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Grenfell fire: Families and survivors gather for St Paul's memorial

BBC London News Feed - 58 min 43 sec ago
Members of the Royal Family join the bereaved as the memorial service pays tribute to the 71.

Steve Rhodes: Director of cricket leaves Worcestershire following investigation

BBC Worcestershire - 1 hour 16 min ago
Steve Rhodes leaves his role as director of cricket at Worcestershire following an internal investigation into his conduct.
Categories: Worcestershire

BBC commentator Ian Stringer's struggle to help alcoholic mother

Lincolnshire BBC News Feed - 1 hour 28 min ago
The mother of Leicester City commentator Ian Stringer was found at her home weeks after her death.
Categories: Lincolnshire

Liam Livingstone: Lancashire captain signs contract extension

Merseyside BBC News Feed - 1 hour 35 min ago
Lancashire and England batsman Liam Livingstone extends his contract with the Division One club to 2021.
Categories: Merseyside

Liam Livingstone: Lancashire captain signs contract extension

BBC Lancashire - 1 hour 35 min ago
Lancashire and England batsman Liam Livingstone extends his contract with the Division One club to 2021.
Categories: Lancashire

Liam Livingstone: Lancashire captain signs contract extension

BBC Manchester - 1 hour 35 min ago
Lancashire and England batsman Liam Livingstone extends his contract with the Division One club to 2021.
Categories: Manchester

Salford house fire: Man in court charged with murder

BBC Manchester - 1 hour 35 min ago
A third person charged over the deaths of four children has appeared in court.
Categories: Manchester

Thursday: Light Cloud, Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F) Minimum Temperature: 4°C (39°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 1 hour 50 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Minimum Temperature: 4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 17mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 992mb, Humidity: 71%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:59 GMT, Sunset: 15:59 GMT
Categories: Portsmouth

Guidance: Recruiting a headteacher

A guide to help governors and trustees make effective decisions when recruiting and selecting headteachers and other school leaders.
Categories: Education

CCTV released in bid to find Birmingham firework killer

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - 2 hours 3 min ago
Police want to speak to three woman who may have "vital information" about Anthony Nicholls' death.
Categories: Birmingham

Thanks to your votes, Jubilee Pool wins national award

Cornwall Council News feed - 2 hours 4 min ago

The people of Cornwall were asked to vote, and thanks to you Jubilee Pool has won national recognition as the proud winner of the national Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) 2017 People’s Choice Awards.

The award recognises engineering excellence from across the UK, with 12 regional winners competing against each other for the national title.

Penzance’s Jubilee Pool, the largest surviving tidal saltwater lido in the UK, held off strong competition from a project in Shropshire to win the award. The pool was up against projects like the redevelopment of London Bridge and the East Midlands Airport Runway refurbishment.

Martin Nixon, from the Friends of Jubilee Pool, said: “This is incredible news. I would like to thank Cornwall Council and Cormac for their hard work in bringing the pool back from the brink of extinction and renovating it to a standard many of us could only dream about.

“My utmost thanks also go to the Coastal Communities Fund, the Regional Growth Fund and Penzance Town Council for recognising the importance of the pool and providing grant funding  to make sure it was brought back to life. I also would like to highlight the pivotal role played by my friends and colleagues in the community and the friends group, who never gave up hope and made sure the pool was never going to be forgotten.

“Most importantly, I would like to thank each and every person who voted for us. We were up against much bigger projects from more populated areas but this showed how passionate and proud we are in Cornwall, as well as how popular the pool is.”

Cornwall Council Leader and Chair of the Jubilee Pool steering group, Adam Paynter, said: “This is a fitting tribute to all the hard work that has gone into keeping this pool going throughout the years. In 2014, the pool was nearly destroyed. In 2017, it’s won a national award and is a real jewel in the crown for Cornwall. This award is testimony to all those involved from concept, design, delivery, to ongoing management, as well as to the people of Penzance and Cornwall and beyond, who supported it so well. Thank you.”

Nick James, Head of Cormac Contracting said: “Jubilee Pool has won this award though the support of the general public who have been asked by the Institution of Civil Engineers vote for their favourite civil engineering project in the UK. It reflects what the people who benefit from an improved built environment really think and it’s a great opportunity to say a big thank you to those who delivered the project. 

“As a Cornishman, it fills me with great pride that local engineering work, designed and delivered by a local company, on a local architectural gem, has been recognised across the country and won an award. The guys involved are absolutely thrilled and rightly so. They did a tremendous job.”

The £2.9m project to repair and renovate the 1930’s Art Deco sea water pool after it was damaged by the winter storms in 2014 came as a result of a fantastic community campaign led by the Friends of Jubilee Pool who organised a petition which was eventually signed by almost 4,000 people calling for funding for the works. This led to a successful bid for just under £2m from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. The scheme was led by Cornwall Council in partnership with architects Poynton Bradbury Winter Cole and CORMAC Solutions Ltd, who designed and carried out the works, with support from Nomenca and Mott MacDonald. 

The project was a major engineering feat, involving embedding 155 rock anchors into the granite below the pool, with extensive grouting carried out to the terraces and outer sea walls. 1363sqm of bespoke coloured recycled glass resin-bound paving was laid on the base and sides of the pool, with additional works to stabilise and repair the changing cubicles, sea water valves, ending with an extensive re-decoration scheme.

The renovated pool, described by the New York Times as "the best thing to see" in Penzance in their 52 Places to Go in 2017 list, which also placed Penzance at No 14, was officially opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in July 2016 to widespread media acclaim. It has now been transferred from the control of the Council to the Friends of Jubilee Pool who are responsible for its ongoing success.

Story posted 13 December 2017

Categories: Cornwall

Hundreds of bus stops around the county are getting a facelift

Dorset Council News Feed - 2 hours 12 min ago

Dorset County Council is working with bus operators across Dorset to spruce up bus stops on its core interurban routes. They are being improved with new flags and timetable cases. Some stops are also getting new shelters and raised kerbs using developer funding.

Cllr Daryl Turner, the county council’s Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said:

“Over the last few years the county’s bus stops have become a bit shabby. This tidy up will help people know where the bus stop is, where it’s going and at what time.”

The cost of the facelift is being funded by the county council as part of its Passenger Transport Strategy making interchange between different modes easier.

Over the coming months all 3,748 bus stops will be assessed and catalogued through a new online tool which will also allow easier reporting from the public. This will then enable priority for funding to those stops in the greatest need or have the greatest potential for interchange points to link other forms of transport with bus travel. For example, adding cycle parking nearby.

Communities are also being encouraged to look after their bus stops and create a ‘friends’ group that can keep the area tidy.

The post Hundreds of bus stops around the county are getting a facelift appeared first on Dorset news.

Categories: Dorset

Plans for a Shadow Accountable Care System

Cornwall Council News feed - 2 hours 14 min ago

The NHS and local government in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are agreed that the way services are currently commissioned and provided won’t address the changing the needs of their local communities. Doing more of the same is financially unsustainable and will not guarantee that quality and safety of care will improve.

All agree that the approach needs to change. Our combined view is that we need to work together as an Accountable Care System (ACS) to enable more integrated care that serves the needs of the whole population.

An ACS does not change each organisation’s statutory and legal responsibilities. Instead it describes a way of working together that allows for a one strategy, one budget and one plan approach which puts the person not the organisation first.

As well as being in agreement about the approach, all are signed up to making progress and testing out the practicalities by working in shadow form during 2018/2019.

The shadow ACS will operate within the existing statutory framework which means that the Councils, NHS England, the CCG and NHS provider trusts will remain the statutory accountable bodies in the system.

Work will be supported by an accord which describes the principles of collaboration agreed by all partners involved in the ACS.

Why now?

Like many other areas across the country, local health and care services are facing a number of challenges - people are living longer, an increasing number of people have multiple, long-term conditions, and when people do need care, they receive it a variety of different ways – in hospitals, from their GPs and primary care staff, in clinics, nursing homes and from home care agencies.

Recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports into local health and social care have made it clear that services are not sufficiently or consistently meeting people’s needs. It found that:

  • The quality and safety of care services is not consistently good enough
  • Patients described their experiences of receiving care as not always good - although they generally had a more positive experience of services provided by their GP surgery
  • People often had poor experiences of moving out of hospital and to a care home or back home with social care support – they described coming up against a lack of choice, poor information sharing between organisations and a lack of home care packages.
  • Patients who were discharged from hospital and needing ongoing support, found the arrangements to try to help them confusing, despite the efforts of frontline staff and care teams.
What is being planned and what is the timescale?

We recognise some people are concerned by this proposal but this is not about privatising the NHS. An accountable care system simply means that the overall health and care system works better together in the interests of patients and the wider community.

There is no single model for accountable care systems in England, with different local areas developing their own approaches. We want to work with individuals and organisations to develop a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly model which both co-ordinates care across the whole health and social care system and improves the health and wellbeing of the wider population.

It is proposed that the local shadow ACS will be made up of:

  • A small, Integrated Strategic Commissioning Function for health, care and wellbeing services
  • One or more Accountable Care Partnerships (ACP), where groups of providers work together as a single network, taking collective responsibility for the effectiveness of service provision, with the ability to design new ways of working and move the money round the system to deliver more joined up, better coordinated and more efficient care.

A guiding principle of the work to develop an Accountable Care System is to be open and transparent and to allow for debate and discussion about proposals as plans progress.

An important part of this work will be a series of three inquiry days in December and January to learn from other areas that are setting up Accountable Care systems and draw up recommendations on the way forward. These sessions will be open to the public and will be led by a panel of six Cornwall Councillors, chaired by Andy Virr.

The purpose of the inquiry days is to hear from representatives of local health and care organisations and from those areas developing an ACS, NHS England and patient groups such as Healthwatch.

At the end of the inquiry days, the councillor panel will draw up recommendations specifically about the development of the integrated strategic commissioning function of the ACS. These will then be considered at an extraordinary meeting of the Health and Adult Overview and Scrutiny Committee at the end of January, with a report being presented to the Council’s Cabinet in February, followed by full Council. The recommendations will also be discussed by the Kernow CCG Governing Body.

More information on the ACS can be found on the Shaping Our Future website.

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman of Shaping Our Future’s Clinical Practitioner Cabinet, said: “Our plans to transform health and care detail the need for greater integration between health and care services. The results of our ongoing engagement with the public, clinicians, health campaigners, and people working across health and care, show support for a more joined-up delivery.

“There has always been a boundary between people who buy health and care services and those who provide them. Creating an Accountable Care System gives us an opportunity to bring commissioners and providers together and work together with the common aim of putting people before organisational priorities, which can only be for the benefit of everyone in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“NHS Kernow will consider the plans through its Governing Body, alongside discussion with our member practices.”

Chief Executive Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Shaping Our Future Executive Lead, Kathy Byrne said: “We are increasingly working together across organisations to provide services. Collaboration between Royal Cornwall Hospitals, Cornwall Foundation Trust and local GPs will improve our urgent care system this winter. We know that we have a way to go before we can offer the outstanding care we all aspire to. Health and care leaders are united in the view that we need to go further and faster to bring our health and care system closer together with the person at the centre. By April 2018, we aim to be working like an Accountable Care Partnership that brings services together in a way that can make a real difference to people’s care and more reliably meets the changing needs of our community over the years to come.

“Alongside proposals for greater devolution of health and care powers to Cornwall, we are determined to take more control of our local resources, simplify decision making and become more accountable to the people we serve. Together, we share a commitment to create a health and care system fit for the 21st century and radically improve the independence and wellbeing of all those who live in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Delivering an accountable care partnership is about what it says on the tin - working in partnership to deliver better joined up services and making sure that people are at the centre of what we do. I understand there is some fear and concern, but we will be open about the way we work together. The shadow ACS will operate within the existing statutory framework - the Council, NHS England, the CCG and provider trusts will remain the statutory accountable bodies in the system.

“There are many different models for accountable care partnerships, which is why we are holding these inquiry days to find out more about the strengths and pitfalls of different approaches. There is no blueprint on how to do this.

“The inquiry sessions will be open to the public and there is no hidden agenda – this is fully transparent. The inquiry will make a recommendation to Cabinet and then full Council.”

Story posted 14 December 2017

 

 

Categories: Cornwall

Speech: Justine Greening: our ambition is to leave no community behind

Education Dept News - 2 hours 22 min ago
Education Secretary unveils plan to provide opportunities on every young person's doorstep in a speech at the inaugural Reform social mobility conference.
Categories: Education

Speech: Justine Greening: our ambition is to leave no community behind

Department For Education News Feed - 2 hours 22 min ago
Education Secretary unveils plan to provide opportunities on every young person's doorstep in a speech at the inaugural Reform social mobility conference.
Categories: Education

Northamptonshire residents are recycling more than ever (14-12-17)

Daventry Council News Feed - 2 hours 23 min ago
Residents in Northamptonshire are being encouraged to keep up the good work, as household recycling rates topped 50% for the first time.
Categories: Daventry

Thursday: Light Cloud, Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F) Minimum Temperature: 4°C (39°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 2 hours 30 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Minimum Temperature: 4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 16mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 993mb, Humidity: 72%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:59 GMT, Sunset: 15:59 GMT
Categories: Portsmouth

Friday: Light Cloud, Maximum Temperature: 5°C (41°F) Minimum Temperature: 1°C (34°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 2 hours 30 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 5°C (41°F), Minimum Temperature: 1°C (34°F), Wind Direction: North North Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1000mb, Humidity: 79%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 08:00 GMT, Sunset: 15:59 GMT
Categories: Portsmouth

Saturday: Sunny, Maximum Temperature: 6°C (43°F) Minimum Temperature: 2°C (36°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 2 hours 30 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 6°C (43°F), Minimum Temperature: 2°C (36°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1020mb, Humidity: 76%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 08:01 GMT, Sunset: 15:59 GMT
Categories: Portsmouth