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Clinical Commissioning Group is a mental health trailblazer

NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCGs are among 25 trailblazer sites that will see the development of new mental health support teams for children and young people.  The teams will build on support already in place from school counsellors, nurses, educational psychologists and the voluntary sector to treat those with mild to moderate mental health issues in school and will help children and young people with more severe needs to access the right support and provide a link to specialist NHS services.

Full details were released today and you can find out more here.

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Top health tips for over Christmas and the New Year

The local NHS in Kirklees is reminding people of some tips to help them stay well over the Christmas and New Year period.

If you have a repeat prescription, please check that you have enough to last over the days that your GP practice is closed. That way you don’t risk getting ill if you run out or have to take up an out-of-hours GP’s time to issue another prescription.  Remember that you can now renew your prescriptions without having to telephone or visit the practice. You can order your medication at a time to suit you via your computer, smartphone or tablet when you register for GP online services.  Ask your GP practice for further details.

The cold weather sees a rise across Kirklees in health problems such as coughs, colds and flu.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Many of us will get a cold over the winter as the virus spreads very easily. Colds are spread by germs from coughs and sneezes which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

Cold symptoms are usually at their worst during the first two to three days, this is when you are likely to spread the virus. A cough in particular can last for two or three weeks.”

Cllr Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member, Health and Social Care, Kirklees Council said:  “There are some easy things you can do to help prevent you getting a cold.

“These include washing your hands regularly, not sharing towels and household items like cups with someone who has a cold and avoid touching your eyes or nose in case you have come into contact with the virus.

“The catch it, bin it, kill it method will make a huge difference in the fight against the spread of common colds and the more serious flu virus:

  • CATCH IT – Always carry tissues and use them to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • BIN IT – Dispose of used tissues as soon as possible
  • KILL IT – Clean your hands with soap and warm water as soon as you can and make sure you wash them frequently.

“Following these steps will also help prevent the spread of flu, which is much more serious.”

An easy way to also prevent the spread of flu is to also get the flu vaccination. People aged over 65 years, children aged from two years and up to school year five, pregnant women, anyone who is the main carer for another person or who is in receipt of carer’s allowance and those with long-term health conditions such as diabetes and asthma are eligible for a free flu jab this year.

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said “GPs don’t recommend antibiotics for colds because they won’t relieve your symptoms or speed up your recovery.

Colds are self-limiting illnesses which means that given enough time you will recover without needing to receive medical treatment.”

Should you develop a cold (or even flu), there are a few ways you can help yourself feel better more quickly, including making sure you:

  • Rest and sleep
  • Keep warm
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

A pharmacist can also provide treatment, advice and recommend flu and cold remedies.

Bank holiday pharmacy opening information, and winter health advice, can be found at the following links: 

For more advice visit https://www.nhs.uk/staywell

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We’re here for you longer

North Kirklees CCG is reminding patients that GPs are here for you longer this winter with appointments available in the evenings and weekends.

The availability of GP appointments outside of traditional working hours reduces pressure on both general practice and hospital emergency departments by providing patients with more choice, greater convenience and increased access to healthcare appointments, when they need them.

Pre-bookable and on the day appointments are available between 6.30pm – 9.30pm each weekday with slots also available on weekends; Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am -1pm at Dewsbury Health Centre.

All appointments can be booked through the patient’s own GP practice or when your GP practice is closed, by calling NHS 111 for urgent non-life-threatening medical help. Some local GPs also offer evening and weekend appointments at their surgery and patients will be offered the most appropriate service when calling.

Dr David Kelly, CCG Chair, said: “We all lead busy lives and this service is ideal for patients who work, or who find it hard to access appointments during the day. It’s particularly important that we look after ourselves this winter. If you feel unwell don’t wait until it gets worse, access the correct healthcare when you need it.  This could be booking an appointment to see a local GP so you can get well again sooner.”

Appointment are available every day over the Christmas and New Year period but times will vary between 24 – 28 December and 1 January 2019. Patients are advised to check the CCGs website for more information. https://www.northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk/extended-access-to-gp-appointments/

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Changes to Governing Body

NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has welcomed three new faces from GP practices to their Governing Body.

Dr Indira Kasibhatla, a GP at Albion Mount Medical Practice, Dewsbury and Julie Pieske, Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Mirfield Health Centre have both been appointed as practice representatives. Rachael Kilburn, a member of the Governing Body for six years stepped down from her role at the end of October.

Dr Oliver Hirst, has also been appointed as an Independent GP Advisor supporting the work of the primary care commissioning committee.

The Governing Body has re-appointed Dr David Kelly as Chair for a third term, following endorsement from member practices.

He said: “We thank Rachael for her valued input into the work of the CCG and wish her well for the future. We also welcome Indira, Julie and Oliver to their new roles with the CCG.”

Members of the Governing Body are responsible for ensuring that the CCG runs effectively, efficiently and economically, that decisions are made in an open and transparent way, and that the interests of patients and the public remain central to the goals of the organisation. The new members will be in post for three years.

The next public meeting in common for Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees CCGs is on Wednesday 14 November, 10.30am-1.30pm at Textile Centre, Huddersfield.

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Choose Self Care for Life: Choose to invest in your future self

Pharmacy staff hold self care poster

Staff at Well Pharmacy in Heckmondwike are supporting Self Care Week

Invest in your future self this Self Care Week (12 – 18 November) by making small changes that can make a big difference.

Local NHS organisations are encouraging people to choose Self Care for Life – to make improvements in their life to protect their physical health and mental wellbeing.

Follow these small steps to a healthier you:

  • Get active; advice is to exercise for at least twenty minutes a day, it’s ideal if you can incorporate this into your day by ditching the car and walking to work, or walking the dog, taking the stairs or even dancing around the kitchen table to your favourite songs!
  • Eat well. We all know that healthy eating is crucial to our health so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthy options such as nuts, seeds and fruit. Ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
  • Make positive changes! Take steps to stop those bad habits that don’t serve you well. This Self Care Week make a plan to stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake and get active! Your pharmacist can help with lifestyle changes such as weight management and stop smoking.
  • Rest. A good’s night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising so, make sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours a night!
  • Stop! These days we lead have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and stop. Find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: ‘’It’s never too early or too late to begin to make small, simple changes that will enhance and protect your health now and, in the future, and often, one small change will make a big difference to your wellbeing.

“For instance, choosing to become more active will not only improve your physical health, it will also boost your mood, particularly if you choose to exercise outdoors in the fresh air.”

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG adds “Choosing self care for life is also about safely managing long term conditions and, understanding how to self-treat those common disturbances to normal good health, such as coughs, colds, sore throats etc. and taking advice from the pharmacist if you’re unsure of symptoms. Pharmacists can also help with lifestyle advice.”

During Self Care Week, and everyday choose Self Care for Life and make self care your life-long habit.

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Joined up Yorkshire and Humber

The NHS and local councils in Yorkshire and Humber want to find out your views about what sort of information should be used to improve the healthcare and services you receive and to help make Yorkshire and Humber a better place for everybody.  Please answer this short survey about how your information should be used.​

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Keep Antibiotics Working

Local NHS organisations are supporting the national campaign from Public Health England – “Keep Antibiotics Working”.  This campaign warns that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Antibiotics are being used for everyday viral infections, such as colds or flu, where they are not effective.  Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.”

As antibiotic resistance increases, common procedures such as caesarean sections and hip replacements could become life-threatening without antibiotics to ward off infections. Cancer patients are also much more vulnerable if antibiotics don’t work; both cancer and the treatment (chemotherapy) reduce the ability of the immune system to fight infections and antibiotics are critical to both prevent and treat infections in these patients.

Dr Steve Ollerton local GP and Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said: “To help prevent antibiotic resistance, antibiotics should only be taken as prescribed and never saved for later, use or shared with others.  It’s important that, when it comes to antibiotics, you always take your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice.”

Don’t forget, community pharmacies are a good place to start for advice and treatment for minor health conditions such as coughs, colds and aches and pains and you won’t need an appointment to speak to the pharmacist.

For further information on antibiotic resistance visit www.nhs.uk/antibiotics 

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Better access to evening and weekend GP appointments

In North Kirklees there’s now even better access for people to be able to visit a GP after work and on weekends under the GP extended access scheme that was launched in August.

Appointments are available between 6.30pm and 9.30pm each weekday with additional slots available on Saturdays between 9am and 4pm and Sundays between 9am and 1pm. The service offers pre-bookable appointments which can be booked through the patient’s own GP practice or by calling NHS 111.

Having these additional appointments available enables patients to visit a GP at a time that is convenient for them which fits better with their work and other commitments and also reduces pressure on both general practice and hospital emergency departments.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair or NHS North Kirklees CCG said:

“We all lead busy lives and this service benefits patients as it improves access and ensures that people can get the right care at a time that suits them, especially for those with work or other day-time commitments.”

Dr Stuart Lawson, Chair of Curo Health Ltd said:

“The service provides better access to care for patients when their practices are closed.

Patients benefit from direct and easy access to clinicians who will have access to their clinical records, can assess their condition and advise them about the best course of action needed to assist with their health or medical problem.”

Evening and weekend appointments are available for any patient registered with a GP in North Kirklees, as part of this scheme.  The appointments take place in Dewsbury Health Centre.

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West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership shortlisted for national award for support to carers

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership has been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) award in the System Led Support for Carers category. 

A Partnership formed from the NHS, councils, independent care providers, Healthwatch and hundreds of carer and community organisations; the Partnership is working together across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield to further support 260,000 unpaid carers, including young people who care for parents and siblings.

Fatima Shah-Khan, Partnership lead for unpaid carers said: We want West Yorkshire and Harrogate to be a place where carers are identified, valued and supported so that all carers no matter how old or where they live receive the same level of care and attention. We have a great opportunity to work together and raise the profile of the care delivered by unpaid carers. We’re delighted to have been short listed for this award especially as we are at the start of our work and there is still much to do”.

Rob Webster, CEO Lead for the Partnership said: “There are 260,000 carers across our area, many of whom struggle to cope with managing their caring responsibilities alongside work and /or other caring responsibilities. We have some great work going on in each of our local places. The value of the integrated care system is that we can share the good work, spread the learning and get improved services adopted everywhere. This will mean better support for all carers across our area, developed with carers and based on what works. It’s good news that our Partnership has been shortlisted for this award and more importantly carers are getting the recognition they rightly deserve”.

The value of the contribution delivered by carers across West Yorkshire and Harrogate is approx. £4.5 billion per year. For example this would mean the cost of care provided by one carer in Wakefield to the state would be approximately £19,000 per year. The Partnership’s programme of work includes identifying hidden carers – those who don’t see themselves as such – and improving support across the whole health care system whilst sharing the great work happening in local places.

Category winners will be announced on the 21 November 2018 in London.

You can find out more about the Partnership’s work to support carers at www.wyhpartnership.co.uk

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Help us help you this winter by getting your flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it

The flu marketing campaign will launch 8 October and run until 31 October. The campaign will consist of TV, radio and digital (social and display) advertising supported by search and partnership activity. It will target pregnant women, parents of children aged 2 and 3 years old and adults with underlying health conditions.

These groups are at particular risk from flu and vaccination is still the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. That’s why the flu vaccine is free – because eligible groups really need it.

For most children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick and easy nasal spray. Children aged 2 and 3 receive the vaccine through their GP and children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 receive it in school.

If you have a child who is of the eligible age, make sure you sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school.

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now – it’s free because you need it. Contact your general practice, pharmacist or midwife to get it.

Visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information.

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