May 2015

May 2015

Devon nurses recognised at nursing charity awards

29 May 2015
 
Four nurses from Devon have been recognised by the Queen’s Nursing Institute for their commitment to patient care.
 
Vanessa Crossey from NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG), Lisa Baker and Vanessa Hurley from Devon Partnership NHS Trust, and Sam Rosindale from Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust all picked up awards at the charity’s Spring Awards Ceremony this month. 
 
Vanessa Crossey was one of three Devon nurses who received the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse.
 
Before joining NHS NEW Devon CCG in October 2014, Vanessa treated soldiers on the front line for 21 years as an army nurse.
 
Vanessa’s role as lead practice nurse focuses on providing support and advice to commissioners on nursing issues.
 
For Vanessa, receiving the title means joining a cohort of like-minded community practitioners with a real passion to improve patient care.
 
Vanessa said: “I’ve been honoured to be able to work with so many people in my time as a nurse and I feel proud to have been able to make a difference.
 
“It’s great for me and for the other Devon nurses to be recognised on a national level for our commitment to improving care in our local communities.”
 
Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, funding for projects, opportunities to link with other nurses and a shared professional identity.

Sam Rosindale, who is diabetes lead champion for Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust, also received the Queen’s Nurse Title at the ceremony in London.
 
Sam said: “I am absolutely thrilled. Receiving the title is a tremendous honour.
 
“It means an enormous amount to me that my patients nominated me, because they believed I had made a difference to their lives.”

Lisa Baker, who is a learning disability liaison nurse at Devon Partnership NHS Trust and supports people with a learning disability coming into hospital at North Devon District Hospital, also received the Queen's Nurse title.
 
Vanessa, Sam and Lisa received their Queen’s Nurse Awards from Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England.
 
Another nurse from Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Vanessa Hurley, was one of only three nurses to pick up the Queen Mother’s Award for Outstanding Service at the ceremony.
 
The award, founded in 1994, is for those who have given service to patients and the profession over and above the call of duty and have made a particularly distinguished contribution to the health of people in the community. 
 
Vanessa Hurley was one of the first 13 nurses to have received the Queen’s Nurse Title in 2007 and the first learning disability nurse to receive either of the awards.
 
Vanessa Hurley said: “I’m delighted and proud to have received the award and that learning disability services are getting the recognition they deserve.
 
“I’m lucky to work alongside such dedicated colleagues, who all deserve to be recognised for the work they do.”
 
Vanessa Hurley received the award from Kate Billingham CBE, Chair of the Queen’s Nursing institute Council.
 
Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive of the QNI said, “Congratulations to Vanessa Crossey, Sam Rosindale, Lisa Baker and Vanessa Hurley for their achievements.”

“We are delighted that the QNI is able to give these nurses national recognition for their dedication and expertise.
 
“We look forward to working with all of them to continue improving patient care in homes and communities in Devon.”

CCG pledges more than £47,000 to support pioneering research

29 May 2015

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG) has shown its commitment to promoting research by pledging more than £47,000 so far to support projects in our local communities in 2015/16.
 
To coincide with the Stroke Association’s Action on Stroke Month, the CCG has announced it will continue to support pioneering stroke research.
 
The CCG has pledged £6500 in 2015/16 to support the ReTrain programme of rehabilitation training for stroke survivors.
 
The research looks at whether taking part in exercise sessions led by personal trainers can help stroke survivors improve their recovery and in particular their physical mobility.
 
The research is being carried out by the PenCLAHRC research partnership, of which the CCG is a member, with funding from the Stroke Association.
 
Dr Tim Burke, a GP from Chulmleigh and chair of NHS NEW Devon CCG said: “It is fantastic that the CCG has the opportunity to be a part of such innovative projects.
 
“The CCG’s vision of “Healthy people, living healthy lives, in healthy communities” is best achieved when we make sure our commissioning decisions are informed by research and innovation.”
 
The NHS NEW Devon CCG area delivers significant amounts of research through its medical and dental schools, and through its trusts.

The CCG plays a vital role in supporting many of these research projects, by funding extra costs that are incurred as a result of the research.
 
An example of this is when extra staff and equipment are needed, or when a patient’s care needs to continue after a research trial has ended.
 
Other projects NHS NEW Devon CCG has agreed to support so far in 2015/16 include a trial of a personalised physiotherapy programme to prevent falls for people with Parkinson’s and research that looks at how to care for prisoners with common mental health problems.

NHS NEW Devon CCG works in partnership with other CCGs across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, and with both Plymouth University and the University of Exeter.
 
Together, these organisations form PenCLAHRC, a collaboration which undertakes high quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and supports the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS.
 
Dr Burke added: ““Working with local organisations and academics to promote research is fantastic, because it means we can ensure research is undertaken in relation to our priorities and we can use the research to make evidence based decisions that work for our patients.”

Update on Transforming Community Services in the Eastern locality

29 May 2015

At its meeting on the 27 May 2015, the Eastern locality of NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG) made recommendations to the CCG’s Governing Body regarding prevention and wellbeing services, services for adults with complex needs and stroke care services.
 
No formal recommendations were made to the Governing Body on inpatient beds and urgent care.

Many of the clinicians on the Eastern locality board work in local community hospitals and therefore it was felt that it would not be appropriate for the board to make a decision on these subjects.

Due to the importance of the decision and strength of public opinion, the CCG wishes to ensure comprehensive information is available, including the views of the clinicians present on the Eastern locality board, so that the Governing Body is full informed before making a decision.

The decision will therefore be referred to the Governing Body meeting in July 2015.

Trust to launch falls clinics at Moretonhampstead Hospital

21 May 2015

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is to run monthly falls clinics at Moretonhampstead Hospital, starting in October.
 
The clinics, on the third Monday of each month, will offer advice and support for people who fall or are afraid of falling.
 
To attend, people will need an appointment and a referral from their GP.
 
The clinics, in the morning, will be followed by a drop-in session from 1pm to 3pm for anyone with a concern about their general health, wellbeing or fitness.
 
People will be able to meet the local NHS community nursing and therapy team, take a basic health check and get advice about a range of issues, including management of long-term conditions, exercise, rehabilitation, equipment and mobility aids.

Briefing note

Information for those interested in the Transforming Community Services consultation in the Eastern locality of NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG):
 
Please note at its next meeting on the 27 May 2015, the Eastern locality board will make recommendations to the CCG’s Governing Body on prevention and wellbeing services, services for adults with complex needs and stroke care services.
 
There will be a discussion about inpatient beds and urgent care; however no recommendations will be made to Governing Body on these subjects.
 
The views of local clinicians will be presented to Governing Body.

The decision with regards to inpatient beds and urgent care is expected to be made in public at the Governing Body meeting on the 4 June 2015. 

Wakley Stakeholder Reference Group Update

15 May 2015

The next meeting of the Wakley Stakeholder Reference Group will be held on Monday 18 May 2015 at The Knowle in Sidmouth, from 7pm to 9pm.
 
Members of the public are invited to attend.
 
Ends
 
 
Notes to Editors
 
The Wakley Stakeholder Reference Group includes councillors, leagues of friends and other representatives from each of the five towns in the area (Seaton, Axminster, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Honiton). 
 
The independent chair of the group is Sir John Evans.
 
It was set up as part of the extended consultation on NHS NEW Devon CCG’s proposed Transforming Community Services to consider alternative options. Community hospital inpatient and minor injury services have been at the heart of this work.
 
Members of public have the opportunity to speak and offer their suggestions at open Stakeholder Reference Group meetings. 

Mindfulness research supported by the CCG published in The Lancet

13 May 2015

Research undertaken with the help of NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG) has been published in the internationally recognised research journal The Lancet.
 
The research, which shows mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) could offer an alternative to antidepressants in preventing depression relapse, was carried out at the University of Exeter’s Mood Disorders Centre, which receives funding from NHS NEW Devon CCG.
 
The publication came just ahead of the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week (11-17 May 2015), which is focusing on mindfulness.
 
The purpose of the study was to find out whether MBCT, which aims to change the way people think and feel about their experiences, is more effective than maintaining antidepressant treatment in preventing the relapse of depression.

While the findings show MBCT is not more effective than maintenance antidepressant treatment, the results, combined with those of previous trials, suggest MBCT may offer similar protection against depressive relapse.
 
Dr Stephen Miller, a GP from North Devon and a clinical lead for mental health for the CCG, said: "It is incredibly valuable to have evidence that this drug free approach can help prevent relapse of a very common problem and cause of distress for our patients."
 
More than 400 adults with recurrent major depression were recruited from 95 GP practices across the South West to be involved in the trial.
 
They were split into two groups, with one group staying on their medication, and the other coming off their medication slowly and receiving MBCT.
 
The study found that over two years, the relapse rates in both groups were similar (44% in the MBCT group and 47% in the maintenance antidepressant medication group).
 
Tim Francis, Mental Health Commissioning Support Manager for NHS NEW Devon CCG, said: “The results of this study show there could be a choice for the millions of people who are using antidepressants to prevent relapse.
 
“It’s great that the CCG is able to offer funding which supports pioneering studies like this, which really put Devon on the map for mental health research.”

In April 2014, NHS NEW Devon CCG agreed funding of £136,000 a year for two years to support the Mood Disorders Centre with its research and to help it provide psychological therapies through its AccEPT clinic.  
 
“We look forward to continuing to support the Mood Disorders Centre at the University of Exeter with its research,” Mr Francis added.

Dr Barney Dunn, Strategic Lead at the AccEPT clinic, said: "The Mood Disorders Centre is grateful for the ongoing support from NHS NEW Devon CCG in running our AccEPT clinic.
 
“This enables us to continue to develop the evidence base for psychological treatments for mood disorders and to contribute to the provision of psychological therapies in the local NHS."

Contract award for Western Locality community services

11 May 2015

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG) Governing Body has agreed to make the formal award of contract for the provision of community services for adults with complex needs for the CCG’s Western Locality to Plymouth Community Healthcare (PCH) Community Interest Company. This is for the Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon area covered by the CCG.
 
PCH is a Community Interest Company, formed from the former NHS Plymouth primary care trust on 1 October 2011. In addition to community services for people with complex conditions, PCH delivers a wide range of healthcare services, covering mental health and physical health for children and adults.
 
From 1 April 2015, PCH also provides adult social care for Plymouth, as an integrated provider of health and social care for the city. This contract award represents a further significant step forward on our ambitious integration agenda. We are pleased to have worked so closely with Devon County Council and are confident that we can build on the integrated health and social care arrangements that PCH will inherit.
 
NHS NEW Devon CCG is confident that PCH will provide a high quality service to the people of South Hams, West Devon and Plymouth.
 
The contract award follows a comprehensive process of service design led by the CCG, with the involvement of many local people and organisations, patients, service users and carers.

The services that form the contract include community hospitals, district nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and services such as re-ablement and early supportive discharge; enabling people a smooth discharge from hospital back to their own home and helping people stay well and independent in their own homes.
 
The contract will begin on 1 June 2015 and will run until 31 March 2019, with an option of extending it for up to two years.
 
PCH already holds a contract for the provision of community health services in Plymouth, which would have ended on 31 March 2016.
 
In addition to this, following the termination of the previous contract, and pending the results of procurement processes, PCH has been asked to host urgent care and specialty services on a temporary basis until new substantive providers have been identified.
 
The CCG is currently engaged in a procurement process for urgent care services, and is determining its approach for specialty services ahead of a procurement process during 2015/16.
 
Finally we’d like to thank the outgoing provider Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust for the quality of services it has provided over the past few years.

Joe takes top place with a healthy heart

7th May 2015

A nine-year-old boy from Plymouth has scooped top place in NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s Picture Your Health competition.

 
We received more than 70 entries, and after much deliberation by the judges, four outstanding photos were selected as winners.
 
The judges looked at how well people interpreted the theme, which was the CCG’s vision of ‘Healthy people, living healthy lives, in healthy communities’, when picking the winners.

First place went to Anna Lord, whose photo of her nine-year-old son Joe having a cool down by the river represents how a healthy life equals a healthy heart. Anna took the photo at Plym Bridge woods.
 
Peter Ferlie, Health and Wellbeing Officer at Exeter City Football Club and one of the judges, said: “We chose this photo as our favourite because Joe looks so proud and happy.
 
“His spirit really sums up Devon. It’s just about getting out there and enjoying it!”
 
Ann Wheeler took second place for the photograph she submitted on behalf of Exmouth in Bloom, which shows group members enjoying being out in the open air clearing brambles and making friends.
 
Dr Alex Degan, a GP from Mid Devon and CCG board member, was also a judge.

“We loved this photo because it’s a great example of how being active can bring people together,” he said.

Third place went to Simon Horn from Woodbury for his photograph of his children William and Charlotte jumping in the air on Branscombe beach.
 
Dr Guy Bradley-Smith, a GP from Exeter and CCG clinical lead, was the final judge.
 
Dr Bradley-Smith said: “This photo just sums up a family day out in the great outdoors, exploring the Devon countryside.”
 
David Rogers from Tavistock took fourth place for his photo of his family enjoying a day out on Dartmoor.
 
Mr Rogers said: “The inspiration was delight in the magic of that special place on Dartmoor, a shared experience for extended family members.”
 
NHS NEW Devon CCG and the judges would like to thank everybody who entered the competition.
 
Dr Alex Degan said: “We had a fantastic range of pictures and photos, and it was really interesting to see how different people interpreted the theme.”
 
The four winning pictures will feature in the 2014/15 NHS NEW Devon CCG annual report, as well as several other entries chosen by the judges, and have also won a small prize. 

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