Cancer survival rates among
the best in England
MP's on the All Party Parliamentary
Group on Cancer reported patients in the area showed the most improvement
nationally in 1 year cancer survival rates between 2011 and 2012.
In Southport and Formby, 72% of patients survived cancer for more than 12 months
against 70% the previous year and in West Lancashire the figure was 72.2%
against 70.1% in 2011.
Survival rates were already above the national average of 69% and the figures
also showed West Lancashire in the top 10 best performing areas of the country.
Dr Paul Mansour, clinical lead for cancer and deputy medical director at
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:- "I am delighted to see
that our areas are the 2 most improved areas in the entire country for one-year
cancer survival. This is very good news for our patients because these
improvements reflect earlier diagnosis and earlier, better treatment of cancer.
The figures also speak volumes about the hard work and professionalism of our
fantastic cancer teams, local GPs and NHS commissioning colleagues."
People who survive cancer after 1 year are more likely to be alive 5 years
later, matching Nordic countries which have some of the best cancer survival
rates in Europe. However, where the UK as a whole is significantly weaker than
Nordic countries is in making sure patients reach the important 1-year
Early diagnosis is a key factor in treating cancer effectively and it is
believed many people leave it too late, reducing their chances of surviving more
than a year.
For example, around a quarter of cancer patients in England are diagnosed as
emergency cases which means they are on average twice as likely to die within a
year compared to people diagnosed by an urgent GP referral.
Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and Cancer Lead for NHS Southport and Formby
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:- "It is extremely gratifying to
see that the work we are doing as a CCG, together with the hospital and our
wider partners, is beginning to make a real difference to the lives of our
patients. We know there is more to do but we are clearly making good progress.
To strengthen this further, we are putting new systems in place to make sure
that people coming to see their GP with concerns have much quicker access to
cancer testing, which we know makes a real difference to their treatment,
recovery and survival."
Dr Jack Kinsey, Macmillan GP and GP executive lead for NHS West Lancashire CCG
said:- "The report showed West Lancashire is in the top 10 for best one
year cancer survival rate. This is good news for West Lancashire patients and is
a tribute to the hard work of local GPs and the hospitals and other services
that our patients use. We will continue to work hard and improve our position."
The Trust is joining forces with Macmillan Cancer Information and NHS Southport
and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group at a free health and well-being clinic
in Southport on Thursday 9 July. The event at Southport Theatre and Convention
Centre is an opportunity to find out how to access local support, information
and advice to help patients and their families adjust to life with and beyond
cancer. It will run from 4pm to 6.30pm. Places are free but limited, booking is
essential. For information or to book a place contact Helen, Barbara or Sarah at
the Southport Macmillan Information and Support Centre on 0151 288 6893 or
Student accommodation review
hearings to take place
HEARINGS are to take place to gather
evidence as part of a review of student accommodation in Liverpool.
The review is looking at the suitability and viability of the current student
accommodation offer in the City Centre; the need for growth to meet future
demand and the impact on the City Centre and other affected areas of continuing
to grow the accommodation. It follows moves by developers in recent years to
create large scale student flats in the City Centre which are generally good quality, with a range of
facilities and close to universities.
The review group; made up of Councillors and representatives from each of the
student, university and developer communities; will meet on the 14 July, 15 July and 16 July
2015, at Liverpool Town Hall, and hear the views of a range of stakeholder
The evidence will feed in to establishing the Council's policy on future Student
Accommodation development. Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:-
"Ensuring a supply of high quality, appropriately located homes is a priority
for the City Council. Students make a significant contribution to our
communities and this review will ensure that the Council is able to meet the
needs of all interested stakeholders."
Anyone wishing to present information to the Committee should send an
email. Information can
either be provided in the form of a presentation to the Committee or via written
The final report and recommendations will be finalised over the summer and
considered by the Cabinet.
Merseytravel's success at getting people into work recognised at the CILT North
FOR the 2nd successive year, Merseytravel's Employment &
Skills team have won the award at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics
and Transport (CILT) North West awards recognising their efforts to help get
people into employment in the Liverpool City Region.
The awards bring together all facets of logistics and passenger transport across
the North West and Merseytravel's innovative entry into employment project won
the Best Practice for Passenger Transport category over strong competition
including Northern Rail, Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE)
and Tanzo Passenger Services.
The project over the last 3 1/2 years has assisted over 270 people into
passenger transport jobs ranging from bus and coach driving, rail engineering,
hotel/hospitality and maritime services, cycle instructor and maintenance, taxi
driving and logistic and HGV driving.
In addition to this they have assisted over 10,000 people with information,
advice and guidance on careers and skills needed to work in the sector to a
variety of people aged between 14 and 60.
As well as winning this award, one of the successful candidates who went through
the programme also collected an award. Lindsay Stuart won the coveted CILT
learner of the year award completed the programme with Merseytravel back in
October 2013, she then started work for Huyton Travel Ltd and has worked there
Through the project and the adjoining apprenticeship she has gone on from
strength to strength and is now a valued member of the team, this award shows
her hard work and dedication to the role.
Mary Rasmussen, Merseytravel's Lead Member for Organisational Development,
said:- "We are delighted that our Employment & Skills Team have won this
award for a 2nd year in a row. We're also pleased for Lindsay to be recognised
as this shows how powerful this project has been and will continue to be. People
are gaining sustainable careers within our sector and it something we are very
Drinks ban for 2 areas
DRINKING alcohol in public is set to be
banned in 2 areas of Liverpool following long standing concerns over drink
related crime and anti social behaviour. A report to the cabinet on 10 July
2015, recommends that Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) be introduced in
parts of the Tuebrook and Stoneycroft and Kensington and Fairfield Wards.This
moves follows public consultation after concerns had been expressed about
alcohol fuelled incidents in both localities. Local residents, police and
housing associations backed the plans and no objections were received to either
proposal. A survey of 335 pupils from the areas found 54% were worried about
adults drinking in public with 37% saying they were not. Among the issues
identified in the survey as causing concern were intimidating behaviour,
aggressive begging, litter and noise, street urination and vomiting and street
drinkers themselves being vulnerable to abuse and violence.
The areas covered by the PSPOs are:-
► Kensington and Fairfield:- The area
bounded by Edge Lane, Quorn Street, Gilead Street, Kensington, Coleridge Street,
Molyneux Road, Sheil Road, Hampstead Road, Balmoral Road, Whitcroft Road,
Prospect Vale, Kensington and Laurel Road.
► Tuebrook and Stoneycroft:- Delamain
Road, West Derby Road, Green Lane, Lister Drive, Brainerd Street, Balmoral
Court, New Road, ( rail line), West Derby Road, Rocky Lane, around perimeter of
St Margaret's School, Lower Breck Road, September Road, Gloucester Road (part
)to rail line: Ellerslie Road, Victoria Road, Heyburn Road and Meade Road.
Councillor Emily Spurrell, Mayoral Lead on Community Safety, said;- "There
is widespread support for the introduction of these orders. Local residents have
identified a huge range of problems cause by drinking in the streets.
There are a lot of efforts at outreach work for street drinkers by the
Whitechapel Centre and they tell us that this move will be useful in deterring
drinking and help motivate street drinkers to find the support they need to turn
their lives around."
The orders would be effective for 3 years.
Police and Police Community Support Officers
can both require people to stop drinking and they can confiscate drink if they
have good reason for believing it would be consumed in public. Failure to comply
will result in a fixed penalty notice or prosecution.