Hot off the Press - a must read for people who need help and everyone involved in care assessments.
Really this is a must see!
This new, short video was led by Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group in partnership with patients and is a joint initiative between the local NHS and Shropshire Council.
If you have the privilage to provide clinical or social care services to people in Shropshire take a look and discuss its content with your colleagues, and let us know your thoughts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Shropshire Together, Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY6 6ND
We Need to Change. Sooner rather than later!
This paper is a follow on paper in response to feed back received about the original paper "We Need to Change" circulated on Friday 8th March.
Some concerned Shropshire citizens have asked about the consequences of the poor results, others have asked about safety and others about potential solutions.
Safety Culture: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/rhona-flin-building-safety-culture-nhs
See also: RCS - Acting on Concerns. http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/publications/docs/acting-on-concerns/
We Need to Change
Staff morale in the local NHS is at an all time low.
53% of staff at the RSH / PRH feel unable to recommend the hospital service provided by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.
To find out more open the document below:
- Safe Moving and Handling workshop
- Nutrition and Hydration
- Understanding Dementia
These very useful courses are a must for people who care for someone at home.
Safe Moving and Handling
Thursday 7th March 10.00am till 12.30pm The Guildhall, Oswestry
- Learn about back care, safe ways to assist someone moving from sit to stand.
- Practical ways of helping with mobility around the house
- Changing a bed with someone in it.
- Aids and equipment- from choosing a walking stick to in-stalling a hoist.
- Find manageable solutions to the situations you deal with at home
- Observe practical demonstrations
Fun and informative
To find out more or to book your place please call 01743 237 888.
Transport costs can be reimbursed, and we can help to arrange respite care so you are able to attend. Please discuss this when booking your place.
See also: SCIC Shopping Mall.
Dementia workshop for family carers.
Wednesday 13th February, 10.00 am-4.00pm
Wellington Library, Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre, Larkin Way.
Free to family Carers living in Telford & Wrekin, the day will be friendly, informal and supported by the Admiral Nurses.
Staying well- nutrition and hydration
Therapeutic touch- using hand and shoulder massage
Safe moving and handling - maintaining mobility
Managing unusual behaviours
Practical activities for you and your loved one to enjoy
To book your place please call Julia on 01743 237 888
Refreshments & a light lunch provided.
Transport costs can be reimbursed, and we can help to arrange respite care so you are able to attend.
Please discuss this when booking your place.
Carers really count!
Support for people who care for family and friends is vitally important.
Find out whats going on and who to contact. A must read for all carers and their families.
Telford and Wrekin Senior Citizen Forum.
News Letter November 2012.
The Forum welcomes a new
Chairperson Margo Brotherton
Click below to get your copy of the November News Letter
What a busy day!
Thursday 13th September was a special and very busy day for the Board and senior staff at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.
In the morning a special Stakeholder Conference was convened to start a dialogue about Accident and Emergency services, Cardiology services and Stroke Services.
Two key questions were posed A) What does a "good" service look like and
B) How are we doing locally.
Presentations were made by several senior managers and plenty of questions were soon flying across the room.
Stakeholder participants were drawn from a wide range of groups including Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, Age UK Shropshire Telford and Wrekin, Leagues of Friends, Shropshire Link, Telford Link, Social Services (T&W) and Telford Council Cabinet, Shropshire Partners in Care plus a variety of voluntary sector representatives.
Needless to say there were plenty of questions and some disagreements which is good since as everyone will agree open debate should drive the process of making good decisions.
As an extra bonus attendees got to meet the new gaffer Mr. Peter Herring - profile of Mr. Peter Herring
Mr.P. Herring & Mr.N.Nisbet Fin.Dir.
Once the Stakeholder Conference finished loads of people started to arrive to see the Annual Exhibition and Trust achievement awards showcasing the work Trust staff have been doing to make sure our community gets good quality clinical services - click here for details.
Alongside the staff posters and stands were exhibitors showcasing a wide variety of services such as Alcohol Awareness, Organ donation, Safeguarding Children and Young People, Leagues of Friends, Blood Transfusion and LINks.
The day was rounded off by the formal Annual General Meeting of the Trust Board. AGM papers September 2012.
Mr. S. Peak - Transformation Director.
Dr. K. Woodward, CLllr. R. Overton,
Mr.P. Taylor, Mr.D.Clegg.
Mrs. D. Vogler SaTH and
Mrs.J. Gulliver Telford LINk.
Pictures from the Annual Exhibition
Proud to be moving forward for the common good.
League of Friends.
Visitors to the Exhibition.
Apprenticeship opportunities at SaTH
Carers really count!
Support for people who care for family and friends is vitally important.
Find out what going on and who to contact.
Getting Ready for Tele-Care and Tele-Health.
Bosses at the Shropshire County Clinical Commissioning Group are planning to increase the use of Tele-Health and Tele Care systems as a means of improving care services for the people who live in the Shropshire Council area.
To help people understand the way thinking is going in the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and at the Council we thought it would be a good idea to put together a few resources to brief you on this emerging development which will, in time, impact on how you are cared for.
Tele-Health and Tele Care are fairly recent developments in providing:
Social care services into people's homes to help older people or disabled people live independently for longer.
NHS care between a hospital and a community hospital or between a Hospitals or may be a GP surgery and a person's home.
Telecare: from simple personal alarms (AKA pendant/panic/medical/social alarms, PERS, and so on) through to smart homes that focus on alerts for risk including, for example: falls; smoke; changes in daily activity patterns and 'wandering'. Telecare may also be used to confirm that someone is safe and to prompt them to take medication. The alert generates an appropriate response to the situation allowing someone to live more independently, and confidently, in their own home for longer.
Telehealth: as in remote vital signs monitoring. Vital signs of patients with long term conditions are measured daily by devices at home and the data sent to a monitoring centre for response by a nurse or doctor if they fall outside predetermined norms. Telehealth has been shown to replace routine trips for check-ups; to speed interventions when health deteriorates, and to reduce stress by educating patients about their condition.
Source: What is Tele- Care?
Briefing sources Tele-Care:
Briefing sources Tele-Health:
To find out a little more detail about this important subject please have a look at these links:
The Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) programme is a two year research project funded by the Department of Health to find out how technology can help people manage their own health while maintaining their independence.
If you want to contribute to the discussion on Tele-Care / Tele-Health please send your views by the end of September 2012 to:
Mr Paul Haycox - Head of Planning and Service Redesign, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group Paul.Haycox@shropshirepct.nhs.uk
Mrs Carolyn Healy - Partnerships Manager, Shropshire Council email@example.com
Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
High Level Commissioning Intentions for 2013 / 14.
Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Shropshire Council have been encouraging residents to attend one of three local meetings to find out more about plans and priorities for local health services in 2013/2014. Last night saw the final meeting at the Lord Hill Hotel in Shrewsbury. Well over 100 people filled the hotel's function room.
Attendees ranged from members of the public, Patient Participation Group members, Voluntary Sector and private sector providers.
Delegates arriving and reading their delegates information pack.
During questions and answers session some concern was aired about shrinking Council budgets for care of the elderly and the impact this could have on the Health Service commissioning plans. People from the voluntary sector also raised concern about lateness in getting notification of funding and the possibility of some services being put at risk from this September. The panel gave reassurances that the matter would be looked into as a priority.
L to R.
Mrs Carolyn Healy - Partnerships Manager, Shropshire Council
Mr Paul Haycox - Head of Planning and Service Redesign, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Mr Stephen Chandler - Group Manager, Assessment and Eligibility, Shropshire Council
Dr Caron Morton - Accountable Officer Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Mr David Taylor - Corporate Director - People, Shropshire Council
Dr Bill Gowans - Vice Chair, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
On the positive note Dr. Caron Morton the big chief at the Clinical Commissioning Group said that the CCG Board was "absolutely committed" to a policy of
"No decision about me without me" and explained the new process for patients representatives to influence and check over key commissioning documents prior to formal submission to the Board.
Dr. Bill Gowans, main man for change processes at the CCG. He and his colleagues are paying a lot of attention to ensuring that patients have well integrated care pathways.
He made it crystal clear that co-ordination of scarce resources was very important and the CCG wants to ensure work load is well managed across the local health service.
Overall around 240 people have been involved in this series of road shows. Copies of the papers published by the CCG and Health and Well Being Board are available for you to comment on:-
Road show presenters.
Mrs. C. Healy - Shropshire Council and
Mr. P. Haycox Clinical Commissioning Group.
You can let the CCG know how you feel about their plans by writing to:
A report back session will be held in September and we will put the date into our events calendar.
Support our Hospitals become a Trust Member.
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust is working towards becoming a NHS Foundation Trust by 2014. To achieve Foundation Trust Status the Board need local people to support the application by becoming a Trust member.
What are NHS Foundation Trusts?
- an opportunity for you to have a bigger say in how local health services are run
- providers of healthcare according to core NHS principles - free at the point of delivery, based on need and not the ability to pay
- a new type of NHS organisation, established as independent public benefit corporations, modelled on co-operative and mutual traditions
- more freedom from central government control and from strategic health authority performance management
- still part of the NHS and subject to NHS standards, including inspection by the independent Healthcare Commission. They are overseen by an independent regulator, Monitor, which ensures that NHS Foundation Trusts meet their obligations to patients, communities and taxpayers.
If Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust does not become a Foundation Trust by 2014 two possibilities arise:
A) The Trust is taken over by an existing Foundation Trust.
B) The Trust is run by a private management company as happened in Hinchinbrook Hospital. See BBC News Repost.3 May 2012.
Clearly there is a lot at stake if we want our hospital service run on a local basis.
Social Care Institute for Excellence.
If you have a minute to spare have a look at this site.
Oil buying collective in Shropshire - do you use oil to heat your home or business?
If you do look at the April Oil Press News Letter - it could save you some cash.
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Self Help Shropshire
You are not alone.
If you are looking for support from others who have been through a similar experience to yours , or if you just want to talk, then Shropshire Self Help Directory can help you, right now.
Visit - Self HelShropshire p to find some one who understands and can help.
Patient Participation Group Networking Event
Wednesday 28th March 2012.
Around 80 people attended the latest PPG Networking event. The opening address was given by Dr. Leigh Griffin MD Shropshire County PCT who explained the changes in how NHS services are managed and organised in the county.
Questions were asked concerning travel especially Shropshire Link Bus services see Information about Shropshire Link. for more information.
Why not consider helping? Volunteer to be a driver.
Also the issue about services for people with Dementia was raised by a member of the audience - for more information scroll down this page to read about Dementia in Shropshire.For much more information about Dementia Click here and scroll down to D for more on DEMENTIA.
Also of interest: See - Dementia2012 Report.
Dr. Leigh Griffin addressing the PPG Networking members.
Sensory Resource and Development Services
Shropshire and Mid wales Pituitry Group
Digital delivery of NHS services.
View the slides on the link below to see how services for the public MAY be provided some time in the future.
Variation in services for Children in Shropshire.
A report released today by the NHS show that 2.6% of primary school children in the Shropshire Council have a statement of Special Educational Need this compares to 1.6 % of primary school children in the Telford and Wrekin Council area.
Emergency admission rate for children with asthma per population aged 0-17 years is significantly different between children in Shropshire County PCT 221.9 per year compared with 327.4 per year for children residents in the T&W PCT area.
Attendance of under fives at the A&E departments in the county are among the lowest in England. But the rate of attendance is significantly different between the two PCT areas.
The rate of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances per population under 5 years for children in the Shropshire County PCT is 282.69 per year compared with 354.58 per year for children resident in the T&W PCT area.
The figures were released by the NHS in the Atlas of Variation available at:
Posted 15th March 2012.
Long Term Condition Conference.
This event was organised by the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and was aimed at GP's, nurses and patients for the purpose of considering was of addressing the significant and growing problem of long term conditions in Shropshire.
Editors note: around 1 in 10 residents have a long term health condition.
Read the feed back here:
Find out more about Shropshire Link and how it can help you!
Free Home Eye Tests!
If you or some one you know are house bound and need an eye test have a look and listen to this video - it could make all the difference to you and yours.
Dame Judi Dench has revealed she has been diagnosed with a condition that can lead to blindness.
The James Bond star, 77, says she has Macular Degeneration and can no longer read her scripts or see faces in front of her.
What is Macular Degeneration?
Five plucky Shropshire volunteers are Health Check Champions.
Our Shropshire Health Check Champions are:
Mark Davies 53 Shrewsbury.
Collette Davies 44 Shrewsbury (no relation to Mark)
Cathy Warner 66 Bridgnorth.
Zoe Day 50 Ellesmere.
Andy Skinner 50 Highley.
Check out on You Tube:-
Health Checks take about 20 - 30 minutes and consist of questions about family medical history, health and life style. If any risks are identified there is a chance to discuss these and learn about available help and support.
See also Free NHS Health Check.
Fears over hip implants.
Following the withdrawal of the DePuy device, the British Hip Society and the British Orthopaedic Association said "Everyone with a hip replacement that has been withdrawn should be informed and told that they will be under close clinical follow-up."
Q. What should you do if you have had a hip operation and have not been contacted by the hospital where your hip operation was undertaken?
A. Contact the hospital where your hip operation was carried out and ask if you need to be put under close clinical follow-up and if not why not. The hospital will be only too delighted to give you an explanation - remember to ask for any explanation in writing for future reference.
More information:- Fears over Hip Implants.
18th October 2011:- Here is a link to the statement from the news archive that SaTH published regarding the use of metal-on-metal hip replacements:
link to National Blood Donor web site.
Amanda Holden's husband Chris Hughes has praised the NHS staff who helped save the star's life.
The Britain's Got Talent star checked herself into hospital on Monday and gave birth to little Hollie Rose a week early via an emergency caesarean section. The birth left Amanda in a critical condition after she began bleeding heavily and the star had several blood transfusions to keep her alive.
Her newborn also faced breathing difficulties and was put on a respirator, while terrified new dad Chris stayed by his girl's side.
Source:- Huffington post.
According to the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare, the emergency hospital admission rates for children and adults with Asthma in the Telford and Wrekin Council Area are among the worst in the country.
To see the atlas click here NHS Health Atlas online. or go to the Our Knowledge Bank section and pick up a copy there. The Atlas is filed under NHS Right Care and NHS Atlas of Care.
If you want to see a new free online service for Asthma control, we have found one which may be of interest to you called MyAsthma.
MyAsthma is a programme that provides services, information and support that can help those with asthma to take control of their condition.
To see a video of MyAsthma and to get to the web site please go to the Your Health section and then open the Online Health Resources section. The information you want is the fourth item down near the top of the list.
If you decide to use the MyAsthma facility, please make sure you consult your doctor or practice nurse first.
If you are interested in other Health apps for your computer, Iphone or Android etc. have a look here:-
Figures provided by the Alzheimer's Society show that diagnosis rates in the county are low compared to other parts of the country.
The data can be seen using the links below.
If you want to know more about dementia go to the Online Health Resources section and see the link to information about Dementia from there.