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Macmillan event to focus on wellbeing

People affected by cancer are invited to find out more about the range of support available to them on Thursday 1 November. The regular event in Southport takes a slightly different focus this time with the emphasis being on wellbeing and feeling better about yourself despite everything that you are going through.

The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding a Health and Wellbeing event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport from 2pm – 4.30pm.

Cancer can cause changes to people’s appearance that can be hard to cope with affecting how they see themselves and how they feel about their body. The centre has asked some of its service users to demonstrate some examples of how people can dress to feel more confident about how they look. 

For this event only, they have also invited companies that sell organic cosmetics and wigs to give people an idea of the products that are available. To make the afternoon even more enjoyable there will be a caricaturist and a table magician. 

On the day, as always, there will be lots of information stalls for people to visit and you will have the chance to speak with cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations. Volunteers from Sefton OPERA have also been welcomed back to offer complimentary therapies.

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Community Navigator Manager at Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre said: “Following feedback from previous events we wanted to try something a little bit different this time.  

“From our experience of some of the things we do at the centre like our Boots No7 Pamper sessions, yoga and support groups, people appreciate finding ways to feel good about themselves even when they are going through difficult times.  We wanted to try and translate this into a Health & Wellbeing Event that appeals to all ages.”

Sarah McGrath, planned care lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “This regular event aims to help people affected by cancer as well as their friends and families. We think it’s important to show them the different types of support on hand. This time is slightly different with the focus on wellbeing and appearance to boost confidence and I do hope that it helps those who need that help and support.”  

The first 100 people to register before the event will get a goody bag on the day containing some lovely products donated to the centre around the theme of wellbeing.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event. It is free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk.

Introducing Sefton’s positive mental health map!

A map of Sefton that highlights the best places in the borough to promote positive mental wellbeing has been launched by Sefton Council to conclude its 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign.

Now in its second year, the campaign uses the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10) to promote positive mental wellbeing across the borough.

This year, the Council encouraged residents to share their favourite places in the borough for their mental health and these submissions have helped to shape the positive mental health map. The campaign has been a huge success and has reached up to 250,000 people on Twitter and had the backing of Sefton’s own football legend Jamie Carragher.

Residents have used the past 30 days to tell inspiring stories of the places in the borough that have helped them in their times of need including various spots along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Southport’s Marine Lake and of course various locations across the Sefton Coast.

The map also features services available in borough to those who need additional support including Access Sefton, Ambition Sefton and the Life Rooms in Southport.

The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Living Well Sefton, 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.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I hope that the positive mental health map will encourage people to get out and about across the borough and visit places on the map that have helped other residents.

“Unfortunately, social isolation and depression often come hand in hand so I’d like to think that over the past 30 days we have managed to reach people across the borough and made them aware of the services that are available to them and the places that they can go to feel better.”

To view the positive mental health map visit www.mysefton.co.uk/PositiveMentalHealthMap

Young Liverpool City Region boxers fly to Louisville as part of Cultural Exchange

Metro Mayor Boxing

A group of six young boxers, representing all six of the local authorities which make up the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, are jetting off to Louisville today, as part of the next stage of a sporting and musical exchange between the Liverpool City Region and Louisville, Kentucky.

 The exchange celebrates and strengthens cultural links between the Liverpool City Region and Louisville, Kentucky, exemplified by the iconic photograph of The Beatles meeting Muhammad Ali on 18 February 1964.

 In the first part of the exchange, Carly Johnson, an up and coming singer from Louisville, travelled to the Liverpool City Region to play gigs at the legendary Cavern Club and the influential Liverpool Sound City festival.

 Now, the young boxers, aged between 15 and 17,  will travel to Louisville to train at the TKO gym and visit the Muhammad Ali Centre, whose mission is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.

 Talking about the exchange, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “In The Beatles and Muhammad Ali, Liverpool City Region and Louisville produced two of the biggest cultural icons of the 20th century.

“More than half a century on from the famous photo that brought these icons together, we are determined to build on those links to create a strong cultural and sporting partnership that will bring our two regions together, paving the way for future cultural and commercial collaborations.”

 Greg Fischer Mayor, Louisville Metro Region, said: “This exchange builds on the Transatlantic connection that Louisville and Liverpool established through the meeting of world-changing artists and a barrier-breaking athlete.

“The Champ and the Fab Four were committed to making the world a better, more compassionate place —  a common bond that’s always worth celebrating.”

 The young boxers have been brought together by the Amateur Boxing Association, which will also provide two coaches to lead the Liverpool City Region team.  

 Paul King, of the Merseyside and Cheshire Amateur Boxing Association, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these talented young boxers as they represent the Liverpool City Region.  They are really excited at the prospect of training in Ali’s home town and visiting the Muhammad Ali Centre, as well as going into local schools to meet young people from Louisville.  In addition to the benefits to the individual young people, this sort of exchange will also help to build bonds between our two areas.”

People in Sefton now have access to primary care services 7 days a week

New services have launched this week to offer a range of routine, pre-bookable, appointments with GPs, practice nurses and medical specialists outside of your surgery’s normal hours.

These new services will increase Sefton residents’ options for booking a non urgent GP appointment on weekday evenings as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

In addition, people will be able to book appointments with a range of other healthcare professionals working as part of these teams. 

Fiona Taylor, chief officer of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “We know that access to appointments can be an issue for some patients, particularly those who have weekday commitments during regular practice opening hours.

“Now, thanks to these two new services, we can improve access to general practice by offering more flexibility and a wider choice of appointment times into the evening and at weekends.

“This isn’t just about getting to see a GP when you need to, it’s about seeing the right health professional, providing the right care, in the right place at and the right time.”

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have appointed the borough’s two GP federations to provide the extended access services.

The two GP federations, Southport and Formby Health and South Sefton Primary Health Care are run by doctors and invite all practices in their local areas to be members.  In Southport, the federation already runs a very successful community cardiology service.

Dr Gustavo Berni from South Sefton Primary Health Care and local GP, said: “Being able to book an appointment is something we know can be hard for people to do, especially for those in work when surgeries are open.

“Now, people can book an evening or weekend appointment with the new service through their regular GP practice.”

Dr Abdul Zubairu, medical director at Southport and Formby Health Ltd, said: “We’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to get ready for these new services.

“Although you may not see your usual GP, be assured the clinician you see will have access to your health records with your consent, so will know all about you and the best way to treat you.”

The Southport and Formby service will operate out of the same building as the existing Family Surgery GP Practice at 107 Liverpool Road in Southport.

Litherland Town Hall Health Centre on Hatton Hill Road will be the base in south Sefton.

GP Extended Access Fact File

When and where will appointments be available?

Southport and Formby: Mon to Fri, 5pm – 8pm and Sat & Sun, 9 – 12pm at 107 Liverpool Rd, Birkdale, PR8 4DB

South Sefton: Mon to Fri, 5pm – 8pm and Sat & Sun, 10am – 1pm at Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JL

How will patients access these services?

All patients registered with a Sefton GP will be able to book appointments with their local extended access service via their own practice.

Anyone contacting NHS 111 who may be appropriately seen by the extended GP access service will also be offered an appointment by the call handler.

Are there things the new services won’t offer?

These are not ‘list based’ services, so patients cannot register with them like a regular GP practice.  It is therefore not intended to offer all services that you would expect from a traditional GP practice.

Whilst the services will prescribe any medicines that patients’ need as a result of their appointment, they will not be able to issue repeat prescriptions.  This remains the responsibility of the GP practice the patient is registered with.

Sefton Corporate Learning Centre launches e-learning programmes

Sefton Corporate Learning Centre (CLC) has launched brand new e-learning packages that are open to the public for the first time.

The CLC has offered classroom based learning to individuals and businesses for several years but has now decided to extend its online learning opportunities further afield.

Courses in ‘Autism Awareness’ and ‘Private Fostering’ can be completed online at a cost of £20 for an individual or £15 for more than 10 individuals from the same organisation.

Part of Sefton Council’s learning and development portfolio, the Ainsdale-based centre has previously only provided e-learning to Sefton Council staff. These new online packages mark a significant move towards making learning accessible to more people both in Sefton and further afield.

‘Autism Awareness’ intends to provide a basic understanding of autistic spectrum disorders and ‘Private Fostering’ will help learners to know more about situations where children are looked after in a ‘private’ arrangement by someone who is not a close relative.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills and Regeneration, said: “E-learning is an excellent way to extend your knowledge in a way that it right for you. The course can be completed at your own pace within an environment that it most suitable for you or your organisation.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for organisations to create a highly skilled workforce with up to date skills and knowledge at a low cost and with little disruption to workplace.”

To find out more about Sefton CLC and the courses on offer visit www.seftonclc.co.uk

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