June is a particularly important month for us here at HMR CCG because it’s when we hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting will be on Friday 21 June at Number One Riverside 11.30am-2.30pm and members of the public are encouraged to attend. The meeting is our opportunity to discuss our organisation’s achievements and challenges during 2018-19 and attendees will be able to hear updates on performance, activities, improvements, financial facts and figures, future plans and priorities for health and social care here in the Rochdale borough. We have made excellent progress over the past year and we have continued to build closer working relationships with Rochdale Borough Council and local partners to transform local health services in the borough. If you’d like to join us, please confirm your attendance by registering at Eventbrite here or email the CCG via firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01706 652853.
Also this month, nominations for the HMR Special Thanks And Recognition (STAR) Awards have opened and local residents are asked to nominate outstanding GPs and GP practice staff deserving of an award for going the extra mile to provide high quality patient care.
Our STAR Awards celebrate and recognise HMR CCG staff, GPs and GP practice staff for the excellent work they do to help NHS HMR CCG deliver its objectives and achieve its vision of healthier people, better future. The People’s STAR (Nancy Fallon Memorial) Award category is open to local people and patients to nominate GPs, practice managers, practice nurses, GP receptionists or healthcare workers who deserve special recognition for their work. Previous winners of this award include GPs nominated for supporting their patients through challenging health conditions and delivering outstanding patient care, and a compassionate healthcare assistant who helps nervous patients feel at ease. If you know someone who deserves the People’s STAR award, we want to hear from you. Click on this link to find out more and how to nominate.
Well done to all local GP practice staff who took part in parkrun GP Pledge Day on 1 June – running, walking or volunteering at the 5km parkrun courses in our local area. GPs and practice staff from Wellfield Medical Centre in Rochdale joined in the Heaton Park event, while colleagues from Milnrow Village Practice, Littleborough Group Practice, Pennine Surgery, Trinity Medical Centre, Dawes Family Practice and Mark Street Surgery took on the off-road course at Watergrove, Wardle. The parkrun GP Pledge Day was organised to celebrate the first anniversary of the successful parkrun practice initiative, launched by parkrun and the Royal College of General Practitioners in June last year. This project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of health care staff, patients and carers who are least active or have health conditions, helping to improve physical and mental health and reducing the need for lifelong medication. At a time when the NHS is under huge pressure – with prescriptions alone costing around £10 billion every year –prescribing lifestyle changes, where appropriate, is an important part of our work.
Parkruns are volunteer-led 5k events that take place each Saturday morning across the UK. The emphasis is on regular participation rather than performance and the events are open to walkers, runners and volunteers of all ages and abilities. If you’re interested in taking part, I’d encourage you to give it a go. Read more about parkrun and find your local course on the parkrun website.
Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Rochdale Digital Festival on Saturday 8 June to find out more about the Share For You programme. Increasing numbers of people in the Rochdale borough are benefiting from their doctors, nurses and care practitioners being able to see a fuller picture of their care history as more organisations go live in the share for you programme –to find out more visit the Share For You website.
This month a new health awareness campaign has launched to highlight the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and the impact of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The campaign encourages pregnant women or women planning a pregnancy to make every trimester a #DRYMESTER and follow new guidelines issued by the Department of Health (2016) – to keep risks to babies to a minimum, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all. Dr Sarah Purlackee, HMR CCG clinical lead for children’s and maternity services has some important advice about drinking during pregnancy for mums-to-be, partners, family members or friends – watch our video on Twitter here. You can also find out more about the campaign by visiting drymester.org.uk, or find @Drymester_GMHSC on Twitter or @DrymesterGMHSC on Facebook.
On to other public meetings later this month and in July. The Integrated Commissioning Board (ICB) is meeting on Thursday 25 June at 3.30pm. This is a joint committee made up of CCG governing body members and Rochdale Borough Councillors. Its purpose is to strategically lead, direct and make decisions about the jointly commissioned health and social care services in the Rochdale borough which improve the health and wellbeing of local people and members of the public are welcome to attend. Find out more on our website here. In July HMR CCG’s Governing Body meeting will be held on Friday 19 July, 10.30am-12.30pm at Number One Riverside. This meeting is a good opportunity to find out more about how we plan and buy health services in the Rochdale borough and I encourage local residents to join us. The agenda and meeting papers will be up on our website here soon.
Thanks for reading
Dr Chris Duffy