Executive Medical Director excluded pending investigation

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust today excluded from work the Executive Medical Director

SanFHospitalThe exclusion follows an independent review of culture at the Trust led by Prof Surinder Sharma, of Leicester University. The Trust commissioned the review following concerns raised by staff with Care Quality Commission inspectors.

The Executive Medical Director will remain excluded while an independently-led preliminary situational analysis takes place in line with the Trust policy.

Exclusion from work is not a disciplinary sanction but is a neutral action pending the completion of a preliminary situational analysis.

Richard Fraser, Chairman of the Trust, said:
 
The Trust expects the preliminary situational analysis to be completed promptly while, at the same time, ensuring the best interests of all parties are fairly served.
I want to assure staff, patients, their families and the public that no aspect of the concerns raised relates to issues of patient care or safety.
As this is an employment matter, there will be no further comment from the Trust while the preliminary situational analysis takes place.

The Trust will confirm tomorrow (Tuesday) the interim Executive Medical Director and Responsible Officer arrangements.

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

 


Public welcome at September NHS CCG Meeting

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along to their September governing body meetings.

Southport & Formby CCGThe CCGs’ hold their governing body meetings every two months in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said:

We invite the public along to this formal meeting to listen to the CCG’s plans. Residents also get the chance to ask any questions they have before the meeting gets underway.

The meetings are a great chance for people to meet our health professionals and our governing body members. It’s also a good chance for us to meet some of our public and we welcome their views and questions as always

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 6 September at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at an earlier start time than usual of 12pm. Papers will be available here beforehand. 

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.

 


Support your local hospital at Southport Flower Show

Although more used to cannulas than calendulas, doctors, nurses and therapists from Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are hosting a stand at Southport Flower Show this week.

Surgeon 
Dr Alice Bird

The stand will be hosted by staff from across the hospital who can chat to visitors about working there, what we’re doing to improve our patients’ experience and the services we provide. Visitors to the stand, E42, can also enter a quiz to win prizes each day.

Visitors who would like to talk about working for the Trust can stop by and chat on any day - a member of the recruitment team will be available to answer questions on the Thursday afternoon too.

On Friday afternoon (from 3pm) Dr Alice Bird will be on hand to talk about women’s and children’s services and Miss Helen Mackay, an orthopaedic surgeon will be available on Sunday afternoon to talk about the Trust’s orthopaedic services.

Find out more about the specialist services and the work of the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, based at Southport hospital. There is also a chance to meet the matrons and find out how they have developed their role to ensure patients are the heart of everything they do.

The team will be there every day from 10am and will draw the daily prize winners on the
stand at 5pm.

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


Health Secretary praises Trust’s ‘exceptional improvement’

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has congratulated staff for “exceptional improvement” made at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

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The Trust was the most improved in England between January and March for getting patients home from hospital.

Shorter hospital stays are an indicator of efficient care as well as releasing beds to newly poorly patients who need them.

In a letter to the chair and chief executive, Mr Hunt said:

“The Trust is a real example to others, demonstrating how to improve performance in a short space of time and ensure that
your patients get the care they deserve.

“From visiting organisations throughout the country, I know that the immense amount of work that will have been behind this outcome cannot be underestimated. Improvement on such a scale is very impressive and testament to the hard work and dedication of the
Trust’s staff.”


Interim Chief Executive Karen Jackson said:

“I am delighted the enormous efforts staff are
making to give patients the very best care is now being recognised at a national level. They are a fantastic team and a privilege to work with.”


Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494
Email tonyellis@nhs.net
Web www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter @SONHSTrust


Orthopaedics and ENT services consultation – involving Sefton residents

A public consultation is currently taking place until 15 September 2017 on proposals for a single Orthopaedics service for Liverpool’s hospitals.

Under the proposed changes, most planned procedures such as hip and knee replacements would take place at Broadgreen, while most unplanned procedures would take place at Aintree, which is already the Major Trauma Centre for Cheshire and Merseyside.

These changes would mean that some operations would take place in a different place to where they do currently.

Local orthopaedic doctors believe that this would improve patient care, giving all patients better access to the right doctors for their specific need, and helping meet higher clinical standards.

The consultation is being led by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), working with neighbouring CCGs, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

How Sefton residents can find out more and get involved:

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Formby Mums aim to help break breastfeeding record

Midwives are backing The Big Latch On in Southport this week in support of women who want to breastfeed.

Big-Latch-On-2The Big Latch On is a global event to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding celebrated in 120 countries. Women and children will gather in their own communities to take part with the aim of breaking last year’s breastfeeding record when nearly 18,000 children were fed.

The local event will take place on Friday (Aug 4) at Lakeside Church, Fairway, Southport, PR9 0LA. Registration is between 9.30am and 10 am. A head count will be taken at 10.30am for the official Southport Big Latch On submission.

One mum who will be supporting the event is Laura Corrigan from Formby whose baby, Arthur, was born at Ormskirk hospital on Saturday 22 July, weighing 8lb 9oz.

“I always wanted to breastfeed because I knew it would be good for Arthur. I’m also told it’s a great way to lose weight!”

said Laura

Expressing milk also means that dad, Paul Mason, can help with feeding too.

“The midwives have been fantastic and gave me loads of support, particularly early on when it can be so easy to give up.”

Lesley Fawcett, Infant Feeding Coordinator at the hospital, said:

“Last year’s event was so successful it has been moved to a much larger venue for 2017. It’s great to see mums and babies reaping the benefits of breastfeeding and we look forward to meeting them at the event.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone     01704 704494
Email              tonyellis@nhs.net
Web                www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter            @SONHSTrust

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Global Big Latch On events take place at registered locations around the world, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Their friends, family and community join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Volunteers from within the community host each location, hosting a Global Big Latch On event creates a lasting support network for the community.


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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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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