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Get involved in helping us to engage, connect, inform and inspire our communities

This page will let you know about opportunities to be involved in shaping healthcare services in Southend. There are also details of events and workshops that have already been held.

Join the discussion on proposals to change the way your local NHS works together

A discussion document for public feedback on the proposals for NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Mid and South Essex to come together launched on 14 Febraury 2020.

The proposed changes, set out in the: “Working Together for Mid and South Essex – Share your views on how NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are proposing to work together.”, document are looking at how we as local NHS commissioning organisations meet the requirements set out in the 2019 NHS Long Term Plan. This Plan sets out a vision for commissioning and provision of services to be more integrated across the health and care system. The Plan also talks about developing Integrated Care Systems, with one commissioning organisation. 

There are 1.2 million people living in Mid and South Essex, who are served by a £1.64 billion budget and currently five CCGs managing this budget. The proposals to merge the five CCGs in to one organisation will enable the organisations to work in a more streamlined way. It means decisions about developing health and care services can be made quicker and more efficiently.

The CCGs are seeking views from local people, healthcare professionals and partner organisations on how we can maintain a strong focus on ensuring health and care services are working for people at a local level. We also want to see what the benefits and risks are of commissioning services over a wider area, and how we can maintain a strong clinical and patient focus as the CCGs begin the process of becoming a single commissioning body.

Find out more about the proposed changes in the discussion document, “Working Together for Mid and South Essex” which can be downloaded from each of the CCGs’ websites, and provide feedback via:

Following the launch of the discussion document inviting feedback on the proposals for NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Mid and South Essex to come together, we will be holding a public drop-in session on Thursday 5 March between 10am and 12pm at Audley Mills Education Centre, Rayleigh (2nd floor). The session is a chance for our executive team to listen to local ideas, thoughts and concerns.  It is intentionally being held at the beginning of the process to that we can understand what matters to local people and give them the opportunity to ask any questions they have about the proposed merger and why we are doing it.

Workshop: Health and Wellbeing in Shoebury

This workshop was help on 16 January 2020 at The Salvation Army, Frobisher Way, Shoebury. Thanks to all that came along to a workshop organised by Southend Association Voluntary Services (SAVS), Southend Borough Council and NHS Southend CCG. The workshop focussed on how we can all work together on the topic of health and wellbeing of those living in Shoebury, which is in the 'East' locality in line with the south east Essex Locality Strategy. We wanted to build on what existing insight and previous involvement activities and help share information about local service developments 

The feedback we received will help shape future workshops which will support the modelling of the East locality development plans which seek to empower local communities to help people recognise and develop their own abilities and potential to stay healthy and well closer to home. A report with feedback from the workshop will be uploaded soon. Our Shoebury engagement summary report outlines previous community engagement and health and care developments in this area

For more information about the East locality development please contact Rachel Davies, Locality Development Manager:

 West Central Roadshow - 10-24 February 2020

We are working in partnership with Southend Borough Council will be out on the road in our ‘Localities Van’ visiting many different people and places over an intensive three week period, as part of a packed schedule of engagement in and around Westcliff, Prittlewell and Blenheim in line with the south east Essex Locality Strategy.

We are planning to join existing community events as well as host our own in a variety of locations seven days a week over a three week period.

We would like to speak to as many people as possible about what’s great and working well and what the local challenges/aspirations are and what action we can support to improve the wellbeing of the local community.

We would like to hear from anyone who would like to join us or help us in some way at one of our events or would like more information about West Central locality development please contact Jo Dickinson, Locality Development Manager:

Canvey Community Engagement Week - 3-9 February 2020

Come and join the conversation to help us to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Canvey. This work links to our Locality Strategy and aims to keep people living well for as long as possible.

If your organisation has an interest in the health and wellbeing of the residents of Canvey Island and you would like to know more about the engagement week or would like more information about this work then please do get in touch with Sarah Mills, Locality Development Manager

or Lee Watson, Locality Development Manager:

Musculoskeletal conditions - join our patient group

Castle Point & Rochford and Southend Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for commissioning Healthcare services for South East Essex. Services provided for patients with musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) are currently provided by your local GP practices, Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust (SUHFT) and a small number of community providers.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) means a disorder, or injury with your muscles, bones, or joints.

The CCGs are undertaking a review of these services in order to determine current efficiency and value for money, with a view to redesigning the way that they are delivered. There is much evidence that the best service designs are informed by clinicians and patients so the CCGs are setting up a Patient Advisory Group to work alongside an existing Clinical Advisory Group (MSK Network Group). The two groups will inform and critique the current provision of service and then consider positive changes that would make significant improvements. Patient experience and value for money will be our priorities

The Patient Group will perform a very significant role in the future development of MSK services by representing the larger patient population. The Group will work together to:

  • inform the MSK Network Group (clinicians and service managers) on areas of service that require improving and how successful it is from the patient’s perspective 
  • advise on the development of future changes that will promote innovative ways of working, to provide a service that meets service users’ needs as fully and as simply as possible.
  • actively support and promote agreed developments through to implementation 
  • support the MSK Network Group in the development of required patient information/ communications

If you or someone you know has a lived experience of local MSK services and would like to be part of these discussion please contact Amanda Shears, Patient Engagement Officer on Direct Line 01268 464546 : Mobile 07580 904824 : Email

We have also developed an online survey focusing on how you use Musculoskeletal Services and are keen to seek your views to identify opportunities to ensure that musculoskeletal services offer patients the right care at the right time.  If you would like to take part in the survey please click

 Livewell Southend website

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, in partnership with NHS Southend CCG, has recently launched a new website called Livewell Southend. This website, previously known as the Southend Information Point (SHIP), aims to have information about all the services and support you need to live well in Southend. You are invited to share your experience of the website by leaving feedback.