Have your say on long-term plan for the NHS

People living across the Fylde Coast have been asked to have their say on the future of NHS services.

Following the Government’s announcement of an extra £20.5billion of funding for the NHS across the UK over the next five years, NHS bosses want to plan how to use that money to improve services.

The plan will set out ambitions for improvements over the next decade and will be shaped through a national consultation involving the public.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, a Fylde Coast GP who is accountable officer for NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and interim accountable officer for NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “This has been a year for reflecting on the success of the NHS and celebrating its 70th birthday year.

“But now we must look to the future and start thinking about the long-term plan. It’s no secret the NHS has to develop to meet the needs of a changing population.

“As part of this process it is vital that all those who rely on and work in or alongside the NHS have the opportunity to contribute their ideas and insights.

“You may choose to provide responses for every topic or just the ones that are important to you or the group you represent. Where possible we encourage organisations to collate responses from their members into a single submission.”

Before completing the survey, people are encouraged to read a discussion guide which has been published, alongside an easy read version, which is intended to help stimulate ideas for suggested improvements to services across three key themes.

The themes are ‘giving people the right care at different stages of their lives’, ‘improving health and care in particular areas’ and ‘putting the right things in place for NHS services to improve’.

To view all the documents, complete the feedback form or for more information on the consultation, visit https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/developing-the-long-term-plan-for-the-nhs/ before 30 September 2018.

Have your say on proposed NHS varicose veins policy

People living across the Fylde Coast have been invited to have their say on a proposed new NHS policy for the treatment of varicose veins.

It comes as part of work by the NHS across Lancashire to standardise policies to ensure a consistent and fair approach; update current policies in accordance with national guidelines and best clinical practice; and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

Along with the other six Lancashire and South Cumbria clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCGs have asked the public to let them know what they think of the proposals.

Full details of the changes can be found within the policy. People are invited to read the revised draft policies and to complete a survey.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, a Fylde Coast GP who is also accountable officer of the two CCGs, said: “We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent way while also taking into account the limited resources we have.

“A key role for the CCGs is to develop clinical policies that help us make decisions about the use of those limited resources.

“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG websites and have their say.”

To view the proposed policy and complete the survey, people living in Fylde and Wyre should visit http://www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/your-health/say-clinical-policy-reviews/ while those in Blackpool should visit http://www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk/harmonisation

The survey will close on Friday 19 October 2018.           

Save the date! Love Your Liver event taking place in Blackpool town centre on 27th September

Members of the public in Blackpool are invited to attend the Love Your Liver mobile unit, which will be at St Johns Square from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 27th September.

Love Your Liver is a national awareness campaign from the British Liver Trust aimed at encouraging us all to look after our livers and stay healthy.​ It focuses on raising awareness of liver health, the rising liver disease rate and how greater public awareness and screening is vital.

Liver disease is the fifth ‘big killer’ in England & Wales, after heart, cancer, stroke and respiratory disease in the UK and most liver disease is preventable – over 90% are due to three main risk factors: alcohol, viral hepatitis and obesity.

The Love Your Liver event will give people the chance to take a liver health screener. The screener assesses the potential for liver damage against the three main risk factors.

If the screener result shows a potential risk of liver damage then you may be offered a non-invasive liver check with a FibroScan machine. This scan can give an indication of any liver damage and, depending on the result, you may be recommended to visit your GP to discuss further liver function tests.

Please support this event by attending and/or sharing the event with your colleagues, friends and family.

If you need to find out any further information about the campaign, please contact the British Liver Trust at [email protected] or call them on 01425 481320

Former charities minister says ‘highly confrontational’ campaigning damages sector

Rob Wilson, who lost his seat in last year’s election, tells an NCVO conference that this attitude from some charities harms their relationship with government

The “highly confrontational” attitude of some charity campaigning has damaged the sector’s relationship with government, according to Rob Wilson, the former charities minister.

Speaking at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ campaigning conference in central London this morning, Wilson warned charities that they should avoid being negative or straying into party political matters in their campaigns.

He said the sector was failing to make its voice heard at the top of government because it was too fragmented in its approach.

Wilson, who was Minister for Civil Society between 2014 and 2017 when he lost his Reading East seat in the general election, disputed the idea that government was opposed to charity campaigning, saying “nothing could be further from the truth”.

But he added: “From the government’s perspective, it dislikes confrontation, so it’s rarely a good idea to venture straight into that. It brings out a defensiveness in civil servants who don’t want their minister criticised or viewed negatively. It colours their advice, and specifically their willingness to put critics in front of their minister.

“A number of overseas aid charities have been highly confrontational at times.”

Wilson did not name any charities, but he has previously been critical of Oxfam, writing in a newspaper article in January that the charity had “disappeared up its own morally righteous posterior”.

He said today that the result of this behaviour had been “a worsening of relations with government and its backbench MPs”.

He said: “The campaigns that cause this to happen are generally the ones that venture into contested political ground, where charities are seen to align with one side or the other.”

But he added that the vast majority of charities had been careful not to do this.

For charities that did wish to engage in direct public criticism of government, he said his advice was to have strong evidence to back up a campaign, to engage in constructive conversations with government officials, to be positive from the start and to use measured and temperate language.

And Wilson added that a weak government was more likely to do deals behind the scenes to avoid public rows, but would stiffen its position if criticised in public.

He said it was “highly desirable” to have charities highlighting the unintended consequences of its policies, but the sector “has become more distant from people’s political and social concerns”.

He said: “It is a long time since civil society has had the confidence and the voice to properly and powerfully articulate itself as having, at least in part, the answer to many of society’s most pressing problems.

“The challenge for the sector is that it is fragmented, its ideas are often boiled down to the lowest common denominator and there is a degree of virtue signalling.

“The sector rarely speaks with a single voice and isn’t able to capture the public mood.

“The solution is to spend more time thinking together about what it is that will reinvent and reinvigorate thought leadership in the sector.”

Wilson rejected the idea that charities had been silenced by the lobbying act, which restricts how much charities can spend on campaigning in the run-up to an election. He said he “never saw compelling evidence that there was a closing down of charities’ ability to say what they want” as a result of the act.

But he said Lord Hodgson, who carried out a review of the act in 2016, had made some good recommendations to improve it and he hoped they would be enacted, although the government announced in September last year that it would not be taking them forward.

Wilson also announced he was part of a group working to set up a community support bank, which he said would combine banking with social purpose because 50 per cent of the bank’s profits would go to charity.

If the project successfully obtained a banking licence, he said, the group hoped to “make a very significant contribution to social and business change in this country in the future”.

Source: The Third Sector

Streetlife Need Your Help at Blackpool Music Run

It’s Blackpool Music run in just 2 weeks on Sunday 23rd September, Streetlife are able to go along with our collection buckets so we need some lovely Volunteers to help us on the day please. We’re am hoping to have many people so that we can do just a few hours each.

The event is from 10.00am until 6.30pm allowing for the last runners to return and is a 10k run along the prom between North Pier and Squires Gate with local bands playing along the way.


The organiser has asked if we can also help with the registration desk and applying the wristbands to the participants of the run between 10.00am and 12 noon.

They’re is also looking for a couple of people to help sell tickets on North Pier for the Finishers festival in the evening.

Please will you ask all of your family, friends and acquaintances, if they would like to help and let me know as soon as possible.

We have Streetlife T-shirts available to collect free of charge.  If you are available please let me know what size you are so that I can have your t-shirt ready to collect from 48 Buchanan St between 9.30am – 4.00pm week commencing Monday 17th September.
If the sun shines down on Blackpool that day I think it will be a great event.
Please contact Wendy Jackson on [email protected] or 01253 294477 if you are able to attend.

An Invitation to Sanctuary Lancashire Conference from Together Lancashire

Together Lancashire would like to invite you to a conference and workshops for those involved with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Lancashire.

In July 2017 we organised the first Sanctuary Lancashire Conference for everyone concerned with the experience of refugees and asylum seekers in the county. Around 250 attended a very informative event. For several months now we have been engaged in planning the follow up event which will take place at County Hall, Preston on Friday 2nd November from 9.30am to 4pm.

This year’s conference is open to all but will be of special interest to front line staff in public sector bodies, with workshops on Health, Housing, Education and Employment. We would particularly encourage receptionists and front desk staff in surgeries, hospitals, housing advice centres, schools and colleges to book a place.

What to Expect

The morning session will consist of an interactive simulation where participants will experience the life of an asylum seeker who has just arrived in the UK as they navigate their way through a confusing labyrinth of official agencies, representing what was officially described until recently as a “hostile environment”.

After a lunch break with space for networking and to peruse the resource market place, there will be a series of themed workshops on housing, education and health sectors with a facilitator and panel of experts including Sanctuary Seekers who are experts by experience. Through questions and discussions each workshop will be asked to come up with some realistic recommendations that would improve services in each sector.

A free buffet lunch and tea/coffee is included in the conference fee.

Details and tickets are now available at


Book before mid September and save £10 with an early bird ticket – (£20 instead of £30)

Back to school bugs are easier to fight than you might think

Parents have been urged to be prepared in case children pick up illnesses after returning to school.

A leading local GP has said having a well-stocked medicine cabinet and knowing how to treat common ailments in children is the best way to avoid doctors’ appointments. Colds, upset stomachs and minor cuts and bruises spread easily among children. A quick trip to the pharmacist is the easiest way to get advice and the best treatments on illnesses and injuries.

Dr Amanda Doyle, a Blackpool GP and chief clinical officer at NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups, said “Having an ill child can, understandably, be a worrying time for a parent. Being ill is very common for young children, especially when they first start back to school, and being well prepared for most of the common minor ailments children suffer is really important.  

“Having a stock of paracetamol, plasters and even a thermometer for taking your child’s temperature is a good start. Most of the time the best remedy is rest and plenty of fluids. 

“Paracetamol is cheap to buy over the counter at pharmacies or supermarkets and is a good way to help a child who has pains associated with the illness. However make sure you use it within the guidelines and that you understand that coughs, colds, vomiting and diarrhoea and viral infections with a fever will generally get better without treatment, you just have to let it get better and seek medical advice if it persists or your child seems particularly unwell.” 

Keeping your child off school will give them the best chance to have the rest they need to fight whatever illness they have. It will also help prevent the spread of germs that could make other children sick. The NHS website has some good advice on when to keep a child off school and your school might also have guidance on when a child shouldn’t attend.

If your child is ill for more than five days or if the illness shows other symptoms such as a high temperature, drowsiness or rashes then you should consult your GP. If you suspect meningitis then you should go straight to the urgent care centre.

If you do feel the need to go to the GP you can call to make an appointment in the morning and practices will make sure an ill child is seen on the same day. Working parents can also request an appointment with the extended access service which offers bookable appointments at  Freckleton Health Centre, Whitegate Drive Health Centre in Blackpool or Fleetwood Health and Wellbeing Centre until 8pm weekdays and from 8am and 8pm on weekends. These appointments can be booked via your GP practice.

Great News for Linda Markey on joining SELNET

Linda Markey Director of URPotential has been appointed as Director to the SELNET Board.  The Chair of the Board Graham Jones warmly welcomed Linda to the Board to work alongside existing Directors and two other new Directors appointed at the Annual General Meeting.

Linda stated that ‘she is looking forward to working with her partner VCFS organisations to develop the sector in a time of uncertainty with Brexit looming but with confidence in the ability of the Board and partners to influence and lobby for change’.

For further information please phone the office 01253 344398

Email: [email protected]

LGB&T Rainbow Playground Event – August 2018

In August URPotential took a group of 7 young LGBT people to Manchester to attend the Rainbow Playground Youth Pride event run by the Proud Trust.

The day consisted of workshops, live performances, demonstrations and sports activates along with an autism friendly area and a quite zone. Young people took part in the workshops around the idea of what would a superhero look like if it represented you, mindfulness sessions, yoga, a musical performance, and a live performance of ‘Sexxes’, faith in yourself and body euphoria workshops, along with competitions on the climbing wall.

Young people really enjoyed the climbing wall which enabled young people to support others to overcome fears and to help them climb the wall when they were struggling. The day was full of activities and had a wonderful positive atmosphere it was all about the young people celebrating who they were. The day drew to a close in the theatre with young people performing poems, songs and showing off their talents, with a movie of the day to end on.

For further information or to join one of our LGB&T groups please phone the office 01253 344398 Email: [email protected]

Can you raise awareness of the flu vaccination programme

Flu occurs every winter in the UK.  For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery taking up to a week. However, for older people, the very young, pregnant women and those with a pre-existing health condition (in particular diabetes, heart disease, chronic respiratory conditions like asthma or those with a weakened immune system) are at risk from the more serious effects of flu.

Having a flu vaccination protects you and those around you. Therefore, it is important that we increase uptake of the vaccination to protect the staff and the vulnerable groups we work with.

Please can you cascade posters and narrative throughout your networks, to request to print and display, to raise awareness of the flu vaccination programme.

Click to download: Flu vaccination awareness

Click to download: Guidance on outbreaks of influenza (flu) in care homes

Click to download: PHE_Flu_5_reasons_poster_2018

Click to download: PHE_Flu_easy_read_adult_flu_leaflet

Click to download: Flu vaccination information for Providers – Copy

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Click to download: OVER 65

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