Local Health Network News: January 2021

COVID-19 update

People in West Sussex should now follow national lockdown rules. This means you must stay at home. You can find a full list of what you can and cannot do on the Gov.uk website.

You can also find all the latest information and advice about coronavirus in West Sussex on the County Council webpages. Information includes:

The West Sussex  Community Hub which is open 8.00am – 8.00pm, seven days a week is focused on helping the most vulnerable people in the county by providing support, information and guidance.NHS Volunteer Responders are also still providing vital support to people vulnerable to COVID-19 and this will continue until at least March 2021. The scheme continues to accept new referrals, and volunteers are ready to provide vital support to those who meet the criteria. You can contact the NHS Volunteer Responder Service online or call on 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm seven days a week).Could you donate plasma to help treat coronavirus patients? NHS Blood and Transplant is asking for people who have had COVID-19 to consider donating blood plasma which could be used to treat others. You can register your interest online and there is a donation centre in West Sussex..All the latest national advice and guidance is available on the Gov.uk website.


Keep up to date with the latest on the COVID-19 vaccination

The NHS in Sussex continues to make good progress with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

We are working to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible. This is the largest vaccination programme ever undertaken by the NHS and it will take time to get it to everyone. The pace of progress depends to a large extent on the availability and supply of the vaccine.

As the vaccine is rolled out there are three important messages for the public:

  • The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn. Services are very busy providing care and rolling out the vaccine, so please wait to be contacted.
  • Please act on your invite when it comes.
  • The vaccine is one of our best defences against COVID-19 but for now it is essential that we do all we can to stop the spread of the virus. Adhering to the current restrictions and remembering hands, face and space will save lives and help the NHS.

You can find all of the most up to date information including a list of all the GP vaccination sites in West Sussex by visiting the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

We are aware that some people have received fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccine. Please be alert to these types of scams and remember the vaccination is free of charge and the NHS will never ask for your bank details.

The new Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is being rolled out to General Practice led vaccination services in Sussex making it easier to protect care home residents and other vulnerable people against COVID-19.


Dry January

Dry January is an annual campaign which encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of January. It is run by the charity Alcohol Change UK. Taking part in Dry January has some real benefits including

  • reducing your waistline
  • boosting your energy levels
  • saving you money

Not to mention it will do your body a lot of good. It is also a way to reset your relationship with alcohol and drink more healthily all year-round.

People who sign up for Dry January, whether online or via the free app are TWICE as likely to make it through the whole month alcohol-free compared to those who go it alone.

The West Sussex Wellbeing website is a great source of trusted information and advice to help people improve their health and wellbeing all year round. The website has more information about local support available, support for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking, and alcohol advice during COVID-19.


Shielding of Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

Shielding advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people has been reintroduced.

People within this category will be eligible for support to stay at home including free delivery of medicines (where friends, family, or local volunteers are unable to provide help) and statutory sick pay where people are unable to work from home.

The Government will once again be writing to all CEV individuals in England to inform them of the advice and support available.

We know that this may be a difficult and worrying time for people and we anticipate that patients may have questions about the advice they should follow. We are very grateful for your continued efforts in supporting those at highest risk from COVID-19 during the pandemic and will provide further updates as necessary.


Update to maternity services

Due to the current unprecedented situation with an increase in cases of COVID-19 across Sussex, immediate changes are being made to maternity services to ensure that all births can take place as safely as possible.

The safety of births is our priority, so across Sussex the decision has been made to suspend planned homebirths and births at stand-alone midwife led units at this time.

Our teams are working to ensure that our maternity services are as accommodating as possible. There are many ways you can be supported to ensure your birth is a positive experience, as close as possible to the experience you were expecting. The home birthing teams and midwife-led unit midwives will be available to continue to provide care if you were planning a home birth or a midwife-led unit birth.


Sussex Carers Partnership Project

Three Sussex Carers Centres including Carer Support West Sussex are inviting unpaid, family and friend carers across Sussex to a series of discussion workshops this month. The workshops will explore carers’ experiences of using healthcare services in order to make specific recommendations which will be shared with local NHS and care organisations..

There are three virtual sessions which will focus on the following topics:

  • Carers and Coronavirus: Planning for Recovery | Tuesday 26 January | 10:30 – 11:30am
  • Caring Doesn’t Come with A ‘How To’ Manual: Exploring Carers’ Experiences of Navigating Healthcare Systems | Wednesday 27 January | 2:00 – 3:00pm
  • The Invisible Army: Making Carers Visible | Wednesday 27 January | 6:00 – 7:00pm

All of the sessions will be hosted on Zoom – an online conference platform – and you can find out more or  register online at Carers Support West Sussex.


Read the latest news from our partner organisations…


Small bites

  • The next meeting of the CCGs Governing Body takes place on Tuesday 9 February between 9.30am and midday.
  • Meeting papers for the next Primary Care Commissioning Committees in Common are available to read. The meeting will take place on Tuesday 19 January from 10am – 12.40pm

Read an open letter on behalf of the Clinical Chairs of Sussex CCGs.

Vaccination Champions Promotion

Do you want to make a difference? Would you like to promote the health of the Sussex population?

We are seeking volunteers to become Vaccination Champions to help the NHS in Sussex raise awareness of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccination Champions are part of an exciting new way of helping the NHS in Sussex communicate about the COVID-19 vaccine and dispel myths on the vaccine.

We would particularly welcome applications from:

  • Ethnically diverse communities, including Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
  • Faith groups and communities
  • Older people
  • People with physical and sensory disabilities
  • People living in rural communities
  • Carers and parent carers
  • People who live in Bognor Regis, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Hangleton, Littlehampton, Moulsecoomb, Newhaven, Peacehaven & Whitehawk.

Vaccination Champions receive expenses and will be offered a £20 Amazon Voucher on completion of training and tasks as agreed.

Vaccination Champions will be asked to attend one 2.5 hour session on either the following dates:

  • Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 11 am – 1.30 pm
  • Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 5.30 pm – 8 pm
  • Monday 25 January 2021 at 5.30 pm – 8 pm

We are very happy to share more with you about this opportunity. If you would like to find out more, please contact us today using the details below.

Applications to become a Vaccination Champion can be made in written form and by telephone supported by the CCGs’ Public Involvement team. Please submit your application by Monday 4 January 2021.
Contact us today and sign up to be involved in something great for your local community and for yourself:
For further information, please review the:

  • Vaccination Champions Volunteer Profile
  • Vaccination Champions Application Form


WRITE TO: NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, Wicker House, High Street, Worthing BN11 1DJ
website covid-19-vaccination-champions
phone 0792 024 4988 or 07881 501 356
email sxccg.involvement@nhs.net

NHS Volunteer Responders

Your NHS needs you! Join our team today.

NHS Volunteers Responders

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an ‘army’ of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

You can help by signing up for one or more of the tasks listed below. Once you have registered and checks are complete you will be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to ‘on duty’, and you’ll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby.

This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020. Volunteers may be asked to show the active task they are responding to if asked.

Your NHS needs you! Join our team today.

Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone.

Your safety is our priority. The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing and volunteers will receive guidance through our ‘getting started pack’. If you do become ill you can pause your volunteering.

Patient transport drivers will require an enhanced DBS check and will receive guidance to do this role safely, also included within the ‘getting started pack’.

Join Us Today

Patient Roundup

A message from Isabel Costello

NHS Crawley and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

Dear all,

I hope you are all well.

Please see below the Patient Roundup for November 2019.

Text in blue below identifies new information in the Patient Roundup:

  • Governing Body Date
  • Feedback on the Sussex Health and Care Plan
  • Community Ambassadors Task and Finish Group – Get Involved!
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • The NHS Youth Forum
  • NHS England Consultations
  • West Sussex Care Guide Review
  • Flu
  • Alcohol Awareness Week
  • Every Mind Matters
  • THRIVE! Free family-friendly, creative arts workshop!
  • Self-care Week Community Information Event
  • Autism Support Crawley
  • Standing Item: What should you do if you have urgent but not life-threatening symptoms? Dial 111

Best wishes,

Isabel
Isabel Costello
Senior Patient and Public Engagement Officer
NHS Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups
Brighton and Hove CCG | Crawley CCG | East Surrey CCG | High Weald Lewes Havens CCG | Horsham and Mid-Sussex CCG
Part of Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance (North)
phone 01293 600300 ext 3801 | phone 07920244988 | email isabel.costello1@nhs.net
Lower Ground Floor, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, RH11 7DH

If you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 please redirect your e-mail to email SCWCSU.FOI@nhs.net

Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group

Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Newsletter – July 2019 – Patient Round Up

Join the conversation to share your thoughts and experiences of local care and services direct with us.


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phone 01293 600300 ext 4255
email Public Engagement Manager Gill Carter CCCG.Contactus-crawleyccg@nhs.net
website www.crawleyccg.nhs.uk

Write to our postal address at:

Engagement Team, Crawley CCG,
Lower Ground Floor,
Crawley Hospital,
West Green Drive,
Crawley
RH11 7DH

Healthwatch Library Pop Ups

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Healthwatch Library Pop Ups

Dear All

Healthwatch West Sussex are being supported by West Sussex County Council Library Service to ‘Pop-Up’ during July and August.

Please do come and talk to us at:

  • Bognor Library on Thursday 11th July and Thursday 8th August from 10am to 1pm
  • Crawley Library on Friday 12th July and Friday 19th July from 10am to 1pm
  • Haywards Heath Library on Tuesday 23rd July from 10am to 1pm
  • Littlehampton Library on Wednesday 17th July from 10am to 1pm
  • Midhurst Library on Tuesday 30th July from 10am to 1pm

If you have any health or care concerns and challenges, our team can help you to take the next step on your journey, wherever this may take you. This includes free information and guidance, and access to Independent Health Complaints Advocacy if you need guidance on an NHS complaint or practical support, call Healthwatch West Sussex on phone 0300 012 0122.

Kind Regards

Kath

Kath Brooks | Partnership Officer – Crawley
Partnerships and Communities Team
Communities and Public Protection
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |Mobile: phone 07702 511693
E-mail: email kathryna.brooks@westsussex.gov.uk

website www.westsussex.gov.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/West-Sussex-Matters

The FUTURE of health and care

Invitation to Public Engagement Event – Future of Health and Care

A message from Isabel Costello
NHS – Engagement Officer (North Place)

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to a discussion on the future for health and care services, and to help us prioritise changes and improvements that need to be made to ensure our populations continue to have the best possible care.

Now that the NHS Long-term plan has been published, it is the right time for us to talk with our communities about what the areas are that we need to focus on to ensure services remain sustainable and right for patients.

These discussions will build on what we have already heard through our “Big Health and Care Conversation” across the area, and help us think about how we use the available money for health and care in the best possible way: “We can do anything, but not everything”.

Our discussions will be focused on the FUTURE of health and care:
Facing up to our challenges
Understanding Need
Transforming services
Unwarranted variation – ensuring this does not happen
Resources and how we use them most effectively
Equality of access and care for our diverse population

We have a number of opportunities to join our discussions in person, and we will also be producing an online survey, in order to hear from as many people as we can.

To book a place at any of our discussions, please follow the links below:

19 March 2019: The Barn, Field Place, Worthing 5:00 – 7:00pm

20 March 2019: Assembly Room, Chichester, 10.00 – 12.00am

27 March 2019: The Grange Community Centre, Midhurst 2:00 – 4:00pm

4 April 2019: The College of Richard Collyer, Horsham 6:00 – 8:00pm

10 April 2019: East Sussex College, Hastings 3:00 – 5:00pm

To find out more, please email:
email csesca.engagement@nhs.net

Please feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone else that you feel would be interested.

Best wishes,

Isabel

Isabel Costello
Engagement Officer (North Place)


Brighton and Hove CCG | Crawley CCG | East Surrey CCG | High Weald Lewes Havens CCG | Horsham and Mid-Sussex CCG
Part of Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance (North)
phone 01293 600300 ext 3801 | phone 07920244988 | email isabel.costello1@nhs.net
Lower Ground Floor, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, RH11 7DH
If you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 please redirect your e-mail to email SCWCSU.FOI@nhs.net

The FUTURE of health and care

Invitation to Public Engagement Event – Future of Health and Care

A message from Isabel Costello
NHS – Engagement Officer (North Place)

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to a discussion on the future for health and care services, and to help us prioritise changes and improvements that need to be made to ensure our populations continue to have the best possible care.

Now that the NHS Long-term plan has been published, it is the right time for us to talk with our communities about what the areas are that we need to focus on to ensure services remain sustainable and right for patients.

These discussions will build on what we have already heard through our “Big Health and Care Conversation” across the area, and help us think about how we use the available money for health and care in the best possible way: “We can do anything, but not everything”.

Our discussions will be focused on the FUTURE of health and care:
Facing up to our challenges
Understanding Need
Transforming services
Unwarranted variation – ensuring this does not happen
Resources and how we use them most effectively
Equality of access and care for our diverse population

We have a number of opportunities to join our discussions in person, and we will also be producing an online survey, in order to hear from as many people as we can.

To book a place at any of our discussions, please follow the links below:

5th February: Clair Hall, Haywards Health 2-4 pm

6th February: Brighthelm Church and Community Centre, Brighton 9.30 – 11.30 am

13th February: Uckfield Civic Centre, 9.30 – 11.30 am

14th February: Baptist Church, Reigate 2-4 pm

20th February: Charis Centre, Crawley 10 am – 12 midday

To find out more, please email:
email csesca.engagement@nhs.net

Please feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone else that you feel would be interested.

Best wishes,

Isabel

Isabel Costello
Engagement Officer (North Place)
Brighton and Hove CCG | Crawley CCG | East Surrey CCG | High Weald Lewes Havens CCG | Horsham and Mid-Sussex CCG
Part of Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance (North)
phone 01293 600300 ext 3801 | phone 07920244988 | email isabel.costello1@nhs.net
Lower Ground Floor, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, RH11 7DH
If you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 please redirect your e-mail to email SCWCSU.FOI@nhs.net

Crawley Big Health Care Conversation

A message from Pat Mcgrath
Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance (North) and East Surrey CCG

Dear Crawley Community Members

Join in the Big Health and Care Conversation at the Charis Centre in Crawley, 14 June (1pm – 4pm). Meet commissioners and clinical leaders to discuss priorities for health and care in the area, including mental health, primary and urgent care, and frailty

Book online via Eventbrite : website bhcccrawley.eventbrite.co.uk/

Join us in our Big Health and Care Conversation

NHS Crawley CCG and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG work in partnership with local health and care organisations to improve care for our population. The Big Health and Care Conversation event is led by the CCGs working alongside the local NHS organisations, Healthwatch, patients, carers and the local community and voluntary sector.

You’re invited to our first Big Health and Care Conversation events this summer. This gives you the chance to meet our commissioners and clinical leaders to discuss priorities for health and care in the area, including an opportunity to hear about and discuss the regional Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and the unprecedented financial challenges facing our local health and care services. We look forward to you joining us at this event if you can.

If you can’t join us on this occasion there will be future opportunities to engage with us about developing health and social care for your area.

If you are unable to attend , please complete our online survey :
website www.smartsurvey.co.uk/

For more information about the online survey, events, booking via Eventbrite, or how to feedback; please see the relevant web page :

website Crawley Big conversation

Kind regards
Pat

Pat Mcgrath
Engagement Manager
Working days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance (North) and East Surrey CCG
Brighton and Hove CCG | Crawley CCG | East Surrey CCG | High Weald Lewes Havens CCG | Horsham and Mid-Sussex CCG
phone 01293 600300 ext 3801 | phone 07833435443 | email pat.mcgrath2@nhs.net
Lower Ground Floor, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, RH11 7DH

If you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 please redirect your e-mail to email SCWCSU.FOI@nhs.net

The information contained in this e-mail is solely for the intended recipients or their delegated colleague. It may be subject to public disclosure under the NHS Code of Openness or the Freedom of Information Act (2000) unless it is legally exempt from disclosure. If you received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender and remove all copies of the message, including any attachments. Any views or opinions expressed in this e-mail (unless otherwise stated) may not represent those of the Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance.

Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group – Newsletter

Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Newsletter – Autumn 2017 – Newsletter

Join the conversation to share your thoughts and experiences of local care and services direct with us.


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phone 01293 600300 ext 4255
email Public Engagement Manager Gill Carter CCCG.Contactus-crawleyccg@nhs.net
website www.crawleyccg.nhs.uk

Write to our postal address at:

Engagement Team, Crawley CCG,
Lower Ground Floor,
Crawley Hospital,
West Green Drive,
Crawley
RH11 7DH