Know what to do after a bump to the head

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This summer holiday, parents are offered advice on what to do in the event their child gets a head injury.

High Impact Pathways head injury

Health professionals in Mid and South Essex have worked together to create a guide for parents on what to do when a child has had a head injury. The guide outlines common symptoms after a head injury, what parents can do to help their children to recover and advice on when to seek medical attention.

Jane Foster-Taylor, Chief Nurse at NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, says: “Bumps and scrapes when playing are very common. Most accidents are minor and can be treated at home with a first aid kit. The nature of head injuries means they are more worrying, but even these are usually minor. Our guide lets you know what to expect after a head injury and how you can help your child feel better.

“Bruising, minor cuts and a good deal of tears are all very common after a bump to the head. As long as your child is alert, speaking to you and otherwise acting as normal, then they should be fine. Keep an eye on them for the next 2-3 days. If your little ones are still in pain, you can also give them paracetamol or ibuprofen, as advised by a pharmacist.”

New mental health support in schools and colleges and faster access to NHS care in Thurrock

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primary children nhs

In 2017, the Government published its Green Paper for Transforming children and young people’s mental health, which detailed proposals for expanding access to mental health care for children and young people, building on the national NHS transformation programme which is already underway.

Its proposals were focused on providing additional support through schools and colleges and reducing waiting times for treatment. Following a 13-week public consultation, during which the Government received more than 2,700 responses, the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education published its Response to the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper Consultation.

Supported by partners, NHS England is leading the delivery of two of the programme’s main commitments:

  • Establishing new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs), which is jointly delivered with the Department for Education. MHSTs will develop models of early intervention on mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing issues, such as anxiety, behavioural difficulties or friendship issues, as well as providing help to staff within a school and college setting. The teams will act as a link with local children and young people’s mental health services and be supervised by NHS staff;
  • Trialling a four-week waiting time for access to specialist NHS children and young people’s mental health services, building on the expansion of NHS services already underway.

NHS England is also supporting the Mental Health Services and Schools and Colleges Link Programme which will bring together education and mental health services under Clinical Commissioning Groups to forge joint working and ensure long-term collaboration. 

The Link Programme is a £9.3m national initiative led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and funded by the Department for Education, which will be rolled out over four years. Every school, college and alternative provision will be trained through a series of workshops to pool their understanding and resources and to draw up long term plans, coordinated by Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The first Mental Health Support Teams were launched in 25 trailblazer areas announced in December 2018. These include 12 areas that are also testing a four-week waiting time. These MHSTs are expected to begin work by the end 2019. Thurrock CCG is one of the areas within Mid and South Essex STP to benefit from the Wave 1 funding.

A further 57 sites were confirmed in July 2019, with 123 Mental Health Support Teams to start work in those areas by the end of 2020.

NHS England & Improvement regional teams are leading local areas through this process. Further plans for the development of children and young people’s mental health care are detailed in the NHS Long-Term Plan.

For Thurrock in Thurrock Summer 2019 issue out now!

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Discover the latest news and updates on our plans to radically change health and social care services in Thurrock in the last edition of our newsletter, For Thurrock in Thurrock.

For Thurrock in Thurrock front cover summer 2019

The summer issue features a look at the Wellbeing Team in Chadwell and Tilbury and how they are delivering more personalised care and support, we also speak to Daniel, an Emergency Care Practitioner, and we take a look at end of life care and how to make sure people or at the centre of all care decisions.

For more on these and other stories, download a copy of our newsletter by clicking the link below. Please feel free to share this link with friends, family and colleagues. We hope you enjoy reading it!

For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter Issue 10 – Summer 2019

This issue of For Thurrock in Thurrock will be the last issue in the current format. We have been working closely with Thurrock based organisations under the banner Better Care Together Thurrock. This is an alliance of health and care organisations in Thurrock working on improving care and includes Thurrock Council, Healthwatch Thurrock, Thurrock CVS and Stronger Together Thurrock and others. Next time we speak to you about our joint work to improve care it will be under the name, Better Care Together Thurrock.

You can find out a little more about Better Care Together Thurrock by downloading the below information leaflet, which outlines some of the work currently being done under the Better Care Together Thurrock banner:

pdf Better Care Together leaflet - June 2019 (1.83 MB)

public consultation on Moorfields Eye Hospital Move

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A public consultation on a proposed move of Moorfields Eye Hospital's City Road services has launched. 

Come and join an open discussion group at The Beehive Centre, West Street, Grays, RM17 6XP on Monday 17 June. The session runs from 2pm to 3.30pm. You can book a place by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 020 7521 4684.

The iconic Moorfields Eye Hospital is proposing to move after more than 120 years of treating people from its main hospital at City Road in Islington.

The proposal is to build a brand new centre on land that has become available at the current St Pancras Hospital site, just north of King’s Cross and St Pancras stations. Once the new facility is up and running, all of the services at the current City Road hospital, the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology would move into the new building. If the move were approved by January 2020, construction could begin in 2022 and the new centre could be open by 2026.