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Consultation on Sefton Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board are required by law to produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) every three years, and to make sure that it is available for comments on before it is finalised and published.

The pharmaceutical needs assessment describes pharmacy provision in Sefton together with when and where these are available.  NHS England also uses the PNA when considering applications to open a new pharmacy, move an existing pharmacy or commission additional services from a pharmacy.

The key outcomes for this consultation are:

  • To encourage constructive feedback from a variety of stakeholders and professional bodies.
  • To ensure that residents and professionals provide opinions and views of what is contained within the PNA.

The draft PNA can be found by accessing this link on Sefton Council’s website.  If you require a paper version of the PNA, please contact Steve Gowland on 0151 934 3070.

To comment and feedback there is also a short response form to complete which can be via this link.  Alternatively you can respond formally in writing to the above return address using this form.

All feedback will be considered and the PNA steering group will decide on behalf of the HWB which sections of the PNA need amending.  A consultation report will be included within the final PNA document.

This will provide an overview of the feedback received and set out how comments have been acted upon.  An updated PNA including the consultation process and responses will be presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board in March for final publication from April 2018.

The closing date for this consultation period is 18th January 2018

Cabinet agrees not to create three Family Wellbeing Centres following community feedback

Sefton Council’s Cabinet has agreed not to create three Family Wellbeing Centres after listening to community feedback from a recent consultation exercise.

They have agreed to a more joined up approach for the whole family covering ages from pre-birth to 19 year olds, which will complement the work Sefton Council is doing to transform the way it provides early intervention and prevention services.

The recommendations, which were agreed at Cabinet on December 7, are subject to a five-day call in period.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said:

“Due to significant reductions in Government funding over the last few years, the Council has had to make some really tough decisions, but we always try to make these with our communities at the heart.

“This consultation has been a very difficult, emotive piece of work and we have spent a lot of time listening to our communities. As a result we have changed our proposals because of their feedback and all existing Children’s Centres are to remain open. This decision clearly shows that what our communities say do matter to us.”

More than 1,600 people gave their views during the consultation and the Council held 15 public engagement events. While the majority were in favour of a more joined up approach for 0 to19 year olds, they were not in favour of having three main centres.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, added:

“Sefton has an excellent track record for consulting with our communities and this is a great example of this work.

“All along we have been clear that we would listen to people’s views and we have truly listened. As a result of this valuable feedback, we are changing our plans, which will allow us to be more joined up and make the most of the money that we have available to ensure support for those most in need. It will complement the work we’re doing to transform the way we provide early intervention and prevention services.”

In order to retain the centres within their current bases and to keep within the available budget, the Council acknowledges it will not be possible to provide the same level of activity within the centres. As a result, funding to the children’s and family centres going forward will change. It means that the allocated monies will be prioritised on providing services that support parents, carers and all children regardless of age. Report details are on the Sefton Council website.

The Council will work closely with schools on the impact of the funding changes, as there would also be likely implications for employees of both the Council and those employed by schools.

The next step of this process is to begin to engage with service users, staff and partners on what a new 0-19 offer will look like.

Alcohol consumption PSPO consultation

Sefton Council is asking for residents’ views on as part of a consultation on Public Spaces Protection Order to prevent the consumption of alcohol in designated areas.

The current Bye Law restricts alcohol in four geographical areas across Sefton and we would like to know if you think the areas should still be covered under the Public Spaces Protection Order and whether the areas should be extended or reduced?

Sefton Council has had a Bye Law in place since 2003, which prohibits drinking alcohol in public places.

Since being in place, the Law surrounding Anti-Social behaviour has changed under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

This means that as of the 20th October 2017, the current Bye Law will automatically become a Public Spaces Protection Order.

When a Bye Law becomes a Public Spaces Protection Order, this will give officers of Sefton Council and Police Officers the powers to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice to those drinking alcohol in public spaces, once they have been given a warning.

To take part or to find out more information about the consultation, click here.


Family Wellbeing Centre Engagement Sessions

Local families can meet Sefton Council face-to-face to have their say on a consultation currently underway.

Families can directly discuss the proposal to have three integrated family and children centre bases called Family Wellbeing Centres for children and young people aged 0 to 19 and their families.

The consultation runs until November 17 and the proposed change does not include the closure of any of the centres.

The change is part of a move to make sure that children and young people aged 0-19 years can find the right support, for the right issue at the right time. 

There will be a number of consultation engagement sessions taking place across the borough, with some attended by Dwayne Johnson, Director of Social Care and Health at Sefton Council.

  • Netherton Children’s Centre and Family Centre is hosting briefings every Wednesday from 9.30am-11.30am and every Thursday from 12.45pm-2.45pm. Dwayne Johnson will be present on Friday, 20 October, from 10.15am-11.15am
  • Dwayne will also be attending Litherland Children’s Centre on 18 October, from 11am-12noon and Linaker Children’s Centre in Southport on 6 November, from 9am-10.30am
  • He will be at Seaforth Children’s Centre from 9am-10am on 20 October, Waterloo Children’s Centre from 10.30am-11.30am on 27 October, Freshfield Children’s Centre from noon-1pm on 1 November, Springwell Park Children’s Centre on Friday 3 November at 2.30pm and Cambridge Children’s Centre from 1pm-2pm on 7 November.                       

Anyone interested in the future of Family Wellbeing Centres across the borough is asked to attend the informal briefings and get involved in the consultation.

To take part in the consultation, please visit the sefton council website or go directly to a Children’s and Family Centre, a Sefton library or leisure centre where paper copies can be filled in and shared with us. 

Feedback from this consultation will be considered by Cabinet in December 2017.

Give your views on Family Well Being Centres

Sefton Council is looking at new ways in how people access information, advice, activities and receive support for children and their families.

An 8-week consultation, which launched today (25 September) looks at merging Children’s Centres and Family Centres across the borough.

There are currently 10 Children’s Centres throughout Sefton offering a range of family services to parents, prospective parents and young children.

There are also four Family Centres, two of which are co-located with Children’s Centres, which offer early help services and targeted support to families.

Sefton Council is proposing changes to how services are provided to local children and their families by remodelling its Family and Children’s Centres by merging them together.

The consultation considers different ways to make sure families who use the services get the right support for the right issue at the right time by creating 0-19 Family Wellbeing service centres. Similar models have been adopted across the country.

Proposals being considered are to redesign and potentially relocate a centre with the creation of three main Family and Wellbeing Centres across the borough (merged Family and Children’s Centres) with additional delivery points. Some of these delivery points will be where existing Family and Children’s Centres are currently located.

The proposals have been discussed with centre managers and school headteachers from the Centres and now a formal public consultation is set to start.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “It is imperative that children in Sefton have the best possible start in life and we want to make sure this happens.

“We also have a legal duty to ensure the sufficient provision of Children’s Centres to meet the support needs of all local parents and carers, prospective parents and children from 0-19.

“This will not change but we need to target services towards those that need them most and where they are needed most.

“Our communities have told us in the past of the need to co-locate and how we need to make services available to those most in need.

“A decision to look at Children’s and Family Centres was agreed in the budget as part of our locality working and the consultation follows extensive research into similar successful models across the country.

“The consultation closes on November 17 so please take the time to give us your views and ideas to help shape how services can look in the future.”

To get involved, visit the online consultation and complete the short survey.

Once collated, Cabinet should be in a position to consider the consultation response in December, 2017.

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