know-how helping put patients first
trust is drawing on world-class know-how to improve care for
patients and help keep health services local.
Four US healthcare organisations are informing thinking at Southport
and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust which became responsible for many
adult health care services in north Sefton and West Lancashire
earlier this month.
“US patients may have to pay for their health care but the practical
ways their hospitals provide care hold valuable lessons for us.”
said Sheilah Finnegan, the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer.
Sheilah Finnegan was one of 3 Trust staff who made a study tour of
the not-for-profit organisations in the US state of Colorado in late
“These organisations deliver care both inside and outside hospital –
exactly the kind of organisation we became earlier this month. It is
essential we draw on the very best knowledge and experience to
deliver the outstanding patient care local people expect and
deserve. This will also help preserve the range of local services
our community benefits from now.” said Sheilah.
The 4 organisations visited by the Trust specialised in inpatient
care; outpatient care; day care and community care; and medical
management. Sheilah said that:- “We were particularly
interested in how they involve patients in the planning of their
care, so there is a seamless relationship with health professionals.
This is particularly valuable for patients with long-term health
conditions or chronic illness which is a big issue for our Trust.”
Sheilah expects to see lessons from the study tour being put into
practice within the next few months. For example, patients who are
ready for discharge from hospital should start receiving improved
follow-up care within the community to reduce the risk of them
returning to hospital.
Join Vikings On Dual Registration
Vikings announced that two Wigan Warriors youngsters, Logan Tomkins
and Dom Crosby have joined the club on Dual Registration contracts.
This allows the players to play for either Wigan Warriors or Widnes
Vikings combined with training at both clubs. It’s a system that has
worked well for the Vikings over the past couple of seasons with
players gaining valuable experience at a tougher level of
competition before returning and playing first grade for their
parent club. The players will spend the early part of the week with
Wigan continuing their physical training programme before training
with Widnes at the end of the week doing ball work. Wigan Warriors’
Rugby Manager Kris Radlinski said:- “We are very comfortable
with the environment that Widnes provides and know that our players
will be in the good hands of Denis Betts and Mick Cassidy. Every
party benefits out of the arrangement with the players getting
tougher rugby which is good for them and the Wigan Club and Widnes
are getting quality youngsters with an abundance of enthusiasm.”
Widnes Vikings’ Director of Rugby Paul Cullen added:-
“It’s now a proven system that works for both parties. Super
League is now awash with young talented, exciting players such as
Liam Farrell, Stefan Marsh, Jermaine McGilvray and Matty Bylthe, who
all played at Championship level in 2010. We feel we need to react
to three very poor performances, player availability and injuries
currently affecting our three squads.”
Graduate entrepreneurs given just the ticket to boost their business
presence in the region
Northwest centres for innovation have joined forces to help young
entrepreneurs expand their wings across the region.
Today sees the launch of the 'Graduate i-pass', a new
initiative created by Liverpool Science Park, Manchester
Metropolitan University's business incubator Innospace and the
University of Chester's new Riverside Innovation Centre, to allow
their graduate and start-up tenants to access facilities across the
A reciprocal agreement has been drawn up between the three
organisations setting out the offering, which includes guest day
passes, free wireless connection, use of communal facilities and the
option to book meeting rooms.
Chris Musson, CEO of the award-winning Liverpool Science Park, based
on Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, said:- "We are delighted to
unveil the Graduate i-pass. Each of our organisations share a
deep-rooted commitment to supporting the brightest and best talent
starting out in business and this scheme is about giving a helping
hand to those ambitious young firms working hard to establish a
presence across the Northwest. Not only does this initiative provide
professional bases across multiple premises, but opens up access to
our vibrant communities of like-minded knowledge-based companies."
Ian Jamieson, Manchester Metropolitan University's Director of
Enterprise, said:- "We're very pleased to be working with our
partners across the region to offer an enhanced service for
graduates. In the current economic climate, it is vitally important
that we stimulate new enterprise and support start-up businesses -
this initiative will do both."
Charlie Woodcock, The University of Chester's Executive Director of
Innovation and Development including Riverside Innovation Centre,
based in Chester, added:- "Graduate i-pass is a great scheme
to help support enterprising graduates across the Northwest and is a
good example of innovative support facilities working together. With
access to three prime city locations, young businesses can benefit
from professional premises and the opportunity to network with
like-minded entrepreneurs across the region."
In September 2010 Liverpool Science Park opened a Graduate
Enterprise Centre exclusively for new and recent graduates starting
out in the science and knowledge-based sectors. The 24-hour facility
provides tenants with all of the necessary ingredients they need to
build a business, including low cost, short term lease options.
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