In-touch Commissioning news for practices
 
   
  Introduction from Dr Matthew Walmsley  
 

This month we were pleased to receive a 'good' headline rating from NHS England from this year's assurance process.  The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) assurance process has been designed to assess if CCGs are commissioning safe, high quality and sustainable services within their resources. The ratings provide an insight to stakeholders and the wider public in to how effective the CCG is performing.

NHS England recognised the improvements and progress that the CCG has made over the past year, including implementation of the new urgent care hub, commissioning of new mental health services at tier 2 across the life course, the roll out of integrated teams, development of the ‘Think Pharmacy First’ minor ailment scheme and the innovative partnership working.

One area that was highlighted for improvement was the 4 hour A&E access standard and we are working closely with partners across the health and care system to resolve this.

Our Annual Report for 2015-16 has just been published and you can download it here

In the below video I discuss some of the important developments the CCG has led on over the past twelve months.

 
   
 
 
Better health at work  
Better health at work
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After achieving the Better Health at Work silver award in 2015 and bronze the previous year, this year we are striving towards gold.

All staff were invited to take part in a health needs assessment which looked at their current health and asked them to think about how they could improve their health. 

Health checks were offered which included measuring their weight and height, checking their cholesterol level and looking at the risk for developing diabetes.  The check also included discussions about making healthy lifestyle choices, for example around alcohol consumption and activity levels.

Helen Ruffell, the CCG’s operations manager said: “We are committed to helping staff improve their health and wellbeing, the gold award we are aiming for also involves promoting health among our staff's families and the wider community.

“We are providing staff with health advice and information, such as healthy eating, and information about local activities, events and courses are advertised to CCG staff. “

 
 

The team has been involved in a range of activities, including a fortnightly walking club, parkruns and, most recently, the Gibside team marathon. Seven members of staff also completed the My Marathon in May, which involved running or walking the 26.2 miles marathon distance over the month.

Helen added: “It’s a great initiative and as local health commissioners it’s one we’d love other organisations to get involved with.”

 
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Think Pharmacy update
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A campaign to encourage local people to take advantage of free, expert health advice from their local pharmacy and help ease pressure on hospital services has seen over 21,000 consultations since April 2015, three quarters of which have been for those aged 18 and under.

Think Pharmacy First is aimed at encouraging people to get advice and medicines to treat common or less serious illnesses, such as coughs, colds, upset stomachs and skin problems, simply by going to a community pharmacy.

The top five reasons for consultations have been for fever, headlice, coughs, threadworm and teething.

 
 

What do I have to do?

All pharmacies in South Tyneside offer the scheme and you will be seen as soon as possible without having to make an appointment. Staff will speak to you about your health condition and discuss with you what treatment you might need.

Most pharmacies now have a consultation area if you feel you need to discuss things in private. You will be asked questions about your symptoms, including which medicines you are taking and information about your illness.

It would be helpful if you took a list of any medicines you are using. This is to make sure that the treatment you are given is right for you. All details given to the pharmacist are confidential.

If you need it, the pharmacist will be able to provide the right medicine for you, as well as telling you the best way to take the medicine and give you any extra advice you need to help with your illness. For example, if your child has a fever the pharmacist will be able to give you advice as well as give you paracetamol if it is needed.

Free treatment

If you don’t normally pay for your medicines, then you don’t need to pay with Think Pharmacy First – you can get them free and over the counter from your local pharmacist without the need to see your GP. Make sure you ask for a ‘minor illness consultation’.

 
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Local schools, voluntary sector and workplaces recognised for their commitment to promoting health and wellbeing  
Local schools, voluntary sector and workplaces recognised for their commitment to promoting health and wellbeing
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Local schools, the voluntary sector, workplaces and individual staff have been recognised for their commitment to promoting health and wellbeing at the Change4Life South Tyneside Public Health Awards.

We were one of the businesses awarded the North East Better Health at Work Award (BHAWA) for commitment to improving workforce health, alongside  South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Ford Aerospace Ltd, Bliss=Ability and BT South Shields.

Over 20 local schools and children’s centres were presented with the Healthy Schools Award, which recognises best practice for the health and wellbeing of students. Local businesses and the voluntary sector including Age UK, Autism Able, Bright Futures, Escape Interventions, First Contact Clinical, Mental Health Concern and Women’s Health in South Tyneside (WHIST) achieved the Change4Life Quality Mark, a new award which recognises the achievements of local services. Talbot Road Medical Centre was awarded the Young Persons Quality Mark for the work it does in helping teenagers access treatment and support.

Dr Sharmilla Parks, of Talbot Medical Centre, Stanley Street, South Shields, said: “The award has given us the chance to focus on removing barriers for teenagers accessing the services. We also want to thank all the young people who have been involved, as well as the young inspectors.”

 
 

Rob Braines who has been a public health volunteer for over eight years was also recognised for his contribution to the Change4Life South Tyneside programme, which offers help and support for people looking to lead healthier lifestyles through quitting smoking, cutting down on alcohol or finding out about healthy eating tips.

He said: “It was a lovely surprise to be presented with a plaque in recognition of the work I do in holding regular health and wellbeing events and drop-ins across the Borough.”

For further information about Change4Life South Tyneside or the awards go to www.change4lifesouthtyneside.co.uk or telephone (0191) 424 7300. You can also keep up to date with healthy tips on facebook @C4LSouthTyneside and twitter @Change4LifeST.

 
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Be clear on cancer - respiratory campaign  
Be clear on cancer - respiratory campaign
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A new Public Health England campaign, supported by South Tyneside Council, highlights that a cough for three weeks or more could be a sign of lung disease, including cancer and that if you get out of breath doing everyday things that you used to be able to do, like mowing the lawn, it could be sign of lung or heart disease, or even cancer.

While it may well be nothing serious, the campaign makes it clear that if you have either of these symptoms you should go to your doctor. Finding these conditions early makes them more treatable.

Latest figures show that in the North East 2,779 people were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014. In addition, 75,370 people in the region have already been diagnosed, and are living with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – a common form of lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and 118, 296 with coronary heart disease.

Earlier diagnosis of these diseases has the potential to save lives. For instance, 83% of people diagnosed with lung cancer at the earliest stage (stage 1) will live for at least a year after diagnosis. At the latest stage (stage 4), this drops to 17%. Sadly, in 2014, 2133 people died from the disease in the North East. Earlier diagnosis can also improve the quality of life of those living with conditions such as COPD.

 
 

The campaign is aimed at men and women aged 50 and over, as older people are most at risk of lung cancer, COPD and heart disease. It will build on the success of the previous Be Clear on Cancer lung cancer campaigns and a regional breathlessness pilot (which focused on lung and heart disease), making this the first national campaign of its kind to raise awareness of these conditions jointly.

The campaign will be running until 16 October and you will see adverts running on TV and radio, in magazines and online.

More info here.

 
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Every breath campaign to relaunch in autumn  
Every breath campaign to relaunch in autumn
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In August 2016, Fresh will support the British Lung Foundation in re-launching the successful Every Breath campaign to raise awareness that smoking destroys the lungs and causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim is to encourage the North East's estimated 417,000 adult smokers to quit.

This campaign ran in 2011 and 2012 and was developed with the input and advice of the British Lung Foundation and respiratory clinicians from North East NHS Trusts.

Every Breath will launch on August 22 to run for five weeks, providing compelling reasons to quit for family and health before the positive support messages around Stoptober.

COPD is the UK’s fifth biggest killer and smoking is the biggest cause, thought to be responsible for around 90% of cases according to NHS Choices. The North East has the highest rates of the disease in England and the highest rate of hospital admissions.

 
   
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Tumour campaign is raising awareness of the links between alcohol and different types of cancer  
Tumour campaign is raising awareness of the links between alcohol and different types of cancer
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South Tyneside Council is supporting Balance’s hard-hitting Tumour campaign.

Supported by Cancer Research UK, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the links between alcohol and at least seven different types of cancer.  The re-launch will feature stronger messages about alcohol-related health harms, reflecting the latest evidence from the Chief Medical Officer Guidance, released earlier this year. 

The evidence-based campaign highlights the links between alcohol and a variety of cancers, including mouth and throat cancers; associations which are not widely known by local people. 

Further information about the various cancers associated with alcohol and advice about low risk drinking levels will be available at www.reducemyrisk.tv.  

Balance last ran the ‘Tumour’ campaign in 2014/15, reaching over 1.4million adults across the North East and making over a quarter of a million drinkers feel that they should cut down their alcohol consumption. 

 
   
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Make your voice heard  
Make your voice heard
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A survey is being carried out here on behalf of the North East Urgent and Emergency Care Network - a partnership of NHS organisations across the region, including hospitals and the North East Ambulance Service, working together to improve urgent and emergency care.

The survey will contribute to wider research into the factors that motivate people when attending urgent and emergency care facilities. 

This is a short survey, it is easy to complete and will take about fifteen minutes. All your answers will be treated in confidence.

 
   
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Tell us your patients stories
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The most complete story of a person’s treatment comes from the patient and their relatives or carers.

The CCG's operations manager, Helen Ruffell, said: “We need to hear first-hand experiences of patients’ treatment in South Tyneside to help us learn from the good work that is happening and help us identify where the services are not working so well.”

“By sharing their stories of involvement with local health services people can help us develop patient-centred care for residents across South Tyneside.”

If you have a story you would like to share please contact Helen on 0191 283 1903 or email helen.ruffell@nhs.net.

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


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