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April 2014
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Welcome
Dr Adrian McLachlan"Welcome to the second edition of a quarterly bulletin from NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). In this edition of the bulletin you will read about our activities over the last three months including: our pledge to use easy to understand language in everything we write; engagement on children’s mental health services and national recognition for the Big Lambeth Health Debate. At the moment we are planning for the next five years, developing our strategy and working with our neighbouring CCGs across south east London. This month we are celebrating our first birthday, read the article below on some of our key achievements over the past year.” – Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of NHS Lambeth CCG
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In this issue
The last quarter – what we have been up to
Clinical commissioning turns one
Making our pledge for NHS Change Day
Big Lambeth Health Debate nationally recognised
Children and young people’s views on mental health
Supporting national no smoking day
Launch of new child health guide
Breast cancer in women over 70
Not always A&E campaign
Looking forward – our upcoming projects
Developing our plans for the next five years
South east London five year strategy
West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre
Personal health budgets
Raising lung cancer awareness
Let’s talk about bowel cancer
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The last quarter – what we have been up to
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Our first birthday
Clinical commissioning turns one
One year ago, local GPs and nurses took over the commissioning of NHS services in Lambeth. To mark our first anniversary we wanted to share some of our key achievements over the past year. Throughout the year we have been talking to local people about health services and how they can improve. We are always looking at new ways we can help improve health and wellbeing. One of our main responsibilities is to respond to feedback from patients and carers to continually drive up the quality of care. This includes implementing the Department of Health recommendations following the Francis report.
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NHS Change Day
Making our pledge for NHS Change Day
NHS Lambeth CCG celebrated NHS Change Day on 3 March. NHS Change Day is a frontline led movement; the largest of its kind, with a shared purpose of improving health and care. The idea is to get NHS staff, patients and the public to pledge to do one thing to make the NHS better. Pledges can be big or small, personal or professional but must make a difference to patient care. Our pledge as a CCG is to use easy to understand language in everything we write.
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Big Lambeth Health Debate
Big Lambeth Health Debate nationally recognised
Our engagement through the BIG Lambeth Health Debate has been highlighted as a shining example alongside other CCG success stories in the publication entitled, 'Taking the lead: How Clinical Commissioning Groups are changing the face of the NHS'. The BIG Lambeth Health Debate engaged more than 800 local people in discussions on the future of health in Lambeth. There were meetings, events, online surveys, discussions and social media campaigning.
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Children and young people’s views on mental health
NHS Lambeth CCG and Lambeth Council are working together with parents, carers, young people, education staff, voluntary organisations and others to develop a view of how we can all in the future best support better mental health and improved emotional wellbeing for children and young people in Lambeth. During February and March we were speaking to young people to gather their views. We ran a survey which closed on 14 March and are currently collating the responses – check our website for updates
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Supporting national no smoking day
No smoking campaign Wednesday 12 March was No Smoking Day – Lambeth CCG encouraged smokers across Lambeth to set their goal and quit smoking as well as providing information about local NHS services which could help. No Smoking Day is supported by the British Heart Foundation and this year’s theme was entitled 'V for Victory' and shows that for many the fight to stop smoking can be a difficult one but one that they can ultimately win with the right support.
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Launch of new child health guide
Child health guideNHS Lambeth, Bromley, Greenwich and Southwark CCGs have produced an information guide for parents and carers of children under five to help them understand more about the common childhood illnesses and what to do if their child is ill. The guide includes information about local health services such as pharmacies, walk-in centres, and A&Es, and when to access these. You can view the online guide for parents and carers of young children.
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Breast cancer awareness campaign
Breast cancer in women over 70
In February we talked about breast cancer and women over 70. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in England with around 41,500 women diagnosed each year – of which around a third are aged 70 and over. The campaign reminded all women, but particularly those over 70, that a lump is not the only sign of breast cancer - if you see any change to your nipples, skin or the shape of your breasts it is important to get it checked out.
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Not always A&E campaign
The 'Not always A&E' campaign has been running across south east London from December 2013. You will have seen posters on buses, bus stops and billboards. Have you read the leaflet explaining the alternative services available?
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Looking forward – our upcoming projects
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Developing our plans for the next five years
We are currently developing our five year Strategic Plan and a more detailed two year Operating Plan. We are shaping these plans around five key programmes of work which we have identified through our programmes of engagement including the Big Lambeth Health Debate. These programmes are: children and young people; mental health; staying healthy; integrated adults and primary care. We will be focusing on improving the advice and treatment all Lambeth residents receive from a GP or pharmacy. We want to make it easier for everyone to access and more joined up with other NHS services. We will be working alongside our neighbouring CCG in Southwark. We are also developing our plans for children’s services; our goal is to help children stay healthy so they don’t end up in hospital. There will be more information about all five programmes on our website in the coming months.
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South east London five year strategy
In addition to the CCG strategy, a five year south east London strategic plan is also being developed. This plan will seek to ensure CCGs, local authorities and providers of NHS services coordinate an approach to securing a sustainable health economy serving the population of south east London. The first steps are to prepare a "case for change" for south east London's health services and to agree which are the most important issues to look at doing differently across south east London in the future. We are asking people what they think of the draft case for change by the end of March 2014 if possible, but comments up until early June 2014 will still be used.
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West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre
The new West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre, due to open in Spring 2014, has been leading the way in creating an integrated approach with council services, leisure services (including gym, pool and studio), GP practices, dental suites and community services for the residents of West Norwood. The aim for the new centre is to very much be part of the local community and shaped by that community. With this in mind, over 40 local residents attended a workshop on 11 March to help develop key principles for the centre' s operation, to hear about the services being delivered through the centre and to feedback both on what they were excited about and about what else they would like to see taking place. This information will be used by the joint project team to inform the planning and operation of the centre. The workshop also highlighted an opportunity for residents who want to give back to their community through the planned Centre Navigator and Community Health Champions volunteer teams.
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Personal health budgets
The Department of Health has announced that by 1st April 2014, anyone in receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare funding will have the right to request a Personal Health Budget, and by 1st October 2014, anyone in receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, will have the right to receive a Personal Health Budget. A Personal Health Budget is an amount of NHS money provided to the patient to meet their health and wellbeing needs.
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Lung cancer awareness campaign
Raising lung cancer awareness
We are raising awareness of lung cancer as part of the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign. Lung cancer is England’s biggest cancer killer claiming around 28,100 lives every year. Patients with lung cancer have worse outcomes in Britain than those in many other European countries and it is estimated 1,300 deaths could be avoided each year if five-year survival cancer rates matched the best in Europe.
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Lung cancer awareness campaign
Raising lung cancer awareness
April is bowel cancer awareness month so Lambeth CCG is reminding local people that you can talk to your GP about anything. GPs see a wide range of different health problems, some are quite rare and some more common. April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month. Our bowels aren't always on the top of our list of things we choose talk about.
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