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:

Patient Transport Services

Mental Health Wellbeing and Crisis Café 

Physical Health Checks for people with Severe Mental Illness

Learning Disability Healthchecks

 


Patient Transport Services – Workshop

During 2019/20, the five Mid and South Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be formally re-procuring Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services (PTS) for our population. PTS is provided to patients based on their medical need and an agreed eligibility criteria, to access a range of health services including outpatient appointments and planned admissions, and for discharges home from hospital.

We are holding two identical workshops to consider the scope of the procurement, any issues or improvements that a change in service specification may address as well as offering the opportunity for wider discussion around the future of patient transport services, we would like to invite you to book to attend either workshop.

Wednesday 20 March 2019

  • 4-6pm at Audley Mills Education Centre, 57 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7JF.

Thursday 28 March 2019

  • 6-8pm at Wren House, Hedgerows Business Park, Colchester Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 5PF.

Due to room capacity, booking is essential. This can be done by emailing Nicola Roberts at nicola.roberts23@nhs.net


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.

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.

Dementia Community Support Team

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.”