Hollywood attends event to unite voices against dementia

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Jane Gilby, dementia lead nurse, Eddie Marsan and Debbie Hewitt, activities coordinator

A Hollywood actor lent a professional voice to help Basildon Hospital patients who live with dementia.

Eddie Marsan, star of Ray Donovan, V for Vendetta and Gangs of New York, attended Basildon Library for the ‘United Voices Against Dementia’ event on Thursday 18 May.

More than 30 members of the public came along as part of Dementia Awareness Week to record their memories of Basildon or read a classic book chapter, a poem or newspaper article.

GP online services volunteers wanted

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NHS England’s Stakeholder Forum is looking for patient and public volunteers (PPV) to help shape its GP online services.

The main role of PPV partners is to ensure patient voice is heard and to keep the programme to its core purpose of improving outcomes, safety and efficiency. PPV partners will have an opportunity to influence the direction of the programme and the associated systems and products.

NHS England is looking for people who can represent the views of patients and to help promote the programme through their own networks, both nationally and locally. Other members of the forum include representatives from the voluntary sector, supplier partners and clinical and programme partners.

Membership of the group is for 12 months initially. Applications must be received before 9 June 2017. For more information and to receive an application form and information pack, contact the Patient Online team on 07814 228 917 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

NHS England wants to ensure that its PPV partners are representative of the population and that a wide range of people are appointed to these roles. For this reason, members of the public can hold a maximum of two paid roles on NHS England standing groups or committees that are a formal part of the structure and attract a participation payment.

Physiotherapists call for change of language on back pain

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What you need to know: 98 per cent of back pain cases are non-serious

Back pain can be extremely painful, debilitating, and even very scary. When people throw around language like ‘crumbling spines’ and ‘slipped discs, it can be too easy to fear the worst. However, the truth is that most back pain cases aren’t serious and will clear up in due course and there’s no need to keep off your feet for days on end.

Bending, lifting and other movements are widely believed to cause harm and this leads many to avoid doing them. Yet while it can be very painful and distressing, research shows that 98 per cent of back pain is not serious and it’s actually better for your back if you carry on with your daily activities, where possible.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has produced new materials aimed at reassuring the public and changing the tone of discussion around the condition, both in the media and among health professionals.

Find out more about Living well in Thurrock at our event

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Meet the people and organisations that support all people in Thurrock to live life well and find out a little bit more about how you can make those small improvements to your own life.

Why not come along to our free Living Well in Thurrock show on 14 June and meet some of the people at the heart of local health, community, care and charity work in Thurrock.

Representatives will be on hand to share with you a little bit more about the work they do, give you tips on how to improve your quality of life and explain how plans for health and social care will benefit the people of Thurrock.

Some of the organisations in attendance include:

  • Inclusion Thurrock’s IAPT and Recovery College
  • Breathe Easy Thurrock
  • Local Diabetes UK support group
  • Local Area Coordinators
  • Substance misuse advice
  • Stroke Art Group, and Stroke Association
  • Alzheimers UK
  • ICS Health – Pulse diabetes health check
  • Mid and South Essex Success Regime
  • Thurrock Council
  • Community and Voluntary Service and much more

The Living Well in Thurrock show is hosted by Thurrock CCG, Thurrock Council, Healthwatch Thurrock and Stronger Together. Come and join us on Wednesday 14 June, 10am to 4pm at Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU. Entry is free and refreshments will be provided.

Find out more about type 2 diabetes at event in Thurrock this June

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An all-day event in June will give diabetes patients the opportunity to learn more about type 2 diabetes and meet other people with the condition.

Do you have type 2 diabetes and want to know more about condition? Then why not attend our Living Well with Diabetes show and find out more about living well with type 2 diabetes.

Run by Diabetes UK and Thurrock CCG, the one day event will teach you how to maintain a healthy diet and become more confident in managing your diabetes day-to-day. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask diabetes experts any of your questions, meet other people with the condition and get practical, up-to-date information.

The event is taking place on Friday 23 June 2017, 10am – 4pm at the Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 2HS. Places are limited so if you would like to attend, book today either by phoning 01375 365810 (8.30am to 5pm Mon to Fri) or Clicking the link below:


Click on the links below to download the poster and flyer for the event:

pdf Living Well with Diabetes flyer May 2017 (1.58 MB)

pdf Living Well with Diabetes poster May 2017 (2.50 MB)

Every year in the Basildon and Thurrock areas £2.5 million is spent on medication that is never used. Click here to find out more about our campaign to cut down on waste

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