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New Minor Eye Conditions Service contract for Vale of York and Scarborough and Ryedale

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced today that a new service provider will deliver a Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) across the Vale of York and Scarborough and Ryedale areas from December 2018. 

A formal procurement process was undertaken to secure a new service provider. The new MECS provider has been confirmed as Healthcare Business Solutions UK. Commissioners look forward to working with the new provider in order to mobilise the new service, which begins on Saturday 1 December.

The MECS will be delivered from community optician practices across both CCG areas, meaning many patients will be seen closer to home than if they were referred into the hospital eye service.

The service will assess and treat a wide range of conditions, including: ocular pain and irritation, blurred vision, or flashes and floaters. 

Patients will be seen by an optometrist with additional accreditation in minor eye conditions, within 24 or 48 hours depending of the urgency of the symptoms, so that many patients will be seen sooner than if they made an appointment to see their GP or were referred into the hospital eye service. 

Dr Shaun O’Connell, a GP working in South Milford, and GP Lead for Acute Service Transformation at the CCG said: “The new service will enable patients with minor eye conditions to be seen by the right healthcare professional to meet their needs, at a time and place that is most convenient to them. 

“Getting patients seen by the right person, first time also diverts unnecessary demand from GP practices and hospital services, freeing up much-needed resources for alternative use.”

Local community invited to CCG’s fifth Annual General Meeting

Members of the public are invited to NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group’s fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 20 September.

The local community is invited along to hear an overview of the local health and care system’s operational and financial performance during 2017-18.

The AGM will take place at 2-3pm on Thursday 20 September at the Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET.

The CCG’s AGM is one of several ways that patients and members of the public can get involved and have their say.

If you wish to ask a question or raise a matter at the 20 September AGM, you must submit your enquiry by no later than 12pm on Monday 17 September.

Please send your enquiry by email to valeofyork.contactus@nhs.net

Alternatively, you can send your enquiry by post to NHS Vale of York CCG, West Offices, Station Rise, York, Y01 6GA.

Dr Nigel Wells, Clinical Chair of Vale of York CCG, said: “I’d like to invite members of the public to the CCG’s AGM on 20 September to hear an overview of the work carried out during the 2017-18 year.

“The meeting will reflect on the previous year’s performance of both our local health and care system and the CCG’s work as lead commissioner for the area.

“I hope members of the public are able to attend the AGM to hear about important work that has taken place and to ask questions.”
 

Health commissioners announce further plans to improve access to primary care

Further to the recent announcement of providing improved access to primary care services in the York area, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is happy to announce another contract award which will provide extended access to primary care services to even more patients in the Vale of York.

In its second contract award announcement this month, the CCG has awarded NHS organisation Modality Partnership; which will be working in alliance with a group of practices in the north locality, a three year contract to deliver additional routine and pre-booked appointments with a range of clinicians, including doctors, nurses and other staff, seven days per week, from 1 October 2018.

On awarding the contract for extended primary care services in the north locality, Dr Kevin Smith, the CCG’s Executive Director of Primary Care and Population Health, said: “This contract award to Modality Partnership is another step towards a very exciting journey that is transforming the delivery of local healthcare.

“The CCG is delighted that its investment will give even more Vale of York patients access to primary care services in the evenings, at weekends and on bank holidays from early autumn 2018.”

The exciting new partnership between local doctors’ surgeries and Modality Partnership will open up opportunities for innovation and introduce new ways of providing healthcare services. The brand-new service aims to give patients more choice and flexibility in terms of appointment types, offering face to face consultations, telephone consultations, and also video consultations online to provide more convenient access to GP services.

Seven GP practices in the area will offer their patients access to extended opening hours:

  • Millfield Surgery
  • Tollerton Surgery
  • Stillington Surgery
  • Pickering Medical Practice
  • Helmsley Surgery
  • Kirkbymoorside Surgery
  • Terrington Surgery

The new appointments will be available to patients from all the above practices at Millfield Surgery in Easingwold and at Pickering Surgery for appointments between 6:30pm and 8pm on weekday evenings and 10am-12noon on weekends and bank holidays.

Dr Sarah Utting, a local GP from the north locality of the Vale of York, said: “We are excited to work in partnership with Modality Partnership, and our practices see this as a real opportunity to make a positive difference for our patients and their experiences.

“We are committed to enhancing our primary care services by offering more appointments for our patients, and providing excellent, high quality care.

“We recognise that many people would like the flexibility of being able to book additional appointments at times outside the traditional GP surgery hours of 8am - 6pm on weekdays. This new service will extend the provision of primary care in our area and we hope patients will find it valuable.”

Vincent Sai, Chief Executive Officer at Modality Partnership, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to provide extended hours services for patients in the northern locality of the Vale of York.

“We consider this chance to work in partnership with the local practices as a fantastic opportunity to provide improved access for patients.

“We also welcome the prospect of sharing our positive learning from our work elsewhere in the country. We plan to showcase a new model of care, which we know will be integral to achieving successful patient outcomes and supporting system-wide benefits.” 

Further details of changes to opening hours and the new service will be available to local patients via their doctors’ surgery.

Vale of York residents invited to CCG’s September Governing Body meeting

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body will next meet in public on Thursday 6 September – and members of the public are invited along to observe and hear about the work the CCG is doing to improve services, quality and the experience of patients in the local area.

The meeting takes place at 9.30am on Thursday 6 September at West Offices, Station Rise, York, Y01 6GA.

The CCG’s Governing Body consists of local GPs and other healthcare professionals and is responsible for monitoring the performance and quality improvement of healthcare providers in the Vale of York area.

Governing Body meetings are one of the ways that patients and members of the public can get involved and have their say.

If you wish to ask a question or raise a matter at the 6 September meeting you must submit your enquiry by no later than 5pm on Monday 3 September.

Please send your enquiry by email to valeofyork.contactus@nhs.net

Alternatively, you can send your enquiry by post to NHS Vale of York CCG, West Offices, Station Rise, York, Y01 6GA.

Please note that you will not be able to ask a question at the meeting if you do not submit your question before the deadline.

The agenda and papers for the Governing Body meeting will be published online by 5pm on Thursday 30 August at www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body-meetings/

Think ‘Pharmacy First’ for minor illnesses during August bank holiday weekend

People in the Vale of York are encouraged to think ‘Pharmacy First’ if they require help with minor health conditions during the August bank holiday weekend.

Vale of York GP surgeries will not open during the upcoming bank holiday weekend, including on bank holiday Monday (27 August), but several pharmacies in York and Selby will be open and are the recommended place to go for treatment and advice for minor injuries and ailments, including:

  • Colds and flu
  • Coughs
  • Sore throats
  • Upset stomachs
  • Ear infections
  • Back pain
  • Minor rashes
  • Headaches

Below is a comprehensive timetable showing which pharmacies in York and Selby will be open on bank holiday Monday.

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

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.

Dr Kevin Smith, Executive Director of Primary Care and Population Health at NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Pharmacists are the best people to see for advice and help with minor illnesses and injuries, and you can see them without having to book an appointment beforehand. Seeing a pharmacist when appropriate helps to free up other NHS services, which are often extremely busy during weekends and bank holidays.

“While pharmacies are the best place to go for help with minor health concerns, you should use the NHS 111 phone or online service if you require urgent medical help or advice for a non-life-threatening condition; or call 999 if you have a medical emergency, such as breathing difficulties, chest pains or if you’ve been in a serious accident.”

Extended access to primary care services set to launch in York

In addition to standard, weekday appointment times, people living in York and its surrounding area will soon have the opportunity to visit, or talk to a healthcare professional in the evenings, at weekends and on bank holidays thanks to a new scheme that launches in October 2018.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has awarded Nimbuscare Ltd, a group of local GP practices, a contract to deliver a new extended access primary care service in central York.  

Dr Kevin Smith, the CCG’s Executive Director of Primary Care and Population Health said: “I am delighted to announce that patients in areas of central York and Pocklington will be able to access primary care services in the evenings, at weekends and on bank holidays from early autumn 2018.”

Dr Smith added: “We asked the Vale of York community to tell us what is important to them about local healthcare services and providing extended access to primary care services was identified as one of the main themes.

“Our investment to increase access to primary care services is the start of a very exciting journey that is transforming the delivery of local healthcare.”

Dr Russell Saxby of Nimbuscare Ltd and My Health Practice said: “This is fantastic news for patients. It is the biggest investment in primary care for some years and we are delighted and proud to be at the forefront of this new service in York.

“We know people currently find it difficult to get a face-to-face or telephone appointment at their GP practice, at a time to suit them.

“This new service will give people a better choice of appointment times and more options to speak to a clinician, or even, eventually, have a virtual consultation on their mobile device or computer.”

Under the new contract, appointments will be available between 6.30pm and 8pm each weekday, with additional slots available at weekends and bank holidays. The appointments will be pre-bookable, by telephoning local surgeries or by contacting NHS 111.

Mrs Jayne Bone, Senior Manager at Nimbuscare Ltd said: “We will constantly listen to people’s views about the service, so that we can change it to suit their needs.  Our aim is to offer a range of routine appointments with GPs and other clinical staff.  

“We’ll be rolling the service out in phases from October 2018.”

The new service, which will cover the York Central area, including Pocklington, will be based at four hub sites:

  • Cornlands Road Medical Centre, Acomb
  • Stonebow Surgery, Central York
  • Huntington Surgery, 1 North Lane, York
  • Pocklington Surgery, Pocklington, East Yorkshire

Dr Saxby explained: “It’s really important we get this right for patients, so we plan to roll it out gradually and keep services under review.

“There is a lot of work to be done now to make sure all our systems are linked, staff are trained and rotas established to be able to offer the service. This is a huge piece of work and we want to make sure it happens as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.”

People will get the chance to give feedback using a number of survey mechanisms to be introduced as the service begins. More information will be sent out via local surgeries in the coming weeks.

Vale of York residents asked to give feedback on last year of life care services

Vale of York residents who are approaching the end of their life are being asked to complete a survey to give feedback on their experiences of using local last year of life care and support services.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with partners to create a last year of life care strategy that strengthens its commitment to improve and develop last year of life care and support services. 

The CCG is asking those people who are approaching the end of their life to complete a survey on their experience of these local services. Feedback is also sought from those people who care for someone who is approaching the end of their life; or work with people who approaching the end of their life.

The responses will be used to help shape the last year of life care strategy, and create a ‘citizens’ charter’ which reflects the needs of people across the Vale of York.

People are asked to complete one (or more) of three surveys based on their circumstances. The CCG would like to capture the experiences of anyone:

The deadline for completing these surveys is 5pm on Friday 7 September.

Dr Nigel Wells, Vale of York CCG’s Clinical Chair, said: “The CCG is committed to further developing and improving last year of life care and support services in the Vale of York area, and the views of those people approaching the end of their life who are using these services are pivotal to helping us to achieve this objective.

“We’d be really grateful if you could complete the appropriate survey if you are approaching the end of your life or using last year of life care services. Your feedback will be used to shape the last year of life care strategy and improve and develop services in the Vale of York area."

Local health commissioner appoints new chief finance officer

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has appointed a new Chief Finance Officer.

Simon Bell joined the CCG this week from NHS Kernow CCG in Cornwall, where he served as Chief Finance Officer for three years. Previously he was Chief Finance Officer at South Devon and Torbay CCG.

Simon, a qualified accountant and graduate of the NHS Finance Management Training Scheme, has worked for the NHS for more than 20 years across a number of provider and commissioning organisations.

Speaking about his appointment, Simon said: “I’m delighted to have joined NHS Vale of York CCG and I can’t wait to start working with my new colleagues and partners.

“It’s great to see the substantial progress that has been achieved in stabilising the local financial position, and that people across the system have worked together in getting there. I’m looking forward to helping support the system deliver improving services and value for our Vale of York communities.”