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NHS SOUTHWARK CCG BANNER
December 2013
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Welcome to the first newsletter from your local NHS!
Welcome to the first quarterly newsletter from NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). You have received this because you have signed up to our mailing list or have expressed an interest in receiving updates from your local NHS. We will be letting you know what we have been up to, our upcoming plans and activities and information on how you can get involved. If you do not want to receive this newsletter you can click on ‘Email us to unsubscribe’ at the top of the page.
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In this issue
Message from our Chair
Collaborative success for Lambeth
BIG Lambeth Health Debate: Making it happen
Look out for the yellow men
Making quality count
Healthy Pharmacies Initiative
Reviewing services for muscle and joint problems
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Message from our Chair
Dr Adrian McLachlanIt’s hard to imagine that it’s still less than a year since NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group was established as a statutory membership organisation with full responsibility for much of the health budget for Lambeth. It’s certainly been a very busy 10 months! These are challenging times, but I am certainly proud of the progress that we are making hand in hand with all our local partners. I am thrilled that we were shortlisted for Governing Body of the Year at the NHS Leadership Awards, and really delighted to see that the excellent work of our Lambeth Living Well Collaborative has been recognised at the NHS Leadership Recognition Awards 2013 as they have won the Patient Inclusivity award.
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Collaborative success in Lambeth
Collaborative success in LambethWe are delighted that the vision and energy of everyone involved in the Lambeth Living Well Collaborative has been recognised at the NHS Leadership Recognition Awards 2013, as the Patient Inclusivity Award winners. The award goes to a person or team who champion real involvement of people in the design and development of health services – leading to real benefits for patients. There has been a clear commitment to developing a model of co-production for mental health in Lambeth for several years. The Collaborative was established in July 2010 & is striving to apply the principles of coproduction to the commissioning & delivery of services & support for people who experience mental illness.
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BIG Lambeth Health Debate: Making it happen
BLHDDuring the last couple of months we have been holding the ‘BIG Lambeth Health Debate’ - a series of conversations with local people to help inform and shape our thinking as we develop our new five year commissioning plan for health in Lambeth from April 2014. Many of you have taken the opportunity to participate in the discussions and to feed in ideas, both big and small, all of which have contributed to the wider debate. Infact we heard from hundreds of local people – both in person at a wide variety of events and groups, through written surveys and on our online forum and survey.
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Look out for the yellow men
YellowmenWinter is traditionally a busy time for the urgent care system. The increase in winter bugs circulating combined with colder weather mean that more of us get ill and those people who are already vulnerable can become more seriously ill. To help support the pressure on the health system a new campaign has been designed to educate people about self-care, pharmacies, GPs and Urgent Care Centres, with the aim of keeping them out of A&E when a visit isn’t necessary
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Making quality count
Quality summitQuality is a hot topic in the NHS with challenging recent reports from Francis, Keogh and Berwick all putting the spotlight on quality and patient safety, and highlighting the importance of involving patients, carers and members of the public as equal partners in the design and assessment of their local NHS. While significant changes within the NHS and Local Authorities have brought challenges, there are also significant opportunities, and an appetite to work more closely together to deliver high quality health.
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Health Pharmacies Initiative
Healthy Pharmacies Initiative
Pharmacies are a great source of information and advice about health and wellbeing in our communities, but often their expertise is underused. NHS Lambeth CCG is delighted to announce that an innovative new scheme that encourages people to make full use of their local pharmacies has been launched in Lambeth – Healthy Living Pharmacies. The Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLP) initiative is led by NHS Lambeth CCG and the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) and encourages pharmacies to support health and wellbeing to residents across the borough of Lambeth. One of the ways it is doing this is by training staff as ‘healthy living champions’.
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Reviewing services for muscle and joint problems
NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group is reviewing how we plan and buy services for patients needing assessment and treatment for musculoskeletal conditions (problems with muscles and joints). We aim to have the new service or services in place from September 2014.
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As a public body we take our responsibility to be accountable to local people seriously. Over the past year we have been speaking with patients and the public, GP practices, and the service providers. We are continuing to engage, working especially closely with our Patient Participation Groups at GP practices and with Healthwatch Lambeth.
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