Freestyle Libre on prescription

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Freestyle Libre, the glucose monitoring system, is to be made available to some Type 1 Diabetes patients across Mid and South Essex.

In March 2019, NHS England issued national guidance for funding of Flash Glucose Monitoring (using a sensor on the upper arm rather than finger prick test) for relevant diabetes patients. As a result, the NHS in mid and south Essex has reviewed local policy. If you are already under the care of the specialist diabetes team, they will discuss your eligibility at your next routine review.

If you meet the criteria you will receive FreeStyle Libre® funded by the NHS. If you are not under the care of the diabetes specialist team but you clearly meet those strict criteria, you will need to ask to be referred to the specialist team for assessment, and you will be seen at the next available routine appointment.

Patients who want to use (or continue using) FreeStyle Libre® but who do not meet the criteria for an NHS-funded system can buy it directly from the manufacturer by visiting www.FreeStylelibre.co.uk/libre/ or telephoning 0800 170 1177.

More information is provided in Frequently Asked Questions.

It’s Diabetes Prevention Week – know your risk and prevent diabetes

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This Diabetes Prevention Week (1-7 April) is a great opportunity to look in to reducing your risk of developing diabetes.

Diabetes is a growing concern in the UK. Diabetes can have a significant impact on your quality of life. In Thurrock, around 5000 people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes - a largely preventable disease. Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working closely with GP practices in Thurrock to ensure that the most at risk patients are invited to join the new programme.

As well as potentially leading to periods of illness and ill health, diabetes needs to be considered for many everyday things beyond just what you eat such as driving, insurance, employment, travelling, even pregnancy.

Healthier You: The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) started in 2016 with the specific task of helping at risk people reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Those referred to the nine-month programme will receive personalised help to reduce their risk, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes.

Participants receive support to change their lifestyle in a friendly and supportive group environment, facilitated by specialist staff trained in behaviour change and diabetes prevention and recruited from the local community.

Kehinde Adeniji, Senior Commissioning Manager – Planned and Unplanned Care at Thurrock CCG said:

“We are keen to support people who may be diagnosed as pre-diabetic or been told they are at risk of developing diabetes. Prevention is the message for Diabetes Prevention Week, we are encouraging people to find out their risk and then take up the support available for you. People who have been on the programme have told us what a difference it has made to their wellbeing. Don’t delay, use this week as your motivator for change.”

Find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score at https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start 

If you have been told you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, are registered at a GP practice in Essex and haven’t already been referred to the programme, you can ask your GP, nurse or NHS Health Check professional to refer you.

You can also register for the programme online by visiting the Healthier You: DPP website. https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/essex/. Please note: you will need a letter from your GP that confirms you are at risk of type 2 diabetes and are able to register for the programme. You will need the following information contained in the letter to complete the registration process:

  • Your NHS number
  • Your latest HbA1c or FPG reading, including the date
  • Your GP surgery name

For Thurrock in Thurrock Spring 2019 issue out now!

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Find out the latest news and updates on our plans to radically change health and social care services in Thurrock in our latest edition of For Thurrock in Thurrock.

Public involvement is vital to all the decisions we make around health and care in Thurrock. That’s why Thurrock CCG, Thurrock Council, Healthwatch Thurrock, Thurrock CVS and Stronger Together Thurrock work together to produce regular updates through our For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter.

The latest issue of our newsletter features:

  • A look back at the accomplishments of For Thurrock in Thurrock so far. Our timeline looks at the successes we have achieved in reshaping health and care services to better fit the needs of Thurrock residents while also bringing services back into the community and closer to where people live;
  • The latest issue also includes an update on how Social Prescribing can help people that have care needs that are not directly related to ill health; and
  • A summary of a recent examination of oral health in Thurrock conducted by Healthwatch Thurrock.

For more on these and other stories, download a copy of our newsletter by clicking the link below. Please feel free to share this link with friends, family and colleagues. We hope you enjoy reading it!

For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter Issue 9 – Spring 2019

Calling Parents and Carers of Children with SEN

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Thurrock Council and Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group are being inspected by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission on the services they provide for children with special educational needs. Parents and carers are invited to provide feedback and contribute. An online webinar, details below, shows parents how they can take part.

The online recorded webinar to allow Thurrock Council’s parents and carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities to contribute. The webinar will take place from 12noon on Monday 25 February 2019 until 11:59pm on Tuesday 05 March 2019.  Parents and carers who would like to take part in this webinar can follow this internet link to register: http://bit.ly/LASENDWebinarThurrockCouncil.

Parents and carers can contact their local Parent Carer Forum to request details of how they can attend to the discussions held between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC inspection team. The local authority must also provide details of this meeting.

Parents and carers can email their contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Details about the local area SEND inspection will be available on your local authority’s website and distributed through the local area’s Clinical Commissioning Group/s (CCGs). Information about how children and young people with SEND can share their views about the local area’s effectiveness should be included in the local offer.

Important information for parent and carers

While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend before the implementation of the SEN reforms in September 2014, it is important that the views that are shared with inspectors relate to experiences from this date onwards.

We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases. The inspection team will consider all communication from parents as part of the evidence when evaluating the effectiveness of the local area.

Information on local area duties toward children and young people with SEND can be found on the Department for Education’s website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers.

Thurrock Diabetes Support Group Meetings - Spring 2019

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Come along to the Thurrock Diabetes Support Group meetings taking place in April and June 2019.

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The next two dates for the Thurrock Diabetes Support Group have been booked. If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you are more than welcome to attend.

The Thurrock Diabetes Support Group gives people in Thurrock the chance to meet with others and share experiences and tips on living well with diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition which can be treated with diet, exercise, medication and/or insulin. Evidence shows that participation in self-help groups reduces use of health services, improves treatment adherence, increases positive health behaviours and enhances a sense of wellbeing.

The two dates are Thursday 25 April 2019 from 6pm to 8pm and Wednesday 19 June 2019 from 6pm to 8pm. Both meetings will be held at the The Training Room, The Beehive Resource Centre, West Street, Grays, RM17 6XP.

If you would be interested in attending a meeting please contact Thurrock CCG by:

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Tel: 01375 365810

Kehinde Adeniji, Senior Commissioning Manager for NHS Thurrock CCG, said:

“ We know from our Diabetes Day and Living Well in Thurrock events that residents are keen to meet up with like-minded people who are living with the condition. This group will be informal but will be supported by the CCG and Diabetes UK.

“There are around 7,500 people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and 840 with Type 1 diabetes in Thurrock and we know that being diagnosed with the condition can have a life-changing effect on people. Being able to share common problems and get ideas on how to manage the condition, best practice in care and social events can really help a person to live well with their diabetes.”

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