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November 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the NHS West Suffolk CCG newsletter

Dr Christopher Browning, Chairman
The next bi-monthly meeting in public of the CCG's Governing Body is taking place next Wednesday. Read more below. Hope you'll be able to join us.
If you can't make it to next week's meeting do please take a note of the meeting dates for 2020 which are published below. The Governing Body meetings are a great opportunity to meet with members and ask questions.
Atrial Fibrillation - the ticking time bomb 

People across west Suffolk are being urged to have their pulses checked for signs of a heart condition that has been described as a “ticking time bomb”.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate and is one of the major causes of severe stroke, particularly among the over-65s.

The condition is all the more dangerous because many sufferers do not show any obvious symptoms and may be completely unaware they have it.

The CCG has partnered with Abbeycroft Leisure, One Life Suffolk and West Suffolk Hospital and now Abbeycroft staff have been trained and are able to offer AF checks at their leisure centres in the west of the county.

Read more HERE
Our partners at Suffolk County Council have put together some useful tips on being Winter Ready - including ideas on how you can BeSafe, BeGreen, BeHealthy and BeCaring.
Read more about being winter ready HERE
It's not too late to have a flu vaccination - it could really protect your health this winter.
See who is eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination and why you should have one HERE
If you or someone you know has concerns about staying warm this winter and the associated elevated fuel bills, read about the help and support available from Suffolk's Warm Homes Healthy People.
Read about Warm Homes Healthy People HERE
Have you seen the new national NHS winter TV advertisement? 

It encourages people to talk to their pharmacist to help deal with winter ailments.

Click on the image above to watch.
Knowing what antibiotics can and cannot do
With antibiotic-resistant infections on the rise, people are being reminded that antibiotics are a not a cure-all medicine, and that taking them unnecessarily could put your health at risk by encouraging harmful bacteria to become resistant.
Dr Browning says: "Over the years as more and more people have been taking antibiotics, bacteria have become more resistant to antibiotic treatment. If we continue to take antibiotics at the current rate we risk returning to a pre-antibiotic era where a condition such as pneumonia could, literally, be a death sentence.”
Read more HERE
We'd like to remind you about the recently CCG-commissioned service Kooth, which offers online support for young people in Suffolk 365 day a year.
More about Kooth HERE
Community team to offer training on life-saving skills
Specialist nurses from West Suffolk Hospital are offering free training sessions to anyone who would like the skills and confidence to be able to take appropriate action if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.

The sessions are set to take place in Sudbury and Newmarket on various dates next year.
Read more HERE
Learning resource for health professionals

Public Health England has worked with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare to develop the Helping People Living in Cold Homes E-Learning Programme for health and care professionals.
The e-learning resource is aimed at health and care staff who undertake home visits and provides information on local services that can assist people living in cold homes, such as installing insulation, improving heating systems or helping reduce energy bills.
It also helps people spot the signs of a cold home – including less obvious ones.
With this information, staff can have a conversation with people whose health may be affected by being too cold at home, and signpost them to the relevant local services.
Access the programme HERE
OneLife Suffolk has developed a new service to support and encourage those with a long-term health condition or disability to increase their levels of physical activity. The new service offers three levels of support. Starting from self-care signposting to local activities to a new psychologically informed behaviour change programme.
Read more HERE
Peer Leadership Academy
The Peer Leadership Academy is a personal development programme that aims to build people’s (patients) knowledge, skills and confidence so they can play an active role in the personalised care programmes at a national, regional and local level. It is being delivered by Peoplehub CIC in collaboration with the NHS England and Improvement Personalised Care Group.
The purpose is to:
  • Increase the capacity of the national personalised care co-production group. This is a group of people with lived experience of personalised approaches to their health and well-being who support the national personalised care programme.
  • Help drive demand for and take up of personalised care, including social prescribing.
  • Enable people to work alongside the personalised care programme and effect change at a national, regional or local level.
 You are eligible to apply if you are an individual or family carer who has personal experience of personalised care
Read the Peer Leadership Academy leaflet HERE
There's still time to have your say on what it's like to live in a Suffolk care or nursing home. Healthwatch Suffolk would like to know what you think - there's a survey for residents and another for relatives and friends.
Read more about the Healthwatch Suffolk surveys HERE
Meeting in public of the CCG's Governing Body

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday November 27 at West Suffolk House in Bury St Edmunds.

The meeting begins at 9.15 a.m. and you have the opportunity to speak with Governing Body members from 9.00 a.m.
Read more HERE
Dates for your diary
We've published the dates of Governing Body meetings in public being held during 2020.
See 2020 dates HERE
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