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In Mind: Expanding Our Services

In the latest of a series of guest blogs over the next few weeks, Judith Malkin, Associate Director of South Sefton Community Services, writes about joining the Mersey Care family and provides a background to the new services they provide...

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly three months since the South Sefton Community staff and services transferred from Liverpool Community Health to Mersey Care. Our services include district nurses, podiatrists, matrons, specialist nursing teams and a range of therapy services to name but a few.

Staff are mainly based at health centres and also a rehabilitation ward in Aintree Hospital, helping the Trust provide a wide range of community and mental health services over a large geographical footprint.

We received a warm welcome to the Mersey Care family and really appreciate the efforts of the many teams who went the extra mile to ensure we landed safely and with no disruption to patient services.

I recently attended the Just Culture event which I found really informative, inspirational and it provided some food for thought. It was also a great opportunity for me to meet staff from across the wider trust.

It‘s a very busy but very exciting time in Sefton as we have a unique opportunity to work more collaboratively with different professionals across health, social care and the community and faith sector. Our aim is to coordinate and support the health and wellbeing of the local residents and provide services which will wrap around the needs of our patients and make a real difference to the lives of local people.

Our services enable people to be cared for in their own community and remain as independent as possible, rather than having to go to hospital. Collectively we have the potential to achieve more for local residents than we could do individually; as you know there is greater strength in working together.    

Despite the more recent rainy days, it’s still officially British summer time and ironically we’re already planning ahead to prepare for the additional pressures that the winter generally brings. We are ensuring there are robust plans in place to support our patients who are at the heart of everything we do, but also our staff. Having the flu jab is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of flu, and help alleviate some of the strains and pressures we all face over the winter period. So when the time comes, please get your jab done!

I was excited to see the annual Positive Achievement Awards nominations are open. I know there is amazing work going on each and every day across the many services. Although Sefton Community Services are new additions to the trust, I am hoping the team’s commitment to high quality patient care and innovation will be recognised too. Nominations close 4 September so if you have not taken the opportunity to do so already, why not take some time out of your day and nominate an individual or team, and show recognition for the great work they are doing!

Finally, I’d just like to remind everyone to read our Internal your Space for the latest news and updates from the Sefton Community Services Division including the dates for the ‘Talk to Trish’ staff engagement events, Quality Event and Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel’s recent visit.