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HSJ (Health Service Journal) Awards Update

Health leaders say they are proud of their achievement after it misses out on a top health award
 
Chairman of NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning group, the body that oversees health services for the people of Eastwood and Kimberley has praised the work of health partnership for being shortlisted for a major health award.
 
NHS Nottingham West CCG was nominated for its partnership with Broxtowe Borough Council in the Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government category which recognises how NHS and local government bodies work together to tackle health problems such as dementia and social isolation. The award went to NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney clinical commissioning group.
The awards attracted record 1300 entries from over 500 organisations and celebrate the projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation, to improving the quality of healthcare in the UK. To see the 2014 HSJ Award winners click here. The ceremony was attended by Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, and was compared by  BBC political editor, Nick Robinson.
NHS Nottingham West CCG Chairman Nigel Hallam said “ It is a great honour and achievement for Nottingham West CCG to have been shortlisted. Although we didn’t win, I am absolutely proud of our achievement which is national recognition of the work we have done to tackle some of the biggest health challenges facing our population and we will continue to work hard with our partners at Broxtowe Borough Council to identify people who need support with dementia so they can remain independent.”
 
Background
NHS Nottingham West CCG was  shortlisted for a prestigious national health award for their commitment with Broxtowe Borough Council to improving the health and wellbeing of local people. 
The CCG used  the nomination to call on the public and health professionals to continue the work to tackle dementia, end loneliness in older people and promote healthy living in Broxtowe.
The award attracted a record 1,300 entries.
The clinical commissioning group is now urging people to become a dementia friend to spot the  signs of dementia and to look out for elderly relatives or neighbours who may need support as the weather turns colder.
The CCG has been working with the Alzheimer’s Society to train people to become Dementia Friends; who would act as eyes and ears to spot the signs of dementia in other people and to act on it. The scheme has been so successful that 55 members of staff from GP practices across Broxtowe have trained to be dementia friends alongside more than 80 other health care staff from across Nottinghamshire.
Around 64% of our patients living with dementia in Broxtowe and surrounding areas have a diagnosis of the condition, which ranked the CCG eighth best at recognising the disease in England.
The nomination also recognised the CCG’s investment in local health groups. This summer the CCG invested more than £50,000 into local community group to promote health and wellbeing in deprived communities in Broxtowe.  The Broxtowe Health Partnership awarded grants of  up to £2,500 each as part of a special Lifestyle Fund that has so far supported a range of projects such as support for victims of domestic abuse, dance sessions for older people, a travelling kitchen, breastfeeding peer support and a range of others across Broxtowe.
The CCG was also recognised for its partnership with the council to help keep older people who live alone, independent and safe in their homes. A special Older People’s Sub Group was set up by the partnership to identify people who needed help in their homes and to get them the support they need to stay on their feet, avoid falls and keep warm in the winter.
Dr Guy Mansford, chief clinical officer for NHS Nottingham West CCG said: “Loneliness, dementia and health and wellbeing are interdependent. If we recognise dementia we can put support in place. If we provide support for people to remain independent in their homes we help towards sustaining the future of NHS services by preventing unnecessary visits to hospital.  Achieving national recognition of the work we are doing is a strong sign that our approach is working so I would encourage more people to look out for their neighbours, be vigilant about signs of dementia and to get involved in what your local GP practice does to help improve the health and wellbeing of people in your area.”
Councillor Jacky Williams, Chair of the Broxtowe Health Partnership said:  “We have had an amazing commitment from health workers and indeed our own housing teams, training as dementia friends.  We have been able to support various groups and organisations across the District in their efforts to tackle health inequalities in our communities, with signs of the life expectancy gap narrowing.  Whatever the outcome of the nomination, we can be proud that we have a strong and supportive network across Broxtowe and commitment to improving the health outcomes of our population.”

The NHS Five Year Forward View

The NHS Five Year Forward View and Next Steps Towards Primary Care Co‐Commissioning

NHSE has Published Two Important Policy Documents that Affect the CCG.  At the end of October NHS England (NHSE) published its “Five Year Forward View” which describes how the NHS plans to develop over the next few years. A key theme here is the development of primary care provision.

Following on from the Forward View, NHSE published “Next Steps Towards Primary Care CoCommissioning” on the 10th November. The document is clearly an enabler for the vision described in the Forward View, but it has some significant implications for CCGs that require some urgent action.  This paper attempts to summarise some of the key points from these publications and proposes a response from the CCG. If the Governing Body agrees the recommendations this could lead to a change
to the CCG constitution.

The two documents can be found by following these links:
http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/5yfv-

web.pdfhttp://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2014/11/nxt-steps-pc-cocomms.pdf

Both publications are about 40 pages long (excluding Annexes), but they both have useful Executive Summaries that are only a couple of pages long. Members are recommended to read these.

Further details are available on the attachment below; however, please note that the links mentioned in the document have changed to the above website links.

Movember Challenge 2014

A Nottingham health chief is once again taking on the Movember challenge

It’s the second year that chief officer for NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group, Oliver Newbould has pledged to join the annual global hair growing challenge that has inspired men across the world to don silly moustaches and to raise millions of pounds for men’s cancers.

Last year, Oliver painstakingly nurtured a very respectable Lord Melchett style upper lip (of Blackadder fame) and raised almost £500 for research into cancers such as prostate, bowel and lung cancer.  This year, the health chief is also using the challenge to raise awareness of free health checks for men over 40 as figures show that fewer than forty per cent of men in their 40’s take up the offer to check their overall health and wellbeing.

Oliver says he hopes his challenge will encourage men aged 40-74 to book into their GP practice for a free health and wellbeing tests.  The free health checks involve meeting with a nurse or GP to test for the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.

People who take the tests are given a score to test their levels of risk. People over 65 will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia and given information about memory services nearby.

These wellbeing checks are also a really useful way of exploring any symptoms investigating problems and simply assessing overall health and wellbeing.

The checks can also be used as an opportunity to discuss any health concerns and Oliver is particularly appealing to men to be aware of the symptoms of common cancers because they are least likely than women to present at their GP surgery if they are worried about health problems.

“Anyone over the age of forty is invited to take the tests but only a minority of men in their 40s and 50s are taking up the offer. The challenge is a point of amusement for my wife but the aim is serious. The good news is that the risks of heart disease, stroke and diabetes can all be controlled with changes to lifestyle. Identifying that risk can be a crucial first step that motivates someone to change for life.”

“Us chaps tend to think that we’ll live for ever and we all tend to stick our heads in the sand when it comes to our health, but there’s really no excuse for not getting yourself checked out.”

Every year, the NHS Health Check is expected to help:

  • save 650 lives
  • prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes
  • prevent 4,000 people from developing diabetes
  • detect at least 20,000 cases of diabetes or kidney disease earlier

 

Notes to editors

Since it started in Australia in 2003, Movember has become a global movement  raising more than £346 million to date and has funded over 800 programmes in 21 countries. 

Movember supports world class men's health programmes that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health problems. These programmes, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness, and research to achieve the charity's vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men's health.

Regular updates and photos of Oliver's progress will posted unto this website and our Twitter account - @NottmWestCCG

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust announces findings

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust announces findings following public consultation

The organisation that provides mental health services across Nottinghamshire has published the findings of a consultation about proposed changes to some of its Adult Mental Health Services and Mental Health Services for Older People.

The proposals included plans to close Wards A42 and A43 at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, and Enright Close residential rehabilitation unit in Newark. As part of the proposal, the trust will still retain hospital and rehabilitation inpatient beds across the City of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust plans to enhance its community services for adults following feedback from patients and clinical evidence that shows that people want to be cared for in their own homes, which aids their recovery. The proposals include an enhanced Crisis and Home Treatment Service, available 24 hours/seven days a week, and a Community Rehabilitation Team.

The Trust presented its findings to the Joint Health and Scrutiny Committee on 7 October which confirmed that the Trust can proceed with its proposals.

A summary report including public feedback, and details of the next steps are now being shared with the public.

To find out more please visit: http://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/local-services/have-your-say/

Why patient participation is so important - NHS Nottingham West

Members of patient participation groups from across Nottingham West give their views about the importance of being involved in your local NHS.

Your Questions Answered

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On Wednesday 29 January, over 120 members of the public joined health leaders to debate the future of the NHS locally.

 

The event, which took place at Nottingham Forest Football Club, inspired lively debate and far too many questions to be answered by the panel on the day. We are keen to share our answers with you.

 

Click on a question below to get our response.

 

Local NHS services, marginalised groups and GP practice

  1. Have you considered the impact upon and the cost to the NHS of the City & County proposals to remove millions of pounds of funding from voluntary sector housing and homelessness organisations?
  2. How will you ensure good access to services for marginalised groups (those supported by organisations above) who often struggle to access mainstream health services?
  3. Are GPs still allowed to decide against carrying out treatments based on their religious beliefs?

 

 

Reaching minority groups and accessibility 

Why are there no signing facilities here? And are you planning consultation services for:

  1. People under 60?
  2. Poor English speakers?
  3. Non-white ethnic minorities?

 

 

Privatisation of services

  1. How can we ensure that money isn’t wasted by the NHS through contracting out and privatisation, which transfers cash from patient care over to the shareholders of private companies.
  2. And what can be done locally to minimise the waste of money as a result of the purchaser provider split, which has introduced massive bureaucracy to no positive benefit

 

 

Combating social isolation

  1. I’m worried about housebound/ getting people to their house/complex to relieve loneliness & bring exercise to them, what can you do about this?

 

 

About the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)…

  1. Where are CCG budgets published?
  2. What is the staffing structures within a CCG?
  3. What are the differences between the Primary Care Trust & CCGs?

 

 

Carers

  1. Why after 10 years of asking is there still no carers rep at every med/centres (just a named person)?
  2. As a carer for an advanced dementia patient (who cannot communicate) life can be very lonely, this does not seem to be recognised by various bodies. Lonely carers’ are one major problem.

 

 

Patients charter and patient responsibilty

  1. There needs to be a general drive to educate the public about their responsibilities. Is the ‘Patient’s Charter’ going to be published more widely when the update has been completed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEMS to Continue to Provide GP Out of Hours Service

 

NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased to announce that Nottingham Emergency Medical Service (NEMS) Community Benefit Services Ltd have won the contract to deliver Out-of-Hours GP Services to the populations of Nottingham West, Nottingham City, Rushcliffe, and Nottingham North and East CCGs.

 

The new contract will commence on 1 October 2014 and will run for a period of three years; with a possible extension for a further two years.

 

NEMS CBS have been delivering these services in Nottingham since 2004 and are a trusted provider in the local health community, with a workforce of local GPs who know the area and the needs of local patients.  NEMS CBS submitted an innovative bid as part of a robust procurement process ahead of a number of other competing bidders.  The new service will provide a number of additional benefits to the people of Nottingham:

 

  • The service will be re-located to modern premises adjacent to Nottingham railway station; improving both the environment that the service is delivered from and providing car parking facilities and good access via public transport.
  • A new IT system will be adopted that will allow clinicians to see GP practice records (with appropriate consent from the patient) to help them to provide the most appropriate care when the patient’s GP practice is closed.
  • Walk-in access will be provided for selected groups of patients who find it difficult to access the current service via a telephone assessment from NHS 111.

 

Dawn Smith, Chief Officer for NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

 

“Good access to Out-of-Hours GP services is something that we know is very important to patients and is an area that Nottingham has performed strongly in for many years.  We have commissioned NEMS CBS to provide this service for the next three to five years and look forward to working with them to ensure that this service is delivered effectively and efficiently with a continued emphasis on improving quality.”

 

Winners of NHS Participation Award!

 

We are delighted to have beaten off competition from across England to be awarded the ‘Excellence in Public Participation - Commissioner Award’ at NHS England’s Innovation Expo held in Manchester on 3 March.

 

Keynote speakers at the event included outgoing NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson and medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh.

 

The award recognised the impact of our Patient Reference Group, set up and operated by patients to represent the views of the 94,000 patients to help feedback about their experiences of local health and social care services. The awards were presented by TV presenter June Sarpong.

 

Chief Operating Officer of NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group, Oliver Newbould said: “I am thrilled, especially as we were nominated by patients and volunteers . It really recognises the work we have done to engage with the people who use our health services which is so vital. I would encourage people who are interested in their local health services to be part of a PPG so they can be involved in the services we commission for the future.”

The Patient Participation Groups are made up of patients who volunteer some time to help their practices improve their services.  They meet regularly at the practice, usually each month, for a couple of hours.

They help undertake patient surveys and provide important feedback to ensure patients get the best possible experience.  They also act as a point of contact for patient views.

 

If you are interested in joining a PPG or finding out more, either contact your GP Practice or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Pictured L-R: John Crouch, Chair of Patient Reference Group, Racheal Millband, Patient & Public Inolvement Officer, Pui-Shan Tang, Senior Data Analyst and Mark Russell, Patient Representative on Governing Body.

 

Governing Body Meeting Dates 2014

 

 

Click here to see our Governing Body meeting dates for 2014.

 

Our Governing Body meetings are held in public and you are warmly invited to attend. The meeting papers and agenda will be available on our website seven days before the meeting.

 

If you have any questions for the Governing Body about any agenda items, please contact us prior to the meeting by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephoning 0115 8835009.

Nottingham West Amongst Best in England for Dementia Diagnosis

about-dementia 364x200 200278219-002People living in Nottingham West are more likely to have their condition recognised than in other parts of England.

 

Almost 64% of people who live with dementia in the Broxtowe area were diagnosed with the condition, ranking the area number eight in the Health Secretary's dementia map of England. 

 

Read more: Nottingham West Amongst Best in England for...

Diabetes Patients Benefit from Treatment Closer to Home

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Six hundred patients with Type II Diabetes are now benefiting from treatment closer to home thanks to an innovative scheme that provides a vital service from their local doctor’s surgery.

 

Patients no longer have to attend hospital for on-going monitoring; and health care professionals within the CCG practices now have regular education sessions to ensure that patients receive high quality care.

 

Read more: Diabetes Patients Benefit from Treatment Closer...

Protect Yourself & Your Baby – Get The Flu Jab

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Pregnant women are being reminded about the dangers of flu and the need to get protected this winter.

 

We have issued the warning as the NHS in England continues to roll out its Flu Safe Campaign.

 

Dr Guy Mansford, Clinical Lead for NHS Nottingham West CCG said: "The flu jab is such a simple procedure yet can protect mums and their babies from a potentially dangerous virus.  The jab doesn't contain the 'live' virus so it cannot give anyone the flu. It normally takes up to two weeks to develop protection after the vaccine, and the protection it provides against flu will last all winter. Talk to your GP or midwife as soon as possible if you haven't had the jab and you are pregnant".

Read more: Protect Yourself & Your Baby – Get The Flu Jab

Get The Flu Jab, Get Flu Safe

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Now is the time for those at greatest risk from flu to protect themselves and their families and get flu safe with a free jab.

 

The six clinical commissioning groups that plan and buy health services across Nottinghamshire warned that flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, and it can be a really serious illness for some. Those at greater risk from flu include people aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and people with health conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints and diabetes.

 

Read more: Get The Flu Jab, Get Flu Safe

Retirement Communities Benefit From Health Initiative

 

Broxtowe PartnershipAn innovative health and wellbeing project will be showcased later this month as part of a week of celebrations to mark National Older People’s Day on Tuesday 1st October.

 

The Broxtowe Health Partnership will officially launch the project which aims to help residents in retirement living communities to lead healthy and independent lives.

Read more: Retirement Communities Benefit From Health...

Help Avoid Back to School Asthma Epidemic

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Our CCG is urging school children with asthma not to forget to use their inhalers this summer.


It follows an alarming peak in the number of hospital admissions of children in September which, nationally, accounts for almost 60% more hospital admissions than the monthly average for the year.

Read more: Help Avoid Back to School Asthma Epidemic

 

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