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Issue:- Thursday, 29 September 2016

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Comic strip competition gives pupils chance to repeat generation green winning success

AS part of the Generation Green Smarter Power competition, school children aged 7 to 11 are being asked to draw a cartoon showing British Gas mascot, Wilbur, demonstrating how to save energy with smart meters. The winning comic strip will be chosen by 3 judges, including:- Nigel Parkinson, artist at the world famous comic:- 'The Beano.' Southport already boasts a Generation Green winning school after Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary and Nursery School was awarded an eco prize worth up to £50,000 in 2014. They received solar panels, a new heating system and an energy display monitor that shows real time energy consumption.  Pupils now have the opportunity to continue the Town's winning streak and see their school transformed, too. In their comic strip, schoolchildren will be asked to show how using smart meters could save energy in the home. British Gas is leading the smart meter roll out, and the Government wants every household to be offered smart meters by 2020.

The competition aims to get children thinking creatively about how they use and save energy so they better understand the benefits of smart meters. Nigel Parkinson said:- "I can't wait to see the kids' entries; they always have great ideas! I'd really like to see comic strips telling a fun and lively energy saving story with plenty of good humour showing how homes can benefit from smart meters."

Abi Robins from British Gas added:- "Southport is already home to a Generation Green winning school and pupils now have the opportunity to repeat the town's success with the Smarter Power competition. We want to see the most creative comic strips, complete with imaginative ideas on how to save energy with smart meters.  We can't wait to see if Southport can continue its winning streak and win another school energy makeover, worth up to £50,000."

The competition will be accepted entries until January 2016.  Schools can register for the competition via:- GenerationGreen.Co.UK.

Nurse Catrina's vocation to care

AS a NHS trust continues its recruitment drive, one of its nurses has become one of the UK's youngest senior sisters. Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust stages its next nurse recruitment event, on Monday, 10 October 2016. The Trust hopes to employ top class nurses like Catrina Dickens. At 24 she runs a trauma ward at Southport Hospital. Just 3 years ago she was a trainee nurse studying at Edge Hill University where she gained a first class degree.  Catrina started working for the Trust in October 2013 as a staff nurse and has been promoted twice based on performance and ability. She has responsibility for 35 staff and manages a busy 30 bed ward which cares for trauma injury patients. Catrina, originally from Flintshire, North Wales, said:- "Being a ward manager and senior sister is a big challenge but it's something I love. This is a great place to work. The hospital is small enough to have a community feel, but busy enough to be exciting and challenging. The training and support given to me has been fantastic. The Trust is a place where you can thrive and develop."

Catrina's rapid rise through the ranks comes as no surprise to her colleagues who have been impressed by her dedication and drive.  Carol Fowler, acting deputy director of nursing, said:- "Catrina has been recognized for her skills and abilities and has got this promotion on her own merits. This reflects the Trust environment for talented nurses to develop."

The Trust embarked on a nurse recruitment campaign over summer. Vacancies exist across acute, community, surgical and medical nursing disciplines. More details about our vacancies here. The next recruitment event for nurses takes place, on 10 October 2016, at Southport Hospital, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.  Candidates who complete an online application form could be invited for interview at the recruitment event. B5 Staff Nurse online applications can be filled in online.  Applications close on the 5 October 2016 and interview times will be confirmed by 7 October 2016. Carol added:- "We are keen to meet nursing students, qualified nurses and those returning to the profession, from across the region and beyond who are interested in a career in nursing at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals. At the recruitment event you will be able to find out more about the Trust and chat to nurses already working for us."

Details for nurses returning to the profession is available online.

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