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Date:- 16 April 2007

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Trust ready for next group of "Chrysalis" students

THE Chrysalis project, a unique partnership between Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and MANCAT, helps people obtain experience of working in the NHS through tailor-made placements at the Trust. The placements which are in a wide variety of clinical and administrative areas, provide students with a valuable insight into the complexity of NHS provision and enable them to become part of the 'team' playing an active role in the delivery of treatment to patients.

The new group of students will be joining the Trust on Wednesday 18 April 2007 for their two-week placement. They will be working in a variety of departments within the hospitals including orthodontics, pharmacy, the medical day unit, and several of the wards.

This is the third group of students who have worked at the Trust in the last few months, with the last ones being here only last month, and previous students have all said they have found it a very worthwhile experience. As one student said:- "I cannot describe in words how much I appreciate it [the placement]. I had a great time and it has helped me so much". And another added:- "I think it is a perfect opportunity for students like us who have never had the experience to work in the NHS.... It has made a very drastic improvement to me personally."

Several have now gone on to gain places at local universities to study different medical disciplines including pharmacology and dentistry.

Sharon Partington, Director of Human Resources at the Trust commenting about the project said:- "The main aim of the Chrysalis project is to offer help to socially excluded groups within society, such as the long-term unemployed, single parents, immigrants and the homeless. The initial stages of the project have focused on oversees students but as experience grows the diversity of the groups will also expand.

Students undergo a rigorous selection procedure and receive dedicated pre-placement preparation through a series of workshops that ready them for work in the NHS.

Eventually, it is planned that through a regional and national network of partner Trusts and other employers that Chrysalis will be able to offer successful students a guaranteed job and a foot on the skills escalator.

There is no payment for students on the placements but they gain a very valuable experience of working (not shadowing) alongside NHS staff in a Trust rated as one of the best acute Trust's in the country. Successful students are also awarded a coveted certificate of participation that acts as a quality reference from an NHS employer which gives students a big advantage when seeking work in healthcare."


MERSEYSIDE Police have released CCTV pictures of youths they would like to speak to in connection with an assault in Liverpool City Centre.

At about 4.25pm on Saturday 17 March 2007 a 21 year old pregnant woman was near to McDonalds, in the food court, at the St. Johns Shopping Centre. It is believed that a girl wearing a red t-shirt, pushed the pregnant woman who was standing in the queue. She threw ice cream at her, hitting her on the head.

The victim turned to confront the offender and was then pushed to the ground. A group of male and female youths who were believed to be with the offender kicked and punched the victim.

The four girls, shown in the CCTV picture are then believed to have left the scene, heading in the direction of Elliott Street. They then left the city on the number 86 bus. They got off the bus near to the Smithdown Road ASDA store.

The victim received bruising, but wasn't seriously injured, she was however left shocked by the incident.

It is believed that the main offender is about 15 years old.

Anyone who can identify the girls in the CCTV or who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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