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June 2014 Monthly Archives

Local Nurse was Short-listed for a Patient Choice Award in Westminster

June 30, 2014

Gillian Dunning, a local nurse from Harefield Hospital, was short-listed for an award by the AntiCoagulation Self-Monitoring Alliance (ACSMA) at their first Patient Choice Awards event in Parliament earlier this week. The awards event celebrated the work of dedicated health professionals in the NHS who have helped people on long-term warfarin treatment to monitor their own blood clotting level. Gillian was short-listed for the category of outstanding individual.


Local MP, Nick Hurd said: “I am delighted that Gillian was short-listed for a Patient Choice Award for all the hard work she has done for patients to promote and support self-monitoring. Self-monitoring devices are a win-win situation; a win for the NHS as it will help them to reduce potentially life threatening numbers of stroke and save money, and a win for the patient as it increases their independence and encourages empowerment to control their long-term health condition.”


ACSMA comprises four of the UK’s leading charities and patient groups – AntiCoagulation Europe; the Children’s Heart Federation; the AF Association and the Mechanical Heart Valve Support Group. The healthcare company Roche is also part of the alliance. It was set up to campaign for patients on long-term warfarin to have greater access to self-monitoring technology on prescription. Self-monitoring devices are a safe, convenient and an accurate way to provide a blood clotting level – it takes less than a minute to complete.   Earlier this year, ACSMA invited their network of members to nominate their top health professionals across the UK. ACSMA received nominations from patients for specialist nurses, GPs and hospital consultants who are regarded as having gone above and beyond the call of duty to their patients.


Diane Eaton, from AntiCoagulation Europe, a member of ACSMA said: “ACSMA is fully aware that many people on long-term warfarin across the UK are receiving excellent care and support to help them to manage their disease. Therefore, we wanted to celebrate the dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism of those healthcare professionals who are really championing the cause of patients”.

Ramadan Mubarak from Nick Hurd MP – Nick Urges Donors in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner to Make Checks When Giving this Ramadan

June 27, 2014

Nick Hurd MP would like to wish all Muslims in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner a very Happy Ramadan.

Donors in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner are being urged to check before they give to charity this Ramadan (29 June to 28-29 July). The Charity Commission’s research* shows that only 2 in 5 donors make checks before giving when approached for donations and is urging the public to follow a few simple steps to ensure their money goes to a registered charity.

As part of its campaign this Ramadan, the Commission has launched a video designed to encourage people to check before they give; the video follows the journey of a young woman who wants to make sure her donations reach a genuine registered charity. The Commission says that the video is the first in a series of new media campaigns designed to encourage people to continue to ‘check before they give’.

Sarah Atkinson, Head of Information and Communications at the Charity Commission said:

“We know that many people will be giving very generously during Ramadan, and we want to help these donors ensure their funds go where they are intended. While most fundraising appeals are genuine, there are sadly people who exploit the generosity of others for their own gain. I hope our new video helps donors gain the confidence to check and ask before they give.”

Dr Hany El-Banna, Chairman of the Muslim Charities Forum said:

“We want every single penny of people’s generous donations this Ramadan to reach genuine registered charities. So I welcome this campaign and encourage people to share the Commission’s safer giving video and to follow the advice it contains.”

Nick Hurd MP said:

“I hope donors in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner will continue to give generously during Ramadan but urge them to read the Commission’s advice and watch the video so that they can feel confident in giving safely.”

Top ten tips from the Commission to make sure you give safely this Ramadan:

1. Before giving, check the charity’s name and registration number against the online charity search tool: Find a charity – register of charities

2. Fundraisers require a licence from the local authority (or the Police in London) to collect in a public place. Check that they have this. If the collection is in a privately owned place, check that they have the owner’s permission.

3. When approached by collectors, check whether they are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed.

4. If in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity.

5. Genuine fundraising materials should feature the charity’s name, registered name and a landline contact number. Be wary of those that list only a mobile number.

6. Make sure when you give to radio and television appeals that the process is secure. Ofcom lists the rules for radio and television charity appeals on its website: Licensing - Ofcom website

7. Take care when responding to emails or clicking links to a charity’s website to ensure that they are genuine. Instead, search online for your chosen charity to check you have the right web address. For further guidance see: Guidance for donors – Get Safe Online

8. Carefully review collection bags for clothing and household goods to ascertain whether they are from a genuine charity.

9. After making these checks, if you think that a collection or appeal is not legitimate, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and inform the Charity Commission: Action Fraud – Police

10. Don’t be pressurised to give to a collection immediately. If in any doubt, donate directly to charity.

The Charity Commission’s safer giving campaign runs throughout the year and works through community networks. Advice on safer giving this Ramadan can be downloaded as posters or leaflets and details about local events can be found on their website.

“Free” schools in Harrow

June 24, 2014

As you may know, the Government is encouraging parents and local groups to submit proposals for new “free” schools, where they believe there is unmet demand. Harrow faces a significant shortage of school places because of demographic changes.  Over the last few months, I have met with a number of groups wanting to create new schools in Harrow and I have been impressed by their commitment. I would be interested in any comments that residents have. I have written a quick summery below:

Harrow Bilingual Primary School

The Harrow Bilingual Primary School is a Free Church of England Primary School which will offer bilingual education, accepting students into Reception to Year 1. It is planned to open in September 2015. The bid has been proposed by a teacher and parent group supported by the London diocesan Board for Schools which has an excellent reputation for setting-up and maintaining over 150 good and outstanding schools in London. The groups is led by Daniel Norris, Head Teacher of Holy Trinity Northwood and it is intended that the two schools will work in close partnership with each other. The proposed school will be open to children of all faiths.

The school offers the additional language of French and the curriculum will be taught equally in English and the additional language with separate literacy lessons for each language. Teachers will work together to cover every other curriculum subject. The school’s Executive Head Teacher is currently Headmaster at a ‘well established, local, successful and oversubscribed’ Church of England primary school. These schools will work closely together.

The Harrow Bilingual Primary School received backing from the New Schools Network, a charity which supports school proposals which are credible and support the needs of the local community.

The exact location is yet to be confirmed and will not be until the application is successful although the Education Funding Authority are considering locations across the borough including within the Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner constituency.

Pinner Church of England Free School

The Pinner Church of England Free School is comprehensive free school for 11 to 18 year olds, planned to open in September 2015 and founded on Christian principles. The school intends to admit 1200 students with 180 Year 7 places in September 2015, growing to full size by 2021. 50% of the places are to be reserved for local families, 50% are intended for families of any faith (with a 25% Christian intake; 75% any faith intake).

The proposed site for this school is Heathfield School (Beaulieu Drive, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 1NB). However, the school is happy to locate anywhere the government can provide a site as long as it is near Bishop Ramsey School (Hume Way, Ruislip). If established on the Heathfield site, it will share post 16 provision with the Bishop Ramsay School.

The Bishop Ramsay Church of England School and the London Diocesan Board for Schools are working together on this project. Mr Andrew Wilcock (current Head of Bishop Ramsey High School) will be the Executive Head teacher for both schools with two Heads of School working under him. The bid has been submitted to the Department for Education.

Pinner High School

The Pinner High School will accept students from ages 11 to 18 and is planned to open in September 2016. There will be 180 Year 7 places each year as well as an onsite Sixth Form, forming part of the Harrow Sixth Form Collegiate. Children of all faiths and none will be admitted with priority given to local children and siblings from the second year of being open. The school will also support 12 pupils on the autistic spectrum.

Ten local high schools in Harrow are working together on this project. Seven of these schools are rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED and include: Bentley Wood High School, Canons High School, Harrow High School, Hatch End High School, Nower Hill High School, Park High School, Rooks Heath College, Sacred Heart Language College, Salvatorian College and Whitmore High School. Integration with other local high schools will enable Pinner High School to benefit from their staff development programmes and staff will be shared in the first few years.

The proposed site for the school is Heathfield School (Beaulieu Drive, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 1NB) which is due to relocate in September 2014. The application has been submitted to the Department for Education.