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Newsletter – OCCG Connect (November 2015) 

David Smith, Chief Executive at OCCG

I’m delighted with the launch of a new adult mental health service in Oxfordshire. It signals a new approach to commissioning and providing care that enables patients to achieve health outcomes that are important to them. We have worked hard with users, carers and our health partners over the past two years to develop this innovative way of delivering services that will really benefit patient care. You can read more on this in the newsletter.

In addition, I’m pleased with our progress to make the local NHS greener and cleaner. We have published a plan showing how we’ll reduce our carbon footprint by promoting sustainability in all aspects of our work. There are more details inside.

To help take the pressure off busy health services this winter we have launched a new leaflet to signpost you to the right service if you feel ill or are injured. We have already distributed thousands of these leaflets among students, GP practices and partner organisations in Oxfordshire and would urge you to have a look at the leaflet which is available on our website here

Please remember that a free NHS flu vaccination is still available for patients ‘at risk’ from the complications of the illness. Please book an appointment with your GP for the jab, as it will provide the best protection for you and your family this winter.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a pleasant and happy festive break and best wishes for the New Year.

Best Wishes,

David Smith

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A Message from David Smith, Chief Executive at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG)

November 18, 2015

David Smith, Chief Executive at OCCG

I’m delighted with the launch of a new adult mental health service in Oxfordshire. It signals a new approach to commissioning and providing care that enables patients to achieve health outcomes that are important to them. We have worked hard with users, carers and our health partners over the past two years to develop this innovative way of delivering services that will really benefit patient care. You can read more on this in the newsletter.

In addition, I’m pleased with our progress to make the local NHS greener and cleaner. We have published a plan showing how we’ll reduce our carbon footprint by promoting sustainability in all aspects of our work. There are more details inside.

To help take the pressure off busy health services this winter we have launched a new leaflet to signpost you to the right service if you feel ill or are injured. We have already distributed thousands of these leaflets among students, GP practices and partner organisations in Oxfordshire and would urge you to have a look at the leaflet which is available on our websitehere

Please remember that a free NHS flu vaccination is still available for patients ‘at risk’ from the complications of the illness. Please book an appointment with your GP for the jab, as it will provide the best protection for you and your family this winter.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a pleasant and happy festive break and best wishes for the New Year.

Best Wishes,

David Smith

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:17

Outcomes Based Contracting Signals New Era in Mental Health Care

November 18, 2015

We are delighted to have launched a new approach to commissioning and providing mental health services in Oxfordshire on 1 October 2015.

Over the past two years OCCG and partners have developed outcomes based contracting with the aim of making mental health services more effective for patients.

This new approach brings together a number of key providers under the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership led by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust with five voluntary sector organisations: Oxfordshire Mind, Response, Restore, Connection Floating Support and Elmore Community Services to help build care around the needs of patients.

As part of the contract there are financial incentives for the Partnership to help them achieve measurable outcomes identified to show how the health and wellbeing of their patients has improved. Users and carers worked with us to define the outcomes that are important for them and examples include being involved in activities, work, education or volunteering.

David Chapman, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at OCCG, said: ‘This approach will benefit patients with mental health illnesses who will receive care which focuses on outcomes which have real meaning to them, enabling them to be active in their lives and better supported around their mental illness. This will help improve patient care even further in Oxfordshire.’

To read more on this new approach to delivering adult mental health see here

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:17

Meet the Board

November 18, 2015

In this edition of the newsletter we focus on Stuart MacFarlane who joined the OCCG Board in September 2015 as the GP Practice Managers’ Representative.

Stuart brings a wealth of knowledge to the post, and has 30 years senior management experience, including the past sixteen years in the NHS working in GP practices across Oxford.

Stuart is the Business Manager and a Partner at the Bury Knowle Health Centre in Headington, Oxford. As part of this work, Stuart is helping to tackle health and social inequalities on the Barton and Wood Farm estates in the city. 

Stuart MacFarlane

Stuart said: ‘I’m delighted to have been appointed to the Board, and look forward to using my experience to help commissioners further improve patient care in Oxfordshire.’

Stuart’s commitment to the NHS has seen him work all over the country from his Headington base. He was involved in setting up a GP practice in the North East as well as in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Stuart also helped to organise the turnaround of an underperforming surgery in South Wales, allowing a new group of GPs to deliver higher quality and more effective patient care.

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:17

Remember to Book Your Flu Jab Appointment

November 18, 2015

People ‘at risk’ from the complications of flu are encouraged to book an appointment with their GP for a free NHS vaccination.

Those most ‘at risk’ include people aged over 65, pregnant women, children and adults with a long term condition like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney and liver disease, neurological disease or with a weakened immune system.

Immunisation by nasal spray is available for children aged two, three and four years and school children in years 1 and 2 (five and six year olds). In addition this year, most community pharmacies in Oxfordshire are providing free NHS flu vaccinations to eligible ‘at risk’ patients over the age of 18. 

Dr Joe McManners having his flu jab

Dr Joe McManners, Clinical Chair at OCCG said: ‘If you are in any of the ‘at risk’ groups, my advice is to visit your GP and get the free NHS flu vaccination as soon as possible. It is quick and easy to have and is the best form of protection for you and those close to you.’

Joe said: ‘The flu is not the same as getting a cold. It can seriously affect your health and the risks of developing complications are greater for people within the ‘at risk ‘groups.’

More information about flu immunisation is available on the NHS Choices website here

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:19

Signposting You to the Right Health Service

November 18, 2015

OCCG has launched a new leaflet to signpost you to the right health service if you are ill, feel unwell or are injured. This will help take the pressure off often busy A&E departments this winter, and prevent your condition from getting worse.

The leaflet will show you where to find local services and when to use them. For example, you can go to a Minor Injuries Unit if you have a deep cut, eye injury, broken bone. You can also visit a First Aid Unit to treat a burn or a scald. You can seek advice at a local pharmacy on how to treat a cold or cough.

It also includes details on how to find your nearest GP practice and how NHS 111 can help you choose the right service at evening or at weekends.

The leaflet describes the support available for your mental health, information on sexual health clinics in Oxfordshire and other services to call on, such as health visitors who support parents with babies and young children and district nurses who provide help after being discharged from hospital.

The leaflet has been distributed to GP practices, local libraries, day centres and pharmacies. You can also view the leaflet by clicking here

 

 

Choose well app
You might want to download OCCG’s Choose well app for smart phones for both Android and iOS operating systems to help you find local health services quickly and without any fuss. To download the app see here

 

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:17

A Cleaner, Greener NHS

November 18, 2015

We’re delighted that a greener and cleaner NHS is making progress in Oxfordshire. This is being delivered through our Sustainability Management Development Plan which is aiming to reduce NHS carbon emissions by promoting sustainability among partners and staff.

Key points of the plan include:

  • Recognising that the care and maintenance of the environment contributes to the long term health of people and their social wellbeing;
  • Creating a long term culture of sustainability among NHS managers, staff, providers and suppliers to help reduce emissions even further;
  • Encouraging better waste management, more recycling, and less use of paper at work;
  • By ensuring NHS buildings are more environmentally friendly when being developed or refurbished such as creating more green spaces for patients;
  • Developing services further to reduce the risk of people suffering ill health such as promoting healthier lifestyles which will have sustainable benefits of reducing NHS costs and the amount of resources used.          

Dr Joe McManners, Clinical Chair at OCCG, said: ‘Our vision will help protect and maintain the environment which we know plays an important role keeping patients healthy and well. Through the robust and innovative sustainability plan we can reduce our carbon footprint and in doing so enhance the environment even more.’

Joe said: ‘Everyone including our staff, our partners in local hospitals, our patients and people living and working in Oxfordshire can make this plan a success. Simple things like using less paper, recycling everyday rubbish more often, living healthier lifestyles or using a bicycle to get to work more often can make such a big difference to improve health and wellbeing.’

Read the plan here

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:17

New Health Website to Support Patients

November 18, 2015

Patients can get health advice and find local services quickly through the new County of Oxfordshire Advice on Care and Health (COACH) website.

The website lists organisations that can help you access social care and the support available for carers. It will help you to locate your nearest GP practice, pharmacy, dentist and optician. There is also advice on how to stay well and healthy, including information on stopping smoking, drinking less, and exercising more.

Other sections will show you how to self-care and live with a condition such as asthma, diabetes and dementia. The website will also keep you up to date on news and developments in managing conditions such as diabetes, obesity, mental health among others.

The website has been developed by Abingdon GP Federation, a local group of GP practices working together to improve access to doctors’ services. There are other GP Federations in Oxfordshire and all are working on a variety of projects to improve access to primary care services through the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund – see here for more details

To visit the COACH website see here or www.my-coach.org.uk

 

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:17

Join Us in Witney for the Next Board Meeting

November 18, 2015

The next OCCG Board meeting (previously Governing Body) will take place on Thursday, 26 November 2015 from 9am to 12.45pm at Witney Methodist Church, 40 High Street, Witney, OX28 6HG.

You can submit a question beforehand to: oxon.gpc@nhs.net or write to OCCG Business Manager, Jubilee House, 5510 John Smith Drive, Oxford Business Park, Oxford, OX4 2LH.

For more details about our Board meetings please visit the OCCG Board pages here.

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:17

Locality – Oxford City – November 2015

November 18, 2015

Focus on Student Health at Forum Meeting

The Oxford City Locality PPG Forum met at the King’s Centre, Oxford in October. The meeting was attended by both PPG members and practice managers from across the city.

A presentation by Alasdair Lennon, the Vice President of Welfare and Equal Opportunities at the University of Oxford Student Union gave a useful insight into a student’s perspective of using local health services. Alasdair highlighted the increasing use of mental health services among students and the need to provide them with more flexible and evening appointments to see a GP.  This was followed by table discussions about the type of health services students might need and any problems this might lead to and how these could be resolved.

Dr Merlin Dunlop, a GP at the Donnington Medical Partnership in Oxford, gave a presentation on the ‘7-day week’ for NHS services. This looked at the evidence to support the demand as well as any false assumptions, and whether patients really want and fully understand the implications of NHS 7-day working. Merlin also highlighted some of the issues such as whether the country can afford it, the shortfall in the number of GPs and the potential impact on care during the week if the government’s plan went ahead. This presentation prompted further discussion and questions.

Tracey Rees, Patient Participation Group (PPG) Chair for the Manor Surgery, and Elaine Cohen, PPG Chair at Dr Kearley and Dr Chivers & Partners GP Practice at the Jericho Health Centre, presented ‘Have we got news for you’, looking at a number of media articles and considering what pearls of truth were actually behind them.

 

Join Us on 26 November for a Talk on Social Care Funding – all welcome

The next event to be hosted by the Oxford City Locality PPG Forum is on 26 November (1.30/3.30pm) at The Newman Rooms, Rose Place, OX1 1RD and is open to everyone. The event will look at how health services might be affected by a reduction in social care funding and will encourage attendees to have their say.  Kate Terroni, the Deputy Director of Joint Commissioning for Social Services at Oxfordshire County Council, will be the main speaker. To book your place email: cscsu.oxonengagement@nhs.net  or for more information see here

 

 

For more information contact Julie-Anne Howe, Locality Co-ordinator email: julie-anne.howe@oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk

 

Information about the Locality

There are 24 GP practices in the Locality with a population of nearly 200,000. The Clinical Director is Dr David Chapman who is supported by three deputies, Dr Karen Kearley, Dr Merlin Dunlop and Dr Andy Valentine.

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:17

Locality – North Oxfordshire – November 2015

November 18, 2015

Patients Discuss Health Provision in Chipping Norton

The North Oxfordshire Public and Patient Forum (NOLF) held a public meeting on 10 November at Chipping Norton School. The theme was the impact of population change on health and social care services. 

As part of this discussion, the meeting considered projected housing developments in the town and the anticipated rise in numbers of older people in the area. Attendees discussed how health and social care will have to adapt to accommodate this forecast growth of demand for services. 

Most of the discussion focused on local concerns about the 14 intermediate care beds provided locally at Chipping Norton Community Hospital. There is currently a consultation being run by Oxfordshire County Council seeking feedback on proposals for changes to the way this care is provided. The Forum will send a response to the consultation and share it with attendees.  It also encouraged local people to respond directly to the consultation.

Local people were very positive about the First Aid Unit (FAU) based at Chipping Norton Community Hospital and greatly valued the service it offers during evenings and at weekends.  They were glad to hear of the new signposting leaflet developed by OCCG which gives details of local health services such as FAUs, Minor Injuries Units, GP practices, pharmacies, and support for mental health and when to call on them.

NOLF Chair Anita Higham said: ‘The Forum is very glad to have the opportunity to meet with local people, discuss their views about local health services and to report them to those with the power to make decisions about those services.’

 

For more information contact Fergus Campbell, Locality Co-ordinator email: Fergus.campbell@oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk

 

 

Information about the Locality

There are 12 GP practices in the Locality with 105,963 registered patients. The Locality Clinical Director is Dr Paul Park, who is supported by Dr Shelley Hayles.

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:18

Locality – West – November 2015

November 18, 2015

 ‘Have Your Say’ Event in Carterton

More than 60 members of the public shared their views on local NHS services during a drop-in event organised by the Locality’s Patient and Public Forum at Carterton Town Hall in September.

As part of the event Members of the Forum’s Steering Group spoke with shoppers at the weekly market outside the Town Hall, and with those who popped in for information on health services. 

The key question put to visitors was ‘What has been your experience of the NHS and Social Services where you live? Overall, 42 patients rated their care as good while 23 said it could have been be better.

Main points raised included:

  • More need for joined up working between different hospital departments, some clinics not starting on time, delays around patients leaving hospital because of a wait for appropriate medication;
  • Length of time to undergo treatment such as physiotherapy after booking an appointment;
  • Lack of effective hospital transport to and from hospital for people living in rural areas, cost of hospital parking, more local clinics would reduce the need to travel to hospital;
  • Desire for all-day availability of branch surgeries at Carterton Health Centre;
  • Praise for paramedics who saved a patient’s life after they collapsed at home.

The Forum was grateful for the support of the Carterton Lions Club and Robert Weir, Practice Manager at Bampton Medical Practice who helped to organise the event.

 

For more information contact Fergus Campbell, Locality Co-ordinator email: Fergus.campbell@oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk

 

 

Information about the Locality

There are 9 GP practices in the Locality with nearly 80,000 patients. Dr Miles Carter is the Locality Clinical Director who is supported by Dr Kiren Collison.

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:18

Locality – North East – November 2015

November 18, 2015

New Forum Chair Announced

The Locality has appointed Helen Van Oss as the new North East Locality Public and Patient Forum Chair. 

Helen’s task will be to ensure patient views are heard and taken into account when decisions are taken on commissioning new health services in the Locality. Helen will also work closely with local GPs to develop health services that can cope with the expected rise in Bicester’s population over the next decade.

Helen retired two years ago after working as a GP in Woodstock, Oxfordshire for 30 years. Prior to that role Helen worked as an occupational therapist.

Helen Van Oss

Helen said: ‘I’m delighted with my new role representing patient views among local GPs. I’ll be playing an active role to support the growing health needs of the community to ensure the views of patients are heard so they receive the best care available. Having worked as a doctor in the Locality I have the local knowledge and experience to make a real difference and look forward to the challenge ahead.’   

 

 

For more information about the Locality contact Julie-Anne Howe, Locality Co-ordinator email: julie-anne.howe@oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk

 

 

Information About the Locality

There are 9 GP practices in the Locality with a population of just over 78,000. The Locality Clinical Director is Dr Stephen Attwood, who is supported by Dr Will O’Gorman

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:19

Locality – South East – November 2015

November 18, 2015

Early Visiting Service to Support GPs

SEOX, the GP Federation for South East Oxfordshire and the South East Locality team are working together to progress the roll out of the Early Visiting Service.     

The PML GP Federation in Oxfordshire is providing an Early Visiting Service across most of the county which provides home visits to the elderly and housebound, patients in care and nursing homes, and those in rural areas.

The aim is to reduce hospital admissions by reacting to patient’s needs early. The Early Visiting Service is made up of a team of emergency care practitioners working closely with GP practices and other community health and social care services.

Funding for this new pilot project comes from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund and is one of three projects being implemented by the PML GP Federation in Oxfordshire.

 

For more information about the Locality contact Dasa Miklosovicova, Locality Co-ordinator, email: dasa.miklosovicova@oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk

 

Information About the Locality
There are 10 GP practices in the Locality with a population of 89,984. The Locality Clinical Director is Dr Andrew Burnett who is supported by Dr Amar Latif.

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Last update: 2nd December 2015 at 10:19

Locality – South West – November 2015

November 18, 2015

October’s Forum Update

The Locality Forum met in October with nine out of 13 patient groups from the area taking part in the event – a record turnout. There were also a small number of observers present who took part in the meeting after expressing an interest in the role and activities of the Forum. 

The Forum was pleased with the progress being made around planning agreements. These are drawn up to make sure developers contribute towards the costs of additional health facilities that are required as a result of new housing developments. John Jackson, the Lead for Strategy and Transformation at OCCG, said he had already made contact with all of Oxfordshire’s district councils on this issue. 

Dr Gavin Bartholomew, the Locality’s Deputy Clinical Director told the meeting that the Locality’s Executive – made up of local GPs – had been discussing the impact on health services due to a forecast rise in the local population in the area.   

Kate Rooksby from NHS England updated the meeting on the Friends and Family Test. This is a way for patients to feed back their views on NHS services, such as GP practices. Kate said to help raise performance Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) could get more involved in the initiative. She gave some suggestions including PPGs handing out feedback forms in surgeries to patients who had just seen a doctor, and for practices to nominate a member of staff as a Friends and Family champion.  

Following the meeting people were invited to take part in a presentation organised by OCCG. This was to look at ways of developing health services in Didcot to meet growing needs due to a forecast rise in the population. This is expected to increase by a further 32,000 people in the town over the next decade. People at the meeting felt that local health services will need to be developed quickly to cope with future demand. 

As part of this, plans for the future of health services in Didcot will be considered at the next Joint Primary Care Committee, a meeting between OCCG and NHS England to consider the provision of out of hospital health services in the town.

The Locality’s Forum Chair, Martin Tarran-Jones, has written to OCCG expressing local people’s concerns about NHS plans on managing this situation.  

 

 

For more information about the Locality contact Dasa Miklosovicova, Locality Co-ordinator, email: dasa.miklosovicova@oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk

 

Information About the Locality

There are 13 GP practices in the Locality with a population of around 140,000. The Locality Clinical Director is Dr Julie Anderson supported by Dr Gavin Bartholomew.

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