March 2015

Why not ‘Picture Your Health’ this Easter weekend?

31 March 2015
 
There are just over two weeks 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 Easter 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.
 
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
Exeter
Devon
EX2 7JQ
 
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.
 
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:
 
http://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/picture-your-health/101497

Know where to go if you injure yourself this Easter

31 March 2015        
 
Doctors in Devon are advising people to make sure they know where their nearest minor injuries unit or walk-in centre is this Easter bank holiday weekend.
 
Most GP practices will be closed on Good Friday (3rd April 2015) until Easter Monday (6th April 2015), reopening on Tuesday 7th April 2015.
 
Dr John Womersley, a GP from Ilfracombe and Chair of the Northern Locality of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG), said: “Easter is a time when many of us make a start on DIY projects we have been putting off over winter, or head off into the great outdoors.
 
“Accidents do happen and this puts pressure on the local NHS.
 
“That is why we are asking people to choose the best NHS service for their needs.
 
“Minor injuries units and walk-in centres will be open over the Easter weekend and can treat cuts, sprains and burns and you could save yourself from waiting in busy A&E departments.”
 
There are a number of other steps people can take to make sure they are prepared for the short period when GP surgeries are closed over the Easter weekend.
 
These include:

  • Requesting repeat prescriptions in good time to cover the few days when surgeries are closed
  • Taking sufficient quantities of medicines away for holidays or weekend breaks
  • Stocking up the medicine cabinet with over the counter remedies for ailments such as headaches, stomach upsets and indigestion, including remedies for children
  • Checking the opening times of local pharmacies and GP
  • surgeries.
 
Dr Womersley added: “As well as asking people to make sure they know where their local NHS services are, we are also suggesting people stock up on plasters, pain-killers, antiseptic cream and other over the counter medicines.
 
“Many minor illnesses and injuries can be treated quickly and conveniently at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet, which is important when people don’t have access to their GP or local pharmacy.”
 
If you find you need treatment over the Easter period, NEW Devon CCG has issued some tips to help you choose the right NHS service:

  • Try your family or self-care - for minor illnesses, combine medicines for coughs, colds or flu with plenty of rest.
  • Pharmacies - pharmacists are trained to help people with minor illnesses and can advise on medicine that can be bought over the counter. You can check your nearest pharmacy’s opening times over the Easter weekend here: www.nhs.uk.
  • NHS 111 – for non-emergency health needs, 24 hours a day, as well as help to find services. Go to www.nhs.uk or call 111. People are advised to be patient if using the service over the Easter weekend, especially in the mornings when it will be busy.
  • NHS minor injuries unit (MIU) or walk-in centre (WIC) - for treatment of minor illnesses or injuries, without an appointment. For details of your nearest MIU or WIC go to www.nhs.uk.
  • Most GP surgeries are closed on Good Friday (3rd April) until Monday 6th April, and will reopen on Tuesday 7th April. Check with your GP practice for their opening times.
  • Hospital emergency departments or 999 – please only attend hospital emergency departments if you have an immediate and serious problem that cannot be dealt with by the other services. 999 is only for critical or life-threatening situations.

Know your NHS this Easter weekend

30 March 2015
 
Doctors in Devon are asking people to use the NHS wisely and not get caught out when doctors’ surgeries are closed over the Easter weekend.
 
Most GP practices will be closed on Good Friday (3 April 2015) and over the Easter weekend, reopening on Tuesday 7 April 2015.
 
However, doctors are reminding people there are still a range of different NHS services available which provide fast and effective advice and treatment.
 
Dr Paul Hardy, Chair of the Western locality of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “If you have a health need that’s not an emergency over the Easter weekend, you could consider a minor injuries unit or walk-in centre, or call NHS 111.
 
“Pharmacists are also able to offer quick, early advice to patients who feel under the weather and can now provide some medicines usually only available on prescription.
 
“We’re also suggesting people prepare for the Easter period by stocking up on plasters, pain-killers, antiseptic cream and other over the counter medicines.
 
“Many minor illnesses and injuries can be treated quickly and conveniently at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet, which is important when people don’t have access to their GP.”
 
There are a number of steps people can take to make sure they are prepared for the short period when GP surgeries are closed on Friday 3 April and over the Easter weekend, opening again on Tuesday 7 April 2015.
 
These include:

  • Requesting repeat prescriptions in good time to cover the few days when surgeries are closed
  • Taking sufficient quantities of medicines away for holidays or weekend breaks
  • Stocking up the medicine cabinet with over the counter remedies for ailments such as headaches, stomach upsets and indigestion, including remedies for children
  • Checking the opening times of local pharmacies and GP surgeries.
 
Dr Hardy added: “Using the wrong service increases the demand on the local NHS and that leads to longer delays for everyone.”
 
If you find you need treatment over the Easter period, NEW Devon CCG has issued some tips to help people choose the right NHS service:
  • Try your family or self-care - for minor illnesses, combine medicines for coughs, colds or flu with plenty of rest.
  • Pharmacies - pharmacists are trained to help people with minor illnesses and can advise on medicine that can be bought over the counter. You can check your nearest pharmacy’s opening times over the Easter weekend here: www.nhs.uk.
  • NHS 111 – for non-emergency health needs, 24 hours a day, as well as help to find services. Go to www.nhs.uk or call 111. If ringing NHS 111, please be patient over the Easter weekend, especially in the mornings when the service will be busy. It may take longer for your call to be answered.
  • NHS minor injuries unit (MIU) - for treatment of minor illnesses or injuries, without an appointment. For details of your nearest MIU, go to www.nhs.uk.
  • Most GP surgeries are closed on Good Friday (3 April) and over the Easter weekend, and reopen on Tuesday 7 April. Check with your GP practice for their opening times.
  • Hospital emergency departments or 999 – please only attend hospital emergency departments if you have an immediate and serious problem that cannot be dealt with by the other services. 999 is only for critical or life-threatening situations.

Can’t get to your GP surgery this Easter? A local pharmacy may be able to help

27 March 2015
 
Patients who suffer from minor ailments such as coughs and colds are being asked to visit their local pharmacy this Easter.
 
With most GP practices closed on Friday 3 April and not reopening until Tuesday 7 April, community pharmacies could prove a vital place for patients to go to get advice and treatment for minor ailments.
 
Pharmacists are able to offer quick, early advice to patients who feel under the weather and can now provide some medicines usually only available on prescription, saving a trip to the doctor.
 
Some pharmacies also offer an emergency service for people who need repeat prescriptions when their surgery is closed. Patients are advised to phone ahead to check if their local pharmacy is able to offer this service.
 
The more patients visit a pharmacy for advice and treatment on minor ailments, the more time doctors will be able to spend with those who have more serious conditions.
 
Local pharmacists are a highly trained and trusted source of health advice and can provide help to people who have a bad cough, trouble breathing, a cold or sore throat.
 
They can also help people to manage their long term conditions and enable them to get the best from their medicines. Many pharmacies have longer opening hours than GP practices, particularly over the Easter Bank Holidays.
 
Oksana Riley, a community pharmacy development lead for Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a very exciting development that will greatly improve patients’ access to services at a pharmacy that they may have previously only been able to get from their doctor.

“Community pharmacies are highly accessible, located in the heart of communities where people live, work and shop and offering expert advice and treatment. You don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist and many pharmacies are open in the evenings and at weekends.
 
“Advice from your community pharmacist is always free. Pharmacists are highly-qualified health professionals and are experts in the use of medicines and they will advise if your condition needs to be seen by another health professional such as a GP.”
 
If you find you need treatment over the Easter period, NEW Devon CCG has issued some tips to help people choose the right NHS service:
 
  • Try your family or self-care - for minor illnesses, combine medicines for coughs, colds or flu with plenty of rest.
  • Pharmacies - pharmacists are trained to help people with minor illnesses and can advise on medicine that can be bought over the counter. You can check your nearest pharmacy’s opening times over the Easter weekend here: www.nhs.uk.
  • NHS 111 – for non-emergency health needs, 24 hours a day, as well as help to find services. Go to www.nhs.uk or call 111.
  • NHS minor injuries unit (MIU) - for treatment of minor illnesses or injuries, without an appointment. For details of your nearest MIU, go to www.nhs.uk.
  • Most GP surgeries are closed from Good Friday (3rd April) until Monday 6th April and will reopen on Tuesday 7th April. Check with your GP practice for their opening times.
  • Hospital emergency departments or 999 – please only attend hospital emergency departments if you have an immediate and serious problem that cannot be dealt with by the other services. 999 is only for critical or life-threatening situations.

Plans to transform Budleigh Salterton Hospital in to a health and wellbeing hub are approved

26 March 2015

FINAL plans to transform Budleigh Salterton Hospital into a health and wellbeing hub for the local community have been given the go-ahead.
 
The board of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, which manages the hospital, approved the full business case for the development at its meeting on Tuesday 24 March.
 
The hub will bring together health, social care and voluntary sector services in a centre of support and advice for people of all ages.
 
The League of Friends of Budleigh Salterton Hospital has agreed to commit £400,000 towards the £800,000 project, with the Trust contributing the remainder.
 
The Trust and the League of Friends have been working closely with the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local stakeholders to develop the project.
 
Building work is due to start in early May and is expected to be completed in September.
 
Roger French, Trust chairman, said: “The board was unanimous in its support for the development of a health and wellbeing hub in Budleigh Salterton and we now can’t wait to turn this dream into a reality.
 
“The hospital is a much-cherished facility in Budleigh Salterton and its development into a hub offers a new, exciting model of care that will make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the local community for many years to come.
 
“We expect the hub to become a focal point for the community which is vibrant, well used and extremely valuable for local people of all ages, offering a range of NHS, mental health and other services.
 
“I would like to thank the League of Friends for their incredible support, without which this would not have been possible.

“We are proud to be leading this very exciting development and look forward to working with our partners to bring the project to fruition over the coming months.”
 
Dr Richard Mejzner, a GP at Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre and a member of the CCG’s Eastern locality board, has been instrumental in developing the vision with the local community over the past three years.
 
He said: “I am delighted with the news that the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has approved the final business case for development of a hub at Budleigh Salterton Hospital and wish to thank them for their work on this project.
 
“I also want to acknowledge the unfailing support of the League of Friends who, without this, it would not have been possible to realise this exciting and innovative vision.
 
“I would like to encourage anyone who wishes to support the League of Friends and the development of this project to do so by contacting the hospital and joining them.”
 
Dr David Evans, chairman of the League of Friends, thanked the Trust for giving the green light to the development, all partners for their ongoing support and Dr Mejzner for his “vision and initiative” in progressing the project.
 
Dr Evans said: “The provision of a health and wellbeing hub in Budleigh Salterton hospital represents a modern and innovative approach for care in the community.
 
“Once implemented, it will set a gold standard for other small community hospitals to follow, both in Devon and the South West.
 
“Very importantly, a hub offering a mix of clinical and social services follows precisely the concepts of Simon Stevens, the chief executive officer of NHS England, and the policies of the health and wellbeing board of Devon County Council.

“The League of Friends committee feels that a health and wellbeing hub, adapted for the provision of local needs, is in the very best interests of the community of Budleigh Salterton and its hospital.”
 
To find out more about the project and the services planned for the hospital, call hub development manager Rob Jones on 01395 441318 or visit http://budleighhospitalhub.org.

Pioneering health watch scheme receives CCG funding

25 March 2015

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) has agreed to help fund a new community health scheme.
 
Commissioners at NEW Devon CCG have committed to giving £10,000 to Neighbourhood Health Watch, a new voluntary organisation being developed in Devon which is based on the successful Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
 
The scheme brings together the NHS, police, fire and rescue, and volunteers to encourage communities to work together to support each other’s health and wellbeing needs.
 
This could include collecting prescriptions or picking up shopping for a neighbour, helping with minor DIY tasks, looking after pets while the owner is in hospital or giving a neighbour a lift to a doctor’s appointment.
 
By offering this support, Neighbourhood Health Watch volunteers hope to reduce social isolation across Devon and improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.
 
The scheme also aims to help reduce visits to the GP and to A&E, and calls to 999, by bringing support closer to the community.
 
Dr David Jenner, a GP from Cullompton and Chair of the Eastern Locality of NEW Devon CCG, said: “We know that getting out and about is more difficult for some people and this can make accessing healthcare a problem.  
 
“Neighbourhood Health Watch bridges the gap between people’s homes and the healthcare services out in the community.”
 
As well as offering support with healthcare, many Neighbourhood Health Watch groups have found they can identify other needs in their communities.
 
Examples include one group in Newton St Cyres, which realised people needed help accessing the internet and teamed up with the police to organise practice sessions in the local pub, and another group in Sandford which organised transport to help people get to village events.
 
Dr Jenner added: “As well as helping people to keep on top of their physical health by making sure they have the medication they need, volunteers provide vital support which can stop people feeling so isolated, and that can improve people’s mental health too.”

Mary Nisbett, Chief Executive of Westbank Community Health and Care, said:
 
“We are delighted to receive this funding. Neighbourhood Health Watch increases community health resilience, and reduces loneliness and isolation, by promoting public involvement and widening awareness of help beyond the statutory sector.”
 
The first Neighbourhood Watch Scheme was set up in 2011and they continue to be established across Devon. There are currently 11active groups and five more currently being set up, providing around 300 volunteers in total. There are also many other interested communities, so this number could grow over the course of this year.
 
If you would like to start a Watch in your community or would just like to learn more please call Jayne Clarke, Neighbourhood Health Watch Coordinator on 01392 824752, or email j.clarke@westbankfriends.org

“Be prepared this Easter” say local doctors

23rd March 2015

Doctors in Devon are urging people to put a few extra things on their shopping lists this Easter.
 
Most GP practices are closed over the Easter weekend and many pharmacies have limited opening hours, so doctors are reminding people not to get caught out.
 
Stocking up on plasters, pain-killers, antiseptic cream and more won’t just come in handy this Bank Holiday weekend - it could really help ease pressure on local NHS services.
 
Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet means you won’t have far to go to treat a grazed knee, a sore throat or a hangover.
 
Other ways you can be prepared include making sure you order any repeat prescriptions early, so you have them in time for the weekend, and making sure you know when your local NHS services are open.
 
Dr David Jenner, a GP from Devon and clinical chair for Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are reminding people to stock up this Easter so they don’t get caught out.
 
“Many minor illnesses and injuries can be treated quickly and conveniently at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
 
“Not only does this help ease pressure on the local NHS over the busy Easter period, it also means less time spent waiting for treatment, which means people can get straight back to enjoying their long weekend.”
 
“We anticipate a high volume of calls to the NHS 111 service over the Easter break, so we would like to encourage people to use alternative services where it is appropriate, to avoid unnecessary delays.
 
There are a number of steps people can take to make sure they are prepared for the short period when GP surgeries are closed from Friday 3rd April and open again on Tuesday 7th April 2015.

These include:
 
  • Requesting repeat prescriptions in good time to cover the few days when surgeries are closed
  • Taking sufficient quantities of medicines away for holidays or weekend breaks
  • Stocking up the medicine cabinet with over the counter remedies for ailments such as headaches, stomach upsets and indigestion, including remedies for children
  • Checking the opening times of local pharmacies and GP surgeries.
 
If you find you need treatment over the Easter period, NEW Devon CCG has issued some tips to help people choose the right NHS service:
 
  • Try self-care - for minor illnesses, combine medicines for coughs, colds or flu with plenty of rest
  • Pharmacies - pharmacists are trained to help people with minor illnesses and can advise on medicine that can be bought over the counter. You can check your nearest pharmacy’s opening times over the Easter weekend here
  • NHS 111 – Call 111 if you are feeling unwell, unsure, or if you want health advice and guidance for non-emergency health needs, 24 hours a day, as well as help to find services. You can also visit www.nhs.uk
  • NHS minor injuries unit (MIU) - for treatment of minor illnesses or injuries, without an appointment. For details of your nearest MIU, go to www.nhs.uk
  • Most GP surgeries are closed from Good Friday (3rd April) until Monday 6th April and will reopen on Tuesday 7th April. Check with your GP practice for their opening times
  • Hospital emergency departments or 999 – please only attend hospital emergency departments if you have an immediate and serious problem that cannot be dealt with by the other services. 999 is only for critical or life-threatening situations.

Direct support for depression and anxiety in Devon

13 March 2015

Doctors in Devon want to remind people that direct support is available for those experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety and other associated conditions.
 
As well as being completely free to access, in most cases people can self-refer by contacting services directly by phone or online, instead of going through their GP.
 
Support services are available to people all over Devon through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
 
The Depression and Anxiety Service in Devon provides a range of free support and therapies for conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias.
 
One to one sessions, group sessions and guided self-help are all available.
 
Stephen Miller, a GP from North Devon and a clinical lead for mental health for NEW Devon CCG, said: "My GP colleagues and I have been delighted with this additional support for our patients with depression or anxiety.
 
“Many of those with long term conditions such as diabetes and chronic breathing problems also become depressed and this service can be of benefit to them as well.
 
“When supporting people with mental health problems, services need to be as accessible as possible, so it is great to offer completely free services where people can self-refer.”
 
Services are available to people all over Devon through the Devon Depression and Anxiety Service and Plymouth Options.
 
Devon Depression and Anxiety Service
 
Anyone over the age of 18 can contact their local Depression and Anxiety Service direct, in confidence, as follows:

Exeter
Telephone: 01392 675 630 email: dpn-tr.ExeterDAS@nhs.net

East and Mid Devon
Telephone: 01392 385 170 email: dpn-tr.EastandMidDevonDAS@nhs.net

North Devon
Telephone: 01271 335 041 email: dpn-tr.NorthDevonDAS@nhs.net

South and West Devon
Telephone: 01626 203 500 email: dpn-tr.SouthandWestDevonDAS@nhs.net

Torbay
Telephone: 01803 696 600 email: dpn-tr.TorbayDAS@nhs.net 

More information is available on the Devon Partnership NHS Trust website, here.

Plymouth Options
Plymouth Options is a free service to anyone over 16 and registered with a Plymouth GP.
 
To access the service, you can self-refer through the website here, or contact the service on 01752 435419 for a self-referral form.
 
You can also be referred through your GP or by any other health and social care professional.
 
More information is available on the services’ websites:

Devon Depression and Anxiety Service 
www.devonpartnership.nhs.uk

Plymouth Options: 
www.plymouthcommunityhealthcare.co.uk/services/plymouth-options

NEW Devon CCG standing strong against smoking

6 March 2015

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) is taking a strong stance against smoking.
 
In December 2014, the CCG announced it would encourage patients to stop smoking before undergoing surgery.
 
Then in February 2015, the CCG signed the NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control, agreeing to work in partnership with the local government to deliver tobacco control and address the causes and impacts of smoking.
 
Now the CCG is supporting a national day aimed at helping people take the first step towards a smoke-free life.
 
No Smoking Day is being organised by the British Heart Foundation on March 11 2015, to offer people support to help them get through their first 24 hours smoke-free.
 
Dr John Womersley, a GP from Ilfracombe and one of NEW Devon CCG’s clinical leads, said: “The first day without cigarettes is usually the hardest. That is why we are encouraging people to use the support being offered to them on No Smoking Day to kick-start their smoke-free life.”
 
Up until March 10, people can sign up for the free NHS One Day Quit tool, which will deliver supportive emails and text messages on the day.
 
At the end of the day, people are encouraged to stick with their attempt to quit by signing up for the Smoke-free 28 day programme.
 
Dr Womersley added: “Clinicians at the CCG are of the view that encouraging smokers to stop will improve both their physical and mental health.
 
“We know smokers have a 70% increased risk of anxiety and depression when compared with non-smokers, which goes against the belief that smoking relieves stress.

“We also know giving up smoking before undergoing surgery leads to better outcomes for patients.
 
“That is why we are encouraging people to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing by trying to quit.”
 
More than one million people are expected to use No Smoking Day to quit this year. If you’d like to be one of them, help is available on the day and all year round at nosmokingday.org.uk, or from one of your local services.
 
In Northern and Eastern Devon, information of these can be found here
 
In Western Devon and Plymouth, these can be found here

NEW Devon CCG welcomes National staff survey results

6 March 2015

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has welcomed the results of the 2014 National NHS staff survey.

The results add to a successful year which saw the CCG featured as one of the Health Service Journal’s Top 100 NHS Employers.
 
The CCG has also been nominated for Apprentice Employer of the Year 2014/15 by NHS Health Education South West and will find out the results on the 9th March 2015.

The results of the staff survey show NEW Devon CCG is an organisation committed to staff development, where staff members feel at ease with some of the more sensitive elements of the job, such as reporting problems and concerns.
 
There has been an improvement in the CCG’s performance in the majority of areas since the last survey, including provision of job-relevant training, learning and development and staff job satisfaction.
 
The CCG had an excellent response rate at 77% and has received some really encouraging feedback from staff, including the percentage of staff members who have had an appraisal in the last 12 months and the number of staff who feel secure raising concerns about unsafe clinical practice.
 
This demonstrates the CCG’s commitment to the development of staff members, and to making sure they feel valued and able to share their concerns.
 
Rebecca Harriott, Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s Chief Officer said: “It is great to hear our staff feel comfortable enough to discuss problems and report any concerns they may have.

“We know having happy staff leads to better patient experience and this is a great example of how looking after your staff and making sure they have opportunities for development can lead to improved patient safety.
 
“It is great news that the survey shows the organisation has improved in the majority of areas since last year, because it is real evidence that we have listened to feedback and acted on it.
 
“We will do our best as an organisation to build on this success each year to achieve better and better results for our staff and patients.”
 
The full 2014 National NHS staff survey report is accessible here. The summary report can be viewed here

NEW Devon CCG asks you to ‘Picture Your Health’ in competition

6 March 2015

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) is launching a picture competition today to find out what health means to people in Devon.
 
The theme of the ‘Picture Your Health’ competition is the CCG’s vision: ‘Healthy people, living healthy lives, in healthy communities’.
 
We want you to show us what this vision means to you, by drawing pictures and taking photos around Devon.
 
This could be anything from a shot of a caring health worker, to a view of rolling hills in the Devon countryside.
 
The winning image will feature on the front page of this year’s NEW Devon CCG annual report.
 
10 runners up will also be chosen to feature within the report.
 
The overall winner and the runners up will be chosen by three CCG clinicians and an independent judge.
 
Dr David Jenner, a GP from Cullompton and Chair of the Eastern Locality of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It is really important for us to find out how people in Devon see our vision of ‘Healthy people, living healthy lives, in healthy communities’, so we can understand what health means to them.
 
“The judges will be looking at how well people interpret the theme when picking the winners.”
 
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
Exeter
Devon
EX2 7JQ
 
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.
 
Dr Jenner added: “We hope to see a huge range of entries from people of all ages and are encouraging everyone to get involved.”
 
The closing date for entries is Friday 17 April 2015. You must be a resident in the NEW Devon CCG area to enter. A map of the area is on the home page of the CCG website.

More information about the competition and full terms and conditions are available on the CCG website:
 
http://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/picture-your-health/101497

NEW Devon CCG nominated for NHS Apprenticeship Award

4 March 2015

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) has been shortlisted for an Apprentice Employer of the Year award.
 
The awards recognise the enthusiasm and commitment of NHS employers, employees and educational providers who have been involved in developing apprenticeship programmes within NHS South West over the past three years.
 
NEW Devon CCG has a high retention rate of apprentices, with fifteen percent of its current workforce consisting of current or former apprentices.
 
One area of the organisation, Devon Referral Support Services, has recruited 50 apprentices since 2010 and retained 43 of them. Six of them have left the CCG to work for other NHS organisations and only one has left the NHS completely.
 
Chris Squire, Head of Workforce for NEW Devon CCG, said:
“Apprentices have a really positive impact on the CCG’s workforce and it’s great to be recognised for that.
 
“We’ve really embraced and embedded the Apprenticeship programme across the organisation.”
 
Career opportunities are encouraged and recent examples include former apprentices becoming the CCG’s Equality & Diversity Manager or progressing in roles within the Patient Safety & Quality team, such as infection control.
 
Mr Squire added: “The success of our apprenticeship programme comes from the opportunities it gives people. We pay a fair wage from day one and make sure there is room for career progression too.
 
“We look forward to finding out if we have won the Apprentice Employer of the Year award on the 9th March, but we’re also excited to join other organisations in celebrating the role of apprentices.”
 
The South West Region Health Sector Apprenticeship Awards 2014/15 are being held by Health Education South West and take place in Taunton on Monday 9th March 2015.

Helping to keep vulnerable adults safer

A powerful new film highlighting the abuse suffered by adults at risk has been launched to coincide with Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week in Torbay and Devon.
 
Last year there were over 2700 safeguarding adult abuse concerns reported to Torbay and Devon Local Safeguarding Adults teams and the latest campaign, starting on Monday 2 March, aims to raise public awareness about this important issue.
 
Central to the awareness week is the launch of new film, “If you see something, say something”, which has been commissioned by Torbay and Devon Safeguarding Adults Boards. It is an adaptation of a film originally commissioned by Cornwall Council and has been produced by film maker and former Royal Marine, Mark Hewitt.
 
The week long awareness campaign will also highlight the issue of adult abuse through posters, leaflets and social media. Members of the public and local organisations are being encouraged to download the promotional material, put them up in public areas and to follow social media feeds.
 
Chairman of the Torbay and Devon Safeguarding Adults Boards, Bob Spencer, said: "This awareness week is about promoting the safer life choices we can all make in our personal and professional lives to prevent vulnerable adults from being harmed or neglected. It’s the responsibility of all of us to do what we can to keep ourselves and those we come in contact with safe and not to ignore our concerns.


"Everyone has a role to play and everyone has the right to feel safe. I hope that this Safer Awareness Week moves us a step closer towards this goal."
 
Anyone who is concerned that a vulnerable adult may be at risk of abuse can speak in confidence to one of the Safeguarding Adults Teams.

·         For Torbay call 01803 219700  or email safeguarding.alertstct@nhs.net,

·         For Devon contact Care Direct on 0845 155 1007 (Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 8:00pm and Saturdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm) or email csc.caredirect@devon.gov.uk 

Anyone who suspects that a vulnerable adult is in immediate danger or if there is an emergency situation, call 999.

You can download copies of the poster and leaflet by clicking here.
 
To watch the new film “If you see something, say something” go to: http://www.tsdhc.nhs.uk/ourservices/SafeguardingAdults/Pages/Default.aspx

You can follow the awareness week campaign digitally at @TorbayHospital and @TSDHC during Safeguarding Adult Awareness Week. You can also share messages on the following Facebook accounts:

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