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Local health professionals have a brew on Blue Monday

Health leaders at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG encouraged their staff to take a break on Monday, January 20 for Brew Monday.

 Talking to someone about any subject, from the weather to that new TV programme everyone’s watching, can have a positive impact on the way you’re feeling. That’s why the staff at both CCGs took time out of their day to chat to each other over tea and cakes.

 Fiona Taylor, chief officer of the CCGs, said: “A lot of people struggle with their mental wellbeing at this time of year. Events like these are a great way to encourage people to take a break from their busy day and spend a few minutes looking after their mental health.

“It was good to see so many staff taking part in Brew Monday and turning what is often thought of as the most depressing day into a positive experience. Brew Monday is a brilliant way for people to connect over a warm cup of tea.”

 During the event, donations were collected for the local Samaritans group, a charity which supports people in emotional distress.

‘Brew Monday’ was originally launched by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust who host events across the region each year to raise awareness of their ‘zero suicides’ initiative, which is a commitment to eliminating suicide for all those in their care.

 If you are feeling anxious or depressed, you can contact Access Sefton for free NHS talking therapies for common mental health conditions. The service is available to anyone aged 16 and over and registered with a Sefton GP. For more information visit Access Sefton online at www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton or call 0300 303 2708.

 

Sefton residents invited to health commissioners’ meetings

Members of the public interested in local health issues are invited to the forthcoming governing body meetings of their local health commissioners.

 NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so that people can listen to the discussions and the decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums. 

 Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “I would highly encourage anyone that is interested in local health issues to attend. It’s a great way to find out about the work we’ve been doing over the past few months and what we have coming up.”

 Attendees have the opportunity to ask governing body members questions before the formal meeting begins.

 Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG added: “It’s really important to us that people in Sefton are involved in the work that we do and that’s why it’s always great to see members of the public in attendance.”

 NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s governing body will meet on Wednesday February 5 at 1pm at the Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH.

 NHS South Sefton CCG’s governing body will meet on Thursday February 6 at 1pm at Merton House, Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3DL in the 3rd floor boardroom.

Agendas and papers will be published on the CCGs’ websites in advance of the meetings:

 Anyone planning to attend either meeting is asked to call 0151 317 8456 to confirm their attendance and to advise about any communications or accessibility requirements they may have.

Take control of your health this New Year

After all the indulgence of the festive season, health professionals and Sefton Council are encouraging you get the New Year off to the right start by taking better control of your health.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are reminding you about the number of great resources available to people living in Sefton who are looking to make positive changes to their lifestyle.

Living Well Sefton enables people to make small changes to their lives that can have a big impact on their wellbeing. It offers individual and group support around a broad range of issues, from eating better and being more active, to managing debt.

Anne-Marie Morrison, Living Well Sefton assistant manager, explains: “Together with our partners we encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices including stopping smoking, learning healthy cooking, taking up new hobbies and meeting new friends.”

All Sefton residents are eligible and can self refer via the website or by calling 0300 323 0181.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer for NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It is a good idea to take a break from drinking during January. People tend to drink a lot more in the run up to Christmas due to all the get-togethers and Christmas parties. Even if you are staying within the recommended intake, drinking most days of the week – no matter how much – can have bad effects on your physical and mental health. 

“Persistent alcohol misuse can lead to heart disease, stroke, liver disease and liver cancer among other things. I would encourage you to take part in Dry January and start your New Year off on the right foot. The first few days will be hard, but it will get easier as you go along.” 

Visit the One You website for tips and guidance about drinking less and a range of lifestyle advice.

Sefton Council’s Smokefree Sefton service can also support people that are trying to stop smoking. The programme provides behavioural support combined with up to 12 weeks’ worth of products to help you quit smoking.

For more information on Smokefree Sefton visit the website.

 

Sefton’s adult social care service shortlisted for national award

Sefton’s Supported Living Service is a finalist in the Health and Social Care category at the 2020 LGC Awards.

The service has been shortlisted thanks to its innovative Individual Service Fund (ISF) Model which has given local people with learning disabilities more control over their own lives and a greater choice of how they’d like to receive their care.

The ISF model was developed by Sefton Council in partnership with NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG as a way to improve outcomes for people in need of complex care. This came as a result of a review undertaken by the Council, the CCGs and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust which explored how services that provided housing and support provisions for people with learning disabilities could be improved.

Sefton has been shortlisted out of a record number of 700 entries to this year’s LGC Awards which celebrate outstanding practice and cutting-edge innovations in Local Government.

Deborah Butcher, Sefton Council’s Interim Director for Adult Social Care, said: “The ISF Model has really revolutionised how we offer care to people with learning disabilities in Sefton. This will enable more people to live better lives for longer and give them greater control over how they’d like to be supported.”

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is a brilliant example of the power of partnership work and I am delighted that it has been recognised on a national level.”

Fiona Taylor, chief officer for both CCGs in Sefton, said: “We’ve designed this pioneering model of care together with the people with learning disabilities who are supported by it and their advocates, so it’s fantastic that our partnership has been nominated for such a prestigious award.”

Nick Golding, LGC Editor, said: “The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation helps provide the best services for residents, despite local government facing ongoing financial constraint.

“The officers and councillors of shortlisted councils deserve enormous credit for thinking of new ways to deliver the best services, ensuring vital services thrive, benefiting everyone who uses them.”

Find the complete shortlist list here: https://awards.lgcplus.com

Meet new friends at a special Tea Dance, and get hot tips on keeping warm this winter

Residents across Sefton are invited to come along to an event where they can get advice on keeping warm and healthy in their homes, meet new friends and take part in some fun activities.

The ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ Tea Dance will be held in The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport on Nov 25, 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

The Council have organised the information open day in partnership with Sefton OPERA (an older persons charity), with funding from National Energy Action (NEA). There will be stalls from a variety of other local organisations including welfare rights and Merseyside Fire & Rescue, as well as activities such as chair based exercises.

Fuel poverty is a growing concern, as it contributes to excess winter deaths and has a negative impact on both physical and mental health conditions. Thus, increasing the strain on the NHS and social services. It is a particular concern in Sefton due to a high level of hard to treat properties, an ageing population and high levels of unemployment and ill health.   

Christina Chislett, Sustainability Officer for Sefton Council said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is so important to us. We urge people to come along and gain some valuable advice on keeping warm and well at home, especially over the winter months.”

Adam Scorer at National Energy Action said: “It is a tragedy that so many people die or suffer the health impacts of living in a cold home when they are largely preventable. This is why NEA committed to provide funding to so many different organisations across the country. We anticipate that the funding will make it possible for Sefton Council and Sefton OPERA to provide much needed support for residents within the local area”.

If you need advice but can’t make the event, please call the Affordable Warmth Team on 0151 934 2222.

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