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7th Feb 2018: NHS partnership announces two additional events for public consultation

Two additional public discussion events have been announced by the NHS in mid and south Essex, as part of a consultation on proposed changes to some local services. A number of events have already been held across mid and south Essex and many people have booked places at the remaining events. Now two additional events have been arranged as follows:


6.30pm-8.30pm  Wednesday 7 March

Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex

Mid Essex

6.30pm-8.30pm    Thursday 8 March

Trinity St Mary's School, Trinity Square, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5JX

The five clinical commissioning groups (Thurrock CCG, Castle Point and Rochford CCG, Southend CCG, Mid Essex CCG and Basildon and Brentwood CCG) launched a formal public consultation before Christmas on outline plans for the future of health and care services. The proposals are a result of detailed work undertaken by clinical teams across health and care organisations to improve the services provided to the 1.2 million people living in mid and south Essex.

A simple animation has also been developed to help explain what the consultation is about. This can be seen at:

Professor Mike Bewick, independent chair of the CCG Joint Committee, said: “We are thrilled so many people are engaging with this public consultation either through the survey itself or by attending these public discussion events. We continue to listen to local people and where there is clearly a demand for additional events we have made these arrangements. We are also continuing to attend smaller meetings, including resident associations or meetings of specific patient groups, and are collecting a wide range of views and comments.”

People can book a place at the events online or over the phone as follows:


Phone:             01245 398118


People can share their views by:

         completing a survey online or by requesting a printed version

         writing to us

         request a meeting for your group or organisation

         attending a group event through various meetings with patient participation groups and other local representatives, including Healthwatch and the Stroke Association

         booking a place at one of the public discussion events

More information can be found at, by phoning (01245) 398118 or emailing

12th January 2018: Council and local partners encourage residents to get active with the launch of new website.

A countywide project to get Essex healthy has been launched in a move which sees all local authorities including Rochford District Council and health partners work together to promote public health advice tailored to the needs of the local population.

The website officially launched this week and acts as the countywide one stop shop for everything residents need to know about local health initiatives and activities in Es

One of the website’s aims is to encourage Essex residents to be more active and to make healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and their families. The website will focus on the issues that are prevalent in the county so that issues affecting the 12 local authority areas can be tackled more effectively.

This week Rochford District Council launched their campaign at Clements Hall Leisure Centre along with partners from the Active Rochford Network, Active Essex and Fusion Lifestyle.

To celebrate the launch of the website, residents are being encouraged to take part in a number of  #21 challenges - a nod to the fact that it takes 21 days to break or create a new habit.
The first part of the campaign is #21situps21days and it will run on social media for three weeks and those who take part will be in with the chance to win prizes such as Fusion gym memberships, the new Jamie Oliver cook book and healthy food products. Residents can find out more information on @livewelllocal on Twitter or @LivewellCampaign on Facebook. 

Louisa Moss, Assistant Director of Community and Housing Services says, “The start of the year is a good time to think about our lifestyle choices. We are proud of the public health work we are doing with our partners and we look forward to continuing to deliver ways for our residents to lead healthy and happy lifestyles.”

Make sure you’re protected against flu – get your jab now

The NHS in south east Essex is reminding people to be on the lookout for invitations to get their flu jab if they’re in the ‘at-risk’ groups.

The invitation letters, from our local GPs, are being sent to adults aged over 65; those with long-term health conditions such as severe asthma or heart disease; carers; pregnant women; children aged two to eight and other at-risk groups.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP with flu-like symptoms and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu. In south east Essex 115,000 in at-risk groups are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Last year only 57% of the eligible individuals went for their vaccination.

Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant, last for several weeks and lead to more serious complications like pneumonia or bronchitis for those with underlying health conditions, and in some cases it can even lead to death.

Tricia D’Orsi, Chief Nurse for NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Flu is a highly contagious illness, which can spread rapidly through local communities. It can cause serious complications for at-risk groups, including pregnant women, the elderly and people with long-term health conditions.

“If you are eligible for the free flu vaccination, make sure you act on your letter from your GP and get the jab – please don’t ignore it. Having a flu jab will protect you and others. Contact your GP practice if you believe you are eligible for the jab but haven’t received an invite.”

Although it’s not possible to know which strains of flu will circulate each winter, the flu vaccination is still the best protection against an unpredictable virus, which can cause severe illness and deaths amongst vulnerable groups.

In some instances, our GP practices may text you instead of sending a letter.

For more information visit

Talk to us about Advance Care Planning for end of life

Healthwatch Essex – the independent charity that listens to and represents the voice of users of health and social care in Essex – is planning a study on Advance Care Planning (ACP) for end of life in Essex and we would like to hear from you about your experiences and views.

“We’re really keen to get the views of people who understand what differences can be achieved by thinking ahead and making plans around end of life care,” explained Dr David Sollis, Engagement Manager at Healthwatch Essex, who takes over the post of Chief Executive in a fortnight’s time.

“It’s tough for any of us to face the prospect of death, but for those who have limited time it can be really beneficial to talk through the process and make plans for what are likely to be some inevitable and difficult decisions ahead.”

We know that planning ahead can improve the end of life experience for people and that they are more likely to receive the treatment and care of their choice.

However, engaging in the planning process can be awkward for recipients of care, their families and health care professionals adding up to the fact that participation in ACP is poor.

Have you had experience of advance care planning for end of life as a patient, a family member or as a healthcare professional? Or are you interested in finding out more about what ACP may involve? Then please do join us for an informal meeting so that we can include your perspectives in our plans.

We will be holding a focus group meeting on Thursday July 27th between 5.30pm and 7pm at our Healthwatch Essex offices – RCCE House, Threshelfords Business Park, Inworth Road, Feering, Essex, CO5 9SE.

Refreshments will be provided and reasonable travel expenses can be refunded.

R.S.V.P. Oonagh Corrigan at Healthwatch Essex on