Sefton Council’s Invest Sefton funding helps local organisations


Council grants are helping firms in Sefton prosper, according to Sefton Council officials after they visited two businesses in the borough to hear all about their thriving ventures.

Both businesses have benefited from Invest Sefton funding, which has helped them to keep their businesses and staff in the borough.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of the Sefton Carers Centre, c based in Waterloo and Hybrid Technical Services Ltd, Aintree.

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Lifetime honour for spinal team

More than 100 years of caring for spinal injured patients by three NHS staff was recognised this month with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Consultant surgeon Bakul Soni, Sister Sandra McCarthy and occupational therapy lead Julie Jones  were honoured at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s ninth annual Pride Awards. Spinal team

The awards came as the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital prepares to host the prestigious international Guttmann conference on spinal injury care.

 

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Green-Fingered Friends of Duke Street Park

A number of garden enthusiasts have been making their mark on the local area.

Eight volunteers have joined forces to create a new Friends of Duke Street Park group in Formby.

Working together with Sefton Council’s parks and greenspaces service, the group are helping to make improvements to the park and continue the work that was started by the garden volunteers at the park.


NHS CCGs announce new governing body members and next meeting details

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has appointed two new members to its governing body.

Dr Tim Quinlan from Chapel Lane Surgery in Formby has joined the group, which leads the organisation in key decision making, to strengthen the work that the group does to make sure that local health services are the best they can be for Sefton residents.
On his appointment Dr Quinlan says:

“"I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the CCG, local hospitals, care providers and social services, to help develop effective healthcare solutions for our local population.
“As a local GP who also lives with my family in the Southport area, I am keen to improve local services; encouraging efficient and effective care pathways, while placing the patient at the centre of decisions, whilst also recognising the current pressures resting on health and social care providers.”

Mrs Colette Riley, a practice manager from The Hollies Surgery in Formby has also re-joined the governing body group.
Colette says:

Ccg2I am really happy to have re-joined the governing body for NHS Southport and Formby CCG for another term of office. It’s really important that we are involved from a GP practice point of view and especially in my role as a practice manager as I help to ensure that the views of the wider practice staff are represented.
“From being on the board for a few years now I can see that the suggestions and feedback of members are all taken on board and that the CCG really value the input from the governing body.”

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Have your say on Rights of Way Improvement Plan (2018-2028)


Consultation for the Liverpool City Region Rights of Way Improvement Plan is now underway. This is a joint ten year plan prepared by the six Liverpool City Region local authorities and Merseytravel, on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, to improve the local network of public rights of way. 

There are 671 kilometers of rights of way in the Liverpool City Region made up of Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways. Besides their recreational value, rights of way can be a handy way of getting to work, school and amenities and form part of the wider access and transport networks. 

Copies of the plan can be viewed at council one stop shops and public libraries or at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/publicrightsofwaystrategy all comments received before the consultation closes on 29 September 2017 will be considered before the final plan is prepared and published.


Hospital supports Armed Forces Week

Hospital hosts tea party in support of Armed Forces’ Week

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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are hosting a tea party on Friday 23 June in support of Armed Forces’ Week and SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity.

The tea party will run from 12noon to 4pm at the entrance of Southport hospital. During the afternoon there will be tea and coffee kindly donated by Bookers, as well as a cake sale with all donations for SSAFA. A vintage World War Two military ambulance will be in attendance along with members of 208 Field Hospital, Liverpool and 207 Field Hospital, Manchester. There will also be displays about the role of medics in the military.

The Trust is the 2016 public sector winner of the North West Armed Services Business Award and has a track record of working collaboratively with personnel. This includes providing flexible working for Reservists to undertake their military commitments as on Exercise and Operational Deployments, with paid support and access to a Forces Champion.

A number of staff at the Trust are members of the reserve forces or veterans, including Head of Nursing Kath Higgins who is also a Lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. Kath said:

“We’re thrilled to be supporting Armed Forces’ Week and SSAFA.

“This is a great opportunity for our staff, patients and members of the public to find out more about the Armed Services and the role medical staff play.” 

Issued by Kimberley Rushton, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone       01704 705061
Email               kimberley.rushton@nhs.net 
Web                 www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter @SONHSTrust

 


Is Formby being overwhelmed by visitors?

The hot weather this weekend has resulted in the usual traffic congestion and full car parks.

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Once more residents lives have been disrupted by overwhelming visitor numbers. They come from all over the region, many travelling long distances in the hope of enjoying a 'day out' at the sea. They are confronted by congested roads, traffic jams and long queues for parking.

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Today and Tomorrow

This weekend looks like it's ideal for a visit to the seaside.

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The Wildlife Trusts - Irish Sea. Our vision is for seas that are productive with thriving wildlife.

There are eight local Wildlife Trusts that surround the Irish Sea.

Together, we are the largest voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places, across the UK and Isle of Man, in the countryside, in cities and at sea.

But let's leave as you found it, as you'd like to find it. Don't leave any traces of your visit, tread softly on our common land and shore. Think of your children, your grandchildren and their children. We've only got one planet.

 

Enjoy the weekend.

 


National Neighbourhood Watch Week

Merseyside Police is supporting this year’s National Neighbourhood Watch Week, which runs from this Saturday 17 – Sunday 25 June.

Neighbourhood watchNeighbourhood Watch is a useful way in which communities can work together with the police to prevent, detect and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. The message for this year’s awareness week is Connecting and Protecting Communities, with particular focus on raising awareness of scams.

Scams often target people in vulnerable situations and can come in many forms; emails, letters, telephone calls or in-person visits where rogue traders make false claims to con the victim out of money.

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People reminded to take care in the heat

As the weather is getting warmer, local health commissioners and Sefton Council are keen to remind people to take precautions and look after themselves in the sun. 

Heat waveAlthough temperatures are not at Hot Weather Alert levels just yet, it is getting warmer so Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are reminding people to practice sun sense and look out for others around them. 

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