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

The CCG is led by GPs from the area's 25 member practices and serves a population of 131,800 within the boundaries of Cannock Chase District Council (including Cannock, Rugeley and Heath Hayes) and the Huntington, Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay wards of South Staffordshire District Council.  

Meet the Governing Body:-

CCG Board

Read on for the following articles :-   
Children's Emergency Services Temporarily Suspended  /  Personal Health Budgets  /  Respiratory Symptoms Campaign  /  Flu Vaccinations / Healthwatch Staffordshire Needs your helpYoung Carers Hub Club  /  Let's get sugar smart  /  Cut down on your calories  /  The Star Cafe  /  What's on locallyHealth awareness days: World Alzheimer's Month, Know your numbers week, Sexual Health Week

Children's Emergency Services at County Hospital Temporarily Suspended on Safety Grounds

Accident and Emergency services at County Hospital in Stafford continue to be temporarily suspended for children and people under the age of 18 due to concerns about safety.  However, following a meeting of the Trust, the commissioners and other partners last week, a number of measures are being put in place to establish a safe children's service at County as quickly as possible.

Mr Robert Courteney-Harris, Chief Executive, said:  "We fully understand and sympathise with the on-going concern from our local community following the decision to temporarily suspend Children's Emergency services.  We recognise that a small number of patients and their families have now had to travel further for non-urgent treatment and we are very sorry for this. However, ignoring external advice about the safety of our services could put some children's lives at risk, something the Trust is simply not prepared to do.

"Our priority since the service was suspended has been to work out how we can get safe children's services into County Hospital as quickly as possible.  Last week our senior clinicians met with commissioners and other partners to discuss the best way forward, and a number of actions have been agreed.

"We have asked the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) to carry out a review of our CEC service as a whole, and to make recommendations about how this could be made safe in the long term. This process will take about ten weeks.

Read the latest on UHNM's website.

Personal Health Budgets


A personal health budget is an amount of money allocated to meet your assessed health needs. At the centre of a personal health budget is a care or support plan that is agreed with your local NHS team. It gives you the chance to plan meaningful goals. This could help with the prevention of crises, greater self-management of your care and improved quality of life.

What are personal health budgets?
Personal Health Budgets work in a similar way to the personal budgets that many people already use to manage and pay for their social care to give people more choice and control over how they are supported. A personal budget differs from a personal health budget in that it is a joint package of care, which is funded between the Local Authority and the CCG.
You will know how much money is available and be able to set out how your budget will be used to achieve the health outcomes in your Support Plan and the support you need to do this. The Support Plan should also include information on how the budget will be managed and what will be done to manage risk and stay healthy and safe. This may include a direct payment or a budget that is managed by a third party.

Who can have a personal health budget?  Read more

The Personal Health Budgets team in Staffordshire and Shropshire want to engage with the local community to obtain views about how and where and to whom the offer of Personal Health Budgets should be extended to. Please complete this anonymous survey by 2 October 2016.

Respiratory Symptoms Campaign

Be Clear on Cancer

The Be Clear on Cancer campaign is focusing on respiratory symptoms from 14 July to 16 October.

If you get out of breath doing things you used to be able to do or you've had a cough for three weeks or more, tell your doctor. It's probably nothing serious, but you're not wasting anyone's time by getting it checked out. Call your GP today.

Be Clear on Cancer campaigns aim to improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising public awareness of signs and/or symptoms of cancer, and to encourage people to see their GP without delay. The programme is led by Public Health England, working in partnership with the Department of Health, NHS England and Cancer Research UK. 

Watch the information video and read more.


Flu Vaccines - Prepare yourself for winter

Stay well this winter

With Winter just round the corner it's time to consider whether you need a flu jab.  The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to early November,  Ask your GP or pharmacist.

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.

However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

Man having a flu jabAnyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them. 

The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:

  • adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
  • pregnant women 
  • children aged six months to two years at risk of flu

Find out more about who should have the flu jab.


Healthwatch Staffordshire needs your help!

Can you help us to reach our target of getting 750 pieces of feedback on our Experience Exchange platform?

Have you accessed any health or social care services during August and September 2016, such as attending a GP Appointment, or visiting your local hospital, dentist or pharmacy? If so Healthwatch Staffordshire would really appreciate it if you could share any new experiences you have had. 

As you know, Healthwatch Staffordshire needs to collect feedback on service provision, to ensure that it is aware of any and all issues throughout the county, as well as any experiences of good practice. Healthwatch Staffordshire cannot do this without your help and assistance.   

We have over 1,000 services listed on Experience Exchange, in order for you to find your local service you can either type the name of the service in the search bar, or filter services by geographic location by clicking on the relevant district of the Staffordshire map. Services are listed in alphabetical order, and if you wish to access the next page of services, page numbers are listed at the top of each screen.  

You can access Experience Exchange by clicking the following link:-

If you can't find the service you want to leave feedback about please e-mail us, with your feedback.  

Young Carers Hub Club

Let's get sugar smart!


Lets get sugar smartWe're all having too much sugar. Our kids might seem fine on the outside, but too much sugar can lead to the build up of harmful fat on the inside that we can't see. Download the consumer campaign resources or visit to learn more.

Cut down on your calories

Many of us are eating too much, and not being active enough. That's why nearly two-thirds of the adult population in England is overweight or obese.

Find out how much you should be eating and how to cut the calories.
apples and a tape measure
How much should you eat?
How much are you eating?
How you can eat less
Latest figures show that more than half of the UK population – 65% of men and 58% of women – are overweight or obese.  When we eat and drink more calories than we use up, our bodies store the excess as body fat. If this continues, over time we may become overweight and can become obese. Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of type 2 diabetesheart diseasestroke and some cancers.
Many adults in the UK need to lose weight, and to do this they need to eat and drink fewer calories. Combining these changes with increased physical activity is the best way to achieve a healthier weight.

overweight people



What's on locally

Dementia Friendly Launch Event

A dementia-friendly launch event will take place on Thursday 29 September between 11am and 3pm at St Luke’s Church Community Centre.

tea and biscuitOrganisations from across the public, private and voluntary sectors will be there to provide advice and promote local services.  Come along and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake whilst speaking to professionals and seeing what local services are available in the Cannock area.

For more information about this event contact the Council’s Partnerships Team on 01543 464635 or email

Dementia Roadshow

elderly lady jigsawA Dementia Community Roadshow will be taking place at Codsall Community High School on 6th October 2016.  More information.

Further information regarding the nationwide tour of dementia roadshows can be found using the following link:

health & wellbeingCommunity Wellbeing Week
The Community Wellbeing Week will take place from Monday 26th September to Friday 30th September 2016 at Bilbrook & Codsall Community Fire Station from 1pm each day.  There will be lots of activities and information.  More information.

man sittingWalking with the Wounded
Are you a veteran looking for work?  Supported employment service for those who have served in the armed services. More information

Health Awareness Days

World Alzheimer’s Month
1 - 30 September 2016

Alzheimers Month - Remember meThe theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2016 is Remember Me. Alzheimers Disease International are asking you to get involved by sharing your favourite memories, or memories of a loved one, on social media this September with the hashtags #RememberMe #WAM2016.

The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem. Find out how to share your memory.

Local advice about Alzheimer's Disease and dementia.

Know your numbers week
12 - 18 September 2016
blood pressure being taken

Blood Pressure UK is the UK’s leading blood pressure charity, dedicated to lowering the nation’s blood pressure to prevent death and disability from stroke and heart disease. Know your Numbers! is their flagship awareness campaign. It encourages adults across the UK to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.  It is designed to educate about the health complications associated with high blood pressure. It’s also about encouraging us to monitor our blood pressure – in short, to get to know our numbers!
While the condition may be without symptoms, it is the underlying causes of serious problems such as heart attack, stroke, and is one of the main factors in heart and kidney disease. Each year 125,000 adults in the UK have a heart attack or stroke due to high blood pressure – its something you cannot afford to ignore and the only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have a blood pressure check.

Sexual Health Week
12 - 18 September 2016

romantic coupleFPA is a sexual health charity who give straightforward information and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.  

FPA Sexual Health Week informs the public, influences service providers and supports health professionals and this year they will be focusing on sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Stafford’s new dedicated Genitourinary Medicine service will open at the Civic Centre from Monday 5 September following relocation from County Hospital. The new dedicated service will be delivered by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the county council.The new central location will now provide access to emergency contraception, STI screening and treatment and advice and referrals from an on-site health specialist alongside Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH) support that was already available at the Civic Centre. Read more.

Find out where you can get local advice.

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