News - HealthVoice archive from April 2017
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Health Matters - Introducing students to the world of work

Julia Curtis, head of clinical quality at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Here at the CCG, we understand the importance of interesting young people in a career with the NHS. This is vital if we are to have a sustainable workforce which doesn’t have too many employees approaching retirement.

And that’s why we’ve been hosting undergraduates on 12-month work placements for the last three years.

This year’s students are Robbie Nolan and Alex Skelly, both of whom are studying for Bachelor of Arts degrees at Sheffield Hallam University. Robbie is reading business and marketing while Alex is studying business and economics.

26 April 2017
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Eastern Cheshire tops flu jab chart

Eastern Cheshire was top of 12 NHS areas in Cheshire and Merseyside for uptake of the flu vaccine last winter.

24 April 2017
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Health Matters - top marks to our GP practices

Dr Paul Bowen, Clinical Chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently completed inspecting all our local GP practices in Eastern Cheshire. The CQC is responsible for independently assessing the quality and safety of all health providers.  It talks to staff and patients, inspects premises and policies, and examines every aspect of how a practice operates, from waste disposal to medication review. I am delighted and proud to say that every single practice in our area has been rated as Good or Outstanding, with none needing improvement or being of concern.

12 April 2017
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Health Matters - Seven steps to self-care

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

With Easter almost upon us, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to a long weekend, some spring sunshine and an opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors. For that reason, it would be a great pity if our plans were spoiled by a cough, cold or sore throat – or even an early onset of hay fever.

And that’s why the CCG is promoting “Seven Steps to Self-Care” so that you’re ready to fight off the symptoms of common ailments this spring.

12 April 2017
Where to get healthcare advice this Easter

With the long Easter bank holiday weekend approaching, we're reminding you that opening hours for both GP practices and pharmacies will be different, but help is still available if you're unwell.

06 April 2017
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Health Matters - Protecting vital services by reviewing clinical priorities

Dr Mike Clark, clinical lead for service review consultation at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with High Street Surgery, Macclesfield

Readers of last week’s column will remember that I talked about some tough decisions our Governing Body would need to make if vital services were to remain safe and affordable at a time of ever-growing pressure on the NHS.

I explained that the gap between the funding we get and what we need to spend to carry on as we are is getting bigger all the time. In fact, the CCG is expecting to record a deficit of £12.4m in 2017-18 despite being on course to make efficiency savings of £6.2m.

Accordingly, Governing Body met last Wednesday (29 March) to consider proposals to reduce the amount we spend on procedures of lower clinical priority.


05 April 2017