Helping us to ensure ‘continuity of carer’ in the county

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 16:06

News from our partners Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group

What is ‘continuity of carer’? Continuity of carer means that there is consistency in the midwife or clinical team that provides hands on care for a woman and her baby throughout the three phases of her maternity journey:

  • Pregnancy
  • Labour
  • Postnatal period.

It enables the co-ordination of a woman’s care, so that a named individual takes responsibility for ensuring all the needs of a woman and her baby are met, at the right time and in the right place.

It enables the development of a relationship between the woman and the clinician who cares for her over time. Women have asked for more personalised care during maternity in order to enhance their antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal experiences and therefore, continuity of carer is a key theme of the Better Births report. Evidence has also shown that continuity of carer reduces risks and will make a significant contribution to reducing rates of stillbirth, neonatal death and brain injury during birth by 50% by 2030.

Please complete the online survey to help us gather information on continuity of carer in our local area.

We will use your answers to help us to improve maternity services. Please complete this online survey by 9 September 2018. If you would prefer to complete a paper version please contact or

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Rural community groups encouraged to bid for youth activity funding

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:41

Community groups providing activities for young people in Shropshire’s most rural areas can bid for funding from next Monday (20 August 2018) under the second funding round of Shropshire Council’s Rural Youth Activity Fund.

A total of £20,000 is available through this second round of funding for youth groups and clubs in the eligible rural Local Joint Committee (LJC) areas, so that they can make a difference to the lives of young people.

The funding round will be open from 20 August to 16 September 2018.

The eligible rural Local Joint Committee areas are:

  • Bridgnorth, Worfield, Alveley, Claverley and Brown Clee
  • Wem and Shawbury
  • Craven Arms and Rural
  • Bishop’s Castle, Chirbury, Worthen and Clun
  • Ellesmere
  • Longden, Ford, Rea Valley and Loton including Pontesbury and Minsterley
  • Tern and Severn Valley
  • St Oswald & Llanymynech
  • Strettondale and Burnell
  • Much Wenlock and Shipton & Broseley and Rural

Applications for the first round of funding were invited between 23 April and 20 May this year.

Nick Bardsley, Cabinet member for children and young people, said:

“I am delighted that the council is able to make this funding available for young people living in our most rural areas. The funding has previously been used for a range of activities – youth clubs, sports and arts programmes, and health awareness training – all of which have been greatly valued by young people.

“This is the second round of bidding this year. I would be very sorry if some communities miss out altogether, so if you didn’t get in touch earlier in the year, make sure you do so before the 16 September application deadline.”

Youth clubs and groups interested in applying for funding should first check their eligibility with their local Shropshire Councillor, or contact the council’s Community Enablement Team on 01743 253077 or for an application form or full details of how to apply.

The deadline for applications is 16 September 2018. All applications should be submitted by email to

Further information

The funding has been allocated to support activities that will meet the Shropshire Children, Young People and Families outcomes:

  • Ensuring all children and young people are safe and well looked after in a supportive environment.
  • Narrowing the achievement gap in education and work.
  • Ensuring the emotional wellbeing of children and young people by focusing on prevention and early intervention.
  • Keeping more children healthy and reducing health inequalities.

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Another highly successful year for A-level results in Shropshire

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:09

Early indications show that Shropshire’s schools, academies and colleges post-16 A-level results again look impressive and this promises to be another highly successful year.

Overall entry patterns are similar to previous years with a slight imbalance in favour of vocational qualifications against A level (academic) qualifications. Some further reforms to A levels are again a feature this year with many students now taking the two-year A level qualification.

Karen Bradshaw, Shropshire Council’s director of children’s services, said:

“We would like to congratulate all the students for their hard work and commitment in achieving their results. We wish all the students success in the future, including those taking up a university place or those moving into the world of work.

“We would also like to thank everyone who plays a part in Shropshire’s school and college communities. This includes our very skilled and dedicated teachers, headteachers and college principals, governors, support staff, people who contribute voluntarily and, of course, parents and carers who play such an important supportive role.”

For those pursuing the university route, applicants can log into the UCAS Track service to check the status of their application. If students have not been accepted by the university of their choice there are still many places available through ‘Clearing’. For those students whose results are different to what they expected their school or college can provide further advice and guidance.

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New classes launched to help maintain balance and strength

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:00

News from our partners Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

A new series of exercise classes are being launched across Shropshire to help older people maintain their independence and mobility in later life.

The Elevate project is aimed at people aged 65 and above who want to improve their strength and balance, but in a friendly, social setting with time for a cup of tea too!

County sports partnership Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin has been commissioned by Shropshire Council to deliver the project, and has been recruiting and training an experienced network of instructors over the last year.

Christina Morgan, Elevate project officer at Energize, said:

“These are specialist exercise classes: they are delivered by a team of experts who have been trained in ‘postural stability’, which is evidenced to improve strength and stability in older people.

“Although people can refer themselves directly, we know that a referral or encouragement from a trusted source, be it a family member, friend or professional, can really help to motivate someone to attend.

“It can be intimidating to start anything new, so we’re really keen to work with local partners and residents to share the project and help us to reach the people who would benefit the most from getting involved.

“The classes run over a 20-week period, after which we will be seeking to signpost participants to other local opportunities, so that people can enjoy staying active.”

She added:

“Many people are active in later life, and walking is a popular activity in Shropshire, but strength and balance exercise is also an important ingredient in helping us to age well. Ageing can often increase individual health needs and we are here to support people into activity where they face additional challenges.”

Taking part in these classes has been shown to boost people’s confidence, both in and out of the home.

Figures show that, nationally, four out of 10 people aged 70 and above are unaware of the importance of good strength and balance to reduce the risk of falls in later life.

Only 16% meet the recommended levels of aerobic and muscle strengthening – and that figure falls to just 7% for over 75s.

For those interested in improving strength and stability, further information, a video and referral criteria can be found on the website. Whilst the project is subsidised by Shropshire Council to £3 per class, residents outside of that area can still enquire to attend.

The classes will be primarily based in market towns. The first sessions are already programmed for Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow, Whitchurch, Bishop’s Castle and Craven Arms. Those interested can either self-refer, or they can be referred by a friend or health professional, and then the Elevate team will invite them to their next available class.

The project is supported by many county organisations, including Age UK and Shropshire Rural Communities Charity, as well as GPs and health professionals.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, health and social housing, added:

“We are delighted that Energize have been awarded the contract to deliver the Elevate project, which could really help older people who want to improve their balance, flexibility and confidence.

“These classes will provide a great opportunity for older people to remain active and maintain independence, whilst at the same time make new friends.”

For more details, visit, email or call the Energize team on 01743 297194.

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Doctors and nurses on hand to answer questions at Future Fit events

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:17

News from our partners NHS Future Fit

Future Fit image

Local people are being encouraged to find out more about the Future Fit consultation by attending one of a series of upcoming public events.

New public events were recently announced to give local people further opportunities to find out more about proposals to transform local hospital services.

The remaining programme of events includes two public exhibition events, which will take place in Oswestry and Whitchurch between 3.30pm and 7.30pm today, Wednesday 15 August and Tuesday 21 August respectively.

Two smaller-scale ‘pop-in’ Q&A sessions will take place between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday 29 August in Woodside, Telford, and on Thursday 30 August in Welshpool, Powys.

These drop-in events give people the opportunity to speak to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals about the Future Fit proposals, pick up a consultation brochure and complete the consultation survey.

A planned event for Wednesday 8 August in Bishop’s Castle has been rearranged for Monday 20 August from 6pm to 8pm. The format of this event has changed and it will now consist of a panel including NHS staff and hospital clinicians, who will explain the proposed changes to hospital services before answering questions from the public.

Details of all Future Fit events can be found on the Get Involved page on the Future Fit website at

The consultation will close at midnight on Tuesday 11 September 2018. There are many ways to get involved in the consultation.

You can:

  • Attend a public event or meeting in public – visit the Get Involved page for the venues, dates and times
  • Pick up consultation documents and surveys at one of more than 70 pop-up events or read them online
  • Fill out our online survey
  • Complete the survey, which is available in the consultation documents and at events, and post it free of charge to FREEPOST NHS FF CONSULTATION
  • Email
  • Request materials by calling 0300 3000 903 (24-hour answer machine)
  • Follow us on social media: Twitter: @NHSFutureFit, Facebook:

Upcoming Future Fit events

Public exhibition events

Drop in any time from 3.30pm to 7.30pm to speak to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals about our proposals, pick up a consultation brochure and have your say.

Date Venue Wednesday 15 August Cabin Lane Church, Cabin Lane, Oswestry SY11 2LQ Tuesday 21 August Whitchurch Civic Centre, High Street, Whitchurch SY13 1AX

 Pop-in Q&As

Drop in any time between 4pm and 7pm.These sessions are smaller scale events with a minimum of one emergency or urgent care consultant and one paediatrician in attendance, along with executive directors from the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

Date Venue Wednesday 29 August Park Lake Centre, Park Lane, Woodside, Telford TF8 5QZ Thursday 30 August Royal Oak Hotel, The Cross, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7DG

Public meeting

This event will consist of a panel including NHS staff and hospital clinicians who will explain the the proposed service changes and answer questions from the public. Light refreshments (tea and coffee) will be available..

Date Venue 6pm to 8pm, Monday 20 August 2018 The Town Hall (Market Hall Room), High Street, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5BG

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Soulton Bridge near Wem repair work to begin on 3 September 2018

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:27

Accident damage bridge repair works to Soulton Bridge, which carries the B5065 over Soulton Brook, to the north-east of Wem, will start on Monday 3 September 2018.

The bridge parapet was extensively damaged in early November 2017 after a heavy goods vehicle collided with the upstream parapet of the bridge resulting in severe damage to the bridge spandrel and parapet. Traffic lights were erected in November 2017 and have remained in place since.

The repair works will involve rebuilding the upstream parapet and elevation using predominantly new stone, general repointing of the structure in lime mortar and resurfacing of the carriageway over the bridge.

Unfortunately, in order to carry out the proposed work safely it will be necessary to close the bridge to vehicular traffic. The work is expected to last for up to six weeks.

Due to the nature of the repairs a road closure and traffic diversion will be required for the duration of the work. The planned diversion route will be from the B5065 onto the A49 back towards Shrewsbury then onto the B5063 into Wem and back onto the B5065 and vice versa. Access to frontages will be maintained up to the bridge closure. Access over the bridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will remain available throughout the work.

Inevitably there will be some disruption during this work, for which we apologise in advance.

Regular updates on work progress will be made available on a weekly basis through the council’s website, which will have a dedicated roadworks page for the Soulton Bridge works at

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“The bridge closure is required to carry out essential repairs following the accident damage caused in November last year. Road users should anticipate significant traffic delays and disruption and are being advised to seek alternative routes, wherever possible, and allow additional journey times. The council will be working collaboratively with all stakeholders and its appointed contractors to ensure the works minimise delays to all road users.”

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Overnight closure of A5 for Woodcote Roundabout street lighting renewal

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:21

From 28 August to 6 October (2018) Highways England will be replacing the lighting lamps and columns at Woodcote roundabout on the A5 near Shrewsbury.

To minimise disruption, work will be carried out overnight from 9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday (ie. into Saturday morning).

How will the work affect traffic?

The A5 will be fully closed between Edgbold roundabout and Churncote roundabout as follows:

  • Southbound, from 3 to 15 September (9pm to 6am, weekday nights only).
  • Northbound, from 17 September to  6 October (9pm to 6am, weekday nights only).

An emergency access route will be available at all times for emergency vehicles.

Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place and motorists are asked to stick to these routes, which have been chosen with both suitability and safety in mind.

Diversion routes

Diversion during southbound closure



Diversion during northbound closure


Why is this work being carried out?

The existing lighting has exceeded its expected lifespan and had failed its safety testing and has been turned off as a result. This led to comments that the roundabout was difficult to approach in the dark.

The new lighting will be more efficient as it uses less energy-reducing light pollution. The roundabout will also be lit to current standards and will reduce the need for maintenance, therefore reducing disruption to the customer.

Note: the work is subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Want to know more?

If you’ve any questions, please contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or email You can also visit


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Driver prosecuted for illegally plying for hire at Shrewsbury railway station

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:15

Shropshire Council’s trading standards and licensing service has successfully prosecuted a private hire driver, licensed by the City of Wolverhampton Council, after he was found to be illegally plying for hire in Shropshire.

Mihai-Ionut Borodea, of Wrockwardine Wood, Telford was sentenced at Telford Magistrates’ Court on 23 July 2018 after pleading guilty to illegally collecting members of the public at Shrewsbury railway station in the early hours of 17 December 2017.  The passengers had not booked through a licensed operator but instead approached the driver who had pulled up at the station and then agreed to undertake the requested journey from Shrewsbury to Broseley – an activity known as plying for hire.

As a result of the plying for hire, it was also held that Borodea’s motor insurance was invalid for the journey.  He was ordered by the court, to pay a fine and costs totalling £320 and received six penalty points on his driving licence.

Frances Darling, Shropshire Council’s trading standards and licensing operations manager said:

“Shropshire Council takes illegal private hire activities extremely seriously.  Our advice to the trade is clear – private hire vehicles are not permitted to ply for hire and where we identify such cases we will investigate them fully, including cases where the driver is licensed by another local authority.  Not only is this activity illegal it will invalidate a drivers insurance putting customers at risk.”

Joyce Barrow, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, waste and regulatory services, said:

“We will continue to crack down on unsafe private hire vehicles and taxis and we encourage members of the public to report illegal activity to us.  We can use this information to help determine the council’s enforcement priorities and activities. Our officers carry out vehicle and driver licensing checks across Shropshire to stamp out illegal activity and ensure the safety of the public. Officers work closely with the police to carry out evening patrols and undertake plying for hire operations using plain clothed officers.

“This case has seen effective partnership working between officers from both Shropshire Council and the City of Wolverhampton Council to ensure public safety and I am confident that this will continue.”

Councillor Alan Bolshaw, Chair of the City of Wolverhampton’s Licensing Committee said:

“Plying for hire is a serious offence that places members of the public in danger.  Private hire journeys must be pre-booked otherwise they may not be insured.  City of Wolverhampton Council officers assisted Shropshire Council with their enquiries to bring about the successful prosecution.  The driver’s private hire licence will now be reviewed by officers.”

Shropshire Council encourages individuals to contact its Licensing Team on 0345 678 9046 or at if they have suspicions of any illegal activity or any concerns about private hire or taxi drivers or vehicles.  Information can be given anonymously and will always be treated in line with the council’s information governance policies.

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Council brings successful prosecution in respect of unauthorised works to listed building

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:14

At Telford Magistrates Court on Monday 6 August 2018, Andrew Huffer, the owner of 5 Marine Terrace in Shrewsbury – a grade II listed building within the Conservation Area – pleaded guilty in respect of unauthorised alterations he had made to the property. 

These alterations were made to facilitate the installation of a hot tub, balustrade and fencing at the house, and were carried out without the benefit of Listed Building Consent.  

The defendant, who had also failed to comply with a Listed Buildings Enforcement Notice, was sentenced to pay fines and costs of £1,200 and agreed to remove the unauthorised fencing, balustrade and hot tub within 28 days.  

Robert Macey, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for planning and housing development, said: 

“I am very pleased with this positive outcome for the council, which I trust will send a clear message that the council will use all available enforcement powers to reach effective outcomes in accordance with planning law and the council’s policies. 

“Our aim is to reach positive outcomes for development wherever possible, which is why the planning service provides a pre-application advice service. It is far simpler to find out in advance whether your development requires permission and is likely to get it than to face a planning enforcement process.” 

Nat Green, Shropshire Councillor for Quarry and Coton Hill, said: 

“I know this decision will come as a huge relief to residents in the local area whose lives have been affected by these unauthorised works, and in particular the use of the hot tub at this property.” 

People wishing to develop land or property should visit the council’s website at to find out more about its pre-application planning advice service. 



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Inaugural University Centre Shrewsbury graduation ceremony countdown reaches 50 days

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:01

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

Final preparations are underway for the Inaugural University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) graduation ceremony, with just 50 days to go until the momentous event.

The ceremony at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, on Friday 28 September 2018, will celebrate the first students gaining their degrees and their time at the institution. Further celebratory events will also take place during the day.

St Chad’s Church from The Quarry

Sir David Lees, Chair of the University Centre Shrewsbury Advisory Board said:

“I look forward to being part of this special occasion.

“Friday 28 September is a very important day for the ‘pioneer’ students without whom UCS would not have been born, for those who have encouraged them with their studies, for UCS and for the town as it marks the attainment of a significant milestone.”

The awards will be presented by Dr Gyles Brandreth, the Chancellor of the University of Chester. The broadcaster and former MP succeeded the Duke of Westminster in March 2017 as Chancellor.

Postgraduate students started courses at University Centre Shrewsbury in 2014 and undergraduate students were welcomed in 2015.

Undergraduates have chosen subjects from History, Geography and English to Psychology, Medical Genetics and Business, and postgraduates have studied courses in areas from Education to Health, reflecting both traditional Higher Education programmes and the county’s scientific history, environmental and social challenges.

A partnership between the University of Chester and Shropshire Council, UCS is a distinctive institution, focused on high-quality teaching and research, fostering entrepreneurship and contributing to the community, with the long term aspiration to become an independent university.

For further information on UCS, go to,,, call 01743 297185 or email

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Behind the scenes crew gather to see the NHS 70 sculpture in all its glory

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:52

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Most people will have seen the unique NHS 70 sculpture situated outside the Ward Block at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH), but what many won’t realise is the amount of work that went into getting it erected in time for our Charity Fun Day.

The heart sculpture was built by the British Ironwork Centre, near Oswestry, using obsolete hospital equipment such as blood pressure monitors, parts of hospital beds, surgical hands, microscopes, a former anaesthetic machine, a broken dialysis machine and wheelchairs.

NHS 70 sculpture: from left, Peter Evans, Steve Darlington, Graham Rogers and Steve Wright (of Rexel UK).

And when it arrived on site a week before the Fun Day, a team organised by Steve Darlington, Acting Head of Estates at RSH, worked around the clock to make sure it was not only up in time but looked fantastic for the big unveiling.

Graham Rogers, of J Rogers and Sons, spent multiple days doing all of the ground works, while Peter Evans, of SRS Electricals, donated all of the electrical work free of charge so the sculpture can be lit up at night time. The electrical supplies were provided courtesy of Rexel UK.

The team met this week to see the sculpture in all its glory, saying:

“It was a pleasure to help with this project. The NHS is a fantastic organisation that we are all extremely grateful for. It was a lot of hard work but the sculpture looks amazing.”

Further information

  • The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is the main provider of acute hospital care for almost 500,000 people from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales. Patients come to us from Telford, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Newtown and Welshpool in Powys.
  • The Trust continues to work with its partners in health and social care in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales to develop patient-focused services that meet the needs of our communities.

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Free evening parking in Shrewsbury to be considered by Cabinet

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:06

A recommendation for parking in Shrewsbury to remain free after 6pm will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet following a meeting between the council and Shrewsbury BID.

At the meeting on Tuesday (7 August 2018) the BID raised concerns about plans to introduce charging until 8pm on-street and in the Bridge Street, St Austin’s Street and Quarry swimming centre car parks as part of Shropshire Council’s new parking strategy – and requested that parking remain free after 6pm.

Peter Nutting, leader of the council, and  Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said that they were minded to support the BID’s request, and it will now be formally considered by Cabinet shortly.

If agreed by Cabinet the proposals mean that parking will remain free after 6pm in Shrewsbury both on-street, and in all Shropshire Council owned car parks – with the exception of Raven Meadows multi-storey, for which charges will apply until midnight initially, before the planned 24-hour opening comes into effect.

As part of the proposals the BID would work with the council on the promotion, implementation and development of the strategy, and support its efforts to promote Shrewsbury as a great place to shop, visit and work.

It has already been formally agreed that under the new strategy there will be: free parking on Sundays and bank holidays in Frankwell and Abbey Foregate; 15 minutes’ ‘pop and shop’ free parking in all car parks; and discounted weekly and season tickets in Frankwell and Abbey Foregate. Parking for up to five hours in Frankwell and Abbey Foregate will be cheaper than it is now.

The changes already formally agreed are due to come into effect in Shrewsbury in September 2018 before the new parking strategy is rolled out across the county.

Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“Along with the Leader I was happy to meet with the BID and discuss their concerns regarding the proposed evening parking charges in Shrewsbury. One of the key aims of the new parking strategy is to encourage people to visit Shrewsbury – and all our market towns – by making parking and parking charges simpler, clearer and fairer, and to help local business as a result. We welcomed the BID’s request for free parking after 6pm as this is something that we feel will benefit local businesses and boost Shrewsbury’s night time economy, and this will now be formally considered by Cabinet.”

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Organisations and groups invited to event to find out more about supporting people’s health and well-being in Bridgnorth

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:23

Organisations and groups who provide services or activities in Bridgnorth that benefit people’s health and well-being are invited to come to an event in the town on Wednesday 22 August 2018.

The Social Prescribing information and sharing workshop will be hosted at Castle Hall on West Castle Street, Bridgnorth from 12.45pm to 3pm.

Social Prescribing

Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a workshop and find out more about Shropshire’s Social Prescribing programme, how it’s going to be rolled out in Bridgnorth and how they can get involved.

Shropshire’s Social Prescribing programme

Shropshire’s Social Prescribing programme is being led by Shropshire Council, the council’s Help2Change service and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group. The programme involves working with a range of organisations such as GPs and community and voluntary organisations to provide non-medical support for people to help them take greater control over their own health.

Social prescribing in Albrighton

The overall aim is to prevent worsening health for people with long-term health conditions, reduce the number and intensity of costly interventions in urgent or specialist care, and offer an alternative to those people with non-medical conditions presenting at GP practices.

Who should attend the workshops?

  • Anyone who is looking for non-medical/clinical support for the people they are working with.
  • Voluntary and community groups.
  • Charities and social enterprises.
  • Commissioned services that provide activity for people in Bridgnorth that supports people to stay healthy and independent.
  • People delivering community-based services, eg. libraries, creative groups and community centres.
  • Practitioners and staff working in primary and secondary care – general practice teams, community health teams and pharmacies.
  • People working in social care, mental health care, public health and health commissioning.

Social Prescribing in Albrighton

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, health and social housing, said:

“Our Social Prescribing workshops offer a great opportunity to raise awareness of the positive benefits Social Prescribing can bring to local communities. I hope the event also encourages those who attend to see how they could get involved and contribute to our programme.

“We look forward to seeing everyone at our event on 22 August to explore how we can work together to develop and deliver Bridgnorth’s Social Prescribing programme.”

Dr Stuart Wright of Bridgnorth Medical Practice added:

“This is a great opportunity to work in partnership with other agencies for the benefit of our patients. We are pleased to be working with Shropshire Council to bring Social Prescribing to Bridgnorth, and hope that this is just the beginning of a much closer collaborative working relationship.”

It is estimated that around 20% of patients consult their GP for what is primarily a social problem rather than a clinical problem.

Shropshire’s Social Prescribing programme will enable doctors to refer those patients to a Social Prescribing adviser who will work with the individual to access services and support in their own communities. This could be anything from taking part in group learning sessions, sports, arts activities, volunteering, gardening, befriending services to healthy eating advice.

To register for the event please contact Tracy Johnson: or call 01743 254683.

Further information

Shropshire’s Healthy Lives programme

Social Prescribing forms part of Shropshire’s Healthy Lives programme, which supports individuals, families and communities to take more control over their health and reduce their risk of chronic disease. The scheme also links to the Resilient Communities work being undertaken by Shropshire Council with the support of NHS colleagues and voluntary sector organisations who are working together to design targeted interventions and activity in localities. The aim of this work is to connect up people and activities in our neighbourhoods so that they all know more about what is going on, and have the choice and opportunity to get involved in the things they are interested in, and which can make people happier and healthier.

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Are your kids ready to Train Like A Jedi this summer?

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 14:38

Calling all friends of the Resistance! Public Health England (PHE) and Disney UK have launched a new national Change4Life programme – Train Like A Jedi –to inspire children to get active.

Train Like A Jedi campaign

Shropshire Council’s public health team is encouraging families to take part in the programme, which uses the excitement of Star WarsTM and its characters – alongside Double Olympic Gold medalist, Jade Jones – to encourage children to ‘Train Like A Jedi’ and is designed to increase levels of physical activity amongst children in England.

Taking inspiration from the traits of iconic Jedi such as Luke Skywalker and Rey, Train Like A Jedi helps children master six key skills – technique, strength, stamina, speed, agility and mastery.

Children can get active as they learn to master the ways of the Jedi with a fun play along video featuring British Taekwondo athlete and double Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones. Jade alongside a special appearance from BB-8, leads kids through a series of Jedi inspired moves, which will prepare them to be ready for when the Resistance might need them!

The video is designed for children to play along anywhere – either in groups, with their friends, family, or by themselves – and will help children meet the daily recommended physical activity guidelines they need for healthy development and to maintain a healthy weight. The Train Like A Jedi activity can be done in 10 minute bursts throughout the day.

It is recommended that children do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day[1], yet just 23% of boys and 20% of girls aged 5 to 15 years[2] currently meet this recommendation.

Professor Rod Thomson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

“Shropshire Council’s public health team is committed to supporting children and their families to lead healthier lives. There are many health benefits for being active, such as improving bone and heart health, building social skills and boosting self-confidence and mental well-being.

“The Change4Life’s ‘Train like a Jedi’ campaign is a great way to gradually increase children’s exercise through simple achievable activities. Encouraging children to do a few extra 10 minute bursts of activity every day can make a real difference to children’s health.”

Nick Bardsley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people, added:

“We know how difficult it can be to find ways to keep the family active and entertained during the summer holidays. The Train Like A Jedi campaign provides families with fun, free games and activities that children can do in just 10 minutes.

“It’s great to see such an innovative and exciting programme to help encourage children to be more active. Every 10-minute burst of activity that kids do through the Train Like A Jedi programme can help them get the 60 minutes they need each day. I’d really encourage families and children to take part in the campaign and some have fun.”

To help your children get active this summer by mastering the ways of the Jedi, click here: or Search Change4Life online to access the Train Like A Jedi video.

Further information

[1] UK Chief Medical Officers’ Guidelines 2011 for children and young people (5-18 years)

[2] Health Survey for England 2015, NHS Digital

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Marriage proposal on the rooftop of Britain’s Favourite Market

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 14:35

A mountaintop is said to be one of the most romantic places in the world to pop the question.

But for one Shrewsbury man the rooftop of the town’s Market Hall was the perfect setting to get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend.

And traders and staff from the Market Hall, where the couple are frequent customers, helped to create a romantic scene by setting up a table and chairs on the roof complete with flowers and champagne on ice.

James Hinch kept his plans top secret from girlfriend Sandra Phillips whom he lured to the market with the ruse of going to The Quarry park for an evening picnic.

As they passed the Market Hall building, in Claremont Street, he suggested they pop inside, where they were whisked up to the rooftop in a lift by market supervisor Kevin Goss.

James Hinch and Sandra Phillips

James, 35, said:-

“I don’t know where the idea came from to use the roof. It just popped into my head.

“We moved to Shrewsbury from Dublin three-and-a-half years ago and fell in love with the market straight away. We shop there all the time and eat there a lot.

“We’d been to an event on the rooftop and it was amazing. You can see right across Shrewsbury and I thought it would be a great place to propose.

“The market arranged everything. The champagne came from Robin at Iron and Rose and the flowers from Lin the florist. And we brought our own picnic which included prawns and strawberries from the market as well.

“Sandra was confused about why we were going up in the lift. When we got to the top, she saw the table and I went straight into the proposal. She said ‘yes’ and cried for a few minutes.”

Sandra, 38, who works as manager for Wedding World in The Parade Shopping Centre, said she hadn’t a clue what James had been planning:-

“I saw the table set with champagne and flowers. When he knelt down and put the ring on the table I got emotional. We spent over two hours on the roof enjoying the champagne and the picnic. It was absolutely fantastic, amazing. I couldn’t believe it!

“It was very romantic and so personal because we live in the town centre and use the market all the time. We buy our food from the market, we eat there, we just love it.”

The couple, who are originally from Dublin and have been together for 10 years, moved to Shrewsbury when James, an infantryman with the Royal Irish Regiment, was posted to Ternhill Barracks, Shropshire.

They soon fell in love with Shrewsbury and its award-winning market, which earlier this year was crowned ‘Britain’s Favourite Market 2018’. The couple now plan to wed in the town which they liken to living in the Temple Bar cultural area of Dublin.

Kate Gittins, Shropshire Council’s market facilities manager, said:

“I’ve been asked many things in my time but never dreamt that anyone would wish to propose on the roof of the Market Hall. I was delighted at the prospect and promised that we would do everything we could to facilitate this unusual request.

“Iron & Rose supplied the champagne, glasses and ice bucket. Gindifferent supplied the table and chairs and James supplied his own tablecloth which had been bought from one of the vintage stalls. Kevin set it all up in preparation, and we had a contingency plan in case it rained!”

Further information about the Market Hall

The Market Hall is a two-tier, indoor market hall situated in the heart of Shrewsbury town centre.

It is jointly run by Shropshire Council, which is responsible for the permanent stalls located around the perimeter of the market floor and gallery, and Shrewsbury Town Council which manages the canopied stalls in the centre. 

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Shrewsbury’s Castle Street and St Mary’s Street to close overnight for resurfacing

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:28

Castle Street and St Mary’s Street in Shrewsbury will be closed overnight (from 8pm to 6am) from Tuesday 14 August for resurfacing work.

It’s estimated that the works will take three nights to complete.

The work is being carried out as part of the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP).

While work is carried out the road will be closed from Castle Gates at the junction with Smithfield Road, with an signed diversion route in place.

During the road closure access will be maintained to residents and businesses only: an access route will be provided via Windsor Place, with the one-way being reversed.

The work is weather dependant and may be subject to unforeseen delay and date changes.

As usual with works of this nature there will be disruption whilst the works are undertaken, but every effort will be made to keep any disruption and noise to a minimum. We thank people for their understanding.

Further up to date information can be found at

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New medical centre, community hub and housing on the way in Whitchurch

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:28

A new medical centre, community hub and supported living facilities are to be built in Whitchurch after Shropshire Council agreed to invest in the project as part of plans to regenerate the town.

Shropshire Council, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and The Wrekin Housing Trust will now work together to regenerate and redevelop the Pauls Moss site into a hub of housing, healthcare and community activity that will meet the needs of the local community and reflect the future design and delivery of health and social care services.

Shropshire Council formally agreed to support the scheme at meetings of Cabinet and full Council last week.

Work is expected to take around three years and be completed by 2022.

The project will be funded by Shropshire Council, The Wrekin Housing Trust, Homes England, NHS England, Shropshire CCG and the One Public Estate programme.

The Pauls Moss scheme will provide the Whitchurch area with modern primary health and care services, and bring together three existing GP practices into a single site, so that services can be developed which are fully integrated with specialist housing and other community services.

Working in partnership, Shropshire Council, Shropshire CCG, and The Wrekin Housing Trust have identified the opportunity to develop a new fit-for-purpose modern medical centre to cope with current demand and the expected growth in population of the town and surrounding area.

The Wrekin Housing Trust is proposing to build new specialist accommodation for people over 55 in the form of lifetime apartments and potentially a number of bungalows that all give lifestyle choices for the ageing population of Whitchurch and north Shropshire.

The Pauls Moss site is currently run down and has a mix of redundant buildings and some dated social housing units.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for corporate and commercial services, said:

“This exciting and innovative project is brilliant news for Whitchurch and Whitchurch residents. It provides an opportunity to link the medical centre and housing with a community hub space that will enable local partners to provide a wide range of activities and services to local residents and patients.

“The need for a new medical centre in Whitchurch is well known, and this project will make sure that this need is met, and that Whitchurch has modern, accessible, and fit for purpose facilities that will help deliver the best services for patients, but also attract a high-quality workforce to the town.”

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and GP, said:

“This is a really exciting project that brings health and social care together to support patients and local people. It will become a real community asset by uniting local services on to a single, dedicated site with purpose-built facilities.”

Wayne Gethings, managing director of The Wrekin Housing Trust, said:

“Together with Shropshire Council and Shropshire CCG, we’ve designed a forward-thinking solution that will provide attractive, modern facilities that will not only fulfil the needs of today, but also be there for future generations.

“Combining specialist retirement housing with health and social care facilities is a model that is already proving popular, and invaluable, elsewhere in the county, and we’re thrilled Shropshire Council is supporting this development in Whitchurch, which will enrich the town.”

Brian Reynolds, Programme Director – One Public Estate, Local Government Association, said:

“Shropshire’s One Public Estate Partnership have worked at pace to bring this project forward since receiving the OPE funding earlier in the year. We look forward to seeing this rural health project progress and support the people of Whitchurch.”

Further information

1. Whitchurch has an ageing population and has few specialist facilities to support people with their health, care and well-being. There is also an identified need for specialist housing for older people.

2. Services and activities that could be potentially organised and delivered from the medical centre and community hub may include:

  • a place to socialise, meet others and do things that will help with staying mentally and physically active
  • a place to promote health, wellbeing and independence
  • multi-use spaces where people and groups can meet
  • a location for high-tech assistive technologies that connect the community to care services. The ability to incorporate assistive technologies into the public areas will mean that a much greater range of people will be able to benefit from them.
  • healthy lifestyle support using digital technology for linked to exercise through guided programmes and exercise on prescription
  • social prescribing
  • care co-ordination
  • health promotion, sign posting and navigation
  • on-site café to support healthy diets and offer a range of healthy meals
  • an on-site outdoor gym to incorporate a fitness dimension to the project.

3. The scheme is subject to a planning application being submitted and approved.

4. As the scheme will go out to tender, the cost of the scheme and the value of the Shropshire Council investment is commercially sensitive and therefore cannot be disclosed.

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The New Saints (TNS) Football Club – a statement from Clive Wright, Shropshire Council’s chief executive

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:28

The New Saints (TNS) Football Club – a statement from Clive Wright, Shropshire Council’s chief executive:- 

A grant of £80,000 was made by Shropshire Council to The New Saints (TNS) Football Club and this was used to build a new stand, thereby bringing both economic and community benefits. As part of the conditions of the grant TNS were to make payments equal to the £80,000 of grant they received to local projects to be determined by the Oswestry Economic Board. £10,000 was paid out to fund local projects but then the Oswestry Economic Board became dormant. The remaining £70,000 was not paid out. 

The police have looked into this matter and they can find no evidence of criminal activity. Shropshire Council’s internal audit team have produced an excellent report giving full and open disclosure of the available evidence which enables conclusions to be drawn, and again no wrongdoing was found. A redacted version of this report has been made available. This is an unusual step, as the council does not routinely air disputes with individuals or groups via the media. However, due to the strong and repeated media interest and because of potentially misleading statements made with no supporting evidence, the council chose to be open and transparent. The unredacted report has been made available to all elected members. 

Elected members of the council have made allegations and some of these have gone in the press. The Monitoring Officer of the council has asked for evidence relating to these allegations, but none has been forthcoming. 

There is a call from certain political parties, supported by some elected members, for an inquiry into the TNS issues. However, it is the view of council senior officers that there is nothing to be gained from this and it would not be in the public interest as the chronology of events recording what happened are clear, the police have no evidence of any crime and our audit finds no wrongdoing. 

Currently the council is in dispute with TNS over the repayment of part of the grant. It is the view of senior officers that this is the only matter outstanding based on the facts presented. The council believes that £70,000 should be repaid within the terms of the grant agreement and we understand that TNS disagree and contest this. The council is in correspondence with TNS to understand their argument. However, unless new and further evidence emerges to which the council is open to receiving, the council will progress to legal proceedings which we believe will be conclusive in settling the dispute.

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Shrewsbury’s Riverside Medical Practice to move to town’s Tannery site

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:15

Shrewsbury’s Riverside Medical Practice is set to move to a new home in the town’s Tannery development, after Shropshire Council agreed to invest in the work required to accommodate the practice, as part of its plans to support the regeneration of Shrewsbury’s West End.

Three blocks are set to be completed on the Tannery site. Works are nearing completion on the first block which will provide student accommodation for University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) in the new academic year.

Subject to agreement of terms between Shropshire Council and the Riverside Medical Practice, the practice will occupy the majority of the second block to be constructed, with a new pharmacy also set to be provided on the site.

The appropriate work will then be carried out to ensure that the building accommodates the medical practice, with the new practice set to open in 2019.

The decision was made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet and full Council at their respective meetings last week.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for corporate and commercial support, said:

“This is brilliant news for Shrewsbury and for Shropshire, for the council and for the Riverside medical practice and its patients. It will mean that the medical practice can remain in a town centre location, and also allows Shropshire Council to influence the provision of health services in the local area, by investing in the development of improved health facilities.

“The revised use for the second block fits will also help us achieve our objectives of regenerating the West End of Shrewsbury. “

“We want to help ensure the health of our residents by ensuring that there are good quality, sustainable, health services in the county. Our investment in the new medical centre will help us to do this, and will provide the opportunity for a local practice to have modern, fit for purpose facilities with space for expansion to support growth in patient numbers.”

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and a local GP, said:

“This is a great example of partnership working between the CCG, Shropshire Council and the practice all working together to successfully achieve a positive outcome that will result in a purpose-built modern medical centre.

“I am particularly pleased we have secured a site in the town centre which will allow the practice to grow and extend its current services.”

Tracy Willocks, Business Manager for Riverside Medical Practice, said

“We were extremely disappointed when Shropshire Council withdrew the sale of the previously identified site in Raven Meadows earlier this year. However we are pleased to hear the good news with regards to these new proposals for the alternative development in the town centre. Our patients and staff have waited for many years for this project to come to fruition and we hope we can now move forward and deliver the excellent patient care our patients deserve.”

Dr Sarah Harwood, GP Partner at Riverside Medical Practice said:

“We’re delighted to be moving forward again after a halt to the process earlier this year. These new premises will secure the future of Primary Care in the town centre, with a building that will enable us to grow and develop our services for the decades ahead.”

Background information

  1. In June 2017, Shropshire Council approved the phased construction of student accommodation at The Tannery site along with other identified uses.  This approval extended to the construction of two blocks on the Tannery site connected by a two storey infill block which will provide 60 units of student accommodation, along with three units of ground floor retail accommodation and office accommodation. The plans were subsequently revised to allow alternatives uses to be considered.
  2. The latest student numbers supplied by UCS suggest steady growth in line with the previous more recent forecasts which indicate Mardol House and the Tannery student accommodation will provide adequate provision until 2021/22.
  3. Riverside Medical Practice will occupy the majority of the second block. This would replace the proposed exclusive office use originally envisaged for the block.
  4. As the work will go out to tender, the cost of the scheme and the value of the Shropshire Council investment is commercially sensitive and therefore cannot be disclosed.

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