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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.
Agreement on mental health transformation plan
21 December 2015
Extra emotional wellbeing support will be offered to young people and their families following agreement of the county’s five-year Child and Adolescent Mental Health Transformation Plan.
£10m support for vulnerable practices
09 December 2015
In June this year the Secretary of State for Health announced NHS England would work to develop a £10m programme of support for practices identified in difficulty.
New phone number for Smartcard issues
27 November 2015
From 1 December you will have a new local charge number 0300 303 2733 for queries about Smartcard (RA) issues.
Crisis Action Team (CAT) launch
17 November 2015
As from Monday 16 November 2015 the Crisis Action Team (CAT) commenced across Ipswich and east Suffolk. This is a 24/7, multi-agency health, social care and voluntary sector admission avoidance service. It is a six month pilot service which will run until April 2016.  
Community Reablement Beds Pilot Scheme
09 November 2015
To support the health system in winter 2015/16, the CCG have commissioned a number of community reablement beds as part of a six-month admission avoidance pilot.  The focus for the beds will be on providing short-term ‘step up’ and ‘step across’ reablement care for patients in a community based setting and the phased implementation of the beds begins on Monday 9 November 2015.   
Support our Safer Sleep campaign
03 November 2015
Suffolk’s Public Health team is working with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) to support parents to minimise the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – something which is thankfully rare but devastating for those families who are affected.
New number for IT
02 November 2015
If you need help with your computer or systems, this is now the number to call - 0808 168 5 168.
There are significant changes happening behind the scenes to make sure that you receive high quality IT support services. This is because NEL has been awarded the contract to manage and run the equipment and computers that you use for your day to day job. Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, the former contract holder, is working with NEL to make sure systems and processes operate as smoothly as possible. 
First Time Heating Fund
26 October 2015
Suffolk’s Warm Homes Healthy People project has secured £1.6 million from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help 270 vulnerable people across Suffolk with fully funded first time central heating, to help keep them warmer and healthier. 
Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme
20 October 2015
NHS England have launched a passport style brief of key facts that children and young people using mental health services can use to help them avoid repeating their history and preferences every time they use services.
Frailty Assessment Base (FAB)
02 October 2015
The Frailty Assessment Base (FAB) is located at Ipswich Hospital and provides multidisciplinary advice and assessment for frail older people. This is a new service staffed by senior consultants, therapists, nurses, pharmacists and dieticians. It provides Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment for frail older patients at risk of acute admission.
NHS NEL Commissioning Support Unit (NEL CSU)
11 August 2015
The preferred bidder has been announced to deliver IT services to GP practices and community health providers in east and west Suffolk and the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (the CCGs).
FGM Protection Orders
04 August 2015
FGM Protection Orders will strengthen police ability to protect and safeguard those at risk
Drug Alert: "Mocarz"
17 July 2015
Health Warning regarding the use of Legal High Brand “MOCARZ” 
Norfolk Drug & Alcohol Partnership (N-DAP) have received notification of an outbreak of serious intoxications in Poland associated with a legal high called ‘Mocarz’ 
According to reports more than 200 individuals have been hospitalised in the past few days. No results from lab analysis are available at present but media reports are suggesting that the brand contains a SCRA.
Cycle the CCG!
16 July 2015
IESCCG are seeking volunteers from member practices to take part in a one day sponsored bike ride challenge to visit all 40 of our member GP practices (and take a photo outside each one to prove it!).  The challenge is open to all CCG and member practice staff.
Letter from Jane Ellison, Parliamentary Under Secretary of Stare for Public Health - Female Genital
15 July 2015

Dear Colleague,

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, is writing to providers about expectations of them concerning FGM, changes to the responsibilities upon health professionals around FGM, and about new training and awareness materials.

Advertising on NHS Jobs
18 June 2015
We have recently been contacted by NHS Jobs over our wording in job adverts, which means that we can no longer advertise jobs for practices and other non-CCG organisations where candidates are asked to send in a CV. All jobs on NHS Jobs have to be applied for electronically via the NHS Jobs by using the “apply for this job” button.
HospitalRides scheme
18 June 2015
Please be aware that the Suffolk Council Council’s HospitalRides scheme has now ceased to exist.  This was a car-share scheme aimed at patients/visitors to Ipswich Hospital.  
If you have any posters or leaflets on notice boards in practice, these will need to be taken out of circulation.
Drug Alert N-DAP
16 June 2015
Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership (N-DAP) have issued a Health Warning regarding the use of Legal Highs “AMANITA MUSCARIA and BLUE LOTUS”.  N-DAP have received notification of a hospital admission in Norfolk, which appears to be related to the use of the legal highs ‘AMANITA MUSCARIA and BLUE LOTUS’
Drug Alert
10 June 2015
Message from Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership: For public safety - Health Warning regarding the use of Legal High “Vertex” 
Step up/step across beds at Bluebird Lodge
05 June 2015
8 beds have been made available at Bluebird Lodge for use by Ipswich and East Suffolk GPs as step up beds. If you have patients who you feel might benefit from these beds for reablement as opposed to an admission to hospital please have a look at the admission criteria and how to access the beds. You can find the GP briefing and a Referral Process in respect of a new pilot on the CCG website Pathways and Briefings page.
Suffolk Recovery Network - Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services
10 May 2015

From 1 April 2015, Drug and Alcohol Services in Suffolk are provided by a new provider called Turning Point.  Turning Point provide an integrated Drug and Alcohol Service for Suffolk residents with hubs in Ipswich, Bury and Lowestoft. They provide a menu of psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for Drug and Alcohol Service Users as part of their 'Recovery Academy'.

How to refer to Turning Point

Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health (iCaSH) service
01 May 2015
As of 1 May 2015, iCaSH (integrated Contraception & Sexual Health) will provide all aspects of sexual health, including contraception, STI testing & treatment and HIV care and treatment in Suffolk. Orwell Clinic on Lindbergh Road in Ipswich will remain the site for this service.  iCaSH will be sending posters directly to your practice (you can download a copy from the above link). 
New Phlebotomy Clinic
20 April 2015
From the 1 May 2015 if your patients are unable to get their blood taken at your practice, The Pathology Partnership will be providing a blood test service for them at the Riverside Clinic in Ipswich instead of Ipswich Hospital.  
Suffolk MASH launches Professional Consultation Line
16 April 2015
In 2014 Suffolk County Council and partners established a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in Suffolk.
The MASH is a team of professionals from a range of agencies including Social care (children and adults), Police and health brought together to ensure all safeguarding concerns in Suffolk are dealt with in the most effective way. To help professionals make the most informed decisions the Suffolk MASH has created a professional’s advice line.
NHSmail Migration
10 April 2015
In order to comply with the new GP IT Operating Model 2014-16, the CCG NHSmail Project Team are now in the process of making contact with all Suffolk GP practices. You will be contacted shortly to discuss plans and the approach to the NHSmail migration, and to supply you with useful support materials and provide direct support to enable your transition.
Suspicious lymph node pathway and referral forms
25 March 2015
Suspicious lymph node referral forms for SystmOne and EMIS LV are now available to download from the website.
The Care Certificate
20 March 2015
There is a new set of standards which all newly appointed Health Care Assistants must meet from April onwards. Click here to read our helpful guide with an overview of the changes.
You can find the Care Certificate Materials on the Skills for Health website.
Pilot Autism Diagnosis Service
17 March 2015
This is a 6 month Primary Care Pilot Service based within NSFT offering assessment, diagnosis and short-term interventions for people who suspect they have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The service also offer a Carer’s Assessment to carer’s of those who have been diagnosed with ASD. Full details can be found in the briefing note along with a quick referral guide.
New look for Safeguarding pages
12 March 2015
Safeguarding pages have been completely revamp and given new look and feel. Contents is now up to date.
New Diabetes Projects
06 March 2015
The Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN) is launching 2 new exciting diabetes projects in East Suffolk.
Governing Body Election Results
02 March 2015
I am very pleased to announce that Simon Jones from the LMC has declared the recent Members election results.
Changes to RA and Smart Cards
17 February 2015
The new CIS implementation date will be Tuesday 24 February 2015.
Planned Maintenance - Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG Public Site downtime
16 February 2015
As part of an IT Service Improvement project to provide additional capacity to the Internet Gateway for NSFT, the CCG website will be unavailable on Wednesday 18 February between 6pm - 7pm.
New MSK service
28 January 2015
From 2 February 2015, both Ipswich Hospital Trust and Allied Health Professionals will be operating an identical community MSK Physiotherapy service.
Governing Body application deadline 30 Jan
27 January 2015
All GPs across Ipswich and East Suffolk are invited to apply to become either a member of the CCG’s Governing Body and/or the Clinical Executive.  Locum doctors are able to apply for a position on the Clinical Executive.  Applications need to be submitted to Simon Jones at the LMC by Friday 30 January 2015.
Cancellation of clinical training event and locality meetings
13 January 2015
Following discussions at a CCG-wide health system meeting this morning, unfortunately we need to change plans for tomorrow’s training and education event.  Please may we request that all practices remain open. 
Guidance for practices putting patient services online
06 November 2014
NHS England has launched an interactive Patient Online Support and Resources Guide to help general practices deliver patient services online.
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