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In this month's newsletter:
Annual General Meeting

Tell us what you think about the Diabetes service

Healthwatch - volunteer recruitment

Neurological survey

Organ donation in the Midlands

Strengthening Patient and Public Participation

Patient Participation Group awareness week

Living with arthritis

Health awareness days
Mental health awareness week
Carers week
Men's health week
Autistic pride day

Do you have a sleep problem

Welcome to the May 2016
Cannock Chase CCG Newsletter

Cannock’s Network Surgery Given Green Light to Continue
Cannock Practices’ Network Surgery project, which opened its doors last September and has already benefited more than 4,500 patients, has now been officially informed by NHS England that it can continue and that it will be funded until at least March 2019.

The surgery was established following a successful £320,000 bid to the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund last year and was designed to improve patient access to primary care by offering greater flexibility of appointments including evenings and weekends.  It is based in Cannock Hospital and offers same day appointments with either a GP or a nurse between 3:30pm and 8pm during the week and on Saturday and Sunday mornings when a patient’s own GP Surgery has no appointments available.

Clive Cropper, Practice Manager at Moss Street Surgery and Project Lead, said: “We were thrilled to receive confirmation that the funding will be continued for another three years.  Nearly all of the patients who have been seen at the surgery said they wanted to see it carry on. We’ve fed that response back to the national team, who have been evaluating how the projects across the country have been working, so we’re delighted that this funding will now enable that to happen. The support from local people has been a really important factor. I would also like to thank the staff who helped to set up the service and also to those who have worked in the surgery and made it such a success.”
“One of the other important objectives for the project was to reduce the number of patients attending Cannock Hospital’s Minor Injury Unit and local A&E Departments during normal GP Surgery working hours. Of the patients who were seen in the Network Surgery, over 20% indicated on the survey we conducted that they would have gone to the MIU or an A&E Department if they had not had an appointment. The reduction has been confirmed from a survey of actual attendances which we have carried out.  Now that we’re able to look forward, we’ve been able to invite the two remaining Cannock Network practices, Colliery Practice in Cannock and Dr Chandra’s Practice in Hednesford, to come join the service so we will be able to offer the additional appointments to the 65,000 patients registered across all 12 of the practices in the next few months.  We also want to develop our preliminary work that has looked at offering different types of consultations. This includes, for example, telephone and online face-to face consultations and also encouraging people to use self help and healthy lifestyle apps that have been professionally developed by clinicians.”

In addition to providing additional doctor and nurse appointments for patients, the project has helped to free up time in the participating GP practices to enable GPs to provide longer appointments in order to review vulnerable and complex patients with multiple conditions.  
patient with dr / waiting room
The Network Surgery was developed by the Cannock Practices Network in response to feedback from the Minor Injury Unit (MIU) Consultation and in partnership with the Cannock Public Engagement Network.  The surgery is based in the GP Suite on Level 2 in Cannock Chase Hospital and offers doctor and nurse appointments to patients when their own practice either has no appointments left or is closed. It is open from 3.30pm till 8pm on weekdays and from 9am till 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The 12 practices who will be involved in the second phase of the Improving Patient Access Project are: Alderwood Medical Practice, Chadsmoor Medical Practice, Colliery Practice, Heath Hayes/Chase Medical Practice, Moss Street Surgery, Dr Murugan’s Surgery, Dr Rasib’s GP Suite Surgery, Rawnsley Surgery, Red Lion Surgery, Dr VK Singh’s Surgery, Dr Yi’s Surgery and Dr Chandra’s Surgery.

Join us at our AGM

Join us at our Annual General Meeting where we will be discussing our highlights and achievements from the past year and our plans for the future.
Thursday 7 July 2016
Aquarius Ballroom and Banqueting Suite,
Hednesford, WS12 1BT
Registration and refreshments will be available from 6pm, where you will have the opportunity to browse our market stalls and find out more about the CCG’s work in Cannock Chase.

Please email Gill Hackett to let us know if you plan to attend.

Tell us what you think about NHS diabetes services

Do you have diabetes? 

Are you supported by NHS services in the community or in hospital? 

Would you like to tell us what you think?

man reading diabetes leafletStafford and Surrounds CCG, Cannock Chase CCG and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG are reviewing the support that adult patients (over 18s) with type I and type II diabetes receive, whether care is delivered in their GP practice, at local clinics or in hospital.

We would really welcome patients’ views for a few hours at one of a number of locality patient sessions we plan to hold in June 2016. You can also contribute by taking part in a short online survey if you let us have your email address.

If you live in Cannock, Stafford or Seisdon Peninsula and are interested in being part of this and want to help us shape diabetes services in the future, please get in touch.

We will then contact you with the dates and venues of the sessions and hope that you will be able to attend one of them. We look forward to hearing from you!

Healthwatch Staffordshire


Healthwatch - volunteer recruitment

Healthwatch Staffordshire are currently seeking new people to get involved with the many different areas of their work in Staffordshire.
In addition to helping support Healthwatch, volunteering is a great way to meet new people and to gain valuable work experience and build your skills and confidence. 
There is a range of volunteering opportunities available with Healthwatch. The roles available will help you to:
  • Make a Differencemake a difference to your local community 
  • meet new people
  • enhance your skills and knowledge
  • access training and support 
  • use your existing skills.
Some of the current opportunities are in the following areas:
  • Lady making notesMarketing and promotions 
  • Events and engagement 
  • Enter and view authorised representative
  • Complaints advocate
  • Researcher
  • Reading panel.
If you are interested in a volunteering position please email Sarah Bailey or call her on 01785 221702 explaining the type of work you are interested in.

Neurological survey

Staffordshire Healthwatch and Stoke-on-Trent Healthwatch are working with various organisations including the Staffordshire Neurological Alliance to better understand people's experiences of neurological services. It is hoped that the results of this survey will be used to improve these services. 

Complete the survey online.

Organ donation in the Midlands

Donor CardEvidence suggests that organ donation in the West Midlands has hit a new low. Add your name to the NHS Organ Donor Register and one day you may be able to save lives.      

All you need to do is fill out a form with your information and preferences and we will do the rest. The form will take no more than two minutes to complete.
Read more about your choices.

Strengthening Patient and Public Participation

NHS England has an ambition for patients and the public to be at the heart of everything they do, in line with the values of the NHS Constitution.
NHS England would like to know more about how the documents are being used in practice and give you the opportunity to share your experiences of how well they are working.
Take the survey.

Patient Participation Group (PPG) awareness week
6-11 June 2016

PPG Awareness WeekPPG awareness week aims to promote the role and benefits of PPGs to patients, the public and health professionals, to create more understanding of the value of true patient participation.

Did you know that every GP practice in England is now required to have a PPG?

PPGs are groups of volunteer patients working in partnership with practice staff and GPs. This partnership between patients and their practices is essential to achieving high quality and responsive care.

Groups meet face to face with practice staff at mutually agreed intervals. ‘Virtual PPGs’ now also exist operating alongside ‘real’ groups enabling a dialogue with the whole patient population through email, online surveys and social media.

PPGs work in partnership with their practice built on mutual trust and respect to:
  • act as ‘critical friend’ to provide a patients’ perspective ensuring services, plans and activities respond to patients needs and priorities.         
  • help communication with the wider patient population building stronger patient – doctor relationships.
  • provide practical support to practice teams e.g. carrying out and analysing patient surveys, organising health awareness events.
  • encourage patients with long term and/ or multiple health conditions to gain confidence in managing and taking control of their health and care.
  • help other patients take more responsibility for their health and make informed decisions.
Participate!Patient Participation Week aims to highlight the importance of patient participation to achieve excellence in care for all patients. During the week Patient Participation Groups across the UK will be holding a wide range of events to increase public and professional awareness, including working with local media organisations to spotlight success in patient participation.

Living with arthritis

Living with arthritis isn't easy and carrying out simple, everyday tasks can often be painful and difficult.

However, there are many things you can do to make sure you live a healthy lifestyle. A range of services and benefits are also available.

Healthy eating
It's very important to eat a healthy, balanced diet if you have arthritis. Eating healthily will give you all the nutrients you need and help you maintain a healthy weight.  Your diet should consist of a variety of foods from all five food groups. These are:

Read more about how to have a healthy, balanced diet.
If you're overweight, losing weight can really help you cope with arthritis. Too much weight places excess pressure on the joints in your hips, knees, ankles and feet, leading to increased pain and mobility problems. Read more about how you can lose weight using the weight loss guide.
If your arthritis is painful, you may not feel like exercising. However, being active can help reduce and prevent pain. Regular exercise can also:
  • improve your range of movement and joint mobility
  • increase muscle strength
  • reduce stiffness
  • boost your energy.
exercisingAs long as you do the right type and level of exercise for your condition, your arthritis won't get any worse. Combined with a healthy, balanced diet (see above), regular exercise will help you lose weight and place less strain on your joints. Your GP can advise about the type and level of exercise that's right for you. You can also download useful free booklets from Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK, including:

Read more about arthritis.

Health awareness days 
mental health awareness weekMental health awareness week (16-22 May)

Healthy and supportive relationships reduce the risk of poor emotional wellbeing and potentially, mental ill-health.  Mental Health Awareness Week helps to celebrate the connections, the relationships, the people in our lives that add to our wellbeing and protect and sustain our mental health. From family and friends, to colleagues and neighbours; taking notice of those connections that make you feel safe and supported. This is equally important  for both children and young people and adults.
 holding hands
More than healthy diet or exercise, strong social networks improve our overall health and mental wellbeing. The week will be about recognising this, thanking the people that support you and reaching out to those who you can listen to and help.  

Find out about support available locally.

Carers week (6-12 June)

Young carerCarers week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Access more information for carers.

Man eating healthily
Men's health week (13-19 June)

The Men’s Health Forum leads men’s health week in England and Wales. The week runs in many countries of the world every year in the week leading up to Father’s Day.

In the UK, one man in five dies before he reaches 65. Follow the links below for more information including weight loss tips, healthier takeaways, male sexual problems and ways to boost your health. Boy with building blocksAutistic pride day (18 June)

Every year, organisations around the world celebrate autistic pride day, with events to persuade neurotypicals, people not on the autism spectrum, that autistic people are unique individuals who should not be seen as cases for treatment.

Read more.


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