Thurrock Diabetes Support Group Meetings - Spring 2019

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Come along to the Thurrock Diabetes Support Group meetings taking place in April and June 2019.

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The next two dates for the Thurrock Diabetes Support Group have been booked. If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you are more than welcome to attend.

The Thurrock Diabetes Support Group gives people in Thurrock the chance to meet with others and share experiences and tips on living well with diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition which can be treated with diet, exercise, medication and/or insulin. Evidence shows that participation in self-help groups reduces use of health services, improves treatment adherence, increases positive health behaviours and enhances a sense of wellbeing.

The two dates are Thursday 25 April 2019 from 6pm to 8pm and Wednesday 19 June 2019 from 6pm to 8pm. Both meetings will be held at the The Training Room, The Beehive Resource Centre, West Street, Grays, RM17 6XP.

If you would be interested in attending a meeting please contact Thurrock CCG by:

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Tel: 01375 365810

Kehinde Adeniji, Senior Commissioning Manager for NHS Thurrock CCG, said:

“ We know from our Diabetes Day and Living Well in Thurrock events that residents are keen to meet up with like-minded people who are living with the condition. This group will be informal but will be supported by the CCG and Diabetes UK.

“There are around 7,500 people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and 840 with Type 1 diabetes in Thurrock and we know that being diagnosed with the condition can have a life-changing effect on people. Being able to share common problems and get ideas on how to manage the condition, best practice in care and social events can really help a person to live well with their diabetes.”

Winter 2019 Issue of CCG Insight Out Now!

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We’ve released the latest edition of CCG Insight, a magazine packed full of information on healthcare in Thurrock plus details of the CCG's and our partners' work in the community.

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The winter issue features:

  • How Thurrock residents can get support this year to make improvements to their health; from quitting smoking, losing weight or attending their NHS Health Check;
  • How the workforce in Thurrock general practices is changing to be more tailored to the needs of patients;
  • Annual Health Checks for patients with learning disabilities and how they can help keep people healthy;
  • The opening of a new mental health ward at Thurrock Community Hospital.

You can find out more about all of these stories and more by clicking on the link below. We hope you enjoy reading it! Please feel free to share with friends, family members and colleagues.

pdf CCG Insight – Winter 2018 (issue 13) (930 KB)

NHS Long Term Plan

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NHS England has set out it's Long Term Plan for the future of the NHS.

As we mark the 70th anniversary, and the national debate has been about the Health Service's enduring success and shared social commitment. There is a concern about funding, staffing and increasing pressures and inequalities. 

In order to keep the NHS and its place in our lives we must tackle the big problems staff face, redesign patient care and future proof the NHS for the decade ahead.

You can read more about the NHS Long Term Plan here:

Thurrock CCG will be working on it's own plans, alongside our colleagues in the wider Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).  In support of today's plan,

Dr Anita Donley, OBE, independent chair of the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership said:

"We welcome the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan today and the priorities it contains. The plan is a helpful blueprint for change which reflects many of our own ambitions and the work we are already doing as a health and care partnership to shape our care for the future.

"Building on the conversations we are having with the public and our staff we now have the opportunity to shape what the NHS Long Term Plan means for our area, and how we can continue to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve."

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer, Thurrock CCG said: “We look forward to working with our partners across Thurrock and the wider mid and south Essex area, as well as patients and staff, over the coming months to turn the ambitions contained in the plan into real improvements in services for people in Thurrock.”

Watch this video: to see how this will benefit patients. 

Look out for opportunities to help Thurrock CCG design it's local plans for the future. Visit our Get Involved section to find out how you can have your say.


New Macmillan GP for Thurrock to Focus on Improving Cancer Outcomes

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Dr Vikram Bhat has been named the new Macmillan GP for Thurrock. Dr Bhat, who runs Sai Medical Centre will be focusing on improving outcomes for people in Thurrock, from diagnosing to treatment, recovery and end of life. He will work with GPs to improve access to education, commissioning of cancer services and providing practical support for GP to help them identify and manage people with cancer.

Macmillan GPs also work towards improving communication between professionals within hospitals and voluntary services and the East of England Cancer Alliance.

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“I am passionate about improving cancer care and rates of survival. We have a lot to do in Thurrock and with the support of Macmillan, I am keen to work closely with commissioners and wider healthcare professionals to make an impact, including speeding up diagnosis and access to treatments.”

Kehinde Adeniji, Senior Commissioning Manager at Thurrock CCG said:

“We know that cancer diagnosis and access to early treatment is so important in improve outcomes for people in Thurrock. Our wait times for treatment and survival could be improved and this is something we are working on across mid and south Essex STP. By having a specialist GP to focus on cancer we are hoping that we can work together to improve things for our patients.”


Video shows why keeping strong is so important

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A new video highlights the importance of looking after your strength so that you can do the things that are important to you.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has released the short Christmas film, Never Too Late, to promote the importance of remaining active as we age. 

The film is about a lonely widower who regains his strength and sense of purpose so that he can return to his role playing Father Christmas at the local children’s ward.

The CSP is using the film, which is part of its Love Activity campaign, to spread its message that it’s never too late to start strengthening and reduce the risk of falls as we age.


The campaign directs people to six exercises that can help them stay strong and independent this winter. You can see these exercises by downloading the poster below.

For more information on the film and exercise, visit the CSP website or follow the organisation on Facebook or Twitter.


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