Domestic violence support during COVID-19 restrictions

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People affected by domestic violence are still able to get support and advice at Basildon Hospital - despite access restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 emergency.

Two staff from the Essex Domestic Abuse Partnership Project are on-site 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. They see people referred by A&E clinicians or other staff. They also provide support and advice to those who arrive at the hospital after experiencing psychological or emotional domestic abuse.

Outside those hours people experiencing or at risk of any form of domestic violence can call the 24 hour helpline on COMPASS 0330 333 7 444 – or seek initial support at the hospital.

Further support is also available here:
0330 333 7 444
https://www.essexcompass.org.uk/
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National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

SafeLives: Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID. http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19 

Discussion events about mid and south Essex CCGs’ future cancelled

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Following the Government’s latest guidance, the five NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in mid and south Essex have taken the decision to cancel public events where they had hoped to discuss the future of local NHS planning with residents.

A spokesperson for the five CCGs said: “Our overriding priority is, as it has always been, the safety of people living in our area. We are very sorry that we cannot offer people in Braintree and Maldon a chance to share their views and ask questions face-to-face as we had hoped. We really would still like local people’s input on the plans, and there are ways you can do this online.”

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a timeline for a single organisation to be planning and buying NHS care across larger areas. The CCG had arranged three events in the south of the county and three more in the local authority areas of mid Essex where residents could have their say about proposals for a possible merger between the five organisations. Two of the events, for south east Essex and Chelmsford residents, have already been held, but all those yet to happen have been cancelled to support residents’ “social distancing”.

Events now cancelled were due to be held in:
     • Braintree District this Thursday (19 March)
     • Pitsea, Basildon and Brentwood next Monday (23 March)
     • Maldon District next Wednesday (25 March).

In light of the current situation surrounding Covid-19 (novel coronavirus), the two drop-in events will not now go ahead.

You can find out more about the proposals for the five CCGs to come together on each of the CCG websites and share your views through a feedback questionnaire before the deadline on 5 April 2020. You can find the survey at surveymonkey.net/r/midandsouthessexccgs. Any questions about the plans and requests for information in a different format can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning the five CCGs.

NHS Website First Stop for Coronavirus Advice

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COVid website

The NHS in mid and south Essex and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

To make sure you receive the most up-to-date guidance on symptoms, how to look after yourself and others and information on self-isolation and social distancing, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus

Learn about the government response to coronavirus on GOV.UK.

You should stay at home as much as possible. There's only a few reasons to leave the house:

    • - Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible;

    • - Exercising, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;

    • - Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;

    • - Travelling to and from work, but only where it is impossible to work from home. Try to avoid public transport, and think about using a face covering if you cannot maintain social distancing.

  • When doing these activities, make sure to continue social distancing by staying 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

  • Remember to keep washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and to catch any cough or sneeze with a tissue. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Spring 2020 Issue of CCG Insight Out Now!

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Insight front cover

We’ve released the latest edition of CCG Insight, a magazine packed full of information on healthcare in Thurrock plus details of the CCG's and our partners' work in the community.

The spring issue features:

  • The change of provider for Thurrock’s physiotherapist service which will be run by the Thurrock Health Hubs from 01 April 2020;
  • Details on how the five CCGs in Mid and South Essex are planning to work together in the future, including proposals for a merger;
  • The important role the pharmacist plays in the community to provide advice on every day minor ailments;
  • The launch of a wellbeing plan which aims to help children and young people manage their own mental health and wellbeing; and
  • A look at some of the new people on Thurrock CCG’s Board: our new Chair, Dr Anil Kallil, and our new lay member for Patient and Public Involvement, Alan Hudson.


You can find out more about all of these stories and more by clicking on the link below. We hope you enjoy reading it! Please feel free to share with friends, family members and colleagues.

pdf CCG Insight – Spring 2020 (issue 17) (3.14 MB)

Join the discussion on proposals to change the way your local NHS works together

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Today sees the launch of a discussion document for public feedback on the proposals for NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Mid and South Essex to come together.

The proposed changes, set out in the: “ Working Together for Mid and South Essex – Share your views on how NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are proposing to work together.”, document are looking at how we as local NHS commissioning organisations meet the requirements set out in the 2019 NHS Long Term Plan. This Plan sets out a vision for commissioning and provision of services to be more integrated across the health and care system. The Plan also talks about developing Integrated Care Systems, with one commissioning organisation.

There are 1.2 million people living in Mid and South Essex, who are served by a £1.64 billion budget and currently five CCGs managing this budget. The proposals to merge the five CCGs in to one organisation will enable the organisations to work in a more streamlined way. It means decisions about developing health and care services can be made quicker and more efficiently.

Anand Deshpande, Chair of NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“The proposed merger of the five CCGs in mid and south Essex would help ensure health and care services in the future are more consistent across the area and will help reduce some of the costs involved in commissioning, freeing up more money for services.

“At the same time we want to maintain a strong connection with the local areas currently served by the five CCGs, making sure services have a strong local and clinical focus, as well as being provided in the context of supporting our whole integrated system of health, social and community care.

“This is why we want to hear the views of local people, health and care professionals and partner organisations on what matters to them, if we are to merge into a single commissioning organisation”.
The CCGs are seeking views from local people, healthcare professionals and partner organisations on how we can maintain a strong focus on ensuring health and care services are working for people at a local level. We also want to see what the benefits and risks are of commissioning services over a wider area, and how we can maintain a strong clinical and patient focus as the CCGs begin the process of becoming a single commissioning body.

Find out more about the proposed changes in the discussion document, “Working Together for Mid and South Essex” which can be downloaded from each of the CCGs’ websites, and provide feedback via: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/midandsouthessexCCGs