£30k being invested into developing local
peer led services
£30,000 is being invested into new peer
support roles at a local NHS Trust to better support people with their mental
health care and recovery.
The money was awarded to Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP)
by Health Education England North West, as part of its programme for workforce
transformation, supporting a bid to test new and enhanced working practices. So
far, seven people have been trained and recruited into peer support volunteer
roles to work alongside people who access our services and health professionals.
The money will be used to develop and deliver accredited training for over 30
more peer support roles by the end of 2017.
National evidence and local experience has demonstrated that support from a
'peer', someone who has personal lived experience of similar health
conditions, can have a hugely positive impact on patient experience and
well being. The support is available for people who access mental health
services and is in addition to clinical support from health professionals.
Simon Hough, CWP's 1st peer support volunteer, co-chair of the Trust steering
group and lead trainer, says:- "I have lived with schizophrenia for most
of my life so have 1st hand experience that I can draw on to give hope and
support to others. Being a peer support volunteer is massively rewarding and is
also beneficial to my well being. It has given me my confidence back and helps
me to help others get the support they need."
Avril Devaney, CWP Director of Nursing and Therapies, says:- "This funding
will help us to make this invaluable support more widely available. What's
important for CWP is that people with lived experience are integral to shaping,
guiding and developing this work so that it is truly co-produced and person
Ken Edwards, from CWP Clinical Education, says:- "With an emphasis on
building confidence and communication skills, the Peer Support role has
potential to become a pathway into employment for people who are looking for
this. After completing the training and building their confidence and skills two
peer support volunteers have already gone on to secure full time employment."
Sefton Council Christmas 2016 and New Year
THIS year, Sefton
MBC have said that:- "Due to budget savings,
services will be restricted over the festive period. Significant savings
are being generated via this action, as most staff are required to take unpaid
leave, on 23 December, 28 December 29 December and 30 December 2016. This
will help to contribute towards the £65m savings, required to achieve a balanced
budget by 2020. Many services will not be operating and most Council
buildings will be closed. Residents who need to access can still obtain
information via the Sefton Council's
website. Please also be aware that
this includes the ability to check bin collection dates, paying your Council Tax
and Business Rates, as well as applying for licences and reporting environmental
issues. We wish all or residents a happy and safe Christmas and a
fantastic New Year."
Emergency contact information for closed dates will be between
office hours only, for the following services:-
► Children's Social Care:- 0151 934 6025.
► Adult Social Care North:- 01704 704 240.
► Adult Social Care South:- 0151 920 8234.
For emergency contact, out of hours, the for Social Care
Emergency Duty Team, contact them via calling:- 0151 920 8234.
An automated phone service will be available between 23
December and 3 January 2016, on:- 0345 140 0845.
Sefton Council's full services will resume on Tuesday, 3
Confirm your Hospital appointment with a
THE Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen
University Hospitals NHS Trust's 2 way text service now allows patients to
confirm, cancel or rearrange outpatient appointments when they receive their
reminder text on their mobile phones. The service, which makes managing
appointments much easier for patients, will also help to reduce the number of
missed appointments, which could have been given to other patients.
Figures show that over 150,000 people missed their outpatient appointment at the
Royal and Broadgreen since 2015, with each missed appointment costing around
£160 on average. In short...
► Nationally, missed appointments or 'Did Not
Attends' cost the government around £1billion a year and cause longer
waiting times for other patients.
► Patients will receive a text 7 days before their
appointment and 48 hours before if there is no reply to the original text.
► To benefit from the service, patients will need to
make sure the Trust and GP have their up to date contact details.
► Patients will receive a phone call to their landline
if the clinics don't have access to a mobile phone number.
Colin Hont, deputy chief nurse, said:- "Patient care is always our
priority. We know that 1 in 10 people don't attend their appointment simply
because they forgot. When someone doesn't attend their appointment without
letting us know, it can delay treatment and increase waiting times for other
patients. If we know a patient can't attend their appointment, we can offer that
space to someone else who needs it. We're launching this across most of our
outpatient clinics. So patients can benefit from our new texting service, we're
asking that they check that our hospitals and their GP have their most up to
date contact details."
Patients can opt out of the service by replying to the text with:- 'Stop.'