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Share your stories to promote positive mental health

sefton in mindSefton Council is preparing to launch this year’s 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign and is calling upon community groups, individuals and organisations in Sefton to get in touch and share stories about where and when they spend their time to find friendship and support.

Now in its third year, 30 Days of Sefton in Mind uses the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and World Mental Health Day (10 October) to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Sefton’s Year of Friendship will link in closely with this year’s theme for 30 Days of Sefton in Mind which will look to promote supportive communitiesand help people make new friends. This could be a 5 a-side football team, an LGBT support group or a gardening club. The Council wants to hear about any sports teams, coffee mornings, support groups and other activities that help bring people in Sefton together. 

To get involved in this year’s campaign tell the Council about your experience or groups and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil using the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind or alternatively email communications@sefton.gov.uk by Friday, 30 August.  Tell us about the group or activity, where and when it happens, how it helps and how to access it.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign continues to go from strength to strength and is an invaluable way for us to promote positive mental health in Sefton.

“Loneliness and social isolation is known to have a detrimental effect on mental health so by promoting groups and activities that bring Sefton residents together we hope that we can help people make new friends and feel less lonely especially during the Year of Friendship.”

Last year, the campaign celebrated the places in Sefton people went to promote their mental health. Submissions from residents were used to create Sefton’s Positive Mental Health Map that can be viewed online atwww.mysefton.co.uk/

The Council encouraged residents to share their favourite places in the borough for their mental health and these submissions helped to shape a positive mental health map that can be viewed online atwww.mysefton.co.uk/PositiveMentalHealthMap.  

The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service.

CCGs back Red Box Project

Over the past few months, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been busy collecting sanitary product donations for women who struggle to access them as part of the Red Box Project – Sefton.

 The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing local schools with red boxes filled with free period products.

 It was founded in March 2017 by three friends who became aware of ‘period poverty’ through news reports. They were angered that some young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.

 Mandy Smith, Sefton coordinator at Red Box Project – Sefton, set up the service in Sefton. The initiative then sent the department the materials needed to set up a donation point in the kitchen at the Sefton CCG building.

 Mandy said: “This is a great initiative to support our community, it felt like an opportunity not to be missed. We have collected a box full of period product donations for local schools and are proud to be supporting young people throughout their periods.

“No child should miss out on their education because they cannot afford period products.”

 Martin McDowell, deputy chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, added: “This is a fantastic initiative and I want to thank Mandy for getting us all involved.

“We are keen to help tackle health inequalities and to create a progressive, supportive environment which is why we got involved with the project, we hope it helps.”

To find out more about the Red Box Project and get involved, visit: www.redboxproject.org   

 

CCG makes good progress in annual assessment

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is amongst the best performing in the country in a number of its key areas of work, according to the latest assessment by health regulators.

NHS England’s annual Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF) assessment measures all CCGs against 58 performance indicators in areas ranging from leadership and sustainability, to cancer and dementia. Results provide a benchmark for CCGs, so they can understand where they are doing well and where they need to do more in the year ahead.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG ranked top in the country for improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT), with 64% of patients who finished treatment moving on to recovery. The CCG rated ‘outstanding’ for its work to identify people living with dementia, with 76% of the estimated number of people with the condition having a diagnosis.

The CCG also ranked top in the country for patients’ experience of cancer services and were ranked fifth in the country for cancer survival rates. Results also place the CCG tenth in the country for meeting the waiting time target of 18 weeks or less for patients being referred by their practice to having hospital treatment or surgery.

Results also reflected the work of GP practices in Southport and Formby, ranking them sixth highest in the country for patients’ good experience of their services and care.

Additionally, the CCG was awarded the highest rating for how well it engages local residents in its work, making it and neighbouring NHS South Sefton CCG the only two in Merseyside to receive the top ‘green star’ result.

Overall, the CCG maintained its ‘requires improvement’ status for the third year in a row, reflecting the hard work carried out by the CCG to secure good results across a number of areas amidst another testing year for the NHS commissioner. Whilst the CCG made progress in managing its budget, its ongoing financial positon remains challenging as demand for services continues to grow.   

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of the CCG, said: “Despite being rated as ‘requires improvement’, it is encouraging to have so many aspects of our work praised by NHS England and to see we are doing so well in many key areas of health for our residents.

“We will continue to build on these positives and look at those areas where we need to make quicker progress over the next 12 months, importantly ensuring that we continue to make improvements to our financial position.

“I want to thank all of our staff and member GP practices for the hard work they’re doing to face these challenges and deliver improvements in care for our patients.”

Key areas of improvement for the CCG include supporting the improvement of Better Health metrics for services such as diabetes, falls and antimicrobial resistance and Better Care metrics for services such as dementia, maternity, mental health and primary care.

You can see the full IAF results for all CCGs on the MyNHS section of the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk/service-search/Performance/Search

Sefton Council declares a Climate Change Emergency

Sefton Council has declared a ‘Climate Change Emergency’ to help protect future generations.

Councillors voted to approve the declaration at Southport Town Hall (Thursday, July 18) following a motion raised by Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance. 

A declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ was voted through which will see the council continue it’s hard work to reduce carbon emissions and aim to be a ‘net-zero’ local authority by 2030.

It is hoped that Sefton can adapt cleaner and greener alternatives for all of its energy usage over the next 11 years.

Cllr Lappin said: “Recent extreme weather events over several years have presented severe challenges to Sefton and the Met Office clearly states that these kind of extreme weather events are significantly more likely on a planet with human-caused climate change.

“The message is loud and clear: business as usual is no longer an option.

“This is now a time for action and we will work closely with our partners across the Liverpool City Region to make sure we do all we can to tackle climate change in our beautiful borough and the world.”

For more information about Sefton’s environmental protection work, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/environmental-protection

We want your views on Sefton’s 0-19 health service

Sefton Council has launched a public consultation to find out what residents think about the 0-19 years health services offered in the borough.

The consultation will allow Sefton’s Public Health Team to better understand the needs of Sefton’s residents, as it plans the future of the service. This includes gathering views on the health visiting service, the school nursing service and provides an opportunity to comment on the 0-19 health service in general.

The 0-19 team includes school nurses, health visitors, and nursery nurses who are available at a range of locations across the borough to support families and young people. They carry out health checks and provide immunisations for children and young people at home, family wellbeing centres, GP practices and in schools.

Parents and carers, young people and those who work alongside the service are encouraged to share their views about the current offer and suggest ways they think it could be done better.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We want to ensure that the 0-19 Health Service in Sefton is the best possible offer for our residents.

“This consultation is an opportunity for the council to better understand what our residents think of these services. Please take the time to get involved and have your say.”

The consultation can be completed online at https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk 

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