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Vale of York nurses shortlisted for General Practice Nursing Awards

Nine nurses from the Vale of York area have been shortlisted for regional General Practice Nursing Awards 2018.

The Vale of York nurses are vying with colleagues from the Humber, Coast and Vale Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) area.

They will discover whether they have been victorious at an awards ceremony on Monday 5 March at the Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel in Willerby, East Yorkshire.

Haxby Group’s Philippa Norman has been shortlisted for the Nurse of the Year Award, while Annette Fair from Priory Medical Group and Scott Road Medical Practice’s Linda Hoop are in the running for the People’s Choice Award.

Julie Cole (Priory Medical Group) and Lorraine Rankin (Haxby Group) have been shortlisted for the Healthcare Practitioner of the Year Award, while Polly Smith (York Medical Group) and Helen Raines (Haxby Group) are among those being considered for the Innovator of the Year Award.

They are joined by Lynne Gray (Millfield Surgery) and Rebecca Rhodes (Escrick Surgery) who are vying to be crowned Practice Mentor of the Year and Nurse Preceptor of the Year respectively.

Winners from Monday night’s awards ceremony will then compete with other victors from the wider Yorkshire and Humber region at a ceremony on Wednesday 21 March in York.

Michelle Carrington, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Executive Director of Quality and Nursing, said: “It’s fantastic news that nine of our nurses from the Vale of York area have been shortlisted for General Practice Nursing Awards – a testament to their efforts to provide excellent care on a day-to-day basis.

“Everyone at the CCG has their fingers crossed that they’re victorious on Monday 5 March at the Humber, Coast and Vale award ceremony, and then again on Wednesday 21 March at the wider Yorkshire and Humber ceremony.”

Postponed CCG Governing Body meeting rescheduled for 8 March and relocated to Priory Street Centre

The NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) March Governing Body meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday 8 March – after the extreme wintry weather led to its postponement.

The meeting was originally due to be held at 9.15am on Thursday 1 March at West Offices, Station Rise, York – but was postponed due to the heavy snowfall and extreme cold weather which has affected many parts of the Vale of York in recent days.

The Governing Body will now meet at the Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York at 9.30am on Thursday 8 March.

Questions from the members of the public that were submitted for the original meeting will be answered at the start of the rescheduled meeting.

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

Keith Ramsay, Governing Body Lay Chair, said: “Due to the extreme wintry weather we took the decision to postpone the Governing Body meeting. We’re pleased to announce that the meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday 8 March and will take place at Priory Street Centre.

“We look forward to seeing many members of the public there as these meetings are an opportunity for them to learn about what’s going on in their local NHS and hear about how we’re improving care for patients.”

The agenda and papers for the Governing Body meeting are available here: http://www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/data/uploads/governing-body-papers/8-march-2018/03-18-full-set-public-v2-8-march.pdf

Vale of York residents invited to next CCG Governing Body meeting

Members of the public are invited to discover first-hand what is being done to improve healthcare services in the Vale of York area.

They’re invited to the next meeting of the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Governing Body, which takes place from 9.15am on Thursday 1 March at West Offices, Station Rise, York.

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

Keith Ramsay, Governing Body Lay Chair, said: “The Governing Body welcomes members of the public to our meetings as these meetings are an opportunity for them to learn about what’s going on in their local NHS and hear about how we’re improving care for patients.

"We believe it’s important that people have the chance to hear our discussions and observe how decisions are made about the health services they access.”

Those people wishing to raise a matter or ask a question at the meeting should submit their enquiry by 5pm on Monday 26 February.

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

Alternatively, you can send your enquiry by post to Michele Saidman, Executive Assistant, 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 available from 22 February at www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body-meetings/

Parents of young children urged to use pharmacies first

Parents of young children in the Vale of York are being encouraged to take advantage of services offered by pharmacies when they require help with minor illnesses or ailments.

Stay Well Pharmacy is a new campaign from NHS England which encourages people, especially parents and carers of children aged under five, to visit their local pharmacy first for clinical advice for minor health concerns.

Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns helps to free up GP appointments for those who really need them and also helps to reduce non-emergency A&E visits.

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, including:

  • Colds                         
  • Flu
  • Coughs                     
  • Sore throats
  • Runny noses           
  • Upset stomach
  • Ear infections          
  • Diarrhoea
  • Back pain                 
  • Minor rash

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 best treatment.

The vast majority (nine in 10) of pharmacies have private consultations rooms to enable confidential conversations between the patient and pharmacist.

Shaun O’Connell, local GP and Joint Medical Director at NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), 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.

“Local pharmacies can offer fast and convenient clinical advice for a wide range of minor health concerns, with no appointment needed. Furthermore, they’re open on evenings and weekends, often when your local GP surgery might not be.

“Using pharmacies also helps to take the pressure off A&E departments, freeing up staff there for real emergencies.”

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care and Chair of York's Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "Winter is a difficult time of year, particularly for vulnerable people, and a busy time for health services across the city.

“Pharmacists across the city can offer expert advice to residents of all ages to help them stay well this winter and avoid the need for a visit to the GP."

For more information, visit: www.nhs.uk/staywell

Local health chiefs launch Commissioning Intentions shaped by the community

Health chiefs at NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have launched its Commissioning Intentions for 2018-19.

The intentions reflect the views of local people who attended the CCG’s series of ‘Big Conversation’ engagement events, where the community was asked ‘what is important to them about local healthcare services?’ Topics including cancer, dementia, mental health, access to health prevention / education and access to primary care services were identified by participants.

Dr Kevin Smith, the CCG’s Director of Primary Care and Population Health, said: “The Commissioning Intentions, which were approved by the CCG’s Governing Body on 4 January 2018, are the start of a journey of local transformation.

“Our partner organisations have committed to work differently to achieve this transformation recognising that the change needed can be achieved through partnership working.”

The intentions align with the national Five Year Forward View which sets out the direction for the NHS. The national plan explains why change is needed and what it looks like, identifying the need to positively change the ways that health and care are delivered.

Dr Smith said: “The vision is to deliver transformation and there are already examples of successful projects such as the development of Integrated Care Teams in York, Selby and Pocklington; that have shown improvements in quality of care and patient experience.

“One of the most positive features of the Commissioning Intentions is that they reflect the issues that the local community highlighted at the ‘Big Conversation’ events – so a big thank you to everyone who took part and shared their views!

“Knowing what is important to the community at the draft planning stage has proved essential and these will help us to develop a safer and stronger community, support key prevention and behaviour change initiatives and reduce the demand on expensive healthcare interventions.”

If you would like to share your comments about the Commissioning Intentions, please email voyccg.engagement@nhs.net or phone 01904 555 870.

Share your views on improving access to GP services on evenings and weekends

People living in the Vale of York are being encouraged to have their say on improving access to GP services on evenings and weekends.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is using NHS England funding to offer additional access to GP services on weekday evenings and weekends from October 2018.

While some Vale of York GP surgeries already provide some evening and weekend services, the CCG wants to ensure everyone in the region is served equally.

The expanded service would provide more same-day and routine evening and weekend appointments, provided by a range of clinicians including doctors, nurses and clinical pharmacists depending on your need.

The CCG is therefore asking residents in the Vale of York area to complete a short survey to help shape how this additional service is delivered.

The survey can be completed online at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ImprovingGPAccess

It takes about five minutes to complete and, in accordance with data protection law, your information will remain anonymous and will only be used to help shape these plans.

Alternatively, printed copies are available upon request from the CCG, as are copies in other languages. Please call 01904 555 870 or email voyccg.engagement@nhs.uk to request a copy in a different format.

Over the next few weeks the CCG is also holding several engagement events where you can drop in to chat to a member of staff and share your views about improving access to GP services across the Vale of the York.

Dr Kevin Smith, the CCG’s executive director of primary care and population health, said: “Good access to GP services is not just about getting an appointment when you need it – it’s also about getting access to the right person who can provide the right care, in the right place at the right time.

“We’re keen to hear how you think we should deliver improved access to GP services, so please take five minutes to complete the survey as your views will be used to help ensure that the service provided meets the needs of our local residents.”

Young person’s mental health and wellbeing text message service launched in North Yorkshire

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has helped to launch a new mental health and wellbeing text message service to support young people in North Yorkshire.

Compass BUZZ is a free project which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people (aged 5-18, or up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disability) in schools across North Yorkshire.

With the help of the Vale of York CCG and other CCGs in North Yorkshire, Compass Buzz has launched BUZZ US – a confidential text message service for young people aged 11-18 years to help support mental health and wellbeing issues.

Users can text the service on 07520 631168 to receive confidential advice, support and signposting from a wellbeing worker, who will respond via text message within 24 hours.

The text service operates 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am-4.30pm on Friday. The service is unavailable on bank holidays.

NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG (HRW CCG) leads the commissioning of children and young people’s health services on behalf of Vale of York CCG, Harrogate and Rural District CCG and Scarborough and Ryedale CCG.

Dr Louise Barker, Vale of York CCG’s Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disability Services, said: “The launch of this new service is great news for North Yorkshire as it will hopefully provide young people with a convenient outlet to seek support or advice about any mental health and wellbeing issues they might experience.

“This is a fine example of local clinical commissioning groups working together to provide a service which has been tailored to meet the needs of the people it has been designed to help, and delivered on a platform which they can easily access.”

Lisa Gale, Service Manager for Compass BUZZ North Yorkshire, said: “Compass BUZZ is committed to ensuring the safety of young people. Before launching the service, we consulted with other text messaging services, police and local safeguarding to make sure that young people will receive the correct advice and support when they need it.”

For more information about the BUZZ US service, call 01609 777662 or freephone 0800 0087452.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Vale of York CCG Lay Chair Alan Maynard passes away

It is with sadness that the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announces the passing of Professor Alan Maynard, the CCG’s former Governing Body Lay Chair.

Alan passed away on Friday (2 February) at York Hospital after a long illness.

He served as the CCG’s inaugural Governing Body Lay Chair from 2012 until 2015, helping it transition from shadow form to statutory body in 2014.

As well as his work with the CCG, Alan spent many years working as a professor of health economics at the University of York. He was also chairman of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust between 1997 and 2010.

Keith Ramsay, the CCG’s current Lay Chair, who succeeded Alan in the role, said: “Alan joined the CCG in 2012 and during his three-year term as Lay Chair he excelled at guiding the CCG as it evolved from shadow form to statutory body.

“The CCG benefitted greatly from his expertise during this time as he helped staff remain focused on what matters most – the best interests of the patient.

“It was an honour to know him professionally and personally – he was a warm and caring individual whose commitment and passion for healthcare provision was infectious.

“On behalf of everyone at the CCG I would like to extend my condolences to Alan’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

Paula Evans, Chair of the CCG’s Council of Representatives, said: “We were very fortunate to have such a renowned and hugely respected health economics expert work in our local health service, contributing and influencing at many levels.

“I only had the privilege of overlapping with Alan for six months at the CCG, but my colleagues there attested to both the discipline he brought to decision making, as well as the wit he had in delivering this.”