 10, and


cost just £6 per person to enter, while the 10 week Litherland course, starting September 9, is priced at £10. For more information contact Active Sefton on 0151 934 2340 or email active.sports@sefton.gov.uk

The Living Well Sefton partners have lots of ideas and support locally on how to be active. Email the team on: LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk for more details.

To understand the NHS’ recommended levels of physical activity, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/

Maghull residents invited to community marketplace

Maghull residents are being invited to find out more about services provided by local voluntary, community and faith sector groups at an event in the town later this month.

Sefton CVS and Maghull Town Council are joining forces to run the free Community Marketplace event to raise awareness of the work of local groups and the volunteering opportunities they have available.

It will take place at Maghull Town Hall from 11am until 3pm on Thursday 26th September.

Robert Goux, of the Community Connectors team, a partner of Living Well Sefton, explained: “We hope that the Community Marketplace will showcase the amazing work that individuals and community groups are doing in Maghull.

“It will provide an opportunity for residents to find out more about what’s going on in their local area, from coffee mornings and creative groups to physical exercise and social events.”

As well as making people aware of new groups and activities they can take part in, the event also aims to raise awareness of local volunteering.

Rachael West, from Volunteer Centre Sefton, added: “We are looking forward to helping Maghull residents find out more about what volunteering is available near them.

“The Volunteer Centre will be on hand on the day to also talk about volunteering opportunities with other organisations unable to attend the event.”

Groups already confirmed to attend include Volunteer Centre Sefton, knitting and crocheting group Yarnagans, Maghull Chapel, Sefton Older Persons’ Forum, Maghull and Aughton Rotary, Ron’s Therapeutic Art Group and Lydiate Village Centre.

Other groups at the event will include Bootle Tool Shed, Maghull Homewatch, St Andrew’s Maghull, St Peter’s Maghull, St James’ Maghull and St Thomas’ Melling.

For more information about the event call 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk

Help keep your heart happy

Health experts in Sefton are urging local residents to find out if their heart is happy and get their blood pressure checked for free as part of Know Your Numbers! Week (September 9-15).

Shockingly, 30,000 people in Sefton have high blood pressure and don’t know. This puts them at a higher risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and dementia.

Professional’s from Sefton Council, Living Well Sefton (LWS), NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together to encourage residents to know their numbers and help prevent heart attacks or a stroke so they can live healthier for longer.

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Blood pressure checks at the Strand By Me shop

Throughout Know Your Numbers Week, Living Well Sefton will be offering free blood pressure checks at the following locations:

  • Smokefree Sefton, Bootle Strand Helping Hand Shop – Monday, 9 September, 10am-12pm
  • Southport Community Centre – Tuesday, 10 September, 10am-12pm
  • Feelgood Factory, Netherton – Wednesday, 11 September, 10am-12pm
  • Sefton Opera, Bootle – Wednesday, 11 September, 1pm-2.30pm
  • Parenting 2000, Mornington Road, Southport – Thursday, 12 September, 2pm-4pm
  • Strand by Me Shop, Bootle Strand, – Friday, 13 September, 10am-12pm

Living Well Sefton will also be offering mini health checks, including a blood pressure test, at the Strand by Me Shop in Bootle, Thursday, 12 September, 10am-12pm.

Many key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle-related such as eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol and not taking enough exercise. High blood pressure is also more likely in older people, if it runs in your family and if you are of African, Caribbean or South-Asian descent.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It is so important to keep on top of your health and I am urging Sefton residents to take this opportunity to get your blood pressure checked for free.

“High blood pressure is a largely preventable and treatable condition but contributes to the leading causes of death. Having your blood pressure checked is an important step to knowing and reducing your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.”

Karen Nolan, Living Well Sefton programme manager, added: “We are happy to be part of Know Your Numbers week and can support local people to make minor lifestyle changes which can make a big difference to their blood pressure.

“The Know Your Numbers campaign is a great way to raise awareness of keeping track of your blood pressure but we want to let residents know Living Well can offer support all year round.”

Brendan Prescott, deputy chief nurse at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Many pharmacies across Sefton will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and some will measure your blood pressure accurately.

“A blood pressure check is quick, free, painless and could save your life. You can also have a free blood pressure check in your GP surgery or use an appropriate and recommended home testing machine.”

To find your nearest pressure station online visit: www.happy-hearts.co.uk

Merseyside Police launch recruitment drive

Recruitment lines to join Merseyside Police are now open and driven individuals who are passionate about serving their community are being encouraged to join the force.

The force will be taking on additional new constables from this recruitment drive and details of how to apply can be found here.

The force is committed to providing an effective service to communities across Merseyside and aims to put communities first in everything it does.

To do this, they need to understand all of our communities and our officers and staff should reflect the diverse communities we serve.

T/ACC Natalie Perischine said: “The Government recently announced funding for an uplift in the number of police officers nationally, and as a result Merseyside Police is looking towards a sustained recruitment of new officers.

“In addition to this, there will be another recruitment drive in November. Then, throughout the next three years there will be further opportunities for members of the public to join us.

“For those applying in the future, there will be changes in relation to how you can apply to become an officer. However, we will ensure these changes are communicated and the different routes to become a police officer are made clear.

“We want to encourage people from various communities, who have the passion, ability and drive to deliver an effective policing service, to join us and help us better understand the needs of the diverse communities we serve and protect.”

Chief Inspector Karen Wiesenekker from our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Team added: “Often when we run recruitment campaigns, we find that there aren’t many applications from the different and underrepresented groups which can be quite disappointing.

“Being a police officer, although a tough job, is extremely rewarding and is definitely a job for all people from all backgrounds or walks of life. Therefore, it is extremely important that our officers are representative of the communities we serve. We embrace diversity and inclusivity and work as one team to provide the public with an effective policing service.mersey police recruitment

“People from different backgrounds bring different experiences and viewpoints to the force and can help us shape the future of policing, whilst better understanding the various cultures, beliefs and traditions that makes up Merseyside.

“The skills for being a good police officer includes the ability to work as part of a team, solve problems and keep calm and confident in difficult circumstances.

“The role can be both physically and mentally demanding but it is an opportunity to make a difference and ensure that the people who live in Merseyside feel safe.”

The force is looking to recruit individuals who are:

  • Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic
  • From Minority Religious Groups
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
  • Transgender
  • Female
  • Disabled

Merseyside Police is proud to use Positive Action to offer advice, guidance and support throughout the recruitment process to these groups. For information on positive action please email:

If you would like to apply to join Merseyside Police or would like more information, please click this link 

Health and wellbeing marketplace at CCG’s annual review event

Residents are being invited to come along to NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Annual General Meeting (AGM) where they will be able to browse a variety of stalls being hosted by local services as part of a health and wellbeing marketplace.

On Thursday 12 September, the CCG is holding its combined ‘Big Chat’ and AGM event. It is an opportunity for local health bosses to showcase the CCG’s achievements from the past 12 months and ask attendees for their views about its forthcoming plans. The event will also focus on the recently published NHS Long Term Plan and how it will impact Sefton.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “We are really proud of our work over the past year and want to share our achievements with our residents. As well as being a great opportunity for people to learn about the work we do, it is a chance for them to input into our work by giving their views about our plans for the year ahead.

“Ahead of the main programme, people will be able to spend some time browsing a marketplace with a range of health and wellbeing related stalls. It’ll showcase some of the fantastic services we have in Sefton and people will be able to find out more about what they do.”

Some of the services and organisations attending this year’s event include:

  • Sefton CVS Macmillan support
  • Stroke Association
  • The Feelgood Factory and Living Well Sefton
  • Mersey Care’s podiatry service
  • Aintree Hospital

In addition, there will be advice from the CCGs’ medicines management team, while IMerseyside will be showcasing some of the latest technological advances coming to GP practices in Sefton.

Craig added: “If you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to register to come to the event. It will be incredibly informative and productive.”

The event will be taking place on Thursday 12 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, L20 2DD.

People are asked to register in advance by emailing southsefton.ccg@nhs.net or by calling 0151 317 8456.

For more information on the events visit the CCG website


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