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ePanel Round-up: October 2019

Update on proposed changes to commissioning arrangements  

Earlier this year we explained about proposed changes to how CCGs will work across Sussex in the future. For Coastal West Sussex this would mean a merger with Crawley and Horsham & Mid Sussex CCGs to become one CCG for West Sussex working across our local authority footprint.

Over the summer months we held a number of discussion sessions where people were invited to hear about the changes, ask questions and make suggestions about how we can work better together with both NHS and other organisations.

Since then a number of things have happened: 
  • The respective CCG Governing Bodys have agreed to the merger proposals;
  • The GP membership have voted in favour of the mergers;
  • A proposed constitution (which can be found from page 69 of the Governing Body papers) for the new CCG was presented to the Governing Body with a recommendation that a GP members vote takes place at the end of October. 
We will continue to update you but please contact us if you have any questions about these proposals. 

Worthing Mental Health Awareness week

As World Mental Health Day approaches, a Worthing based charity are getting ready for their 7th annual mental health awareness week.

Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week (WMHAW) aims to challenge the stigma around mental health and to provide good quality information in a safe and non-judgmental environment. The key note presentation this year will be by Safe In Sussex who will talk about the ways in which they support people in abusive situations.

The week will be launched on Monday 7 October at 10am with the Mayor of Worthing Cllr Hazel Thorpe and Mayor’s Chaplain Rev Dawn Carn will light a Peace Candle.  Bob Smytherman will be Master of Ceremonies. The week will end on Friday evening with a concert and a retiring collection for Coastal West Sussex MIND. 

Most of the events are free and are open to all. Local charities, organisations and groups will have displays at an Information Centre and there will be a variety of workshops and talks designed to promote positive mental health throughout the week.

The full list of events and further information is available on the Worthing Mental Health website.

Womens Health Survey - Reproductive choices 

The Clinical Commissioning Groups for Sussex are reviewing the Termination of Pregnancy Service (ToPS) to streamline and improve experiences for women. Currently there are several contracts in place and this review will look to bring these together into a single contract.

There are many reasons why someone may decide to terminate a pregnancy and this can often be a very difficult decision. 1 in 3 UK women will have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old*. (* British Pregnancy Advisory Service). Whilst this piece of work won’t be looking at opinions around whether or not such a service should exist, it will be focusing on how people, especially those who are vulnerable, can be best supported if they ever became a service user.

It’s important that we understand issues such as:
•    accessing information;
•    practicing confidentiality, discretion and sensitivity; 
•    accessing services away from where people live.

In addition we would like to hear anything else that people feel is important to consider when reviewing this service. We have a short, anonymous survey which will help us make sure the service meets the needs of those who use it. The survey will close on Monday 10 November.

Reward and recognition  

Engagement is at the centre of the CCGs work and we want to make it as easy as possible for patients and the public to engage with us by being involved in the decisions we make. We value the experience and expertise of our population and believe that community engagement is at the heart of providing high quality services that meet the needs of our local communities.

It is important that we recognise and reward patients, carers and members of the public for their contribution to shaping health services in a consistent and appropriate way. We will soon be reviewing our Reward and Recognition Policy and would like to find one or two people who would be willing to work with us to review and draft a new policy.  By having a clear policy we hope to encourage people to get involved from a range of backgrounds and help remove barriers to involvement. In addition we want to look at how we support volunteers better and we would value your help with this.

If this is something that might interest you, please get in touch.

Be a soberhero this October

Go Sober for October encourages people to go booze-free for the 31 days of October and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

By signing up to the challenge you’re doing something amazing for people with cancer. All the money raised by those Going Sober this October will help Macmillan support even more people facing cancer. It's easy to get involved by following four simple steps:
  1. Sign up
  2. Go booze free
  3. Raise funds
  4. Help people living with cancer

There is lots more information including benefits to going sober, top tips to keep you on track and how your money helps support people living with cancer.

Read the latest news from our partner organisations... 

Coastal bites

  • Healthwatch West Sussex are holding a community event at The Bridge Leisure Centre in Horsham on Thursday 10 October.This is an opportunity to find out about local community groups, how they can support you and what is happening in your area. Come along between 10am and 1pm.   
  • The videos for Governing Body meeting from 24 September 2019 are now available on our website.
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are holding a talk focusing on frailty on Thursday 10 October 2019 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the Health Education Centre at Worthing Hospital. The talk, which will be led by Dr David Hunt, is free and everyone is welcome to attend - book your place now by emailing
  • People living in and around Midhurst are invited to a community meeting on Tuesday 8 October about proposals for a new Integrated Community Health Hub. Details of the meeting are available online.
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