Staff rate local
cancer hospital amongst the best in the country
NHS staff show total
confidence in The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre as a good place to
work and for its patient care and treatment.
Results published by NHS England show The Clatterbridge Cancer
Centre as equal 3rd highest in the country for staff recommending
their care and treatment, and equal 9th highest for staff
recommending it as a place to work.
The Friends & Family Test (FFT) for NHS staff was launched for the
first time in April this year. The test allows staff to give their
feedback on NHS services by asking 2 simple questions: how likely
they would be to recommend their organisation to friends and family
as a place to work; and how likely they would be to recommend it as
a place to receive care / treatment.
97% of staff who completed the survey said they would be 'extremely
likely or likely' to recommend the specialist cancer centre to
friends and family if they needed care or treatment, and 79% of
staff said they were 'extremely likely or likely' to
recommend it as a place to work.
Only 1% said they would be 'unlikely or extremely unlikely'
to recommend the centre for care or treatment, ranking it equal 2nd
lowest in the country and 11% said they would be 'unlikely or
extremely unlikely' to recommend it as a place to work, bringing
it equal 9th lowest.
Chief Executive Andrew Cannell said:- "I am delighted by the
results of the test. Our staff are exceptional people who are not
only leading professionals in their fields but also compassionate
and totally committed to doing their best for patients. These
results reflect this, but the real value of the feedback received is
how we can act on the information to make improvements to patient
care and ensure The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is the employer of
choice for cancer experts."
Results from the national staff FFT will be issued quarterly and
have been gathered from 241 out of 245 NHS trusts providing acute,
community, ambulance and mental health services in England.
Tim Kelsey, NHS England's National Director for Patients and
Information, today described the publication of the Friends and
Family Test (FFT) for NHS Staff as "another step towards
openness and transparency. We know it is important the NHS listens to its
staff, especially when it comes to the needs of our patients. We are
encouraged that so many staff feel able to come forward and express
an opinion. It is this sort of open culture that we want to
encourage. Research shows us that the more engaged staff members
are, the better the outcomes for patients and the organisation
generally. It is therefore important that we strengthen the staff
voice, as well as the patient voice."
The national results are published on the NHS England statistical
pages and on NHS Choices
SingalongLiverpool - A walking tour with a big
THERE'S a walking tour with
a difference happening on Sun 12 October at 7.15 pm. Combining
Liverpool's love of music, comedy and fascinating history, this is SingalongaLiverpool!
Locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to learn more
about the amazing history of Liverpool, see the sights and have a
good old fashioned singalong with live professional musicians, guide
and performers. The tour is described by the organisers Wanderpool
as 'part guided walk', part 'community sing song, part'
mini flash mob
with just a hint of 1960's 'happenings' thrown into the mix of
fun, laughter and community spirit'.
It really is a case of the more the merrier with SingalongaLiverpool,
so everyone just pays whatever they want at the end. This means
everyone can join in the fun, whatever their budget! Spaces should
be booked in advance via:-
wanderpool.co.uk. For more
details call:- 0744614750 or
Meeting place is the Mermaid Courtyard outside Tate Art Gallery,
Albert Dock and end point is Derby Square. Whether coming with a
group or alone; young and old alike will be made very welcome, with
the chance to get to know people and socialise all built into the
Participants on the musical romp through Liverpool's streets and
history, will be regaled with interesting facts and stories about
the buildings en route, be led in singing well-known relevant
classics from across the decades. They'll be accompanied by local
musicians Tom George, Mycroft Milverton and Dan Hill.
SingalongaLiverpool was the brainchild of Wanderpool director
Jacqueline Boylan, a tour guide, children's entertainer and former
actor (and Superlambanana artist). She happily admits she is no
singer. "From the very start of doing the walking tours, I
always felt there were bits that sounded like cues for songs, but
sadly I wasn't a singer so when the chance to do something for Light
Night came up, I thought now's my chance do try something a bit
different. I thought of all sorts of hi-tech ideas before it
suddenly struck me; why not go back to basics with some live
acoustic musicians and a good old-fashioned singalong?"
Singer / songwriter, performance poet and professional busker Tom
George jumped on board alongside fellow guitarist Dan Hill, with
piratical performer Mycroft Milverton adding a touch of ukulele
magic to the more traditional songs and a touch of eccentric mayhem
to the proceedings.
The simple, but effective formula was trialled during 2 tours (the A
and B sides) at Liverpool's Light Night last month and proved a huge
success with 1 of the participants giving the following review.
"With SingalongaLiverpool, it doesn't matter whether you're a
born and bred Scouser, visiting the City for the first or thousandth
time or just tagging along because you have nothing better to do;
you are guaranteed a gusty, lusty lung busting couple of hours of
real pleasure. Come and join Jackie and gang; and learn some new
things about one of the favourite Cities of the world; you already
know the songs - this is street performance at its best!" There are 2 SingalongaLiverpool tours in the current Wanderpool
repertoire (the A-side and the B-side). The tour on 12 October 2014, is the
A-side which covers the historic areas of The Waterfront, Sailor's
Church, Exchange Flags and Castle St, before the finale at the Queen
Victoria monument, and includes traditional songs as well as pop and
rock classics from throughout the decades.