Mersey Care forms new social
prescribing partnership to develop its Life Rooms support
MERSEY Care NHS Foundation Trust has
joined forces with tech for good company and social prescribing specialists
Elemental Software to improve the way that it refers patients to help and
support at its Life Rooms Centres, in Walton and Southport.
The Life Rooms is Mersey Care's state of the art centre for learning, recovery,
health and wellbeing. In 2016, its centre in Walton opened its doors after the
NHS Trust saved the historic Carnegie building at the former Walton Library in
North Liverpool. Following its success, another centre opened in Southport in
As a leading Mental Health Trust and 1 of only 7 NHS England Mental Health
Global Digital Exemplars, Mersey Care will use Elemental's unique digital
technology to transform its referrals process through its Pathways Advisors, who
are based at the Life Rooms and help people using the centre to identify help
and support on issues including finding employment, housing, managing money and
enrolling on Recovery College courses.
The aim of the partnership is to enable more people to engage with the Pathways
Programme, provide them with more choice and to free up capacity for the Life
Rooms team to help the people that need it.
It will also enable Mersey Care to better monitor and track the progress and
outcomes of the referrals it makes to understand the difference that its support
is making to people's lives.
Michael Crilly, Director of Social Inclusion at Mersey Care, said:- "The
Life Rooms has been a huge success, with over 22,521 people visiting the centre
in Walton since its opening, showing the huge need for this kind of support at
the heart of the communities in which we work. Quality, recovery and wellbeing
are at the heart of everything we do, and we are delighted to be working with
Elemental to enhance the way that we deliver support through our Pathways
Programme, significantly improving the way that we make referrals to non medical
support and crucially, enabling us to monitor and measure the real impact of
Elemental Co-Founder, Leeann Monk-Ozgul, added:- "Mersey Care is an
innovative organisation that is working to tackle some of the most challenging
mental health issues, and it is great to see that social prescribing is playing
such a big part in the development of the support it offers at the Life Rooms.
Social prescribing is increasingly being see as the way forward in delivering
real and lasting health and wellbeing improvements in communities, and our
software aims to makes it easier to refer, connect, support and measure the
impact referrals. We are looking forward to working with Mersey Care to support
its Pathways Programme and add real value in the way that it works with and
refers patients to different sources of support in their communities."
Elemental Software was set up by co-founders Leeann and Jennifer Neff last year,
following years of experience as community development workers in Derry,
Northern Ireland, after they recognised that the people that most needed support
to manage their own health and wellbeing were often not engaging in the
programme and services on their doorstep.
They developed a cloud based platform that connects health and social
professionals, social prescribers, patients and providers of community based
programmes and services to provide commissioners with the freedom and
flexibility to shape social prescribing initiatives based on their community
infrastructure and needs of their citizens.
They work with a wide range of organisations across health, housing and
community development to advise on the development of social prescribing
programmes and to embed their unique technology to enable organisations to
better refer to, and measure, social prescribing activities in their local
Road safety campaign in memory of
6 year old Bobby reaches 50,000 School pupils
AROUND 50,000 School pupils across
Liverpool and beyond have benefited from a free road safety assembly in memory
of a little boy who was killed while crossing the road. It's estimated that
thousands more children will continue to be educated on safer road crossing
throughout 2018 as Liverpool author and storyteller Jude Lennon prepares to
visit more Schools with her road safety books, as part of the:- 'Bobby Colleran
Campaign.' Miss Lennon, a former School Teacher, was commissioned to write new road safety
book:- 'Superbob' in memory of Schoolboy Bobby Colleran, who was killed on
Leyfield Road, in West Derby, in October 2014. The colourful book was officially
launched at Bobby's School Blackmoor Park
Infants in September 2016. However, since then, author and storyteller Miss
Lennon has rolled it out to a further 192 Schools in Liverpool and the wider
Merseyside area. A 2nd road safety book written by Miss Lennon called:- 'S.T.O.P (Superbob
Tells Off Parents),' which was published earlier this year, has also made
its way into a further 52 Schools.
Speaking about the campaign in the run up to Road Safety Week, that runs from 22 November
to 26 November 2017, Miss
Lennon said:- "This has been an extremely successful campaign so far with
almost 50,000 pupils benefiting from a road safety assembly which I deliver when
visiting Schools to talk about the books.
Both books feature the heroic 'Super Bob' who wears a cowboy hat and red cape
and shares his advice with children and adults who are putting themselves and
others in danger. Children really relate to the character
and as a result of this, I'm confident they also pick up on the key messages
about road safety. Our hope is they take these messages, process them and put
them into practice by being more aware of the dangers when they are crossing
With Road Safety Week coming up later this month it's a great opportunity for
parents and teachers alike to reiterate these messages with children and having
these books available in Schools will, of course, be hugely beneficial."
Miss Lennon was commissioned by the Bobby Colleran Trust, which was set up by
Bobby's family following his death. The trust campaigns for road safety
improvements and since launched in 2015 has campaigned tirelessly for safer
roads outside all Schools. In 2016, the trust teamed up with Radio City to
implement:- 'Bobby Zones'
outside all Liverpool Primary Schools. This has been hugely successful and now
the trust is aiming to get the same zones outside Schools across the UK.
Both Superbob books have been illustrated by Alan Jones and Bobby's brothers
helped Miss Lennon with the character ideas and content for the story. They
suggested using Bobby' favourite catchphrase:- "I'm fuming" which is an
integral part of both stories.
When visiting Schools Miss Lennon reads from the book and encourages children to
think about their own safety when near roads. The key message of the campaign is
that road safety is for 'everyone' and children and adults alike
need to do their bit to keep 'everyone' safe.
All Schools participating in the 'Superbob' campaign assemblies receive a
free copy of the book for the School library. Additional book sales and
donations go straight back to The Bobby Colleran Trust to pay for the assemblies
and educational resources for Schools.
Council to take back control
of City's highways
LIVERPOOL City Council is to take back
control of looking after the City's highways by ending its contract with Amey,
by mutual agreement. A report to the Liverpool City Council's cabinet next Friday, 24 November
2017, is to recommend that the 9 year contract for the delivery of highways services
(established in July 2013) be closed in the New Year, as part of a drive to
deliver £90m of savings over the next 3 years, due to Government cuts. If
approved, the Council and Amey will complete the mutually agreed exit by the end
of January 2018.
The moves comes as part of a Council wide review which has brought parks
services, street cleansing, bin collections, IT and HR and Payroll services all
back "in house" to deliver further savings. Although cost savings were
initially made under the contract, the Council considers that further savings
could be achieved in looking at alternative smarter and more flexible delivery
methods, as shown with its new pothole repair contracts with the private sector.
Following the negotiated exit, it is also proposed that an interim service be
put in place for an 18 month period to allow the Council to carry out a detailed
review of the various options for future service delivery.
The highways services which are currently delivered by Amey are:-
► Highway Maintenance.
► Highway Inspections.
► Highway Enforcement.
► Condition Surveys.
► Street Lighting Inspection and Maintenance.
► Winter Maintenance.
► Gully/Highway Drainage Maintenance.
► Highway Structures Maintenance and Management.
► Street Works Co-ordination.
► Alleygate Maintenance.
► Highway Professional Services.
In the short term, it is proposed to separate
the current service provision, as follows:-
► Client based functions and associated resource be transferred back to the
Council. This will include, for example, the highway inspections, street works
inspections, project management and work scheduling, and professional services (eg:- design).
► The operational element of the service and the associated resource, be
transferred to Liverpool Street Scene Services Limited (or LSSL). This will
include, for example, the gully cleansing operatives, the street lighting
operatives, and the white works operatives (eg:- flagging works).
The negotiated exit from the contract will result in eligible staff either
transferring back to the Council or Liverpool Street Scene Limited (LSSL). The
detail of those with TUPE rights will be confirmed 28 days prior to
Councillor Ann O'Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, said:- "The stark
reality of these punitive Government cuts is forcing the Council, to look at
every single penny we spend to ensure, not just value for money, but to help
protect the vulnerable as much as we possibly can.
The highways contract with Amey LG did initially deliver savings but we believe
more can be achieved by bringing the operations back in house. We have seen with
other services such as street cleansing and refuse collections that insourcing
can deliver savings which can be reinvested to make our money go further.
Anyone who travels by car through Liverpool knows the City has a pothole issue
and the Council is doing all it can. Unfortunately this issue is a double whammy
because while we are investing £88m in repairs the Government are putting in
just £18m. The Mayor has already written to the Minister highlighting this lack
of investment and we will continue to make the point especially while London
receives an inordinate amount of transport investment compared to Northern
cities like ourselves."
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet Member for Highways, added:- "I am
confident that this proposal will deliver the best possible value for Council
Tax payers, help us improve services and deliver savings through eliminating
management fees and working with staff and the trade unions to promote
A further report will be submitted to Cabinet considering future delivery
arrangements within 12 months of the exit from the contract.
Amey's Highways Business Director David Ogden said:- "We have reached a
mutual agreement with Liverpool City Council to end our highways contract early
after both sides raised concerns about the sustainability of the contract. The
financial environment has changed significantly since the signing of this
contract and we both agreed that this is the best course of action for all.
Working together since 2013, Amey and Liverpool City Council have maintained the
highways and street lighting service across the City, and are now committed to
ensuring a smooth transition to a new service delivery approach in the coming
Commuters in the North West now spend
26 working days a year travelling
COMMUTERS from the North West now face
an average 56 minute daily journey; the equivalent of 26 working days a year,
according to TUC analysis released to mark Work Wise UK's Commute Smart Week.
Getting to and from work now takes commuters in the North West an extra 7
minutes a day compared with a decade ago; the equivalent of an extra 26 hours a
year spent on congested roads and packed trains. Nationally, commuters are
facing an average daily journey of 58 minutes, up 5 minutes from a decade ago.
The number of workers facing very long commutes (over 2 hours) is up by 34%,
with 3,291,012 now facing very long journeys.
Rail commuters face the longest journeys,
taking an average of 2 hours and 12 minutes every day; an increase of 4 minutes
on the last decade. Drivers spend 52 minutes on the road to work and back (up by
4 minutes), while bus commuters must set aside 39 minutes a day (up by 7
minutes). Cyclists (43 minutes) and walkers (30 minutes) have the quickest daily
Commute times are up across the country...
Londoners take the longest to get to and from work:- 1 hour and 21 minutes each
day; up by 6 minutes in the last decade. Welsh workers have the shortest daily
commute in Great Britain, at 49 minutes. Every English region now faces an
average commute time of over 50 minutes a day.
The TUC blames growing commutes on 3 main factors:-
► Low Government spending on transport
► Employers not offering flexible and home working.
► Real wages falling while property prices soar, making it hard to move closer to
TUC Regional Secretary for the North West Lynn
Collins said:- "We're now spending 26 working days a year going to and
from work. That's wasted time, which could have been better spent with family
and friends. Commutes should be getting shorter, but inflexible bosses and
our cash tarved
transport system mean we're wasting more and more time getting to work. It
doesn't have to be like this. Home working and less rigid hours would take
pressure off road and rail. And serious Government investment could give us a
transport network that's up to the job."