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Publication date:- 2017-30-09

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New reflective space for patients at the Scarisbrick Unit

THE Scarisbrick inpatient mental health unit in Ormskirk officially opened its newly developed reflective space for patients at an event with representatives from charitable organisations and healthcare professionals.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust's inpatient mental health unit in Ormskirk officially opened:- 'The Green Room' which will provide a space for patients to relax, wind down, have a chat or use as a religious or spiritual environment. The Green Room was officially opened, on Tuesday, 26 September 2017, and will be accessed by the unit's patients as part of their recovery as well as members of staff.

The initiative for The Green Room was developed by members of staff from the Occupational Therapy service who recognised that patients are not always well enough to access the existing faith facilities within the community which would be a preferred option. The unit received a number of kind donations including a television, furniture, spiritual artwork and books provided by Ormskirk Hospital League of Friends, service users, families and faith organisations across Lancashire.

Kate Halsall, Lead Occupational Therapist for Ormskirk Inpatients at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust:- "A big part of our jobs is to look at people's needs that go beyond taking medication. This involves working collaboratively with patients, listening to their wants and needs and doing our best to meet them. This project was to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our patients. Having a facility for patients to reflect or take part in therapeutic activities helps patients to improve the function of their lives and gives them a sense of who they are. It also helps staff here to understand the patient better and understand how they are feeling or how they work. We would like to say a big thank Rydon; who kindly offered to paint the walls free of charge, The League of Friends and our service users for their kind donations. We are so pleased to be able to provide this quiet and calm area for our patients to access prayer books or items, watch calming scenes on the television or just to enjoy some relaxing time out!"

Pete Hill, Support Worker in the Occupational Therapy Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:- "1 of the 1st things we say to a patient when they arrive here at the Scarisbrick Unit is, "tell me how I can help you?" As part of this conversation, we often look in to a person's needs around faith and spirituality as factors in aiding someone to recover is often helping people to recover their spiritual needs. I often ask people what keeps them going and what makes them feel connected? Whether this is going for a walk around the Hospital, feeding the ducks, watching a football game or visiting an art gallery, we always try to make these things happen for people. However, in some cases or at that particular stage in their recovery it is not always possible to get a patient out in to the community. That is when we started to think about the things we could do that would make a difference here at the unit. When we came up with the idea of a reflective space for our patients, I began spending a lot of time on the road going to see faith leaders and forming those community partnerships we needed to make it happen. The project has been very much a team effort and thanks to all of the kind donations we have received, we are now able to provide this fantastic space for our patients, an appropriate venue for pastoral care given by faith leaders who visit the unit. This space will also be offered to staff on the ward as a resource for prayer or time out. Everything we do is patient centred and whatever the circumstances we always aim to do the best we can for those in our care. I feel extremely proud of this achievement and look forward to the next project here at the Scarisbrick unit."

The Scarisbrick Inpatient Unit (SIPU) is a 21 bedded unit based within the premises of Ormskirk District General Hospital. The unit provides care and treatment for adult service users who are showing signs and symptoms of acute functional mental illness. Service users are from the population of Lancashire and surrounding areas. For more information about the Scarisbrick Unit please go to the Trust's website.


Great boost for Liverpool's Capital of Culture 10th Anniversary celebrations

LIVERPOOL'S 10th Anniversary Capital of Culture celebrations have received a Great boost. Culture Liverpool has unveiled that the Great Britain campaign is the 1st major partner of the region's 2018 events and arts programme.  The partnership means that next year's highlight events such as the Tall Ships Race and the end of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race will be given even more of a national and international profile, as the Great Britain campaign will use its impressive reach across the tourism, culture, investment, export, trade and education sectors to promote Liverpool's programme and position it as a must visit destination. The announcement comes as Liverpool officially launches its sponsorship programme for 2018.  Conrad Bird, Director of the Great Britain campaign, said:- "We at Great, are extremely proud to be the 1st to support the City's 10th Anniversary of European Capital of Culture 2008. Liverpool 2018 will provide the City region with another opportunity to boost the economy and showcase what a great place to work, live, trade and invest Liverpool is. The Great campaign aims to showcase the best of Britain, but also what is new and surprising. With what I've seen planned for 2018 Liverpool's partnership with Great is a perfect fit."

Liverpool's 2018 programme will shine a light on the City's progress since 2008 and its aspirations for the future. Plans are in motion to work with some of the world's best artists, musicians and cultural organisations to create a programme which will be integrated into the City's existing annual cultural offer and transcends the worlds of art, fashion, business and sport.  The aim is to attract audiences of around 4 million people, create ₤100 million economic impact, engage with 50,000 through education and community initiatives and push Liverpool to the top of the 'must visit' cities in 2018. Details of the 2018 programme will be announced at the end of October 2017. Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said:- "2018 is a landmark year for the City and the wider region, and will be a celebration of Liverpool's position at the heart of the UK's cultural scene which continually attracts global attention and exposure.  It's a real coup that the Great Britain campaign is working with us to promote the tenth anniversary of our cultural title; which has already been several years in the planning. The year will be a nod to the success of 2008, but will act as a showcase for how far we've come in the last ten years in terms of our creative confidence and innovation, and also sets out a marker for our ambitions for the future.  There is a buzz around the City ahead of our 2018 announcement which is to be expected given our reputation for staging unforgettable spectacles which engage audiences and push boundaries. Announcing the partnership with the Great Britain campaign is an indication of the strength of the programme, and we are excited about revealing more details in the next month or so."

The City is already promoting its 2018 programme to a global audience by virtue of its yacht in the Clipper Round the World yacht race which has just completed its 1st leg, from Liverpool to Uruguay, and returns back to the City in the summer of 2018.  Another highlight announced includes a special Sgt Pepper's concert by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles on Saturday, 13 January 2018, at the Liverpool Arena, to reprise their performance to celebrate the 1st ever concert at Liverpool ACC, back in 2008; performed by the RLPO. For more details about the Liverpool 2018 sponsorship programme via sending organisers an email.

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