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Publication date:- 2017-01-07

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Lifetime honour for spinal team as Centre hosts international conference

Staff from Ward 15A celebrating winning the Excellence in Patient Experience Award

MORE than 100 years of caring for spinal injured patients by 3 NHS staff was recognised this month with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Consultant surgeon Bakul Soni, Sister Sandra McCarthy and occupational therapy lead Julie Jones were honoured at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust's 9th Annual Pride Awards. The awards came as the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport Hospital prepares to host the prestigious international Guttmann conference on spinal injury care. Between them the award winners have 107 years' NHS experience, having begun working at the spinal Centre in the 1980's.

Spinal team winners (from left) Sandra McCarthy, Julie Jones and Bakul Soni with Chief Operating Officer Therese Patten;

More than 300 staff and guests attended the awards at the Floral Hall, Southport. Awards were made in 9 categories. The 34th Guttmann conference will be held at the Ramada hotel, Southport, on 29 June and 30 June 2017.

Presenting the award, Chief Operating Officer Therese Patten said:- "You have been integral to the Centre's success in transforming the lives of hundreds of patients. I think it is safe to say the service and care you have given is in the very finest traditions of the NHS. This is an award you each richly and thoroughly deserve."

 Emily Hoban, spinal injuries Centre manager, said:- "We are thrilled to host this conference during the Centre's 70th birthday year. There has been a spinal unit in Southport since 1947 and we have developed into an internationally recognised Centre for excellence.  We are honoured to welcome more than 200 delegates, experts and professionals in the field of spinal injury rehabilitation and care."


Merseyside Rock Choir tour with award winning vocal group, Sons Of Pitches

MERSEYSIDE Rock Choir have been invited as special guests by award winning British vocal group, Sons of Pitches, to embark on their UK summer tour on Saturday, 1 July 2017, at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Sons of Pitches became the first winners of BBC2's The Naked Choir in 2010, hosted by Gareth Malone, where their soaring solos, impeccable harmonies and stunning beatboxing, mixed with a large dose of comedy, proved to be huge hit with the viewing public.

Local Rock Choir leader, Anthony Seaman said:- "We are absolutely thrilled to be supporting the Sons of Pitches on their tour. We know the boys will put on an amazing show at The Philharmonic and we can't wait to take part in the event!"

Anthony runs fun, weekly rehearsals in Birkenhead, Liverpool, Ormskirk, Southport and West Kirby. There are no auditions and no requirements to read music or have any previous singing experience. Rock Choir members get together each week to attend fun, friendly rehearsals where they are taught specially chosen pop and chart songs. There are lots of exciting performance opportunities throughout the year and many of them help raise money for charity.

Rock Choir is the UK's largest contemporary choir, with more than 25,000 members in over 360 local communities. Rock Choir offers its members, once in a lifetime experiences, from recording sessions at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, to touring with well known celebrities such as:- X Factor winner, Sam Bailey, English Tenor, Russell Watson and 1 off celebrity performances with the likes of singer-songwriters, Chesney Hawkes, Toyah Willcox, Kim Wilde and Kiki Dee.

Rock Choir is much more than a choir; it's a multi layered singing experience. The power of music, meeting new friends and performing at life changing events, together contribute to an emotional and powerful journey for our members.

Rock Choir's uplifting ethos of fun, friendship and community spirit is a huge part of its attraction. At an individual level, it helps improve people's self confidence, enables them to develop new singing skills, and enjoy a dynamic new social life. Singing together and achieving such a great sound gives members a huge sense of fulfilment. Added to this is the glamour and excitement of performing in public, which for many is a truly liberating experience.

To find venue and time details of your nearest rehearsal and to book your FREE taster session, go to:- RockChoir.Com or call:- 01252 714 276.

Tickets are on sale now, available from:- TheSonsOfPitches.Co.UK.

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