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NHS St Helens CCG Community Newsletter
Edition 4 - April 2018

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Engagement Opportunities 
Talkfest Spring - Mental Health - Thursday 26th April

Planning for 'Talkfest Spring - Mental Health' is well underway and we are keen to hear from you. If you know of any groups who you think might want to get involved and talk to us about mental health services or experiences, we want to hear from you! 

We are keen to spread messages about Mental Health services and promote great campaigns like 'Stamp out Stigma' on this day, so if you have any ideas about how we can get as many people in the area talking about Mental Health on April 26th 2018, please get in touch.

Consultation on the re-procurement of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme – now open

NHSE 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 our NHS DPP information sheet and help  shape the programme for the future.

Childrens Urgent Care engagement survey

At NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) we are looking at the urgent and emergency care for the children and young people of St Helens. We would like to know your views on what is currently available and how current services could be improved.

Urgent and emergency care means any services providing same day appointments or those you can drop in to receive treatment for example A&E, the Walk-In Centre and NHS 111.

You can complete the survey to share your thought by following the links below;

The surveys will close on Monday 30th April.

Childrens Community Nursing engagement survey

At NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) we are reviewing the Children's Community Nursing Services provided for the children and young people of St Helens. We would like to know your views on what is currently available and how services could be improved.
You can find out what is currently available here 

To let us know your views, you can complete the following surveys.

The surveys will close on Monday 30th April.

Reviewing Local Health Policies - Phase 1 and 2 outcome 

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Merseyside and part of Cheshire are working together to review more than 100 policies and treatments to ensure that they have the best possible outcomes for patients, are in line with the latest clinical guidance and are making the best of the limited NHS resources available.

From June to September 2017, a number of policies were reviewed by Warrington CCG, St Helens CCG, Halton CCG, Liverpool CCG, Southport and Formby CCG, South Sefton CCG and Knowsley CCG for Phase 1 of the review.

As part of this we asked patients, service users and members of the public for their views on proposed updates to some of the policies. We did this through face-to-face meetings, focus groups and a survey which was available online, on paper and over the phone.

This feedback has been reviewed by the CCGs alongside clinical evidence and an analysis of costs. All of the proposed changes have now been approved by each of the CCGs’ governing bodies apart from changing the age at which someone can have breast surgery – which will remain the same (18 years) and removal of the statement at the beginning of the Commissioning Policy 2014/15 – which has been amended.

Find out more about any changes to the policies.

For further information about the eligibility criteria for treatments, please see the overarching commissioning policy document: Criteria Based Clinical Treatments (CBCT)

Campaigns and Information 
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - April 2018

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), a fantastic annual opportunity to raise awareness of bowel cancer and funds to support the work of Bowel Cancer UK.

This year Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer UK have merged to form the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity, with a mission to ensure that by 2050, no-one will die of bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer however it shouldn’t be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops.

Early diagnosis really does save lives, that’s why during April they're raising awareness of bowel cancer symptoms. And you can help spread the word too.

How you can get involved:

Learn about the signs and symptoms
Be a star, bake a cake
Order your free symptoms guide

To find out more information why not visit the Bowel Cancer Awareness website. 
Hub of Hope - No more suicides 
As a borough we are continuing to work towards being a No More Suicides borough and need your help in doing this. 

The Hub of Hope is a website which can tell you all of the local services available that can support you with mental health issues. It is easy to register on and will become a first steps for people to see what support is out there.
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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