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CCG publishes 2017-18 annual report and accounts

The NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) 2017-18 annual report and financial accounts have been published.

This report is an overview of the CCG’s work between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018. The CCG, like all other NHS organisations, is required to publish an annual report and financial accounts at the end of each financial year.

The report is made up of three parts: the first section contains details of the organisation’s performance during 2017-18; the second covers details of governance and risk; and the third is the financial accounts.

The report and accounts can be viewed on the CCG’s website here: bit.ly/1718VoYCCGreport

Phil Mettam, the CCG’s Accountable Officer, said: “The 2017-18 annual report and accounts demonstrate the stabilisation of the local system’s financial position during the year. The performance across many of the CCG targets also improved and stabilised in 2017-18.

“However the financial deficit remains and our work with partners to reduce cost inefficiencies, duplication and unnecessary variation are helping to ensure that the local system delivers our precious resources in ways so they drive improvement and help to achieve better value for money.”

Information contained in this report can be provided in other languages upon request. Please email the CCG – valeofyork.contactus@nhs.net – if you require a translated passage or would like additional copies of the report.

Members of the public are invited to hear an overview of the local health and care system’s operational and financial performance during 2017-18 at the CCG’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The CCG’s AGM will take place between 2-3pm on Thursday 20 September 2018 at Priory Street Centre, York, YO1 6ET.

Vale of York GPs star in summer-themed self-care health videos

GPs from the Vale of York have appeared in front of the camera to help educate people about how to treat common summer-related illnesses and ailments.

GPs from Priory Medical Group and Haxby Group worked with NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to create a series of educational videos designed to help people self-treat conditions which are prevalent during the summer months.

These bite-size videos - which can be viewed at www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/summer - explain how to treat common illnesses and ailments using over-the-counter remedies available at pharmacies.

The videos cover the following topics:

  • Hay fever
  • Worried about a mole?
  • Food poisoning and diarrhoea
  • Heat rash
  • Ear infections
  • Asthma
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sunburn
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Athlete’s foot
  • What medicine should you take on holiday?
  • Actinic keratoses (solar keratosis)

Dr Emma Broughton, a GP and partner at Priory Medical Group, said: “Together with the CCG, the other GPs and I decided to create a range of self-care videos to help patients stay well during the summer months, when they tend to spend more time outside and therefore are at greater risk of suffering from conditions such as hay fever, sunburn and insect bites.

“The videos contain the advice your GP would provide during a face-to-face consultation, so by following the advice in these videos you could well save yourself a trip to see your GP when you’re unwell.

“Of course you should make an appointment to see your GP if you have an illness or injury that won’t go away. Please call NHS 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk if you have a condition that needs treatment quickly, or seek emergency treatment if you have a serious or life-threatening illness or injury.”

The videos are also available on the CCG’s YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/summer-health

Vale of York residents invited to sign giant NHS 70th birthday card

Vale of York residents are being invited to write goodwill messages or sign their names in a giant birthday card as part of celebrations to mark 70 years of the NHS.

The NHS, one of Britain’s most treasured institutions, turns 70 on 5 July and the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has created a 4ft high birthday card to mark the occasion.

In the weeks leading up to the 70th birthday, the birthday card will be touring all four corners of the Vale of York so people can sign their names or write their messages to express what the NHS means to them and their families.

The card’s first public appearance takes place today (Friday 1 June) in Parliament Street in York city centre between 9.30am and 1pm, before moving on to Acomb (Front Street) between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

The card is scheduled to visit Easingwold (15 June) and Selby (18 June), before rounding off its journey across the Vale of York at the CCG’s 1940s-themed NHS70 birthday party at West Offices in York city centre on 5 July.

The card will visit several other locations across the city and the Vale of York during June.

Members of the public are also invited to sign pledge cards to do something positive to improve their health and wellbeing. The pledges can be as broad or as specific as you like.

Dr Nigel Wells, Vale of York CCG’s Clinical Chair, said: “The CCG has lots of events planned to celebrate 70 years of the NHS – both in the run-up to the birthday and on the day itself – and it would be great if we can get as many people from the Vale of York involved as possible.

“So if you see the 4ft birthday card when you’re out and about feel free to sign your name or write a message to convey what the NHS means to you. The card is touring many parts of the Vale of York so there’s plenty of opportunities to write your messages.”

For more details of the card’s tour across the Vale of York, and for more information about the CCG’s NHS70 celebrations, visit: www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/nhs70

Vale of York CCG hosts NHS70 community bus tour

A healthcare-themed bus will be touring communities in the Vale of York in June as part of local celebrations to mark 70 years of the NHS.

The NHS turns 70 on July 5 and to celebrate the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and its partners want to engage with the local community about their health and wellbeing.

The double-decker bus will visit various sites in York, Selby and Easingwold in the coming weeks, and members of the public are being invited to come along to receive healthcare advice, learn more about health check-ups or just to chat.

The bus will be at the following venues:

  • York - 1 June (9.30am to 1pm) at Parliament St and (2.30pm to 3.30pm) in Acomb Front Street
  • Easingwold - 15 June (10am to 12pm) in the town centre
  • York Monks Cross - 15 June (1.30pm to 3pm)
  • Selby - 18 June (10am to 2pm) in Selby town centre

Staff from the Vale of York CCG; City of York Council’s YorWellbeing service; North Yorkshire County Council; Healthwatch, York CVS; and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), which runs mental health services on behalf of the CCG, will be on hand to talk to the public about a number of healthcare topics affecting the local community.

The main topics include:

  • How to keep you and your community healthy and well and safe (health checks, diet, exercise etc)
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Tackling isolation and loneliness

Members of the public who attend these events will also have the opportunity sign a human-sized birthday card which the CCG created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

The card will be available to sign at these community bus tour events, as well as other events being held in June and July.

Dr Nigel Wells, the CCG’s Clinical Chair, said: “The CCG holds a lot of public engagement events throughout the year, and this summer is no different, with our community bus tour to celebrate 70 years of the NHS visiting various locations across the Vale of York area.

“Members of the public are encouraged to come down and receive healthcare advice, learn more about health check-ups, or simply to have a chat. These events are a great opportunity to engage with the public about a range of topics so we hope to see lots of you there.”

Please note that details of the bus tour are subject to change. For more information about the CCG’s NHS70 celebrations, visit: www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/nhs70/

New Vale of York Healthy Hearts programme launched

A new campaign to help improve heart health among Vale of York residents has been launched.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched Healthy Hearts to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack among people considered to be most at risk.

Healthy Hearts also aims to reduce the number of people dying prematurely from heart disease or other circulatory disease.

The ambitious project, which aims to reduce the number of people who die from cardiovascular disease by at least 10% in the next five years, focuses on three main areas:

Reducing cholesterol – By ensuring patients are on the most effective statin to lower blood cholesterol levels, which helps to reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Detecting high blood pressure (hypertension) – High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and strokes if untreated, so it’s particularly important to detect those who don’t know they have it. Patients already identified with high blood pressure will be treated with the most effective medication available.

Atrial fibrillation and heart failure – Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. Better treating patients with atrial fibrillation will help to reduce the number of strokes.

The CCG has also launched a new website – www.valeofyorkhealthyhearts.co.uk – which contains a wealth of information about the Healthy Hearts programme.

More than 46,000 people in the Vale of York CCG area are affected by high blood pressure, yet around 1 in 10 (34,000 people) have undiagnosed high blood pressure, 7,000 people have an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and more than 6,000 people have experienced a stroke or mini-stroke.

More than a quarter (26%) of all deaths in England in 2017 were caused by cardiovascular diseases (CVD), with coronary heart disease and stroke accounting for the majority of those deaths.

In the Vale of York CCG area, circulatory disease is one of the main causes of death with more than 880 deaths each year.

According to analysis by NHS RightCare, there may be more people dying prematurely in the Vale of York from CVD-related conditions compared to other similar areas of the country, which is why one of the CCG’s main priorities is to reduce the number of deaths caused by heart attack and stroke.

Dr Shaun O’Connell, CCG GP Lead for Acute Service Transformation and a local GP, said: “The Vale of York CCG is committed to improving the healthcare of patients who have cardiovascular disease, or are at risk of developing it, because it remains one of the biggest health challenges in our area.

“This is why we’ve launched the Healthy Hearts programme, which will see local GPs, nurses, hospital specialists and pharmacists work together to reduce cases of heart attack and stroke in the Vale of York.

“This ambitious programme aims to reduce the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease by 10% in our region over the next five years by focusing on reducing cases of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

“There are also many things you can do yourself to improve your cardiovascular health, and our Healthy Hearts website is full of resources to help you reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.”

For more information, visit www.valeofyorkhealthyhearts.co.uk

Use your local pharmacy for minor illnesses during the bank holiday weekend

Residents in the Vale of York are being encouraged to use their local pharmacy if they need help with minor illnesses or ailments during the bank holiday weekend.

With GP practices not open on bank holiday Monday (28 May), those who require help with minor, non-life threatening health concerns should seek help at their nearest open pharmacy.

Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who can provide many of the same services that GPs do, but on a walk-in basis, meaning you don’t need to book an appointment to see them.

They can offer treatments and free advice on common illnesses and ailments, such as colds, flu, coughs, sore throats, upset stomachs, ear infections, back pain, minor rashes and many more.

They can also answer questions you might have about any medication you’re taking and, if they can't help, they'll let you know whether or not you need to see a doctor or where else you could get the most appropriate treatment.

While pharmacists can help with minor conditions, you should call free 24hr NHS non-emergency number 111 if you have an illness or injury that needs treatment quickly but is not life-threatening. You can now access NHS 111 services on your smartphone by downloading the NHS 111 app (call 111 for instructions on how to do this).

If you have a medical emergency, such as breathing difficulties, chest pains or if you’ve been in a serious accident, call 999 for an ambulance or go to the nearest emergency department, which in the Vale of York is located at York Hospital.

Dr Kevin Smith, Executive Director of Primary Care and Population Health, said: “Every pharmacist is trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice, so they are the right person to see for minor health concerns. Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns helps to free up other NHS services, such as A&E departments, so staff there are free to treat real emergencies.

“You should use the NHS 111 helpline service if you urgently need medical help or advice when it is not a life-threatening situation, or call 999 if you have a medical emergency, such as breathing difficulties, chest pains or if you’ve been in a serious accident.”

Below is a comprehensive timetable showing which Vale of York pharmacies (in York and Selby) are open on bank holiday Monday.

York resident Ian creates film to help other depression sufferers

A man from York has created a film in which he talks about his struggles with depression to help people who are experiencing mental health issues of their own.

Ian Cartwright teamed up with NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to create the five-minute film in which he talks frankly about his struggles with mental health over the years.

And now the film has been launched to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, which starts today (Monday 14 May), in the hope that it will help persuade others to talk about their problems and seek help if needed.

The film is available to view here: https://youtu.be/O1bCb-cKx78

Ian, 60, who works for the City of York Council as a Community Involvement Officer, first suffered from depression 30 years ago while working as a general manager for a power tools company.

Ian, also a retired Methodist Minister, went on to suffer from several different bouts of depression in the ensuing years. His most recent one, which was also the most significant, occurred three years ago and led to his early retirement.

But now that he’s well on the road to recovery following various streams of healing and treatment, Ian wants to share his story to help others who might be experiencing mental health problems of their own.

He said: “I’m pleased to have been given the opportunity by the Vale of York CCG to share my story to help raise awareness about mental health conditions, and what better time to do so than during Mental Health Awareness Week.

“I hope that by speaking openly about my experiences, it will encourage others to do the same and get the help they need. You’re not alone, there are many other people out there who suffer from depression.

“I can honestly say that I was embarrassed when I was first diagnosed with depression and in the times thereafter, but as soon as I was able to admit that I suffered from depression it opened up so many conversations with people who have suffered similar circumstances.”

Ian’s road to recovery included compassion-focused therapy at the Tuke Centre at The Retreat in York and he now draws on his experiences to challenge how society perceives mental health in his role as Time to Change Co-Ordinator for York CVS. He also owns Imagine Projects, a community-focused project management organisation which he developed as part of his recovery from depression.

While working hard is in his nature and these roles keep him occupied, Ian insists it’s important not to over-work and take time out to enjoy life on a regular basis.

He said: “It’s important to listen to your body as much as your mind. If you’re working hard, overtime, making a big contribution, then a work-life balance is really important.

“My 10 tips for good mental health are: 1) talk to someone 2) keep active 3) eat well 4) drink sensibly 5) keep in touch with friends 6) ask for help 7) take a break 8) do something you enjoy 9) accept who you are 10) help others.”

Mental health is one of the CCG’s key priority areas for 2018-19, as outlined in its Commissioning Intentions, which sets out how the CCG plans to improve the health of the Vale of York community during the year.

The Commissioning Intentions reflect the views of local people who attended the CCG’s ‘big conversation’ engagement events last summer, and are the start of a journey to transform local services.

Dr Louise Barker, the CCG’s Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disability Services, said: “I’d like to thank Ian for sharing his story about his mental health struggles. It takes great courage to talk about issues of such a personal nature and by sharing his experiences he will help others going through similar difficult circumstances.

“The people of Vale of York told us they think that mental health is an important health care service issue during our ‘big conversation’ engagement events last year – and, subsequently, the CCG is working with its partners to improve mental health service performance against national standards, particularly in early intervention psychosis, improving access to psychological therapies, dementia diagnosis and children’s and young people’s mental health services." 

Choose the most suitable healthcare service during both May bank holiday weekends

People across the Vale of York are being encouraged to choose the right healthcare service should they suffer illness or injury during the upcoming May bank holiday weekends.

While people will be looking forward to having extra time off during the two May bank holiday weekends (5-7 May and 26-28 May), these public holiday periods can be particularly busy for NHS services.

Therefore, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to make sure people know where to go to get the most suitable treatment if they are unwell to avoid unnecessary trips to the A&E department.

Choosing the right service will ensure patients receive the best possible treatment, while freeing up busy NHS services to help the people who need them most.

Self-care

Self-treat minor illnesses and injuries such as coughs, sore throats, grazes, hangovers at home.

Keep your medicine cabinet and first aid kit well stocked with medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Most simple ailments will begin to get better within a couple of days.

Local pharmacy

Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses, such as headaches, fevers, upset stomachs and minor rashes.

Many pharmacies are open on evenings and on bank holidays. To find the nearest pharmacy near you, visit: www.nhs.uk/service-search

Below is a comprehensive timetable showing which Vale of York pharmacies (in York and Selby) are open during the two bank holiday Mondays in May (7 and 28 May).

NHS 111

You should use the NHS 111 non-emergency service if you urgently need medical help or advice when it is not a life-threatening situation.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When you call 111 you will speak to a highly trained adviser who is supported by healthcare professionals and they will direct you to the most appropriate medical care.

Call 111 if you:

  • Need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency
  • Think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • Don't know who to call or you don't have a GP to call
  • Need health information or reassurance about what to do next

You can now access NHS 111 services on your smartphone by downloading the NHS 111 app (call 111 for instructions on how to do this).

Users can type their symptoms into the app to determine which type of healthcare they require. This service offers an additional route for urgent medical advice.

GP out-of-hours service

You should use the GP out-of-hours service when you require urgent but not life-threatening treatment.

The Vale of York GP out-of-hours service is available 365 days a year. It is provided from the urgent care centre at York Hospital and the minor injury unit at the New Selby War Memorial Hospital.

The service does not accept walk-in patients. Appointments must be arranged by calling NHS 111. Home visits are provided where appropriate.

The service is available 6.30pm to 8am on weekdays and 8am to midnight on weekends and bank holidays.

Emergency care

A&E is for medical emergencies and serious health issues, such as having difficulty breathing, chest pains or serious accidents.

If you have a medical emergency, call 999 for an ambulance or go to the nearest emergency department. The emergency department in the Vale of York is located at York Hospital.

Dr Kevin Smith, Executive Director of Primary Care and Population Health, said: “Weekends and public holidays can be particularly busy times for NHS services, which is why we need people to use the most appropriate healthcare service available to ensure they get the right care at the first attempt.

“Many people see A&E as the first place to go when they’re unwell but in many cases there are more suitable NHS services available – such as the local pharmacy, NHS 111 or the out-of-hours GP service.

“Before you go to A&E, ask yourself: Is my condition a real emergency? Unnecessary use of A&E, with conditions that could be treated by a pharmacist, by GP or by simply resting at home, place high demand on the service and can delay care for those who really do need immediate, life-saving treatment.”