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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.


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