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  Chair's update  
 

Autumn is a busy time.  The NHS is gearing up to cope with winter!  GPs are busy with the flu vaccine programme.  Representatives from all sectors of local services are making plans for how they would cope together with increases in demand for services. 

At the same time, we in the CCGs are working on making sure we get the most out of schemes such as South Tyneside Improving Care Scheme (STICS) to deliver better care for our patients. 

But we are thinking ahead as well.  In addition to our detailed plans for next year, we are thinking further into the future.  Although there is still a national debate on resource allocation going on, it does seem likely that South Tyneside’s “slice of the NHS cake” will be smaller in the future.  If we are to meet our aim of improving quality, meeting the needs of an ageing population, and managing within an extremely tight budget, we will have to be bold with some changes to services.  You can read more about our plan to consult on mental health services later in this bulletin.

Autumn is a busy time and this year a particularly challenging time.  But we’ve got good people completely committed to ensuring the local NHS gets through the challenges.  So I can still take some time to appreciate its “mists and mellow fruitfulness".

Dr Matthew Walmsley

  Chair's update
 
 
 
Winter planning
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The 4 November marked the official start of winter for health and social care organisations. 

In the run up to winter we, with our partners, have been working on winter plans for our health and social care organisations e.g. the hospital, local council and ambulance service, to ensure that we have appropriate plans in place to deal with care this winter. We have been testing the plans to find any gaps or problems and fix these before winter started. 

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Keep calm campaign launched to support winter pressures on NHS services  
Keep calm campaign launched to support winter pressures on NHS services
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‘Keep calm and look after yourself’ is the strong message from NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group this winter, to remind people that many of the common winter ailments and illnesses are easily treated at home, or with advice from a pharmacist – with no need to see a doctor or nurse. 

The campaign, which launched during self-care week on 18 November, includes TV and radio adverts, press coverage - including a supplement in the Shields Gazette and other marketing activity. 

During the winter months, the demand for NHS services increases significantly as cold weather means there are more slips, trips and injuries. Generally more of us feel unwell during the winter as we spend more time indoors and coughs and colds are passed around our family, friends and colleagues at work.

This all adds up to more of us having an accident or becoming unwell with a winter bug, meaning more people want to see their GP, attend accident and emergency or call 999.

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NHS England Resource Allocation Review - local impact  
NHS England Resource Allocation Review - local impact
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As you might be aware from national and regional media coverage, NHS England is currently carrying out a fundamental review of the financial settlements for all NHS commissioning organisations.

The review is looking at the future funds that would be made available to all clinical commissioning groups including NHS South Tyneside CCG to plan and buy the majority of local health care, as well as the budgets that are made available for the direct local commissioning responsibilities of the NHS England Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear local area team who commission primary care such as GP services as well as specialised commissioning.

 

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Why we need your views to improve healthcare and health services  
Why we need your views to improve healthcare and health services
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We need your views to improve healthcare and health services in South Tyneside

Why we need your help

We want to know your thoughts on how we can improve healthcare and health services and make your money go further.  

Last year we talked to local people and developed the themes for improving health and wellbeing in the borough and those discussions influenced our plans.


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Public consultation on mental health services - my life, my mental health
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Over the winter months, we will be consulting with stakeholders, patients and the public about some proposed changes to the way some mental health services are provided.

Together with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) who are the main providers of the majority of specialist mental health services for the borough, we want to look at the whole picture of specialist mental health services across South Tyneside – this includes the sorts of services you might get from a community psychiatric nurse (CPN) treating you at home, through to the more serious but thankfully much rarer cases when patients might need to spend time in a psychiatric hospital. 


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How patient stories help us
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We recently requested for local people to give their views and experiences to help shape local health services.

To date, we now have 28 patient/carer stories covering a wide and varied range of services.  

The stories that we have received will provide us with information about patient and carer experience of a variety of services including various wards and departments in South Tyneside Foundation Trust, community services, NEAS and mental health services.

All of the stories are reviewed by our Head of Quality and they are forwarded to the relevant provider to highlight positive and negative experiences. Patients are also invited to the monthly Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Committee to tell their story. 

If you have a story about health services in South Tyneside and you would like to share it with us, please contact Helen Smith on 0191 283 1903 or email helen.smith@sotw.nhs.uk.


 
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Telephone: 0191 283 1903 email: stynccg.enquiries@nhs.net Visit: www.southtynesideccg.nhs.uk


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