CaPa Cuppa Cupcake Chit Chat evening

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CaPa, a local Thurrock group made up of parents and carers of children and young people, invites parents of children with extra needs to their regular cuppa and cake evening.

The informal evening is a chance to meet other people who are also caring for children and young people with additional needs. The event takes place on the first Thursday of every month at the Marisco Hall, Chadwell, RM16 4LJ. 

For more information see the poster below:

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NHS Thurrock CCG Board Elections

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The CCG has begun the process of electing a new Board to start early next year.

The Board plays an important role in the directing the CCG to fulfil its plans and meet the challenges of the future. The election will be seeking to fill the roles of 9 GP Members and a Practice Manager Member (non-voting). One of the GP Members will also be chosen to serve as the Chair of NHS Thurrock CCG.

If you are a GP in Thurrock and would be interested in applying, you must complete your application by Friday 13 December. Applications will be assessed against the competencies detailed in the Personal Specification by an independent Appointment Panel constituted by the LMC.

Two election packs have been produced that outline the governance process for electing the Board, including the timescales for the election process. These can be downloaded on the LMC website here:
NHS Thurrock CCG Board Member Election

If you have any questions or would like any further support, please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

You Can Take Care And Be A #WinterHero this Self Care Week

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Health teams have got together with Livewell Essex to create a set of messages to help us help you this winter.

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Self Care Week, which runs from 18 November to 24 November, provides messages about how people can stay well, including recognising early triggers and symptoms of illness and taking action to prevent them getting worse.

Anne-Marie Ford, a Community Pharmacist in Stifford Clays, Thurrock said: “By covering your nose and mouth when it’s cold, particularly if you have COPD and Asthma, getting your flu vaccine, or asking your pharmacist for advice at the first sign of a cold or upset stomach, you can prevent worsening of your long-term condition and avoid visits to the GP Practice.

“We are asking people to #BeAWinterHero and do things to help themselves and people in their community. Essentially choose self-care for minor ailments and know where to get advice if you are worried about you or someone in your community.”

The strapline for this year’s Self Care Week is ‘Think Self Care For Life’ is all about making improvements in your life to protect your physical health and mental wellbeing.
Clinical Commissioning Groups are promoting all the ways you can self care including:

  • Keeping a medicine cabinet with essentials like, remedies for upset stomachs, rehydration powders, paracetamol and ibuprofen and cold and flu remedies to see you through any ailments.
  • Know how to prevent triggers for feeling unwell in the cold – like wrapping a scarf around your nose and mouth to prevent cold air from hitting the lungs.
  • Getting your free flu jab if you are under 65 and living with a long term condition, over 65, a carer, have children under 10.
  • Making your pharmacist the first port of call for minor ailments if you want advice or call 111.
  • Eat well and live well, taking regular exercise and getting plenty of rest.
  • Keeping an eye on more vulnerable members in the community and helping them get the right care if they seem cold or unwell or even just popping in for chat to prevent loneliness.

Minor illness? Talk to your pharmacist

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It’s national Ask Your Pharmacist Week (11-18 November)

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Remember to ‘think pharmacy first’ if you need advice or treatment for common illnesses like coughs, colds, eye infections and earaches.

As highly trained health care professionals, there’s a lot more that community pharmacists can help you with too.

Sometimes people go to a doctor or even a hospital for things that could be sorted out more conveniently at the pharmacy. You can consult your pharmacist about a wide range of health care issues, not just about medicines.

So, for convenient access to medicines, NHS services, support for healthy living and prompt clinical advice, Ask Your Pharmacist!


Get the right advice from the right people in a place convenient for you!

Pharmacists work with other professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to give you the best possible care as part of the NHS team.

Every pharmacist trains initially for five years in the use of medicines, managing minor illnesses and providing health & wellbeing advice.  Pharmacists continue to develop their clinical and professional skills throughout their career.

All pharmacy staff have accredited medicines training.

Your community pharmacy is the right place to go for help with minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, eye infections and earache.  The pharmacist can give clinical advice on many other matters too.

Sometimes your local doctors’ surgery will suggest you see your local pharmacist for convenient, professional advice and treatment for minor illnesses.  Or your pharmacist may refer you to the GP, if it’s something that can’t be sorted out in the pharmacy or requires further investigation.

Working together so you get the right health care advice and support in the right place, from the right people.


Essex nurses and midwives celebrated

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A series of events took place this month at venues across Essex, to celebrate and thank Essex nurses and midwives for their hard work, compassion, and commitment caring for patients and their families. A number of familiar faces from the world of entertainment and sport from across Essex also supported the campaign. 

As the face of our health service our nurses and midwives make an essential difference to health outcomes and patient’s recovery. Nurses and midwives in the county also provide support by helping families and patients through some of their most stressful times.

The events, attended by well over 200 nurses and midwives, aimed to support them to be the very best they can by recognising the demands of the profession and celebrating their achievements and thanking and rewarding them for the incredible work they undertake every day.

Key themes of the days, which were organised through the Mid and South Essex Local Workforce Action Board, were building and developing personal resilience, developing an approach to mindfulness, and facing your fears.

Diane Sarkar, Chief Nursing Officer, Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group, said:
“I am delighted to have had such an opportunity to celebrate the immense contribution our nurses and midwives make every day both in our hospitals and out and about in our communities supporting and caring for the people of mid and south Essex.

“The conferences were an opportunity for us as senior nurses and midwives to not only thank them, but also to support and inspire them to continue to develop their careers and share in the exciting opportunities working more closely together brings us.”

Feedback online from the events included:

“Had a great day learning about positive thinking, mindfulness and hearing shared experiences from other nurses today. Definitely cannot wait to put some of the things I learnt into action” and “brilliant day with the nurses from mid and south-Essex learning how to engage our minds empower for success and valuing individuals”

Those wishing to send messages of thanks and support to nurses in Essex can still get involved via social media using the hashtag #LoveEssexnurses and #thanksforcaring (@MSEssex_STP) or any other local NHS social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram.