Diabetes programmes in Sefton gains accreditation

Education programmes in Sefton that support people living with diabetes are the first in Merseyside to be recognised by a nationally respected institute in time for Diabetes Week 2019.

Diabetes blood testThe two patient education programmes offered by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are Diabetes and You, which helps educate people who have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and Diabetes and More, which focuses on supporting those who have been living with diabetes for more than twelve months.

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

“Our diabetes programmes consist of two, two and a half hour sessions, and are run by a team of diabetes specialist nurses, dietitians and podiatrists.

“Both of these diabetes programmes are incredibly valuable to the people of Sefton. Not only do they support people living with Type 2 diabetes, these programmes also support their carers and family members.”

Following a review by the Quality Institute for Self Management Education & Training (QISMET), the Diabetes and You and Diabetes and More programmes have gained accreditation for their high quality service and effectiveness. QISMET is an independent not-for-profit body that supports self-management providers and commissioners to achieve the highest possible quality service for people living with long-term health conditions.

Residents who have attended past programmes have found them highly beneficial, as this person explains:

 “I found the sessions very informative and will take on board the advice I have been given.”

Another former attendee said:

“I was in a bit of denial because of the healthy diet and exercise elements but this has given me insight and really improved my knowledge.”

Dr Doug Callow, diabetes lead for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“Diabetes Week is a great opportunity to learn how to manage your diabetes but of course we promote this all year round. These sessions will teach you about healthy eating, your medication, lifestyle advice and more. I would encourage anyone who has Type 2 diabetes to attend.”

The education sessions are held at a variety of locations and times across Sefton. If you would like to attend, you can request a referral from your GP or practice nurse, or you can refer yourself to one of the programmes by contacting the Diabetes Education Team. If you are registered with a GP in Sefton you can call them on 01514754285. 

Diabetes Week takes place from 10 June – 16 June 2019. For more information visit https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week

 

For more information on QISMET visit their website.


Nominate your hospital People’s Health Hero

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Do you know a member of staff working at our hospitals who deserves special recognition?

Members of the public are being invited to nominate a member of staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust for a honour in the 11th annual Time to Shine staff awards.

Silas Nicholls, Chief Executive, said:

“We want to share patients’ and the public’s pride in our staff by seeing them nominated in the People’s Health Hero Award.

“It’s a great opportunity for individuals or families to show their appreciation to a staff member or team who are a jewel in the Trust. They will have shown drive, enthusiasm or good sense of humour, inspiring those around them, especially in times of difficulty or stress.”

Nominations for the People’s Health Hero Award are open until Friday 12th July. Any member of staff or team, in any role, is eligible for a nomination providing they have worked Southport hospital, Ormskirk hospital or other services the Trust provides over the past 12 months.

Nominations can be made from the Trust’s website or in writing to the Chief Executive at: Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Town Lane, Kew, Southport, PR8 6PN.

The Time to Awards will be presented at Formby Hall Golf Club and Spa on Friday 11th October.

 

 

 


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!

When

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

Where

Elbow Lane
Formby
Liverpool
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 www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk or www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk or by emailing mlcsu.involvement@nhs.net or calling 01782 872 506.

 


Menopause lounge 11 June

Menopause experts are offering locals the chance to drop in for another free advice session on June 11, at the May Logan Centre, Bootle.

Paula BriggsLed by Southport and Ormskirk hospitals consultant Dr Paula Briggs, the team will provide up to date information about treatment options, alternative strategies for coping and current drug trials.

Alongside Dr Briggs will be a specialist nurse and “expert patients”.  Small group discussions will be possible following a series of very brief presentations.  A recently published booklet, written by Dr. Briggs, will be given to all those who attend.  The booklet pulls together the latest advice for women experiencing the menopause.

Dr Briggs explains:

“We know that this can be a difficult time of life for women and their families.  Our recent research suggested that women are experiencing a serious impact up to 20 days each month.  A worrying 50 per cent said they tended to spend more time alone, and over 80 per cent were avoiding sex. This has a serious impact on relationships with 75 per cent admitting it has caused problems.

“Help is available, but many women wait years before seeking it out.  Here at Southport hospital we have a menopause clinic, which women from all over the region, not just Sefton, can attend with a GP referral.

“We hope that this event will help to provide women with the right information. Once they feel empowered, they can make good choices to ensure that they enjoy the best of health at this stage in life.”

Menopause Lounge takes place on Tuesday 11 June at 6pm at the May Logan Centre in Bootle. No booking required simply turn up on the day.