WELCOME                                                           CON TE NTS
                                                                                                                                   4 ShARE YOUR VIEWS
                                                                                                                                      On how CCG’s across mid and

Wash your hands
                                                                                                                                      south Essex should work together
                                                                                          Spring is here, which means it’s time
                                                                                          for a new issue of Engage. At the        6 LGBT Pride in Practice
                                                                                          forefront of everyone’s minds just
                                                                                                                                      Gold awards

more often
                                                                                          now is the novel coronavirus known          Read more about our three
                                                                                          as COVID-19, which I’m sure you             practices that have won this award
                                                                                          will already have seen and heard a
                                                                                          lot about.                               9 NHS APP

for 20 seconds                                                                             Official guidance about COVID-19
                                                                                           is constantly changing, so rather
                                                                                           than offering advice in Engage that
                                                                                                                                      A simple and secure way to access
                                                                                                                                      a range of NHS services

                                                                                                                                   11 Start4Life launches
                                                                                           may change before our next edition,        campaign
Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you:                 we are advising people with internet access to find the latest       NHS advice on starting your
• Get home or into work                                          information on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/             baby on solids
                                                                 coronavirus-covid-19/ or alternatively, call NHS 111.
• Blow your nose, sneeze or cough                                                                                                  12 Tackling children's
                                                                 Looking ahead, we are currently seeking the views of people          mental health issues
• Eat or handle food                                             who live in mid Essex and the rest of our wider health and care
                                                                                                                                      in mid Essex
                                                                 partnership footprint on how the five CCGs there, including
                                                                 ours, work more closely together in future. You can also find
                                                                 out about that over the page.                                     14 TAKE CONTROL OF
                                                                 Dr Anna Davey                                                        Find out why you should only order
                                                                                                                                      what you need
                                                                 Chair, Mid Essex CCG
                                                                 Follow me on Twitter @Chair_MECCG

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                                                   CORONAVIRUS    about our work. Connect with us through Facebook,Twitter         on social media:
                                                                  and our website for regular updates. You can also share any            @MidEssex CCG
                                                   PROTECT        feedback on Engage by emailing: MECCG.communications@                  /CCGMidEssex
                                                   YOURSELF       nhs.net with ‘CCG Engage feedback’ in the subject heading.             Mid Essex CCG
For more information and the Government’s
                                                   & OTHERS
Action Plan go to nhs.uk/coronavirus                                                                                                         APRIL 2020 ENGAGE
 Who’s your
       your views
on how clinical commissioning
 Winter    Hero?
groups in mid and south Essex
are proposing to work together

Last month saw the                  The proposed changes are set               area and how we can maintain a
                                    out in the “Working Together for           strong clinical and patient focus as
launch of a discussion              Mid and South Essex – Share                the CCGs come together.                                                                                  Steeple
document for public                 your views on how NHS Clinical
                                                                               If you require an Easy Read or
                                    Commissioning Groups are                                                                                                                                                                                         Mid Essex CCG
feedback on the

                                    proposing to work together”                printed version of the document                                                                                       Hedingham

                                                                               then please call our PALS team on
proposals for NHS                   discussion document, which looks
                                                                               01245 514130                                   Basildon and
                                                                                                                                                                                      Finchingfield                                                  HQ: Wren House,
                                    at how local NHS organisations                                                                                                                     Great
clinical commissioning                                                                                                                                                                Bardfield                          Halstead

                                    can meet the requirements set out                                                         Brentwood CCG                                                                                                          Patient population: 390,000
groups (CCGs) in mid                in the 2019 NHS Long Term Plan,                                                           HQ: Phoenix Court,                                                                                                     GP practices: 43
                                    to make health and care services
and south Essex to                  more joined-up and able to meet
                                                                                                                              Basildon                                                                 Braintree

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great Notley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Primary Care Networks: 9

come together.                      the demands of the future.                   Discussion Document
                                                                                                                              GP practices: 35
                                    The Long Term Plan also talks                                                             Primary Care Networks: 6
                                    about developing Integrated Care                                                                                                                                                  Witham

There are 1.2 million people
                                    Systems (ICS), with a single
living in mid and south Essex,                                                                                                                                                   Broomfield
                                    strategic commissioner leading                                                                                                                                       Boreham                                 Tollesbury

who are served by a £1.64 billion   on the health and care planning                                                                                                                Chelmsford

NHS budget. Currently, five                                                        Working together for Mid                                                                                                             Maldon

                                    and decision making for the wider                 and South Essex
                                                                                                                                                                                           Great Baddow
CCGs are managing this budget.      population.
Proposals to merge the five into                                                     Share your views on how NHS Clinical
                                                                                    Commissioning Groups are proposing to
one organisation will enable the    The CCGs across mid and south                         work together in the future                                                                                                 Woodham

organisations to work in a more     Essex are seeking the views                                                                                                                                                        Rerrers

streamlined way. Decisions          of local residents, healthcare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Castle Point and
                                                                                                                                                         Brentwood                                Wickford            Rayleigh
about developing health and care    professionals and partner
services can be made quicker and    organisations on how we maintain                                                                                                                      Basildon                                                Great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     HQ: Pearl House,
more efficiently.                   a strong local focus on how best                                                                                                                                                                             Wakering

                                    deliver health and care services                                                                                                                                                    Southend-on-Sea
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Canvey                                                  Patient population:
                                    to meet the needs                                                                                                     Ockendon
                                                                                                                                                                                       Corringham            Island

                                    of local people.We                                                                                                                       East
                                    also want to discuss                                                                                                  Grays

                                    benefits and risks of                                                                                                         Tilbury                                                                                            Primary Care
                                    planning and buying
                                                                Deadline for         Final decision             merger (if                                                                                                                                           Networks: 4
                                                                feedback:05           later in 2020            approved) in
                                    services over a wider        April 2020

                                                                                                                                      Thurrock CCG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Southend CCG
 Find out more about the proposed changes in the discussion                                                                                                                                                             HQ: Civic Centre, Southend
 document which can be downloaded from each of the CCG’s                                                                              Patient population: 178,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Patient population: 181,000
 websites. You can give your views and feedback online by visiting
 www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/midandsouthessexCCGs.                                                                                       Primary Care Networks: 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Primary Care Networks: 5

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LGBT – Pride in                                                                                                 Easter pharmacy
Practice Gold awards                                                                                            and GP-led appointments
                                                                                                                                                           Mid Essex Pharmacy Opening Times Easter 2020
In our Autumn 2019 edition of Engage, we                                 LGBT Support                           If you need health and
                                                                                                                care services, medication             		                                            Good Friday     Easter Sunday    Bank Holiday
shared with you how we are piloting a programme
called Pride in Practice – a programme that
                                                                         Group –                                or advice during the
                                                                                                                                                      		                                             Apr 10th         Apr 12th         Apr 13th

supports healthcare professionals in meeting                             Community 360                          Easter weekend, a
                                                                                                                                                      Boots, 7 George Yard Shopping Ctr,            10:00 - 16:00       Closed          Closed
                                                                                                                number of pharmacies                  Braintree, Essex, CM7 1RB
the needs of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and                                                                                                         Tesco, Instore Pharmacy, 1 The Square,        08:00 - 20:00       Closed       09:00 - 18:00
                                                                                                                are open over the public              Great Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7WW
trans (LGBT) patients.                                                                                          holidays on Friday 10 April           BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH
                                                                         The first working group                and Monday 13 April.                  Savages Pharmacy, 22 Station Road,               Closed        11:00 - 14:00      Closed
We have teamed up with the                                                                                                                            Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, CM0 8BQ
LGBT Foundation to run the pilot                                         meeting for a local LGBT               You can see the provisional list
                                                                                                                and opening times below, but          CHELMSFORD
scheme and since its launch,                                             Support Group will be                  please note some details may          Boots, 1 The Vineyards, Great Baddow,
take-up by local GP surgeries has
been fantastic. We are pleased                                           taking place this April.               be subject to change. The final       Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 7QS                    10:00 - 16:00       Closed          Closed
                                                                                                                                                      Boots, 10-12 Torquay Rd, Chelmsford,
to share that three surgeries                                            Commuity360 (a charitable              list will be available on the CCG     Essex, CM1 6NF                                10:00 - 16:00       Closed          Closed
have received a Pride in Practice                                        organisation supporting voluntary      website closer to the Easter          Boots, 133 Sunrise Ave, Chelmsford,
Gold Award: Fern House Surgery                                           and community groups in the            break.                                Essex, CM1 4JW                                10:00 - 16:00       Closed          Closed

                                                                         Braintree District and Colchester                                            Boots, 29 The Meadows, Chelmsford,
in Witham, Writtle Surgery and                                                                                  Don’t forget, as well as filling      Essex, CM2 6FD                                09:00 - 17:30       Closed       10:30 - 16:30
North Chelmsford Health Centre.                                          areas) and Outhouse East (an
                                                                                                                prescriptions, pharmacists are        Boots, 3 Hadfelda Square, Hatfield
                                                                         organisation that offer support and                                          Peverel, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 2HD              Closed           Closed       10:00 - 16:00
                                                                                                                healthcare professionals who can
Pride in Practice, produced by the                                       information to the lesbian, gay,                                             Boots, 43 High Chelmer, Chelmsford,
                                                                         bisexual and transgender people        advise on treatment for minor         Essex, CM1 1DD                                08:30 - 18:00       Closed       08:30 - 18:00
LGBT Foundation and funded by                                                                                   conditions and identify when you
the Government Equalities Office,                                        of Essex) have been working                                                  Boots, 51A Moulsham St, Chelmsford,
                                                                         together to set up a support group     need more urgent care.                Essex, CM2 0HY                                10:00 - 16:00       Closed          Closed
trains healthcare professionals                                                                                                                       Boots, 6 Eves Corner, Danbury,
                                                                         for LGBT people.                       You can also request an
to meet the needs of their LGBT                                                                                                                       Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4QF                    10:00 - 16:00       Closed          Closed

patients, from making a practice                                         The first meeting for the group is     appointment with a GP, Advanced       Boots, Chelmer Village Retail Pk, Chelmer
                                                                                                                                                      Village Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6XE       09:00 - 20:00       Closed       10:30 - 16:30
more welcoming to ensuring that                                          taking place on Thursday 2 April,      Nurse Practitioner or practice
                                                                                                                                                      Boots, Writtle Rd, Chelmsford,
patients are addressed in an                                             at the Swiss Bell, Mountbatten         nurse at the Extended Access          Essex, CM1 3RW                                10:00 - 16:00       Closed          Closed
appropriate way.                                                         Road, Braintree, CM7 9UL,              Service on weekends and bank          Colecross Ltd, 1 Hylands Parade, Wood St,
                                     Following their success, the        starting at 11am. There is plenty of   holidays. You can book Extended       Chelmsford, CM2 8BW                              Closed       13:00 - 16:00       Closed

In 2018 the Government               Minister for Equalities, Baroness   parking available at the venue and     Access appointments a week in         Lloyds Pharmacy Inside Sainsbury’s,
                                                                                                                                                      2 White Hart Lane, Springfield, Chelmsford,
Equalities Office launched a £1m                                         coffee and cake will be available.     advance through your own GP
                                     Williams, congratulated our three                                                                                CM2 5PA                                       09:00 - 17:00       Closed       09:00 - 17:00
health grant scheme to fund          surgeries for completing the        The Swiss Bell Inn is a welcoming      surgery’s reception team, or when     Maylandsea Pharmacy, Imperial Avenue,
                                                                                                                your surgery isn’t open, by calling   Maylandsea, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 6AH           Closed       10:00 - 13:00       Closed
projects that ensure LGBT people     programme, demonstrating a real     and supportive environment and
                                                                                                                                                      Morrisons Pharmacy, Morrisons
get the right healthcare support,    commitment to providing excellent   has been offered as a safe place       NHS 111.                              Supermarket, Dickens Place, Copperfield Rd,
and appointed a National Adviser     and appropriate care to their       for the local community for more       Again, more details will be
                                                                                                                                                      North Melbourne, Chelmsford, CM1 4UX          09:00 - 18:00       Closed       10:00 - 16:00
for LGBT health.                     LGBT patients.                      than 20 years. It hosts the local      available on our website closer
                                                                                                                                                      Tesco Pharmacy, In-Store Pharmacy,
                                                                                                                                                      Princes Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9XW      06:30 - 22:30       Closed       09:00 - 18:00
                                                                         photography club, sponsors a
                                                                                                                to the time. You can also check       Tesco Stores Limited, Tesco Store, 47-53
                                                                         local junior football team, oversee                                          Springfield Rd, Chelmsford, CM2 6QT           08:00 - 20:00       Closed       09:00 - 18:00
                                                                                                                service availability and find out
                                                                         the “community calendar” and
                                                                         has supported charities covering       more about Extended Access at
                                                                                                                www.midessexextendedaccess.           EARLS COLNE
                                                                         mental health, cancer and children                                           Boots, 50 High Street, Earls Colne,
                                                                         with life-limiting illnesses, among    nhs.uk.                               Colchester, Essex, CO6 2PB                    10:00 - 16:00       Closed          Closed
                                                                         many others.
                                                                         So if you, a friend or family                                                Boots, 69-71 High Street, Halstead,
                                                                         member identifies as LGBT,                                                   Essex, CO9 2JD                                08:30 - 18:00       Closed       10:00 - 16:00
                                                                         why not let them know about
                                                                         the meeting? Everyone will be
6     APRIL 2020 ENGAGE                                                  welcome.                                                                                                                               APRIL 2020 ENGAGE
“ I use the NHS App to book my
  GP surgery appointments and
                                                                                                                                                                          NHS App
  order repeat prescriptions to help
  manage my kidney condition.”
                                                                                                                                                                          There is a now a simple and secure way
                                                                                                                                                                          to access a range of NHS services on your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Year of the
                                                                                                                                                                          smartphone or tablet: the NHS App.                                         Nurse and
                                                                                                                                                                            You can use the NHS App to:
                                                                                                                                                                            •    check your symptoms
                                                                                                                                                                            •    find out what to do when you need help urgently
                                                                                                                                                                            •    book and manage appointments at your GP surgery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2020 is Florence Nightingale’s
                                                                                                                                                                            •    order repeat prescriptions                                          bicentennial year, designated
                                                                                                                                                                            •    view your GP medical record securely                                by World Health Organisation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     as the first ever global Year
                                                                                                                                                                            •    register to be an organ donor                                       of the Nurse and Midwife.
                                                                                                                                                                            •    choose how the NHS uses your data                                   Nurses and midwives make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     up the largest numbers of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the NHS workforce. They are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     highly skilled, multi-faceted
                                                                                                                                                                          Patients at all GP surgeries                                               professionals from a host of
                                                                                                                                                                          across mid Essex can now use                                               backgrounds that represent
                                                                                                                                                                          features of the NHS App (though                                            our diverse communities. 2020
                                                                                                                                                                          the full range depends on which                                            is our time to reflect on these
                                                                                                                                                                          surgery you are registered with).                                          skills, the commitment and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     expert clinical care they bring,
                                                                                                                                                                          Once you are registered to use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and the impact they make on
                                                                                                                                                                          the app and your identity checked,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the lives of so many.
                                                                                                                                                                          the app will securely connect to
                                                                                                                                                                          information from your GP surgery.                                          The Year of the Nurse and
                                                                                                                                                                          To keep your access secure,                                                Midwife is our chance to

                                                Lauren, midwife
                                                                                                                                                                          a security code will go to your                                            showcase and celebrate the
                                                                                                                                                                          phone each time you use the app.                                           professions. Nursing and
                                                                                                                                                                          Natalie Brooks, CCG Clinical                                               midwifery touch all of our lives
                                                                                                                                                                          Nurse Specialist and NHS App           It’s free and owned by the NHS      at some point: we all have
                                                                                                                                                                          ambassador says                        so you know your personal data is   a connection, and we want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 always secure.                      everybody to be involved.
                                                                                                                                                                          “The great thing about the NHS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 You can find it in in Google and    Across mid and south Essex,
                                                                                                                                                                          app is that, 24/7 wherever you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Apple app stores.”                  we are planning a series of
                                                                                                                                                                          are, you can conveniently order
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     activities to celebrate the
                                                                                                                                                                          repeat prescriptions, view your GP     If you have any issues using or     professions and to engage
                                                                                                                                                                          medical record, and quickly check      downloading the app, check the      people right across England.
                                                                                                                                                                          symptoms.                              NHS App help and support page.      Please keep an eye on our
Your NHS, your way                                                                                                                                                        You can also book, cancel and
                                                                                                                                                                          track appointments at your GP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     website and social media for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     me information about how you
Download the NHS App                                                                                                                                                      surgery and you can also gain
                                                                                                                                                                          access to NHS 111 online – which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     can get involved.

                                                                                                                                                                          means you can quickly check
                                                                                                                                                                          which type of you need.

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google LLC.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       APRIL 2020 ENGAGE
Link Programme                                                                                                Start4Life
                                                                                                              launches campaign
Children and young                                                                                            to support parents to introduce
people’s mental
health is vital to their
                                                                                                              solid foods to their baby
wellbeing. Statistics
from the Children’s
Society show that                                                                                             Public Health England (PHE) has
75% of all mental                                                                                             launched a Start4Life ‘Introducing
health problems are                                                                                           Solid Foods’ campaign, offering
established by the                                                                                            parents support and advice on
time someone                                                                                                  introducing solid foods to their baby,
reaches the age of 18.                                                                                        during what can be a confusing time.
It has also become                                                                                            The ‘weaning hub’ on the Start4Life website is
evident that 75%                                                                                              here to support parents during their weaning journey.
of young people                                                                                               Packed with NHS-endorsed advice and tips, plus
                                                                                                              simple, healthy recipes, it puts everything parents
experiencing mental                                                                                           need to know in one place.
health problems do not
                                                                                                              Official advice is that most babies should not start
                                                                                                              solid foods until they are around six months old.
A programme has recently
                                                                                                              By this point their bodies are better able to cope
launched across mid and south
                                                                                                              with solid foods and they are more able to feed
Essex to get children and young
                                                                                                              themselves. They are also better at moving food
people the mental health support
                                                                                                              around their mouth, chewing and swallowing.
they need, when they need it.
                                                                                                              The last UK Infant Feeding Survey showed that
The Link Programme, part of                                                                                   three-quarters of parents had introduced solid
a national initiative funded by                                                                               foods by the time their baby is five months old.
the Department for Education,
                                                                                                              A new survey of 1,000 mothers of young children
supported by NHS England and
                                                                                                              conducted for PHE found one in three mums (34%)
led by the Anna Freud Centre,       One in nine young people aged 5       college staff will allow them to    felt pressure to wean their baby before six months
is designed to support staff in     to 15 had a diagnosable mental        influence future service planning   and a majority of mums (71%) felt weaning pressure
schools and colleges. These are     health condition in 2017 and          too.                                from friends or family. The new research highlights
the people who are often best-      teenagers with a mental health                                            the pressures mums with young children feel and
placed to recognise when a child    disorder are more than twice as       We’ll keep you updated with how     the impact this has on their parenting decisions with
is struggling, to spot when young   likely to have a mental health        the programme develops and the      83% feeling they have to get it right all of the time as
people need help and to signpost    disorder in adulthood.                impact it has for young people      a mum.
them to specialist services.                                              across Essex.
                                    The aim of the Link Programme is
                                    to improve mental health support
                                    for children and young people,                                                                                                       For expert advice and support on making
                                    including identifying mental health                                                                                                  healthy weaning easy, go to:
                                    issues before they become more                                                                                                       www.nhs.uk/start4life/weaning
                                    critical. Workshops for school and

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Learning disability                                                                                                                                Involving our
health checks                                                                                                                                      communities
                                                                                                                                                                                         parents of young children living
Did you know that                                                                                                                                                With Nathalie           in mid Essex to find out how we
                                                                                                                                                                                         can help parents to access health
people with a learning                                                                                                                                           Wright Lay Board
                                                                                                                                                                                         advice for their child/children
                                                                                                                                                                 Member Patient
disability often have                                                                                                                                            and Public
                                                                                                                                                                                         as easily as possible. This
                                                                                                                                                                                         survey provided the CCG with
both poorer physical                                                                                                                                             Engagement              information about how they can
                                                                                                                                                                                         better target parents with child
and mental health                                                                                                                                                                        health information and services.
                                                                                                             The GP or practice nurse will         It’s been a busy few months at        The survey has also given good
than the general                                                                                             often carry out additional tests if   the CCG, not just because of          feedback about the child health
                                                                                                             there are any other health risks      winter and recent work around the
population?                                                                                                  for specific learning disabilities.   COVID-19 virus, but in looking at
                                                                                                                                                                                         app and about how the CCG
                                                                                                                                                                                         can make this even easier for
                                                                                                             People with Down’s syndrome,          how we take local health and care     parents to use. You can read the
Here in mid Essex one of the                                                                                 for example, may need a test          services into the future. We talked   feedback received here https://bit.
ways we’re trying to change that                                                                             to see if their thyroid gland is      about how we’re involving you in      ly/2Q3PpoL . You can also view
is promoting free annual health                                                                              working properly.                     plans for the five mid and south      the CCG engagement report here
                                                                                                                                                   Essex CCGs to come together,          https://bit.ly/39I7gcy
checks at GP practices for adults
                                                                                                             The person having a health            but we have also been involving
and young people aged 14 and up
                                                                                                             check will be asked permission to     our communities in a variety          We wanted to give them a chance
who have a learning disability.                                                                                                                    of other ways.
                                                                                                             share information their with other                                          to hear from a GP and community
                                          There’s nothing for people having a health check to be             services, which can help make                                               pharmacist about health and
An annual health check helps                                                                                                                       To encourage more people with
                                                                                                             sure they get the right support,                                            medicines, and most importantly,
people stay well by giving them           worried about, so here is what they can expect.                                                          learning disabilities to have
                                                                                                             for example if they need to go                                              ask questions face to face.
the space to discuss their health         A GP or practice nurse will:                                                                             their annual health checks, we
and allow their GP surgery to                                                                                into hospital.                        have worked with charities and        But for those who were unable
identify potential health problems        •   do a physical check-up, including weight, heart rate,                                                organisations that support the        to go along, we also have a
early, which can get them the right           blood pressure and taking blood and urine samples              The GP or practice nurse will         people eligible for the checks        smartphone and tablet app
care and often prevents the issue                                                                            also offer health information,        – including City of Chelmsford        available with much of the
becoming more serious health.             •   talk about staying well and help to identify what support      such as advice on healthy             Mencap, Sport for Confidence          advice. It’s called the Mid Essex
                                              might be needed for that                                       eating, exercise, contraception or    and InterAct.                         Child Health App and you can
People with learning disabilities         •   ask about possible problems more common for people             stopping smoking.                                                           download it, free, from the Apple
do not have to be ill to have a                                                                                                                    These local groups have invited       App Store and Google Play. We
                                              with learning disabilities, such as epilepsy, constipation                                           us along to events they run so
health check – in fact, most have                                                                            GPs and nurses are always                                                   continue to promote the app
                                              and problems with swallowing                                   happy to talk to anyone worried       we can ask people with learning
their check when they’re feeling                                                                                                                                                         through our partnership with
absolutely fine! Everyone aged            •   talk about any medicines being used                            about seeing them, or who has         disabilities work with us on the      schools and other organisations,
14-plus who is registered at their                                                                           a suggestion about making their       design of leaflets, letters and       and will be running more
GP practice as having learning            •   check how any long-term health conditions such as asthma       health check better. NHS staff        other materials that they feel        workshops for parents of young
disability should be invited to an            or diabetes are going                                          want everyone to have a good          would remind and reassure them        children in the coming months.
annual health check every year.                                                                                                                    about health checks. It was a         Keep an eye on our social media
                                          •   talk about other health appointments such as physiotherapy     experience of the service.
                                                                                                                                                   hugely helpful process and we’d       pages for more details!
                                              or speech and language therapy                                                                       like to thank everyone who gave
If you or a person with learning
                                                                                                                                                   us their time to speak with us.       There’s lots more I could talk
disabilities who you support              •   ask if family members and others supporting someone with                                                                                   about, but I’m running short of
hasn’t received an invitation in the          learning disabilities are getting what they need                                                     We have also been talking             space, so if you want to find out
past year, you can ask your GP                                                                                                                     with new parents about how to
                                          •   help to make sure that things go well when under-18s move                                                                                  more about how we’ve been
practice to book you one.                                                                                                                          recognise health issues in their      involving our residents in our
                                              into adult services                                                                                  young children, so they know          work, you can read a much fuller
Usually this will be fine, but if your                                                                                                             when a health problem can be          account of what you told us –
practice says no, ask the local                                                                                                                    safely looked after at home and       and what we did about it – in our
community learning disability team                                                                                                                 when more help might be needed.       2019/20 Engagement Report,
for advice. They should be able to       To find out more, you can watch a film about annual health checks                                                                               available from our website. We’re
help you access an annual health                                                                                                                   We’ve arranged workshops in
                                         for people with a learning disability at youtu.be/_C8R_bJdLSQ.                                                                                  very proud of how we’ve worked
check at an alternative location.                                                                                                                  our communities that have had
                                                                                                                                                   some brilliant involvement from       with you to improve local health
                                                                                                                                                   parents. Earlier this year the        services!
                                                                                                                                                   CCG launched a survey aimed at
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Take control of your
medicines and only
order what you need

                                          Did you know that over-ordering
Medicine wastage
is a growing problem                      medicines contributes to the
in the NHS. To help
us address this issue
                                          £2 million wasted
were asking residents
of mid Essex to follow
                                          on medicines
two golden rules of                       each year in mid Essex?

Only order
what you need
                                       Order in a timely
                                                                          Order your
                                                                          medicines yourself
                                                                                                                                 of   your
                                                                                                                                  Electronic    medicines
                                                                                                                                             Repeat Would you like
                                                                                                                                  Dispensing (eRD) advice about your
                                                                                                                     only order what you                 need
If you don’t need the medicine
please don’t order it! If you need
the medicine in the future you
                                       It usually takes around 3-4        You are best placed to order your                                         medicines  or how
                                                                                                                                                               If you regularly get a prescription
can still request it and it will not
                                       working days to process and
                                       dispense your prescription so
                                                                          repeat medicines directly from
                                                                          the surgery and this is best done             Most prescriptions are now  to order them?
                                                                                                                                                               for the same medicine(s), this
                                                                                                                                                               service is of benefit to you.
disappear from your repeat list.       order your medicines when you      electronically.                               signed, sent and processed
                                                                                                                        electronically. You have two           Your doctor will give your            If you would like to find out more
                                       have one week of medicines
                                                                                                                                                                                                     about any of the mentioned
Check your bag                         left but no earlier. Check your
                                       medicines cupboards at home
                                                                          •   You can now order using
                                                                              the new NHS app, which            Did you   know that over-ordering medicines contributes
                                                                                                                        choices for how this works:            chosen pharmacy or dispenser
                                                                                                                                                               permission to dispense a series of    prescription services please
                                                                                                                                                                                                     speak to your community
of medication                          immediately before you order to        will allow you to see your              • You can choose a pharmacy              prescriptions for you. The number

before you leave
                                       avoid additional medicines being
                                       supplied which you do not need.
                                                                              prescribed medications and
                                                                              order a repeat prescription.
                                                                                                                to the £2m       wasted
                                                                                                                        or dispenser to dispense all
                                                                                                                        your prescriptions. When youon medicines each year in mid Essex?
                                                                                                                                                               of repeat prescriptions you can
                                                                                                                                                               get will be determined by how
                                                                                                                                                                                                     pharmacist or the prescription
                                                                                                                                                                                                     team at your GP surgery.
                                                                                                                            get a prescription, it will        frequently your doctor requests
the pharmacy                                                              •   The app is quick and easy to                  be sent electronically to the      that you have a medication review
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Anyone who is on long term
                                                                                                                                                                                                     regular medication will be offered
                                                                              use and is available free from                dispenser you have chosen.         (usually every 12 months).
Even if you never open them,
once medicines have left the                                                  the Apple App Store and           Simple things you can do to help you take charge of your medicines
                                                                                                                            You can collect your medicines
                                                                                                                                                                                                     an annual medication review with
                                                                                                                                                                                                     a clinical pharmacist, advanced
pharmacy, they cannot be                                                      Google Play Store – just                      or appliances without having       This means you won’t have to re-      nurse practitioner or GP.
recycled or used by anyone                                                    search “NHS APP”.                             to hand in a paper prescription.   order from your GP practice every
else.                                                                                                           • Check what you have at home before ordering more
                                                                                                                            or                                     medicines
                                                                                                                                                               time you need more medicine.
                                                                                                                                                                Remember Pharmacists are
                                                                          Alternatively, you can ask your               •   You can decide each time           You can go to your pharmacy to        experts in medicines and can help
If you have regular repeat                                                pharmacy or dispenser for a           • Order medicines one week before you run out
                                                                                                                            you are issued a prescription
                                                                                                                            where you would like it to be
                                                                                                                                                               collect your medicine when you        people stay as well as possible.
medicines on prescription                                                 paper repeat medicines ordering                                                      are due for a new supply. Each
                                                                          slip. On this slip you can tick the               dispensed. When you are            time you collect, ‘Open the Bag’      Advanced Nurse Practitioners
there are a few more simple
things you can do to reduce                                               medicines you need and put a          • Order through the NHS App
                                                                                                                            issued a prescription, you         and check you only have what          are highly-trained professionals
                                                                          line through the items you do not                 will be given a paper copy that    you need- hand back anything          and can undertake reviews of
medicine wastage and save
time for you and your GP                                                  need that month. You will be able
                                                                          to request these medicines in the
                                                                                                                • Drop off your repeat prescription request slip at your
                                                                                                                            you can take to any pharmacy
                                                                                                                            or other dispenser in England.
                                                                                                                                                               that you don’t before you leave       patients, just like GPs.
practice.                                                                                                                                                      the pharmacy.
                                                                          future if you need them. Take or        GP surgery, with the items you need ticked and the items
                                                                                                                            The paper copy will contain
                                                                          post the paper repeat medicines                   a unique barcode that will
                                                                          ordering slip to your GP practice.      not needed crossed through
                                                                                                                            be scanned to download your
                                                                                                                            prescription from the secure

                                                                                                                            NHS database
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Your practice team
is here to help you
A range of healthcare professionals work
alongside GPs in this practice, or locally,
to ensure you get the right care for
your needs as quickly as possible.

Talk to the reception team
to find out more.

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