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Health Matters - Major cash boost for diabetes care
Health Matters - Major cash boost for diabetes care

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

I’m delighted to report that we have been successful in a partnership bid for £227,000 from NHS England’s national diabetes treatment and care transformation fund.

 

24 May 2017
Major cash boost for Eastern Cheshire diabetes care
Major cash boost for Eastern Cheshire diabetes care

We've been given a £227,000 cash injection to help people with diabetes take better care of themselves and reduce their risk of foot amputation.

19 May 2017
Health Matters - Hospital stroke services are England's finest

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

Eastern Cheshire people who unfortunately have a stroke are now getting the best hospital care in England, according to latest data.

17 May 2017
Eastern Cheshire has nation’s best hospital stroke care

Eastern Cheshire people who have a stroke are now getting the best hospital care in England, according to latest data.

16 May 2017
GP practice update following cyber attack

GP practices in Eastern Cheshire will be open as usual today (Monday 15 May) but many are still bringing their IT and clinical systems back online following the cyber attack which took place on Friday (12 May) and affected many organisations around the world.

15 May 2017
Help shape your local pharmacy services

Cheshire East Council has joined forces with NHS partners to post an online survey asking people what they think of community pharmacy services in their area.

11 May 2017
Health Matters - the pros and cons of running

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

As a medical professional, I’m often asked if long-distance running – typically of five miles or more – is good for us. Therefore, I thought I’d use this week’s column to offer a balanced argument.

10 May 2017
National plaudits for doctor’s patient safety initiative

An Eastern Cheshire GP trainee is in the running for a national award after developing a new way of helping doctors to reduce the number of frail, elderly patients falling and injuring themselves.

08 May 2017
Health Matters - Mental Health Awareness Week

Dr Ian Hulme, clinical lead for mental health at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and GP with Meadowside Medical Centre, Congleton

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this year from 8 to 14 May. It is organised by the Mental Health Foundation, which wants us to recognise that good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem – it’s about thriving, not surviving. Accordingly the foundation is promoting steps we can all take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life. For lots of great advice on mental wellbeing, visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk and search for “Mental Health Awareness Week.” 

03 May 2017
Health Matters - Introducing students to the world of work

Julia Curtis, head of clinical quality at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Here at the CCG, we understand the importance of interesting young people in a career with the NHS. This is vital if we are to have a sustainable workforce which doesn’t have too many employees approaching retirement.

And that’s why we’ve been hosting undergraduates on 12-month work placements for the last three years.

This year’s students are Robbie Nolan and Alex Skelly, both of whom are studying for Bachelor of Arts degrees at Sheffield Hallam University. Robbie is reading business and marketing while Alex is studying business and economics.

26 April 2017
Eastern Cheshire tops flu jab chart

Eastern Cheshire was top of 12 NHS areas in Cheshire and Merseyside for uptake of the flu vaccine last winter.

24 April 2017
Health Matters - top marks to our GP practices

Dr Paul Bowen, Clinical Chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently completed inspecting all our local GP practices in Eastern Cheshire. The CQC is responsible for independently assessing the quality and safety of all health providers.  It talks to staff and patients, inspects premises and policies, and examines every aspect of how a practice operates, from waste disposal to medication review. I am delighted and proud to say that every single practice in our area has been rated as Good or Outstanding, with none needing improvement or being of concern.

12 April 2017
Health Matters - Seven steps to self-care

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

With Easter almost upon us, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to a long weekend, some spring sunshine and an opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors. For that reason, it would be a great pity if our plans were spoiled by a cough, cold or sore throat – or even an early onset of hay fever.

And that’s why the CCG is promoting “Seven Steps to Self-Care” so that you’re ready to fight off the symptoms of common ailments this spring.

12 April 2017
Where to get healthcare advice this Easter

With the long Easter bank holiday weekend approaching, we're reminding you that opening hours for both GP practices and pharmacies will be different, but help is still available if you're unwell.

06 April 2017
Health Matters - Protecting vital services by reviewing clinical priorities

Dr Mike Clark, clinical lead for service review consultation at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with High Street Surgery, Macclesfield

Readers of last week’s column will remember that I talked about some tough decisions our Governing Body would need to make if vital services were to remain safe and affordable at a time of ever-growing pressure on the NHS.

I explained that the gap between the funding we get and what we need to spend to carry on as we are is getting bigger all the time. In fact, the CCG is expecting to record a deficit of £12.4m in 2017-18 despite being on course to make efficiency savings of £6.2m.

Accordingly, Governing Body met last Wednesday (29 March) to consider proposals to reduce the amount we spend on procedures of lower clinical priority.

 

05 April 2017
Governor elections at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Are you interested in seeking election as a public governor at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital?

 

30 March 2017
Health Matters - reviewing what we spend on procedures of lower clinical priority

Dr Mike Clark, clinical lead for service review consultation at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with High Street Surgery, Macclesfield

Regular readers of this column will know that our job is to plan and buy health services, award contracts and hold providers to account. This work involves ensuring that services are safe, affordable and achieve the best possible results for patients.

Managing a healthcare system for 204,000 people is challenging at the best of times but never more so than in the current financial climate when the gap between the funding we get and what we need to spend to carry on as we are is getting ever bigger.

Read on to find out more about our work to balance the books while continuing to provide the care that people need.

 

 

29 March 2017
Seven Steps to a Healthy Easter

We're promoting “Seven Steps To Self Care” in the run up to Easter.

28 March 2017