Care Plus Group volunteers raise awareness of Skin Cancer

Posted July 30, 2014

Volunteers from the Care Plus Cancer Collaborative were out in St Peter’s Avenue, Cleethorpes recently raising awareness of skin cancer.

Some advice is included below:

The main cause of skin cancer is too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or sunbeds.  

Don’t let sunburn catch you out: Whether you are at home or abroad, use shade, clothing and at least factor 15 sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn when the sun is strong.

Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm: The summer sun is strongest around the middle of the day. Find shade under umbrellas, trees, canopies or indoors.

Cover up with a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses: When the sun is at its strongest, sunscreen is not enough.

Use at least factor 15 sunscreen: Choose a sunscreen that is at least factor 15 and has a high star rating. Use it generously and regularly to get the right amount of protection. Sunscreen does not give 100% protection and should be used along with shade and clothing. Never use sunscreen as an excuse to stay out in the sun for longer.

Take extra care with children: Young skin is delicate. Keep babies out of the sun, especially around midday.

Avoid sunbeds: Sunbeds are not a safer alternative to tanning in the sun. The intensity of some of the UV rays they give off can be 10-15 times higher than that of the midday sun.

Report unusual moles or skin changes to your doctor: Skin cancers can appear as:

  • A spot or sore that does not heal within 4 weeks
  • A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, scab, crust or bleed for more than 4 weeks
  • Areas where the skin has broken down or forms an ulcer, you can’t think of a reason for this change, and it does not heal within 4 weeks.

Finding skin cancer early can save lives, so it is important to know the signs and see your doctor about any unusual or persistent changes to your skin. Most changes are not caused by cancer, but it’s important to get them checked by a doctor.

Working together to safeguard children: Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs

Posted July 30, 2014

A government review of procedures to identify children and vulnerable adults at risk of abuse was published yesterday (Tuesday 29 July).

Several high-profile cases, including the death of four-year-old Daniel Pelka, have highlighted the tragic consequences which can result when information indicating risk is held by one agency and not appropriately shared with others.

Many areas have established Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASHs) to mitigate the risk of anyone slipping through the safeguarding net, and they and others have requested guidance on best practice.

The review found MASHs support professionals to ‘join the dots’ and understand threats so they can take action to prevent them.

Stopping abuse

The report states multi agency working is key to early and effective identification of risk, improved information sharing, joint decision making and coordinated action. The document gives examples of how agencies are working together to stop abuse before it occurs.

However it also concludes multi agency approaches do not supersede a single agency’s duty to identify, protect and support a child or vulnerable person.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker unveiled the report at a stakeholder summit at the Home Office.

He said:

“This coalition government is determined to tackle child abuse in whatever form it takes, and Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs have a clear role to play in this.

“This report sets out evidence from a wide range of approaches across hundreds of local authority areas. As a result, local agencies are now better placed than ever before to make informed decisions about how best to ensure children and vulnerable adults are protected from deplorable abuse and exploitation.

“And I want to send a clear message today – if it’s a choice between data protection and child protection, child protection must come first.”

Over the next 12 months the findings of the report will be disseminated to professionals through a series of regional roadshows.

The government is reviewing guidance for practitioners and managers to dispel mistaken beliefs which prevent information being shared appropriately and effectively.

In addition the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing has been commissioned to work with local areas to provide targeted support to MASHs to ensure effective information sharing.

And a review has been launched into how application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 impacts on safeguarding vulnerable adults from sexual abuse.

Inspections

Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons will roll out their joint inspection of multi-agency arrangements for the protection of children in England from April 2015.

These inspections will focus on the effectiveness of local authority and partners’ services for children who may be at risk of harm, including the effectiveness of early identification and help.

Home Office rewards police innovation with £50 million

Posted July 30, 2014

All forces in England and Wales benefit from Police Innovation Fund.

Every police force in England and Wales will receive a share of a £50 million Home Office fund for projects aimed at transforming policing through innovation and collaboration.

The successful schemes include investment in body-worn camera, groundbreaking forensics techniques and joint working between the police and fire service.

Forces were awarded money for new approaches to tackle anti-social behaviour and rural crime; a project to help young runaways; and work to improve the way the police interact with people with mental health problems.

New ideas

Policing Minister Mike Penning said:

“I am delighted that every police force in the country showed such a positive, forward-thinking attitude and came to us with new ideas and ways of working.

“It meant we could allocate £50 million to some really innovative projects and I am already looking forward to visiting forces and seeing the results.

“Crime has fallen by more than 10 per cent under this government. I believe we can help the police do their job even better by encouraging them to embrace new technology and build on ideas coming from the grass roots.”

The Police Innovation Fund is in its first full year of operation and up to £50 million will be allocated every 12 months.

Earlier this year, the Home Office made a precursor fund of £20 million available to Police and Crime Commissioners.

Each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales will benefit from the Fund this year.

Innovative

Among the most innovative of the 85 proposals to receive funding this time were:

  • A joint bid of £431,000 by Nottinghamshire and Lancashire Police to reduce the processing time for a DNA profile from four or five days to two hours.
  • Eight forces – Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire, the Met, Hampshire, Durham, City of London, Merseyside and North Wales – will share more than £4 million to spend on body worn camera technology.
  • The Metropolitan Police successfully bid for £113,000 to help develop a new spray which will be able to quickly identify body fluids at crime scenes.

20,000th start up loan as scheme passes £100 million for entrepreneurs

Posted July 30, 2014

The Start Up Loans Company has now offered more than £100 million to entrepreneurs wanting to set up their own business.

An entrepreneur in Stratford-upon-Avon looking to start a business making Shakespeare accessible to children through animation, is set to receive the 20,000th government Start Up Loan.

Melissa Mailer-Yates, 55, who is also a portrait artist, has been offered £6,000 after she submitted an application and business case to the Start Up Loans Company, funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In addition to awarding the 20,000th loan, the Start Up Loans Company has now offered more than £100 million to entrepreneurs wanting to set up their own business.

Melissa will use the loan to finance Shakespuss & Co Ltd, which is developing animated characters aimed at introducing children to Shakespeare’s plays. The idea came from stories she read to her children. Stockists in Stratford have already shown considerable interest in her products and a launch is planned for December 2014 in time for Christmas.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

“The economic hardship we’ve experienced over the last few years has not stopped the flow of business ideas and people wanting to start up their own companies. This British entrepreneurial spirit, backed by our loan scheme, will help create the iconic companies of the future. Reaching this milestone shows how fertile the ground is for enterprise.

“The people behind these start ups are not only making an important contribution to the future growth of our economy, but also providing an inspiration to countless others who may have the next big idea just around the corner.”

Business Minister Matthew Hancock said:

“This government is determined to make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business. We are backing aspiration like no government before and our Start Up Loans help Britain’s budding entrepreneurs unleash their potential.”

“Today’s start ups are tomorrow’s global leaders and that’s why it is so important that the Start Up Loans Company provides not only the funding, but also mentoring to help starts ups thrive. Start ups are a key part of our long term economic plan to build a brighter and better Britain.”

Shakespuss founder Melissa Mailer-Yates said:

“I have extensive international interest in my product, and this seed-funding has given me the opportunity to bring it to market. Hopefully it will lead to children all over the world dragging their parents to the UK to visit the birthplace of Shakespuss, and subsequently result in a younger generation keen to explore the wonders of Shakespeare and the English language.”

Chairman of the Start Up Loans Company, James Caan said:

“I’m delighted that we have managed to reach the 20,000 loans landmark. This significant milestone is a great example of all the good work the team at the Start Up Loans Company are doing to help aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages across the country realise their dreams. We are proud to be part of Britain’s economic revival and we will continue to strive to help the scheme grow. Hopefully it will only be a matter of time before we are celebrating the 30,000th loan.”

The government has set a target of awarding 30,000 loans with a total value of £151 million through the Start Up Loans scheme by 2015.

Are you a budding poet or singer? Join us to share your talent at Harrison House

Posted July 29, 2014

Harrison House which is run by NAViGO Health and Social Care Services is looking for budding poets and singers – have you got the X-Factor to rock the house?

 

Alternative exercise at Grimsby Leisure Centre helps with patient recovery

Posted July 29, 2014

A stroke patient is urging other people suffering from long-term illnesses to try out a fitness facility in Grimsby after seeing dramatic improvements to her health after using the facility just twice a week for six months.

The toning suite at Lincs Inspire’s Grimsby Leisure Centre offers a gentle and relaxed form of exercise for people who have medical conditions, haven’t exercised in a while or who just don’t like traditional gyms.

Debby Fields, mum of three from Grimsby, suffered a stroke last year at the age of 38 and started to use the facility to help gain muscle strength. “My stroke was totally unexpected”, explained Debby. “I was a healthy, active mum and I just didn’t expect anything like this to happen to me. I spent seven weeks in hospital and at first I couldn’t speak and found it hard to identify basic objects.

“Since using the facility I have made a gradual but definite improvement. I would first come to my therapy sessions in a wheelchair, but six months on I am using my wheelchair less frequently and I can get independently on and off the machines. I can only assume I wouldn’t be where I am today without the toning suite and I would encourage other people not to hesitate and to give them a go.”

Liz Foden, Lincs Inspire therapist, explains why the suite is ideal for stroke patients and people with mobility problems. “The toning tables don’t distinguish between the weaker or the stronger side of the body”, said Liz. “They work both sides equally and for stroke patients it is invaluable. You have to build up your exercise – but you can do it with these machines. You can just lie there and still work your body. These small changes make such a difference to people’s recovery.”

The toning suite has eight ‘beds’ and each work a main muscle group. They are not aerobic and therefore don’t burn calories. But used regularly, ideally two to three times a week, they help people to gain muscle strength and lose inches whilst placing no strain, impact or stress on the body. Ideal for rehabilitation the suite is also used by people with arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis as well as people who have undergone heart operations and joint replacements.

The Toning Suite is open from 8am to 8:30pm daily with special clinics for appointments on Mondays from noon to 5.00pm and Thursdays from 10:30am to 5.00pm. All new clients will need to make an appointment prior to using the machines for an induction. To arrange a meeting contact (01472) 323100.

UK economy recovers to pre-crash levels

Posted July 29, 2014

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Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central Jenny Willott, has welcomed the news that the UK economy has recovered to pre-crash levels.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the UK economy has grown by 0.8% over the last quarter, ensuring that the UK economy has now returned to the same level it had before the banking crisis in 2008.

The UK economy is forecast to be the fastest growing among the G7 developed nations, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP, said:

“This is fantastic news and shows that the Coalition Government’s economic plan is working.

“It is further evidence that the Liberal Democrats as part of the Coalition have made the right decisions to help restore the UK economy, which is now growing at the fastest rate of any major economy. We have supported the creation of a record number of apprentices, invested in key sectors like manufacturing, assisted businesses to make over 1 million new jobs and delivered an £800 tax cut to help millions of people.

“There is still work to be done and the Liberal Democrats will continue to ensure that everyone benefits from the recovery and has the opportunities to get on.”

Car clubs cash boost

Posted July 28, 2014

£500,000 to support car clubs Baroness Kramer announces.

Car clubs are set to receive a £500,000 boost to drive forward their work, Transport Minister Baroness Kramer has announced.

As part of a wider visit to Norfolk today (28 July 2014), the minister announced that the Department for Transport will provide the funding to support 2 pilot programmes which will promote much wider access to car clubs.

Baroness Kramer said:

“Car clubs cut congestion, reduce carbon and save people money while still giving people the freedom and flexibility to use a car when they want to. Interest in car clubs is already gathering pace and we want to give that interest added momentum.

“This funding will highlight their many advantages to even more people and help take car clubs up a gear.”

The proportion of carless households has been growing across the country since 2005. At the same time, because people value the convenience that access to a car brings, interest in car clubs is growing.

There are already over 150,000 car club members in England and government is keen to support their growth.

They make much more efficient use of the limited space available on the road, with estimates suggesting that one rental car can take the place of 17 individually owned vehicles.

Car clubs can also help save drivers money – potentially thousands of pounds per year.

The evidence suggests that pay-as-you-go car use encourages people to walk and cycle more often and make more frequent use of public transport.

And car club vehicles tend to have lower emissions than the average car.

The Department for Transport is already funding 48 car club and car sharing schemes through our Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

While in Norfolk, Baroness Kramer also saw first hand the success of a government-funded trial of the holdall smartcard scheme which allows people to use many of the county’s different bus services with a single card. Norfolk was chosen to host the trial because of its mix of small, medium and large bus operators running services in both urban and rural areas.

The experience gathered from the £2.5 million scheme will help inform the introduction of smart ticketing elsewhere in the country.

The minister also visited Zenos Cars, a company that has received £150,000 towards the development of an ultra-light sports car. The technological advances are expected to inform the future development of electric cars and other ultra low emission vehicles, where the use of light weight materials is particularly valuable.

Bogus caller alert in Scartho Road area

Posted July 28, 2014

Residents in the Scartho Road area of Grimsby are being advised to be vigilant to bogus callers who may be operating in the area.

Two incidents have been brought to the attention of police recently involving a woman calling at properties in the area purporting to be offering cleaning services.

The woman has also been reported to try to befriend vulnerable residents and on occasion has returned to the properties with two small children.

The woman has made claims that one of the accompanying children needed the toilet to gain access to the address and has taken cash whilst the householder was distracted.

Police would like to remind residents to exercise caution when allowing callers into their homes and reiterate the following advice:

LOCK, STOP, CHAIN and CHECK: When someone calls at your door and offers to do repairs to your home or to ask for urgent help, or when someone official knocks on your door, follow these simple steps to help protect yourself and your home from bogus callers.

Visit our web site for more information on staying safe at home: http://www.humberside.police.uk/staying-safe-at-home/crime-reduction/distraction-burglars-and-rogue-traders

Increase in the number of younger fraudsters say KPMG

Posted July 28, 2014

According to KPMG’s latest Fraud Barometer, the number of fraud cases involving people in their late 20 – 30’s has rocketed 285% in the first half of the year,  to just over £62m.

Increase in the number of younger fraudsters say KPMGThe report suggests a change in the profiles of fraudsters – which shift from rogue senior executives to younger individuals funding extravagant lifestyles

Analysis of the cases going through British Crown Courts since the start of 2014 shows that frauds committed by those aged 26-35 were valued at just over £62 million – an increase of 285% on the first half of 2013. Overall, however, there was a 39% drop in fraud during the period to £317m.

The decline was helped in large part by a 72% drop in frauds committed by those aged 46 and over, to £88m.

Hijacking of mobile phone accounts

The data shows that one scam, masterminded by two 26 year olds, revolved around the hijacking of mobile phone accounts. The two individuals began by creating a fake company that purchased lists containing customer details, on the pretence of marketing directly to them. 

They then assigned victims’ phone numbers to SIM cards in their possession by calling the network provider and posing as the account holder.  

Having transferred numbers to new SIMs, the fraudsters repeatedly dialled premium rate lines, only for the real customer to be billed for any calls made.  Bills totalling £2.8 million were amassed and their crimes were only discovered when customers complained that handsets could not make or receive calls.

Changing of the guard

Hitesh Patel, UK forensic partner at KPMG, says: ‘Where once it was the jaded executive who relied on unquestioned seniority and authority to get away with dipping their hands in the till, it seems we are witnessing a changing of the guard.

‘Today’s fraudster is younger and just at ease with using technology and data as selling promises. They rely on the assumption of the innocence of youth, whereas the reality is that many of these fraudsters are nothing more than a wolf in lamb’s clothing.’

He added: ‘It is important for UK organisations to recognise that youth doesn’t always equal innocence, as a confident and tech-savvy generation comes through, adept  at circumnavigating conventional controls and staying under the radar.’

For further information visit KPMG website for more information.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

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