Trust Leads the Way on High Quality Apprenticeships

Last Friday Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust became the first organisation in the country to sign up to UNISON’s apprenticeship charter.

 

The charter ensures that apprenticeships deliver a positive outcome for both apprentices and employers. The charter commits the Trust to provide apprenticeships that are well-funded, high quality and that lead to a meaningful job.

Apprentices will receive the correct rate for the job they are doing, high-quality training, and a safe and healthy working environment.

Karen Jackson, interim chief executive, said:

“The Trust is delighted to be able to support UNISON's charter. Apprenticeships help us develop our staff, opening new doors in their development so together we can best meet patient needs.”

UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea – who will be in Southport to sign the charter later today – said:

“We are delighted the Trust has decided to sign up our charter, publicly signalling its commitment to structured learning.

“The contribution of apprentices to the workplace is too often overlooked, and unfortunately many young people find themselves exploited, working long hours for low wages, with little support.

“Yet by properly investing in the workforce of tomorrow, employers can nurture talent and help fill the skills gap – and give a boost to the local economy at the same time.

“It’s very welcome that the Trust views apprenticeships as an investment in its future workforce, rather than a short-term source of cheap labour. With the number of apprentices set to rise significantly over the next few years, we hope many other employers will soon follow their lead.”

Simon Bunting is currently undertaking an apprenticeship. He is employed by the Trust and works in the Pharmacy as a Computer services manager. He said:

“I have really valued the opportunity to develop my career through undertaking an apprenticeship at the Trust. It is hard work, but I have learned a great deal which is already helping me to have a better understanding of leadership and management, enabling me to use this knowledge to become better at my job.

“It is great that more people will have a chance to undertake a high-quality apprenticeship in the future.”

 


Formby residents have their say on the future of the coast

Protecting wildlife, improving facilities and maintaining Formby’s unique atmosphere are at the heart of residents’ hopes for Formby’s future, according to results of public consultations carried out over the summer by the National Trust.

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Source: NT website

Between July and September 2017, staff and volunteers hosted events across Formby to record residents’ ideas, concerns and hopes for the future of the coast. Events included an Open Day at the Gild Hall, a stall at the Formby Festival, and a series of ‘pop up’ consultations at locations in Formby village and on the National Trust site. Around 300 people were consulted, and their comments have been collated into a report, which is out now on the National Trust website.

The consultation coincides with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust taking on the care of the coast at Freshfield, and as the Trust takes on the care of an additional 204 hectares of land at Formby point.

National Trust General Manager Joanne Hudson said,

'Taking on the care of Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols makes this anniversary year an important moment in the history of the Formby Coast. It is a fantastic chance to rethink how the coast is cared for, for the benefit of the wildlife that that rely on the dunes and pinewoods, and also for residents and visitors who love the area.’

‘We have been working closely with our neighbours and stakeholders to develop plans for the future, and are delighted to have had the chance to record the views of so many people across Formby.’

‘The report shows that there is a high degree of trust around the National Trust's ability to care for the landscape and wildlife, but that there are concerns about visitor numbers, parking, litter and antisocial behaviour. A need for improved facilities and access were recurring themes.’

‘Residents want the site's unique atmosphere and areas of wildness to be safeguarded. A strong sense of the love and connection that people feel for the site came across in many comments, and we hope to build on that by continuing to work closely with the community as plans progress.’

The full report can be viewed or downloaded from the Formby National Trust Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/documents/formby-consultation-summary-report-2017.pdf

To find out more about how to get involved with plans for the future, please visit:
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/projects/get-involved---the-future-of-formby-point

 


This week in and around Formby

Updated every day, scroll down for earlier stories.

Get your skates on

Posted Friday 1 December 9.30 am 

Enjoy an opportunity to skate, get fit and start to celebrate the run-up to Christmas

Make sure to visit the Formby Fair

 Posted Friday 1 December  9.30 am 

Posted Thursday 30 November 9.30 am

Winter is finally upon us.

Posted 29 November 9.30 am

Formby and Shale Gas

Formby lies within the boundaries of the Government approved Shale Gas exploration zone. Some licences have already been approved and some local hydro phonic surveys carried out.

This is despite the overwhelming lack of support from the public.

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This from the latest House of Commons Library article about public attitudes.

The Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Survey was designed by the government’s British Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department, was circulated to 2,105 people via a random location quota sampling method and conducted through face-to-face at home interviews.

Statistics show that the public’s favoured alternative energy source is renewables. Renewable energy includes energy from a source that is not depleted when used and is naturally replenished.

https://secondreading.uk/science/public-attitudes-towards-alternative-energy/

 

 Posted Tuesday 28 November 10.00 am 

Make the partnership work.

image from www.formby.todaySefton Council and The National Trust have concluded the land transfer at Formby Point. Over the next 2/3 three years changes will occur. This is the opportunity for a partnership between residents and the Trust together, to plan, to map out and to effect those changes.

Here's part of what the National Trust are saying

The National Trust is starting to develop future plans for how we can care for this special coastline in the coming decades. These plans will affect you and the future generations who come to enjoy this special place.

We aspire to improve access, conservation and facilities along this dynamic and ever changing coastline, loved by many and home to rare wildlife.

We want to involve the many people who love this special place in shaping these plans.

If you’d like to comment on anything, please email talkingformby@nationaltrust.org.uk

(For more read yesterday's blog post http://bit.ly/2Achfsb )

 Posted Monday 27 November 8.00 am 

Lancashire Day Proclamation

When Sefton Borough was brought into being in 1974, Formby was 'moved' from Lancashire into Merseyside, which was a newly inaugurated Metropolitan County Council. Until then, Formby, in common with Liverpool was Lancastrian.

Even today there are many who have never accepted that change, where do your local loyalties lie?

Lancashire-Red-RoseOn this day in 1295 the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as "The Model Parliament".

The Lancashire Day proclamation is read out by town criers throughout the county on 27th November:

To the people of the city and county palatine of Lancaster

Greetings!

Know ye that this day, November 27th in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen, the 63rd year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Lancaster, is

Lancashire Day

Know ye also, and rejoice, that by virtue of Her Majesty's County Palatine of Lancaster, the citizens of the Hundreds of Lonsdale, North and South of the Sands, Amounderness, Leyland, Blackburn, Salford and West Derby are forever entitled to style themselves Lancastrians.

Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness Fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the Pennines, this day shall ever mark the peoples' pleasure in that excellent distinction - true Lancastrians, proud of the Red Rose and loyal to our Sovereign Duke.

GOD BLESS LANCASHIRE
AND GOD SAVE THE QUEEN,
DUKE OF LANCASTER.

 Posted Monday 27 November 9.00 am 

Southport Hospital showing signs of strain as winter approaches?


This Weekend

 Posted Sunday 26 November 12.30 pm 

The Village in Winter

This image is proving to be very popular today. It's mine I captured it several years ago after a rather exceptional snowstorm.

 Posted Saturday 25 November 9.30 am 

Formby Christmas Lights Switch-on

On Sunday the village will be full of residents and visitors as they celebrate the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

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This is the day when the Formby community gathers together to celebrate the start of the festive season.

Market stalls, children's rides, barbeques and fabulous live entertainment is the order of the day and at 5 pm the crowds gather for the switching on of the Christmas lights in Formby village.

When: 26 Nov 2017 at 12:00pm until 26 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm

Where: Chapel Lane, Formby, Liverpool

 


Hospital highlights HIV testing week and World AIDS Day

A leading sexual health doctor is urging people to ‘know their status’ in the run-up to World AIDS Day which is at the beginning of December.

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The message from the team is to ‘know your status’ and to stay safe. Liz Kay, Dawn Killeen, Dr Zana Ladipo and Wendy Kicks.

According to Dr Zana Ladipo, in the North West, it is estimated that nearly two in a 1,000 have HIV, and in Sefton, it’s one in 1,000.

To highlight World AIDS Day, the staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust staged an information and awareness stand outside the outpatient department at Southport hospital during HIV testing week in the run-up to World AIDS Day on Friday, 1 December.

The stand was hosted by staff from the Sefton Sexual Health Service. One of their aims is to dispel myths about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

Dr Zana Ladipo, Genitourinary Medicine consultant, from Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:

“HIV is spread primarily through sex and blood. It is not spread by kissing or sharing cups or cutlery.

“Simply having an HIV test does not affect your insurance. A blood test is all that is needed. The virus can affect anyone regardless of their age, sexuality or ethnicity. HIV is now a chronic condition and patients can expect a normal lifespan.

“The danger with HIV is not having a test and therefore not knowing your status. It is possible to live for years with HIV before getting sick and by this stage, AIDS may develop which is harder to treat. I have been tested and know my status.”

Nationally, it is estimated that more than 101,200 people are living with HIV in the UK and this is increasing. It is believed a quarter of people with the disease are believed to be undiagnosed and therefore unaware of their status.

Also, since 2011 most Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) have been on the rise, especially in people aged 45 and above. Some STIs like Chlamydia may not cause any symptoms. Men simply provide a urine sample and woman can do their own swab.

Testing and treatment for STIs, HIV and genital non-STI related issues are available in Sefton Sexual Health’s community clinics in Maghull, Netherton, the May Logan Centre and Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing. They also provide a full range of contraceptive methods. The service is ‘confidential’ and open to everyone.

Anyone can contact the clinic on 01704 513 303, and your local clinic and further information can be found using the website https://www.seftonsexualhealth.co.uk/ .