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Sefton supports businesses – any size, any sector!

Business growth and investment plans were the topics of conversation as Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, Cllr Marion Atkinson, visited two Southport businesses.

The visits were set up by InvestSefton – Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service who have helped both businesses through their ERDF Business Growth programme.

First up was a visit to Glennray House to meet co-directors Ray Warburton and Glenn Critchley, who have totally revamped a Victorian property in Alexandra Road into a 7-bedroomed B&B.

In its first year of trading, they have already received a Booking.com Gold Accommodation award of 9.7 to 10, an Excellence award from TripAdvisor and invitation and membership of Britain’s finest collection of luxury hotels and B&Bs. InvestSefton has supported the business since its inception and the business now trades on a range of social media and through its own website.

The group then visited Adaptive Communications Solutions – an owner-managed Telecoms IT and web solutions provider business based in Hoghton Street. The company was set up by Managing Director James Brayshaw in 2003 with the aim of creating a reliable telecoms company that focuses on building long term relationships with customers, offering a high-quality service.

The company has grown with a loyal workforce of 25 people and have accrued a wide range of accreditations, qualifications and awards.

InvestSefton has supported the business on its growth journey and more recently James Brayshaw worked with the team by using his expertise to facilitate a number of highly acclaimed b2b events attended by some 200 businesses, helping them to prepare for GDPR.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Once again it was great to see two growing and successful ventures from two ends of the Southport business spectrum that support our own objectives for the local economy and both with a focus on customer quality. For Glennray House, they have gone to great lengths of time and investment to completely restore a beautiful Victorian property to further enhance the Southport visitor offer; I am delighted InvestSefton has been able to lend its support.

“Adaptive Communications Solutions are at the forefront of a growing and highly competitive Telecoms IT and web support market and I have been particularly impressed by the company’s continuing commitment to its staff in terms of their development and wellbeing; again it was good to see that InvestSefton has developed a good relationship with James and his team and in turn they have used their expertise to support other Sefton businesses.”

Ray Warburton of Glennray House, said: “This is the culmination of more than two years hard work and investment and InvestSefton has been with us every step of the way offering support and advice. The online comments we have received have been overwhelming and we are looking forward to grow the business further ”

James Brayshaw of Adaptive Communications Solutions Ltd, added: “I have always passionately believed in looking after your employees. I believe that if you look after people they will look after you. We take customer services very seriously indeed and will always go the extra mile for people. This has led to our fantastic staff and customer retention rates and ultimately been the bedrock of our growth.
“I have enjoyed working with the team at Invest Sefton, their local knowledge has assisted me with networking and development. I would highly recommend speaking to them to see how they can help you

Have your say on Sefton health policies review

Sefton residents are being asked for views about a number of local health policies, being reviewed to make sure NHS resources are used on the most effective treatments.

NHS South Sefton (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with Halton, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs to review a group of policies for procedures and treatments that are known as Criteria Based Clinical Treatments (CBCT).  These are routine procedures that are known to have medical benefit only in very specific situations, or for a small number of people.

This is the third phase of the review, which aims to keep NHS care up to date with the latest national clinical guidelines, methods and technology, whilst also making the best use of NHS resources.

The policies that Sefton residents are being asked to provide views on in this latest phase are:

  • Continuous glucose monitoring systems
  • Cough assist devices
  • Insulin pumps
  • Secondary care administered peripheral joint injections
  • Surgery for prostatism or lower urinary tract infections
  • Transanal irrigation

At the same time, the CCGs are letting people know about updates to their policy for Botulinum toxin treatments, bringing it in line with national guidance from NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It is right that we regularly review the services we commission to ensure that we’re providing the most effective treatments that make the best use of our limited NHS resources.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “This review of policies is about looking at the latest guidelines, treatments, methods and technologies and where there is very little or no evidence of effectiveness, there is no benefit in offering them to patients.

Craig added: “Any procedure comes with risk, so it’s important patients are offered those with the maximum clinical or functional benefit, not for cosmetic or psychological reasons. As clinicians we will explore other, more suitable treatments for patients with these types of needs.”

The information gathered will be used to help develop new or revised polices.

No final decisions have been made at this stage and it is important that as many people as possible give their views to help shape local NHS policies for the future.  Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an Individual Funding Request (IFR) where appropriate.

More details on proposed changes to the policies being reviewed along with a survey, open until 7 July 2019, can be found on each CCG’s website www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk or www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk or by emailing mlcsu.involvement@nhs.net or calling 01782 872 506.

Health and wellbeing event to help those affected by cancer

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre will be holding its first ‘Health and Wellbeing event’ of the year on Thursday 14th March at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport and anyone who has been affected by cancer, whether directly or through supporting someone is invited to come along.

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

On the day there will be lots of information stalls for people to visit and access support from cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations. There will be a talk at 3.15pm by Kate Wilson from Access Sefton about talking therapies and emotional wellbeing.

There will also be a mindful movement taster session at the event, Boots mini pamper sessions and hand massages by Sefton OPERA throughout the afternoon.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said: “These events are ideal for people to come along and meet others who have had a similar experience. It is always useful to share and the hope is that there may be an activity or group out there that suits an individual’s needs, so you might go away with an idea of what we can help you with. It’s a friendly and informative event and everyone is very welcome.”

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Partnership Quality Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside, said: “We saw over 150 people at the last event and we hope to see even more this time, they are always a great success and the more people we can support the better.

“The feedback we get is that people enjoy meeting others they can chat to, whether that be other patients, clinical nurse specialists or someone from a support group. Many people who come to the centre or one of our events have joined one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group, which they feel is another good way to meet others and get out and about during or after treatment.”

Elaine Deeming, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said: “We’re delighted to continue to build on the success of previous health and well-being clinics. The events provide access to the wide range of services available locally in one venue, making it easier for our attendees.”

The Health and Wellbeing events aim to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.

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.

The events are friendly and educational with the opportunity for visitors to chat to cancer nurse specialists, key organisations and support groups. The Macmillan Singing Group will also be performing on arrival, to welcome people to the event.

You can watch a video from the last event here: https://youtu.be/jr4d9S3xRy4

The Health and Wellbeing events are 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

Ping Pong Parlour launches in Bootle Strand Shopping Centre

Visitors to Bootle Strand Shopping Centre will soon be able to enjoy free ping pong in between their shopping sprees.

A pop up Ping Pong Parlour, set up by Active Sefton in conjunction with Table Tennis England and Bootle Strand, will officially open on Wednesday February 13 for all to enjoy.

The parlour can be found on the shopping centre’s Palatine level and will be open during normal shopping hours and Active Sefton’ experts will also be running free coaching sessions throughout the year.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is a fantastic and exciting addition to The Strand and we encourage everyone to drop in to play on one of the two table tennis tables we have.

“Simply grab a bat and play – absolutely free of charge!

“Through our incredible Active Sefton offer we have teamed up with Table Tennis England, the sport’s national governing body, as well as Bootle Strand Shopping Centre to offer this innovative and fun free service.

“The Ping Pong Parlour reiterates our continuing commitment to inspire our residents and communities to be active, healthy and happy.”

Rowland Parry, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre’s manager, added: “We are delighted to welcome The Ping Pong Parlour to The Strand and hope our shoppers will use the facility to engage in some table tennis fun.”

To find out more about the Bootle Strand Ping Pong Parlour or for more information on all that the shopping centre has to offer, visit www.strandshoppingcentre.com.

Volunteers needed to help launch Bootle junior park run

The race has begun to find community volunteers to help launch a junior parkrun in Bootle.

Junior parkrun is a series of 2km events aimed at young people aged 4-14, held in open space and are free, safe and easy to take part every Sunday at 9am.

Active Sefton, in partnership with Parkrun UK, want to launch a regular junior parkrun session at Derby Park.

If you’re interested in sports or youth volunteering this could be a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference in your local area.

Budding volunteers are invited to a community meeting at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road on Tuesday February 5, from 7pm.

If you’re interested and would like information, please get in touch with lesley.neary@parkrun.com

To find out more about parkrun UK visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

 

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