NHS Long Term Plan

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NHS England has set out it's Long Term Plan for the future of the NHS.

As we mark the 70th anniversary, and the national debate has been about the Health Service's enduring success and shared social commitment. There is a concern about funding, staffing and increasing pressures and inequalities. 

In order to keep the NHS and its place in our lives we must tackle the big problems staff face, redesign patient care and future proof the NHS for the decade ahead.

You can read more about the NHS Long Term Plan here: www.longtermplan.co.uk

Thurrock CCG will be working on it's own plans, alongside our colleagues in the wider Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).  In support of today's plan,

Dr Anita Donley, OBE, independent chair of the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership said:

"We welcome the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan today and the priorities it contains. The plan is a helpful blueprint for change which reflects many of our own ambitions and the work we are already doing as a health and care partnership to shape our care for the future.

"Building on the conversations we are having with the public and our staff we now have the opportunity to shape what the NHS Long Term Plan means for our area, and how we can continue to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve."

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer, Thurrock CCG said: “We look forward to working with our partners across Thurrock and the wider mid and south Essex area, as well as patients and staff, over the coming months to turn the ambitions contained in the plan into real improvements in services for people in Thurrock.”

Watch this video: to see how this will benefit patients. https://youtu.be/H3I1NS8cyBE 

Look out for opportunities to help Thurrock CCG design it's local plans for the future. Visit our Get Involved section to find out how you can have your say.


New Macmillan GP for Thurrock to Focus on Improving Cancer Outcomes

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Dr Vikram Bhat has been named the new Macmillan GP for Thurrock. Dr Bhat, who runs Sai Medical Centre will be focusing on improving outcomes for people in Thurrock, from diagnosing to treatment, recovery and end of life. He will work with GPs to improve access to education, commissioning of cancer services and providing practical support for GP to help them identify and manage people with cancer.

Macmillan GPs also work towards improving communication between professionals within hospitals and voluntary services and the East of England Cancer Alliance.

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“I am passionate about improving cancer care and rates of survival. We have a lot to do in Thurrock and with the support of Macmillan, I am keen to work closely with commissioners and wider healthcare professionals to make an impact, including speeding up diagnosis and access to treatments.”

Kehinde Adeniji, Senior Commissioning Manager at Thurrock CCG said:

“We know that cancer diagnosis and access to early treatment is so important in improve outcomes for people in Thurrock. Our wait times for treatment and survival could be improved and this is something we are working on across mid and south Essex STP. By having a specialist GP to focus on cancer we are hoping that we can work together to improve things for our patients.”


Video shows why keeping strong is so important

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A new video highlights the importance of looking after your strength so that you can do the things that are important to you.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has released the short Christmas film, Never Too Late, to promote the importance of remaining active as we age. 

The film is about a lonely widower who regains his strength and sense of purpose so that he can return to his role playing Father Christmas at the local children’s ward.

The CSP is using the film, which is part of its Love Activity campaign, to spread its message that it’s never too late to start strengthening and reduce the risk of falls as we age.


The campaign directs people to six exercises that can help them stay strong and independent this winter. You can see these exercises by downloading the poster below.

For more information on the film and exercise, visit the CSP website or follow the organisation on Facebook or Twitter.


Call to help the NHS protect antibiotics

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Over three million surgical operations and cancer treatments a year in England may become life-threatening without antibiotics

We all need to do our bit to protect our antibiotics. And they need protecting. Research shows that over 3 million surgeries and cancer treatments could become life threatening if we do not act.

The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign aims to alert the public to the risks of antibiotic resistance, urging all of us to always take their doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice on antibiotics.

Procedures such as caesarean sections and hip replacements could become life-threatening without antibiotics; infections related to surgery could double, putting people at risk of dangerous complications.

Flu – think it’s too late to be vaccinated? think again!

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With flu season now upon us, Thurrock’s public health team and the Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to fight the threat of flu by encouraging specific groups of people to get their flu vaccine. The message is, it’s not too late!

The groups of people being encouraged in particular are pregnant women, parents of young children, those under 65 with long-term conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Carers are also eligible to be vaccinated.

Last year Thurrock’s eligible population were under vaccinated, putting them at risk of serious health problems due to the flu. Flu can even be fatal.