Carers’ Week 8-14 June 2015

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Monday 8 June marks the beginning of Carers' Week, an annual campaign that raises awareness of the challenges carers face and the contribution they make.

Carers' Week focuses on those too often neglected: the carers that improve the lives of those they care for. Carers often face many challenges which can impact their health, their social and working lives, and their finances. This year's campaign is focusing on what communities can do to help.

Carer Friendly Communities are geared towards addressing the needs of carers. Supporting communities can help carers to look after loved ones and live their own lives. From doctors to shopkeepers, pharmacists to employers, politicians to family members, all the members of a community can work together to support carers.

For more information on Carers' Week and on Carer Friendly Communities, visit the Carers' Week website

As part of the awareness week, CARIADs is inviting carers to afternoon tea at the Beehive Centre, Grays on Tuesday 9 June, between 1.00-3.00pm. Click on the link below for more information:

Strawberry Tea Event 

Heatwave Plan for England

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With summer on the way, it is important to keep cool during periods of hot weather. To help handle the heat, the Government has released advice for individuals, local authorities and health providers on how to looks after themselves and support others during heat waves.

The Public health England, in conjunction with NHS England, has released the Heatwave Plan for England in order to protect people from high temperatures during summer. The latest guidance for 2015 has now been released on the Heatwave Plan page on the Government website.

To access these documents, click on the links below:

Heatwave Plan for England 

Looking after yourself and others during hot weather: the latest advice 

Advance procurement notice: Children and Young People's Continuing Care

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All seven Essex CCGs are currently in the process of re-procuring Children and Young People's Continuing Care (Domiciliary Care) for the county.

NHS Mid Essex is leading the Continuing Care 'Any Qualified Provider' re-procurement on behalf of the Essex CCGs (Thurrock, Basildon and Brentwood, Castle Point and Rochford, Mid Essex, North East Essex, Southend and West Essex CCGs). The aim of the procurement is to assess and accredit those providers who can demonstrate their ability to deliver safe, high quality care to children and their families.

To register your interest in becoming an accredited provider, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Want to shape local healthcare? Join your PPG!

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ppg awareness week

All this week, Thurrock CCG is encouraging people to get involved with their local GP practice and is celebrating those who already work to improve services.

Between 1-6 June, it is Patient Participation Awareness Week, an annual celebration of the work that ordinary people do to enhance the services at their GP practice. As part of this national campaign, Thurrock CCG wants is encouraging Thurrock residents to join the Patient Participation Group at their local GP practice.

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) are a forum for patients to communicate with GP practices. It also offers patients the opportunity to put forward their views and suggestions at regular meetings.

Decision to close walk-in service

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After nearly a year of engagement with local communities and stakeholders, Thurrock CCG has decided to close the walk-in service based in Grays.

The Governing Body came to the unanimous decision to close the walk-in service at its May meeting after the CCG's engagement with the public and stakeholders over the previous year. The GP service based at the same premises in Thurrock Health Centre is unaffected by this decision.

At the meeting on Wednesday 27 May, the Board scrutinised the results from the CCG's two-month-long public consultation, which involved three public events and a consultation survey.

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