With Rushcliffe CCG

March 2017

Your health, our priority


Welcome to our latest edition of our e-bulletin.

News from Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group

Prescriptions of over the counter medicines for minor ailments

Rushcliffe along with Nottingham West and Nottingham North and East NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have approved plans to limit prescriptions for over the counter medicines (such as ibuprofen and paracetamol) for minor ailments. This came into effect from Wednesday 1 March 2017.

From the patient’s perspective these plans mean that over the counter (OTC) products like paracetamol and antihistamines will no longer be prescribed for short-term, self-limiting conditions. In these instances, patients will be encouraged to buy their own from their local chemist or supermarket.

The three South CCGs undertook a six-week patient and stakeholder engagement campaign to ask people whether these medicines should be prescribed for minor ailments, such as a cold, headache, sore throat, hay fever etc. 

During the course of the consultation, the CCGs received 403 responses from patients, public and professionals across South Nottinghamshire, and also ran seven public events across the South Nottinghamshire area. 

Read more about the patient engagement responses

Update on NUH Services Review 

Following patient and clinician engagement, commissioners have listened to feedback and can now announce the decisions of the Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) service review.

Thirty services were reviewed at NUH. For the majority of these, the recommendation was to remain at NUH, some with an updated specification.

However, commissioners also identified seven services that they proposed could be delivered in a community setting, closer to patients’ homes, providing better value to the local NHS and improved outcomes for patients.

Following initial patient engagement, specifications were drawn up, plans were published on Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) websites and patients, clinicians and local communities were invited to have their say over a six week period (19 December - 5 February 2017).  

After going through the patient and clinician feedback process, service changes have been reviewed and final proposals were agreed in Collaborative Commissioning Congress and considered at each of the three CCG’s Governing Bodies. The recommendations were approved on Friday 10 February 2017.

Read more about the seven identified services here 

Stroke rehabilitation services across South Nottinghamshire

The three South Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West and Rushcliffe) are pleased to announce that a new improved community based stroke rehabilitation service will be provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust from 1 April 2017.

A co-ordinated team of health professionals will work together to achieve rehabilitation goals which have been tailored to a patient’s lifestyle within their own home environment. Support will be offered by physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, rehabilitation support workers as well as a clinical psychologist and a community geriatrician.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust were awarded the contract following a robust competitive tendering process, during which they demonstrated they could provide sustainable, high quality services that provided value for money.

Read more about the contract award here

Get Involved

Do you live with Parkinson's or care for somebody who does?

Then we'd really like to hear what you think...

During 2016 the Greater Nottingham Clinical Commissioning Groups (Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West and Rushcliffe) undertook clinically-led reviews on a set of services delivered by Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust.

This was supported by an engagement campaign, which captured patient and clinical feedback about services under review. Following this, decisions were made about whether the service stayed at NUH or was recommended to move into the community setting, providing care closer to patients homes.

Geriatric Day Care/Medicine Day Care and Complex Rehabilitation was one of the services reviewed. The decision for this service is to integrate it into existing community services. As you will know Parkinson's support falls under this service.

While during the engagement period we received considerable feedback on the benefits of the current service for people with Parkinson’s, we want to find out more. We want to ensure that we shape a service which meets the needs of patients. Therefore, we'd like to invite you to join us at a focus group:

Date: Wednesday 8 March
Times: two sessions, 2-4pm and 6-8pm
Venue: The Beacon, Birchfield Road, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 8BY
Places are limited

Please reserve a place as a maximum of 40 people will be admitted for each group.
To book by email the Patient Experience Team or call the team on 0800 0283693 (option 2)

The format of the focus groups will be table top discussions based around the topics that have been identified from the feedback received so far. With this in mind, when you book, please identify any areas of that you would like to share your views on in addition to:

• Specialist staff
• Location of service
• Impact on mental health
• Support for carers

Upcoming Events

INSPIRE Health and Wellbeing Workshops for Carers and Health and Wellbeing Resources

Working in partnership with Inspire and Nottinghamshire County Council, some Health & Wellbeing Workshops specifically for Carers are being ran.  Click here to view a leaflet with more information on the course content, dates, times and location of the workshops, which are being held all around the county.

If a Carer is interested, they need to register on their service, They will then book you a place on the course.

Please contact Nottinghamshire Carers Hub:

On: 0115 824 8824


Talking Memories Courses - Reminiscence learning - Carers Course

Click here for information on the programme of ‘Talking Memory’ courses.

Creative Paths CIC provides activities and learning for health and wellbeing. Their courses and workshops provide Nottinghamshire residents who have ill health and disability access to creative activity and learning.

They will be offering their five week Talking Memories course in partnership with Inspire Learning across the county.

Make new friends and gain confidence and skills in using reminiscence activities. To strengthen your relationships and to provide increased wellbeing to you and to the people you care for.

Their previous learners said “This course has given me the confidence, imagination and resources to use the talking memory techniques with my father. I have also encouraged others in informal and formal caring situations to consider these techniques.”

“It was very good, interesting and proactive, I would like to do another course, I came away each Monday with a buzz! ”

The course is for individuals with early stage dementia and for those that are caring for a person with dementia either as a friend, relative or volunteer.  Participants will learn how to use objects, artefacts and photographs from Inspire Libraries service ‘Memory Lane’ collection & Creative Paths Reminiscence collection. To stimulate activity, recall and conversation.

The course fees are exempt to those on means tested benefits, otherwise course costs are £5.80 per session.

Booking essential on 07722783467 (Karyn)

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Karyn Stavert at 07722 783467 or email at

Radford Care Group - Information Programme dates 2017 /18

Click here for announced dates for the 2017/2018 information programmes for carers of people with dementia.

The free programme 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 and Voluntary Service (RCVS) Newsletter

Click here for the latest edition of the RCVS newsletter 

Keep up to date with news and information about all of our services by visiting their website

Useful information and updates

Health for Teens website

The Health for Teens website, developed by Nottinghamshire County Council Public Health in partnership with Notts NHS Healthcare Trust, is now available for young people to access support for their emotional and physical health and wellbeing. 

The website links young people to appropriate local health and wellbeing services, and supports young people to manage their health and wellbeing.  It features interactive content, films and quizzes written by experts and includes topics as wide ranging as exam stress to anger management, and from spots to alcohol.

Click below for information posters.

Poster 1 

Poster 2 




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