Lancashire Care wins College of Mental
Health Pharmacy Award
LANCASHIRE Care NHS Foundation Trust's Pharmacy Team won
the oral presentation award for their newly developed Virtual Learning
Environment (VLE), at the international College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP)
The Trust's Pharmacy Team received the oral presentation award at the 8th
international CMHP Conference for their work in developing an in house virtual
learning community for mental health pharmacists enabling them to share
knowledge in order to improve care.
The team recognised that pharmacists working in isolation had limited
opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas and decided to develop the programme
to enable senior pharmacists to share their knowledge with junior pharmacists.
Regular face to face sessions were not a feasible option and therefore an online
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) was developed using free open source Moodle©
software. The tool provides staff with the ability to take part in peer to peer
learning, collaborative tasks and discussion forums and allow access to
formative feedback from senior peers.
Lisa Ainsworth, Medicines Management Education and Training Lead at Lancashire
Care NHS Foundation Trust said:- "It was an honour to be chosen to speak
at such a prestigious event and share the innovative work the Pharmacy team has
been involved in. I was delighted to win best oral presentation as the calibre
of the other presentations was very high.
The creation of the Virtual Learning Environment has allowed for the sharing of
clinical expertise within the team which ultimately leads to improved patient
care and experience for those accessing our services."
event, that took place at
The Midland Hotel, in Manchester, theme was 'A Wider Perspective'
and looked at how mental health can be affected by outside influences such as
Disturbance on the pitch during Everton and
Lyon at Goodison Park
MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that Officers from the
Force are now investigating following a disturbance, on the pitch, during a
football match between Everton and Lyon at Goodison Park, on Thursday, 19
October 2017. Merseyside Police Detectives will be reviewing footage and
speaking to witnesses to establish what, if any, offenses have been committed.
Anyone with information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact
Merseyside Police, on:- 0151 777 4065 or Crimestoppers anonymously, on:- 0800
Wirral Council wins road safety honour
at National Transport Awards
WIRRAL was among the winners at the
prestigious National Transport awards, with the Councils:- 'Mind Your
scheme coming out on top in the:- 'Road Safety' category.
Judges were looking for initiatives designed to reduce casualties and congestion
on our roads and the entry fought off stiff competition from across the UK.
The 'Mind Your Business' initiative was launched 3 years ago to remind company
bosses of their responsibilities and duty of care to employees who drive as part
of their work.
Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport said:-
"Our Road Safety team has worked tirelessly to improve road safety in Wirral and
this award is testament to that. 'The Mind your Business' initiative has gone from strength to strength and I am
really pleased that our forward thinking and innovative team is now being
recognised at a national level."
Wirral Council's Road Safety Team invite representatives from local businesses
to attend an annual conference to discuss issues and concerns about road safety.
Business leaders also attended a 'mock trial' to demonstrate the
potential consequences for a company if 1 of their drivers is involved in a
collision. To find out more about the 'Mind Your Business'
initiative visit their
website. Alternatively, you can also send them an email to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org or ring
Paul Leatherbarrow from
Wirral Council's Road Safety Team, on:- 0151 606 2397.
4 Merseyside Police Officers heading to
British Virgin Islands to help with Relief Efforts
MERSEYSIDE Police Officers have flown to the British
Virgin Islands (BVI) as part of the international relief effort following the
devastation left by Hurricane Irma. More than 120 people were killed when
Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean in August and thousands of people have been
left homeless and without basics such as food and clean water. We are told that
4 Merseyside Police Officers; 2 Constables, a Sergeant and a Chief Inspector;
will form part of a North West contingent of Police Officers who are the latest
to fly out and assist on the hurricane hit islands.
The 4 departed on Friday, 20 October 2017, from RAF Brize Norton, in
co-operation with the Ministry of Defence. Whilst there they will work with the
Local Police Force to maintain law and order, as well as helping to find missing
people including British Nationals. All the officers have volunteered their own
time and will work up to 12 hour shifts for up to 4 weeks.
Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said:- "Nobody could fail to be moved
by the images of the devastation left after Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean, 2
months ago and the people who were left homeless and destitute. Our Officers
have volunteered to give up their own time to fly out to the British Virgin
Islands to offer their help and share their invaluable experience as Police
Officers. Whilst there they will be supporting the BVI Police and Military
colleagues in returning stability to the islands and provide reassurance and
support to those who have been directly affected. I have no doubt that they will
have to face some difficult and challenging circumstances, but I am confident
that they will bring a wealth of experience and professionalism to the task in
the weeks ahead."
OMD phone box - connection restored
AN old red telephone box that had become synonymous with
Wirral chart toppers, OMD, is now back on the street thanks to a campaign led by
fans. The telephone kiosk on Greenwood Road, Meols, is beloved by OMD fans as it
is the subject of the band's 2nd single release:- "Red Frame/White Light"
in 1980. The band used to make calls to organise their early gigs in the late
1970's and the number of the telephone:- 632 3003, is a key feature of the song
lyrics. The telephone box was removed earlier this year as part of BT's payphone
removal programme, with no objections having been received as part of the public
consultation process towards the end of 2016. However, once fans realised that
the kiosk had been removed, they quickly organised themselves into a campaign
group to call for its reinstatement, if not as a public telephone, as a kind of
tourist attraction for OMD fans, from near and far, who regularly visited the
site as part of their travels. Their lobbying quickly drew support within Wirral
Council and particularly from the Cabinet member for Transport and
Infrastructure, Cllr Stuart Whittingham. Officers from within the council's
highways team and Wirral West Constituency Committee liaised with colleagues
from BT and the box was secured and placed into quarantine while arrangements
for its recovery were put in place. The campaigners originally named
themselves:- 'Save 632 3003,' but have now become the:-
'Friends of 632 3003' and as a properly constituted:- 'Friends'
group have committed to maintenance and management of the telephone box, now it
is back in place. 1 of their 1st tasks will be to give the kiosk a lick of
paint, in that famous 'currant red' colour, with a supply of paint
provided free of charge by BT.
Steph McCahill, Chairperson of the Friends of 632 3003 said:- "Seeing the
phone box returned and installed today is a significant milestone in the work of
the Friends of 632 group who campaigned hard to get it back into its rightful
place. The OMD fans have been with us every step of the way and, like the
Friends Group, are ecstatic about the box being reinstalled. Many overseas fans
will be visiting the phone box when they are in the area for the OMD gig, that
takes place on 29 October 2017."
Cllr Stuart Whittingham added:- "We're just really happy to have been able
to play a part in rescuing this significant local landmark before it was lost
forever. It has been an unusual thing to have been part of; both BT and the
Council followed the correct process in managing the proposed phone box removals
and indeed some of the 26 planned removals were refused after public objections.
But in the case of 632 3003, its cultural status is unofficial and the
objections didn't come until later. The important thing was we acted quickly and
decisively and, having made suitable arrangements with the new Friends group, we
have been able to work together to find a way of satisfying all parties."
Mark Johnson, BT payphone manager, said:- "We're pleased
that we've been able to work with Wirral Council to reinstate this phone box
that has captured the hearts of OMD fans across the world, and that the Council
are adopting it to keep a piece of local pop music history alive."
Andy McCluskey from the band also welcomed the return of the telephone box,
saying:- "The old telephone box at the corner of Greenwood Road was our
communication centre to the rest of the world in the very early days of the band
when neither Paul Humphreys nor I lived in houses that had a telephone. It had a
nostalgic connection for both of us as we needed it to call School friends and
girlfriends and seemed an appropriate subject for a song by a band that
specialises in the interaction of humans and machines. Using 632 3003 we
arranged concerts, phoned music newspapers and kept in contact with our manager
and record label. It was here that I heard the news that we had our 1st Top 20 single. I was sad to see it removed, but frankly amazed at the level of
support that the 'Friends' gathered in having it reinstated. Many thanks to all
who have taken part in preserving this small piece of our history. I am
delighted to see it back because I am still playing music and touring 40 years
after our 'little red office' started us on the journey!"
The Friends Group are now focusing their efforts on getting the box refurbished
and will be organising fundraising events to help them with the upkeep of the
phone box, such as an 80's disco, to be held on 24 November 2017, at Melrose
Tickets for this event can be purchased by contacting the team at 'Friends
of 632 3003' on Facebook and more information can be found on the