East Staffordshire Lead Pharmacist wins two top awards

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A lead pharmacist at East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has picked up two prestigious awards at a major NHS event.

Richard Thorpe, who works in the CCG’s Medicines Optimisation Team, won both the Best Interface Award and the overall Silver Award at the PrescQIPP national conference at the Leicester Marriott Hotel in October.

Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health

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The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health was approved in October 2015. The additional funding released has enabled a major programme of investment to improve our local offer and mental health outcomes for children and young people. This refresh identifies progress against our key priorities in the last 12 months and where we hope to be by March 2017.

Our transformation plan is pan-Staffordshire (The whole of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, covering six Clinical Commissioning Groups and two Local Authorities.) There are common priorities, but as different localities are starting from different baselines, there are some differences in investments and progress made. Our aim will be to ensure that services are responsive to local need and that there is equitable provision across the whole area.

The Transformation Plan is based on the existing emotional wellbeing and mental health strategies for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. These are both titled “Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health of children and young people from birth to 18 Commissioning Strategy 2015-18”. Both strategies were finalised prior to the publication of the Future in Mind document and Transformation Plan Guidance. They were the result of significant consultation with young people, parents, clinicians and key stakeholders including schools, and received final approval through respective local governance systems (Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities).

The strategies are underpinned by robust needs assessments utilising population based epidemiological information and data from health, education and social care. There is a needs assessment of young offenders in Stoke and this is being undertaken in Staffordshire.

Protect your unborn baby this winter with a free flu jab

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Health experts are urging pregnant women to get their free vaccination before the flu virus starts circulating this winter.

East Staffordshire CCG is warning that flu can cause many complications during pregnancy, particularly in the later stages, such as premature births or low birth weights. In some cases, it can lead to stillbirth or even death in the first week of life.

However, getting your free flu vaccination can help prevent difficulties and keep mother and baby safe.

East Staffordshire CCG calls on parents to act on flu vaccine letter

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Parents with young children are being urged to get them vaccinated against the misery of flu as winter approaches.

Children who will be aged two, three and four on or before 31 August 2016 will be eligible for a free flu vaccination and East Staffordshire CCG is urging parents and guardians to look out for a letter offering their child the opportunity.

Heather Johnstone, Chief Nurse at the CCG said: “We know coughs and colds are already starting to spread which means flu season is right behind. Children aged two, three and four are more vulnerable and can be hit hard by flu. In addition, they spread infections easily.

Stoptober has launched!

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Launched in 2012, Stoptober is the 28-day stop smoking challenge that encourages and supports smokers across England towards quitting for good. Stoptober is based on the insight that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to be able to stay quit for good.

Nearly a million people have taken part since Stoptober began five years ago. Smokers across the country are being urged to take part in the challenge and to visit the Stoptober page on the One You website to find the support that's right for you.

From the app, email and social media, to more information about the expert face to face support through local stop smoking services, as well as the different types of stop smoking aids available – Stoptober is here to help.

What's more, former England cricketer and Question of Sport captain Phil Tufnell; singer, songwriter and actress Natasha Hamilton; dancer, choreographer and theatre director Craig Revel Horwood and former footballer and TV pundit Chris Kamara are supporting this year’s Stoptober campaign.