Trust wins award for Innovation...
Nurse has won a prestigious national award to find the most
innovative ways of promoting health and independence amongst older
people. Diane Singleton, Lead Nurse for Older People for
Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, has beaten off competition
from across the UK to claim the Nursing Times Award.
Diane was chosen for her work in setting up the multi-award winning
Liveability Service in South Liverpool. She created the
innovative scheme to promote the health and quality of life of older
people, so that they could live healthy, more active and independent
lives for longer. The service’s success is in reducing
isolation and ill health, reducing the need for costly NHS and
social care interventions.
Diane said:- “The standard of the competition was extremely
high, so I am over the moon that we won. But the real reward is in
seeing the benefits that we give to our clients, who often quite
literally find a new lease of life when they start to access our
service. We have a 2 pronged approach to service delivery. The first
includes the many activities we provide within the Sunflower Centre
in Woolton such as Tai Chi, dancing, chair-based exercises and our
daily gym fit sessions in our own gym specifically tailored for
older people. The second involves our holistic home assessments
where a member of the team will visit an older person at home.”
The assessment involves routine health screening, consisting of
blood pressure check, height, weight, BMI and medication review.
Checks are also made on whether the older person is receiving all
the benefits they are entitled to, have smoke detectors fitted, and
are safe from environmental risks within the home which could lead
to falls and accidents.
The service also provides a 6 week Active Ageing Programme. Once
registered, older people can attend seminars and hear up-to-date
information from health professionals and colleagues from other
services dealing with older people.
Working in partnership with local schools, this is an accredited
intergenerational programme which involves young people in its
delivery. By bringing together young and old, the scheme encourages
younger people to better understand older people’s needs and vice
Harvey Winter, 77, from Woolton, has been a regular at the Sunflower
Centre for over a year. He says:- “My wife started
attending the Sunflower Centre before I did and convinced me to go
along to see if the fitness classes would help me with my arthritis.
I loved it – I come away from my circuit class feeling elated and it
really benefits my legs. I’d urge anyone over the age of 50 to go
along and see what’s on offer – it just might change your life.”
Bernie Cuthel, Acting Chief Executive of Liverpool Community Health
said:- “We are very proud of Diane and all that she achieved
and are delighted that her work has been recognised at such a
RARE SAWFLY DISCOVERED FOR FIRST TIME IN UK
AS a major
conference on biodiversity and climate change is held in Inverness,
conservation charity Trees for Life announced that it has discovered
a species of sawfly that has never been recorded in the UK before.
Guy Knight, an entomologist at the National Museums in Liverpool,
discovered the sawfly (Nematus pseudodispar) on Trees for Life’s
Dundreggan Estate in Glen Moriston, which lies to the west of Loch
Ness in Inverness-shire.
The specimen was collected on 20 August 2010, but a second
opinion was sought from an expert in Germany before the sawfly’s
identity was confirmed.
The species has never been recorded in the UK before. It is also
thought to be extremely rare in Europe, having only been found in
Finland and Latvia. The species is considered to be a true northern
European birchwood specialist.
“The presence of the sawfly on Dundreggan is remarkable, and
we are delighted to have made this discovery during the
International Year of Biodiversity. It illustrates the importance of
the estate’s birch-juniper woodland, which is amongst the best of
its type in Scotland,” said Alan Watson Featherstone,
Executive Director of Trees for Life.
The Highlands International Biodiversity and Climate Change
conference, part of the United Nations’ International Year of
Biodiversity, is being held at the Highland Council Chambers in
Inverness. It is being hosted by CIFAL Findhorn, the United
Nations Institute for Training and Research affiliated training
centre for Northern Europe.
The event will discuss the latest information about how climate
change is affecting the unique habitats and resources of the
Highlands and Islands, and learn about innovative solutions to
enhance biodiversity under the pressure of climate change. Experts
in land and marine ecology, and people from all walks of Highland
life, will be in attendance.
Delegates at the conference visited Dundreggan on Saturday 6 November
2010. The Highland estate is a
key site in Trees for Life’s award-winning work to restore
Scotland’s Caledonian Forest, and is notable for its biodiversity,
with over 50 species that are listed as priorities for conservation
in the UK having been found there.
The discovery of this sawfly there is the latest in a string of
finds at the site. These include a mining bee thought to have been
extinct in Scotland since 1949 and the golden horsefly, which had
only been since twice in Scotland since 1923 until it was spotted on
Dundreggan in 2008.
Trees for Life is planting half a million trees at Dundreggan, as
well as developing scientific research and education programmes, and
supporting the return of rare woodland wildlife, plants and insects.
Alan Watson Featherstone said:- “The importance of on the
ground projects such as the work taking place at Dundreggan was
again highlighted only a few days ago, when the UN biodiversity
meeting in Japan agreed a plan with disappointingly weak targets for
slowing biodiversity loss.”
For details about Trees for Life’s work, see:-
treesforlife.org.uk or call:- 0845 458 3505.
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Sophie Kinsella will be at the
Formby Pool complex, on Wednesday 24 November 2010, from 4pm to 5pm.
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