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Issue:17/18 March 2010
leaders pledge faster, better healthcare
organisations across north Sefton and West Lancashire have unveiled
proposals to ensure that local people benefit from faster, better
health care. NHS Central Lancashire, NHS Sefton and Southport
and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have agreed in principle to create a
new organisation which will see real partnership and the bringing
together of services from primary care and hospital that are
A number of options
have been considered, and local NHS leaders believe that the
creation of an integrated care organisation (ICO) is the way
forward. They see the proposed ICO as an opportunity to improve
patients' experience of health services and, where appropriate,
offer treatment closer to home or in the home. A programme of
detailed discussions and engagement with NHS staff, stakeholders,
patients and the public is being planned before a final decision is
The initial proposals are supported by clinical leaders.
Dr Geraldine Boocock, medical director at Southport and Ormskirk
Hospital NHS Trust, said:- "We believe that creating an
integrated care organisation will give people better continuity of
care, as clinical teams will work between the hospital and the
community. Organisational barriers will be removed, so
patients will get faster access to treatment. And we will be able to
focus together on some of the serious health problems that people in
our area live with, such as diabetes and heart disease."
Staff too will benefit from sharing established good practice from
one area to another. A number of new career pathways and job roles
are anticipated as new ways are developed to meet patients' needs.
The next step is for initial proposals to be submitted to NHS North
West, the regional strategic health authority, by Friday 12 March,
2010. If there is approval in principle, a period of discussion and
engagement with NHS staff, stakeholders, patients and the public
will begin, before a final decision is made.
In a joint statement, the chief executives of the three trusts, Joe
Rafferty (NHS Central Lancashire), Leigh Griffin (NHS Sefton) and
Jonathan Parry (Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust) said:- "This is an exciting development aimed at creating a more
seamless, productive and efficient service that ensures financial
resources continue to be targeted at patients. We are planning
to create an organisation that is large enough to stand on its own,
and provide high quality local services."
ballot box virgins cast their vote
THE 3 E’s will
determine the vote for Britain’s first timers according to a new
poll. Research by independent education foundation Edge
reveals education is an important election issue for the country’s
18-22 year olds, followed by employment, the economy and health and
Reflecting widely-held concerns in the current recession, 44% of
young people say they believe education is more important now than
it was at the last election. Fresh out of school themselves,
38% say they don’t think education in this country works well. If
they were in charge, various changes would be made - 78% would
introduce more practical and vocational learning, 74% increased
work-based options, and 71% a broader curriculum.
The findings by Edge are revealed ahead of the launch of the first
ever election broadcast generated completely by the public at the
House of Commons on Tuesday 16 March. The broadcast gives the
public, including young people, a voice on the changes they would
like make to the education system including more practical and
vocational learning. 74% of first time voters say the
government should ensure there are enough university places to
accommodate the number of people who want to go to there.
As far as Britain’s virgin voters are concerned, Labour and
Conservative are neck and neck both scoring 16% on who has the best
education policy. Perhaps more telling is that 43% of young people
don't know if there are significant differences in the main parties'
education policies, suggesting that the parties are failing to get
their messages across to first-time voters.
Chairman of Edge, Lord Baker, commented:- “Edge has provided a
platform for the public to have their say via all methods of
communication from Twitter to video messages. The outcome is the
first ever election broadcast generated completely by the public.
The time is right for the next Government to make sure the current
system helps all young people realise their individual talents. They
must be able to recognise the many paths to success that come from a
high quality education combining academic, practical and vocational
Edge is inviting the general public teachers, parents and young
people, to watch the broadcast ahead of this year’s general election
to have their say.
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