Sheffield City Council – Carers Improvement Forum


Carers Service Improvement Forum

Hi, I am Chris Sterry and I am a Carer representative on the Carers Service Improvement Forum (Carers SIF) and our next meeting should be on Wednesday 25 July 2018 at the Town Hall, Committee Room 2 from 10.30am to 12.30pm and thereafter at 2 monthly intervals, some previous minutes can be found here

I say ‘should’ as Sheffield City Council wish to cancel this meeting and any further meetings due to the lack of Carers attending.

By attending these meetings, you will have an opportunity to speak and see some Council Officials relating to Social Care within the City of Sheffield, the Director of Adult Social Care, Phil Holmes attends regular.  You will also have opportunities to discuss forthcoming changes within Sheffield City Council around areas relating to caring in Sheffield.

We have already lost one Service Improvement Forum, that being for Learning Disabilities which was done by subterfuge, do we really wish to lose the Carers SIF also.

I implore you to attend on Wednesday 25 July 2018 and show your appreciation for the Voice of Carers in Sheffield.

You may not classify yourself as a carer or may not like the term ‘carer’ but if you care for anyone, on an unpaid basis, within Sheffield you are entitled to attend any of the Carer SIF meetings. If you can’t attend these meetings, do not let your voice go unheard for you can contact myself on carervoice@gmail.com. I do have other email addresses, namely ldcarersbuttygroup@gmail.com, which I created for the Learning Disability Carers group I facilitate.

Even if you do not wish to do any of the above, please use your voice and either contact your Local Councillor or your MP.

I feel it is important to have a voice and unfortunately, currently, the facilities to have one are minimal, if the Carers SIF goes then that minimal will be further reduced.

Another voice for Carers in Sheffield is the Sheffield Carers Centre which is located on

Ground Floor East

Concept House

5 Young Street

Sheffield

S1 4UP

0114 2788942

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 25 July 2018 from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Town Hall Committee Room 2.

Thank you

Chris Sterry

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What the Victorians did for Sheffield – left us lovely gardens – The Star


As Reg said in The Life Of Brian: “All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?”

The same could be said of the Victorians, with canals, transport, railways, buildings and gardens, writes Vin Malone.

The Victorian age, of industrial revolution and squalid city slums, was also the age of a popular explosion of interest in that most British of pastimes, gardening.

Prior to the Victorians’ insatiable search for new plants and trees, the gardens that the working class cultivated was more or less non-existent.
In the countryside you could see the original cottage gardens where agricultural workers had a small garden to grow flowers and vegetables but the town dwellers didn’t even have a window box.

The Victorians did change all that with botanists travelling to the far-flung reaches of the world to bring back rare plants, of which some turned out to be invasive and now are a big problem.

The well-to-do Victorians in the towns and cities jumped at the chance to have the exotic plants and trees in their gardens.

From this surge in the interest in gardening, a concerted effort was made by authorities to provide extensive public gardens.

There was a reason for this benevolent behaviour by the well-to-do.

writes Vin Malone.

 

Source: What the Victorians did for Sheffield – left us lovely gardens – The Star

Sheffield pub has perfect response after parent asks to come inside with disabled son – The Star


A Sheffield pub had the perfect response when a parent asked if he could bring his wheelchair bound son inside.

The Barrel Chapeltown took to Facebook to reveal how the man came in and asked if they would be allowed to remain in the pub.

He warned staff that his child ‘sometimes makes loud noises and waves his arms about’, and that people have ‘made comments’ in the past.

In an emotional post on Facebook, the pub said it broke their heart that a parent would need to ask if they could bring their child inside.

The pub posted: “My intention is not to embarrass the parent who I spoke to yesterday, it has played on my mind all night about how this man must have felt asking me if his child would be accepted in here. It then got me thinking about how many other people must be in the same position

Source: Sheffield pub has perfect response after parent asks to come inside with disabled son – The Star

Sheffield launches Action Plan for Adult Carers | Sheffield News Room


The newly launched Sheffield’s Adult Carers action plan will make sure that people in a caring role continue to get the support they need so that they can care for others.

The action plan was conceptualised by carers themselves at an event they held and will support their 60,000 unpaid adult peers across Sheffield.

Sheffield City Council works not only with the individual themselves but also a range of related organisations including Sheffield Carers Centre, Sheffield Young Carers, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Health and Social Care Trust and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group to coordinate the help and support given to the city’s carers.

Chris, who cares for his adult daughter who has autism and cerebral palsy explained that it was essential that the process was a genuine collaboration between services and individual carers and that the plan needed to be “open, honest and transparent to make lasting change.”

 

Source: Sheffield launches Action Plan for Adult Carers | Sheffield News Room

Forestry Commission puts Sheffield Council’s tree-felling scheme under investigation – Yorkshire Post


A Government department is investigating whether the felling of thousands of street trees in Sheffield has been carried out illegally, The Yorkshire Post can reveal.

The Forestry Commission has confirmed it is investigating the entire programme of tree-felling work being undertaken by Sheffield City Council as part of its £2.2bn highways maintenance contract with Amey, which is known as the Streets Ahead project.

The Government’s newly appointed “tree champion” Sir William Worsley, who has been appointed in part to prevent the unnecessary felling of street trees, told The Yorkshire Post today he will “consider the findings of the investigation carefully” once it is completed.

Source: Forestry Commission puts Sheffield Council’s tree-felling scheme under investigation – Yorkshire Post

Sheffield patients pleased with their hospital care according to survey – The Star


A national survey of hospital inpatients carried out in 2017 by the Care Quality Commission has found that patients at Sheffield’s hospitals are pleased with the care they receive and in many areas the care was rated as ‘better than the national average’.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which covers the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Northern General Hospital and Weston Park Hospital scored well in areas of care spanning across the whole inpatient journey. Indeed the Trust scored better when compared with other Trusts in the following areas:

· The amount of information about a patient’s condition or treatment that was given

· Receiving answers that were easy to understand when asking questions · Staff discussing whether patients may need any further health or social care services after leaving hospital (e.g. services from a GP, physiotherapist or community nurse, or assistance from social services)

· Having enough support put in place after leaving hospital from health and social care professionals to help the patient recover and manage their condition

Other highlights included 96% of patients stating that they had been given enough privacy when being examined or treated and 97% saying they were kept well hydrated, having had enough to drink whilst in hospital.

Tim Buxton, aged 60, is currently an inpatient on ward Firth 9 at the Northern General Hospital after he was referred for specialist treatment for pancreatic problems. He said: “I totally agree with the feedback from the survey. I have actually stayed as an inpatient eight times following various procedures including emergency life-saving surgery and every stay has been excellent. The staff are really caring and efficient. I have been kept really well informed. I ask a lot of questions and the doctors and nurses always explain things to me in a way I understand. I also appreciate that I see the same consultant four times a week, the consistency is really good. I can’t thank them all enough.”

The Trust now plans to use the feedback to help the hospitals highlight areas where they perform well and to identify

Source: Sheffield patients pleased with their hospital care according to survey – The Star

We can’t keep chopping down trees without harming ourselves | Emma Mitchell | Opinion | The Guardian


In 2001 there were 1.3bn trees in England. That’s 25 for every person in the country, the highest numbers since the first world war. One article predictedthat in 2020 there would be more trees in England than in 1086, when 15% of the country was cloaked in woodland. Part of the reason for this buoyant outlook was the country’s response to the great storm of 1987. We mourned for our ancient yews and the beeches of Chanctonbury Ring. Petitions were drafted, many thousands of saplings were planted. We rebuilt our woods with solemn and impassioned dedication.

The predictions will not fall short. Across the UK, the number of trees has sharply increased. In 2015 there were 3bn trees, the equivalent of 47, a sizeable copse, for every person, around twice as many as in 2001. These statistics might evoke a bosky eden where the wild wood is reclaiming the land, yet recent years have also seen a return of large-scale felling, with Network Rail’s plans to cut down millions more trees the latest example.

Network Rail’s view of trees is understandable. Leaves on the line can cause trains to overshoot stations, and branches and entire trees falling on to tracks cause delay or halt journeys. Between March 2016 and March 2017, 233 trains collided with fallen trees. The effect on customers cost the company hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation per year.

But it is unlikely that Network Rail or Sheffield council – which has felled around 6,000 trees as part of a project to “improve the condition of the streets” of the city – have considered the impact on humans caused by the removal of so much verdure. Research shows that time spent among trees causes levels of the stress hormone cortisol to decrease, lowers blood pressure, increases the number of active natural killer cells, so boosting immune function – and improves mood and concentration. In Japan, shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, is a widespread approach to improving physical and mental health. Many of these beneficial effects are delivered by both phytoncides – volatile oils released by plants and trees to fend off infection – and by contact with beneficial soil bacteria.

 

Source: We can’t keep chopping down trees without harming ourselves | Emma Mitchell | Opinion | The Guardian

Social care in ‘growing financial crisis’ as Sheffield Council bosses reveal massive £20m overspend : The Star


We are now about to start a new financial year and what is the state of Social Care, well for as I see it not much better, but is it even worse.

What has the council to say.

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Social care in Sheffield is in the middle of a ‘growing financial crisis’ as council bosses forecast a massive £20 million overspend.

Social care in Sheffield is in the middle of a ‘growing financial crisis’ as council bosses forecast a massive £20 million overspend.

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Social care in ‘growing financial crisis’ as Sheffield Council bosses reveal massive £20m overspend : The Star


Social care in Sheffield is in the middle of a ‘growing financial crisis’ as council bosses forecast a massive £20 million overspend.

Social care in Sheffield is in the middle of a ‘growing financial crisis’ as council bosses forecast a massive £20 million overspend.

Bradford and Sheffield to benefit from £400,000 social worker pilot – Yorkshire Post


PEOPLE with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions in Bradford and Sheffield are to benefit from one-to-one support as part of a Government trial.

Source: Bradford and Sheffield to benefit from £400,000 social worker pilot – Yorkshire Post