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Health worker claimed relatives had died to claim sick pay

A health care worker lied about the deaths of three family members to falsely claim almost a year’s paid absence from work between 2012 and 2015.

image from www.formby.todayOver a period of three years Joseph Wilson first told his NHS employer a brother had died,  followed later by his cousin and then his sister.

Wilson, aged 41, of Fazakerley, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to three offences of fraud by false representation at South Sefton Magistrates Court on 5th July 2017.

The health care assistant was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months, 240 hours of unpaid community work and ordered to pay more than £5,000 compensation to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

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Improvement for CCG in annual ratings

Healthcare commissioners in Southport and Formby have improved their annual performance score in the latest national assessment of clinical commissioning groups (CCG) carried out by NHS England.

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NHS Southport and Formby CCG has been rated ‘requires improvement’ in the 2016-2017 results, acknowledging the progress made by the organisation since being assessed as ‘inadequate’ in 2015-2016.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“We are pleased to see our progress and hard work recognised in NHS England’s latest assessment. However, the results do reflect the challenging financial environment we are operating in and we know there is a great deal more we need to do to make the improvements we and our patients want to see.

“We are working hard to address these challenges and alongside this we are continuing to speak with our residents and partners about how we can make services more efficient and effective for our patients in such a financially demanding time.”

 

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Formby Mum Completes 100km Ultra Marathon

A FORMBY runner is putting her feet up after pulling off an endurance challenge in aid of Woodlands Primary.

Marathon mum
Abby Sanderson — who has two children at the Formby school — completed a 100km ultramarathon in double-quick time.
She raised £1,346.40 by tackling the gruelling 62-mile Race to the Stones in Wiltshire in just 13 hours, 44 minutes.
 
The money will go towards a new all-weather sports facility at the school for use by pupils and the wider community.
 
Abby said:
"I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me — the money will be put to very good use at the school. The new track will promote a healthy lifestyle and exercise for the children." 
The school is still looking for donations towards the track and it's not too late to help.
 
Search online for "BT My donate Abby Sanderson" or go to Race to the Stones 100K for FOWSA on MyDonate
 

Residents Share Aspirations For Future of Formby Coast

Residents joined National Trust staff and volunteers at the Gild Hall in Formby on Monday 17 July to share their thoughts and aspirations for the future of the Formby Coast.

image from formbyfirst.typepad.comThe Open Day explored ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit both the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its homes here. The event came as the National Trust continues positive conversations with Sefton Council about the potential transfer of 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care.
 
 

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A&E nurse volunteering for six months in Philippines clinic

A nurse has swapped the blue lights of A&E for a summer volunteering with a charity in the Philippines.

Harriet Lawrance
Harriet Lawrance, 24, who is a staff nurse in the emergency department at Southport hospital, is working for the E-CARE Foundation in Benguet, six hours drive north of the capital Manila.

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Have your say about review of Sefton health policies

People in Sefton are being asked for their views about a range of local health policies that are being updated to reflect the latest medical evidence.

Health policies review

The two NHS bodies responsible for the shaping and buying of health services in Sefton is reviewing more than 100 policies to ensure that resources are used on the treatments which work best for local people.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with their counterparts in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs on a project called ‘Reviewing local health policies’ to agree a number of clinical procedures based on certain criteria.

 

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Sefton's Hole In One


An amazing golf-themed art structure will dominate the Southport skyline ahead of the 146th Open Golf Championship. 

With the Championship soon to tee off, Sefton Council has come up with a fitting way to engage with the local community and the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to the borough for the event.

The art structure, based at The Atkinson in Southport town centre, will stand over 10 metres tall and five metres wide – covering the entire height of the Atkinson façade – and is inspired by every golfer’s dream; a hole in one.