With Rushcliffe CCG

January 2016

Your health, our priority


Welcome to our latest edition of our e-bulletin.

News from Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group

National funding supports services closer to home

Rushcliffe has been awarded £3.791m of national funding to transform health and social care services for local people.

Rushcliffe was named as one of 50 ‘Vanguard’ sites in England last March and will pioneer changes that will act as the blueprint for other areas of the country.  The money has been given to Principia, the local partnership of GPs, patients and community services, from a national NHS transformation fund of £200 million to support the development of a ‘new model’ of care.

Rushcliffe’s proposal is to establish a Multi-specialty Community Provider (MCP) model, focusing on prevention and integrated care as well as moving some traditional hospital services out into community settings.

Dr Stephen Shortt, GP at East Leake and Clinical Lead in Rushcliffe, said:  “This isn’t about another reorganisation of the NHS or of social care. It’s about making better functioning teams of clinicians and care givers who, although they might work in different organisations, will come together around the needs of individuals and take responsibility for improving patients’ outcomes as efficiently as possible. Increasingly, this will be in the community, closer to home and not in the hospital.

Added Vicky Bailey, Chief Officer at NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group:  “This is fantastic news for patients in Rushcliffe.  The patient survey we sent to every household last year, gave us a real insight into how people would like their care delivered in the future and the funding provided for the MCP will help us do this."

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Patient Representatives needed

NHS Rushcliffe CCG are looking for some lay representatives to get involved with a couple of projects, below are details about both of these, if you are interested and would like to be considered for one of these opportunities, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   If you could include a brief outline of your involvement and what you feel you would bring to the group from a patient perspective, this may assist if we have a considerable number of responses. Please ensure you state which project you are interested in.

Closing date: Sunday 14 February 2016 

Care Home work stream

The aim of the group is to support care homes provide a quality service to patients living in Rushcliffe care homes. This is achieved by developing services, identifying issues in care homes that affect the quality of care and health of people who live in a care home and seeing how collectively we can provide a good quality of care. This would ideally be someone who has a relative in a Rushcliffe care home. the group discusses GP/community nursing support into care homes, AgeUK who provide an advocacy service, and how care homes themselves can support improving the quality of life of residents in care homes.

The group meets quarterly at Easthorpe House, Ruddington for about 1 ½ -2 hours.

Rushcliffe is also involved in a big research study with the university, there will be some additional commitment to that , but this will hopefully be tied into the quarterly meetings. There may be an additional two or three meetings with the University, but we can manage the commitment to ensure that is minimal, so please do not be put off by the research element.


Medicine Management

The purpose of the group is to provide a forum where medicines management and optimisation ideas/decisions are discussed and worked through with an aim to provide evidence based cost effective prescribing for the local population. 

The opportunity is for someone who has an interest in medicines and the prescribing of medicines and who can give an unbias opinion from a patient perspective. No medical knowledge is required, just an ability to offer advice and guidance on how changes to services may impact on Rushcliffe patients.

The group meets every two months, normally on a Friday afternoon from 1.30pm– 3.30pm here at Easthorpe House, Ruddington.


CQC Diabetes Focus Group

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is currently undertaking a review of diabetes care and Rushcliffe CCG area has been selected to be part of this review.

We are holding a focus group on Tuesday 23 February 2016 to discuss your experience of the care, treatment and education you receive.

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Get Involved

Care Quality Commission (CQC) seeks views on its vision for the future

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is seeking views on its plans for the next five years as it develops its approach to regulation.

CQC has changed the way it works over the past three years and in its consultation document Shaping the future, published today, it sets out a vision for the future regulation of health and social care.
The way health and social care is delivered has changed and is continuing to change, with increasing numbers of acute NHS trusts providing social care, more GP federations, and technology playing a greater role in the way services are delivered - coupled with the demographic challenge of increasing numbers of older people with needs that will be met by more than one service. In this consultation document, CQC sets out proposals that respond to these new ways of working.
The consultation is open until 14 March. CQC will formally respond to the feedback provided when it publishes its strategy in May this year.

A link to the consultation document Shaping the future can be found here.   

You can also tweet your thoughts at #cqcstrategy.

Mental Health Survey and Public Engagement Events

The South- and Mid-Nottinghamshire CCGs are considering how we can best support adults with mild, moderate and severe common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. We want to provide services that are effective in helping people recover, stay well and live as independently as possible.

Primary care psychological therapies (PCPT) – sometimes called talking therapies – are already available and can meet the needs of many people with common mental health problems. However, for people who have not recovered through PCPT or where PCPT is not deemed suitable, we need to assess whether any alternative options can be provided.

We are carrying out this survey to gather feedback from local people who may use these services. This will help us determine whether we need to make any changes to current services and, if so, what kind of services people might be likely to use. Please help us by taking the survey:

Developing Mental Health Services for Veterans

A national engagement on mental health services for veterans that launches today.

Currently, NHS England commissions 12 mental health services across England for veterans. These were set up in 2010 following publication of the report Fighting Fit: a mental health plan for servicemen and veterans by former Surgeon-Commander, Dr Andrew Murrison MP. With the new contracting round due in 2016/17, this provides a significant opportunity to ask people about their views and experiences of existing services and to explore the reasons why some veterans have not sought or received support and treatment.

The engagement will run until 31 March 2016 and NHS England is encouraging responses from a range of stakeholders, including veterans who have or have had a mental health illness, their families and carers, service charities, commissioners and providers offering treatment and support in this area

To find out more and to access the engagement survey, please visit

Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF)

NHS England and NICE have launched a 12-week public consultation ( seeking views about proposals for the future direction of the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF).
The consultation period ends  11 February 2016.


Upcoming Events

Breathe Easy Nottingham

Breathe Easy Nottingham is a self-help group for people with all forms of lung disease, their carers, family and friends.  

Click here for more information on the Breathe Easy Nottingham Programme 2016   

Click here for more information about a new respiratory class on Monday afternoons 12pm to 1pm at Julian Cahn Pavillion, West Park, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, NG2 7JL.

Macmillan Information and Support Drop-in

Click here to find out more information about when the Macmillan Mobile Service will be in your area. Come and talk to the friendly specialists with any questions or worries about cancer.

Jump Avenue - Healthy Lifestyle Programme 

Please click here for more information on Jump Avenue sessions taking place at Candleby Lane school, Cotgrave.

A free healthy lifestyle program for children aged 5-11 focusing on overweight children.

Ageing Well Seminar

Future dates  and venues for the Ageing Well Seminars, details as follows:

Wednesday 3 February 2016, 10.00am – 1.00pm
South Forest Leisure Centre, Edwinstowe

Thursday 23 June 2016
10.00am – 1.00pm Richard Herod Centre, Carlton, Nottingham

Thursday 6 October 2016
10.00am – 1.00pm Rufford Mill, Ollerton

Further details to be circulated in the  New Year.

Free Public Lectures 2016 - Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity

Loughborough University are running a programme of free public lectures in 2016. As the title suggest each lecture is focusing on subjects related to diet, lifestyle and physical activity interventions.

Click here for a poster advertising these lectures

Songs and Scones

Social afternoons of music, conversation and cake held at West Bridgford Library on the second Friday of each month until May 2016 2.30 to 4.30pm 

A great opportunity for older people living in West Bridgford to come together and share an enjoyable afternoon in the company of live music.

Click here for a leaflet with more information 

Social afternoons of music, conversation and cake held at West Bridgford Library on the second Friday of each month until May 2016 2.30 to 4.30pm 

A great opportunity for older people living in West Bridgford to come together and share an enjoyable afternoon in the company of live music.

Click here for a leaflet with more information

Newsletters and reports

Breathe Easy Nottingham Newsletter

Click here for the January edition of the Breathe Easy Nottingham Newsletter

Useful information and updates

Juggle Diabetes Education Programme 

The Juggle diabetes education programme is a group education service for anyone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who does not take insulin – regardless of the length of time of diagnosis or level of diabetes control.

Spaces are still available on some of the Juggle diabetes education programmes scheduled to start the week commencing 1 February at East Leake – St Mary’s Church Hall and Cotgrave Health Centre.

Self-referrals: contact Juggle Diabetes Education Service on 0300 300 0045

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