Stephen McPartland MP
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in Stevenage, Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston

Springboard is a specialist further education programme run by North Hertfordshire College for young people between the ages of 16 to 24 who require additional support to build self-confidence before progressing to further education or employment. The Students presented community projects to Stephen McPartland MP that they had researched and developed to help make a positive difference.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “"The range of campaigns was amazing and the commitment the students have to improving their local community was impressive.  I am very proud that we have Springboard in Stevenage, and it is clear why they are rated Outstanding by Ofsted."

Chris Andrews, Springboard tutor, said, “The groups have worked really well together and have overcome communication challenges in their teams.  I was very impressed on the final presentation day as they shared their ideas and demonstrated how their confidence has developed.”

Springboard is tailored for students who are on the Autistic Spectrum, or show traits, and have additional social and emotional difficulties. For more information about the springboard programme email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.nhc.ac.uk/programmes/springboard

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News of a £250,000 project to improve how sewage is managed in the village of Codicote near Stevenage has been welcomed by residents and Stephen McPartland, the local Member of Parliament.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "I have been campaigning alongside local residents for a number of years to identify a resolution to this problem. I am delighted Thames Water have brought forward both the plans and funding to deal with the unpleasant odours once and for all. It certainly will make a huge difference to Codicote."

Thames Water began work on its site off Rabley Heath Road this month, when it will install a new sewage pumping system and construct a small road to improve access for its tankers and maintenance vehicles. The company has also committed to pump sewage away from the site more regularly in future to reduce odour.

Waste Networks manager Mark Grimshaw said, “We want to be a better neighbour to our customers in Codicote so we’ve listened to their feedback and are taking action. The new pumping system and more regular removal of sewage from our site will make a real difference, particularly following heavy rain, so it was good to be able to take them to the site and tell them what we’re planning.”

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Stevenage's Member of Parliament, Stephen McPartland, visited a number of the town's small businesses, organised by the Hertfordshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Pam Charman, Chair of the Herts FSB, said, “This tour was put on to show the great work that local businesses are doing to improve the economy of the town by exporting products, hiring local people and putting on apprenticeship schemes. We understand that Stephen McPartland MP has worked with local businesses to promote apprenticeships, however finding good staff is still a problem for our members.”

Stephen met FSB member John Carroll of Arkle Electronic Systems Ltd and had a tour of the factory.  He then went on to meet fellow member Terry Gilbert of Fix Auto Stevenage.

John Carroll said,  “I am grateful to FSB for organising this meeting between Mr McPartland and myself.  We are essentially exporting our products from Stevenage to all over the world. It is therefore important that local politicians are aware of some of the challenges that we face in this area which include access to skills. We are looking to set up an apprentice scheme here which will qualify successful candidates to a degree level electronic engineer standard. Mr McPartland has agreed to help me to find the right people and to liaise with the local college to get the scheme underway.”

Stephen McPartland MP said, “I really enjoyed meeting John, Terry and their staff. They have incredibly interesting businesses. It was great to meet the apprentices at Fix Auto and hear their passion for vehicle repair. These companies are the backbone of our economy in Stevenage and I am always delighted to meet them. I work closely with the FSB and am grateful for their support to my local business community.”

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, welcomed the news that the Lister A&E department will receive an additional £596,976 of Government funding to ease the pressure on emergency departments in time for next winter.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "The additional £596,976 funding for the A&E Department at the Lister Hospital will bring direct benefits to local people. Locally, the Lister Hospital is performing well against national targets, and although admissions to the hospital were up 13.9% in December 2016 compared to December 2015, the Trust still performed 5% higher on achieving the four hour A&E targets from the previous year. This money will help improve that even more and hit the 95% standard of admitting, transferring, or discharging patients within 4 hours.

"I am very proud of the NHS staff we have for the amazing work they do, as part of a team that saves lives every day. I believe that we need to maintain staffing levels to ensure the safety of patients and staff, and I want the best staff, best rewarded, providing the best possible patient care. Nationally, 1,600 more doctors and 3,000 more nurses were on our wards than a year ago, bringing the increase since 2010 to a total of 11,400 doctors and 11,200 more hospital nurses."

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The specialist rheumatology team, based at the Lister hospital, invited Stevenage Member of Parliament, Stephen McPartland, to visit to understand more about the wide range of services to help sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "It was good to hear direct from patients how different aspects of their care help directly by offering some relief and improving their everyday lives.  The team of professionals bring together their expertise with a multi-disciplinary approach and I am pleased that their care and dedication is recognised."

Liz Lees, the Trust's director of nursing, added, "We were delighted to welcome Mr McPartland to the Lister, where he met with some of our award-winning rheumatology team to hear about the care they provide for their patients.  They enjoyed telling him about the services they provide, which often result in patients seeing real improvements in the quality of their lives."

People using the rheumatology service have access to a wide range of help, including specialist clinics, a helpline, educational afternoon about arthritis, joint protection programme and monitoring of treatment, as well as referral to other health professionals such as podiatry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy or orthotics. The team also liaises with dermatology, respiratory and orthopaedic departments as appropriate.

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Local Member of Parliament Stephen McPartland joined over 70 students as part of their work experience week at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "I was delighted to be invited to come along to the Lister and meet with the students who spent the week at the hospital getting a greater understanding of what it is like to work in the NHS.  Listening to them speaking about their experience was really interesting and I do hope that they will follow through with their career ambitions to become healthcare professionals."

The event, supported by Health Education East of England, involved many staff at the hospital from a wide range of services, including stroke, maternity and cancer care.  Interactive activities and experiences allowed students to get a behind-the-scenes insight into how their local hospital works.

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A new support group for those affected by pulmonary fibrosis and other interstitial lung disease has been set up with Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, helping with its launch.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "I know, as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health, how important these local support groups are. They really do help make a difference to the patients and families as they come to terms with the illness. Respiratory Disease is the third biggest killer in the UK and take many forms, sadly Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is one of the most aggressive with few people surviving more than five years after diagnosis."

The Stevenage-based support group covers the East & North Herts area, and has been set up by Laura Bygrave and Alison Stirton-Croft, Pulmonary Rehab Physiotherapists, and with involvement from the charities Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the British Lung Foundation.

Further information is on the APF website www.actionpulmonaryfibrosis.org or to sign up to the support group please call the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team on 01462 478783.

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