Love your lungs in Sefton

In recognition of Love your lungs week (June 17-23) local organisations are reminding residents of the support they have in Sefton to help with breathing conditions.

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The walking football team at the Feelgood Factory

As part of the week, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Living Well Sefton and Sefton Council are all encouraging people to take the British Lung Foundation breath test and to seek help if they need it.

Dr Nigel Taylor, respiratory lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“We are keen to raise awareness, not just this week but all year round, about the services that are available in Sefton for those who have lung-related conditions.

“If you have a known lung condition and are feeling breathless you should follow your personal management plan. If you are not improving or you don’t have a plan and are worried then you should attend the walk-in centre or contact your GP practice.”

Dr Kati Scholtz, respiratory lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“For simple problems such as a cough or a cold your local pharmacist can help, they can also help by giving additional advice regarding inhaler techniques and providing over the counter Nicotine Replacement Therapies if you are trying to stop smoking.”

The Breathe Easy group is a great support network to encourage people with lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis, to look after themselves and to share ways to do this.

The Sefton south group meets in the Strand By Me shop in Bootle every second Tuesday of the month at 1 pm and the Sefton north group meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Doves Centre on Duke Street, Formby at 1 pm.

Living Well Sefton partners are also supporting Love Your Lungs Week by encouraging people to take advantage of the activities and classes that they offer.

Over at the Feelgood Factory in Netherton, Philomena Zilinski, says:

“Our walking football and guided walks as well as our physical activity classes  all  improve cardiovascular  fitness leading to  improved lung function.”

Working outdoors in the garden is another great way to keep your lungs fit and both the Brighter Living Partnership in Southport and the May Logan centre, Bootle, have gardening groups to join. People also have the option of joining in the weekly social walk from May Logan too.

And, with Smoke-free Sefton’s support, your breathing and lung capacity will improve once you’ve quit smoking.

For details on the Living Well Sefton support please visit or call 0300 323 0181.

To watch a video on the Breathe Easy group and Smoke-free Sefton please click here:  


You can find out about the Breathe Easy groups in your area here: and you can take the British Lung Foundation breath test here:  


Rapid response by health commissioners to inspection findings

Health commissioners are taking immediate action after a re-inspection of systems and services for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in Sefton.

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In their report, inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are critical of Sefton’s response to the significant areas of weakness they highlighted in their initial inspection.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer for Sefton’s two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), said:

“We fully acknowledge and accept the shortcomings of our health systems and services for SEND that inspectors’ found and we agree that the support these children and young people receive is far, far below what we and their families expect and for this we are deeply sorry.”

“We want to rebuild parent and carers confidence in the SEND system and whilst we understand this will take time, we will do all we can to work with them, together with Sefton Council and other health partners to make improvements for their children as swiftly as possible.”

In response, the CCGs are working with their partners in the local NHS and from Sefton Council on a joint plan to improve care for these children, young people and their families to address all areas of weakness. Additionally, the CCGs have taken immediate measures to begin to address the elements of health services that were highlighted by inspectors for improvement.

Fiona explained:

“We are carrying out a rapid review of our arrangements for commissioning and monitoring SEND services and we are working closely with our dedicated, professional and compassionate healthcare staff to secure change for our children and young people.”

Inspectors did acknowledge in their findings some of the positive steps made by the CCGs to strengthen leadership for SEND and their investment of resources to accelerate improvement.

In response to the inspection, CCGs have made further investments to reduce waiting times whilst they review what more is needed for the longer term, working with NHS partners who provide these services.

Fiona said:

“We’ve made immediate investments so 60 more children and young people can be seen each month by speech and language therapists to begin to bring unacceptable waiting times down.

“We made some significant investments last year to improve the different services that children and young people with autism and ADHD need support from, and now we’re further reviewing those services to make quicker progress.”

Across Sefton’s SEND partnership, inspectors also noted some progress for those key stage 2 children with an education and healthcare plan (EHC) in reading, writing and mathematics. Positive steps were also highlighted by inspectors around moves to better involve children and young people, through initiatives like the annual young persons’ workshops and the appointment of a ‘young advisors’ coordinator.

Fiona added:

“We are working with services to ensure parents and carers are fully involved in designing and agreeing the health element of their child’s wider educational health and care plan, and that these plans are timely and are of the quality we all expect to enable our children and young people to make the good progress they deserve.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“The CCGs are committed to working closely with and listening to our children and parents in partnership with our health and council colleagues. There is much for us to do and we take our responsibilities seriously.”

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

“The CCG will continue to work with the children and young people’s overview and scrutiny committee as we work towards a steep change in the pace of improvement work for children’s services.”

Ofsted and CQC inspection letters can be found on the Ofsted website from the following link

The inspectors’ letter is also published on the Sefton Council and the CCGs websites. Visit and


Patients in Southport help homeless people get healthcare

Health commissioners in Southport and Formby are encouraging residents to get involved in their local NHS by joining their GPs practice’s patient group this national participation week (10–15 June).

Staff at St Marks and Trinity Medical Centre in SouthportNHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is raising awareness of the role of patient participation groups, which every GP practice in England is required to have. Groups canprovide practical support in the surgery, foster improved communication between the practice and its patients and help people to take more responsibility for their health.

St Marks and Trinity Medical Centre in Southport have an active patient group. The PPG and the staff at the practice have been working closely with its local community to support homeless residents to register with a GP practice. This was started through a suggestion a member of the patient group who was formerly homeless and so has first-hand experience of the challenges people face getting the healthcare they need.

Eric Balki, an executive partner at the two practices who support the work of the patient group, explained: 

“Since this problem was brought to light by our patient group we have been able to register 16 homeless patients at the practice. These patients have received regular health checks and medical assistance, which has helped to prevent the onset of more serious health problems.

"We have also been able to put them in touch with other support services. We would encourage homeless people in this area to come and see us for more information.”

Eric is also encouraging other people to join their practice’s group:

“Our patient group is a great asset to the practice, helping patients to share their ideas about how we can improve what we do. We are always looking for new members. If you are interested just speak to your receptionist at your GP practice. I would encourage people to join because it helps the public understand how general practices work and their feedback helps to shape future services.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG work with Healthwatch Sefton to regularly encourage more people to join their practice’s patient group.

Wendy Andersen, engagement manager for Healthwatch Sefton, says:

“Our Community Champion network members have been telling us of the difficulties of being able to join a GP practice PPG and we are now glad to be working in partnership with the CCGs to support in the development of PPGs throughout Sefton.”

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

“We are really keen to grow our patient groups in Sefton. They are a way to share your views on the future of GP practices and have your say so please do speak to your practice if you are interested.”

To find out more you can visit: or you can speak to your own GP practice if you are interested in joining. You can also watch a short video about the benefits of being involved in a PPG here:

The week is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation, (N.A.P.P) a national charity, formed in 1978. Uniquely placed as the only umbrella body for patient-led groups in primary care, N.A.P.P has over 40 years’ experience in promoting, supporting and developing Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). There are now over 1500 groups affiliated to N.A.P.P, representing at least ten million patients across the UK.


Formby Live at Formby Pool Trust

Formby Live 2019
Formby Pool will play host to Merseycats as part of this year's Formby Live weekend on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June.

Entry is free, with live music all weekend, bar, BBQ, carnival rides and much more for all the family to enjoy!

As well as this for the second year running, Formby Pool Trust will be hosting Ormskirk and District Motorclub for the second ever Formby Car Show at Formby Pool!


29 Jun 2019 at 11:00am
until 30 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm


Elbow Lane
L37 4AB

Reminder to have your say on Sefton health policies review

Sefton residents have a month left to share their views on a number of local health policies that aim to make sure NHS resources are used on the most effective treatments for patients.

MedsNHS South Sea fton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with Halton, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs to review a group of policies for procedures and treatments that are known as Criteria Based Clinical Treatments (CBCT). These are routine procedures that are known to have medical benefit only in very specific situations, or for a small number of people.

This is the third phase of the review, which aims to keep NHS care up to date with the latest national clinical guidelines, methods and technology, whilst also making the best use of NHS resources.

The policies that Sefton residents are being asked to provide views on in this latest phase are:

* Continuous glucose monitoring systems

* Cough assist devices

* Insulin pumps

* Secondary care administered peripheral joint injections

* Surgery for prostatism or lower urinary tract infections

* Transanal irrigation

At the same time, the CCGs are letting people know about updates to their policy for Botulinum toxin treatments, bringing it in line with national guidance from NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee.

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

“It is right that we regularly review the services we commission to ensure that we’re providing the most effective treatments that make the best use of our limited NHS resources.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“This review of policies is about looking at the latest guidelines, treatments, methods and technologies and where there is very little or no evidence of effectiveness, there is no benefit in offering them to patients.

Craig added:

“Any procedure comes with risk, so it’s important patients are offered those with the maximum clinical or functional benefit, not for cosmetic or psychological reasons. As clinicians we will explore other, more suitable treatments for patients with these types of needs.”

The information gathered will be used to help develop new or revised polices.

No final decisions have been made at this stage and we are asking as many people as possible to share their views by completing a survey before 7 July. This feedback is really important and will help shape local NHS policies for the future. Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an Individual Funding Request (IFR) where appropriate.

More details on proposed changes to the policies being reviewed along with a survey, open until 7 July 2019, can be found on each CCG’s website or or by emailing or calling 01782 872 506.