Southport and Ormskirk Trust
1 of 1st in UK to sign up to RCM staff wellbeing Charter
SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk NHS Trust has
become one of the first trusts in the UK to sign up to the Royal College of
Midwives (RCM) Caring for You Charter.
The Charter is 1 of the cornerstones of the RCM Caring for You campaign. This
aims to improve services for women and babies by improving the wellbeing of
Launched in June the:- 'Caring for You' campaign is encouraging all trusts
across the UK to sign up to the Charter.
Signing the Charter means the trust will commit to working with the RCM's health
and safety representatives to improve midwives, student midwives and maternity
support workers' health, safety and wellbeing at work. They in turn will be able
to provide even better care for women, babies and their families.
The RCM believes that when heads of midwifery and RCM health and safety
representatives work in partnership and take action on health, safety and
wellbeing it does make a difference. Stress levels are lower, health and
wellbeing is better and importantly, care for women and their families improves.
Robin Rootes, RCM Steward and Health and Safety Representative at the Trust,
said:- "We are delighted to sign this charter and are committed to
embedding its core components within maternity services. This will build on the
good work already underway in maternity. Health and wellbeing of our staff is
crucial to having a successful maternity unit."
Lynne Eastham, Head Of Nursing and Midwifery at the Trust, said:- "Our
excellent staff support the delivery of more than 2500 babies each year. They do
a magnificent job and we are committed to offering them the right support to
enable them to do their jobs. We are pleased to be 1 of the 1st trusts in the UK
to sign up to this charter."
Lesley Wood, Royal College of Midwives Regional Officer for the North West,
said:- "I am delighted that the Trust have signed the Charter. They have a
committed team of midwives and maternity support workers at the Trust. This is a
very positive move by the trust and I welcome their commitment to staff and the
people they care for."
For more information on the 'Caring for You' campaign, please go
Praise for Wirral dog owners
DOG owners in Wirral are the tops when
it comes to scooping up the mess when their pet 'does the business'
Enforcement officers from Kingdom, the organisation tasked by Wirral Council to
implement its zero tolerance approach to tackling dog fouling in the Borough,
say they have never encountered such a high level of compliance with the law.
It is nearly 2 months since Kingdom took over the responsibility for dog fouling
enforcement as an extension to the litter contract they already fulfil on the
Council's behalf and over that time Officers have observed more than 600 people
'bag it and bin it' after their dog has made a mess.
They have also issued 25 fixed penalty notices over that period when a person
hasn't done the right thing, but generally the officers say Wirral owners are
amongst the most responsible.
Michael Fisher, Division Director at Kingdom Environmental Protection, said:-
"We work on behalf of 30 local authorities across the country to enforcement
environmental legislation on their behalf, but my Officers tell me they have
rarely encountered such a clean borough as Wirral when it comes to dog fouling.
It does appear that the vast majority of dog owners in Wirral go out of their
way to ensure public spaces are kept clean and they are to be commended for
Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environment, added:-
"It is not surprising to hear that so many Wirral owners are doing the right
thing when it comes to dog fouling.
However, if anything, this just makes us even more determined to crackdown on
the small minority who think they can get away with not cleaning up after
themselves. We have made a promise to local people that we will create and
maintain an attractive environment for the benefit of residents and we are
committed to achieving that by 2020.
We have an ongoing, eye catching campaign to try to highlight to these people
what a horrible impact their actions can have on others who might inadvertently
come into contact with their mess.
The latest phase of this campaign is being rolled out over the summer holidays,
when more and more people will be out and about enjoying their leisure time. The
last thing anyone wants is for dog muck to spoil that, so the message remains;
do the right thing; bag it and bin it."
The 'Do the Right Thing' campaign is backed by numerous environmental
groups, including the New Brighteners; a team of volunteers dedicated to
keeping streets, beaches and open spaces clean and tidy.
Cllr Mooney added:- "All of us have a responsibility to keep our
communities clean and tidy. We're still at the stage where the Council,
supported by groups like the New Brighteners, actively go out and pick people's
litter up for them. Ideally, however, we will get to the stage where people are
taking more responsibility for their own rubbish and putting it straight into a
bin. That message seems to be getting through to the majority of dog owners,
let's hope people continue to adopt that same approach when it comes to general