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Date:-  15 May 2006

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TEACHERS' TV is turning the spotlight on teachers in the new series Stars Out of School, revealing just how talented so many are outside the classroom. One teacher featured in the series is Paul Williams from Maghull High in Maghull, who swaps being Head of Music with being a pantomime director.

Paul is a pantomime director with skills in recording, arranging and sequencing. He is in great demand as Musical Director for shows such as The Barry White Show, endless musicals performed in the North-West of England and the annual panto at Southport Little Theatre. His crowning achievement has been receiving five awards for his dedication to pantomime. Paul was found after national research by Teachers’ TV to find the UK’s ‘Stars Out of School’.

“I have always loved pantomimes and am now very passionate about directing them,” said Paul. “I really enjoyed being involved in the programme and found the whole experience really interesting. I am delighted to have this opportunity to show people what I do.”

Andrew Bethell, Chief Executive of Teachers’ TV said:- “So many of our teachers spend their time outside the classroom taking part in truly fascinating hobbies and we wanted to showcase some of the best. They all have one thing in common – energy and commitment to both their teaching and their hobbies.”

‘Stars Out of School’ is presented by comedian Rob Deering and profiles teachers from across the UK who achieve great things in completely different fields from teaching. ‘Stars Out of School – The Musical Director’ featuring Paul is broadcast at 8pm on Thursday 18 May and after this date is available to stream and download from the Teachers’ TV website at

Trust is one of Britains top 40 Hospitals for fifth year running

FOR THE 5th year running, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been named among the top performers in the country's 6th 40 Top Hospitals programme assessed by the country's leading hospital benchmarking company, CHKS. The Trust is the only one on Merseyside to be among this year's 40 Top Hospitals, and 1 of only 3 from Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Health Authority.

Commenting on the Trust's achievement, Chief Executive Jonathan Parry said:- "We have entered this programme for the last 5 years and each year we have been named in the 40 Top Hospitals and this is a fantastic achievement. We would not have received this award if it weren't for the hard work of all our staff. It shows that their skill, dedication and commitment has improved the quality of care we provide to our patients and the health community. This award is particularly satisfying as it is an opportunity to be judged against other Trusts across the country."

In this year's programme a number of NHS Trusts have improved their performance in the indicators selected by CHKS, making the achievement of a place in the top 40 that much harder. In addition, more trusts entered the programme this year than last year.

Using the most up to date data available to the NHS, 18 performance indicators (listed below), including mortality rates and MRSA rates, cancelled procedures and information from patient surveys, are used to assess clinical effectiveness, outcomes, efficiency and patient-carer experience.

The independent CHKS review covers the whole of the United Kingdom and looks at the performance of 120 hospitals. The Study is not a league table and all the hospital trusts entered into the programme because they wanted their performance to be measured against recognised clinical healthcare standards.

1. Risk adjusted mortality index
2. Emergency readmission rates (within 28 days of discharge)
3. Emergency readmission rates for fractured hips
4. Discharge of stroke patients to their own home
5. Discharge of patients to home after hip operations
6. Risk adjusted complications index
7. Day case rate for specific procedures (nominated by the British Association of Day Surgery)
8. The number of day case overstays
9. Risk adjusted length of stay index
10. Cost of in-patient activity (case mix adjusted and assessed for market forces)
11. Missed outpatient appointments
12. Procedures not carried out due to hospital decision
13. Proportion of waiting list patients treated who waited less than 6 months
14. Proportion of surgical treatments provided to patients over 65 (case mix & population adjusted)
15. Proportion of surgical treatments provided to patients over 75 (case mix & population adjusted)
16. Staff survey across hospitals to assess the impact of the NHS as an employer
17. Hospital acquired infection rates (MRSA only)
18. Overall data quality

Each of the 40 Top Hospitals is an achiever of high quality care. The participating hospitals are representative of hospital care across the UK and importantly they were invited to enter the programme.

CHKS is CASP (Clinical Accountability Services Planning and Evaluation) Healthcare Knowledge Services.
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