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30.06.23 – SSRP Young Biker Training, UHNM Myeloma Award

Written by on 30 June 2023

Young bikers from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are invited to a series of free events to help keep them safe on our roads.

The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) is providing free workshops, biker BBQs and a special training day, all designed to help improve young bikers’ riding skills:

  • Pre-Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) workshops, taking place in evenings in Burton, Cannock and Stoke, provide advice on safer riding, rules of the road and an overview of the recently updated Highway Code. Anyone completing the course will also be offered a £50 voucher off the cost of their CBT.
  • The Young Biker BBQ provides an opportunity to meet experienced bikers and trainers in an informal setting and grab a free burger and drink. Older bikers receive free food too if they bring a young rider along. The next BBQ is being held in Stoke-on-Trent at Bryan’s BMW Rider Training, Bet365 Stadium on Thursday 6 July from 6pm to 9pm. If you’re considering getting on a moped or motorcycle, come down to find out more about the Pre-CBT Scheme and book onto the next course in your area. There will be competitions on the day, including a slow riding competition.
  • All bikers are also invited to an LDC Training event in Burton on Wednesday 12 July, where the focus will be on younger bikers, and you can also book your Pre-CBT workshop.

Deputy Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Helen Fisher, is also co-Chair of the SSRP alongside Staffordshire Commissioner Ben Adams. She said: “Helping young riders stay safe on our roads is a priority for myself and the Commissioner, and these events are designed to help give them the tools to achieve this.

“Having the right attitude, along with a decent level of skills and knowledge, can help increase riders’ confidence and make them safer on the roads. Experience is also key to safe riding and while young bikers may not have that yet, there’s an opportunity at most of the events to learn from other bikers and trainers.

“I’d encourage anyone learning to ride to take advantage of the free training. I’d also ask parents to encourage their young people to sign up for the events.”

Further information on safer riding is available at www.staffsbiker.co.uk.

Places on the Pre-CBT training courses are limited and can be booked by emailing bikers@staffordshire.gov.uk or by calling 07855 336922.

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University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) has been awarded the Myeloma UK Clinical Service Excellence Programme Award for the outstanding quality of care provided to its myeloma patients.

Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and affects around 17,500 people in the UK. It can often be controlled and symptoms can be relieved for prolonged periods but the disease inevitably comes back.

UHNM provides comprehensive myeloma care with dedicated myeloma clinics and a dedicated clinical nurse specialist as well as a support group for patients in the region.

Clinical Service Excellence Programme (CSEP) is a Myeloma UK programme supporting hospitals in delivering the best, patient-focused myeloma treatment and care. The programme aims to recognise and share excellence in myeloma care.