NHS Gateshead CCG - Together for health in Gateshead
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Dr. Mark DormanIntroduction

Dr Mark Dornan
Clinical Chair, NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

 
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Welcome to the spring issue of Together for Health in Gateshead.

In this issue we have information on our bid to the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund, details on a care home initiative and we are also asking for you to share your experiences of diabetic eye screening services.

   
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New NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in place for Newcastle and Gateshead  
New NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in place for Newcastle and Gateshead
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NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG is the new body responsible for the planning and commissioning of healthcare services in Newcastle and Gateshead, following the merger of the former NHS Gateshead CCG, NHS Newcastle North and East CCG, and NHS Newcastle West CCG.

 
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Dr Guy Pilkington, the new organisation’s Chair, said: “We have always worked closely together, but as a single organisation we can be even more effective working for patients across Newcastle and Gateshead. This is an important step towards working more efficiently and making the best possible use of NHS resources.

We do not expect patients or local partners to see any difference in the services they use, as we are building on working arrangements that were already well established under the previous Newcastle Gateshead Alliance.”

To find out more, click here.

 
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Introducing Kate Bowman, member of the Gateshead Patient User Carer Public Involvement Group (PUCPI  
Introducing Kate Bowman, member of the Gateshead Patient User Carer Public Involvement Group (PUCPI
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Kate joined the Northern Neurological Alliance (NNA) as their Development Officer in 2010.   The NNA is a regional charity which supports people living with a long term neurological condition, their carers and families, to take control of their condition and make informed choices about their care so that they can live well. Kate joined PUCPI because it offered NNA a platform for discussion about health and wellbeing issues which affect a wide range of charities, groups and individuals. 

 
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See it my way diaries

NNA has been awarded a grant from Big Lottery, Awards for All, to undertake a series of patient diaries.  As a result NNA produced a film of people living with a range of neurological conditions.  NNA shared these stories at the recent joint strategic needs assessment.

Enhancing standards of domiciliary care

The Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria sponsored NNA to produce a new standards tool for clients with neurological conditions.  The NNA developed templates/models for accessing and assessing care. 

For more information on NNA and its work, you can contact Kate on kbowman@na-na.org.uk.

 
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Gateshead bid success set to transform access to GPs  
Gateshead bid success set to transform access to GPs
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A successful funding bid by local doctors aims to make it easier for Gateshead residents to get a GP appointment.

 

 
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The bid to the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, which was led by Gateshead Community Based Care (CBC) Ltd with support from NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, will provide over 800 additional appointments every week, as well as more home visits for the borough’s most vulnerable patients.

The Gateshead Extra Care project, which was among the winning bids highlighted in the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund announcement, aims to improve GPs’ shared use of technology and increase flexibility around appointments.

To read more, click here.

 
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National recognition for Gateshead's care home project  
National recognition for Gateshead's care home project
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A pioneering project to improve the health of care home residents in Gateshead has won national recognition as part of a national announcement by NHS England.

 
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The Gateshead Care Home Initiative, which is backed by NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Gateshead Council, has been selected as one of 29 ‘vanguard’ areas within England.

The new status, which recognises the area’s success in reducing hospital admissions among the borough’s care home residents, puts the health service locally in the national spotlight as an example of good practice.

Dr Daniel Cowie, a local GP and clinical lead for the CCG, said: “This is an immense achievement and shows the tremendous work that GPs have done locally to help some of Gateshead’s most vulnerable residents.”

“Over the past two years, we have seen a 9% reduction in admissions to hospital from people living in care homes, and this new status will enable us to build on that and share what we have learned with other areas.”

To read more, click here.

 
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British Heart Foundation - House of Care  
British Heart Foundation - House of Care
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Gateshead is working with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and local partners on a project called the House of Care.  The project will help to develop our approach to supported self-care (helping people manage their medical conditions effectively) with our partners and patients; the House of Care is a framework that refers to all the elements that are needed to deliver this way of working.

 
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Dr Steve Kirk, a local GP and clinical lead for the CCG said; “We are delighted to be part of the British Heart Foundation – House of Care project. This is an excellent opportunity to improve our early identification of people with cardio vascular disease (CVD) and to support people with CVD to self-care”.

For more information on what self-care means, click here.

 
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Gateshead Carers update  
Gateshead Carers update
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Carers Week (8-14 June 2015)

Carers week is an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face, and recognises the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.

 

 
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Every year Gateshead Carers organise and deliver a series of events that bring together organisations and support agencies from across the region to raise awareness of caring, whilst offering help, support and information to carers and their families living in Gateshead. Check out this year’s exciting schedule of events.

Monday 8th June - Information Market Place & Community Pledge Tree

Visit Trinity Square, Gateshead on Monday 8 June, and access a range of support from the Information Market Place provided by local agencies and partner organisations.

Show your support for carers by making your very own pledge leaf to place on the ‘Carer’s Community Pledge Tree’.

Where: Trinity Square (outside Tescos), Gateshead When: 10am – 3pm

Tuesday 9th June – Carer Centre Tours

Pop along to Gateshead Carers Centre to learn all about their work with carers. Centre Tours are especially useful for those working within a health and social care field.

Where: Gateshead Carers Centre, 11 Regent Terrace, Gateshead, NE8 1LU When: 10am – 4pm.

Wednesday 10th June – Party in The Park

Stroll on down to Saltwell Park for Gateshead Carers' annual ‘Party in The Park’ event. This free, fun, family event offers a wide variety of information and support stalls, alongside health & wellbeing activities.

There will also be live music, lawn games, a prize scavenger hunt and for the first time ever… Scrufts Dog Show! so take your pooch along for some fun and games and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Where: Pet’s Corner, Saltwell Park, Gateshead When: 11am – 2pm

Friday 12th June – Celebration BBQ at Carers Allotment

Visit the Carers Allotment Garden for a celebration BBQ and a chance to take part in some fun environmental activities.

Everyone is welcome, but a quick call to confirm your attendance would be appreciated for catering purposes. Call: 0191 4900121.

Where: Plot 42, Sandown Allotments, Arkle Street, Gateshead, NE8 4YH. When: 11am – 2pm

If you would like to find out more about Carers Week in Gateshead, click here. You can also call Gateshead Carers on 0191 4900121, or email enquiries@gatesheadcarers.com .

 
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Free COPD event  
Free COPD event
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If you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) come along to a free event and find out how to keep well and manage your lung condition.

 
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Time and location: 2 June 2015, 11.00am – 2.30pm, Gateshead Old Town Hall, Gateshead, NE8 1HE

Visit the stalls for information on living well with COPD and a presentation on what care you are entitled to.

  • Free refreshments
  • Carers and family welcome
  • No registration required

The Silver Chorus, part of the Learning and Participation Department at Sage Gateshead, will be performing at the event to demonstrate singing and breathing. There will be free refreshments and no registration to attend the event is required – free goody bags will be given to the first 100 people through the door.

Find out more about British Lung Foundation support, and talk to experts on pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise, oxygen, inhalers, keeping well and managing your lung condition.

For more information on this event and a new Breathe Easy Gateshead support group call 03000 030 555 or email north@blf.org.uk

 
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FACT  
FACT
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Fighting Against Cancer Together (FACT) have a number of events coming up in June, that you may find interesting:

 
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2 June 10.30am: Mastectomy Wear Clinic. An opportunity for ladies who have had a mastectomy to be professionally fitted for mastectomy wear, with the opportunity to purchase bras on the day.

4 June 10.30am: Walking Group. Join us for a walk through the fabulous countryside around Derwenthaugh Park. A free health walk for all abilities. Enjoy a chat with friends whilst getting fit! Refreshments available at the end of the walk. Held 1st Thursday of each month.

6 June 10.30am: Family Coffee Morning

16 June 10.30am: First Aid Course with First Aid North East

17 June 12.00pm: Ladies That Lunch

17 June 6.30pm: Men’s Group

19 June 6.00pm: Wigwalk. Join us and walk or run in your crazy wig. Individual entries, family, friends, community & corporate team entries welcome from as little as £2 per person.

FACT are now taking bookings for their Annual Ball 2016 Ball, 27 February 2016. Price includes drinks reception, 4 course meal, live band, disco and much more! Tickets available individually and as tables of ten. Early Bird Offer, tickets currently only £35, saving £5 on full price of £40.

If you would like to book any of these events, or require further information then please do not hesitate to contact FACT on: enquiries@fact-cancersupport.co.uk or call 0191 442 0833, option 0.

 
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NHS diabetic eye screening programme  
NHS diabetic eye screening programme
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The NHS Diabetic Eye Screening service are currently asking patients about their experience of their NHS Diabetic Eye Screening service and whether there is anything that needs to be improved locally.

 

 
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Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the cells at the back of the eye (known as the retina). For some people with diabetes, their eyes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy, so the eye screening service is important, as it helps to prevent sight loss. Screening can detect the condition early before patients notice any changes to their vision.

The service is based on the national specification set down by the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, but there may be ways it could be better delivered for people locally. More information can be obtained about the programme from the national website: http://diabeticeye.screening.nhs.uk/ .

If you or someone you know has experience of your local NHS Diabetic Eye Screening service, and would like to share this with us, we would like to invite you to attend one of the following focus groups:

Newcastle - Friday 12 June 2015 at 6.00pm – 7.00pm, Collingwood Suite, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH

North Tyneside - Monday 15 June 2015 at 6.00pm – 7.00pm, Room B8, Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE30 2AY

Gateshead - Tuesday 16 June 2015 at 6.00pm – 7.00pm, Sanctuary Artspace, St Edmund's Chapel, High Street, Gateshead, NE8 1EP

Northumberland - Thursday 18 June 2015 at 6.00pm – 7.00pm, Corn Exchange room, Morpeth Town Hall, Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 1LZ

To register your attendance at one of the focus groups, please contact: Lynne Cooke at lynne.cooke1@nhs.net or on 0191 374 2795. Please let them know if you have any special requirements.

If you are unable to attend one of the above sessions, but would like to provide your feedback on the service, a short survey is available for you to complete at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/diabeticeyescreeningprogramme

The feedback received will be used to help shape any local requirements of NHS service providers to deliver this national screening programme when the service is re-commissioned. This is due to happen in September in the Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Gateshead areas.

 
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Healthwatch Gateshead  
Healthwatch Gateshead
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Healthwatch Gateshead is your dedicated consumer champion, working with users of local NHS and social care services to hear about your experiences, identify any issues or problems, and help generate improvements.

 

 
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To find out more information about your local Healthwatch click here.

Healthwatch's contact details are:

Call: 0300 1234 008 or 0191 477 0033

Freephone: 0808 801 0382

Email: info@healthwatchgateshead.co.uk

 
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NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body meetings  
NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body meetings
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The Newcastle Gateshead CCG governing body meet every month. The business meetings are open to the public, and on our agenda for discussion is public and patient involvement, quality, finance and performance, assurance, risk and governance, strategic items, and public health.

 

 
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Newcastle Gateshead CGG will hold their next governing body business meeting on:

14th July 2015, 12:30-16:00, Newcastle Civic Centre.

For the meeting papers and further details, click here.

 

 
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How to get involved with Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group  
How to get involved with Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group
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There are lots of ways that you are able to get involved with the CCG.

 
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You can sign up to My NHS to get regular updates on the work of the CCG.

The NHS belongs to us all. If you’re interested in learning more and would like to get involved in the work we do to develop and improve local health services, then join MY NHS.

By joining MY NHS you will:

  • Receive regular updates about the work of NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG
  • Receive invitations to events
  • Have opportunities to give your views about areas of healthcare that interest you
  • Be able to participate as much or as little as you like
  • Go to the NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG website to register

Practice Patient Participation Groups

You can join your GP practice patient reference groups. Get in touch with your GP practice to get more details.

Together for Health in Gateshead (Local Engagements Boards)

You can attend invited our quarterly meetings. Here you will have the opportunity to get an update from the Clinical Commissioning Group, discuss important health issues and give your views on health matters.

Health Service Developments

Help us develop new services or change existing services.

Local and National Consultations

Take part in Local and National Consultations giving your view on views on health consultations.

Patient User Care Public Involvement Group

Meet up with the Patient User Carer Public Involvement Group which helps identify health themes which are shared with NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG.

For more information contact Norah Stevens, Patient Engagement Officer, NGCCG on 0191 217 2787 or email norahstevens@nhs.net .

Visit us @ www.newcastlegatesheadccg.nhs.uk

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