Children in Care Council celebrate passport to health

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Healthcare leaders have launched a healthcare passport especially for children leaving care.

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From left to right: Paula Gregory, Designated Looked After Children’s Nurse; Linda Smart, Deputy Chief Nurse, Thurrock CCG; Gregg Brown, Open Door; Enita Chiwara, Looked After Children’s Nurse; Eugenia Luke; Specialist Looked After Children’s Nurse and Cllr Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Children and Adults Social Care

The Health Passport is a new initiative brought about by the Children in Care Council and Open Door, who visited NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Board in 2017. They expressed a desire to know more about how local healthcare works and how they could feed in to plans.

During discussions the young people said it was difficult to navigate all the health care services they used, and the information they needed to be able to stay on top of their own healthcare was not always easy to find. It would be especially useful to help them take control of their healthcare when leaving care and going on to be independent.

In response to this Thurrock CCG offered to create a health passport to enable young people to take charge of their health and wellbeing on leaving care. This has been co-designed with young people as representatives of the Children in Care Council, the Designated Looked After Children’s Nurse and the CCG.

Red Bag 'packing' a difference for care home residents

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The red bag scheme or ‘hospital transfer pathway’ is a small change having a big impact by personalising hospital care for care home residents in south west Essex.

This simple patient focused initiative will improve the ambulance service handover to the hospital and will also assist to reduce A&E assessment times for the patient.

When a care home resident becomes unwell and requires hospital care, care home staff will pack a red bag which will have been personalised for the individual and will consist of standardised paperwork about the residents’ health care needs, a list of their medication, along with personal items, such as glasses, hearing aids, toiletries and day-of-discharge clothes and all will be transported to the hospital with the patient.

South west Essex has a high number of people living in care homes. Due to the complex and long-term nature of the health issues of many elderly care home residents, there are often frequent and sometimes sudden admissions to hospital.

NHS at 70 birthday party

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Join NHS Thurrock CCG as we celebrate the NHS’s 70th Birthday.

We will be holding a Bit 7Tea party on 12 July, to mark 70 years since the formation of the NHS. The day will be the perfect opportunity to share your memories of the NHS down the years either as a patient, an NHS worker or both.

Many of us haven’t known a world without the NHS. It’s been there from our birth and provides a helping hand though some of the most difficult periods of our lives. So share the love this July over a cuppa and cake. Everyone is welcome and there’s no need to book a place; just come alone to the Community House, Seabrooke rise, Grays, RM17 6DR on Thursday 12 July from 10am to 12pm.

There will be stands from, community, public health and other NHS providers across Thurrock, with an opportunity to test your health and find out how you can get involved in shaping your local health services.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation. It has evolved to meet our needs but has always stayed true to its founding principle of free high quality health care for all.

Looking to the future, the NHS is becoming more integrated with social care, community and mental health and investing in new medicines, genetic research and digital technologies like apps and artificial intelligence, which will ensure we continue to live longer and healthier lives.

For more information about the national celebrations on 5 July, you can visit the NHS at 70 website: 


Beating hearts and beating records during Guinness World record attempt

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A new Guinness World Record looks a safe bet after 127 cardiac arrest survivors gathered at Basildon University Hospital.

Survivors, aged 11 to 80, and their families attended the event on Saturday 09 June, which was organised by Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK in conjunction with The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and SADS UK.

Guinness World Record has to officially verify the attempt, which could take several weeks however organisers are confident it has been broken. To create a new world record, 50 cardiac arrest survivors had to participate.

Paul Swindell, from Benfleet Essex, set up the Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK support group following his cardiac arrest in April 2014, at the age of 48. As a key organiser of the event, he was thrilled with the turn-out. He said: “People have travelled from across the UK, by train, plane and automobile to be here at the world record attempt. Although we won’t know officially for a few weeks, I’m confident that we’ve done it.

Raising awareness of Sexual Health

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Thurrock students have helped create a video promoting sexual health services in Thurrock.

Students from Gable Hall School in Thurrock have created the video to help reduce the stigma and embarrassment associated with accessing these services.

The video was commissioned by Thurrock Council Public Health Team and Thurrock Sexual Health Service following a unique partnership between the students and the council through the Thurrock’s Next Top Boss programme.

Thurrock's Next Top Boss gives young people the chance to work with employers on real business challenges. They learn about a range of career opportunities and the skills employers really want, as well as getting real-life experiences that aren't in any text book. Thurrock's Next Top Boss takes place each year from 1 September to 31 March. For more information visit: 


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