Help improve the lives of people living with dementia

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Dementia Action Week 2019 takes place between Monday 20 and Sunday 26 May.

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Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is part of Thurrock Dementia Action Alliance. Over the next week the CCG will be promoting ways to take action on dementia.

Irene Lewsey, Head of Transformation, said:
“Almost all of us know someone affected by dementia – a family member, a friend, a neighbour or a colleague. This Dementia Action Week, find out more about how our communities, as well as ourselves as individuals, can adapt to make improvements to the lives of those of us living with dementia.”

People living with dementia often report feeling cut off from their community, the breakdown of friendships and a general feeling that they are facing the condition alone.

We can all take action to create more supportive environments to support those with dementia. One of the best ways we can all help is to take the time to visit someone we know who has dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society has developed a booklet that gives tips on having a conversation with a person with dementia. Click the link below to download:

Ask Us Anything Booklet 

Spring 2019 Issue of CCG Insight Out Now!

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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. 

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The spring issue features

  • The launch of local Personal Wheelchair Budgets which will increase people’s choice and control on their wheelchair;
  • A new pilot in Thurrock that aims to help patients to manage their pain while also cutting down on addictive medication;
  • The news that Thurrock patients will be among the first to benefit from a new Targeted Lung Health Check Programme; and
  • An update on the work going on across Mid and South Essex STP that will make sure that our services are best able to support people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

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 2019 (issue 14) (2.51 MB)

Find out what children do online at special event

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Parents, carers and professionals are invited to a learning event which helps adults understand children’s and young people’s online world.

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The “Walk On Line” will help adults gain a greater understanding of how children are using social media and the internet. Organised by Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Partnership, the event will look at the dark side of the web and the risks of exploitation as well as what can be done to reduce the risks.

The event is taking place on Thursday 23 May 2019 and there are two sessions available: 10am to 1pm and 6.30pm to 9pm. The venue is to be confirmed.

For more information and to book a place, visit the Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Partnership website

Strong local partnership working supports children and young people with special needs

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An inspection of the service offered to people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Thurrock says that they have their needs identified swiftly and get access to the help and support they, and their parents and carers, need quickly thanks to well-coordinated children’s social services.

The inspection was carried out by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March. Its key findings also included that strong local partnerships have led to improvements in the service, that elected members are well informed and matters related to SEND are frequently discussed at the highest level of the Council.

There are remaining challenges to address. Inspectors said that there are issues around record keeping, the quality assurance of the services received by children and young people and the quality of Education, Health and Care Plans, including the links between heath care professionals and council staff commissioning services.

An action plan to address these areas for improvement has already been produced and shared with Ofsted and will now form the basis of a written statement outlining upcoming improvements planned by the service.

Cllr James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, said “The council is fully committed to ensuring the issues identified in the inspection are addressed and that our ongoing work with parents and young people with SEND will enable them to achieve and fulfil their potential. Prior to the inspection we have already started a series of meetings to hear directly from parents and address their concerns and we have been involved in a positive dialogue with Ofsted about our planned improvements.”

Jane Foster-Taylor, Chief Nurse for Thurrock CCG said: “While there is room for improvement we welcomed the inspection team’s comments about areas of really strong and good practice in reacting quickly to children’s needs. As Commissioners in the health pathway for children with SEND we are keen to work with our local authority colleagues to pick up on the areas for improvement as quickly as possible.”

The read the report from CQC and Ofsted, click on the link below:

Joint local area SEND inspection in Thurrock

Dying Matters 2019: Are We Ready?

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Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place between 13 – 19 May and encourages people to think about dying.

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 The CCG wants everyone to start talking about dying! Not a statement you would expect from the local NHS, but as part of Dying Matters Week (13 -19 May), we want to encourage people to talk about preparing for end of life so that we can all be ready.

This year’s Dying Matters theme is “Are We Ready?” which can be interpreted in many different ways. There are the practical questions like funeral planning and cost but also emotional and spiritual questions.

Such questions are best faced with the help of others and that’s why it is so important for us to be willing to talk about dying. For this Dying Matters Week, NHS Thurrock CCG will be working with St Luke’s Hospice to encourage people to think about what they would need to do to make having the conversation about dying easier. We will be supporting events at a number of locations across Thurrock, run by St Luke’s Hospice, so feel free to come along and have a chat! See the times and locations below:

Tuesday 14 May
Costa Coffee, Western Avenue, Lakeside Retail Park RM20 3LP near TKMAXX from 10am to 2pm
St Margaret’s Church, The Green, Stanford le Hope, SS17 0EP – a talk on Dying Matters from 10am to 12pm

Wednesday 15 May
St John’s Church, Corringham, SS17 8WU – talk on what you can do to prepare from 1pm to 3pm

You can find out more about the Dying Matters Awareness Week on the Dying Matters website