Monthly Archives: September 2017

AGM and LD respite consultation

We had our Annual General Meeting this week and the first of what will be a series of community health fairs. Thank you to all of you that came along to join us.

Taking time to reflect on the year is a good reminder of the successes of the previous year amidst the bussle of the ongoing day to day job. We have many ongoing challenges and it is good to have your support and understanding as we continue to work through these within these challenging tight financial times.

It was great to hear and  see some of the fantastic things  that are happening in our neighbourhoods and communities from the stall holders. It continues to show that to ‘Improve health together’ we really do need to do things differently.

 

The public consultation for health respite for those with learning disabilities, complex needs and/or autism  is ongoing, running from 4 September till 10 November.  Jointly with our neighbouring CCG Hartlepool and Stockton we are running a series of larger public events across Teesside, as well as smaller events facilitated by the voluntary sector in Middlesbrough and across Redcar and Cleveland to gather the views of service users, their families and carers.

The events are chance for face to face discussion and chance to ask questions. We have a 2 of those larger events in South Tees next week. The first is an event in Redcar at Tuned In from 10am-12pm on Monday 25 September, and Saturday 30 September,  10am-12pm at the Trinity Centre,  North Ormesby. For those unable to attend the events there is a full pack of information available on line, hard copies of the consultation and questions can be available on request – please visit the link…..http://www.southteesccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/transforming-care-review-respite-services-people-learning-disabilities-complex-needs/


Don’t forget our AGM and community health fair on Wednesday!

Just a polite reminder that it’s our Annual General Meeting and community health fair this Wednesday, 20 September at the CCG’s offices at North Ormesby Health Village. Come along from 1.30pm until 4.00pm.

Find out about what we’ve been doing in the last year in our role in planning and buying many of the health services across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland.

As well as holding our formal Annual General Meeting sharing some of the fantastic work that has been achieved in the last 12 months, we will also be a holding a fun packed community health fair where you can drop in at any time.

There will be a chance for people to have a go on the smoothie bike, to receive some freebies and information from lots of different organisations and to take part in the games and activities including our prize draw of £30 WH Smith voucher.

Dr Janet Walker, Chair of the CCG said: “I hope that people will pop along on the day and learn more about the wide range of local health services available. We want the fair to be fun and informative for local people.

“You’ll have the opportunity to meet the CCGs Governing Body Members and GPs and ask any questions in an informal setting.

“There’ll be a number of health and wellbeing market stalls giving advice and information about local health and wellbeing services, freebies and giveaways, as well as information about the CCG, what we do and how we spend our budget on behalf of our local population. I look forward to meeting people on the day!”

The NHS South Tees CCG AGM and community health fair will take place on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at, NHS South Tees CCG Offices, 14 Trinity Mews, North Ormesby Health Village, Middlesbrough, TS3 6AL on Wednesday 20 September from 1.30pm-4pm.

Previous AGMs have been held in other parts of south tees and we plan to hold a series of community fairs across our patch in the next 12 months.

For further information, contact the CCG offices on 01642 263030 or email STCCG.enquiries@nhs.net.


NHS proposes changes to learning disability services on Tees

The NHS on Teesside is holding a public consultation on proposed changes to respite services for people with a learning disability, complex needs and/or autism.

Respite services are services or activities that help individuals and their carers recharge their batteries and create new opportunities to maximise longer term wellbeing.

NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who plan health services on Teesside, want to make a number of changes to the service, to offer more choice and to improve the focus on the needs of people with a learning disability, their carers and families.

The main change being proposed is to bed-based respite care – when someone needs a break away from home for one or a number of nights in a bed based setting.

At the moment, people access bed-based respite from two NHS facilities – 2 Bankfields Court in Middlesbrough, and Aysgarth in Stockton-on-Tees, which are provided by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Beds at these facilities cost around £1.5 million every year, and the local NHS wants to invest this money to provide a broader range of services which may be delivered within the community rather than in a NHS hospital setting, giving people more choice about how they receive the respite they need.

The proposed changes could mean replacing the Middlesbrough and Stockton facilities with the ability to choose somewhere like a hotel or a caravan at a holiday park, or other community based setting, where people will be supported by appropriately trained and qualified staff on a needs led basis.

Replacing the Middlesbrough and Stockton facilities, or changing the way bed based services are delivered, would free up funds that could be invested in a wide range of community-based respite activities close to home. People could choose supported activities that provide similar benefits to traditional respite care such as gardening, a sports activity, or arts and craft.

The CCGs believe that this will provide more choice and opportunity for service users, reassure their families and carers, and provide better value for money.

As well as proposing changes to bed-based care for the people who currently access the service across Tees (around 100 people in total), the CCGs are proposing a number of changes that will offer more choice and a more equitable service for people with a learning disability, complex needs and/or autism. These are:

  • Changing the assessment and allocations process, making it more needs led and equitable;
  • Buying flexible community-based respite services and clinically-led outreach support services so that people with a learning disability can choose from a range of activities such as gardening, taking part in sports, arts and crafts etc.

The CCGs are consulting on two options and asking for people to get involved by completing a survey or attending a public meeting.

Option One Buy a range of Bed Based Respite services to replace the existing more limited Bed Based Respite services. Change the assessment and allocations process, making it more needs led. Buy flexible community based respite services. Buy clinically led outreach support services.

Option Two Continue to buy Bed Based Respite services at 2 Bankfields Court and Aysgarth. Change the assessment and allocations process, making it more needs led. Buy flexible community based respite services.

*maintaining services at 2 Bankfields Court and Aysgarth means there will be flexible community based respite care as in Option 1 but the availability will be limited due to the funding needed to maintain the existing service.

The CCGs are working with a voluntary sector partner to ensure people affected by any proposed changes have the opportunity to have their say and understand what it means to them through a series of facilitated discussions. Four, wider public meetings have also been arranged and are open to anyone to attend. Further information, including details of the public meetings is available on the CCG websites: www.southteesccg.nhs.uk and www.hartlepoolandstocktonccg.nhs.uk.

The consultation will run for 10 weeks, from Monday 4 September to Friday 10 November 2017.

Dr Janet Walker, Chair of NHS South Tees CCG and Dr Boleslaw Posmyk Chair of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG said in a joint statement: “Respite services affect a very small proportion of our population, but we are determined to make sure those people are able to access a service that is based around their needs and the needs of their families and carers.

“Through an extensive engagement programme, we have listened to the views of people currently accessing the service, to understand what respite means to them. People told us that there needs to be a range of responsive options available for planned and emergency respite needs.

“People also told us that respite for people with learning disabilities and complex needs is limited, and that there needs to be better choice and better facilities, with innovative options aimed at an individual’s needs.

“We believe that we need to offer a better package of services for people, away from a hospital setting, closer to people’s homes and we believe that the options in our consultation offer a blend of services that reflects the feedback from people currently using services and our challenges in planning and buying services on behalf of our local populations.”

See our ‘Get Involved’ page for further information – http://www.southteesccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/transforming-care-review-respite-services-people-learning-disabilities-complex-needs/

ENDS

For further information, please contact the North of England Commissioning Support communications and engagement team on 01642 745401.


NHS annual general meeting to host community health fair

Are you interested in attending a local community health fair? Do you want to know more about how local health services are commissioned?

Then come along to the local NHS community health fair and annual general meeting at NHS South Tees CCG Offices, 14 Trinity Mews, North Ormesby Health Village, Middlesbrough, TS3 6AL on Wednesday 20 September 2017 from 1.30pm-4pm.

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for planning and buying many of the health services across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland, will hold the formal Annual General Meeting sharing some of the fantastic work that has been achieved in the last 12 months. We will also be a holding a fun packed community health fair where you can drop in at any time.

There will be a chance for people to have a go on the smoothie bike, to receive some freebies and information from lots of different organisations and to take part in the games and activities including our prize draw of £30 WH Smith voucher.

Dr Janet Walker, Chair of the CCG said: “I hope that people will pop along on the day and learn more about the wide range of local health services available. We want the fair to be fun and informative for local people.

 

“You’ll have the opportunity to meet the CCGs Governing Body Members and GPs and ask any questions in an informal setting.”

 

“There’ll be a number of health and wellbeing market stalls giving advice and information about local health and wellbeing services, freebies and give aways, as well as information about the CCG, what we do and how we spend our budget on behalf of our local population. I look forward to meeting people on the day!”

The NHS South Tees CCG AGM and community health fair will take place on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at, NHS South Tees CCG Offices, 14 Trinity Mews, North Ormesby Health Village, Middlesbrough, TS3 6AL on Wednesday 20 September from 1.30pm-4pm.

Previous AGMs have been held in other parts of south tees and we plan to hold a series of community fairs across our patch in the next 12 months.

For further information, contact the CCG offices on 01642 263030 or email STCCG.enquiries@nhs.net.