Mandy Ansell – Life in the fast lane! blog 2

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The latest blog from Thurrock CCG's Accountable Officer, Mandy Ansell, looks back to our engagement event held in early March and looks forward to plans for primary care in Tilbury and Grays.

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As we near the financial year end and begin to take stock of our last year, we can look back at an incredibly busy time. I’m particularly proud of our achievements in primary care and forging links with our community providers. But I’m also excited for the next years ahead as we start to see our plans to transform health and care in Thurrock come to life. We are being asked to share, with other areas in Essex, how we are giving local people a model of care that really is person centred.

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This month has as usual been very busy. We held an engagement day on 02 March at the Beehive, where we were able to tell people how much work has gone on behind the scenes to bring the For Thurrock in Thurrock vision in to reality. Look out for the next issue of the magazine for information on Accountable Care Partnerships in Tilbury. We’ve worked with care agencies to close an out-of-date ward and bring new intermediate beds for people back into Thurrock. These beds will be excellent in helping to unblock our hospitals, and giving care to people who aren’t quite well enough to be at home but don’t need a hospital bed. We also spoke about the Success Regime and what’s coming next for hospital services.

If you live in Tilbury and Grays, we are talking to people about our ideas to improve primary care services in Thurrock. Our GP Forward View will see us bringing GP practices together with one provider, to offer patient sustainable, quality care and to say goodbye to buildings that are no longer fit for modern medicine. Coming up next month we’ll be in Tilbury locality to talk about the new Integrated Healthy Living Centres, giving people a chance to have their say on what their new primary care service will offer. Watch this space for a chance to comment on the proposals!

Mandy Ansell (Accountable Officer) Blog
Motto: “Never lose your sense of humour!”

Mandy Ansell – Life in the fast lane!

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welcome to the first blog from out Accountable Officer, Mandy Ansell! 

Mandy

Welcome to my new blog. Its mid-February already and I’ve been confirmed as the permanent Accountable Officer for the Thurrock CCG! For me it’s business as usual and I’ve been working hard with colleagues to give Thurrock people the best possible health and care experience we can. But, as any other person in the NHS will tell you, these times are anything but usual!

My day starts with an overview of how our local hospitals are managing under winter pressures, dealing with any crises that maybe occurring in our health services and working to ensure Thurrock’s NHS is fit now and for the future.

We are weathering winter pressures in Thurrock and our Health Hubs are helping to relieve pressure on out-of-hours services. There are four hubs in Thurrock offering out-of-hours GP/Nurse appointments Monday to Friday 6.30pm – 8.30pm and at weekends 9am – 12pm. Thanks to additional funding they will continue to do this until the end of March. We hope to prove how useful the out of hours appointments have been in preventing unnecessary attendance at A&E; and enabling patients to have routine appointments outside the regular 8am-6pm hours.

I lead a team of extraordinarily committed people who work to ensure we get the best out of our health providers and support those who need to improve. The next few months will be telling as we report on our work for the last year and await confirmation on our budget for the coming financial year. You may already know, but we are part of the Essex Success Regime, which means we are one of three special areas to get intensive support to change our services to meet the needs of a modern society. In 2016, we asked our local people what health services matter to them the most and now we will be sharing plans for change to the way our three hospitals work. We are moving on at pace with our initiatives for the GP forward view and For Thurrock in Thurrock, If you haven’t seen the latest newsletter please do take a look as there’s lots to feel proud about. All this change and partnership working across health, primary care and social care is part of a wider Sustainability and Transformation plan, which is happening across the NHS.

I’ll be back in a month or so to tell you more, but a personal message from me, we can see things improving in Thurrock with lots to celebrate and look forward to. I think my uplifting photos of our wonderful river views in Thurrock say it all!

Mandy Ansell (Accountable Officer) Blog

Motto: “Never lose your sense of humour!”

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