Improving Lives contract now live

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The Improving Lives contract awarded to Virgin Care by East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group came into effect on Sunday 1st May 2016, with responsibility for a range of acute, community and voluntary sector services transferred over safely and community staff transferred to Virgin Care.

Dr Charles Pidsley, Chair of the CCG said “We are extremely pleased to have worked with Virgin Care over the past year to reach this important landmark event for people living in East Staffordshire.

“We are confident that over the next seven years the Improving Lives contract will bring about significant improvements in the health care services for a large number of people in East Staffordshire, particularly those with long term conditions and frail, older people.

Dr Vivienne McVey, Director of Virgin Care said “We would like to give a very warm welcome to our new colleagues who are now part of the Virgin Care family and we are excited to be getting on with bringing about improvements for people in East Staffordshire.”

Tony Bruce, Accountable Officer for the CCG added “Improving Lives has been shaped by what patients told us was important to them, with input from GPs and hospital staff too. I would like to thank all of those people for their contributions. Special thanks are also due to the CCG and Virgin Care teams who have worked so hard to get us to this point. Their focus and commitment to improving the lives of so many people has driven this work and will be key to its success.

“I would also like to thank Stuart Poynor and the staff at Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust for their support over the past month, while we finalised the mobilisation plans.“

The priority at the moment is to safely continue the services that have transferred and so patients are unlikely to see any changes in the short term. Patients are advised that that they should continue to attend appointments and use services as usual.

Virgin Care and the CCG will be holding a joint Improving Lives public event on the evening of Monday 23rd May at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton upon Trent. Local people are warmly invited to come along and find out more. Seats can be booked by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01782 298192.

Get the right treatment this bank holiday weekend

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There is a range of NHS services available to make sure you get the right treatment at the right time throughout the upcoming May bank holiday weekend.

People can access a variety of treatment and care by making sure they ‘choose well’ and use services such as their local community pharmacist or NHS 111.

Primary Medical Care East Staffordshire: Improving local GP and Primary Care Services

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Our World is changing fast. It is good to know that most of us will live longer in the future, but this will bring an increase in mobility problems and long term conditions such as diabetes and heart problems.  News headlines highlight problems of childhood obesity and chronic problems like type 2 diabetes brought on by unhelpful lifestyles and lack of exercise. Advances in medicine and medical technology bring new opportunities while people’s expectations of GP surgeries are increasing.

To rise to these challenges East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is reviewing the way GP and wider primary care services are delivered in our area.
The CCG want the views of local people to help shape the future of GP services and have asked the Patient Board to find out people's views on how this can be done, by asking you a few short questions.

The Patient Board would be extremely grateful if you would take a few minutes to answer the following questions: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H539HKX
Please note your personal details are not required. Closing date is 3rd May 2016. Thank you for your help.

Burton nurse wins prestigious practice award

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A Burton nurse has been hailed by health professionals for her unceasing support of her colleagues and for championing education within the profession.

Gill Boast works as Practice Nurse Manager at Wetmore Road Surgery and Practice Nurse Lead at East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group supporting her fellow nurses and arranging education and training events.

Think first before attending A&E plea

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People across East Staffordshire are being asked to consider whether they have an urgent medical problem before turning up at A&E in the run-up to Easter.

With GP surgeries across the county closed or operating reduced hours over the holiday weekend, there is normally a rise in the number of patients using other services.