Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health

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A new campaign has launched to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic. Anxiety and stress are very normal reactions to extraordinary times and so a new campaign has launched to support families during the current uncertainties we are all going through.

Research reveals that the coronavirus outbreak has caused an increase in anxiety in young people, and more than a third of children report being more worried, sad and stressed than before lockdown.

Over half of parents also say that their children’s mental health and wellbeing has been one of their biggest worries during Covid-19. Public Health England’s new campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.

The advice available on the Better Health - Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities. It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and support them. In addition to the advice for parents and carers the site also provides tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.

To engage parents and carers a powerful short film has been created featuring a range of celebrity parents including Davina McCall, Marvin Humes, Sean Fletcher, Katie Piper and Edith Bowman, reading extracts from best-selling author Charlie Mackesy’s well-known book, ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’.

For more information visit the Every Mind Matters website

Join us for our Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 23 September 2020

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Find out more about healthcare in Thurrock and the role of NHS Thurrock CCG at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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We are holding our AGM between 10am and 10.45am on Wednesday 23 September 2020 and everyone is invited to find out more about healthcare in Thurrock. Hear from local clinicians, commissioners and staff who ensure that healthcare decisions in Thurrock are made with patients at the heart.

In order to keep members of public and staff safe, this will be the first year that the AGM is solely online via Microsoft Teams. Everyone is welcome to join us so please share the below invite and the event link with anyone you feel might be interested in attending (be sure to click on the link at the time and on the date of the meeting to join us):

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For More information about our work over the previous year, download our Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20:

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My Care Record will help deliver better co-ordinated care

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People in mid and south Essex will benefit from better, joined-up care thanks to a new programme which gives health and care professionals the ability to view medical records during treatment.

Health and care professionals need to access information in order to make the best decisions about a patient’s diagnosis and treatment. My Care Record will help this to happen more quickly and accurately.

My Care Record does not share your record, but provides health and care clinicians and professionals access to view information relevant to your care and treatment.

Initially, My Care Record will mean clinicians in some parts of the hospital for example and in the community can access patient information from the GP record using existing technology. As and when the technology develops, or new technology comes along, greater sharing of information can happen where appropriate.

Dr Anna Davey, local GP and Chair of NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group commented that My Care Record will mean health and care professionals can provide faster, more effective care for you and your family:

“Often, only health and care professionals within the same organisation can see patient information. This means it can be difficult for them to work together to deliver the best care. My Care Record provides access to information about you from other services, to help improve your care. For example, a doctor treating you in hospital or a nurse working in the community can now view the information they need from your GP record.

“In turn this can mean better coordinated and seamless care, quicker diagnosis and treatment, less paperwork and less repetition, and more accurate prescriptions.

If possible, a patient will be asked whether a clinician or professional can access their information at the point of treatment.

Patients can object to sharing through their GP surgery if they do not want to make their information available.

A dedicated website www.mycarerecord.org.uk with frequently asked questions has been created for people to find out more.

New kind or role in your GP practice

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Local residents to benefit from social prescriptions as new link workers join GP practices to improve local health and wellbeing.

People visit their GPs for a range of different reasons and sometimes these issues can be caused by non-medical matters such as loneliness, anxiety, unemployment, bereavement or other concerns.

Social Prescribing Link Workers, also known as a Social Prescribers, will soon be / or are already working in partnership with all GP practices locally and the voluntary sector to help people to access appropriate support in the community to help them make positive changes to their personal wellbeing. They are being introduced across GP practices as part of NHS Long term Plan ambition.

Social prescribing is targeted at a range of people, including those who are socially isolated and those with long term physical and/or mental health conditions. People will be encouraged to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical ‘link workers’ who will focus on their health and wellbeing needs and prescribe individual solutions to support them to take back control. Emerging evidence suggests that social prescribing can improve people’s health and wellbeing and reduce workload for healthcare professionals and demand for secondary care services.

Often people’s social situation can lead to depression and other health problems, which takes them to the GP for medical help, but sorting out the personal problems and empowering people to take back control often results in a reduction of medicines and less need for a GP’s help.

Annette Christmas, who benefited from a social prescription said:

“I found the social prescriber very assuring and surprisingly helpful. The appointment was wonderfully friendly and everything was explained.”

And, Phillip Aitchison said:

"I was feeling very down about my situation, the GP referred me to a social prescriber, I didn't know about this service when they booked it for me at the surgery but it’s been brilliant. They empowered me to see what was out there to support me and get the help I needed.”

Dr Anil Kallil – GP and Chair of Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

"The role isn’t just about sign posting people to services it is about ensuring people get the right support from relevant community resources. Through personalised support, Social Prescribing Link Workers can help people who don’t necessarily require clinical treatment, by referring them to community groups and voluntary organisations running a range of activities from benefits advice, singing and cooking classes, to sports activities, gardening and housing help. This will help ease pressure on GPs to make more time available for patients with more complex health needs”.

The short video above was produced to explain the role further and is being shared through our social media.

Services will help people experiencing poor mental health to find and keep work

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A new service has launched across Essex today (1 July) to help people experiencing poor mental health maintain employment.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) and Employ-Ability have launched the Employment Retention Service in partnership with Essex County Council.

It will run alongside the partnership’s established Employment Service that helps people receiving mental health support secure employment. Employment specialists help people set career goals, write CVs, prepare for interviews and build the confidence to enter the workplace.

The Employment Retention Service is a new service for Essex; enabling people in employment but experiencing mental health difficulties to find support so they are more likely to be able to continue working.

Staff will work alongside those in need, employers, health care staff and voluntary and community organisations to ensure support is put in place as quickly as possible.

The service is open to anyone experiencing mental health difficulties and members of the public are able to self-refer.

Sally Morris, Chief Executive at EPUT, said: “EPUT and Employ-Ability have been working in partnership to successfully deliver employment services in Essex for more than a decade.

“The service was one of the first to be recognised as a ‘National Centre of Excellence’ by the Centre for Mental Health and has helped many people with mental health needs find meaningful employment.

“The new Employment Retention Service has evolved from this success and will help those in work but experiencing mental health difficulties get the support they need quickly to help them maintain employment.

“I’m so pleased that, working with our partners, we have been able to launch this service at a time that is for so many a very challenging one.”

Steve Webb, Chair of Trustees, Employ-Ability said “This is a fantastic new and exciting service to provide further Employment Support for many people needing quick and appropriate responses to their particular issues.

“This partnership between EPUT and Employ-Ability, of long standing, will continue to develop on the amazing work already done to ensure this service maintains great relationships and much needed support, for those who are most vulnerable, with, perhaps, unique issues and challenges, especially at this difficult time.”

Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “I’m delighted that from 1st July we will be doing more to help our Essex residents secure and retain employment, particularly where they have mental health concerns which have been barriers in the past.

The importance of employment, both in terms of its preventative wellbeing qualities and the strong role it can play in terms of recovery, cannot be overstated.

“The more we talk about mental health, and recognise when we are struggling, the more we can work towards ensuring those that need support receive it – as with any other form of ill health, no-one should be penalised for being ill.”

The Employment Service and the Employment Retention service can be contacted on 0300 7900 573 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..