All Together For Dementia – A Cupcake Day to Remember

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Health leaders, providers of dementia support, social work teams and a person with dementia got together on Cupcake Day to make a difference for people with dementia in south west Essex.

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On 14 June, a Cupcake sale was positioned in the Civic Offices, with many other sales across south west Essex, including; Alzheimer’s Society, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, Brentwood Community Hospital, Basildon and Brentwood CCG,
Dementia Crisis Support Team, Essex Partnership University Trust Dementia Services, Midlands and Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NELFT, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Thurrock Council, Inclusion Thurrock.

Almost £1000 was raised across south west Essex to support Alzheimer’s Society and research into improving outcomes for people with Dementia.

Children in Care Council celebrate passport to health

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Healthcare leaders have launched a healthcare passport especially for children leaving care.

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From left to right: Paula Gregory, Designated Looked After Children’s Nurse; Linda Smart, Deputy Chief Nurse, Thurrock CCG; Gregg Brown, Open Door; Enita Chiwara, Looked After Children’s Nurse; Eugenia Luke; Specialist Looked After Children’s Nurse and Cllr Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Children and Adults Social Care

The Health Passport is a new initiative brought about by the Children in Care Council and Open Door, who visited NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Board in 2017. They expressed a desire to know more about how local healthcare works and how they could feed in to plans.

During discussions the young people said it was difficult to navigate all the health care services they used, and the information they needed to be able to stay on top of their own healthcare was not always easy to find. It would be especially useful to help them take control of their healthcare when leaving care and going on to be independent.

In response to this Thurrock CCG offered to create a health passport to enable young people to take charge of their health and wellbeing on leaving care. This has been co-designed with young people as representatives of the Children in Care Council, the Designated Looked After Children’s Nurse and the CCG.

Red Bag 'packing' a difference for care home residents

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The red bag scheme or ‘hospital transfer pathway’ is a small change having a big impact by personalising hospital care for care home residents in south west Essex.

This simple patient focused initiative will improve the ambulance service handover to the hospital and will also assist to reduce A&E assessment times for the patient.

When a care home resident becomes unwell and requires hospital care, care home staff will pack a red bag which will have been personalised for the individual and will consist of standardised paperwork about the residents’ health care needs, a list of their medication, along with personal items, such as glasses, hearing aids, toiletries and day-of-discharge clothes and all will be transported to the hospital with the patient.

South west Essex has a high number of people living in care homes. Due to the complex and long-term nature of the health issues of many elderly care home residents, there are often frequent and sometimes sudden admissions to hospital.

Getting Language Right for Diabetes Week

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Thurrock clinicians behind national effort to highlight the importance of getting language right in Diabetes

Dr Anjan Bose, Chair of South West Essex Diabetes Network and Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group Board Member, is urging other healthcare professionals in Thurrock to read a new guide that has been published to help them navigate the often complex world of diabetes care and treat patients living with the disease sensitively.

The launch of Language Matters coincides with Diabetes Week (11-17 June) and this year’s theme tackles the issue of difficult conversations – aiming to make it easier for people to have tricky or awkward discussions with medical professionals, friends or family.

The new advice, developed by NHS England in partnership with seven other organisations and charities, including Diabetes UK and JDRF, explains how the language used by healthcare professionals can have a profound impact on people living with the disease, and those who care for them – both good and bad.

NHS at 70 birthday party

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Join NHS Thurrock CCG as we celebrate the NHS’s 70th Birthday.

We will be holding a Bit 7Tea party on 12 July, to mark 70 years since the formation of the NHS. The day will be the perfect opportunity to share your memories of the NHS down the years either as a patient, an NHS worker or both.

Many of us haven’t known a world without the NHS. It’s been there from our birth and provides a helping hand though some of the most difficult periods of our lives. So share the love this July over a cuppa and cake. Everyone is welcome and there’s no need to book a place; just come alone to the Community House, Seabrooke rise, Grays, RM17 6DR on Thursday 12 July from 10am to 12pm.

There will be stands from, community, public health and other NHS providers across Thurrock, with an opportunity to test your health and find out how you can get involved in shaping your local health services.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation. It has evolved to meet our needs but has always stayed true to its founding principle of free high quality health care for all.

Looking to the future, the NHS is becoming more integrated with social care, community and mental health and investing in new medicines, genetic research and digital technologies like apps and artificial intelligence, which will ensure we continue to live longer and healthier lives.

For more information about the national celebrations on 5 July, you can visit the NHS at 70 website: 


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