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Round-up: March 2020

Lifting of legal directions 

Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group and Horsham & Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group have both had legal directions lifted for financial performance by NHS England and Improvement. Legal directions means a CCG is given additional support by NHS England and has less control over the decisions and the work it carries out.

The two CCGs have made significant improvements since being placed in legal directions in November 2017 due to issues with governance, finances, capability, and leadership.

The legal directions related to governance, capability and capacity of the organisation were lifted in November 2018 however they remained in place for financial performance while the organisations worked to develop a financial recovery plan.

The lifting of the directions now means there are no CCGs across the Sussex Health and Care Partnership in legal directions for the first time in over three years.

Clinical Chair Dr Laura Hill said:
“This is extremely positive for our CCGs and is a reflection of all the tireless work that has taken place across our organisations and system partners to improve how we work for our populations. It has been quite the journey over the last couple of years and the progress we have collectively made as Crawley CCG and Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG puts is in a very strong position as we bring our CCGs to a close and look forward to new beginnings for West Sussex CCG.”

Chief Executive Adam Doyle said:
“I’m really pleased for everyone involved because I know how hard they have worked to make this happen. The significant progress we have made across both our local and wider system has been down to greater collaboration between partners, strong leadership and, most importantly, a real collective focus on making improvements for the people we serve. We recognise there are areas that need further improvement but we are now in a much better position to focus on them and continue to build on the positive work we have achieved.”

Go Smokefree 

Friday 13 March is No Smoking Day so why not take steps to improve your health and save money. Every cigarette you smoke causes the poisons from tar to enter your bloodstream. These can cause heart disease, lung disease and cancer. There are many reasons why people choose to stop smoking and these are usually personal to the individual. It might be to
  • help reduce blood pressure;
  • improve sense of taste and smell;
  • protect the health of those around you;
  • increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy.
In West Sussex you can get support to help you stop smoking from most GP practices and pharmacies. In addition your local Wellbeing service can provide up to 12 weeks of 121 support and free nicotine replacement therapy.

You are four times more likely to quit smoking with the right support - find your local Stop Smoking Service and stub out the habit for good.

Plan ahead for Easter

Local GP practices will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend - on Friday 10 April and Monday 13 April - so remember to order your repeat prescriptions well in advance. 

If you need regular, routine medicines take action now by checking what you need and requesting a prescription from your GP Practice. By doing this it will help the local out of hours services that are available over the bank holiday weekend to deal with urgent medical help.

Follow these three simple steps to make sure you have the right medicines over Easter:
  1. Check your medicines cabinet – do you have enough prescription and over the counter medicine to cover you for the Easter holiday;
  2. Order any repeat prescriptions from your GP surgery if you are running low or expect to run out completely;
  3. Talk to your pharmacist – they can advise on medications and repeat prescriptions if you are unsure or require any more information.

Public meeting dates

The next meetings of the West Sussex CCGs Governing Body are:

Coastal West Sussex CCG - 24 March 2020 | Billingshurst Community Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9QW. The meeting will open at 9.15am with questions from the public with the formal business starting at 9.30am.

Crawley and Horsham Mid Sussex CCGs - 26 March 2020 | Billingshurst Community Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9QW. The meeting will start at 1.30pm and is due to finish at 4.30pm.

Help shape a new strategy for carers 

Carers Support West Sussex (CSWS) would like your help to develop their new strategy for the next 5 years. The charity supports over 25,000 unpaid carers across the county and they would like to hear from you what good support looks like, what works well and what could be improved.

As part of their carer engagement phase, they are asking carers to take part in feedback sessions, as follows: You will need to register to attend a session by clicking on the links below:

Register to attend the session in Shoreham
Register to attend the session in Haywards Heath

Sonia Mangan, Chief Executive at CSWS, will lead the sessions and will be joined by veteran disability rights activist and carer, Dame Philippa Russell DBE.  Reasonable carer travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you are unable to get to one of the sessions in person you will have the opportunity to complete a survey which will be shared in a future newsletter. 

Carers who take part either in person or by completing the online survey, will be entered into a Prize Draw to win a £25 gift voucher. 

More information about the event and the work that Carers Support do is available on their website.

Readers Group 

We want to make sure that our communications are clear, easy to understand and offer helpful information and advice. To help with this, we have a small group of ‘readers’ who regularly review letters and leaflets and offer suggestions on how these can be more patient friendly.

We ask our readers group to comment on a range of materials such as GP letters, leaflets and web pages and the types of questions we ask are:
  • Is the information easy to read and understand;
  • How useful is the information;
  • Would the format benefit from photographs or additional text.
If you would like more information about becoming one of our readers please get in touch.

Cellulitis: share your experience  

The research team at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust are looking for people who have, or have had cellulitis.

The research project will look at how likely a patient is to make a good recovery from cellulitis and use this information to develop guidelines for treating this condition. You would need to be happy to meet or talk to the team about your experiences living with the condition or caring for someone with cellulitis. There will be an initial meeting attended by two medical doctors, a research facilitator and patients or carers. It is hoped this meeting will take place by early April.

The meetings will be held near to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and a short introduction briefing will be given. Travel expenses will be reimbursed, food and drink will be provided and a recognition fee of £40 will be offered.

Please contact the organisers if you are interested or would like more information.

Coffee and chat  

Come along to the Community Cafe at St Pauls Arts Centre in Worthing for a free cuppa and a chat with people from a variety of different organisations. You will be able to pick up information and advice about keeping you safe, well and independant.
Members of the Prevention Assessment Team will be on hand to offer blood pressure checks, pulse readings and health advice.The sessions are held every Thursday from 10am - 12.30pm.

You can find St Pauls Arts Centre at 55b Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1EE

An evening with the experts  

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are holding a number of free to attend talks with clinical specialists in 2020. The talks are are open for anyone to attend, although it is advisable to book

How to manage common eye conditions with consultant ophthalmologist  Mr Masoud Teimory will be held on Wednesday 11 March in the Eye Care Unit at Southlands Hospital, Shoreham by Sea BN43 6TQ. Refreshments will be available from 6pm with the talk starting at 6.30pm. If you would like to attend please reserve your seats or call 01903 205111 ext.84038 

Dates and topics for talks throughout the year are being finalised and details of these will be shared in future newsletters.

Read the latest news from our partner organisations... 

West Sussex bites

  • PLEASE NOTE: The new address for the Worthing office of West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group is Wicker House, High Street, Worthing, BN11 1DJ. The telephone number (01903 708400) remains the same.
  • The National Tremor Foundation (NTF) is inviting people to the next Worthing essential tremor meet-up on Saturday 7 March. For details or to register please contact Jackie Farrell
  • Everyone is welcome to attend the next Worthing Dementia Alliance Open Meeting which will take place on Tuesday 17 March from 3.45pm. Please let the team know if you are able to attend.
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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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