I'm really pleased to hear that, following the latest review of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) services by NHS England, all aspects of the Leeds service are described as either meeting all the requirements of will meet them with further development of its plans - a final confirmation that the service is safe! I’ve listed some more exciting updates from the Leeds Unit below:
The practice of using coronary stents is now being used to treat a potentially life-threatening obstruction of flow of blood to the lungs in new born babies. It’s now a preferred alternative to heart surgery, and represents the first time a keyhole technique has been proven to give superior results to surgery.
Patients with more complex surgical needs who previously needed to be referred to London are now being treated at the Unit.
Construction begins on a revolutionary, new children’s heart theatre in January and will be finished in February 2019.
New staff have been recruited in psychology, and there is an increase in specialist cardiac nurses.
After all the uncertainty that has surrounded CHD services throughout England since 2011, we can finally look forward to a long period of stability. I'm sure this is greatly welcomed by staff, patients and their families and it will enable the Unit and the Children's Heart Surgery Fund to plan for an even better future for CHD services at Leeds.
After a long campaign from all across the region, it's great to see hard work pay off and result in such fantastic news! What better way to celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund?
I'm really pleased to hear that, following the latest review of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) services by NHS England, all aspects of the Leeds service are described as either...
Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe kicks off his IPT Fellowship with a visit to the UK Power Reserve (UKPR) headquarters in Solihull, Birmingham on Thursday 7 December. The visit takes place as part of his Fellowship focusing on Energy, Financial Services, Aerospace and Defence sectors.
UK Power Reserve is the leading provider of flexibility to the UK energy market, with over 800MW of small scale, low carbon assets across England and Wales. Nic was given an insight into how the company is driving the change towards the smart, flexible energy system of the future with rapid response gas-fired power plants built close to centres of demand and the development of its 120MW battery storage portfolio, one of the largest in Europe.
During the visit, Nic learned about various aspects of the business including a tour of the innovative Virtual Power Station, which manages and operates all of UKPR’s assets from its Solihull headquarters 24 hours a day. He was given an overview of how the power plants operate and the services they provide, balancing ever-changing shifts in supply and demand and supporting the growth of renewable energy.
Nic also met with members of the team, including Sonia Quiterio, Senior Expansion Manager, Rachel Chambers, Senior Development Coordinator and Michael Jenner, Director of Policy and Regulation. The visit enabled Nic to explore topics such a regulatory uncertainty, business development, planning and management and UKPR’s commitments as a local employer – all aspects that will support his work as the Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skills and Employment.
Commenting on the visit Nic Dakin MP said:
“It has been such a fascinating and incredibly beneficial day, I enjoyed learning a great deal about UKPR’s distributive nature within the electricity sector. I would like to thank UK Power Reserve and the IPT for organising such an insightful visit. This is my first visit for my IPT Fellowship and I am looking forward to undertaking further interesting visits.”
Tim Emrich, CEO and Co-founder of UKPR, added:
“It was a pleasure to show Nic around our headquarters in Solihull and to highlight our role at the forefront of the low carbon, flexible energy system of the future. The way we create and use energy is changing and it is important to provide Parliamentarians with a real-life example of a successful energy business that is disrupting the traditional utility model. I’d also like to thank the Industry and Parliament Trust for their role in organising this visit and providing parliamentarians a way to better understand businesses across a range of sectors.”
Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe kicks off his IPT Fellowship with a visit to the UK Power Reserve (UKPR) headquarters in Solihull, Birmingham on Thursday 7 December. The visit takes...
I am looking for a full time Parliamentary Assistant to join my staff team. They will be based in Westminster whilst the rest of the team are based in Scunthorpe. Liaising and working with the rest of the team to deliver strong outcomes will be central to the role, which will include managing my diary, contributing significantly to the social media presence including website, project work and administration.
I welcome all applications for this post including from those seeking flexible working arrangements, such as term time only.
Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant in Nic Dakin MP’s Office
Location: Westminster Office
Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales £24,000 – £28,000, depending on experience
- Diary Management
- Project Management
- Manage the website
- Respond to social media comments and queries
- Prepare media briefings, monitor media and brief the MP on relevant issues
- Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the MP is accurately informed on key issues
- Ensure the MP is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the house
- Prepare and present briefing notes for committees, press releases, parliamentary questions
- Undertake research, usually from readily available sources, on straightforward subjects
- Progress casework as required
- Provide generalist administrative support
- Supervise interns, work placements and volunteers where appropriate
- Ensure records are kept and information managed confidentially in line with Data Protection Act
The role will be suitable for someone who is:
- Able to work independently and keep to tight deadlines
- Highly organised with good attention to detail
- Has strong written and spoken communication skills
- Able to prioritise tasks and be flexible in responding to changing circumstances
- Sympathetic to Labour Party values
- Very good IT skills
Experience of the following would be desirable but not essential:
- Some experience of parliament
- Experience of campaigns
- Knowledge of casework databases like caseworker.mp and nationbuilder
- Using social media as a communication tool
- Establishing and managing relationships with stakeholders and/or the media
Closing date: 9am on Thursday 30th November, 2017
Interviews: Provisionally planned for 5th and 6th December, 2017
Start date: 8th January or as soon as possible thereafter
Please send a letter of application explaining why you would like to be the Parliamentary Assistant to Scunthorpe County’s MP and what you would bring to the role in no more than 2 sides of A4 plus your Curriculum Vitae including the names and contact details of two referees to email@example.com with ‘Parliamentary Assistant’ in the subject line.
We will acknowledge all applications received by return email.
I am looking for a full time Parliamentary Assistant to join my staff team. They will be based in Westminster whilst the rest of the team are based in Scunthorpe. ...
The Social Mobility Foundation is a charity that supports high-achieving Year 12 students to access top universities and competitive professions. They run a range of programmes to help ambitious, motivated students develop academically and professionally and extend their networks.
Their Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP) is free and includes the following:
- Mentoring by a professional via email
- Tailored skills sessions and career workshops
- University application support and guidance
- Internships with top employers
The programme looks like a great opportunity and applications for 2018 are now open. I would encourage young people to look further using the links below and definitely consider applying. The deadline this year is 9am, Monday 11th December.
The Social Mobility Foundation is a charity that supports high-achieving Year 12 students to access top universities and competitive professions. They run a range of programmes to help ambitious, motivated...
I have signed the following joint letter with cross party MP's about the roll out of Universal Credit:
Rt Hon David Gauke MP
Secretary of State
Department of Work & Pensions
Dear Secretary of State
Please delay the planned huge expansion of Universal Credit.
We write to ask you to please urgently reconsider the planned huge expansion of the roll-out of Universal Credit next month.
Universal Credit has been rolled out to 57 areas so far this year and has around 500,000 household recipients. As you know, the planned expansion from October is to 55 further areas per month – set to flood the system with almost as many applicants again, every single month.
In light of the mounting evidence of the problems caused by long delays in benefit payments - long-term debt, rent arrears and evictions, and the resulting impact on family relationships, anxiety and depression - we urge you to proceed with continued caution with Universal Credit so as not to endanger the millions of people due to be affected in the next few months.
Last week the DWP Select Committee heard about the current problems with the system and the information released by DWP showed that on the basis of roll-out to only 5 new areas per month:
1. Only 77% of claims are currently processed and paid within 6 weeks. The 6 week delay causes considerable hardship, but further delays cause real long-term damage to family finances, with long-term debt, bank problems, and direct debit payment of bills no longer available. The huge influx of new claimants will cause hundreds of thousands more families to suffer such problems.
2. Many claimants are unaware of hardship payments and by the time they claim it is too late to prevent debt problems.
3. Only around 40% of users successfully log into the Gov.UK ‘Verify’ system to make an online claim. New Universal Credit applicants in the roll-out are from more vulnerable groups, less likely to have IT or be able to use the complicated system.
4. The ‘Helpline’ cannot be contacted. We are told that phone waits are down to 3 minutes, but that is because after 3 minutes the caller receives an automated message to look online and is then cut off.
5. The Landlord Portal is only at the bare minimum of functionality. It needs to be fully functioning and rolled out to all Councils and large-scale housing providers so they can assist with applicant queries and are aware when claimants have not received their UC payment so we do not see unnecessary evictions.
Please would you ensure that these problems are fully fixed and that the Universal Credit application process is working well for the current small number of applicants before the Full Service is rolled out to so many more as it will otherwise create deep-rooted hardship for families and long-term problems for millions of families that will be far more difficult and costly to resolve.
I have signed the following joint letter with cross party MP's about the roll out of Universal Credit: Rt Hon David Gauke MP Secretary of State Department of Work...