Hospital Trust awarded
£50,000 to improve maternity services feedback
SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS
Trust has been awarded £50,000, by NHS England, to explore innovative ways to use
women's and their partners' feedback to improve maternity services.
A judging panel from NHS England and the Department of Health, who selected the Trust
as 1 of 3 winners, from almost 50 applications, for support from the Maternity
Challenge Fund, which was set up in 2016 to encourage new approaches to using
feedback to drive improvement in the experiences of women and their families
while they are receiving maternity care.
Trusts were invited to apply for funding set up to support further advances in
this area, linked to the overarching ambitions of Better Births.
As well as Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, other winning trusts are
Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare NHS
The emphasis for this second round is on projects that continue to focus on
service improvement, but also address 1 of the following areas of potential use
for patient feedback in any service:-
► Making the best use of feedback given about individual clinicians or other named
staff, for example, how the Friends and Family Test or other tools for gathering
patient feedback could potentially contribute to such things as revalidation of
clinicians, staff recognition schemes or individual staff performance management
► Exploring the potential to attribute feedback
to named patients where they choose to identify themselves, in pursuit of
improving their individual care or finding out more about areas of concern.
► Ted Adams, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, at Southport and Ormskirk
Hospital NHS Trust, said:- "Many large organisations use customer feedback
to improve what they do and we're no different. We want to use modern ways of
asking our patients what they think about our care so that we can speed up our
response to our patients. We must also support our staff to use the feedback
they receive positively."
Kath Evans, NHS England's Maternity Experience of Care Lead, said:- "This
year's Maternity Challenge Fund projects provide a real opportunity to explore
how we can get even more value from the feedback that women and their partners
give. These initiatives will explore whether, and how well, information about
their experiences can be used to enhance what happens at an individual level.
Each of these pieces of work has the potential to identify really innovative
approaches that could benefit maternity services and families across the country
and we're delighted to be able to support the 3 trusts in putting their great
ideas into practice."
National Child Sexual
Exploitation Awareness Day
MERSEYSIDE Police, the Office of the
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and our partners are taking part in a day of
action as part of National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day, on
Saturday, 18 March 2017. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of
CSE and gather information by working alongside colleagues from partner agencies
including:- the PCC, Catch 22, Merseytravel, National Express, British Transport
Police (BTP) and Taxi Licensing.
They will be focussing on areas where young people congregate, including:-
parks, fast food restaurants, and Train and Bus Stations.
Catch 22 is a social business, which has been commissioned by the PCC to work
with High Schools and Colleges across Merseyside on initiatives to promote CSE
awareness and educational charity Ariel Trust has been funded to work with Year
6 children at various Primary Schools across the force area to deliver training
The PCC has also funded a theatrical production entitled:- 'On 1 Condition'
which explores the exploitation of young people, and has already been introduced
to several High Schools in Merseyside and been running during this week.
CSE posters and advice cards will also be distributed to young people and
businesses during the day, as Officers and partners speak to people across the
Detective Chief Inspector John Middleton from the Protecting Vulnerable People
Unit said:- "Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness of CSE and
the work we will be carrying out tomorrow and beyond will encourage people to
think, spot and speak out against abuse. CSE involves offenders grooming young
people and using their power to sexually abuse them. This can take many forms,
from a seemingly consensual relationship with an older partner, or young person
having sex in return for gifts. Education plays a massive part in understanding
CSE and we need to emphasise that not only is this behaviour unacceptable, it is
criminal. Sometimes young people being abused do not realise they are at risk
and will not ask for help. But with your understanding and information, we will
continue to target, warn and bring offenders to justice. Throughout the day, we
will be talking to members of our communities including those whose role brings
them into regular contact with young people, such as shop workers, taxi drivers
and hotel employees. There are warning signs everyone can look out for and take
steps to help."
Merseyside's Deputy Police Commissioner Cllr Sue Murphy said:- "National
CSE Day is an important opportunity for us all to raise awareness of the damage
that Child Sexual Exploitation causes and of the potential warning signs of this
horrific crime so that everyone, particularly young people themselves, know what
to look out for and how to keep themselves safe. We know that young victims may
not recognise that they are being exploited and the term ‘CSE' may mean nothing
to them. Our Youth Advisory Group tell us that we need to talk louder, more
openly, and more frankly about this topic with young people and that is what
today's event aims to do. It is a great example of how different agencies can
work together to get young people thinking about how to protect themselves,
while encouraging adults who work in key sectors to be vigilant, equipping them
with the information they need if they spot the tell tale warning signs."