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In-touch Commissioning news for practices
 
   
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Welcome to our latest bulletin to keep you up to date with the activities of NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the body responsible for planning and buying local healthcare and health services.

In this edition we outline how you can get involved to influence the future of healthcare in the borough and also provide an update on an upcoming health campaign.

We also let you know about our recent work with some local students.

Dr Matthew Walmsley

  Introduction
 
 
 
MY NHS
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We are keen for patients and organisations to get involved in developing and improving local NHS services and encourage you to sign up for an initiative called MY NHS.

By joining MY NHS you will have access to regular updates about the work of your CCG, and opportunities to feedback your views on the areas of healthcare that interest you.  You will also receive invitations to events and focus groups.  You can participate as little or as much as you like.

For more information, or to register your interest to get involved, please visit our website at: www.southtynesideccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/my-nhs . You can also call 0191 217 2670 to join.

 
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Work experience students
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For two weeks in June, it was our pleasure to play host to two Year 12 work experience students from South Tyneside.

A student from Harton Technology College spent some time shadowing our admin and finance teams, as well as meeting our Chief Officer, David Hambleton, to discuss life as a doctor.  The student was also able to attend a number of meetings alongside members of the CCG, including an NHS IQ session and the GP Education Forum.

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Pupils' lessons in health
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Pupils from Hebburn Lakes Primary School recently had a lesson with members of our staff to show the range of employment opportunities in the NHS.

Doctors, nurses, financial managers, board members and secretaries all attended the lesson to show pupils what goes in to its work of planning and buying health services for South Tyneside.

Several doctors – including our Clinical Chair, Dr Matthew Walmsley, and local GPs Dr Jon Tose and Dr Funmi Nixon – along with experienced nurses, directors, practice managers and administrative staff spoke to small groups of pupils in five minute ‘speed sessions’ across two classes of 10 and 11-year olds.

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'Dry January' launch event
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Following the huge success of Dry January 2014, Balance is planning to work with Alcohol Concern and partners across the North East to deliver an even more impactful campaign in 2015.

Thousands of people took up the challenge last year and evaluation showed that the North East was home to over a quarter of participants, with the top three postcodes for Dry January sign ups all located in the region.  Furthermore, insights from the 2014 campaign have revealed some promising findings in terms of impact, for example:

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Integrated community teams
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Over the last few months we have been working with partners in  South Tyneside  to develop a shared vision and a model for integrated community teams across health and social care. The partnership includes South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Foundation Trust, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust, Healthwatch and HealthNet.

The aim of the future service model will be to improve patient outcomes and experience through bringing existing community services - from health and social care - into a more combined  way of working.  It is envisaged that integrated teams will work across smaller localities, which will reduce the number of different professionals that patients and service users need to interact with, reducing duplication of work whilst increasing the focus on personalised care and self-care.  

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Share your stories to shape future health services
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Residents who have accessed healthcare or services are being asked to share their experiences with South Tyneside CCG.

The stories received so far have given us valuable information about patient and carer experience of a variety of services including various wards and departments in South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, community services, the North East Ambulance Service and mental health services.

The stories you share will be reviewed by our Head of Quality and will be forwarded to the relevant provider to highlight positive and negative experiences. Patients are also invited to the monthly Quality and Patient Safety Committee to tell their story.

To tell your story, contact Helen Ruffell, Operations and Engagement Manager, on (0191) 283 1903 or email: helen.ruffell@sotw.nhs.uk

 
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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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