April 2015

Patients help shape the future of orthopaedics

22 April 2015

Orthopaedic services are set to improve thanks to the input of patients.
Patients and members of the public were invited to share their views and experiences of orthopaedic services with local commissioners and clinicians at a recent event in Plymouth.
The event was an opportunity for Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) to share information about projects developed in partnership with patients and clinicians from Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth Community Healthcare, Sentinel Healthcare CiC and Beacon Medical Group amongst others.
Many patients who attended felt that the proposed services were a good way forward and welcomed the emphasis on prevention and community-based support for people with joint pain.
Amongst the proposals looked at were:
  • “Step Forward” Programme, a community service offering information and advice for people with hip and knee joint orthopaedic health problems
  • Direct Access Physiotherapy, a service which gives individuals the opportunity to access physiotherapy treatment without seeing their GP first
  • Expanding the current orthopaedic community assessment and treatment service to patients with hip pain
  • A proposal to deliver some orthopaedic outpatient services at the GP surgery at Beacon Medical Group as an alternative to individuals having to attend a hospital
  • Not continuing to commission orthopaedic procedures or services if the clinical evidence shows there is little or no benefit for patients, and using any savings to reinvest in services
Dr Paul Giles, a GP from Plympton in West Devon, said: “Engaging patients about current services and asking them about future service ideas is a great way to ensure we have services that work for our patients.
“This event was a fantastic opportunity for all of the health professionals present, who were from many different organisations, because it gave patients the chance to let us know about aspects of care they feel need to be taken into account when shaping the future of the service.”
Some of these suggestions included:
  • The location for services should be accessible
  • There should be improved online information
  • Service start times should be later to allow people more time to get there
  • More flexible service times
  • The Community Reablement Team should be involved in the “Step Forward” Programme
Karl Trimble, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Director of Surgical Care Group at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The musculoskeletal clinical pathway group has been working on a number of collaborative issues over the last 12 months that we hope will improve patient care and help patients access the right advice and care at the right time.
“Much of our focus in healthcare nationally has been in treatment; we now have a great opportunity to work together in the healthcare community with patient groups to improve orthopaedic patient education and disease prevention."
Alan Payne, one of the members of public who attended the event, said: “The format gave us maximum opportunity to meet and talk with the health professionals present.
“If this is an indication of how individual health sectors will be preparing for the future in consultation with interested members of the public, then I do believe that the outlook is bright!”
NEW Devon CCG would like to thank all those who attended and helped to make this such a successful event.

More information about the proposals is available on the NEW Devon CCG website, here.
If you have any thoughts about the proposals or the future of orthopaedic services in the Western locality, you can email western@locality.nhs.net, or write to the following address:
Orthopaedics feedback
Western Locality
Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
Windsor House
Tavistock Road

Diabetes is focus for April wellbeing drop-in session in Moretonhampstead

DIABETES will be the theme for the next wellbeing drop-in session at Moretonhampstead Hospital, which takes place from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday 28 April.
Nigel Biernacki, community matron in Moretonhampstead for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, will be giving a talk and advice on signs and symptoms and how to prevent type 2 diabetes.
People can have their blood sugar levels checked while healthy snacks will be provided for those watching what they eat.
Occupational therapists from the local NHS community rehabilitation team will be available to give advice about healthy living and equipment related to managing diabetes.
Physiotherapists will be passing on advice to people with mobility concerns, including those with diabetes who may have conditions like peripheral neuropathy in the feet.
Representatives from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are returning to give information and advice about safety at home.
The event is the latest in a series of wellbeing drop-in sessions at the hospital.
The next one will take place on Thursday 21 May (10am to 1pm), when the emphasis will be on maintaining a healthy heart and recovery after heart surgery.
For more information about the hospital and its development into a health and wellbeing hub, visit www.healthypeoplemoreton.co.uk or www.facebook.com/moretonhospital.

Wakley Stakeholder Reference Group update

17 April 2015
The next meeting of the Wakley Stakeholder Reference Group, planned for the 20 April 2015, has been postponed.
The meeting will be rescheduled for May 2015.

Work will be ongoing in the meantime to prepare a report on the group’s discussions so far. 
The preparation of the report is being overseen by the group’s independent chair, Sir John Evans.
This report will be fully discussed at the meeting in May.
This will give members of public the opportunity to be involved.

Just one week left to enter local NHS photo competition

10 April 2015
There is just one week left to enter NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s ‘Picture Your Health’ photography and picture competition.
The theme of the competition is ‘healthy people, living healthy lives, in healthy communities’, so if you are doing something healthy with your family this weekend, why not take a photograph showing what health in Devon means to you?  
You can take a picture of anything from a family walk or bicycle ride in Devon’s countryside, to a day at the beach or a football match.
If the sun doesn’t shine this weekend, you could get creative at home and draw or create a healthy picture, or take a photograph of an indoor activity or a healthy meal you have prepared.
You could even send in a photograph or picture you already have.

There are three prizes for the best pictures:
  • 1st prize – healthy hamper
  • 2nd prize – sports equipment
  • 3rd prize – family day out
The best images will also feature in this year’s NHS NEW Devon CCG annual report, which will be published online.  
Dr Alex Degan, a GP from Mid Devon and Vice Chair of the Mid Devon sub-locality of NEW Devon CCG, is one of the ‘Picture Your Health’ competition judges.
Dr Degan said: “We will be really looking at how people interpret the word ‘healthy’ when picking a winner.

“We are hoping for creative entries from people of all ages, and are encouraging everyone to get involved.”
Dr Degan will be joined by fellow judges Dr Guy Bradley Smith, a GP from Exeter and clinical lead for learning disabilities for NEW Devon CCG, and Peter Ferlie, Health and Wellbeing Officer at Exeter City Football Club.
Mr Ferlie said: “I am passionate about getting people active, whether it’s to train for a marathon or to take that first step to fitness by simply going out of their front door. I hope this competition inspires people to maybe do something a little bit different this weekend to keep themselves healthy.”
To enter a photo, please send the highest possible resolution of your image to d-ccg.communications@nhs.net along with your full name and age. You also need to provide a caption of up to 100 words explaining where your photo was taken, what’s happening in the shot and what inspired you to take it.
If you would like to enter a hand-drawn picture, please send it by post to:
Communications team
NHS Northern Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group 
Newcourt House
Newcourt Drive
Old Rydon Lane
Please include your full name and age, and a caption of up to 100 words explaining what inspired you to draw the picture, what’s happening in the picture and where you were when you drew it.
Please note all entries should be portrait orientation.
The closing date for entries is Friday 17 April 2015.

More information about the competition and full terms and conditions are available on the CCG website.

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