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ENGAGE

NHS St Helens CCG Community Newsletter
Edition 13 - February 2019


 
ENGAGE is the best way to find out about the latest opportunities to have your say in the design of your local health and social care. In this bulletin you can see the ways you can get involved from surveys to events, as well as find out what happened with previous work you have been part of.

At our recent Talkfest events local community members provided us with valuable feedback regarding some of the barriers they face around self-care, this was mainly around local community members not always aware of what services are available and how to access them. Following this feedback, we are holding a community engagement fair this week, bringing together local organisations to showcase who they are and what they do. See the section below for more information. 
 
As you are hopefully aware in St Helens we are working as part of a local care system called St Helens Cares which brings together a wide range of statutory organisations working together to improve the lives of the people of St Helens. Organisations Include Health and Social Care (NHS and Local Authority), Housing, Police, Fire, Healthwatch, Probation, Voluntary Community Action. As part of this work we have developed and launched a Shared Care Record.

Many people think that their GP health record is available to all health and social care workers involved in their care, but this is not always the case. At the moment, each person you see keeps a separate record. This can mean some important information is not communicated between health and social care services as well as it should. The St Helens Shared Care Record sees all local GPs, hospitals, community, mental health and social care services working together to make it possible for health and social care workers to look at relevant information about you to make the best clinical decisions.

For more information on St Helens Cares and the Shared Care Record please visit our website.  

During 2019 we will have a number of opportunities for the community to get involved and have their say on the work of the CCG and St Helens Cares. All engagement opportunities are promoted through the CCG website. If you would like more information on any of the opportunities or would like to get involved please do not hesitate to contact me at paul.steele@sthelensccg.nhs.uk or on 01744 624596.

Talkfest - March 1st 2019
Do you want to find out more about local services and community groups? Come along to the St Helens Cares Talkfest Health and Wellbeing Fair, taking place on: 

Friday 1st March, 1pm-4pm at St Helens Parish Church (Church Square, St Helens, WA10 1AF).

At the fair there will be a marketplace filled with stalls, where you can find out more information about various health, wellbeing and community services.

The Healthy Living Team will be leading activities on the day, such as Tai Chi and Mindfulness.

The St Helens Mind Choir will also be joining the event to spread joy during the afternoon!

Free refreshments will be available.

If you would like more information, please email engagement@sthelensccg.nhs.uk or call 01744 624269 or simply pop along on the day. You can also view the poster with more information via our website.
  
Get involved and have your say

Criteria Based Clinical Treatment - Phase Three

We are continuing our review of more treatment policies to ensure that our resources are used on the treatments that work best and provide the best long-term health outcomes for local people.

From June 2017, we, together with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Southport and Formby, South Sefton and St Helens have been reviewing several treatment policies to:

  • ensure that the latest medical guidance and techniques are being used so the best treatment is being provided to each patient
  • ensure that NHS resources are being used in the best possible way for all patients and;
  • provide equal access to healthcare and treatments, where possible, across the Mid Mersey area

Phase one and phase two of the review were completed in 2017 and changes implemented following on from engagement with local people. 

Now, more policies are being looked at in line with national guidelines under phase three of the project. 

These policies are:

  • Botulinum Toxin A&B
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  • Cough Assist Devices
  • Insulin Pumps
  • Secondary care administered peripheral steroid joint injections
  • Surgery for Prostatism
  • Transanal Irrigation
For more information please visit our website.

If you require hard copies of the survey or policies please contact us via phone on 01744 627 596 or email engagement@sthelensccg.nhs.uk and we can send this out. 
 
Shared Care Record
Many people think that their GP health record is available to all health and social care workers involved in their care, but this is not always the case.

At the moment, each person you see keeps a separate record. This can mean some important information is not communicated between health and social care services as well as it should.

To help, we are launching the St Helens Shared Care Record - all local GPs, hospitals, community, mental health and social care services are working together to make it possible for health and social care workers to look at relevant information about you to make the best clinical decisions. More information can be found on our website.
Other opportunities

Free accredited training – Understanding the Health and Social Care Environment

Places are available on the Understanding the Health and Social Care Environment (UHSCE) online training course which is accredited by Certa and is available to current NHS volunteers. The course is divided into three sections: about the stakeholders, about tools and methods for influencing health and social care, and about how you can present your community issues to have maximum impact for positive change. The course starts on 12 March 2019 and ends with a full day of assessed presentations where participants have an opportunity to share their projects they have been working on as part of the course, gather practical advice on how to develop their work further, and to network. For more information about the course and how to apply please email: england.ppve-learning@nhs.net .

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Eleven women die in the UK every day from ovarian cancer. Awareness of ovarian cancer is low, both among women and GPs, with two-thirds of women diagnosed once the cancer has already spread. During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the ovarian cancer charities come together to raise awareness about the symptoms and make sure women have the best chances of survival. For more information visit NHS England website.
 
Cervical Screening Campaign 
Public Health England are to launch a national cervical screening campaign in March 2019, The NHS Cervical Screening Programme has made a significant impact on cervical cancer mortality since it was established in 1988, saving an estimated 5,000 lives a year. More information when it's been launched will be available on the public health England website. 
Tell us your story

Your experience of the NHS in St Helens is important to us, it will help us shape the way we deliver services and also help to ensure that we are providing the best quality of service to you. 

If you have had a recent experience which you would like to tell us about, please fill out the form via the link below to tell us your story. We use this information to provide feedback to our commissioners and service providers so we can continually improve our services.

 
The next ENGAGE newsletter will be brought to you in March 2019


Our mailing address is:
engagement@sthelensccg.nhs.uk 

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