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June 2019

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

Dr Christopher Browning, Chairman
Leading the way to better health for everyone

Dr Ed Garratt (pictured right) has been appointed as the Accountable Officer for the three clinical commissioning groups across Suffolk and north east Essex and as Executive Lead for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System.

He says: “There is already an excellent relationship between the CCGs but this provides greater consistency of approach and will also enable the best use of our resources."
Read more HERE
Realising Ambitions - applications invited for grant funding
Voluntary and community groups which provide services that are having a direct input on health outcomes in the WSCCG area are invited to apply for grant funding.
The fund looks to support the priorities of improving mental health and reducing suicides, neighbourhood action to tackle loneliness and being more proactice in relation to obesity prevention and treatment.

There are three categories of grants available:

No.1 - Microgrants of up to £1000 for small charities and community groups

No.2 - Larger grants of up to £50,000 for charitable organisations and social enterprises

No. 3 - Partnership grants of up to £70,000 where two or more organisations are working together
Read more about the grant funding and apply
The WSCCG's Annual Report 2018/19 has recently been published 
This report provides you with an accessible and useful overview of our work over these twelve months.
Read the WSCCG Annual Report HERE
Launch of Better Births

Earlier this month saw the official launch of Better Births - a new way of working for maternity services in Suffolk and north east Essex.

The aim is to deliver a more personalised service to new mothers and their families, with each pregnant mum getting her own dedicated midwifery team and the reassurance of a midwife she knows present at the birth.

Lisa Nobes, WSCCG's Chief Nurse, said: "By instigating a more personal approach to maternity services we can offer better support to new mothers so they can best enjoy this very special time of life as well as giving their baby the best start and opportunity to live a long and healthy life."

It was a fantastic event which included midwives and other health care professionals as well as new parents who talked about their positive experiences of the new service. The event featured on BBC Look East TV news.
Read more about Better Births HERE
Nursing Times shortlisting
We're really pleased that WSCCG's chief nurse, Lisa Nobes (pictured right), has been shortlisted in the Nursing Times 'Nurse Manager of the Year' category.
Suffolk nurse’s drive to improve care of vulnerable adults up for top accolade

WSCCG's Christine Hodby (pictured right), is a finalist in the Leadership category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019. 
The ceremony takes place on July 3.
Read more HERE
Ground-breaking commitment to tackle poor mental health

Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board has committed to tackling poor mental health in Suffolk by signing up to the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health from Public Health England.

Working closely with Public Health England Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board is making significant steps towards promoting good mental health and preventing mental health problems.

The CCG's Dr Ed Garrratt, said: “Strengthening partnership working between our organisations is one of the most effective ways we have of reaching out to more people earlier.

“While the NHS locally continues its commitment to delivering effective mental health services, the solutions to poor mental health are to be found all around us, including inspirational educational settings, good quality housing and meaningful employment.

“That is why I am pleased to be part of this commitment to change. Signing up to the prevention concordat is such a significant step forward in achieving transformation to the county’s mental health.”
Read more HERE


Pictured above - From left to right: Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care; Chris Pyburn, Suffolk County Council Public Health Manager; Dr Amanda Jones, Director for Public Health at Suffolk County Council; Cllr Tony Goldson, Chairman of Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board; Dr Ed Garratt, Chief Officer for NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Vice Chairman of Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board; Claire Parker, Health and Wellbeing Programme Support Manager at Public Health England; Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Health

Supporting the mental wellbeing of students in west Suffolk
We're pleased to report that the WSCCG-funded expanded project to support the mental wellbeing of students in west Suffolk is set to begin its roll-out from September. 

The project is part of the system-wide Emotional Wellbeing Transformation Plan which sets out how by 2020 it will improve children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Read more HERE
Dr Hague completes cycle challenge
Suffolk GP, Dr John Hague, successfully completed the London to Brighton cycle ride earlier this month.

So far he has raised £740.00 for the British Heart Foundation - but you can still donate.
Donate HERE
WSCCG working with partners to ensure stroke patients receive care close to home

The stroke department at the West Suffolk Hospital is helping the local community to receive treatment for a stroke closer to home, by launching a ‘repatriation’ service in partnership with Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and WSCCG.

If a patient has a stroke and is taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital via ambulance, but lives locally to west Suffolk, they can now be transferred after their initial treatment to the Bury St Edmunds based hospital, to ensure they are closer to family and friends.

Martin Bate, WSCCG's Project Manager, said: 
“We are delighted to support this initiative to repatriate patients back to the stroke unit in West Suffolk Hospital. Stroke recovery can be a long process and needs to start early. The support of carers and relatives is crucial for successful recovery to be achieved. Returning the patient near to their home will make it easier for this support to be available from the early stages of the process and improve the recovery outcomes”.

Read more HERE
The Friends of West Suffolk Hospital charity has donated £20,000 to purchase four digital reminiscence screens to support patients with dementia.
Read more HERE
New gang initiative launches

Young people in Suffolk who are at risk of becoming involved with gangs are being offered targeted help to develop key skills to challenge offending behaviour and learn how to manage conflict safely as part of a new initiative designed to prevent them from falling into crime.

The project will see young people aged between 10 and 18, attend a 12-week thinking skills programme focusing on areas such as problem-solving, relationships, communicating assertively and boosting their sense of identity. As well as helping them to set personal goals, it is hoped it will also improve their education and employment opportunities.
Read more HERE
Our partners at Healthwatch Suffolk have published their Annual Report 2018/19
You can watch a two-minute video highlighting the main aspects of the report by clicking on the image above.
Or read and download the report HERE

The partnership that coordinated #AVeryDifferentConversation about mental health services has joined forces again.

This time they are asking for your recent experiences of mental health services. This is your chance to help shape the outcome of the next Care Quality Commission inspection of local mental health services provided by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more and share your views HERE
Small changes make a big difference
That is the message from Suffolk County Council's newly launched campaign which looks at our relationship with alcohol.
Four short films have been produced following the stories of characters (‘Billy Binge’, ‘Tellybox Trish’, ‘Big Match Barry’ and ‘My Time Mandy’), speaking about when and where they drink alcohol. The films cover different habits when it comes to alcohol consumption; weekend binge drinking, drinking at home, drinking as a reward, and excessive drinking to celebrate an event or occasion, such as a football match.
The campaign offers guidance and advice about how much is too much, the benefits of reducing alcohol intake and the small changes people can make to their drinking habits, which can make a big difference to their mental and physical wellbeing.
Read more and watch the short films HERE
Have you experienced online hate crime because you are LGBT+?

If so, will you take this Galop survey? Your input will help tackle hate crime and hate speech.
Read more and take the survey HERE
Suffolk Through A Child's Eyes

Each year, the Director of Public Health for Suffolk has a responsibility to produce an Annual Public Health Report.  The topic of the report varies each year. This year the focus is children and young people in Suffolk.  

To understand Suffolk through a child’s eyes they need to collect information from children and young people in Suffolk. This is where they need your help!
They want to ask children and young people about their views on the four topics that the report will be structured around:

Friends and Family
Fit and Healthy
Future Hopes and Dreams
Young people aged under 25 are invited to take a short survey HERE

Young people begin fundraising bid to speak at international mental health conference

A trio of young people who work hand-in-hand with NSFT to improve services for others have launched a bid to raise £10,000 so they can share their experiences of mental healthcare at an international conference.

Vikki Versey, Meghan Teviotdale and Chantel Keen have been invited to the Mental Health for All Conference in Toronto in September to talk about the benefits of involving young people in the governance of a mental health trust.

Read more HERE
Date for your diary

The next meeting in public of the WSCCG Governing Body will take place on Wednesday July 24 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
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