Gateshead CCG - Keeping you Informed
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Chair's update
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In only a few weeks we anticipate Gateshead CCG will be successfully ‘authorised’ by the NHS Commissioning Board, from which point we will officially take on our commissioning responsibilities.

When we began our development towards being an authorised CCG we did a lot of work to consult about what our vision for Gateshead should be. We now have our vision in place which sets out how we will achieve our mission of Working together to improve the health of Gateshead.

Our vision is to:

  • Care for people in a seamless way that is not restricted by either organisational or professional boundaries
  • Ensure commissioning is clinically led and driven by patient and carer involvement
  • Improve the quality of health services and ensure the people of Gateshead live longer, happier and healthier lives

To explain our vision we have put together a few short videos which are now on our website here and outlined below:

Challenges and vision - The challenges facing our CCG in Gateshead and our unique geography, history and culture. Our vision and why it is so important to the organisation.

Relationships - Learn about our relationships and structures and how they will enable us to achieve our goals.

Dr Mark Dornan, Gateshead CCG Chair

Practices - Learn about our practices and how they are working together to improve local services.

Patients - Find out about how we are putting patients at the heart of the organisation and developing many ways to get patients’ views.

Progress - Learn about some of the progress we have made as a CCG so far and some of our successes in improving services for the people of Gateshead.

I would encourage everyone to watch at least the first video as this explains the thinking behind much of what we are doing for the people of Gateshead. We hope these may help you think of ways to improve health in Gateshead and we would welcome your ideas and feedback, please click here to find out how.

 
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Local engagement boards  
Local engagement boards
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These events run three times a year and are open to all members of the public and local stakeholders. This is an opportunity to find out about new initiatives and developments in health in Gateshead. 

If you would like to attend please email Gatesheadccg@sotw.nhs.uk.

 
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The dates for the remainder of the year are as follows:

  • 5 July 2013, 10am to 12.30pm, Bewick Restaurant at Gateshead Civic Centre
  • 8 November 2013, 10am to 12.30pm, Bewick Restaurant at Gateshead Civic Centre.
 
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Choose Well to access the right NHS services and stay well
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Hospitals across the north east region and the ambulance service are currently very busy.  People using these services with minor conditions can add to this pressure and take up valuable time needed to treat critical cases.

The regional Choose Well campaign is there to encourage people to get the best possible treatment by choosing the service that's right for them.

The NHS is encouraging the public to consider other options when they are ill and it’s not an emergency such as taking care of themselves at home, phoning the new free NHS 111 number, visiting a local pharmacist for advice if they’re unsure about their symptoms, or making an appointment with their GP. There will be a public information campaign to promote 111 at the end of February. 

Only call 999 or attend A&E if it is an emergency or people are critically ill, for example with conditions such as chest pain, trouble breathing or loss of consciousness.   

 
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Winter weather warning service
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The Health Protection Agency has worked closely with the Department of Health and Met Office in the development of the 'Cold weather plan for England', please visit the winter weather warning service for updates.

 
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£5.45 billion budget for local public health services announced
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A £5.45 billion two-year ring-fenced public health budget for local authorities has been announced by the Department of Health. 

From April 2013, when local authorities take the lead for improving the health of their local communities, public health budgets will be protected for the first time.  This will help drive local efforts to improve health and wellbeing by tackling the wider determinants of poor health.

In 2013/14, the total budget for local public health services will be just under £2.7 billion. In 2014/15, the budget will be just under £2.8 billion. Every local authority will receive a real terms increase in funding.

For further information click here

 
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Eye care and sight loss project
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We are undertaking a new project in collaboration with the UK Vision Strategy. The work is focusing on the eye care and sight loss services for Gateshead residents to make sure they are responsive to local need and value for money.

This is a key priority as almost 2 million people in the UK live with sight loss, a figure predicted to increase by 22% by 2020, yet over 50% of sight loss is avoidable.

 
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The project is in the early stages and a steering group of local partners, led by our vice chair Steve Kirk, has been formed to lead the work. 

Steve said: “We are in the process of developing an eye health needs assessment.  This is an excellent opportunity to work with partners to make real improvements to eye care and sight loss services.”

If you would like more information please contact Sarah Waite, UK Vision Strategy project officer, by email or 0191 497 1646.

 
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NGCCG
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  Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, Riverside House, Goldcrest Way, Newburn Riverside (Business Park), Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8NY
Telephone: 0191 217 2544Visit: www.gatesheadccg.nhs.uk email: gatesheadccg@sotw.nhs.uk
 
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