New sensory support group

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Sensory support group

New Sensory Support Group launches in Thurrock for those with visual impairment, hearing loss or dual loss.

Do you or someone you know need support with their sight and hearing? Come along to the launch of a new support group in Thurrock.

The group for adults will give people an opportunity to meet with others with similar experiences, share support and advice and campaign on local issues that affects them.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday 04 April 2017, 10.30am - 2.30pm, at the Langland Community Hall, Langland Close, Corringham, Essex, SS17 7LB.

In attendance will be Councillor Sue Little, speakers from Deafblind UK and a number of guide dogs. A light buffet will also be available.

If you are in need of visual of hearing support, the group would love to see you there.

NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) & NHS Funded Nursing Care (FNC)

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This section gives more information on Thurrock CCG's NHS Continuing Healthcare, NHS Funded Nursing Care and Personal Health Budgets (PHB). For more detailed information on PHBs, visit the PHB section of the website.

What is NHS Continuing Healthcare?
NHS continuing healthcare is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals who are not in hospital and have been assessed as having a "primary health need".

What is NHS Funded Nursing Care?
This is the name given to a contribution from the NHS to meeting the nursing element of your care if your needs are such that they have to be met in a nursing home, but to not trigger full NHS funding.

How is eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare or Funded Nursing Care decided?
Your needs are assessed by a team of health and social care professionals (a "multi-disciplinary team"). You, and where appropriate your family, are involved in the assessment process. The assessment may take place in your own home or usual place of residence.

The assessment team uses a Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare which is defined by NHS England. To be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, you must be assessed as having a "primary health need" in line with the domains included in the NHS Framework. It does not relate to any particular diagnosis or condition. If your needs change then your eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare may change.

New managing director for Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals

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Clare Culpin BTUH managing director

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTUH) is pleased to welcome Clare Culpin as managing director.

Clare joins BTUH from Kettering General Hospital Trust where she worked for more than four years, most recently as acting chief executive.

Clare will have responsibility for direct operational management at the Trust, and be part of the joint management team of the three hospital trusts in the Essex Success Regime – Basildon, Mid-Essex and Southend.

A trained nurse, Clare has worked both in hospital and community services in the UK and overseas. Her first leadership role was as matron at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London before moving into practice development and infection prevention and control for University College London Hospitals and local primary care trusts. She has held a number of senior roles including director of nursing and quality, and director of strategy and corporate governance.

Clare said: “I am delighted to be joining Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals at what is undoubtedly a challenging but exciting time both for the Trust and the NHS across mid and south Essex.

“The staff here have been working incredibly hard in recent years to improve services in our hospitals. I am looking forward to working alongside them to ensure that we continue to offer real excellence in care for local people.”

Conference on volunteering and perinatal care

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A national event is being held to show how important a role volunteering can play during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

The Conference in London on Tuesday 28 March will examine how perinatal volunteering can reduce the pressure on public services and helping improve outcomes for babies, parents and communities.

This event brings together national leaders, innovators, researchers and lead practitioners who are already delivering successful perinatal volunteer programmes.

For more information on the conference, click on the link below:

The Power of Volunteering During Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond 

Could a nurse be just the ticket?

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Sometimes you don’t need to see a doctor, a practice nurse could be just the right person to help you with your health issue. Nurses in our Health Hubs can offer:

• Smear tests
• Child immunisations
• Travel health
• Family planning (contraceptive advice)
• Change of dressings
• Injections (such as Vitamin B12)
• NHS Health Checks – At Neera Medical Centre (Corringham)

You could meet a nurse like Tracy, a practice nurse from Neera Medical Centre 

Tracy hub nurse Tracy has been nursing for 28 years, starting in hospitals and midwifery and now a practice nurse for the last 14 years. Tracy works at the hubs offering out of hours care, she said:

“I really like health promotion and looking after the whole family, seeing people through their health concerns. If I can help a patient get over their fears, particularly with smear tests, then they won’t avoid their health checks again. It’s great to be able to offer care outside normal working hours, people can book their appointments with me up to week in advance so there’s plenty of time to book in your health checks and vaccinations.”
Or you could meet Claire:

“I have always enjoyed my nursing career which spans over 18 years, both in the hospital and community setting. I enjoy working at the Health Hubs as it gives me the opportunity to use all my fundamental nursing skills, whilst meeting new people in a relaxed environment. Supporting the Health Hubs gives me the opportunity to address other issues that the individuals might have and allows them the time to ask questions that they might not otherwise feel they can in a regular GP appointment. Those that work traditional office hours can really benefit from access to good quality, approachable health care that’s local to them.”
claire hub nurse

Nurses are there for every day health issues and giving advice on Family planning or helping dress wounds (you must bring your own dressings with you as nurses don’t supply these). As part of their working life nurses must go on continuing professional development courses to ensure they are up to date with all the latest health advice and guidance.

Want to become a practice nurse in Thurrock? Find out more on our Career in General Practice page

Book an appointment at one of our Health Hubs through your local GP or if its out of hours call NHS 111

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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