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ISSUE 28 | JUNE 2014



As we are approaching summer, we need to reflect on a number of really difficult messages for the Trust, and changes within our Leadership Team. We would like to welcome Sue Page, Interim Chief Executive who has over 35 years of experience as a Chief Executive. Sue has replaced Bernie Cuthel who stepped down from our Board in April. Ros Fallon arrived with Sue as Interim Director of Performance / CEO Support. We have also been joined by Jill Byrne, Interim Director of Nursing and Johanna Reilly, Interim Director of Operations in place of Helen Lockett who previously fulfilled these positions as a dual role. Jackie Kelly has taken up the post of Acting Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development. The new team are here to support the Trust in transforming the way we deliver our services to ensure they are even more patient focused and improve our engagement with our staff, patients, partners, commissioners and communities in developing our services over the next 12 months. Following initial engagement the direction of travel is towards multi-disciplinary teams in localities; working directly with primary care, social care and other providers to meet the needs of the local community and deliver against commissioner intentions. The foundation of this model of care will be enhanced clinical leadership and empowerment. We remain committed to providing the best possible care to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients and communities.

Deputy Chief Executive’s welcome COVER STORY: The Beat Health Centre official opening attended by Baroness Helen Newlove, Victim Commissioner and Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar.

Our Top story in this month’s edition is the official launch of the BEAT which was attended by The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar and Baroness Helen Newlove, Victim’s Commissioner, turn to our centre pages to read the full story! In May, we also celebrated eRedbook’s first birthday and we hear from a mum and her experiences of using the electronic health record. The Trust was also visited by a delegation from Sweden as part of a European exchange to share best practice and to learn from international partners to develop community services. Finally, we are all excited for our Annual Staff Awards ceremony which will take place on 13th June 2014, which recognises the commitment and achievements of our dedicated NHS staff over the past year and this year includes a Members award for the first time.

Gary Andrews


Wally Brown cbe It is with much sadness that I have decided to step back from my position as a Non-Executive Director, (NED) of LCH. I have made this decision so I can spend more time travelling. The dates of meetings restrict my time away to just less than three weeks, which I am finding restrictive. After over 50 years of working life I feel now is the right time to pull in the horns. Although the majority of my working life has been spent in the education sector I have also spent over 12 years as a Non-Executive Director on various health boards. My first position as a NED was on the Merseyside Strategic Health Authority, were I was a member of the Audit Committee, I sat on that board for five years until it was disbanded and the North West Strategic Health Authority was established.

across with Frances to LCH. It was a decision I have not regretted. I have had a wonderful time helping to establish the Trust and move it towards Trust status. Frances and I are the only two surviving NEDs from the original organisation. During my time on the Trust I chaired the HR committee, the Equalities Committee and the Audit Committee, and I have seen the Trust make remarkable progress as it has developed. My own aspirations for the Trust was to develop an organisation that provides the best possible service to all users and is an organisation that is totally inclusive, so all staff and users feel valued and safe no matter their ethnicity, gender, disability or sexual orientation. These are principles I value and have not compromised on, I believe the Trust under Frances’ leadership is well on the way to meeting these goals.

I have many wonderful memories of LCH, observing highly committed staff, giving over 100% effort, to ensure their patients’ needs were met with compassion and care. Although I am stepping down as a NED you have not got rid of me totally. The chair has asked me to stay on as an associated NED, initially until the summer. In this role I will facilitate a smooth take over with the new NED and with the Audit Committee Chair, and will also carry out a project at the chairs request. So not fully gone. You will still see my face from time to time, but certainly a step back from my role as a NED!

I wanted to get closer to patients so I opted to join the Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT). At that time the PCT had both a commissioning, and a provider role. The division between the two functions was through sub committees - I joined the provider subcommittee, which was chaired by the present chair of LCH Frances Molloy. I was also a member of the Audit committee, and I chaired the Appeals Committee. Further changes within the health sector meant that PCTs had to separate the Commissioning function from the Provider role. It was then that Liverpool Community Health was established. I was given a choice to stay with the PCT or to go with LCH. For me the decision was easy, LCH kept me closer to patients, and I enjoyed working with the Chair Frances Molloy, we shared the same values and principles, and she was a person for whom I had, and still do have great respect for, so I moved

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Members Moment LCH are selecting Members to spend time in our healthcare services, this will be an exciting opportunity for Members to gain an insight into how our workforce delivers care to the community and interacts with patients.

Afterwards you can write a small review about your experience of the day, which will be published in the following edition of PS Magazine.

You will spend the day with our Membership team and oversee the day to day activities of one of our healthcare teams.

This is a fantastic opportunity both for our Members and for LCH to get an understanding of how we can make difference to our patients and to improve patient care.

If you would like to feature in the “Members moment� please contact Katie Johnson by telephone 0151 295 3533 or email

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Skills Learning Zone In March, our Skills Learning Zone celebrated six years of success with an awards ceremony held at the Liner Hotel in Liverpool. The ceremony recognised the achievements of the centre and the learners from across Liverpool Community Health and The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital. There were two special awards; one for “Apprentice of the Year” awarded to Maria McGrath, Clerical Assistant and “Above and Beyond” awarded to Jo Thomas, a member of the Learning Zones team, in supporting learners and other colleagues. Skills Learning Zone is an internally accredited training centre which supports and delivers vocational qualifications for our staff. Since 2008, just short of 1000 learners have progressed through a variety of learning programmes which promote and enhance the skills of our workforce, enabling them to achieve progress and ultimately have an impact on patient care. For further information on Traineeships, Apprenticeships and Vocational Training please contact Suzi Wood, Learning & Development Manager on 0151 296 7797.


Maria McGrath

Jo Thomas

December 2013 Sarah, Virtual Ward Coordinator has been nominated for her support and encouragement of colleagues working collectively as a virtual ward team as opposed to isolated teams across South Sefton. As a result staff are working more equitably across the ward with similar weightings of patients, and patients are being seen by the most appropriate level of staff i.e. more complex patients assessed by more senior/experienced staff, reducing duplication, roles and responsibilities have been defined.

Sarah Gibson

January 2014 Rachel, a Nurse in our Treatment Rooms has been nominated in recognition of her care she delivers to patients and the quality of her note taking and record keeping. Rachel manages to complete the patient treatment and documentation in a single treatment time despite working under very tight time constraints. Rachel has become one of the EMIS Web Link Nurses for the Treatment Room staff providing support to staff and other colleagues even when she is really busy.

Rachel Kelly

February 2014 Lyndsey, a Dental Nurse has taken on a team leader role in the long term absence of the regular team leader. Her nomination describes how she has motivated staff in uncertain times and coordinated her service in a proactive manner. This is something that although is not officially expected of Lyndsey; she has done because of her commitment to patient care.

Lyndsey Titley

March 2014 Veronica, Interim Manager of Bed Based Intermediate Care, has won Employee of the Month for the leadership and management she has provided since stepping in to become the Interim Manager of Bed Based Intermediate Care.

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Our patients to benefit from Investment

We are one of seventy five NHS Trusts across the country that will benefit from part of the £30 million national investment in technology. The money is part of the first round of a £100m of investment from the ‘Nursing Technology Fund’ which was announced by Prime Minister, David Cameron. NHS England launched the application process for funding last year. The £170K award from the Nursing Technology Fund will enable LCH to provide clinical staff working in patients’ homes with the technology to be able to access and add to the patient’s electronic health record whilst working mobile in the community. Clinicians will be able to connect securely using a tablet device, meaning that safer care, better informed decision making and improved communication with patients and GP, but it removes the need for paper record keeping. Clinicians will access, view and update the patient record, including medications, recent problems, hospital letters and test results whilst out on visits. Marie Crofts, Deputy Director of Nursing and Executive Nurse commented “This is a way of making life easier for our staff using a tablet or iPad can mean a clinician can work on the go without needing to make as many trips back to the office, which means more time spent caring for patients. Ultimately this will enable nurses to improve the care they provide for patients.”


LCH supports European Exchange Nurses LCH is supporting a group of qualified nurses as part of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning programme. The Leonardo programme, now known as Erasmus+ supports UK vocational education and training organisations, staff and learners to work together with European partners to improve training, skills and employability. During March and April, the Swedish nurses shadowed LCH staff from a range of services and teams from across the city including District Nursing, Community Matrons and Therapy services. The nurses from Jonkoping County, Southern Sweden have all spent between three and four years in higher education focussing on rehabilitation with Gislaveds Kommun. The Gislaveds Kommun provides the community nursing service and healthcare provision in the county. Sara Lidberg-Carlsson, one of the Swedish nurses said “It’s been such an enjoyable and enlightening experience. LCH is advanced in the delivery of health education and empowering patients to be more independent. I am very impressed with coordination of services; the expert knowledge of the clinical staff ultimately improves the patients’ journey. We have some good ideas to take back to Sweden.” LCH are applying to Eramus+ Programme for funding to support small number of clinical staff to be able undertake learning and gain professional experience through a corresponding visit to Sweden.


Older Peoples Awards LCH is partnering with 13 local organisations and Liverpool City Council for the second year running to support the Older Peoples Awards which recognises the achievements of people over the age of 65 in Liverpool. Liverpool entertainer Ricky Tomlinson is urging people to nominate their friends, family and neighbours in the city’s Older People’s Awards.

Green Room” is sponsoring a new category “Smile Award” that will recognise a special character who goes the extra mile to help others and always cheers people up. People can enter themselves or nominate someone else or an agency that helps older people on a daily basis with its service or initiatives. The award categories in full are:


Ricky will host to the celebration taking place in the Devonshire Hotel and Ricky’s cabaret club “The


or you can pick them up from Liverpool Mutual Homes offices or freephone 0300 123 2300 from a mobile or 0800 678 1894 from a landline and request for one to be sent out to you, alternatively you can fill in an application form online older-peoples-awards-nomination-form/ 9

The Beat Health Centre official opening attended by Baroness Helen Newlove, Victim Commissioner and Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar.

The BEAT health centre is officially opened LCH celebrated the official opening of its new, state-of-the-art city health centre this April. The launch which was attended by an audience of city leaders, local health partners and health staff, saw the Baroness Helen Newlove, Victim Commissioner and Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar unveiled a plaque to officially open the Trust’s new premises. The new centre is located at The BEAT alongside Liverpool ONE, with entrances on both Hanover Street and David Lewis Street. The health services which have relocated into the new centre include: ●G  reat Charlotte Street’s City Walk-In Centre & Sexual Health Service ●A  BACUS Sexual Health Services ●T  he Armistead Centre (Specialist LGBT health service) ●S  AFE Place (Merseyside’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre) In addition, a brand new interactive Health Information Centre (HIC) has also been opened on the site, providing members of the public with drop-in access to free, professional information and advice on a wide range of healthy living issues, such as stopping smoking, health eating, getting active and much more.


Opening times for health services which have relocated to The BEAT health centre are as follows: ●L  iverpool City Walk-in Centre: Monday to Friday 7.00am – 10.00pm, Weekends and Bank Holidays 9.00am – 10.00pm (no appointment needed, just drop in). Entrance is on David Lewis Street at the rear of the building. ●A  bacus Sexual Health Services: (incl. extended opening times for appointments and drop-in clinics): Monday to Thursday 10.00am – 6.00pm, Fridays 10.00am – 4.00pm, Saturdays 11.00am – 4.00pm, Sundays 12 noon – 3.00pm. Entrance is on David Lewis Street at the rear of the building. ●H  ealth Information Centre: Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Entrance is located at the front of The BEAT on Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 4AF. For more information about all of the services that Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust provides at the BEAT, please visit: Have you used our service? Why not tweet us at The BEAT @NHSliverpoolCH #theBEAT to be part of the conversation.

I am delighted to support Liverpool Community Health in officially opening The BEAT health centre. Conveniently based right in the heart of the city centre, this modern, friendly and easy to access health facility will better serve the growing number of people who live or work in Liverpool city centre. I have no doubt that it will be a real asset to local communities for many years to come. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar

LCH recently hosted a health awareness fun day event as part of Fruity Friday, in May. Fruity Friday is part of World Cancer Research UK’s annual cancer prevention week, and aims to promote healthy lifestyle choices such as healthy eating and keeping active - which could help prevent about a third of the most common cancers from occurring. The event took place at the Health Information Centre on Hanover Street in Liverpool city centre, with lots of family fun activities taking place. LCH’s Community Foodworkers Team provided food demonstrations, offering advice on how to eat well on a budget, and offering free taster sessions and fresh fruit giveaways and smoothie samples. Luciana Berger, Shadow Public Health Minister also dropped in as part of her tour of The BEAT and enjoyed some of the healthy activities. There was also a competition to ‘Guess the Fruit’ with the winner receiving a free hamper of fresh fruit or a smoothie maker, people could also meet and greet Banana Man who also made an appearance at the event. For more general information or advice on healthy living, you can also drop-in to the new, interactive Health Information Centre on Hanover Street any week day between 10am – 4pm, and some weekends.

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Something to smile about National Smile Month, organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, is the UK’s largest annual oral health campaign which takes place during May and June. To support National Smile Month, LCH’s Dental Health Team organised a toothbrush exchange at the new Health Information Centre on Hanover Street, encouraging adults, children and families to swap their old, worn out toothbrushes for a free new one, and pick up a free tube of Family Fluoride Toothpaste.

Well done to our winner - As part of National Smile Month, our Dental Service ran an inter-school poster competition, which challenged children to design a poster to promote ways of how to keep their teeth healthy. Well done to all the entries we received, and congratulations to the winning design from Chantelle, a pupil from Abbots Lea School.

LCH’s Dental Health Team were on hand to offer toothbrushes, toothpastes and 3 top tips on looking after your mouth health: 1

 rush your teeth morning and night using B a family fluoride tooth paste, and avoid rinsing with water afterwards

2 Keep sugary food and drink to a minimum (mealtimes only) 3 Visit your dentist at least once a year for a routine check-up, even if you don’t have any teeth For more information on National Smile Month visit: or you can contact the Dental Health Team on 0151 285 2811.

We have enjoyed some lovely sunny weather during May, so in preparation for the warmer months LCH is encouraging people to educate themselves on how to stay sun smart this summer. Sun Awareness Week took place in May to raise awareness of skin cancer and the risks of over-exposure to the sun. Here are LCH’s 5 simple tips for staying sun smart this summer:


 ear at least factor 15 sunscreen W or above whenever you are out in the sunshine

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Remember to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go out in the sun, and reapply it every couple of hours   Check that your sunscreen is still in date

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Take regular breaks from the sun, and avoid sunbathing between 11am - 3pm when the sun is strongest  eep babies and young K children under some shade at all times, as their skin is more sensitive to the sun


Skin cancer is now one of the most common forms of cancers in the UK - and it is still on the increase, so it’s good to know how to spot the early warning signs and symptoms which include: • a skin growth or sores that won't heal • a  mole that grows or changes shape • a mole where the border or colour significantly changes • a mole or sore that itches, bleeds, crusts or scabs.

Patient Storyusing celebrates its 1ST birthday LCH hosted a celebration event to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the e-Redbook scheme on the 1st May. The e-Redbook is an electronic version of the paper Red Book, a Personal Child Health Record given to all parents at the birth of their child, and enables parents to manage their child’s personal health records online. The celebration took place at Kiddicare on Aintree Racecourse Retail Park. It was attended by a range of local partner organisations, and parents/carers and families from Liverpool and Sefton who have been trialling the new e-Redbook system with the Trust. Guests were invited to drop in and give their feedback to the e-Redbook developers about how they have found using it, whilst sharing their own experiences and enjoying some birthday cake.

Danielle and her husband David have two children, Annabelle aged 4½, and 5 week old Isaac. As a student nurse, she first heard about the scheme through her course but also received information about it from her health visitor when Isaac was born. She explains, “When I heard about eRedbook I was really excited, I always used to forget to take my redbook to appointments with Annabelle. So to know that the eRedbook would always be available on my phone was great. “I found setting up the eRedbook was easy, all the information was there and it was really self-explanatory. When I first set up my eRedbook it was for Annabelle. Because she is four and a half, I didn’t use it that much but I have transferred all the information from her paper redbook into the electronic version so I know where it is, should I ever need it.

All those who attended were also entered into a free prize draw to win one of two £50 vouchers from Kiddicare, kindly donated by the store, and the local Children’s Centre team were also on hand to provide fun activities for toddlers. The eRedbook offers a range of benefits to parents and families. Because information is stored securely online, it is easy to access and quick to update from any smart phone, tablet or computer, and there is no longer a risk of losing the data or forgetting to bring it along to an appointment. Parents can also choose to share access to their child’s online development records with other family members or professionals, as they wish to. Jane Banks, Year Zero Lead for LCH said “We are delighted to be celebrating the first anniversary of the eRedbook system with local families and other key partners who have been helping us trail this new online resource. Our Health Visiting Teams have been busy promoting the eRedbook to parents and carers across Liverpool and Sefton for a number of months, and we now have 400 families signed up and using the system. Over the coming weeks, we will be continuing to develop and refine the system for wider use and ten of our Health Visitors will be working closely with parents to help test the system in more detail and enable further improvements to be made.“ Craig Gradden, Medical Director for LCH added “The eRedbook is an exciting online health tool which has the potential to really revolutionise how parents, health visitors, GPs and other health professionals can work together to improve the health of children and young people in the future.“ To find out more or to start using this free eRedbook tool now, simply log onto: or ask your health visitor for more information.

“For Isaac, I am updating his weight each time he goes to clinic, and I love being able to add a photo of his developmental firsts to the account. The other day he was lying on his tummy and lifted his head for the first time. I took a photo and added this to his eRedbook. “Although I have a record of Annabelle’s firsts, I can’t really remember what that looked like so being able to add photos is great. I also like the appointments page and have found that I can set eRedbook to send me reminders when an appointment is due so I won’t risk missing them.” She adds, “I have also shown some other parents what eRedbook looks like, and have encouraged others to sign up as I think it’s a great idea. I also want to share it with my parents at some stage too as they don’t see the children very often and it would allow them to see how they are growing and developing.” “I think if all parents had the option and could see how it works they would probably all opt to use eRedbook. It is a really great resource for families.” 13



Directors Cut Members of our community are playing a starring role in a number of new LCH service videos which will be added to our website shortly.

We followed our Cycle for Health and Walk for Health services on their free, guided sessions in the fresh air across Liverpool, and found out how participants had benefitted from improved health and new friendships. Walking or cycling regularly can reduce chances of heart problems, certain types of cancers and stress. It is also a great way to get active and lose weight, and improves mental wellbeing by being able to meet new people.

Our Physiotherapy Service and Falls Prevention Team are also featuring in our new service videos. One of our Physiotherapy patients described how, with the help of the service, he has been able to return to playing his favourite sport which is Bowls, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. To watch our service videos or find out more about LCH services visit:

Influencing Hate Crime Policy LCH are proud to announce that we have been working alongside the College of Policing who have produced a new report: “Hate Crime Operational Guidance”. The work of our Armistead Sex Work Support Project and Merseyside Police has been recognised within the report as an example of best practice nationally. Shelly Stoops, Safe Place Manager for LCH says “it is fantastic for our work to be recognised in this way and to be influencing national policy on hate crime” The full report is available to view online


Health Information Centre Events Diabetes Awareness Month - June

MUSIC PROVES MAGIC MEDICINE FOR MENTAL HEALTH Christine Lee, a Health Link worker from LCH’s Social Inclusion Team has had the privilege of inviting members of our community to be entertained in a series of free concerts performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

over 280 people from a variety of different cultures go along and experience the concerts - including sick, elderly and socially isolated individuals from within our communities.

Christine Lee, a Health Link worker from LCH’s Social Inclusion Team has had the privilege of inviting members of our community to be entertained in a series of free concerts performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Mrs Tai Cheng who is 91 years old, said that “This was my first time to listen the classical orchestra concert which is different from Chinese orchestra music. I’m so glad was able to enjoy this experience in my life time. I was able to relax while listening to the music and I was so happy to attend the event. I am really looking forward to the next concert.”

A brand new scheme, Leap into Live Music! has been created to encourage more people to the Liverpool Philharmonic. This will give individuals, groups and families the chance to attend world class concerts and events for free or reduced prices.

Liverpool Philharmonic is one of 5 UK organisations that have been generously funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, to enable people and communities who do not normally have the opportunity, to experience the very best of the performing arts on offer locally.

With music from Star Wars to Strauss people aged from 2 to 90 experienced the power of classical music following the concert programme performed by The Philharmonic Orchestra.

The programme which will run for 5 years, working in partnership with a range of organisations, community groups and employers, including LCH.

Christine’s links with the Chinese Community and partnering schools and children’s centres enabling her to invite

For more information please visit website page or email for more details.

We will be running a series of Roadshows to support June’s Diabetes Awareness Campaign in conjunction with the Diabetes Nursing Team, Dieticians and Food workers as well as dropin sessions at the Health Information Centre.

Child Safety Week 24th to 30th June We are hosting three dropin sessions at the Health Information Centre offering advice on sun and home safety for parents and carers. ● Monday 23th June – 11.00 til 1.00 ● Tuesday 24th June – 10.30 til 12.30 ● Friday 27th June – 11 til 1

Healthy Holidays July The Health Information Centre will be holding a number of sun safety sessions, offering mole checks, and a chance to find out more about our ‘stay off the beds’ pledge, from 7th to 11th July. You can also drop in anytime between 10am-4pm weekdays to pick up advice about safer sex and alcohol awareness as part of our Healthy Holidays campaign.

Walk & Cycle for Health best foot forward May celebrated National Walking Month and LCH has been encouraging the local community to put their best foot forward and participate in a range of guided walks. May celebrated National Walking Month and LCH has been encouraging the local community to put their best foot forward and participate in a range of guided walks. Here in Liverpool, 70% of people are still failing to meet the Government’s health recommendations for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. As the nights are getting lighter, and the weather getting warmer, Liverpool Community Health is encouraging local people to join a local community walk as part of LCH’s Walk for Health scheme. The Walk for Health initiative provides a series of short, guided walks around Liverpool’s parks and green spaces, which run year round to help support people of all ages and abilities to get active.


Some of the main health benefits of walking include: ● Improved fitness ● M  aintaining a healthy weight ● R  educed stress ● L  ower risk of developing heart disease and other long-term health conditions. A few simple ideas for walking more could include: ● If you use public transport to get to work or school, why not get off the bus or train a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way? ● If you do need to drive, try to leave the car at least a kilometre from your destination and walk the last leg of your journey. ● If you work in an office, try to take a stroll at lunchtime with some of your work colleagues. ● W  herever possible, try to take the stairs rather than escalators or a lift. ● If you do sit a lot at work, try to get up and walk around at least once every hour. Or if you are interested in taking part in a guided walk with Walk for Health, please call: 0151 295 3256 or visit our website

Roger Lyon, a Health Centre Supervisor at LCH completed the London Marathon which took place in April to raise money for Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Sanctuary in Buckley Hill Lane, Netherton. Roger said “When I first visited the Pony and Horse Sanctuary around seven years ago it was literally just half a dozen ramshackle sheds cobbled together to house a few ill-treated ponies. Thanks to the dedication and devotion of Bernie Langfield and her volunteers, the sanctuary has gone from strength to strength.” Roger has completed in marathons all over the world including New York, Washington, Dublin, Edinburgh and Merseyside. Despite injury this was Roger’s 16th London Marathon and 25th overall, and he claims this was his last challenge as he is retiring from marathons due to being hampered with injuries.

Roger roars to 25th marathon

Roger usually runs a marathon in around 5 hours but due to injury this year he had to walk the whole way and finished in just over 6 hours 30 minutes. He aimed to reach a target £500 for the sanctuary and is delighted that he has already passed that target and welcomes any further donations for this good cause. If you would like to show your support for Roger, please visit the online donations page at the following link

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Pathfinder LCH’s Paul Jones and Daniel Stevenson successfully tackled Merseyside's highest abseil to raise funds for Operation Pathfinder. In April the two completed a 200ft vertical descent from the roof of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after raising over £450 for the charity. Paul said: “Pathfinder plays a crucial role in helping young people find their way in life by creating programmes that motivate, inspire and educate and I felt it was important to support them in this way."


The event was run by Pathfinder and places were offered to St Paul's Eye Unit to help raise funds to pioneer new treatments to prevent sight loss and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital's R Charity.

In March staff at LCH’s headquarters based at Liverpool Innovation Park took part in a Sport Relief Cycle Challenge to raise money for Sport Relief 2014. A static bike was stationed in reception and colleagues were encouraged to cycle up to 15 minutes in an attempt to keep the wheels spinning from 8.30am5.00pm. Staff of all abilities took part and supported the cycle challenge, which covered 200 miles and raised over £220 for Sport Relief.

The Easter Bunny delivers over 1,000 Easter Eggs this year! LCH’s Annual Easter Bunnies’ Bike Ride took place this April, with over 50 cyclists taking part in the cycle. The bike ride is organised each year and partners with Liverpool FC Foundation and North Liverpool Cycle Club take part. Riders travelled along the Liverpool loop line section of the Trans Pennine Trail to take Easter eggs and gifts to children at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Cyclists that took part were dressed as Easter Bunnies and during the day delivered approximately 1,000 Easter Eggs which had been donated by St Albert’s Cycling Club and Lower Lane Police Community Support Officers. 17

A day in the life of...


Q: What is your role? I co-ordinate a number of projects across the city that aim to reduce smoking prevalence. It’s my job to support staff working on the various programmes, to make sure that the programmes complement each other and that we don’t duplicate work.

marketing tactics of the manufacturers are making this nicotine product attractive to children. Our Trust like many NHS organisations, have already taken a step of banning the use of e-cigarettes as well as regular cigarettes in all of our buildings.

Q: Why is your role so important? Smoking prevalence is reducing in the city as more smokers access stop smoking services – but if we don’t stem the flow of new smokers becoming addicted to nicotine, then the health inequalities we see in the city due to smoking will not improve. Smoking is still the biggest cause of preventable disease.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job? I really enjoy it when I get to see the difference we make. The downside of working in smoking prevention is that it can take many years before we know if the work we have done has actually stopped anyone from starting to smoke.

Q: What types of projects do you work on? Current programmes include education and enforcement on illicit and counterfeit tobacco and underage sales, youth smoking prevention, SmokeFree Sports, SmokeFree Families and information and education regarding health risks associated with Shisha tobacco and electronic cigarettes. Q: What does a typical day involve? I like to mix and match my days, as my work is a mixture of office based policy development, ‘hands on’ activities with the various community groups I work with, and a few inevitable meetings! Q: Who are you typically working with ? Lots of different people, I have recently conducted training with teachers regarding e-cigarettes as they were unsure about their safety and wished to include them in their school SmokeFree policy. It was a great opportunity to thank the teachers for all the work they are already doing educating our children about the health risks of smoking and provide information about e-cigarettes. Q: What is your advice on e-cigarettes? They are not recommended as a stop smoking aid, and some of the effects are still relatively unknown. We are also concerned that the flavourings used in them and the


Finally, tell us one of your recent highlights One of my highlights is our innovative work which is recognised nationally and internationally, with our D-MYST youth advocacy group. I recently accompanied Katie Lou Holland, one of the members of D-MYST to New Zealand, pictured below. We were invited by Massey University to participate in a youth prevention project being launched there; we presented our work to audiences in three cities and met with health ministers and officials from the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Katie also took part in a number of media interviews. It was fab to hear her on national radio talking about the work done in Liverpool by our young people, for our young people - and now passing on this knowledge to her peers on the other side of the world. To find out more about D-MYST visit the website: 19



Immunisation and Vaccination Teams I have had the pleasure of being treated by the IV team for the past seven weeks. The nurses that treated me are all lovely and have been professional, caring and friendly. They have put me and my family at ease at a worrying time and also lifted all our spirits. I would like to congratulate the team for the excellent service you provide. All the staff that have treated me have been great. Thank you

Community Respiratory Team To the entire lovely physiotherapist’s at pulmonary Re-hab. We just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to you all. And to let you know how much we really appreciate all that you all do for us/everyone. We think you’re all smashing – and very special to us. Hope to cross your path again in the near future. Thank you

District Nursing I have recently been discharged from hospital after having a left hip operation. I am writing to congratulate you on your team of district nurses from their first visit, up to and including today’s visit and telephone conversation. All your team have been professional friendly and it has been a comfort to be looked after by these caring people they are a credit to the NHS. All you hear about the NHS are complaints so I felt that I must contact you to say how happy I am to be treated by such a dedicated and friendly team could you please contact all the staff I have had pleasure of meeting and pass on my thanks.



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PS Magazine issue 28  
PS Magazine issue 28  

PS Magazine issue 28