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Issue:- 24 October 2013

Changes to hospital parking fees and penalties

PARKING penalties for motorist have been cut at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals, but  Geoff Wilding, Facilities Manager, has told the media that:-  "The fixed penalty notices fee has fallen from £60 to £30, providing it is paid within 14 days. We have agreed this with UK Parking Control, the company that monitors parking on the Trust's behalf, in response to feedback from visitors."  The penalty for notices unpaid after 14 days also falls from £120 to £60.  UK Parking Control Ltd. issues penalty notices to drivers who park in Blue Badge spaces they are not entitled to, park on pavements, park on double yellow lines, or block access to essential clinical services and emergency services such as ambulances and fire engines.  The Trust receives no income from fixed penalty notices which fund UK Parking Control's management costs.  Parking charges for some visitors will increase as of 1 November 2013.  Parking for staff will also cost more.

VISITORS Up to 31/10/2013 From 1/11/2013

Up to 20mins


No charge
20mins to 2hrs £2.80 £2.90
2hrs to 4hrs £3.40 Unchanged
4hrs to 8hrs £4.10 £4.20
Over 8hrs £5.20 Unchanged
Weekly pass £10 + £10 deposit Unchanged
3 month pass £30 + £10 deposit Unchanged


Up to 20hrs £170 a year £172 a year
More than 20hrs £340 a year £344 a year
Designated parking £565 a year £570 a year

Director of Finance Damian Reid said:- "The Board agreed 2 years ago that charges should rise in line with the cost of living, but we have decided to keep the increase this year to the equivalent of 1%.   Income from parking charges goes towards the cost of maintaining and managing the car parks. The remainder goes directly to patient care."

The Trust also plans some changes to parking arrangements in the months ahead including the introduction of supermarket style mother and baby spaces, particularly for women's and children's services at Ormskirk hospital.

 Damian added:- "We are also investigating new ticketing arrangements in a bid to reduce delays and improve the experience for visitors."

Young healthcare students in training at the Liverpool UTC to undertake work experience with the Royal

STUDENTS enrolling on healthcare courses at the new University Technical College (UTC) on Greenland Street, will get first-hand experience of the skills needed to care for patients thanks to a unique partnership with the Royal.

Around 200 work experience placements a year will be available for UTC students aged 16 and above in clinical and non-clinical areas at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital and the Liverpool University Dental Hospital.

Jo Marinas clinical skills training manager at the Trust said:- "This will be a great experience for these 16 to 19 year olds who will be shadowing and observing staff in their roles. Not only will they see how clinical staff care for patients, they will also get a real insight into the wide range of career opportunities available in healthcare both in clinical and non-clinical roles. They will each receive induction training beforehand so that they understand our values and practices and are trained in cores skills such as compassionate care, infection control and patient confidentiality."

Around 20 students recently had their core skills induction training ahead of starting their placements in the coming weeks.

18 year old Polly Rooke from Prenton on the Wirral said:- "I've always wanted to look after people and see the University Technical College as a gateway to a career in nursing. I'm looking forward to starting my work experience and learning about all the different roles there are in hospitals."

Hannah Johnston, 17 from Kirkby said:- "I enrolled with the University Technical College as I want to work as a Clinical Bio-Chemist. At the UTC we have carried out a number of experiments that university students do. I'm looking forward to seeing the work that is undertaken in the pathology laboratories at the hospital, as this is what I want to do in the future."

Liverpool Life Sciences UTC is the first in the country to specialise in Science and Healthcare, with academic and professional qualifications including GCSEs, BTECs, A-Levels and NVQs. The partnership with the Royal will ensure that local 14 to 19 year olds will be equipped with the technical skills and a range of qualifications to enable them to take full advantage of the job opportunities in health and life sciences that will be created with the development of the new Royal and the BioCampus which will follow on the site of the current hospital. The BioCampus will provide 100,000 square metres of development space for companies involved in research, pharmaceutical and biomedical industries and will create around 5,000 high-tech, high value jobs. In addition staff at the Royal have been working closely with teachers at the UTC to develop the core curriculum and training materials for students.

Jo Marinas, said:- "Our teams have worked closely with the UTC in all aspects of the health sciences curriculum. We developed the teaching topics to target what we know are the main health issues faced by the local population. These include cancer, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, care for the elderly and alcoholic liver disease.  We have also helped to design and equip the healthcare education rooms at the UTC to ensure they provide a realistic environment for students to test out their skills and knowledge. There will be a treatment area equipped with a 'Sim Man' (an electronic, life-like patient simulator designed to replicate real life scenarios) to provide students with realistic interaction with how patients react to various health conditions. We also helped to select the equipment for the UTC's laboratories so that students can replicate some of the work carried out in a clinical lab."

Lyndsay MacAulay, Director of Enterprise at the UTC said:- "Partner organisations like the Royal are an essential element of the UTC. Their support provides huge benefits to our students including, working with a network of trained clinical professionals, understanding the context of their learning and putting the skills into practice whilst out on placement. All essential experiences for students who are hoping to access careers in health care and sciences. This will in turn help us to provide ready made trainee medics, nurses and pharmacists to train to work in the new Royal and ensure local students are qualified to access some of the 5,000 roles that will be created with the BioCampus."

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