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NHS St Helens CCG Community Newsletter
Edition 5 - May 2018

ENGAGE is the best way to find out about what's happening in health and social care and what your opportunities are to have your say.
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This means that NHS St Helens CCG needs to get explicit confirmation that you are happy for us to contact you. If you do not sign up to be part of the membership scheme for NHS St Helens CCG, then from 25th of May 2018, your details will be removed from our database and you will no longer be contacted by us in relation to the work the CCG is doing, consultation and engagement opportunities, or receive this newsletter. 

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Engagement Opportunities 
Healthwatch Making the Right Choices Event - 5th June 2018

Date: Tuesday 5th June 2018. Arrival at 12.30pm for registration and lunch. We aim to close the event at 4pm.                               
Location: St Helens RFC Totally Wicked Stadium

This is your chance to find out about all the healthcare services that you can use across St Helens and where you should go to get the best treatment for your needs.

There will be a marketplace where you can find out about other support services on offer in St Helens.

Your speakers for the afternoon will be talking about:

  • Calling for an ambulance
  • Visiting your GP
  • Going to the walk-in Centre
  • Using A&E
  • Waste medications
  • When you need to take antibiotics
  • Out of hours service (Rota)
  • Using your pharmacy
  • NHS 111

Saints RLFC Player, Louie McCarthy- Scarsbrook will be making a special appearance and you will have the opportunity to have your photograph taken with him.

By booking a place you will be entered into a prize draw to win 2 tickets to a Saints RLFC game (match to be agreed).

To book your place email: or telephone 0300 111 0007.

Please tell us about any special access or dietary needs you have when you book your place.

Urgent Treatment Centre Survey

Local NHS organiations across the country have been asked to further improve Walk in Centres to meet new national standards set by NHS England. The aim is to make sure that Urgent care and Walk in Centres provide the same service nationally.
As part of this, NHS St Helens CCG are asking patients, the local community and carers to have their say and share experiences of our local Walk in Centre in St Helens based at The Millennium Centre, Corporation St, Saint Helens WA10 1HJ.
All feedback will be used to support the development of how this service might work in the future. 

To take part please click the link below and complete the survey;
If you represent a group who would like more information or to talk with us face to face about this, please don't hesitate to contact us on or telephone 01744 627 596

The closing date for this survey and engagement work will be Thursday 31st May 2018.

National Diabetes Prevention Programme 

NHS England are working with the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) to help people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes become healthier and avoid the condition.

It's the first national programme to do this. In March 2019, the programme will be renewed and NHSE would like to hear your views on plans to make it even more accessible.

Read more about the proposed changes in their NHS DPP information sheet (PDF, 339KB) and help shape the programme for the future. 

The surveys will close on Friday 25th May.

Campaigns and Information 
Action on Stroke Month - May 2018

What is Make May Purple for stroke?

Make May Purple for stroke is the annual stroke awareness month, taking place every May. Friends, families and communities are invited to show their support for people who have been affected by stroke.

This year, helping stroke survivors regain their independence couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is wear purple.

You can wear purple to work, to school or outside in your community – wherever you are, The Stroke Association are asking you to turn all your activities purple during the month of May. Whether that means wearing purple for a month or a day, or hosting a dress down day at work or school, every purple event you take part in will really make a difference to stroke survivors.

You can go as purple as you want – why not dye your hair purple? Or host a purple party? Whatever you choose to do, they would love to have you on board.

How you can get involved - #MakeMayPurple

Wear something purple or take a photo of your purple fun and share it on social media so your friends can sponsor you. Then be bold and dare a friend to have their own purple fun and be a part of our purple community. Remember to use #MakeMayPurple when sharing your pictures online.

If you’ve got any questions, need some inspiration or help planning your event, get in touch with the supporter care team at or call 0300 330 0740. 

To find out more information why not visit the Stroke Action website 
Step Out to Stroke - EVENT

The Stroke Association are holding their annual Step Out sponsored walk to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

The walk will be held at Taylor Park, St Helens on 21st June 2018 from 10.30am, walk starts at 11.00am from the Boat House.
Funds raised from this walk will help towards improving the lives of 150,000 people affected by stroke each year and their families.

The walk is a fun event aimed at all ages and abilities and many of the participants will be stroke survivors and their family and friends. Stroke Association staff from the local area will be organising the event.

The walk is wheelchair and mobility friendly, and is roughly ½ a mile; however there is no minimum distance to walk.
There is a £5.00 registration fee to cover the cost of the T Shirts, however if people prefer please put no charge on your registration form. Please make sure you register before the event so you receive a welcome pack which includes your Step Out t-shirt. There will be certificates and a medal presented to all registered participants.

Please contact the Stroke Association for a registration form on 01744 646160 or if you have any questions.

CATCH is a free health app for parents and carers of children aged 0-5.

The app empowers you with the information necessary to decide when your child needs medical treatment or when self-care is more appropriate.

Trusted advice for new parents

The aim of CATCH is to ease the sense of information overload, particularly regarding pregnancy and children’s health. With the number of resources available, it can be difficult to know who to trust. CATCH provides local NHS-approved information with your best interests at heart, so you won’t need to look elsewhere.

Find out more about how the catch app could help you

Talkfest Spring - Mental Health
At our third Talkfest event we talked to the community of St Helens about mental health. On the 26th April we went to different locations in the town including;
  • Co Operative distribution centre talking to depot staff and managers about mental health issues in the work place and services which are available
  • St Helens College talking to students and staff about their mental health and sharing what services are available.
  • SHAP and BME  community development services
  • The Job Centre
  • SAMS Military Veteran Breakfast group
  • The Hope Centre
  • The Deafness Resource Centre
  • GP Webinar - Our Mental Health GP Lead Dr Laura Pogue carried out a webinar session with local GPs talking to them about the main mental health issues she has heard about through Talkfest and answered questions
  • Social media - High use of interactive social media messages were used to raise awareness of mental health 
At each of the locations and groups, we shared information about where people could find services and asked everyone to make a pledge about what they could do to improve their own or others mental health.

You can see the pledges and the overall themes from Talkfest on the CCG website 
Tell us your story
We are always looking at ways of improving healthcare services. A big part of how we can do that is to hear your experiences of health care. All experiences and stories, both positive and negative are good for us to know about and you can share these with us in a number of ways including;
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