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Campaign urges: Be alert to the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers

Campaign urges: Be alert to the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers


NHS Nottingham West CCG is supporting the Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign.


Launching on 13 October, the Be Clear on Cancer campaign will run for six weeks across England with the aim of raising awareness of a key symptom of both bladder and kidney cancers – blood in pee. The campaign encourages people who notice blood in their pee to see their doctor straight away. These cancers are more treatable if they are diagnosed early.


Adverts will appear on national TV and radio. There will also be events in public areas such as shopping centres.


Around 17,000 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year and these cancers account for around 7,500 deaths each year.


Visible ‘blood in pee’ is a key symptom for bladder and kidney cancers. Yet when asked to name cancer signs and symptoms, only one in three people mention unexplained bleeding. People need to know that if they have this symptom, they should see their GP without delay.


For further information about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer, please visit

GPs Urge People to Sit Up and Think About Back Pain!

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NWCCG LogoPress Release sent by Luke Barrett, Communications Manager, Nottingham West Clincial Commissioning Group: Nottingham businesses are being urged to take action against back pain as it emerges that £37 million in sick days were lost as a result of musuloskeletal problems in 2013.

The total loss to Nottinghamshire businesses of all sickness is around £160,000,000.

Health leaders are now appealing to bosses to protect their staff from one of the most common causes of long-term sickness absences among employees in the UK.

Nationally, just under a quarter of all sickness absences (30.6 million working days) are the result of musculoskeletal disorders including backache. In the East Midlands around 2.6 million working days were lost to musculoskeletal problems, including backache and neck pain.

The cost to business of musculoskeletal pain is estimated at about two per cent of GDP (£394bn Q2 2014) – a staggering £7.8bn a year. Absence from work because of musculoskeletal disorder cost Nottinghamshire businesses around £160 million in lost working days.

Back pain is not generally caused by a serious condition and, in most cases, it gets better within 12 weeks. It can usually be successfully treated by taking painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Dr Guy Mansford, GP and chief clinical officer of NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“ Back pain can make every day life a real challenge. Regular exercise and improved posture can make a huge difference and help people to maintain stronger muscles to support their backs. This is more important the older people get. It is also important to rule out underlying causes of back pain that may be a symptom of something else.”

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said:

“It is important that staff welfare is high on the agenda in all businesses and that includes ensuring that all workstations, whether blue or white collar, are ergonomically the best they can be for the job being done.”

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Sickness data 2012/13
(source ONS)
1. 131 million days lost to sickness in the UK in 2013 – continuing trend down from 178 million days in 1993.
2. Musculoskeletal problems, including backache and neck pain, caused the loss of 30.6 million working days.
3. Coughs and colds were most common reason given for absence of short duration – 27.4 million days.
4. Mental health problems accounted for 15.2 million lost days.
5. 11 million days were lost to sickness in the East Midlands – 5.2 days per worker.
6. In the East Midlands, sickness absence was 2.4% compared with 2.1% nationally and only 1.5% in London and 1.8% in the South East.
7. Simple extrapolation (131m/30.6m=23.4% … 23.4%x11m) suggests in the East Midlands around 2.6 million working days were lost to musculoskeletal problems.
8. Nationally, women were 42% more likely to take sick leave than men.
9. Sickness absence increases as people get older – 1.2% 16-24yo, 1.5% 25-34yo, 2% 35-49yo and 2.8% 50-64yo (percentage of hours worked so doesn’t have to make 100%)
10. Those working in process plant and machine operations occupations were 71% more likely to have an instance of sickness than those in ‘professional’ roles.
11. Those in a workplace with 50 to 499 workers were 31% more likely to have time off through sickness than those working in a small workplace of less than 25 workers.
12. Public sector workers were 24% more likely to be off work due to sickness than someone who works in the private sector.

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.

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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


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?




  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



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

Official Roll Out of NHS 111

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The official launch of the NHS 111 telephone number across Nottinghamshire took place on 23 July. NHS 111 is a free telephone service that has been running in Nottingham City since November 2010 and was switched on for patients in the north of the county in March 2013.


Health officials are now urging the public from across the county to have full confidence in the service as it is officially unveiled to Nottinghamshire’s 984,839 population.


Read more: Official Roll Out of NHS 111


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