Nurses learn more about cardiothoracic services

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Nurses from other local hospitals were invited to find out more about the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) at a specially organised study day.

Sometimes patients admitted to neighbouring hospitals, including Southend, Broomfield and Colchester, need to be transferred to the CTC for specialist treatment or care.

Senior nurses on the CTC’s Chelmer ward who regularly liaise with colleagues in other hospitals, organised the study day as a way of educating and strengthening working relationships.

Liz Shaughnessy, senior sister and ward manager, said: “Over the last year CTC staff have visited our neighbouring hospitals where we receive our patients from, and we thought it would be nice to invite them here. It was a successful event, which will hopefully lead to closer working relationships and a better experience for the patients.”

The study day also included information about preparation of patients for their cardiothoracic procedure and explained the patient’s journey during their stay in the CTC.

Counter Terrorism Police launch campaign aimed at children and teenagers

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Counter Terrorism Police have launched a campaign aimed at 11 to 16 year-olds on what they should do in the unlikely event that they are caught in a gun or knife terror attack.

The campaign enlists a number of celebrities in a YouTube video to explain what you should do during an attack, including a warning that people should not wait around to take pictures and video on their phones.

The main messages of the campaign are to:

RUN if able to
HIDE if not
TELL police only when it is safe to do so, and
NOT to stop and use their phones until they are safely away from danger

Previous messaging has been aimed at adults, but following extensive research with children and young people, security experts from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) have created age-appropriate safety advice to engage and empower a younger audience. For more information on the campaign, click on the link below:

Counter Terrorism Police launch first ever campaign aimed at children and teenagers 

NaCTSO have also teamed up with other organisations such as the NSPCC, Childline, the Sun and Educate Against Hate, to help support parents who are understandably anxious about discussing such a topic with their children. For parental advice on talking to children about terrorism, click on the link below:

Supporting children worried about terrorism 

Essex residents urged to ‘#BeAVoice’ for victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

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Essex Police has launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery.

The #BeAVoice campaign aims to raise awareness of modern slavery in Essex. Victims could be living or working nearby - often hidden and suffering behind closed doors.

Modern slavery includes people who are forced to work against their will or controlled by a so-called 'employer’ who uses mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse. Alongside forced labour, modern day slavery also includes crimes such as sexual exploitation.

Victims commonly do not have control of their money and often owe large amounts to the abuser for housing, travel and food. They often feel as though they have no means of escape and are to scared or unable to seek help.

For more information, click the link below:

Essex residents urged to ‘#BeAVoice’ for victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

New pilot for mental health support for people with long-term health conditions

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(L to R) Jane Itangata, Senior Commissioning Manager - Thurrock CCG; Dr Anand Deshpande, Thurrock CCG Chair and local GP; Theresa Moyes, Director of Quality & Clinical Performance at SSSFT; and Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer - Thurrock CCG

Thurrock Council, health and social care providers, and GPs turned out to celebrate the launch of a new therapy service for people with long-term health conditions.

Thurrock is one of 16 areas in England and the only one in the East, that have been awarded transformation funding for a second wave pilot on Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for people with long-term health conditions.

The service was officially launched on 10 October to tie in with World Mental Health Day. Theresa Moyes, Head of Quality and Clinical Performance, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and Dr Anand Deshpande, Chair of Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group launched the service, saying it was a forward thinking way to improve overall health and wellbeing of people living with long term health conditions.

The plans are for seven experienced mental health therapists to be integrated into primary care teams to provide support and enable people with LTCs enhance their self-management skills. The focus will initially be people living with Diabetes to align with the development of the RightCare programme. It will then be rolling out to other conditions like COPD and Heart Disease through 2018-19.

Health event for the women of Thurrock

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Women’s health event to provide Thurrock women a chance to find out what they can do to protect their health

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An event has been set up at the Community House in Grays to provide women in Thurrock a chance to hear from experts about how to stay healthy. It has been organised to tie in with Women’s Health week at the end of October.

Speakers including the inspirational Kemi Olowe from 9MonthsandWaiting, will provide information on everything from sexual health, to common issues affecting fertility and what to expect if you do have problems with gynaecological health. To see the full agenda, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

The CCG has helped organise this event to help women navigate the health system and know what steps to take when starting a family.

Kehinde Adenji, Senior Commissioning Manager said:
“This event is for all women from 18 onwards, who are maybe not aware of what’s available to them to protect their sexual health, what process they should go through when planning for a family and what to do if they are having problems. We have experts from sexual health clinics, local GPs and Hospital gynaecological consultants. You can’t really afford to miss it!”

Kemi Olowe, founder of 9MonthsandWaiting said:
“I am passionate about telling my story, it took me years to conceive and part of the problem was having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. I was diagnosed at 19 and hadn’t heard of PCOS, I immediately felt despair on finding out what this meant. If I had known the steps I could have taken to help me start my family I would have felt calmer and less stressed. That’s what this event is for, to show women the healthcare pathway and to show them what’s available to give them the knowledge they need.”

The free event is being held from 5pm-7pm on Thursday 19th October 2017, at Community House, Seabrook Rise, Grays. 

There's no need to book a place, just come along on the day. If you would like to RSVP, you can contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone us on 01375 365810 (during normal office hours).

The agenda for the meeting has now been published. Click on the link below to download:

pdf Women Health Evening agenda - 19 October 2017 (233 KB)

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