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

 


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


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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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
 

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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Sefton and Liverpool CCGs pause merger plans

Clinical commissioning groups in Sefton and Liverpool are pausing their plan to merge the three organisations.

NHS South Sefton CCG, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS Liverpool CCG have made the decision so they can spend more time considering the implications of a merger for their patients, staff and partners.

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Grant Makes a New Splash in Sefton


Swimmers across Sefton are set to benefit from a huge cash injection to improve a number of facilities thanks to grant funding from Sport England.

Following an extensive consultation with over 3,000 people, Sefton Council is now leading the improvements that aim to get more people into the pool.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “It has been a rigorous process to get this far ensuring we understood what local communities need and we are absolutely thrilled to share the good news about the grant from Sport England in order to complete the changes.

Full details available from mysefton.co.uk


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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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