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Welcome to an extra edition of the Cannock Chase CCG In Touch Newsletter for December 2016

There were a number of announcements and opportunities to share before the January newsletter so please take a look at these articles over Christmas.

If there is anything that you would like to see featured in the newsletter or questions for the CCG please e-mail The CCG is committed to engaging with patients and welcomes your views and input. 

Cannock Chase CCG would like to wish you

Local News

Publication of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for developing local health and social care services over the next five years was published on Thursday 15 December 2016, for further public discussion and feedback.

This follows on from a series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December. Full reports on the events will be made available by Healthwatch. 

A summarised version of the STP was also published, and the “you said we did” section demonstrates how health and care leaders are already taking that feedback on board. For further details view the full press release and visit the Together We’re Better website.

What's Your Emergency campaign 

UHNM has this week launched its 'What's Your Emergency?' campaign. For the next six weeks the Trust will be uploading videos from a variety of frontline staff from across different departments. They'll be giving a combination of advice about different illness and conditions, how people can be prepared for winter, what they can do for others and the services that are on offer.

Christmas and New Year pharmacy opening times

A lot of people don’t realise how useful their pharmacy can be and they can help you with more than you might think. Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems, particularly winter illnesses such as sore throats and runny noses. 

Check which local pharmacies are open over Christmas and New Year.

What's on...

Get involved in NHS England’s review into paediatric critical care and specialised surgery

NHS England is leading a national review into paediatric critical care and specialised surgery. The aim of the review is to ensure that services are sustainable for the future, and that they deliver high quality, fair and equal care to children and families, as close to home as possible.

NHS England is keen to test its initial thinking about the key issues to address and potential solutions with patients, the public, and interested voluntary sector groups. To start engagement, NHS England will be holding three webinars in January, with more opportunities to follow.
Looking after you

If your child is ill over Christmas will you know where to go?

Health leaders in south Staffordshire are urging those looking after children over Christmas to make sure they know about basic common illnesses so they know what to do if a child is unwell.

Winter illnesses are circulating and many GP surgeries will be closed over the festive period, so parents and carers should be ready deal with common childhood illnesses, such as coughs and colds.

Read the full press release from Cannock Chase CCG.

Breast Cancer Now links up with Dry January

Regularly drinking alcohol (even one drink a day) increases your risk of developing breast cancer. So Breast Cancer Now is collaborating with Alcohol Concern for Dry January 2017.

It’s simple – challenge yourself to go 31 days without a drop of alcohol as the perfect way to kickstart a healthier new year. In the UK, experts estimate six out of 100 breast cancers in women are linked to drinking too much alcohol.
Have your say

Funding for the future survey

Healthwatch Staffordshire are exploring cuts to health and social care services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. They want to hear from the public about their experiences and the impact that service cuts have had on their quality of life.

This project is very timely in that we are also exploring public ideas and suggestions as to where funding should be targeted, how money can be spent more efficiently. 

Please take part in their survey.

Consultation on proposed action to reduce sales of sugar-sweetened drinks on NHS premises

In November 2016, NHS England launched a consultation on proposals to reduce sales of sugary drinks on NHS premises. NHS England is holding a number of events to hear from NHS organisations, patients and anyone interested in or likely to be affected by the proposed policies. To book a place at an event or to register for an online session see links below:
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