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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:

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

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 

‘Macmillan Mile’ walking events for people living with cancer return to Merseyside

Anyone affected by cancer is being invited to take part in a ‘Macmillan Mile’ walk which return to Merseyside next month to raise awareness of the charity’s local services.

Macmillan Cancer Support is staging two one-mile walks in Crosby and Birkenhead, which are completely free and open to all ages and abilities. The two evening events also aim to highlight the benefits of exercise before, during and after treatment for cancer.

People living with cancer are encouraged to bring along their carers, family and friends to walk, jog or run the route. And although the Macmillan Mile is not a fundraising event, people can still make donations to the fundraising team on the day.

Details of the Macmillan Mile events:

Tuesday, 9th July

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Crosby Coastal Park, Cambridge Road, Waterloo, L22 1RR

Starts at 6pm

Thursday,11th July

Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre, Park Drive, Birkenhead, CH41 8AU

Starts at 6pm

There will also be live music at both events, from SingMe Choir at Crosby and a band called Late Arrival at Birkenhead, refreshments provided by Asda and Macmillan Cancer Support information stalls.

And, at the Crosby event, 11-year-old Mac Mulvey, whose mum Tanya is the Macmillan Information and Support Centre Manager in Southport, will also ‘Brave the Shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Support. Mac, a pupil at St Luke’s Primary School in Formby, will undergo the ‘hair-raising’ challenge to try and raise vital funds for local people living with cancer.

Lucy Holmes, Macmillan Community Wellbeing Project Manager, who has organised the events, said: “Most walking or running events are for a minimum of 5k, which can be unachievable for most people going through cancer treatment, but also for those with other health and mobility conditions.

“The aim of the ‘Macmillan Mile’ is to give people a great sense of achievement of completing a challenge, especially when they have gone through the tough times of a cancer diagnosis. It also allows people living with cancer to keep active and feel part of something bigger than their illness.”

The first Macmillan Mile was held in Southport in 2017, which saw more than 200 people take part and raised over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year’s Macmillan Mile was held in Birkenhead and achieved similar figures.

Lucy added: “The Macmillan Mile events also aim to raise awareness of the fantastic support that’s available from Macmillan for people living with cancer right across Merseyside, not just in hospital or clinical settings but also in the local community. So why not come along to this family-friendly event and see for yourselves that whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.”

To book a place, or for further information, contact:

Or for information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit

School eco warriors quiz council experts on air quality

School children from five schools in south Sefton took on air quality experts at Southport Eco Centre on Wednesday (June 19).

The ‘Air Quality Meet the Experts’ event gave young people the opportunity to quiz a panel of senior managers and officers from Sefton Council.

The event built on previous work the Eco Centre has been doing with schools across Sefton to make sure that they are well informed about the causes and impacts of air pollution and what they can do to avoid it.

The expert panel included Matthew Ashton, Sefton’s Director of Public Health, Dr Stephen Birch, Transport Planning and Highway Development Manager, Stephanie Jukes, Section Manager for Energy & Environmental Management, Helen Armitage, Consultant in Public Health, Greg Martin, Principal Environmental Health Officer and Jean Hunt, Principal Highway Safety Officer.


They were put to the test by pupils from Bedford Primary School, Lander Road Primary School, Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Primary School, Thomas Gray Primary School and Waterloo Primary School.


The students grilled the experts on a range of topics that are important to them including Highways England’s plans to build a road though Rimrose Valley, the health impacts of air pollution and what needs to be done to promote more active travel.


The event coincided with the launch of the Eco Centre’s brand new ‘Clean Air Crew’ website which has been created as an interactive resource to educate young people about air quality. Visit the site at


Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It was a fantastic day for young people to learn about air pollution and the effect it has on their lives and their community.


“The efforts, interest and commitment that they put into the day has been truly phenomenal and I have no doubt that when they become the business leaders and politicians of the future, Sefton will be an even cleaner, greener and more beautiful place to live.”


Check out a video from the event here:



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