Decision Making Business Case ahead of Joint Committee

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Decision-Making Business Case (DMBC)

The Joint Committee of mid and south Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups is meeting on 6 July 2018 and will make decisions on proposed changes to some hospital services, as set out in the STP public consultation Your Care in the Best Place. The proposed service changes would be across the three acute hospitals in mid and south Essex - Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.

These proposals would consolidate and strengthen specialist clinical teams to improve patient outcomes, quality of care and provide quicker access to services. The CCG Joint Committee will be reviewing the decision-making business case (DMBC) to make decisions, and this document includes:

•        The outcome of the public consultation

•        The second stage review of proposals by the East of England Clinical Senate

•        The equality and health inequality impact assessment of the proposed changes

•        The quality impact assessment

•         Data protection impact assessment

•        The impact of the above on the original proposals put forward in the consultation document.

The DMBC is available for download here.

NHS at 70 Thurrock CCG Staff Memories

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Jane Richards, Lead Nurse, Quality and Patient Safety Team remembers her early days in nursing, here she shares her class of 1991 picture (Jane is bottom left). She said:

"One thing I'll always remember is hospital corners. The beds had to be made with sharp turned down corners, no creases allowed!"

 For more information, photos and memories, visit:

Join us on 12 July at 10am for a Big7Tea at The Community House, Seabrooke Rise, Thurrock. Tea, cake and memories and a chance to see what's available for families in Thurrock. 

CCGs in mid and south Essex to decide on proposals for hospital changes

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The five clinical commissioning groups in mid and south Essex will meet on Friday 6 July 2018 to make decisions following the recent public consultation on proposed changes to hospital services across the area.The Joint Committee of the CCGs will consider recommendations based on the principles outlined in the consultation which include:

  • Making improvements in A&E at all three hospitals with the development of new assessment and treatment centres alongside each A&E. All three A&Es will be led by a consultant, open 24 hours a day and will receive “blue light” ambulances.

  • Develop a new specialist stroke centre which would provide the highest dependency and intensive care for people in the first 72 hours following a stroke alongside rapid access to diagnostics and specialist interventions. This would be in addition to the existing stroke care units at all three hospitals which would remain in place, with patients continuing to access their local A&E department if they had symptoms of a stroke, and receiving initial assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

  • Bring together in one place some specialist inpatient care where there is existing expertise and to allow for extended hours, seven day a week consultant and specialist cover for these services and improved outcomes for patients.

  • Separate some planned operations from emergency cases. For example, some complex orthopaedic operations that need a few days hospital stay could be performed in Southend Hospital for people in south Essex and Braintree Community Hospital for people in mid Essex. This would reduce cancelled operations and rates of infection by separating this type of care from emergency care.

  • Moving community services closer to where people live. For example in Thurrock the proposals outline how services currently provided at Orsett Hospital could be provided in four new “integrated medical centres” and existing and new facilities across Basildon and Brentwood.

Full details of the consultation and the outcome report can be found at

The meeting, which will be held in public, will take place from 2.30pm at the Chelmsford City Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Duke Street Chelmsford, CM1 1JE

If members of the public wish to attend they are advised to book ahead so that appropriate arrangements can be made, as admission will be on a first come, first served basis with priority given to those who have given advance notification.

Spaces (two per request) can be booked by emailing:
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The agenda for the meeting can be found at
As this is an extraordinary meeting of the CCG Joint Committee there will not be the opportunity for members of the public to speak on the day. Printed copies of the meeting papers will be available at the meeting.

All Together For Dementia – A Cupcake Day to Remember

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Health leaders, providers of dementia support, social work teams and a person with dementia got together on Cupcake Day to make a difference for people with dementia in south west Essex.

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On 14 June, a Cupcake sale was positioned in the Civic Offices, with many other sales across south west Essex, including; Alzheimer’s Society, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, Brentwood Community Hospital, Basildon and Brentwood CCG,
Dementia Crisis Support Team, Essex Partnership University Trust Dementia Services, Midlands and Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NELFT, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Thurrock Council, Inclusion Thurrock.

Almost £1000 was raised across south west Essex to support Alzheimer’s Society and research into improving outcomes for people with Dementia.

Children in Care Council celebrate passport to health

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Healthcare leaders have launched a healthcare passport especially for children leaving care.

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From left to right: Paula Gregory, Designated Looked After Children’s Nurse; Linda Smart, Deputy Chief Nurse, Thurrock CCG; Gregg Brown, Open Door; Enita Chiwara, Looked After Children’s Nurse; Eugenia Luke; Specialist Looked After Children’s Nurse and Cllr Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Children and Adults Social Care

The Health Passport is a new initiative brought about by the Children in Care Council and Open Door, who visited NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Board in 2017. They expressed a desire to know more about how local healthcare works and how they could feed in to plans.

During discussions the young people said it was difficult to navigate all the health care services they used, and the information they needed to be able to stay on top of their own healthcare was not always easy to find. It would be especially useful to help them take control of their healthcare when leaving care and going on to be independent.

In response to this Thurrock CCG offered to create a health passport to enable young people to take charge of their health and wellbeing on leaving care. This has been co-designed with young people as representatives of the Children in Care Council, the Designated Looked After Children’s Nurse and the CCG.