Lancashire Care tops national NHS
league table on research
LANCASHIRE Care NHS Foundation Trust
has beaten other trusts from across the country, including from London,
Birmingham and Leeds, by topping 1 of the categories in a national NHS league
table on research.
The Trust topped the 'volume of research' category of the Research
Activity League Table for 2016/17 published by the NHS National Institute of
Health Research (NIHR). The table shows the extent of research activity across
all NHS Care trusts in England, providing a picture of how much clinical
research is happening, where, in what types of trusts, and involving how many
Andrew Pennington, Associate Director of Lancashire Care's Research and Development Department, said:-
"In order to achieve such an outstanding
level of work, the team is involved with a broad spectrum of studies. Research
isn't always a science fiction type scenario – recruits may simply need to fill
in a questionnaire online. They don't even need to be unwell. Some studies, for
example, are for healthy volunteers who are willing to give a small amount of
blood. The Trust is also involved in some cutting edge trials; there are
several Alzheimer's commercial trials, with our patients having the opportunity
to receive treatments that are not routinely available within the NHS. And,
following the results of a recent study, changes in practice to support people
with learning disabilities who have experienced severe depression are under
Over 10,000 participants have benefitted from taking part in research conducted
through Lancashire Care over the past 6 years.
The work of the Lancashire Care Research and Development Department was also
recognised at the '2017 North West Coast Research' and Innovation Awards where it
was shortlisted in 3 categories. 1 member of the team, Professor Nusrat
Husain, won in the Role Model of the Year category due to his extensive research
cross cultural mental health care with an emphasis on South Asian women with
post natal depression.
The department also jointly operates the Clinical Research Facility, which
opened in April 2016. Situated at the Royal Preston Hospital site, the research
facility is a joint venture between:- Lancashire Care, Lancashire Teaching
Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Lancaster University, to provide more
opportunities for people in Lancashire and Cumbria to participate in high
quality clinical research. For further information and to be involved in
research with the Trust, please contact the Research Office on:- 01772 773498.
The hunt is on for the best pub roast in the North
THE Blue Pig, Manchester, was the regional champion for North England in
the:- 'Best British Roast Dinner' competition 2016; narrowly missing out on the
national title. But who will lift the title in 2017? A spokesperson from the Blue Pig, Manchester, said:-
"We've been getting busier and busier since British Roast Dinner Week, and can't
wait to get involved again this year."
All pubs have to do to enter the national competition is fill in a short entry
form explaining what makes their roast special
online, before 1 October 2017.
As well as crowning an overall winner, competition judges will once again
announce regional winners for South England, North England, Midlands, Wales and
Scotland; giving even more pubs the opportunity to become famous for their
Each of the regional winners will receive ₤2,500 of PR, with the exception of
the national winner who will win ₤10,000 of PR support and the prestigious title
of 'Best British Roast Dinner,' a real bookings booster. Now in its
6th year, the 'Best British Roast Dinner' competition is part of
'British Roast Dinner Week.' The campaign; sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions;
calls on pubs to serve a roast every day of the week, as people up and down the
country visit their locals to celebrate the UK's favourite pub meal.
Disabled children's charity launch 'Fantasy
CAUDWELL Children, the national charity
that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their
families, is giving wannabe Premier League bosses the chance to experience the
thrill of the dugout after creating its 1st ever private Fantasy Football
The competition, which sees participants selecting imaginary teams from the
players currently playing in the Premier League, awards points according to the
actual performance of their players.
The statistics, supplied by OPTA, the world's leading live detailed sports data
provider, allows each players performance to be scrutinised in forensic detail
to establish the best players and teams throughout the season. "The Caudwell Children transfer window is now open. It's going to be a fabulous season and we're
giving you the chance to spend an eye watering ₤100 million war chest to secure
a squad of just 15 players. We're giving you the opportunity to make those big
decisions. There's only 1 'Boss'
and the buck stops with you! It's a results based business and the success or
failure of your team will rest firmly in your hands!" said Andy
Bailey from the charity.
Andy says that even if you can't tell your Keane from your Kane there is still
the opportunity to get involved. As he explained:- "Like any top Premier
League Manager you're going to have to do your homework.
You need to find out what forward scored the most goals last season, who had the
most assists, and who tracked back and made the most crunching defensive
When you're picking a forward you'll have to use you research to inform you. Did Romelu Lukaku make more defensive headers than Harry Kane? It's not just about
the goals it's about their overall play.
If you're picking a defender or a goalkeeper it may be better to snap up a
player who played in a side towards the bottom of the table. It's likely that
they will have been busier than players in successful sides, therefore picking
up more points.
For example Tom Heaton, the Burnley goalkeeper, was the highest performing
keeper last season, beating the likes Manchester United's David De Gea hands
It costs just ₤20 to enter a team into Caudwell Children's Fantasy Football
League. The charity immediately receives ₤10 with the other ₤10 going into the
prize pot. Sign up and build your fantasy team
but please remember that:- "You must be over 18 or over to play."
Bailey added:- "It's a win-win situation. The more teams
that participate the more money is raised for Caudwell Children, and the more
money for you to win."
By teaming up with up with the official Premier League Fantasy Football game,
played by millions of armchair fans each season, those signing up for the
'Caudwell Children Fantasy Football League' will automatically be entered in to
the main Fantasy Premier League, where prizes include VIP trips to top flight
matches of your choice.
With the new Premier League kicking off on Friday, 11 August, 2017, Andy says
it's important to sign up now, commenting:- "The sooner you sign up the
sooner you start to earn points. You don't want to let your rivals get a head
start on you.
And whether you're a potential Jose Mourinho, prowling an imaginary technical
area, or a dapper Antonio Conte, throwing yourself into an imaginary Stamford
Bridge crowd, we'd love you to share pictures of yourself, on social media,
posing as your favourite manager, using #ImAFootyBoss for Caudwell Children."
Sculptor to become Citizen of Honour
AWARD winning painter and sculptor Tom Murphy is to be
given Liverpool's highest honour, on Friday, 11 August 2017.
In recognition of his iconic work which adorns areas of the City, along with his
contribution to the arts scene, Tom will be added to the:- 'Roll of Citizen of
Honour.' His work includes the iconic Bill Shankly memorial at Liverpool Football Club,
the John Lennon statue located at John Lennon Airport, a tribute to the Blitz in
the grounds of St Nicholas Church and the life like re-creations of Bessie
Braddock and Ken Dodd at Liverpool Lime Street Station.
Tom created the City Centre Hillsborough memorial at Old Haymarket, the
Liverpool Pals Memorial, at Lime Street, the Liverpool VC Memorial and the Blitz
memorial; all of which stand as poignant reminders of key moments in
He also has a number of works on display throughout the UK and across the world
including pieces in the private collections of HRH Queen Elizabeth, at the John
Lennon Museum in Tokyo, at the Imperial War Museum in London and in Carmelite
Monastery in Scotland.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:- "Tom is an
artist with a reputation for delivering works of the highest quality which are
admired by residents and visitors alike.
His work dominates a number of key gateways in and out of the City, with his
sculptures renowned for their faithful likeness of the subject; not only
capturing how they look, but also the spirit of that individual.
I am delighted to be presenting Tom with the Citizen of Honour accolade for his
incredible contribution to Liverpool's cultural scene and for being a fantastic
ambassador for the City."
Tom said-: "It's a real honour to be recognised in this way. I'm fortunate
to do something I love; for a City I love.
It feels like a real appreciation of the work I've created for Liverpool, and
I'm humbled and overwhelmed the City is presenting me with this accolade."
The Citizen of Honour Awards were introduced in 2008 to formally recognise those
individuals who have made a significant, exceptional or unique contribution to
enriching the image of the City and/or its citizens. To date there are 28
Citizens of Honour including:- Bill Shankly, Liverpool World War 2 veterans,
April Ashley, film director David Yates, Dr David France and Lewis Biggs.