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NHS St Helens CCG Community Newsletter
Edition 8 - August 2018

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Engagement Lead Blog - August 2018
During August we held our PPG forum, this forum is made up of representation from patients across local GP practices, the forum is designed for patients to find out what’s happening across primary care and how they can support us to deliver key messages in their own practices as well as sharing thoughts and ideas on initiatives that can be carried out to support practice. This meeting takes place once a quarter and anyone interested in joining their local PPG can find out more information here.
The team also visited Age UK and presented to the older peoples steering group. The presentation covered a range of topics such as who we are, what we do, how people can get involved and have their say, work areas and our patient experience programme.
The CCG also published its summary annual report, the report is an interactive e book where videos can be found from members of our CCG team explaining the challenges and achievements in 2017/18. We want to know your thoughts and views of this report, please submit and comments to the team.
On top of this the team have also produced a dedicated summary report on the work around engagement, involvement and communications. This summary looks back over the last 12 months and also focuses on planned work going forward.

Engagement Opportunities 

GP online services Webinars for Patient Participation Group (PPG) Members

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) play an important role supporting GP practices, particularly in engaging with patients.

The NHS England Primary Care Digital Transformation team is holding a series of FREE webinars aimed at PPG members to help them understand all about GP online services and how they can support their local practice in getting more patients to register for this service. The webinars will last between 60-90 minutes depending on how many questions are asked.

Webinars in the coming months are as follows:

·         Wednesday 29 August 10.00-11.00

·         Monday 17 September 13.00-14.00

·         Wednesday 24 October 10.00-11.00

·         Monday 29 November 13.00-14.00

·         Wednesday 19 December 10.00-11.00

To sign up please go to:

Recruitment of Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partners for Digital Health Programmes

NHS England are looking for expert PPV partners for a variety of groups who have a good knowledge and understanding of the health and care system nationally, regionally and/or locally to join our various advisory groups, and help shape NHS digital health services for people, patients and carers.


The main role of PPV partners is to ensure that patient voice is heard within the various groups by constructively challenging, offering insight and views from a patient/citizen perspective.

More information can be found here.

Picnic in the Park -  World Suicide Prevention Day

Date - 8th September 2018

Time - 11-4pm

Location - Taylor Park

World Suicide Prevention day (WSPD) is held each year on the 10th of September. It’s an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). St Helens Healthy Living Team will be hosting this years annual event, themed as a "Picnic in the Park" at Taylor Park alongside the St Helens 150 Years celebrations.

 Advance care planning and end of life care - Healthwatch Listening Event 


Come along to our listening event around advance care planning and end of life care. Find out how you can plan for your future and share any experiences you have had around the end of life care of a loved one. We want to make things better in St Helens and this will be your chance to help.

By telling us your views we can let service providers know what’s working well and what isn’t.

With support from our colleagues at Willowbrook Hospice and St Helens CCG there will be presentations about what’s available in St Helens, advance care planning, and information about Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) orders.

The event will take place on Thursday 27th September, 1-4pm at the Living Well, Borough Road, St Helens, WA10 3RN.

To find out more and to book your place please call us on: 0300 111 0007

Campaigns and Information 
August Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Hours

Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday weekends, so it is wise for people to think about repeat prescriptions they will need before the holiday period begins.

Please remember that A&E and 999 services are for life threatening and serious conditions. However, fear not, there is a lot of help out there if you or your loved ones happen to fall ill.

Pharmacy Services

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can help you prepare for many of the common illnesses like coughs and colds and ensure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet over the holiday period.

Several pharmacies will be open over the Bank Holiday period (Monday 27th August 2018), their opening times are available here.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Can you #SpotLeukaemia?

This September, the U’s are supporting the Spot Leukaemia campaign, helping fans to recognise the signs and symptoms of leukaemia.

Leukaemia is a blood cancer that can affect people of all ages.

It is most common in adults over the age of 65 years old, but there are around 3,300 children, teenagers and adults under the age of 65 years old diagnosed each year.

The signs and symptoms of leukaemia are often associated with those of unrelated, but common, illnesses. This can make leukaemia difficult to spot.

The most common symptoms in all ages are:

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling weak or breathless
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Easily bruising or bleeding
  • Pain in bones or joints
  • Frequent infections

Ensuring that you can spot the signs and symptoms of leukaemia can help diagnose leukaemia early. Early diagnosis saves lives.

Remember, a simple blood test is all that is required to either rule out, or diagnose, a blood cancer. If you are concerned about spotting the signs and symptoms, visit your GP and request a blood test.

To find out more about Spot Leukaemia and support the campaign, visit

Are your kids ready to Train Like A Jedi this Summer?
Calling all friends of the Resistance! Public Health England (PHE) and Disney UK have launched a brand new national Change4Life programme – Train Like A Jedi – to help kids get active and inspire a new generation of Resistance recruits.
Taking inspiration from everyone’s favourite Star WarsTM characters Rey and Luke, it’s time to get your kids active as they learn to master the ways of the Jedi with a fun play along video. The video features British Taekwondo athlete and double Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones, who alongside a special appearance from BB-8, leads kids through a series of Jedi inspired moves, which will prepare them to be ready for when the Resistance might need them!
Combined together, the 12 moves become one special Jedi training routine that helps children learn and master six key skills – technique, strength, stamina, speed, agility and mastery.

Have fun, work hard and Train Like A Jedi. May the Force be with you!

Help your children get active this summer by mastering the ways of the Jedi! Search Change4Life online to access the
Train Like A Jedi video
Be Clear on Cancer - Pee in Blood Campaign

Public Health England (PHE) is launching a national ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign which highlights blood in pee as a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancers. The campaign will encourage everyone to ‘look before they flush’ and visit their GP without delay if they notice blood in their pee, even if it’s just once.

A new survey reveals that only 16% of adults aged 50 and over in England (those most at risk of these cancers) say they check the colour of their pee every time they go to the toilet, with women being less likely to check every time (12% versus 20% of men).

Blood might not appear every time, so it is important that people seek medical help even if they notice it just once. Worryingly, around half (47%) of those surveyed said they would not seek medical advice if they saw blood in their pee just once, with 45% saying they would wait and see if it happened again, potentially putting off a vital diagnosis.


Dr Dawn Harper, TV Doctor and GP, said

"I’m urging people to be vigilant to changes in their body and to check their pee. I hear all too often about people who have delayed seeking medical advice if they have worrying symptoms – like blood in pee – because they are afraid of what the doctor might find or what the treatment might be.

If you do notice blood in your pee, it’s probably nothing serious, but it’s always worth checking with a health professional – you won’t be wasting their time. It’s vital that people don’t put off getting help; if it is cancer, early diagnosis saves lives."

The ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign runs until 23 September and includes advertising on TV, radio and in public toilets and online.
Find out further information about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer here. 


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

The app provides 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

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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