NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group is clinically led by local doctors from 12 GP Practices in Broxtowe, ranging from Eastwood and Kimberley to Beeston and Chilwell. Since 1 April 2013, we are responsible for the planning and paying of NHS services for almost 100,000 local patients.
"We are committed to ensuring high-quality,
patient-focused services, fit for the future"
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.
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.
We are inviting patients and the public to have their say on local health issues and their experiences at two meetings being held in Stapleford and Kimberley on 18 March and 20 March.
The events are being held by our CCG to encourage local people to share their experiences, have their say and hear about the challenges currently facing the NHS.
Nigel Hallam, Chair of NHS Nottingham West CCG, said: “Patients are at the heart of everything we do and we hope that as many people as possible will attend these events. We are committed to listening to our patients and the public so that we can improve and shape services that best meet their needs. Please do not miss this opportunity to be heard”.
The meeting at Stapleford takes place on 18 March from 6pm – 8.30pm at St Helen’s Church Hall, Fredereick Road, Stapleford NG9 8FN. The Kimberly meeting will be held on 20 March from 12.30pm – 3pm at Rumbletums Café, 2a Victoria Street, Kimberley, NG16 2NH.
Whilst people will be able to have their questions answered at the events, the Chair is also inviting people to submit any questions in advance of the meeting. These could be about the CCG in general or any local healthcare issues.
Both events are free to attend, with drinks served upon arrival, and on street parking available. Both locations also have a public car park close by for convenience.
People can register for a place and submit their questions by:
- Calling (0115) 8835100 (office hours)
- Online at www.nottinghamwestccg.nhs.uk/nhsevent
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award for our work on involving patients and carers when planning future services.
We are up against two other contenders for NHS England’s ‘Excellence in Public Participation Commissioner Award’.
The award recognises the commitment of organisations to putting patients, carers and the community at the very heart of its plans. The CCG was nominated for the work it did to involve patients themselves in helping to identify and support registered carers, supporting dementia friendly communities and the way patients were involved in helping to understand conditions such as stoma care.
Officials and patient representatives will find out if they have won the trophy at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester on 3 March 2014. The event includes speakers such as Sir Bruce Keogh and the NHS chief executive, Sir David Nicholson.
Nigel Hallam, Lay Chair of NHS Nottingham West CCG said: “I am delighted about the nomination. We have worked so hard to create a patient-centred culture and to have that recognised at a national level is a real sign we are getting it right. It’s all thanks to the work of the staff and the commitment from patients to help us shape services that really fit their needs.”
Mark Russell, patient representative on the CCG’s Governing Body said: “As a patient representative, I always have an equal say in meetings alongside doctors and my views are taken on board at every opportunity. This nomination demonstrates the CCG’s commitment to involving patients and the public in its commissioning decisions and I wish them the best of luck! ”
Further details about the CCG can be found at www.nottinghamwestccg.nhs.uk or you can follow them on Twitter @NottmWestCCG.
Health leaders from three commissioning organisations in Nottinghamshire have come together to express their support and pleasure that services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust are operating efficiently following the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s inspection report.
The CQC report, which is being released today, states that patients are safe, well cared for and have a generally positive experience of their visit.
The CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said: “We found that Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust was providing services that were safe, effective, responsive, caring and well-led. Staff we spoke to were positive and engaged, and patients we spoke to were generally positive about the care that they had received at the hospital. There are improvements that could be made at the trust to improve the care delivered to local people, but overall we judge this to be a good trust.”
Speaking on behalf of all three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) – NHS Rushcliffe, Nottingham North and East and Nottingham West CCGs – Dr Cheryl Crocker, Director of Quality and Patient Safety and Executive Nurse said: “We welcome the news that the CQC has found Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust to be operating efficiently, and that it was seen as safe, effective, responsive, well-led and caring. While areas for improvement were identified, including equipment maintenance and mandatory training, it is pleasing to note that the CQC recognised the trust has robust plans in place to tackle this.
“Overall, it’s great for patients to see that in some areas NUH is recognised as an exemplar of best practice, and I’m sure this report will go a long way to reassuring the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that NUH is delivering a high standard of care to patients. We will continue to work closely with the Trust, and together we will ensure that progress continues to be made.”
A team of more than 60 inspectors visited the trust’s hospitals in November and December 2013. They examined most services, speaking to patients, carers, visitors and staff and other organisations, including our local health care commissioners.
The full report is available on the CQC website.
This year the British Heart Foundation is eagerly encouraging supporters to ‘Ramp up the Red’, in order to help raise awareness for people and families affected by heart disease. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK's biggest killer, causing around 82,000 deaths each year- about one in five men and one in eight women.
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.
Families & schools driven to distraction by head lice have been urged to join forces to put paid to the tiny pests.
The gauntlet was thrown down by the organisers of National Bug Busting campaign, in a bid to find and zap all head lice in one fell swoop – stopping them circulating.
Now, NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have taken action by giving a full description of the insects themselves, along with how to treat and prevent them in future.
Health leaders in Nottinghamshire are to come together to appeal to the public for help to reshape the way health and social care services are delivered at an event on 29 January.
The public are also encouraged to complete a quick online survey to share their views.
As part of the ongoing "A Call to Action engagement", Health officials from NHS Rushcliffe, Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West and Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Groups will meet with patients, carers and members of the public at the City Ground on Wednesday 29 January to discuss how services can work better together, what support people need to remain independent in their homes, what good quality care means to patients and carers; and how the NHS can do more for less to remain sustainable for the future.
It may sound like a cliché to make healthy resolutions for the New Year, but small yet vital changes to lifestyle can make all the difference for people looking to improve their health in 2014. Just reducing rather than cutting out altogether can still make a huge difference to people’s health and wellbeing, says Beeston GP Dr Guy Mansford.
Cheif Officer of NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said that anyone wanting to put better health at the top of their New Year’s Resolution List should focus on small changes that can make a big difference if sustained in the long term.
He called on people to take moderate physical exercise for half an hour five times a week. The exercise should be strenuous enough to, at least, leave the person slightly out of breath.
East Midlands Ambulance Service is asking people to choose wisely this winter when it comes to dialling 999 for an ambulance.
If you call an ambulance unnecessarily you could be taking life-saving care away from someone who urgently requires it.
There are other options. If it is not an emergency you can:
- See your GP
- Visit an Urgent Care Centre - to find your closest click here
- Visit your local Pharmacy
- Call NHS 111 for advice
Have a merry, not a messy Christmas.
Some of these tips include:
- Drink water in between alcohol – it'll help reduce your headache in the morning. Or drink a couple of glasses of water before bed.
- Eat something early on so your body absorbs alcohol slower.
- If the drink is hitting you quickly, head to the dance floor for a break (and burn some calories).
- Try a reduced alcohol beer – like Becks Blue, Carling C2 or even a Stella4.
- Have a wine spritzer instead of a large glass of wine.
- Have singles, not double measures with a low alcohol mixer instead of a cocktail – it's less calories.
- Don't mix drinks – it only makes your hangover worse.
- Save the number for a reliable taxi firm in your phone – and pre-book if you can & always go home with a friend.
- Make sure your mobile phone is charged and has credit before going out.
Don't forget – BE SAFE!
GPs in Nottinghamshire are reminding people suffering from long term health conditions such as asthma, lung and heart disease and diabetes to 'be prepared' and ensure they pick up their prescriptions to cover them through the Christmas period.
Many GP Practices will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year which means you may struggle if you haven't planned ahead. An early call to your GP to ensure you have a repeat prescription or a visit to your community pharmacist could make all the difference, ensure you stock up wisely with prescriptions and over the counter medicines to see yourself and those you care for through the Christmas period.
Tackling obesity is an important Public Health issue and it's estimated that in Nottinghamshire, more than 20,000 children, nearly 166,000 adults aged 16 and over, and 28,000 women of child-bearing age are obese.
Since taking on responsibility for Public Health in April the council is now responsible for commissioning a wide variety of lifestyle services including weight management.
The consultation, which runs until Tuesday 31 December, is looking at how weight management services are commissioned to make sure that there is effective, evidence-based support for both adults and children in all areas of Nottinghamshire to help individuals and families to manage their weight.
Visit the consultation web page to read more or respond: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/obesityconsultation
People 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.