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Issue 10, 26 January 2015

In this issue:



Castle Lodge Mental Health Consultation

The formal consultation on the future of Castle Lodge continues until 6 February. The Trust and CCG representatives presented to the last GP Forum in 2014 and indeed some GPs have come to the formal consultation presentations at Meeting Point House. The last of the 5 formal public presentation took place on 26 January, but if you were unable to attend then you can still contribute to the debate via the web site at 


Community Services Newsletter Jan 2015

Read the latest edition of the Community Services Newsletter.


Ebola Top Lines Brief

  • Public Health England confirm that as a highly precautionary measure, two volunteers who had potential contact with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone, have been transported into the UK on Friday (16 Jan). These individuals are asymptomatic and are regarded as being at low risk of Ebola. They have been returned to the UK for assessment and monitoring.
  • The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the UK was confirmed on 29 December 2014 in a nurse who returned home to Glasgow via London Heathrow.  She had been working in the Kerry Town facility in Sierra Leone. She was subsequently transferred to the Royal Free Hospital in London and is being treated for Ebola at the high level isolation unit. 
  • The Royal Free confirmed on the 12 January 2015 that the patient, Pauline Cafferkey, is ‘showing signs of improvement and is no longer critically ill. Previously the Royal Free had confirmed that the patient had agreed after careful consideration that she would like to have blood plasma treatment and take an experimental anti-viral drug.  
  • On that precautionary basis the UK has also strengthened screening guidance to ensure that anyone from a higher risk group who feels unwell will be reassessed. Advice will also be sought from an infectious diseases specialist and the passenger will be referred for testing if appropriate. The screening centres at Heathrow were viewed first-hand by the Chief Medical Officer and the Public Health Minister on 1 January 2015 and all arrangements, including the revised protocols, were found to be working well.
  • The UK is leading the international response in Sierra Leone in order to halt the disease in West Africa.  That is the single most important way of preventing Ebola from infecting people in the UK. And that is why we have committed more than £232.5 million to the effort.  The UK has some of the best public health protection systems in the world and the NHS has robust and well tested systems in place to deal with the threat of Ebola. The risk to the UK remains low. 
  • In Sierra Leone, the UK has recruited, trained and deployed over 4,000 local healthcare workers and 2,000 community mobilisers, worked with more than 600 religious leaders and with 40 local radio stations to explain how to reduce the risk of infection and support the reintegration of Ebola survivors into their families and communities.
  • The Kerry Town facility became fully operational on the 25 December 2014. This planned and staged scale-up to full capacity was crucial to ensure staff safety while providing the highest levels of patient care, as ongoing works were also being carried out to ensure high standards of infection prevention and control. 


Anti-Fraud Newsletter Jan 2015

Read the January edition of the Anti-Fraud Newsletter.


AF and Stroke Prevention Event

An opportunity for CCG commissioners, clinical leads and GPs to hear about the progress made around the region in improving the detection and management of AF in primary care. The event takes place on 26 February at the Hilton Hotel, in Bromsgrove.

For more details see event flyer.


Telford Young Health Champions

The first meeting of the Telford Young Health Champions got off to a flying start with several young people attending the session at AFC Telford on Sunday 11 January.  Dr Mike Innes welcomed the young people and thanked them on behalf of the CCG for taking the time to get involved.  The group have decided to meet again on Sunday 15 February to look at designing their own literature to advertise the group and a t-shirt which they can wear when attending any public events.

We would like to encourage more young people to take part, and the CCG would be grateful if you could display the attached poster in your waiting room.  For any further information please contact Sharon Smith, Patient Engagement Lead at the CCG on: 01952 580478 or email


Time to Break the Taboo

Cancer Talk Week – 19 to 25 January 2015.

It’s often hard to talk honestly about cancer. Patients, family members, partners, colleagues and carers - anyone can find it hard to talk about the impact cancer is having on their lives. This can lead to feelings of isolation. 

Macmillan believes no one should face cancer alone. During Cancer Talk Week we’re encouraging anyone affected by cancer to talk to us, ask for the support they need and join us in being there for others.

For more information, go to the Macmillan website or click on the link below:


Dignity Action Day

Dignity Action Day takes place again on 1 February 2015 and to mark this day, the Safeguarding team, along with colleagues from the wider Quality Team and Shropshire Community Health Trust are once again going on a road trip around and Telford and Wrekin nursing, residential and learning disability homes (53 in total).

Our road trip will be taking place on 2 and 3 February. Read more to find out what the team plans to do.

Anyone wishing to become a dignity champion can sign up by using the following link to the National Dignity Council:


Telford and Wrekin Support Groups

Each month, we will try and build a list of those local support groups that you may want to signpost your patients to, for help, advice and support.
Rheumatology Support Group
This thriving local patient support group is held at the Wrekin Community Clinic. To find out more details, please contact the Chair of the group Majorie Mannering o:n 01952 580812
S.T.A.B.L.E. (Supporting Those Affected by Lifelong Epilepsy)
This support group holds monthly meetings at the Jubilee Centre, Madeley, Telford. To find out more details then contact Liz on: 0845 475 7913.
Breatheasy Telford & District
A local support group for those people with or affected by lung disease and long term associated illnesses.  The group meeting monthly at the Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre, for details of their events please go to their website:


Macmillan Pod, 9-13 February

Telford Shopping Centre, 9-13 February
The Macmillan Cancer Support’s Mobile Information Service will be in Telford Shopping Centre from 9 to 13 February, providing a free cancer information service to all members of the general public. 

Isolation can be a huge problem for many people affected by cancer so the team work to bring cancer information and support to local high streets and communities to help ensure no one has to face cancer alone. 

For further information read the Macmillan press release.


Personal Health Budgets

The national message is: Adults who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and Children eligible for continuing care can approach the decision to have a personal health budget. To drive this new initiative further  the CCG has formed a Personal Health Budget (PHB) Implementation Group to support the rollout of PHBs to both adults and children within Telford. The group is currently revisiting Terms of Reference and making recommendations about processes and procedures underpinning the provision of PHBs.
The CCG duties are set out as follows:

  • A duty to consider any request for a personal health budget
  • Duty to provide information, advice and support to eligible persons and their representatives to assist them in deciding whether to request a PHB;
  • Publicise and promote the availability of PHBs to eligible persons and their representatives.

The process for adults has been introduced with 2 individuals currently benefiting from a PHB.  It is the intention to increase the awareness of PHBs through the issuing of information leaflets to all newly eligible CHC adult service users and  existing CHC service users informing them of their right to have a PHB.

The provision of PHBs for children and young people is in its infancy. The CCG and Local Authority are working together to undertake a pilot for 2 children that would be eligible for Continuing Care that could pilot a personal health budget.  There is enthusiasm for this project which will provide an opportunity to jointly commission services across education, health and social care for these children. 
For more information follow the weblinks: - includes information related to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN) Reforms


Be Clear Campaign - advice and support

As part of the Be Clear on Cancer campaign, First Point at Southwater in Telford can offer a range of advice and information about relevant issues such as revenues and benefits, family connect and housing.  First Point also hosts a range of potentially relevant organisations such as Citizens Advice and the British Red Cross. The Healthy Lifestyles Hub can also signpost to relevant services available locally.

For more information:

First Point is open 8.30-5.30pm Monday to Friday, 9-1pm Saturday and closed on Sundays.


What's on

Wellington Cottage Care Centre have an Open Coffee Morning at their Day Centre on Friday 30th January 2015 from 10.30am until 12noon. People are welcome to pop along and join in with the activities.


Latest news from NHS Telford CCG

Read some of the latest news from Telford and Wrekin CCG here: 


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