Calderdale CCG

Survey of Young People’s Experience with Doctors

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Are you a Young Person (aged 12-25) living in Calderdale?

If the answer is YES then this survey by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is for you!

Help us to review your experience at your Doctors.

Going to your doctors is important, right?

We are interested in finding out about your experience at the doctors. We are gathering as much information as we can. This will help us understand what works well, what doesn’t work so well. This will help us identify if any improvements need to be made.

Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey. It is anonymous, which means that we do not know who is taking the survey. We will just collect all the results so we can get a good picture of what young people’s experience of going to the doctors is in Calderdale.

You can take the survey by clicking on this link https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/young-peoples-experience-at-gp-practices-in-calderdale/

Some of the questions just need a tick, other questions ask you to write an answer. Please give these questions careful thought and answer as honestly as possible.

Even if you hardly ever, or don’t go to the doctors, we still want to hear from you!

Let’s work together to make a difference.

If you need support to give your view or prefer to tell us your story please contact:

Alexis Ritchie at Calderdale CCG
Tel: 01924 504956
Email: Alexis.Ritchie@northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk

Lydia Pignataro at Barnardo’s Positive Identities
Tel: 01422 371993
Email: lydia.pignataro@barnardos.org.uk

This engagement will last for six weeks.
The closing date for all responses is Midday on Monday 3 June 2019.

Thank you for taking the time to share your views and completing this survey!

Closure of Burley Street Surgery, Elland

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Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have given the following information about the closure of Burley Street Surgery. This is taken from the Calderdale CCG website at https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/burleystreet/

‘Burley Street Surgery will soon be closing
Dr Falak Naz’s contract to provide GP services at the surgery will shortly come to an end. This means that Dr Naz’s practice will close at Friday 29 June, 6:30pm.

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for the planning and buying of GP services in Calderdale. We want to make sure that you will have a GP after Dr Naz retires.

You will need to register with a new GP practice in your local area.

You can find more information on the internet. The NHS Choices website: http://www.nhs.uk will tell you about local GP practices, the services they offer and how to register with a new practice. Alternatively, you can contact the CCG by calling 01422 307400, texting 0777 133 4724 or by emailing CCG.FEEDBACK@calderdaleccg.nhs.uk

We understand that you might find it difficult or be worried about having to change doctors, so we will make sure there is lots of support to help you.

We have also arranged two drop-in sessions where staff will be able to answer any questions you may have about this change and support you to find a new GP Practice.

These drop-in support sessions will be held at:  Bertie’s, Brook Street, Elland HX5 9AW on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 6pm to 8pm, and
  • Friday 15th June 2018 at 10am to 12 noon

If you have any concerns about this change or would like some help to register with a new practice, you can contact us by calling 01422 307400, texting 07771 334724 or by emailing FEEDBACK@calderdaleccg.nhs.uk

Have Your Say! Wheelchair Service for Calderdale

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Calderdale and KIrklees CCGs need your help to design a future service. They invite you to two events to help them do this. The two events will be held in one central location ‘The Holiday Inn’, Clifton Village, West Yorkshire, Brighouse, HD6 4HW and they would like your support to attend one or both events.

The first event is on Friday 11 May, 9:45am-2:30pm. This event is about sharing what people have already told us about wheelchair services, looking at these findings and making sure we have not missed anything. The second one is on Friday 20 July, 9:45am -12:15pm. This follow up event is about looking at our proposed model of service and hearing your views about this.

You can register to attend the event using the online link or scanning the QR code (for registration by mobile) below. Or by printing off the registration form and returning to the FREEPOST address at the back of the form.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/registerforwheelchairservicesevent/


Places are limited to 80 people so please book before Tuesday 8 May.

The event will give you an opportunity to hear the feedback we have received on the current service, and help to use the feedback to shape a future service.

If you can’t attend the event but would still like to be involved, they will be talking to local people and groups between the 11 May and the 20 July to gather feedback.

Contact Dawn Pearson at dawn.pearson@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk or call her on 01422 307428.

Be Clear on Cancer Campaign – 22 February to 31 March 2018

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In February 2018, Public Health England will be launching a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer in women aged 70 and over.

What is Be Clear on Cancer?

Be Clear on Cancer aims to help improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging people to see their GP without delay.

The key message promoted on TV will be: ‘1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70, so don’t assume you’re past it.’ The advert also reinforces the message that finding it early makes it more treatable.

A second message, promoted via other campaign materials, will be: ‘A lump isn’t the only sign of breast cancer’ and that women over 70 should tell their doctor if they notice any changes to their breasts.

You can get breast cancer at any age but the older you are the more likely you are to get it. 1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70 so older women need to know what their breasts normally look and feel like so they can spot any changes.
If breast cancer is found early it is more treatable.
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Ordering Repeat Prescriptions – Changes from Thursday 1 February

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From Thursday 1 February 2018 pharmacies, online pharmacies and suppliers of medical appliances will no-longer be able to order repeat prescriptions on your behalf.

You will need to order your repeat prescription directly from your GP surgery every time.

Prescription medication can be ordered from your GP by:

  • your GP’s online ordering service (if available through your practice), either by computer or a smartphone application
  • by handing in the white, tear-off part of your repeat prescription to your surgery
  • by letter

For more information you can speak to your GP practice staff or pharmacist.

What you need to do

Each time you need more medicines;

  1. Order your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice when you have 7 to 10 days of medicines left
  2. Contact your pharmacy to let them know you have ordered a prescription if you want them to collect it for you

Remember your GP practice may need 2-3 working days to issue a prescription and the pharmacy may need up to 2 days to dispense your medicines, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

Why is this happening?
As part of our ‘It’s our NHS and we’re not going to waste it’ engagement, the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) asked people to think about the way repeat prescriptions are currently provided and whether they support the idea to encourage most people to order their own repeat prescriptions directly from their doctor’s surgery by using the online ordering system or dropping a repeat prescription request in at the doctor’s surgery.

77% of people agreed with this and they also said that we needed to look at how to reduce waste in medicines.

Following this engagement, NHS Calderdale CCG has taken the decision to recommend to our member practices that they no longer accept orders from third parties after 1 April 2018.

By doing this the CCG hopes to:

  • Reduce medicines wastage from orders that are not required by patients.
  • Reduce spend on prescribing of unwanted medicines.
  • Reduce the potential for stockpiling medicines and the associated risks.
  • Reduce GP practice and community pharmacy workload in the longer term.
  • Empower patients to be in control of their own medicines.
  • Promote effective repeat prescribing systems including use of online ordering, Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and repeat dispensing systems including Electronic Repeat Dispensing (ERD).

The CCG will start to roll out the changes on 1 February 2018 enabling both practices and community pharmacies and appliance contractors’ time to notify patients and put in place new protocols ahead of 1 April.

 

Calderdale Council on being Winter Wise

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It’s getting cold out there! Calderdale Council have produced a short film for a guide to staying Winter Wise.
Winter is a time when people are at more risk of injury or illness. By thinking ahead you can reduce risk and be prepared should the cold weather hit suddenly.

You can also download the download the Stay Winter Wise booklet.

Have Your Say on How Prescriptions May Change

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Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to know what you think about plans to change the way that some medicines and products are prescribed.

The CCG’s aim is to ensure you have a long, healthy life and be active and independent for as long as possible but they also have a limited budget. Because of this they need to make decisions on what to buy so the funding is in place for the right services.

The CCG spends more than £600,000 on lower value medicines and products. These are items that many people already buy for themselves. They include:

  • Baby milks and infantile colic products
  • Multivitamins and vitamin D
  • Emollients (moisturisers) for minor dry skin conditions
  • Cosmetic products, including eflornithine for facial hair
  • Antifungal nail paints
  • Sunscreen products

By not prescribing these items the money could be spent on more effective treatments which have a more positive impact on patients’ health.

CCG also spends about £80,000 every year on prescribing branded medications instead of prescribing non-branded (generic) medicines.

Most medicines have two names, for example Nurofen is a brand name and the generic name is ibuprofen. Generic products contain the same active ingredient as the branded product and are just as effective as branded medicines.

They also spend about £120,000 every year on gluten-free (GF) foods for patients with Coeliac Disease which you can now get easily from supermarkets and pharmacies.

The CCG  want to know what you think about changing the way they prescribe:

  • Branded medicines
  • Lower value medicines and products such as sunscreens, baby milks, creams for unwanted hair, multivitamins, moisturisers, antifungal nail paints and colic treatments
  • Gluten-free foods

To find out more about our proposals, you can download the consultation document, or pick up a hard copy at your local GP.

To have your say, complete the survey no later than 4 December 2017.

You can pick up a copy of the survey at your local GP practice, download and fill in a copy or complete online at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PrescribinCCCG/

The consultation document can be downloaded as Changing the way we prescribe consultation document and the survey to print out and complete as Changing the way we prescribe SURVEY.

Developing a Recovery College Model for Young People Aged 13-19

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Calderdale Council and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group are looking to improve emotional health and wellbeing services for young people aged 13- 19. They are looking for partners to help develop a Recovery college model for Calderdale.

Definition of a recovery college model:
A range of courses and workshops aim to help people recognise and develop their own:

  • personal resourcefulness
  • resilience
  • become experts in their own self-care
  • work towards achieving their goals and ambitions

If you think your group has something to offer and would be interested in working in partnership with other organisations, please get in touch and we can support you to contribute.

Contact Chris or Elaine on Christine.stephen@cvac.org.uk or Elaine.peaker@cvac.org.uk

The deadline for final submissions to Calderdale Council and the Calderdale CCG is Friday 17th February 2017.

Become an Engagement Champion and give local people a say

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You could earn money for your community by becoming an Engagement Champion.  You could reach out to people in your community that may not otherwise get to have a say.  If you enjoy talking to people and getting involved this could be for you.

The NHS wants to talk to people about its plans for local health services.  There is FREE training for local people to become Engagement Champions and talk to their communities.

The next training programme begins in the third week in February.  If you are interested in finding out more; contact Megan.vickery@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 431094.

Click here to view upcoming Engagement Champions training dates

The Engagement Champions programme is run by Voluntary Action Calderdale and funded by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for planning and buying local health services in hospital and in the community.