Mid and South Essex Success Regime - Changes could be “bolder” say external experts

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The Mid and South Essex Success Regime has published two independent clinical reviews of the emerging plans to reconfigure the three main hospitals in Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend.

The reports were prepared by the East of England Clinical Senate following detailed reviews which took place in June and October 2016. The role of the Clinical Senate is to provide independent, strategic advice and guidance to healthcare planning. The reviews made constructive recommendations to help the Success Regime continue to develop its plans. The panels that undertook the reviews involved senior clinicians from outsid e Essex and patient representatives.

Dr Ronan Fenton, joint medical director for the Mid and South Essex Success Regime said:

“We are delighted that the Clinical Senate supports our proposed direction of travel for health and care services in mid and south Essex, and we accept the panel’s recommendations about further work to make sure that we explore fully the implications of service change for local people. We will continue to do this over the next few months as we narrow down the potential options for change.

“The independent advice of the Clinical Senate is one of many inputs that will be considered in reaching preferred options. It is by no means a decision, but an important part of the evidence that will inform decisions.”

Come along to event to discuss mental health and the support available in Thurrock

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Everyone is invited to a Time to Talk event where attendees will chat about mental health and find out more about services and support available in Thurrock.

Thurrock Mind and Inclusion Thurrock are hosting an event at the Beehive on Thursday 02 February (10am-3.30pm).

The event aims share information on what resources are available locally and help reduce the stigma associated with mental health and encourage people to talk more openly.

For more information on Time to Talk events, visit the time to change website

Public question time event about proposed merger of NHS trusts

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Plans are on the table for a proposed merger between North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) from April this year.

Between them, the Trusts provide a range of mental health, community health and learning disabilities NHS services in Essex and Bedfordshire.

No final decisions to merge have been made yet. Both Trusts are firmly committed to acting only in the best interests of the people using their services, their families and carers. This will be the deciding factor in any decisions. In the meantime, it remains “business as usual” for services at both Trusts for the foreseeable future.

An open “Question Time”-style meeting about the merger plans is being held on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 7.15pm at Holiday Inn, Brook Street, Brentwood CM14 5NF. There will be a short presentation then the meeting is open to questions. Members of the Trusts, their staff, patients, service users and carers and local people can question the Interim Board directors overseeing the merger proposals.

Booking is essential and it will be “first come, first served”. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0800 023 2059 to book. Unfortunately, due to limited space, people who turn up without booking are unlikely to be able to join the event. People who cannot attend may send in a question instead and the Trusts will try to answer it on the night.

Level 2 Cold Weather Alert - January 2017

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The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert due to the falling temperatures this week.

There is an 80% probability of severe cold weather in the East of England from Wednesday 11 January until Sunday 15 January. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

For the very latest, visit the cold weather alert section of the Met Office website.

In addition, a warning has been issued for snow on Thusday 12 and Friday 13 January. The yellow warning will affect Thurrock on Thursday with a small chance that rain crossing the south of England may fall as snow in places. Although any snow is unlikely to settle, the combined snow, rain and wind could still cause travel disruption.

The snow warning on Friday is unlikey to affect Thurrock. Visit the Met Office website for more information on the snow warning. 

Sign up to mental health and wellbeing courses in Thurrock!

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An innovative programme that offers educational courses in Thurrock on mental resilience and wellbeing has new courses beginning in early 2017.

Have you ever wanted to discover more about ideas and techniques aimed at helping people look after their own mental health and build resilience in dealing with those stresses and strains of life? Then why not try a course with Recovery College?

Recovery College offers a range of recovery-focused education and training courses open to all over 18s living in Thurrock.

The courses are free and cover a range of topics from depression and anxiety to food and mood. See below for details on the courses on offer:

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