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Your GP surgery has its own small team of people who provide a voice for all the patients on the practice’s list. Known as a Patient Participation Group or a PPG, these groups meet regularly to work with the GPs and staff at the practice to improve the way things are run.

The work of PPGs is invaluable to our work  as a CCG too. The feedback we get from our PPGs help shape the decisions that we make and directly influence the services we commission for all our patients and carers.

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Influence the shape of local health services

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From time to time NHS West Leicestershire CCG reviews the services it commissions. A key part of any review is to ensure we take account of the views of local people to help shape local health services. As a patient or service user, for example you can help us improve services by providing feedback on your experience.

NHS West Leicestershire is committed to involving local people in discussions and decisions about changes to local health services through a variety of ways. This could be taking part in a survey or attending a face to face meeting.  

In this section we provide details of the latest opportunities to be involved in our engagements and consultations. We also include details of consultations and engagements being carried out by our partners, in the NHS and local authorities.

Details of all our engagements and consultations will be made available here but to make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities to get involved register for In Touch to receive regular updates. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Be less hotdog and more cool cucumber in the sun

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With the spring bank holiday approaching and the summery weather continuing, West Leicestershire CCG is urging people to take care in the sun.

The heat can be dangerous for the very young, older people or those with serious illnesses. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse.

With summer temperatures often reaching more than 25°C, sun worshippers are being urged to take it easy in the heat by following this simple advice:

  • Drink cold drinks and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol which can dehydrate you
  • Use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15, make sure that it is still in date, follow the pack instructions and apply at regular intervals – otherwise it is ineffective
  • Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to protect your skin from burning – never use sunscreen as a reason to stay longer in direct sunlight
  • Make sure you have water with you
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours and friends who may find the heat too much.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, a local GP and Chair of West Leicestershire CCG said: “Most of us welcome some sunshine after a long and cold winter, but we need to make sure that we are fully prepared for the damaging effects that the sun and heat can have on our health.

“If you feel unwell after being in the sun for some time, it’s a good idea to go somewhere cool to rest and have a cool shower or bath. If you are breathless, or are confused or dizzy, please visit the NHS Choices website, call NHS 111 or seek advice from your local pharmacy.”

The NHS Choices website can be found at www.nhs.uk.

If you still feel unwell after following the advice above, you should make an appointment to see your GP.

A list of pharmacies which are open over the bank holiday is available on the NHS website at  Bank Holiday Pharmacies 

Dementia sufferer urges more people to see their GP

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A Leicester woman diagnosed with dementia is urging more people to go and see their GP if they are worried about their memory.

Irene Woodward (67) makes her plea in a video launched by NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to mark Dementia Action Week on 21-27 May.

Irene first suspected she may have a problem with her memory when she kept forgetting what she had gone out for. She made an appointment to see her GP and was later diagnosed. In the video Irene says: “To get that diagnosis was so important to me, it helped me cope and put things in place that I needed to.

“It’s like a lot of things if you actually know your diagnosis you can get the help that’s available to let you lead your life, and a good life! I’m leading a good life, I’m happy; I’m still forgetting but what I forget I can try and get round and deal with, because there’s a big world out there to enjoy.”

In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes. In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, there are 13,000 people living with dementia, a figure which is expected to rise in the coming years. Yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and excluded from society.

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and doesn’t only affect older people. More than 40,000 people in the UK who have dementia are under 65.

During Dementia Action Week NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people with memory concerns to make an appointment with their doctor. 

Girish Purohit, GP Lead for dementia across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, adds: “Memory problems are one of a number of symptoms that people with dementia may experience. Others include difficulties with planning, thinking things through, struggling to keep up with a conversation, and sometimes changes in mood or behaviour.

“If you’re worried about your memory it’s really important that you go to see your GP. If you are worried about a family member or someone you care for, you can support them to make an appointment, and ideally go along with them.

“Although there is no cure for dementia at present, if it's diagnosed in the early stages, there are ways to slow it down. Dementia gets worse with time, so seeing a doctor as soon as possible is vital.”

NHS organisations and social care partners across Leicester and Leicestershire, commissioned the Alzheimer’s Society to provide a new single-point support service for people living with dementia, their families and carers in October last year.

To find out more information or to access the service, contact The Alzheimer’s Society on 0116 2316921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Better Care Together Plan - our STP

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The Better Care Together Plan - Our Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

The NHS commission and provide health and care services for over a million people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Every day our services support people to stay healthy and lead independent lives. And when people are ill, our services are there for them, their carers and families.
 
Over the next few years, the services we deliver, and where and how we offer them, will need to change, so that they can continue to be delivered in a way that is safe for patients as well as in a way the NHS can afford. The demand for services is growing more quickly than the resources which we have can cope with, as people are living longer and our population is continuing to grow. The Better Care Together Plan explains how these services can be changed for the better to improve care and the patient experience while meeting these demands.
 
In 2017 we held events across West Leicestershire to share the draft version of the plan with patients, family carers and staff to discuss the draft Better Care Together Plan. You can find out more about the events on this page, and download the findings from the STP events on this page.
 
Following the publication of the Better Care Together plan, the next steps will be a public consultation, where we ask everyone in the area to let us know how the changes may affect them, and what matters most in the health services they receive. No decisions will be made until after the end of this consultation.
 
To find out more, and see how you can be involved, visit the Better Care Together website

Influence the shape of local health services

From time to time NHS West Leicestershire CCG reviews the services it commissions. A key part of any review is ...

From time to time NHS West Leicestershire CCG reviews the services it commissions. A key part of any review is to ensure we take account of the views of local people to help shape local health services. As a patient or service user, for example you can help us improve services by providing feedback on your experience.

NHS West Leicestershire is committed to involving local people in discussions and decisions about changes to local health services through a variety of ways. This could be taking part in a survey or attending a face to face meeting.  

In this section we provide details of the latest opportunities to be involved in our engagements and consultations. We also include details of consultations and engagements being carried out by our partners, in the NHS and local authorities.

Details of all our engagements and consultations will be made available here but to make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities to get involved register for In Touch to receive regular updates. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Make a difference with your local PPG

Would you like to get involved with our campaigns and make a difference in the care patients receive? Your GP surg...

Would you like to get involved with our campaigns and make a difference in the care patients receive?

Your GP surgery has its own small team of people who provide a voice for all the patients on the practice’s list. Known as a Patient Participation Group or a PPG, these groups meet regularly to work with the GPs and staff at the practice to improve the way things are run.

The work of PPGs is invaluable to our work  as a CCG too. The feedback we get from our PPGs help shape the decisions that we make and directly influence the services we commission for all our patients and carers.

Read more

Stay in touch with the NHS

Do you want to be the first to know about what is happening with your local NHS services in West Leice...

Do you want to be the first to know about what is happening with your local NHS services in West Leicestershire?

By signing up to our In Touch mailing list, you will receive monthly messages to keep you up to date including information on local health events, new services, opportunities to get involved in the planning and design of new services, or information about health conditions and support which you are particularly interested in. 

We’ll never pass your details on to anyone else, and we’ll never try to sell you anything – this is about keeping you in touch with what is happening in your local NHS.

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Find out more about the service, the eligibility criteria and the engagement work that helped design the contract. You can also feed back your experiences to us.

Become a mystery shopper

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Would you like to help to improve local health services?

Being a Mystery Shopper is different to other feedback methods as it happens just after you have had contact with health services. That way - we can act quickly if necessary.

If you would like to become a Mystery Shopper, you just need to be over 18 and a patient, service user or carer registered with a GP practice in the West Leicestershire area.

Call Helen Cullinan on 01509 567 796 or complete our registration form.

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