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In-touch Commissioning news for practices
 
   
  Chair's update  
 

Welcome to the first edition of our new e-bulletin. The aim of this publication is to inform you about the work of NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and to let you know how you can get involved in the process of planning local health services.

At the moment we are going through a process that will see us authorised as a statutory body and able to take responsibility for commissioning a wide range of health services within South Tyneside when the primary care trust is abolished.  I know that some of you are involved in supporting this activity through a stakeholder survey, so thank you for your input.  

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Chief finance officer appointed  
Chief finance officer appointed
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NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has appointed a new chief finance officer (designate).

Kate Hudson has taken up the role, which was subject to extensive assessments and interviews, and means that she will be responsible for making sure that NHS South Tyneside CCG carries out its financial statutory duties outlined in the NHS Health and Social Care Act which gained royal assent in March 2012.

Chief finance officers of the CCG are responsible for providing financial advice to the CCG and for supervising financial control and accounting systems.

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Get involved  
Get involved
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NHS South Tyneside CCG is keen to hear from patients, carers and other stakeholders and get them involved in decisions about local health services.  

We have recently set up a patient reference group which welcomes attendance from people who are registered with local GPs in the borough.   The group meets every two months to hear presentations about health issues and to discuss issues relating to local services. 

If you are interested in joining this group please talk to the practice manager at your surgery or contact Helen Smith, Involvement Manager, on 2831903 or email helen.smith@sotw.nhs.uk.

 
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Local Engagement Board  
Local Engagement Board
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Local Engagement Boards (LEBs) give local people and stakeholders the opportunity to find out more about the work of South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust and to be involved in decision-making about future services.

The next meeting of the LEB is on Tuesday 25 September 2-4.30pm at Bede’s World, Jarrow.   If you would like to attend please contact Jenna Easton on 0191 2831903 or jenna.easton@sotw.nhs.uk.

 
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NHS 111  
NHS 111
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Plans are underway for the launch of the new NHS 111 later this year.  NHS 111 is a new telephone number that has been introduced to help make it easier for patients to access local health services. It is designed for people who need help fast but who are not in an emergency situation.

The implementation of the new service follows a commitment by the Secretary of State for Health that the NHS 111 service will be in place across England by April 2013.  NHS 111 will be introduced in South Tyneside in December 2012. 

 
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Urgent care  
Urgent care
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In South Tyneside we experience higher than average emergency admissions and re-admissions to hospital compared to the England average.  We also have higher rates of hospital emergency admissions of those patients suffering from long term conditions, and of patients who spend less than one day in hospital.  

As a result of this, we know we need to improve the way that urgent care services operate in South Tyneside and strengthen community-based services to reduce the demand for urgent care.   

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NHS South Tyneside CCG invests in counselling services  
NHS South Tyneside CCG invests in counselling services
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Newly commissioned counselling services are up and running in GP practices right across South Tyneside, demonstrating a continued commitment by NHS South Tyneside CCG to reach all those who need them.

The additional capacity is being delivered by charities and voluntary organisations that already possess experienced counsellors.

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Reducing demand for hospital services  
Reducing demand for hospital services
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Local hospitals are getting busier each year.  One of the solutions is to reduce demand for hospital care by improving services in the local community.  This also benefits patients as it enables them to receive care closer to home.  South Tyneside GPs will be taking part in a number of events this autumn to look at how services for a number of common conditions could be re-designed to improve patient care and reduce the pressure on hospitals.

 
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Improving mental health services for children and young people  
Improving mental health services for children and young people
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NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group will be investing in the development of a new community mental health and wellbeing service for local children and young people.  The new service will be designed to address needs such as mild to moderate depression and anxiety, behavioural issues, loss and adjustment issues.    

 
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South Tyneside GPs use MAGIC in their consultations  
South Tyneside GPs use MAGIC in their consultations
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Patients in South Tyneside are among the first in the North East to be empowered to make joint decisions about their care with their GP thanks to a new model being used by NHS South Tyneside CCG.

The CCG is using a programme called MAGIC – Making Good Decisions in Collaboration - which is about clinicians making good decisions in partnership with patients.

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  Monkton Hall, Monkton Lane, Jarrow NE32 5NN
Telephone: 0191 283 1903 email: stynccg.enquiries@nhs.net Visit: www.southtynesideccg.nhs.uk


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