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Patient Engagement Weekly Bulletin – Wednesday 24th July 2019

Posted on 29th July, 2019 in News

Subject: Have your say: help us put the patient and public voice at the heart of everything we do

Somerset CCG Communications and Engagement Strategy Survey

We want to put the patient and public voice at the heart of everything we do.

Our communications and engagement strategy will help us to achieve this together.

We want your views on our draft objectives. We also want your ideas about what actions may help us achieve our objectives.

Click here to have your say: https://response.questback.com/nhssomersetccg/eciabqfizl

The survey will remain open until 31 July 2019.

Subject: Job opportunity: Engagement Assistant buster updated

Are you enthusiastic? Have you got excellent communication skills?

Can you build strong and effective relationships with stakeholders and members of the public from all walks of life?

Then we may have the perfect job for you!

We’re recruiting an Engagement Assistant to help us put the patient and public voice at the heart of everything we do.

Why not take a look here?

Subject: Frome Community Hospital – Community Forum – 29 July

Come along and have your say about your local hospital.

Monday 29 July, 6pm-8pm, Moxon Suite, Frome Community Hospital.

Do drop in any time between 6pm and 8pm, even if you only have five minutes to spare. This will be a relaxed informal evening with Angela Lloyd, Matron, and other members of staff from various departments.

Speakers should include

  • a fire safety at home and general safety talk from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
  • Heather Brunt from Somerset Independence Plus
  • Annalie Williams (staff nurse at Frome and research nurse) will feed back about research and her role
  • Postnatal Depression Young Mums Support Group

We would like your ideas, comments, feedback, or just a chat, and for us to be able to share information about your hospital and the services we provide.

This could also be an opportunity to become a member of the Friends of Frome Hospital, find out more about volunteering at the hospital or to find out about other support services in the local area.

Subject: The Big Tent – a framework to transformation Children and Young People’s Mental Health

The Yeovil area has been selected as one of two ‘test and learn’ schemes to transform children and young people’s mental health in Somerset under what we are currently calling the Big Tent programme. The Yeovil Wellbeing Alliance, supported by Spark Somerset, has been vitally important in Yeovil being selected as one of the two ‘test and learn’ areas.

The Big Tent will be an umbrella under which all children and young people emotional wellbeing services delivered by the voluntary and community sector in Somerset will be co-produced with children, young people and parents.

Big Tent was created by Young Somerset, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Public Health to develop the alliance approach and foundation for creating new emotional wellbeing service delivered by locality-based children and young people’s Wellbeing Practitioners. The name `Big Tent` is a working title which we will be testing out with children and young people.

The Big Tent has two main themes:

  1. To create a clear offer around emotional wellbeing for children and young people across the neighbourhood localities and Primary Care Networks. This will be delivered by our newly IAPT-trained and experienced Children and Young People Wellbeing Practitioners. IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.
  2. To create alliance of voluntary, community sector providers to focus on local community solutions to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health. The Yeovil Wellbeing Alliance has been vitally important in Yeovil being selected as one of the two ‘test and learn’ areas.

From September 2019, we will be testing out different ways to engage with young people. We will be providing early intervention support (group work, 1-2-1’s, drop-ins, etc.) and building upon the existing activities already in place in Yeovil such as youth clubs and groups, safe spaces and drop-ins.

Through establishing robust links and networks with Somerset’s voluntary sector, the aim of the `Big Tent` programme is to reduce demand upon GP surgeries, A&E, hospitals and other specialist services, and provide earlier intervention support for young people experiencing difficulties with, for example, anxiety, depression or self-injury problems.

The second ‘test and learn’ area is North Sedgemoor.

The Big Tent ‘test and learn’ phase is being supported by Kat Dalby-Walsh, Primary Care Network (Yeovil) and Dr Joey McHugh, Primary Care Network (North Sedgemoor), Nik Harwood (Young Somerset) and John Dunning (Somerset CCG).

To find out more contact:

Nik Harwood, 07974 087 586 or NikHarwood@youngsomerset.org.uk

Matt Day, 07714 648913 or Matt.Day@sparksomerset.org.uk

John Dunning, 07513 868245 or John.Dunning1@nhs.net

Subject: Frome Medical Practice to become early adopter of the Low Carb Program

Frome Medical Practice (on behalf of Your Health and Wellbeing collaboration of three Primary Care Networks in Somerset) have been announced as one of the joint winners of a competition to enable healthcare professionals to offer free access to the Low Carb Program.

They have won 100 free licences to the Low Carb Program for their patients. The Low Carb Program is an award-winning patient-centred diabetes behaviour change platform used by over 400,000 people worldwide.

Dr Robert Taylor, GP Partner at Frome Medical Practice said: “I am really excited about receiving 100 licences for the Low Car Program for my interested patients. I have been passionate about delivering diabetes care in a more effective way through low carb and real food approaches for quite some time. Alongside my diabetes education programme, I am really hopeful this will have a big impact for the people of Frome and the Mendip district of Somerset.”

Subject: Somerset features in NHS England toolkit

Somerset is very proud to feature as a case study in NHS England’s toolkit Making General Practice a Great Place to Work.

Together Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Local Medical Committee, along with Somerset Primary Healthcare have developed a scheme that provides six months of paid, facilitated peer support sessions to experienced GPs who are seriously thinking of leaving or who have recently left the profession.

Nine GPs were recruited onto the scheme in the first seven months and GPs surveyed responded that they have improved morale and a reduced sense of professional isolation as a result of being on the scheme.