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Round-up: February 2020

Happy heart day

As Valentines day approaches, what better time to think about keeping your heart healthy

The British Heart Foundation quote that around 6.1m people in England are living with a heart or circulatory disease and these cause over a quarter (27%) of all deaths - that's about 136,000 people dying per year or one every four minutes. These statistics are stark but there are small changes that you can make to reduce your risk of developing a heart condition.

A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier and there are simple things you can do to look after your heart, such as:
  • Give up smoking
  • Get active
  • Manage your weight
  • Eat more fish and fibre
  • Cut down on salt and saturated fat
  • Drink less alcohol
It is estimated that people who do regular physical activity reduce their risk of coronary heart disease by up to 30%* (Source: West Sussex Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2018)

Changes to Sussex mental healthline

From Tuesday 25 February 2020 the way people access the Sussex Mental Healthline is changing. From this date people who are experiencing mental health problems will need to dial 111 and ask to be put through to the Sussex Mental Healthline if they need support and information. Although the number is changing the same service will be available 24/7 across the whole of Sussex and calls to 111 are free of charge.

The existing Sussex Mental Heathline number (provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) – 0300 5000 101 – will not be switched off when the change happens on Tuesday 25 February. People who do call this number will be automatically diverted to 111 to ensure they can still access the service if they are not aware of the new number.

In order to take more calls, the Mental Healthline team will be expanded and will include registered mental health professionals, who will be able to help people access urgent support where needed. 

The reason for the change is because the NHS Long Term Plan states that NHS 111 should be the single point of access for urgent mental health services. In addition, a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection also highlighted that the Sussex Mental Healthline has different levels of access to the service depending on where you live. Moving to 111 will address these variations.

NHS 111 is provided by South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb)

Living well dates  

Do you or someone you know live with a long-term health condition? Would you like to learn skills and techniques for managing your condition better? If so then you may be interested in attending a Living Well Programme. 

The Living Well Programme is a self management course designed for people living with a range of conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, depression, back pain and chronic fatigue syndrome. The aim of the course is to help people manage their symptoms and medication; learn new techniques such as relaxation and breathing exercises. Not only will you learn new skills; you will also meet other people who have similar experiences to yourself.

Each course runs over six, weekly sessions, each session lasting 2 and a half hours including a break. Each course is facilitated by fully trained (but not medically qualified) volunteer tutors who themselves are living with a long-term health condition. You do not need a referral to access this service, simply contact the team for more information.

Courses are held at a variety of locations around the county with the next dates as follows:

Horsham: Monday 20 January 2020 - Monday 24 February 
Burgess Hill: Friday 7 February 2020 - Friday 13 March 
Bognor Regis: Wednesday 26 February 2020 - Wednesday 1 April
Shoreham: Friday 28 February 2020 - Friday 3 April
Crawley: Tuesday 3 March 2020 - Tuesday 7 April 

Information event for children and young people

Come along to meet local groups, charities and organisations who can offer advice, information and support for children and young people. 

There will be taster sessions in gymnastics and inflatable Sumo wrestling and you can also visit the Purple Bus of Sussex Clubs for Young People.

The West Sussex CCGs will be attending along with many local organisations including:
  • 4 the Youth Ltd - Horsham Youth
  • Allsorts
  • Horsham District Guides & Scouts
  • Places Leisure
  • SENDIAS service 
  • Sussex Clubs for Young People
Healthwatch West Sussex are also holding a number of pop-up engagement sessions at libraries around the county. If you would like to share your experiences of health or social care, pop along to a session near you.

Have your say - new public website 

On the 1 April 2020 we will be launching a new public website for each of our NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Sussex.

On this date, our three CCGs in West Sussex are merging into one new West Sussex CCG and our three East Sussex CCGs into one new East Sussex CCG, with Brighton and Hove CCG remaining unchanged.

This gives us an opportunity to overhaul our web presence and the way that we communicate and involve the patients and public across Sussex online.

To help inform us about your priorities and what you would like from our future websites, we’d be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete a survey.  

We want to hear from you  

There are many reasons why people get involved with the Clinical Commissioning Group and lots of ways in which this can happen. It might be by taking part in a survey; being a member of your GP Patient Participation Group (PPG) or by sharing your views in a focus group.

It needn’t take a lot of your time and your input can make a real difference to your local NHS.

Some of the reasons why people get involved include
  • wanting to use personal experience to improve services for others;
  • wanting to put something back; 
  • wanting to help raise awareness of important issues in health and care.
If you would like to tell us why you get involved and what changes your involvement has made please get in touch. We hope that by sharing some of your stories it will encourage and inspire others to get involved and make a difference to your local health services. 

Enhanced summary care record 

Care professionals in England use an electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR). This can provide basic information such as allergies and current medication to those involved in your care.  

But did you know you can choose to add additional information which may help health professionals to treat you in the right way in the future. This is known as an Enhanced Summary Care record and can include the following:
  • Details on any long term health conditions you may have such as asthma, diabetes or heart problems;
  • Your relevant medical history such as operations or treatment you have had in the past;
  • Your healthcare needs and personal preferences – you may have particular communication needs, a long term condition that needs to be managed in a particular way, or you may have made legal decisions or have preferences about your care that you would like to be known.
  • Immunisations – details of previous vaccinations, such as tetanus and routine childhood jabs.
It can be difficult to remember details about your healthcare particularly if you are feeling unwell. Having additional information available to healthcare professionals helps them to make the right decisions and ensure you get the care that is right for you. It can also be very useful if you have a range of health conditions and also have difficulty in telling people what they are. 

Any extra information will only be included after you have talked to your GP practice and given permission for this to happen. Your GP will continue to make sure that any information is kept up to date and you can change your mind at any time by simply speaking to your GP practice. 

Read the latest news from our partner organisations... 

West Sussex bites

  • The videos for the Coastal West Sussex CCG Governing Body meeting from 28 January 2020 are now available to watch.
  • Moatfield Surgery in East Grinstead has been presented with its second PACE Setter Award for its outstanding work in the care of children and young people.
  • St Bernard Support (SBS) are holding sessions on financial wellbeing for people with life affecting illnesses such as cancer. Sessions run at Crawley Hospital on the third Tuesday of each month. Get in touch with SBS for more information or to reserve a place
  • Have you ever taken part in medical research or have views about this? Versus Arthritis are conducting a survey and would like to hear from you.
  • Take a look at the Public health matters blog for all the latest information about the coronavirus.
We want to make sure these bulletins cover the information you want to hear about.
Please tell us what you think and if you have any ideas of what you would like to see in future issues.
For all other news stories please visit the West Sussex CCG websites:

Coastal West Sussex CCG
Crawley CCG
Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG

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