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NHS England launches new measures to help GPs access the care they need for themselves
01 February 2017
A world-first nationally-funded service to support GPs and GP trainees suffering mental ill-health and addiction started on 30 January. The NHS GP Health Service will provide free and confidential mental health support for GPs and GP trainees, on a self-referral basis only. The service is an important part of NHS England’s commitment to help retain a healthy and resilient workforce and in supporting GPs and GP trainees who wish to remain in or return to clinical practice after a period of ill health.
 
A new guide to help GP practices engage with patients when making changes to services
25 January 2017
If you are making a material change to your services which will impact on how people access services, you will need to engage and involve your patients and staff. 
This guide should help you understand the range of issues facing GPs and the other parties to inform processes and assist decision-making.
 
Patient Online - Practice Time Saving Calculator
19 January 2017

Have you ever considered how much time could be saved by encouraging more patients to sign up to Patient Online? A Patient Online Time Saving calculator has now been developed and enables practices to work out how much time they could save through transferring online the booking and cancelling of appointments, the ordering of repeat prescriptions and patients receiving tests online. Download above

 
Helping cancer patients get a faster diagnosis
21 December 2016
Ipswich Hospital has become one of just five trusts from across the country to take part in a new pilot designed to improve cancer care by speeding up diagnosis.
 
Children and Young Peoples Mental Health in Suffolk
30 November 2016
As part of Suffolk’s Local Transformation Plan, which sets out how it would improve children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health by transforming services, changing the landscape in which services operate and upskilling the workforce, a new selection of funded learning and development opportunities has been launched for those working to support our children and young people with their emotional and mental wellbeing.
 
Suffolk Support and Information for Dementia (SAID)
07 November 2016
The Suffolk Support and Information for Dementia (SAID) service is a new way to make referrals for non-medical support, information and signposting to community services.  The service pilot commenced on 1 November 2016 and will run for three months to 31 January 2017, after which there will be an evaluation. By providing non-medical support and information, they can ensure that the people in Suffolk affected by Dementia can receive the most appropriate and up to date advice and assistance to enable them to continue to live as well as possible with this condition.
 
Patient Online
18 October 2016
Patient Online is organising a series of webinars to support GP practices to implement and get the most from providing online services to patients. The first topic will be how increasing Patient Online registrations can help this flu season. Three webinars will be held on 20 and 25 October and 2 November. Further topics will include safeguarding, long-term conditions, and access needs. These will help practices meet current GMS/ PMS regulations. The webinars are open to all practice staff, and will last around 60 minutes. These sessions are an opportunity to ask questions, learn from other practices and find out how to access support locally.
 
Changes to GP Communication from Ipswich Hospital pilot
26 September 2016
With immediate effect Ipswich Hospital is piloting a new way of emailing correspondence to GPs. This pilot is to support the requirement for a structured outpatient notification letter that contains pre-agreed headings which will make the letter easier to read and direct the GP to the relevant section quickly and easily. This new correspondence will be generated from Lorenzo Regional Care rather than from Evolve as it is currently, which means there will be some changes to the way correspondence will be emailed.
This is a pilot so your support and feedback during this initial phase would be appreciated.
 
New MSK Service
26 September 2016
A new integrated Musculoskeletal Service is being launched on 1 October. This will include orthopaedics, spinal, rheumatology and pain services and will be provided by Ipswich Hospital with Allied Health Professionals Suffolk (AHPS).
 
Written Referrals to Ipswich Hospital
14 September 2016
As from 1 October 2016, Ipswich Hospital will not accept written referrals for any speciality that is available on E-Referral (Choose and Book). Any written referrals received that could have been sent via e-referral will be rejected and a letter sent to the referring GP. Dermatology referrals must also be on the correct form otherwise these will be rejected.
 
Calling all GPs in Suffolk
12 September 2016
GPs in Suffolk are encouraging other GPs to stay or return to work in general practice, as part of the national NHS England and Health Education England Retained Doctor Scheme 2016 (RDS). The scheme matches GPs with practices which have suitable working hours available and gives additional financial support that recognises their role is different from a regular salaried GP.
 
More people to receive help as new-look service launches
01 September 2016
More people with common mental health problems will receive help to overcome anxiety, stress or depression thanks to an innovative new-look wellbeing service launched by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) today (1 September).
 
New look wellbeing service set to launch 1 September
25 August 2016
​People from across Suffolk will be able to get easier access to help for anxiety, stress and depression along with advice to safeguard their wellbeing when a new-look service launches next month.
 
Measles clusters in England
02 August 2016
Please follow link to letter from Public Health England to alert you about the current measles activity in England.
 
Retained Doctor Scheme: resources for GPs and practices
01 August 2016
NHS England has published new guidance on the existing Retained Doctor Scheme which increases financial incentives to support GPs to remain in clinical general practice. Although the Retained Doctor Scheme has been in place for many years the 2016 scheme delivers a number of improvements.
 
NHS GO - new health app for young people
28 July 2016
A new health mobile application and website to help young people take greater control over their health from an early age, make healthier choices and get advice and information on health issues from a trusted source when they don’t know where to go. On the website you will find a set of promotional materials for you to share and use to promote NHS Go to young people you work with and their parents and carers. 
 
Children & Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Transformation Plan
26 July 2016
The Children & Young People’s (CYP) Emotional Wellbeing Plan 2020 aims to establish a joined-up, family focused approach to all children, young people and families presenting with emotional, behavioural or mental health needs. As part of this plan, funded learning and development is now available to enable staff and families to have greater confidence and skills in responding to issues relating to emotional wellbeing and mental health. Training, including Mental Health First Aid, can be accessed via www​​.suffolkcpd​​.co​​.uk using the Multi-Agency icon on the home page.  Click on the above title link to to find out more about the Transformation Plan.
 
Proposed changes to healthcare services in Suffolk
25 July 2016
Local people are being invited to have their say on proposed changes to health services in east and west Suffolk.
 
Getting a grip on finances
01 July 2016
Health commissioners in east and west Suffolk are highlighting a potentially serious financial shortfall in the health economy.
 
Norfolk Recovery Partnership Alert: Drug related Death
01 July 2016
Police are warning about a dangerous batch of heroin in the King’s Lynn area following an incident the weekend of 18/19 June 2016.  Drugs found at the address have been found to be heroin containing fentanyl.  
Both heroin and fentanyl (+derivatives) are central nervous system depressant type drugs and the combined use will mean effects such as sedation and respiratory depression.  There is an enhanced risk of fatality in even tolerant heroin users. 
 
New Breastfeeding Support Service for Suffolk
08 June 2016
Mums in Suffolk who need support and guidance to help them breastfeed their babies have a new team to turn to with the launch of East Coast Community Healthcare’s (ECCH) county-wide Brilliant Breastfeeding Service.
 
NHS England backs general practice with a multi-billion transformation plan
21 April 2016
The head of NHS England has set out a multi-billion plan designed to get general practice back on its feet, improve patient care and access, and invest in new ways of providing primary care.
 
Introducing OneLife Suffolk
01 April 2016
Starting today (1 April 2016), the new arrangements for an integrated healthy lifestyle service come into place for Suffolk.
 
EAHSN Diabetes Projects at Ipswich Hospital
24 March 2016
The diabetes team at Ipswich Hospital have reported a successful first year of the EAHSN (Eastern Academic Health Science Network), achieved with your help. 
 
Pressures on the Suffolk health care system
14 March 2016
You will all be aware of the significant pressures that we currently have in the Suffolk health care system. Ipswich Hospital is still facing huge demands, with a very high number of both walk-in and ambulance arrivals. There were nearly 70 in the department late on Monday. Ambulances are also currently experiencing handover delays. If there are referrals you have to make on Monday mornings, please use the AMU etc where possible instead of ED. Capacity in the hospital is very good given the recent surge in demand and as per usual we are helping to push through discharges where possible. It goes without saying that staffing has been realigned to help meet this demand. We thought it advisable to make you aware of the situation and hope you can help.
 
Mental Health Taskforce
17 February 2016
The Mental Health Taskforce has published its Five Year Forward View with recommendations for changing and developing mental health care across the NHS. It calls for £1 billion investment to help over a million more people to access the services they need.
 
Training and support for family carers
08 February 2016
The CCG have been involved in a project in conjunction with Sue Ryder and Suffolk Family Carers to help provide training and support for family carers.  This has been set up to deliver group training sessions for family carers across Suffolk. 
The planned topics are: nutrition, resilience and wellbeing, prevention of urinary tract infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
 
Appointment of Named Nurse for Primary Care
18 January 2016
Tabitha Griffin has been appointed a Named Nurse for Primary Care to our CCG safeguarding Adults and Children's teams. Tabitha has considerable experience and success in this role, which she has been doing in Cambridgeshire recently, and demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to supporting Primary Care in all aspects of safeguarding.
 
IESCCG Winter Schemes
08 January 2016
As the weather is forecast to turn colder, the CCG has produced a summary of all of the IESCCG winter schemes which are designed to reduce avoidable emergency admissions.  Each scheme includes an overview and referral/contact information. 
 
Preparations for industrial action by junior doctors
08 January 2016
Plans have been made by CCGs and hospital to prepare for the junior doctors’ strike, which is likely to be held on Tuesday.

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