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)

Thurrock First

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The one stop phone line for anyone over 18 who need advice on social care, mental health or community health services.

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Thurrock First is the first point of contact for a number of health needs. All you need to do is call the one number and you will be directed to the most appropriate service. If you live in Thurrock and over 18, you can call the number to access:

  • Adult social care
  • Mental health
  • Health problems that have been diagnosed and for which on-going care is needed
  • Where to get help with other health problems
  • Care that's available in the community

Some of the health problems that the service can help with include:

  • Catheters and wound dressings
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) lung conditions
  • Continence problems
  • Diabetes and insulin needs
  • Falls, or are recovering from a fall
  • Family members nearing the end of life

Opening hours

The main opening hours are from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

A limited service is provided from 7am to 9am and 5pm to 9pm, Monday to Friday, and from 7am to 7pm on weekends and bank holidays.

You can use an online form to request a call back from the service – The service will respond within 24 hours. 

Where to get urgent help

Call 999 if you have an immediate life-threatening emergency.

Call 111 if you urgently need medical help but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

Stoptober - the 28-day quit smoking campaign – is back

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Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, is back from 01 October.

Stoptober has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good.

All the support you need to quit

Everyone’s quitting-journey is different, but with Stoptober, you won’t be on your own. Join the thousands quitting smoking with Stoptober and get all the support you need to help you on your quitting-journey.

There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help you choose what works for you. You can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help you including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, you can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services. In Thurrock, this is Vitality, provided by NELFT. Visit their website for more information: 

Those who use stop smoking aids and who get face-to-face support from their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to quit successfully.

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. If you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you’re 5 times more likely to stay quit for good.

Find out more about the Stoptober campaign on the Stoptober website

Autumn 2017 issue of CCG Insight

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We’ve released the latest edition of CCG Insight, a magazine packed full of information on healthcare in Thurrock plus details of the CCG's and our partners' work in the community.

The autumn issue features the launch of a community-based blood pressure and pulse service at the Tilbury Community Hub, an invitation to attend our Annual General Meeting and a reminder that you should only attend A&E if it is serious and/or life threatening.

There’s also more on some exciting news for general practice in Thurrock. A number of GP practices are receiving funding for a number of clinical pharmacists to help with patient care and, a first for Thurrock, as College Health hires a paramedic to support GP practices in the area.

You can download the latest issue by clicking on the link below. We hope you enjoy reading it! Please feel free to share with friends, family members and colleagues.

pdf CCG Insight - Autumn 2017 (issue 9) (3.75 MB)

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