Be part of the discussion

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We want your input on a range of services we commission. Below are the opportunities for you to get involved:

Mental Health Wellbeing and Crisis Café 

Physical Health Checks for people with Severe Mental Illness

Learning Disability Healthchecks

Musculoskeletal conditions - join our patient group


Mental Health Wellbeing and Crisis Café Consultation

Southend Clinical Commissioning Group and Castle Point & Rochford Clinical Commissioning group are currently undergoing a period of public consultation/engagement regarding a proposed new community resource: A wellbeing hub/café and a community crisis resource. This would be for residents of both Southend and Castle Point & Rochford. 

We would like to take this opportunity to gather some views from people with a lived experience of mental ill health. If you would like to participate in our survey, please click here.

We are also seeking our views on a proposal for a new community resource which is aimed to be operational from September 2019. If you would like to give us your views, please click here to take our survey.

If you would like more information about this project please contact: Joanne Tyler, Strategy and Commissioning Manager (Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Dementia) on Mobile: 0777 9982395 / Email: joanne.tyler1@nhs.net.


Physical Health Checks for people with Severe Mental Illness

Southend Clinical Commissioning Group and Castle Point & Rochford Clinical Commissioning group are currently undergoing a period of public engagement regarding ways that we can improve people’s access to Physical Health checks for people experiencing severe mental illness.

Annual health checks are currently recommended for this group, and we are seeking to understand people’s experience to help us improve the way we provide health services, and interventions to address health concerns. Please click here to take part in our survey and give us your views.

If you would like to involved in these discussions or would like more information about this project please contact: Joanne Tyler, Strategy and Commissioning Manager (Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Dementia) on Mobile: 0777 9982395 / Email: joanne.tyler1@nhs.net.


Learning Disability Healthchecks 

The NHS has a crucial role to play in helping people with a learning disability lead longer, happier, heathier lives. Improving the health of people with learning disabilities is a priority area for both CCGs. In 2018, the CCG established a local task and finish group with key partners reinforcing our commitment to focus on reducing health inequalities for our local Learning Disability Communities.  To make sure that people’s physical and mental health needs are met, we have been focusing on improving the uptake of learning disability annual health checks. 

We would like to take this opportunity to gather some views from people’s experience of the learning disability annual health check.  If you would like to give us your views please click here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LD_healthcheck to take our survey. 

If you would like more information about this project please contact: Amanda Shears, Patient Engagement Officer on Direct Line: 01268 464546 / Mobile: 07580 904824 / Email: amandashears@nhs.net.


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 amandashears@nhs.net.

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTSZX8W


Patient stories

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We present patient stories at our Governing Body meetings, to show how services or pathways are working, or could be improved, for the people of Southend. Below are a few of the videos from previous meetings.

Diabetes

Learning Disability Annual Health Checks

Sepsis

Pulmonary rehab

Enhanced GP care home service

Mental health service

Southend Hospital

Transgender patients

Maternity Voices Partnership

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The Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a way for mothers, fathers and partners to share their experiences, knowledge and skills to build improvements to maternity services.

Anyone who has had experience of using maternity services before, during and after pregnancy is invited to share their personal knowledge with the group. Maternity services include antenatal appointments, hospital care and care you receive after you have your baby.

The MVP in Mid and South Essex is a place where everyone involved in maternity care, both professionals and anyone using those services, can work together to help to put women at the centre of care. This approach will offer women information, choice and care based on evidence and real experience.

Meetings are held across the mid and south Essex area. The next meeting will be held on 8 November at 7pm, Wren house, Hedgerows Business Park, Colchester Road, Chelmsford, CM2 5PF.

If you have any questions about the MVP or would like further information about joining, please contact the Maternity Voices Partnership Chair, Lynsey K McCarthy-Calvert:

Email: lynsey@motheringmatters.co.uk

Mobile: 07854822979

Quality Awards 2018

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The 2018 Quality Awards took place on Tuesday 6 November at Saxon Hall, Southend, celebrating excellence in primary care across south east Essex. Now in its third year, the initiative acknowledges the contribution of the whole practice team, because quality is the responsibility of every individual. We aim to encourage innovation, showcase ideas, share good practice and highlight successes.

There were five awards nominated by CCG member practices and one nominated by the public - the People's Choice award.

The winners for Southend practices were:
 

NHS England Consultation about evidence-based interventions

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The local NHS is asking the public to take part in a NHS England consultation about plans to stop offering interventions that are not clinically effective.  This would mean that several treatments currently prescribed would not be routinely performed or only performed under specific circumstances.

The aims of the proposal to stop offering the below listed interventions are to increase patient safety, save professional time and avoid waste for patients and taxpayers whilst helping clinicians to keep up to date with evolving evidence based practice. 

The proposals are that the following interventions would not be routinely available/ commissioned by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) due to their clinical ineffectiveness.

  • Snoring surgery (in the absence of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea)
  • Dilatation and curettage for heavy menstrual bleeding in women
  • Knee arthroscopy for patients with osteoarthritis
  • Injections for nonspecific low back pain without sciatica

There are also recommendations that a further 13 interventions only be performed under specific circumstances where they have been proven to be clinically effective. These include breast reduction, removal of benign skin lesions, grommets for glue ear in children, tonsillectomy for recurrent tonsillitis and haemorrhoid surgery.

The consultation runs until Friday 28th September and is part of a joint programme – the Evidence Based Intervention Programme – between NHS England, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NICE, NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS Improvement’s GIRFT Programme.

For more information and to respond, please visit the NHS consultation website.

https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/evidence-based-interventions/

Tricia D’Orsi, Chief Nurse of NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG and NHS Southend CCG said:

“We would encourage members of the public to get involved and take part in the survey so that their views on the proposals can be heard.”