New Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Campaign launched in Rochdale

Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board has launched a new campaign aimed at helping local parents and carers with young babies to cope with infant crying.

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Views required on proposals for over the counter medicines

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) has today (February 8th) launched a 30 day engagement phase to gather views on a proposal to implement NHS England guidance on over the counter medicines.

In March 2018, NHS England (NHSE) issued guidance to CCGs describing two treatments of limited clinical value and 35 conditions which may be self-limiting (i.e., will get better of their own accord) and suitable for patient self-care.

Underpinning the guidance are the principles of:

  • Encouraging self-care
  • Stopping prescribing of drugs of limited clinical effectiveness 
  • Reducing the prescription of drugs available over the counter for the treatment of minor conditions.

If the NHS can support people to self-manage common conditions such as coughs and colds this could help lower the 57 million GP consultations each year for minor ailments, which cost the NHS approximately £2 billion and takes up to an hour a day on average for every GP.

Between April 2017 and March 2018, HMR CCG spent  £1.85 million on medicines that are available to purchase over-the-counter (OTC). Much of this cost is attributable to long-term or complex conditions, but considerable spend is also for conditions that may be considered suitable for self-care.

The CCG is inviting the views of as many people on the proposal to implement this guidance, the survey and more detailed information is available on the CCG’s website here until 5pm on March 10th 2019.

Please contact the CCG engagement team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries.

Appointment Process for Clinical Chair from 1st May 2019

As the current CCG’s Chair’s second term of office ends shortly (a Chair can do up to three terms), the CCG is required to undertake a selection process, in accordance with the CCG’s Standing Orders to appoint a Chair for the next 3 years. 


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Decision made to reduce IVF provision for patients in Rochdale borough

On 29th January 2019, Rochdale’s Integrated Commissioning Board (ICB) has agreed to reduce the number of fully funded IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) cycles from three to one, following a six week consultation period. Moving to one funded cycle of IVF will save the borough up to £259,000 every year and it will fall in line with the vast majority of other areas.

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Protect young children with flu vaccination, say local health chiefs

Parents and carers are being told it’s not too late to vaccinate young children aged 2-3 years against flu as the virus circulates in Rochdale borough.

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Reducing social isolation focus of new round of funding

The community and voluntary sector will be able to apply for funding to reduce social isolation for older people when applications opens in January 2019.

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“I won’t get sleighed by flu – and neither should you!” Santa urges over 65s to get their jab done before flu season gets going

Santa took a break from grotto duties this week to pop into Cohen’s pharmacy at Nye Bevan House in Rochdale to get his free flu jab, and make doubly sure he’s on top-form for the festive season.

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