South West Essex launching my mhealth App for patients

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Thurrock CCG and Basildon & Brentwood CCG are providing licenses for the use of a health app myCOPD to support patients with long-term conditions, and the clinicians who care for them.

The CCGs in partnership with the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), will use myCOPD developed by a company called my mhealth to help patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

This specialist app, funded by NHS England’s Technology Tarrif provides the most up to date advice on COPD and how to manage it well. It is currently the only app approved by the NHS on the new NHS App store, and allows patients to:

  • Perfect their inhaler technique with inhaler videos
  • Get expert education on their condition
  • Complete online pulmonary rehabilitation in their own home

The app has been developed with clinicians and is offered to patients via their NELFT Respiratory team. One patient who has been using the App since June said:

Diabetes education course - S.W.E.E.T

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Laurence and Clarissa from the S.W.E.E.T team

Thurrock CCG has teamed up with the Community Diabetes Team at NELFT to offer a training programme called: S.W.E.E.T (South West Essex Education and Training). The 3 hour, one off session helps you manage and cope with your diabetes (either Type 1 or 2) and improve long-term outcomes.

Group education is an essential part of your care. Find out how your medications work, what diet is best for you, and what actually is happening in the body with diabetes.

Dr Anjan Bose, a GP, Tutor and Diabetes Lead for Thurrock said: “We know from evidence that when people attend these group sessions, they feel more empowered to be able to manage their diabetes. Good self-management means better long-term health, with fewer complications. Being with a group of people who have the same condition can also be very liberating.

“Remember, good education and self-management is just as important as taking your medication.”

Sessions are held at various locations in Thurrock including Corringham Fire Station, South Ockendon Centre, Stifford Clays Medical Centre and St John’s Church in Grays. These sessions are relaxed, enjoyable and informative and the Diabetes Team encourages attendance. Call 0300 300 1509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to refer yourself today!

In addition to the courses, Thurrock CCG is encouraging people with diabetes to join the Thurrock Diabetes Support Group. This group will have organised meetings and speakers as well as a chance for people to make new friends and find support. Those interested in joining should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01375 365 810.

S.W.E.E.T referral form

document SWEET diabetes education referral form (77 KB)

pdf SWEET Education poster (235 KB)

 

Important: Heatwave advice

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The NHS in Thurrock is urging people to look after themselves, act responsibility and use NHS services sensibly, during the heatwave this week: please think twice before heading to A&E or calling 999 when it’s not an emergency.

Here are some top tips to keep well during the heatwave:

  • If you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, call NHS 111 and they will make sure you receive the advice and care you need
  • Keep hydrated – if you’re feeling thirsty, lightheaded, dizzy or tired, you may be dehydrated. Make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic cold drinks available and drink enough so that your pee is a pale clear colour. For more on Dehydration: nhs.uk/conditions/dehydration/
  • Take early action – seek advice from your local pharmacy if you have a long term health condition and are starting to feel unwell before it gets more serious. Further advice can be found at: nhs.uk/staywell
  • Use Emergency Services wisely – please only call 999 when it’s a serious injury or a life threatening situation such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke
  • Drink alcohol sensibly – intersperse your alcoholic drinks with water and stick to safe levels

If you're planning to go out and enjoy the fine weather, makesure you take these simple measures to keep you and your family safe and prepared during the hot and sunny weather. Don’t forget NHS 111 can organise an out of hour GP appointment when needed.

For more on staying well during hot weather, visit: nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/

Thurrock CCG rated as ‘Good’ in CCG Assessment and Assessment of Public Participation

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Thurrock CCG’s has been rated as ‘Good’ in an annual assessment conducted by NHS England.

NHS England’s Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF) is conducted annually to assess the overall performance of CCGs including in leadership and financial management.

The Assessment builds on the IAF introduced in April 2016, which replaced both the existing CCG assurance framework and CCG performance dashboard, and was designed to provide a greater focus on assisting improvement, alongside NHSE’s statutory assessment function.

To review the list of CCGs and their grades, click the link below:
CCG Annual Assessment 2017/18

In addition, the CCG is also proud to have achieved a ‘Green’ rating for its public participation and involvement (PPI) work. The review of CCG’s statutory duty to involve the public in decision making was first carried out in 2017, using a web based research method. The CCG has received 11 points out of 15.

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at Thurrock CCG said:
“We have worked tirelessly improve our processes and governance. This means we can be effective in ensuring we are able to commission the best possible health and care services for the people of Thurrock.

“We are also proud of our track record on public engagement and involvement. With our Lay Member for PPI and our work with our partners in Healthwatch Thurrock and the voluntary sector we have been able to include patients in the shaping of local services.”

For more detailed information on the data for all CGGs, including Thurrock, visit the My NHS website

CCGs in mid and south Essex agree proposals for hospital changes

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The five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in mid and south Essex have given the go ahead for plans to secure the future of health and care services.

The plans are a result of two years of detailed work undertaken by clinical teams across health and care organisations to improve the services provided to the 1.2 million people living in mid and south Essex, and follows the outcome of a 16 week public consultation.

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