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MP joins 'Summer Celebration' at Dale Park Care Home

DALE Park Care Home in Southport, Merseyside, was visited on Friday, 1 July 2022, by Conservative MP for Southport, Damien Moore, as the home welcomed visitors and guests from the local community to the home to participate in this year's Care Home Open Week celebrations from 27 June to 3 July 2022. The 46 bed friendly, purpose built care home, offering dementia care, which is owned by HC-One, was delighted to open its doors to celebrate Care Home Open Week with Residents, Colleagues, friends, family, and the wider community. Care Home Open Week is a national event hosted by Championing Social Care, designed to connect care homes with their local communities. This year, homes across the UK enjoyed being able to celebrate with communities in person again, having marked the annual event virtually during the Covid19 Pandemic.

Residents and Colleagues of the HC-One owned home enjoyed meeting MP Damien Moore and chatting to him about what life is like at Dale Park; which is an integral part of the local Southport community. Dale Park's chosen theme for this year's Care Home Open Week was:- 'Summer Celebration.' Throughout the week, Residents, Colleagues, families and friends enjoyed a variety of fun filled activities which were enjoyed by all. Visitors also enjoyed learning from Colleagues in the home about what a rewarding career in care looks like and finding out about opportunities for community engagement and volunteering roles to support their local care community.

Andrea Ekuruemu, Home Manager at Dale Park Care Home, said:- "We were delighted to welcome MP Damien Moore to our home and open the doors of Dale Park again to welcome in our local community and bring everyone together to celebrate Care Home Open Week 2022. Everyone had an amazing time. We are proud to support Southport, and our Open Week celebrations provided a great opportunity to reconnect with our local community after the challenges of the Pandemic, to support community engagement, and to remind our local community that our kind care teams are here if they ever need support for themselves or a loved one."

MP for Southport, Damien Moore, commented:- "It was a real pleasure to join Dale Park Care Home's summer celebration on Friday, as part of this year's Care Home Open Week. Dale Park is a key part of our local community, where residents are supported by a dedicated, hard working, and extremely high quality team of staff. Despite the significant pressures they have faced over the past couple of years, they have continued to do a fantastic job in supporting their residents, something that was palpably clear to me over the lovely visit. This summer celebration was a great opportunity to showcase to our community all that Dale Park has to offer, and I will continue doing all I can to support them and all other care homes in Southport as our town's MP."

Supporting continued improvements to health and care in Sefton

LONG standing plans to support improvements to health and care in Sefton have reached an important milestone with the establishment of Sefton Partnership; a collaboration between the NHS, Sefton Council, Sefton CVS, Healthwatch and other local organisations. On 1 July 2022, Sefton Partnership was formally established for the borough, as 1 of 9 local area partnerships within the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System. These partnerships will lead on shaping health and care in their areas, and for Sefton means a continuation of long standing work to bring health and care closer together, to improve and shape services around the needs of local people.

Deborah Butcher, place director for Sefton Partnership, said:- "It's the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for health and care. We will enhance and accelerate the ambition for Sefton Partnership, whilst ensuring we continue what the NHS, the Council and other local partners have been working to deliver for some time. The new changes brought about by legislation will give us the mandate to remove some of the barriers between organisations, to help them provide a more seamless service, focused on the individual, to better provide for their health and care needs.'

After nearly a decade of proudly supporting, coordinating and commissioning care for the health needs of Sefton, NHS Southport and Formby and NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) will be replaced by NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board, which is the new statutory NHS organisation.

The CCG's services and staff will transfer to NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, though they will continue their work on improving outcomes for Sefton residents by supporting the work of Sefton Partnership in the borough. The CCG's websites and social media accounts will be reshaped to support Sefton Partnership. A new management structure, drawing from the expertise and talents at the CCG and Sefton Council, is being established for the Partnership and plans for how it will support the needs of the borough are being finalised.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer of the CCGs, said:- "I'm immensely proud of the achievements that the CCGs and partners have made over the last 9 years. Not only have they enabled progress towards improving the health and wellbeing of people in the borough, they have helped to lay firm foundations for collaborative working and high standards of care that Sefton Partnership can build upon. I've been working closely with the place director Deborah Butcher, to facilitate an effective transfer and help Sefton Partnership hit the ground running. I wish Deborah and my colleagues in the NHS, Sefton Council and our partner organisations all the very best, as they take health and care in Sefton into this new era."

Deborah Butcher, place director for Sefton Partnership, said:- "On behalf of everyone in Sefton Partnership, I'd like to thank Fiona for her dedication to Sefton, her contribution to improving health care, for all that she and her team have achieved and for her tireless dedication to improving the lives of people in the borough."

Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, said:- "We are all sad to see Fiona leave but we will all remember her passion and commitment to residents of Sefton. Fiona has been a loyal and dedicated NHS employee and worked in partnership with the Council for a very long time. We will miss her positive personality and her open and honest approach, but wish her every success in her future."

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