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NHS St Helens CCG Community Newsletter
Edition 3 - March 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.
NHS St Helens CCG New Lay Member Mark Weights
Mark Weights joins the CCG as Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement. He has worked in the third and voluntary sector at SHAP since 1987, involved in supported housing, working with young people who are in the care of the Local Authority or those who are getting ready to leave care. Mark has been a key part of the local community for a number of years, working in the field of homelessness and supported housing for over 40 years. His experience working with some of the most vulnerable members of our community will no doubt support the CCG to continue carrying out meaningful engagement. We welcome Mark as a key partner in developing our future engagement work. 
You can get in touch with Mark on 
Important Update - Contact Cares (former Integrated Access St Helens)
From the 5th March 2018 if you call the former Integrated Access St Helens Team the way you are greeted will change to Contact Cares. 

This is one of the first steps in creating a new approach to how health & social care services are accessed and managed at the first point of contact.

The creation of Contact Cares is part of the overarching St Helens Cares programme of work which aims to integrate services across St Helens.

Please find more information by reading the attached poster. 
Talkfest Spring - Mental Health Save the Date April 26th 2018

Following on the success of Talkfest Winter NHS St Helens CCG will be holding another Talkfest event on April 26th 2018. This event will focus on local mental health services and give people the opportunity to talk to us about is available and experiences of mental health services and issues in the local community.

If you missed our last Talkfest event, you can find out what happened here.

Look out for more information on Twitter, Facebook, our Website and in next months edition of ENGAGE.
St Helens Memorial Service - for those affected by suicide
Date: Wednesday 28th March, 7.30pm
Location: St Helens RFC Totally Wicked Stadium

If you would like to attend the memorial service simply turn
up, or to secure your seat please visit or call 0330 0889255
Hub of Hope - No more suicides 
As a borough we are continuing to work towards a No More Suicides borough and need your help in doing this.
The Hub of Hope is easy to register on and will become a first steps for people to see what support is out there.
Be Clear on Cancer: St Helens Patient Story
Public Health England have launched a national campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer in women aged 70 and over.
The campaign is part of the Be Clear on Cancer work which aims to help improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging people to see their GP without delay.Research has shown that the risk of breast cancer increases with age with 1 in 3 women who get breast cancer being over 70.

Nell McInnery, aged 98 from Parr, has shown that it is never too late to get breast cancer after being diagnosed with it last year - read more about Nells story here. 

Raising awareness of Sepsis 

SEPSIS, also known as blood poisoning, is the reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs and tissues.

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition, however it can be easily treated if caught early.
Symptoms of sepsis will present differently between adults and children.

44,000 People lose their lives to Sepsis every year.

£2 Billion is the estimated amount that Sepsis costs the NHS annually.

Sepsis is everyone's problem.  Spotting Sepsis requires vigilance, robust systems such as NEWS and excellent pathways of communication and response.

Please see the attached poster for more information.

Healthwatch are holding a Listening Event on the 15th March around your experiences of mental health services in the borough.

Who is this for?

If you, a relative, friend or someone you care for has used mental health services in St Helens, we want to give you the chance to tell us what you think.

Why are we doing this?

Some of our local councillors have asked for our support to try and find out what local people think about the mental health services being provided in the borough.

We need your honest feedback on the services you or someone you know have used so that we can identify what works well and what needs to be improved.

There will be no mental health providers there on the day so you can talk freely and openly about your treatment and care.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Come along on: Thursday 15th March 2018

The Beacon Building, College Street,

St Helens, WA10 1TF. 

12 noon – 2pm

Registration and refreshments from 11.30 am

To book your place please contact Debbie on: 0300 111 0007 or email:

GDPR - The Law is Changing 

From 25th May 2018, for organisations to keep in touch, you must complete a consent / newsletter sign up form which has explicit consent - the law is changing

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 re 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 or consultation and engagement opportunities. 

If you want to make sure we can keep in touch with you, please make sure you complete our consent /newsletter sign up form now!

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;
The next ENGAGE newsletter will be brought to you in April 2018

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