With Rushcliffe CCG

March 2016

Your health, our priority


Welcome to our latest edition of our e-bulletin.

News from Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group

New Website Launched

By clicking on the e-bulletin link you will have been directed to our new website. Take some time to have a look at our new website and tell us what you think using the "feedback on website page" under "Contact Us". 

A New Model of Care for Rushcliffe

Principia – our local partnership of GPs, patients and community services - has long had a vision to develop a better way to improve the health and care of Rushcliffe residents and now has a wonderful opportunity to turn this vision into reality. Rushcliffe has been chosen by NHS England as one of 50 areas of the country to lead change and has been given additional, national funding to improve the quality of local care.

Principia’s ambition is to establish a Multi-specialty Community Provider (MCP) organisation for Rushcliffe that will change how health and social care services are delivered. Principia will use the knowledge and experience of the doctors, nurses and the people that patients and carers see every day to make things more straightforward, consistent and accessible - with health and social care finally starting to work together in the way you would hope and expect them to. There will be plenty of opportunity for patients, carers and the wider public to be involved and help shape future services. You can find more information on the website here or visit

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:

Rushcliffe Community Voluntary Service Website - Wonderful or Woeful?

Rushcliffe Community Voluntary Services (RCVS) are commissioned on behalf of Rushcliffe CCG to undertake patient and public involvement especially around seldom heard voices, in addition they also chair our patient forums. RCVS are asking for patients views on their website. 

We really want to know what you think about our website -

The website could be fit for purpose, or could need a major overhaul. To help us to decide whether money should be spent on a revamp, we are asking you to take part in a very easy-to-answer survey which will take less than five minutes to complete. Your answers are essential to help us make the website work in the best way for YOU.

Complete the survey at:

Carolyn Perry, chief executive says: “With very limited resources, we need to be confident that we are making the right decision if we commit money to a major overhaul. We want to know if our website is worthy, unworthy or somewhere in between.  The layout of the current website hasn’t be changed for many years, so perhaps a refresh would give is new opportunities to add blogs, send out newsletters automatically, link to our social media sites more easily, add interactive content and generally give a more professional image. On the other hand, perhaps what we have got is good enough. I would urge people to fill in our quick survey.”

Get Involved

Disability Matters call for evidence 

Disability Matters partner with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) to promote the importance of inclusion and access for all disabled children and young people aged 0 - 25 years.

They are collecting evidence and case-studies from young disabled people, parent carers and those who work or volunteer with disabled people to highlight the many positive ways that people are:

- working pro-actively with disabled children and young people
- enabling inclusion
- making services accessible

As a pan-disability programme they are interested in examples that relate to all disabilities, including intellectual / learning disabilities, physical disabilities, complex needs and visual or hearing impairments.

They will compile the responses to this survey in a report that will be available in the early summer of 2016.

A version of the survey can be downloaded as an easy read survey.

An introduction to Disability Matters and the Call for Evidence can also be downloaded as an easy read overview

The survey closes on Friday 11 March.

Give your views on support for people with learning disabilities

The City and County councils and NHS have launched a consultation into the care of children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism with challenging behaviour.

The aim is to keep them healthy, well and, whenever appropriate, supported in the community rather than unnecessary inpatient settings.

The plans are to have effective services and support for people and their families so that over a period of time, the need for inpatient services can be reduced. This will be done in four ways:

To view the proposals and complete the short survey please follow the link

NUH Quality Account - seeking views of patients/carers

NUH is seeking the views of our patients and carers regarding what you would wish to feature in our Quality Account and also the areas you would wish us to give closer attention in the coming year.

More information can be found in the Web page, link is available here -,-safety-and-experience/quality-account-201516/

Survey link is available here - 

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

Developing Mental Health Services for Veterans

A national engagement on mental health services for veterans.

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

 Older People campaign: Case Studies

A recent CQC survey found that people aged 65+ have much lower level of awareness of CQC than average, however they are more likely to be regular users of health and social care. As they may know a lot about the quality of care, CQC want to encourage older people – and their carers / family members – to share their experiences of care with CQC. To do this, CQC will be launching a multi-channel media campaign in March targeting older people.

They are looking for case studies and would appreciate your help. Would you be able to share the following:

CQC want to hear about your experiences of health and social care for a campaign they’ll be running in March. Specifically, they are looking to hear from men and women aged 65+ who are accessing health and social care regularly and are happy to share their experiences of care – good or bad. They also want to hear from carers and family members of those 65+ who can share information on the quality of care their loved on is receiving.

If you are happy to talk to CQC about your experiences of care, please send an email to leaving a short description of your experience. Someone from CQC will then be in touch with you to discuss next steps.

Public Engagement Older Peoples Survey

 Are you 65 or over?

Then have your say about health and care services in Greater Nottingham and fill in this online survey

If you are 65 or over (or care for someone who is) we would like to know your views on the health and care services across Greater Nottingham and what is important to you. As services are developed we want to make sure that patient, carer and service user voices are at the centre of things.

Make sure your voice is heard

The survey is open until the 31st March 2016.

Healthwatch Nottinghamshire Advert for Chair 

The current chair for Healthwatch Nottinghamshire is stepping down, a new chair is needed to further develop the work of Healthwatch Nottinghamshire (HWN), the local consumer champion for health and social care. 

Click here to view the advert 


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:

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

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

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 

Oasis Workshops 

Click here for a flyer that gives information about the Carer workshops available around the county.

The link below can be used to book a place online but telephone numbers, emails are on the flyer.

Dementia Friends Champion Induction

There is a champions induction coming up in Nottingham on Tuesday 22 March with quite a few spaces remaining. Here is the link

Health and Safety Courses 

Do you have a learning disability? Do you want to learn more about your health and staying safe where you live?

Ruth Harrison/Marie McGahey Primary Care Liaison Nurse will be running 5 x 1 and a half hour sessions at Cotgrave Leisure Centre, Woodview, NG12 3PJ. Followed by presentations at the Rushcliffe games.

Click here for a poster with the dates and times 

Information Programme for Carers of People with Dementia 

Click here for a programme of dates for 2016/2017. Radford Care Group are running a free programme which consists of 

seven, two hour weekly sessions, covering a different aspect of dementia at each session. The groups are facilitated by specialists in dementia group work and will consist of about 12 carers.  Help with respite services and transport may be available. The carers are asked to contribute £2.50 per session towards refreshments.


Newsletters and reports

Rushcliffe Community Voluntary Service (RCVS) Newsletter 

Click here for the February edition of the RCVS newsletter. 

The newsletter keeps you up to date with news and information about all of their services 

Healthwatch Nottinghamshire News

Click here for the winter edition of Healthwatch News. 

Healthwatch Nottinghamshire is your independent consumer champion for health and social care services.

‘Healthwatch News’ will keep you up to date with Healthwatch activities, as well as local news and events relevant to health and social care.

Public Face Issue 69 

Click here for the most recent edition of Public Face 

Public Face shares news about patient and public involvement (PPI) activities in health and social care and in research across 772 stakeholders in the East Midlands. It contains snippets of news to help you find out more and get involved.


Useful information and updates

Great Daffodil Appeal 2016 

Every March, thousands of people across the country join together to get behind the Great Daffodil Appeal and raise money for Marie Curie Nurses. By collecting, donating, shopping or doing something they love, they’re supporting people living with a terminal illness, and their families.

Click here for more information 

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 

Ovarian cancer is a disease that can disrupt the normal function of the ovaries. If it’s left unchecked,
it can affect other parts of the body too. The month of March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. 

No Smoking Day - Be Proud to be a Quitter 

9 March is "No Smoking" day. 

Click here for more information 

Nutrition and Hydration Week 

14 - 20 March

Click here for more information


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