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Local News What's on... Looking after you Have your say Who can I ask

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Cannock Chase CCG In Touch Newsletter

Welcome to your 'new look' newsletter...

We have divided the newsletter into five sections, Local News, What’s On, Looking after you, Have your Say and Who can I ask? 

In the Local News section read about Conversation Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent events where you have your chance to take part in an open discussion about your health services and the way they are delivered. There is also an update on the children’s emergency services at County Hospital.

What’s On section includes events you can get involved in - if you are involved in a health event and would like it to be included in one of the newsletters please e-mail

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

Local News

Conversation Staffordshire

Community MeetingThere are lots of challenges to our health and social care system and a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is being developed to address these. If you live or work locally, Conversation Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is your chance to take part in an open discussion about your health services and the way they are delivered.

Conversation Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is about local people talking about real issues – through an open, two-way discussion.

Changing populations, the drive to improve quality and financial pressures mean things will have to change. But how? Which services do you value most? How can services be shaped and improved? Where do you need to access services? How can we make best use of public money?

Dates of Conversation Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent events are listed below:

dates and venues

Doors open at 4pm with refreshments available at 5.30pm and the meeting will conclude at 8pm. Book your place at any of the events online.

Developing our model for patient engagement

Working groupCannock Chase, Stafford and Surrounds and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCGs are working together to review their models for engaging with patients and the public. Around 30-40 representatives from Patient Participation Groups (PPGs), Patient Councils and Community and Voluntary organisations attended a workshop on 2 November in Hednesford. They talked through the strengths and weaknesses of the current models before suggesting various ideas for improvement and simplification of the system.
Patient groupA smaller focus group will now develop these ideas further to shape a revised engagement model for the whole area that continues to be responsive to local issues. The outcomes will be shared with you all.

Children's Emergency Services at County Hospital

A Minor Injuries Unit at County Hospital for under 16s launched on Monday 10 October 2016. Sixteen and 17 year-olds can use the main Accident and Emergency Department at County Hospital, Stafford.

A&E services at County Hospital continue to be temporarily suspended for under 16s due to concerns about safety. The Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health visited the Trust in preparation for their full review of Children's Emergency Services at County Hospital. The review, which is scheduled to conclude in January 2017, will include analysis of data, a main visit and the publication of a full report. Read more.

The Minor Injuries Unit can be used to treat children with a variety of minor injuries only.

The Minor Injuries Unit should be used for:

  • Head injuries
  • Limb injuries
  • Wounds
  • Sprains, bruises, fractures
The Minor Injuries Unit should not be used for:
  • Illnesses (111/GP)
  • Rash/fever (111/GP)
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea (111/GP)
  • Chronic illnesses (111/GP)
  • Severely unwell/injured (999)

Any unwell child who requires more than one hour of observation or specialist treatment (e.g. fracture manipulation) will be transferred to Royal Stoke.

Rapid Access Clinics for children have returned to County Hospital. A rapid access clinic provides next-day appointments with specialist children's doctors. This means that when families visit their GP with an unwell baby, child or teenager, the GP can refer them to a specialist quickly and locally. These clinics are by appointment only and, for the time being, operate on a Monday to Friday basis.

What's on ... ...

The Carers Association Southern Staffordshire (CASS)

Cass - Supporting Carers to CareThe Carers Association Southern Staffordshire (CASS) is a Staffordshire based charity supporting Carers to care and the cared for to live life to the full. They offer regular meet ups in Staffordshire for a chance to enjoy entertainment, information sessions and to socialise with others over a coffee and refreshments.
CASS holds six specific Living Well with Dementia groups and two CASS cafes each month.  These free sessions are not to be missed.
Additionally CASS are holding one off events that cater for both Carers and their cared for and would like to welcome you all to join. In the next few months CASS are holding two dementia friendly craft workshops at the museum of Cannock Chase - Willow Weaving (11am-1pm on 21 November) and Pegged Hearts (11am-1pm on 26 January).

CASS is joining forces with 11 other local charities on a festive trek through the beautiful scenic woodland paths of Cannock Chase. Start your festive season with a great day out in the country and make a difference to local people by walking for CASS.
Winter Walk

For more information about any of CASS’ services or events please call 01785 222365 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or email

See their website for regular updates.

Staying Active - Age UK

gentle exerciseThe Staying Active team is dedicated to keeping the over 50s happy and healthy. The centres provide an informal and friendly atmosphere to meet new people and join in varied activities such as crafts, gentle exercise or presentations. Each centre is unique you are encouraged to decide what you would like to do.

The aim is to provide many varied activities to interest older people and increase well being to reduce social isolation in our community.

men playing chessStaying Active Centres:

  • Mondays and Thursdays at Wildwood Boat Club (11am-2pm)
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Cafe Connect, Bradbury House (11am-2pm)

pub lunchSunday Lunch Club
Held at Bradbury House on the third Sunday of every month.  A friendly group of volunteers run the lunch.

Pub Club
A monthly pub club enjoys a meal at one of a number of selected venues in Stafford.  Please note that places would require booking as this event is popular and limited.  Transport is available.

man on laptopComputer Club
Held on Thursdays at Gnosall Fire Station. 

For more information call 01785 607060 or e-mail

Looking after you

Are you eligible for a free flu jab?

Have you still not had your flu jab
Winter is coming. Have you had your flu jab yet? Check if you’re eligible for a free jab. If you are eligible for free flu jabs, make sure you have them every year. Did you know that some pharmacists also offer the flu jab?  Book your vaccination with your GP or pharmacist now.  

  • Over 65? You are eligible for a free flu vaccine this year if you are aged 65 and over on 31 March  2017. Do you know someone over 65?  Check whether they have had their flu jab.
  • Got a child aged 2, 3 or 4? Flu can be serious for young children.  Help protect them from flu with one simple nasal spray.  It's free, fast and painless.
  • Pregnant? Catching flu while pregnant can lead to complications. Book your vaccination now and stay protected.  Having a flu jab while pregnant helps reduce the risk of serious complications, a miscarriage and helps protect your baby. Book now!

The C Card

Carry with Confidence

The C CardThe C-Card is a plastic card that gives you quick and easy access to free condoms from a range of venues, including a number of pharmacies, doctors surgeries and supermarkets.

Find your nearest venue to register, or speak to a member of the team on 0300 124 50 20.

Registration takes about 10 minutes. You will be asked a few simple questions by the worker, how old you are, your postcode etc.  All the information is confidential and will not be passed on to anybody else.

It is a confidential service which also offers information and advice about sexual health and relationships.  You can get free condoms using your card anywhere you see the C-Card logo. Read more.

Know the facts and get tested
- Rapid Community HIV Testing

staffordshire buddiesThis year Staffordshire Buddies as the local delivery partner for HIV Prevention England is actively promoting National HIV Testing Week with the goal of increasing HIV knowledge and uptake in HIV Testing and are using 1 December World AIDS Day to ask everyone one question 'Are you HIV Aware?'.  As a charity they are encouraging people to know their HIV status and get tested.

Nearly 110,000 people are living with HIV in the UK with 1 in 4 people unaware that they have the virus. Locally we have over 750 people living with HIV and several thousand affected by HIV.  

For the first time locally, accessible and rapid HIV Community testing is happening throughout Staffordshire and Stoke. This is not only for people to get to know their HIV status but also to reduce locally the high numbers of people presenting late or unaware that they are HIV positive.

This year it is important that we remind people that HIV still has no cure but there are effective treatments that can keep a person healthy and less infectious to others, especially if diagnosed early.
Staffordshire Buddies are using the strapline ‘Are you HIV Aware’ to raise awareness of HIV, its symptoms and to encourage testing.  Testing can be done at Buddies and in partnerships with GPs, Hospitals, the Partnership Trust as well as the voluntary and community sector to reduce late diagnosis by providing more opportunities for HIV testing including rapid HIV testing.
Have your say

Caring Across Generations campaign

cqcA growing number of people are now caring across generations – having caring responsibility for young children or grandchildren and older loved ones.   The CQC polled people with caring responsibilities and found that 9 in 10 (92%) felt that choosing care for a loved one is ‘very’ or ‘quite’ stressful – ranking it higher than selling or buying a home and getting divorced.
CQC want people who make care decisions for loved ones to know that our reports and ratings can help them to make informed choices about care. To raise awareness of the resources available to them when choosing adult social care, and to educate them about the standards of care they have a right to expect, they launched a multi-channel public engagement campaign on 17 October.

Choosing Adult Social Care
elderly peopleMake sure you have all the information you need to make decisions about your or someone else's care. Use their map of care home ratings in England to search for care homes in your area, compare ratings and read inspection reports.  Read guides on what to expect from a good care home or a good home-care agency.  

They've also got some useful information and tips to help you.

Tell the CQC about your care: Your information helps the CQC decide when, where and what to inspect. Let's make care better together.  Poor care? Good care? Tell them now...

Read more about Caring Across Generations.

West Midlands End of Life Care Roadshow

The West Midlands Clinical Networks and Clinical Senate have collaborated with NHS England to host the first of a series of regional roadshow events focussing on the Department of Health’s newly announced End of Life Care Commitment.
This event will take place on Wednesday 16 November. If you have an interest in End of Life Care and want to hear about some of the improvements that have been undertaken to enhance care, including the launch of a brand new patient voice empowerment film, come along to this one-day event at the Novotel Birmingham Centre, 70 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HT.

The event will also include a workshop where you will be able to share your views with NHS professionals to understand how gaps in delivering good end of life care can be addressed. Input is welcomed from as many individuals as possible...

Find out more details and details of how to apply.

Who can I ask?

Age UK Stafford & District
Age UKAge UK Stafford & District offers a wide range of services including dementia and complex needs daycare, social activities, homecare and personal care services and information and advice.

One Recovery - Staffordshire
One Recovery Staffordshire is an innovative and inspiring substance misuse partnership.  Their workers are trained to treat your primary addiction whilst considering the whole spectrum of your life, with a particular emphasis on mental health and housing, ensuring whole person care is available for all.
Richmond Fellowship
Richmond FellowshipA community based service that supports individual journeys towards recovery and social inclusion.  The service is available to over 18s living in the districts of Stafford, Cannock Chase or South Staffordshire, where mental health is the primary support need and where the individual wants to engage.         

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