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Are you looking after a friend, family member or neighbour who needs your support?
Carers Week 12-18 June 2017 is a national campaign to raise awareness of unpaid carers looking after someone due to illness, disability or old age.
There’s lots on offer for carers at the Carers Support Centre this Carers Week.
Download the Carers Week flyer or pick up a paper copy at the Carers Support Centre for a full timetable.
Carers’ Information Day: Wednesday 14 June, 10am – 2pm
Community Space Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA
Pick up useful information, meet local carers and professionals and find out what support is available at our annual information event for carers in Croydon. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund. Drop in anytime between 10am – 2pm – we look forward to seeing you there!
Carers Support Centre
24 George Street
Tel: 020 8649 9339
|The Carers’ Information Service provides information, advice, support and training to anyone looking after someone who needs help due to illness, frailty or disability.
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Dying well takes planning.
For the first in Croydon, several charities and organisations have come together to organised a Festival of events throughout this week.
There is a great line-up of local and national speakers and creative artists who will help attendees to think, plan and communicate their end of life wishes.
This is a unique festival of events not to be missed, suitable for adults of all ages who wish to give this difficult subject some creative thinking in order to make plans that are unique to them.
Events are free and some request booking via Eventbrite.
For full details see: http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/creatingconversations/
The Creating Conversations in Croydon project, commissioned by Croydon CCG, seeks to work with community groups with the aim of helping everyone have a good death by recording their End Of Life Wishes.
The project has specially trained volunteers who seek to encourage local people to feel more comfortable about talking openly about death and dying.
The volunteers will give talks, workshops, presentations and facilitate Death Cafes within the London Borough of Croydon to help break down this silence around death and give the people of Croydon a voice and to start thinking, talking, planning and recording their wishes.
Spending a short time now thinking about what you’d like to happen on the event of your death, writing your will and discussing your funeral wishes with your family can allow you to get back to the important things in life like spending time with family and friends, building good memories and even plan a bucket list.
Diane Bacchus, Croydon Council’s Digital Engagement Officer, is keen to receive your views.
Please take a moment to take part in the survey, which closes on 7 April 2017. The Council are seeking to learn whether you have seen the Council’s public health campaign messages for JustBE Croydon.
Find the survey, here: https://getinvolved.croydon.govuk/survey/348
Please take a moment to complete the survey and do pass it on to others.
Today, Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) approved recommendations to stop the prescribing of gluten-free products, vitamin D for maintenance, self-care medications and baby milk, and to decommission Foxley Lane women’s service, an eight-bedded mental health stand-alone unit in Purley. Foxley Lane women’s service is run by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (The Trust).
The CCG explain that these decisions have been made in the context of the financial pressures the local NHS is facing. Croydon CCG needs to make savings of over £30 million next financial year, which is around 6% of the commissioning budget for local health services of £482.3 million.
Today’s decisions follow two engagement periods run from early November last year to Friday 6 January 2017 when the proposals were put to the public to give the local NHS their views.
Throughout the engagement process for Foxley Lane, Croydon CCG engaged face to face with almost 150 Croydon residents, patients and professionals and received a total of 57 written responses through the online and paper survey. A petition opposing the closure of Foxley Lane was created on the 38 Degrees website which, when delivered to Croydon CCG, had received 737 verified signatures.
The CCG state that the decision has been clinically based and reflects the borough’s mental health strategy and commitment to treat more patients in the community, closer to their own home. Instead of being admitted to Foxley Lane, patients will be provided with individual care packages in their homes, where appropriate. Patients that require more intensive support could be admitted to inpatient services, including a new 14 bedded women’s ward on the Bethlem site which will open in the spring.
These community services will be provided by a range of community mental health services including Croydon Home Treatment Team and the Community Liaison Team. Last year 55 women were treated at Foxley Lane. By treating patients in the community rather than at Foxley Lane the local NHS could save over £500,000 a year.
Dr Tony Brzezicki, Clinical Chair of NHS Croydon CCG said:
“We want to thank all of those people who took the time to give us their views on our proposals. This insight has meant we have been able to amend and adapt our commissioning intentions to prioritise what is most important for our patients.
We have heard first hand at public and community meetings, as well as in the written responses and petition, the passion people feel for Foxley Lane women’s service. Those who responded, felt overwhelmingly that they did not agree with this proposal and they raised a number of concerns that we will continue to work closely with the Trust to address and to make sure those women who are affected will be supported.
We know that the community mental health services in Croydon can offer patient centred packages of care to support women previously treated at Foxley Lane within their own homes. We will work with the Trust to embed the Foxley Lane ethos within the community mental health services, which also receive positive feedback from their current patients.”
Dr Hugh Jones, Clinical Director, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We have developed a treatment model based around the individual which we are confident will allow us to make sure every patient receives the best quality care. The number of patients who are referred to Foxley Lane is very small, and we believe we can support all of them appropriately within the range of community mental health services we have in place following £9 million investment in Croydon over the last two years.
We would also like to reassure people who raised concerns about mental health inpatient capacity in the local area that the Trust is opening a new 14 bed inpatient ward for women in the spring this year at Bethlem Hospital.”
Throughout the engagement process for the prescribing proposals, Croydon CCG engaged face to face with over 300 individual Croydon residents, patients and professionals at over 30 events, groups or locations. The CCG received a total of 346 written responses through the online and paper survey.
Dr Tony Brzezicki, Clinical Chair of NHS Croydon CCG said:
“These are very difficult decisions but we need to focus our limited resources where we can have the biggest impact on people’s health and well-being.
Although the response we received to our prescribing proposals was predominantly positive with over 70% of respondents agreeing that the CCG should stop providing self-care medications, we know these changes will cause some people who currently receive these products on prescription difficulty. We want to work with local communities, Croydon pharmacists and GPs to help make sure we support people to find affordable alternatives and a phased approach to implementation over the coming weeks.
As we heard during the engagement period, we share the public’s concerns and want to do what we can to prevent these changes impacting on the most vulnerable in our communities. We are committed to working with local health professionals, community groups and the public to make sure everyone has access to good information to help them find appropriate alternatives to meet their needs.”
The full Patient and Public Engagement reports for both engagement processes are published on the CCG’s website at www.croydonccg.nhs.uk
Currently consulting on routine prescribing of IVF
Croydon CCG is currently asking local people about their proposal to stop the routine prescribing of IVF. To find out more and respond to the consultation, which ends on Wednesday 1 March 2017, go to www.croydonccg.nhs.uk