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LOROS Lottery Collectors
Posted: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 5:53pm
LOROS Lottery Collectors



Want to meet people, get some exercise and help a local charity raise much needed funds? We urgently require a lottery collector to call four-weekly on small, established rounds in the areas of New Parks (Keightley Road) & Braunstone Frith (Cuffling Drive/Tatlow Road) areas.

Would you or someone you know be interested in collecting LOROS Lottery subscriptions for us? Maybe you have just moved house and don't know anyone in your area? We are desperately looking for anyone with a couple of hours to spare. There is no cold calling involved and everyone on the round has indicated that they would like a collector to call. Most importantly, it is a very worthwhile way of supporting LOROS. More »

Give the Lottery Office a call on (0116) 2318430 if you would like to have an informal chat and find out more about becoming a LOROS Lottery Collector. » Less

Posted: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 5:22pm
SOS Save Our Slum Petition -122-132 Belgrave Gate

Save Our Slum Petition

Save Garden Street Slums Facebook Group

There is a proposal to demolish a block of old shops on Belgrave Gate in an historic area: just opposite is Lee Street, where Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man", was born.

Behind the row of Georgian shops at 122-130 Belgrave Gate, are two rare "one up, one down" cottages on what was Garden Street Place, plus a cottage facing on to what is now Garden Street.

What makes this Garden Street island special, is that it includes slums that escaped the various 'slum clearance' programmes of the 20th century. More »

These small cottages on Garden Street and the former Garden Street Square, or Court C, Garden Street, are rare survivors. They are Leicester's only remaining slum buildings that include shops and still face on to a street.

The shops on Belgrave Gate are an important part of the street scene and their demolition would prove a particular loss to the individual character of the city and its history.

Though currently run down, despite their external appearance, some of the buildings retain many of their original historical features. Preserving and reusing this block of buildings is an important city heritage concern.

Click here to View the planning application on the Leicester.gov website. (opens in new page)

Click here to submit your comments on line (opens in new page)


You can submit your comments prior to the potential destruction of these historic buildings by sending an email, quoting application number 20142339, 22-132 Belgrave Gate, adding your name, address and reason of objection, to: planning@leicester.gov.uk

Original story from Mr Leicester Leicester Mercury link below:

Mr Leicester SOS: Save our Slum Leicester Mercury Article » Less

Posted: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:15am
Bonjour, Γειά!, hola, ciao!

We're booking our holidays this week - brush up YOUR holiday phrases with a Leicestershire Adult Learning Service 6 week beginners language course:

French @ Coalville – 25th Feb
Greek @ Mkt Harborough – 24th Feb
Italian @ Coalville – 27th Feb
Italian @ Groby – 24th Feb
Italian @ Loughborough – 25th Feb
Spanish @ Coalville – 24th Feb
Spanish @ Enderby Brockington – 26th Feb
Spanish @ Hinckley JCC – 25th Feb
Spanish @ Thurmaston Roundhill – 25th Feb More »

Enrol online www.leics.gov.uk/goLearn or call 0800 988 0308 for more information. » Less

Posted: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 2:41pm

Housebuilder Morris Homes, which is developing its Abbey Quarter site in Leicester, has been awarded with a prestigious industry 'oscar' for the quality of its homes.

The business' site manager Gregg Taylor was crowned one of the best in England after being named runner up in the medium housebuilder category of the National Housebuilding Council's (NHBC) Pride in the Job Supreme Awards.

Recognised for his meticulous attention to detail during the construction process, the judges also awarded Gregg for his technical skills, quality workmanship and the health and safety procedures he implements. More »

This is the fifth award for Gregg in the last three years, and comes after he received the NHBC 'Seal of Excellence' last year for his commitment to building quality homes.

Adam Knight, regional managing director at Morris, said: "Winning a renowned NHBC Supreme Award is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and commitment our site managers put into building quality homes for buyers.

"We pride ourselves on our close attention to detail, from the landscaping of the development to the finishing touches on our homes, and our focus is to continue building properties for buyers in Leicester that meet our consistently high standards."

Morris is currently building more quality homes at its Abbey Quarter development on Abbey Park Road road, where it has just four three-bedroom homes left on sale.

The properties are priced from £194,750 or £155,800* when purchased using the Help to Buy scheme.

For more information on the homes and schemes available at Abbey Quarter visit the sales office at Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4 5AP (open Thursday to Monday 10.30am – 5.30pm), call 0116 2530970 or visit morrishomes.co.uk » Less

Posted: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 2:41pm
Pharmacy scheme to help NHS patients with minor illness

With hospital A&E departments, GPs and urgent care centres under pressure, patients with minor ailments in West Leicestershire are being urged to make their local pharmacy their first port of call.

The new Pharmacy First service has been launched by West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and pays for many of the area's NHS services

Many winter ailments – coughs, colds, sore throats, dry skin – along with other complaints such as constipation and diarrhoea, joint or muscle pain, allergies, rashes, conjunctivitis, cuts and grazes can be treated under the new scheme without the need for a GP appointment. More »

Pharmacy First is available to patients who currently receive free prescriptions and are registered with a GP in the area. Under the service, eligible patients will receive a consultation with the pharmacist about their minor ailment. If pharmacists feel an over-the-counter medicine is appropriate to treat the problem they will be able to supply a product listed under the scheme free of charge.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, practicing GP and chair of West Leicestershire CCG, said: "I urge all eligible people to try this service wherever possible, it's an excellent scheme. Pharmacists should be the go-to people for minor illnesses. We need to increase people's awareness of the clinical skills of pharmacists and the services they offer. The NHS Pharmacy First service not only increases patients' choices, but it also allows GPs to focus on our many patients with more complex needs."

Although the Pharmacy First scheme is only available to those who already qualify for free prescriptions, pharmacists should still be the first option for anyone who has a minor ailment which can be treated by over the counter medicines, such as sore throats, coughs and colds. Apart from expert advice on a wide range of health issues and supplying medicines to treat common complaints, patients can also access support for self-care via their pharmacy. Consultations are conducted in a private space, not at the pharmacy counter.

Kishan Kotecha, (pictured) pharmacist and manager of Earl Shilton Pharmacy, said: "Many people don't realise the wide range of additional services available - we pharmacists do so much more than dispense prescriptions. We see patients without an appointment - that's always been one of our main advantages - and you will get advice from qualified pharmacy staff.

"Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals who have undertaken five years of education and training for this specialist role. And if we think you need to see somebody else – if it's something we can't deal with – we will refer you on."

Eligible patients can register for the Pharmacy First minor ailments service with any pharmacy taking part. You can register at any time – you don't have to make an appointment. Also remember that even if you don't qualify to use the free Pharmacy First service you can still go to any pharmacy to receive expert professional advice or buy over the counter medicines to treat your minor illness or complaint.

When you register, your pharmacist may ask you for some information, including your name, date of birth and postcode, and possibly proof that you are exempt from paying prescription charges. If you regularly use a pharmacy they may already have this information recorded but try to remember to take proof of exemption with you.

Your pharmacist will complete a computerised form and will ask for your consent to share information about your minor ailment and any medication supplied with your GP. You need to give your consent to be eligible to use the service. » Less

Explore the county on a local parish walk
Posted: Fri, 06 Feb 2015 9:46pm
Explore the county on a local parish walk

Explore the county on a local parish walk

If you feel like strolling around an historic town or rambling through the woods, exploring on foot is a great way to relax, discover new places and keep active. Most people in the county live within 500 meters of a footpath, meaning many sights and attractions are only a short distance away.

You can now see all local parish walks on our new website.

Posted: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 4:49pm

Morris Homes is holding a special event this weekend to give buyers in Leicester expert advice on the schemes available to help them achieve their move into their dream home.

The event on 7th and 8th February will take place at Morris' Abbey Quarter development on Abbey Park Road. An Independent Financial Advisor will be on hand to explain how, by using the Help to Buy scheme, buyers only need to raise 5% of the value of the home as a deposit. This makes it possible to buy a property at Abbey Quarter with a deposit from less than £8,000. More »

A selection of offers will be available to those who reserve a selected plot at the event and complete by 31st March 2015, such as £500 toward legal fees, stamp duty paid and fitted flooring throughout, to help lower the cost for buyers as they set up in their new home.

Sales advisors will also be on hand to talk about the two and three-bedroom homes currently on sale at Abbey Quarter, which include the Budworth, a stylish two-bedroom property with an open plan kitchen and dining area.

Cindy Cade, regional sales director at Morris, said: "The event is a great way for us to give buyers awareness of the support available, and our Independent Financial Advisor will be on hand to answer any questions they may have.

"We've created exclusive offers for those who reserve at the event to help reduce moving costs. We want people to know that there is help out there to ensure that their move onto the property ladder is as simple as possible."

Morris' range of two and three-bedroom homes on sale at Abbey Quarter are priced from £157,750 or £126,200 with Help to Buy*.

For more information on the properties and schemes available at Abbey Quarter visit the sales office at Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4 5AP, (open Thursday to Monday, 10.30am to 5.30pm), call 0116 2530970 or visit morrishomes.co.uk.

For more information on the event call 0845 601 5667. » Less

Art Demonstration
Posted: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 4:40pm
Art Demonstration

Charnwood Drawing & Painting Club LoughboroughArt Demonstration by Charles Bezzina January 27th 7pm - 9.15pm Woodbrook Vale High School Grasmere Road Loughborough LE11 2STThis year Charles was awarded a commission to do one of the London book benches which were created to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. The 50 brightly coloured benches were scattered around the capital over the summer in the Books about Town project, a collaboration between public art impresarios Wild in Art and the National Literacy Trust, to celebrate London's literary history while raising money for the NLT's work to improve literacy in the UK. The theme of Charles bench was Scott of the Antarctica, which also went on view at the Maritime Museum. The sale of the benches raised over £250,000 for the charity.Charles has some exciting projects lined up for 2015 including numerous trips to Thailand, Malta, Greenland, Canada and Norway to see the Northern Lights. Charles continues to offers demonstrations and workshops inspired by his travels.

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Posted: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 4:54pm

With only eight properties remaining at Morris Homes' popular Abbey Quarter development, the housebuilder is urging buyers in Leicester to move quickly so they don't miss out.

The final two and three-bedroom properties available at the contemporary city centre development on Abbey Park Lane include the two-bedroom Budworth. The house boasts an open plan kitchen and dining area with French doors leading to the rear garden, as well as a downstairs cloakroom.

The three-bedroom Belton show home is also due to go on sale at the site in the next few weeks. Designed across three floors, the property offers flexible living ideal for growing families, and features a master bedroom spanning the entire top floor. More »

The last remaining properties are priced from £157,750 or £126,200 with the Government's Help to Buy scheme*. With the initiative, only 5% of the value of the home is needed as a deposit, making it possible to buy a property at Abbey Quarter with a deposit from less than £8,000.

Cindy Cade, regional sales director at Morris, said: "There's lots of support available for people purchasing one of the last homes on sale at Abbey Quarter. The site is a popular development and gives buyers in Leicester the chance to live in a stylish new home in a great city centre location, so it's not surprising that there are now only a few properties remaining at the site.

"The homes are ideal for first-time buyers and young families, and we're not expecting them to be around for much longer, so we would urge anybody interested to get in touch with our sales team as soon as possible."

For more information on the properties and schemes available at Abbey Quarter visit the sales office at Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4 5AP (open Thursday to Monday, 10:30am to 5:30pm), call 0116 253 0970 or visit morrishomes.co.uk. » Less

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Posted: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 4:54pm
Van Monster, Leicester, launches its Man with a Van survey

Leicester based, used commercial vehicle stockist Van Monster has released its Man with a Van survey. The project aims to establish just how varied van drivers are these days in comparison to the white van man culture of years gone by.

The survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete and one lucky respondent will win £50 for giving a quick snapshot of their life on and off the road. Rather stay anonymous? Not a problem, as the survey can also be completed without providing contact details. More »

Once the results of the survey are gathered and analysed, Van Monster will be able to determine the types of van drivers in different regions of the UK.

Survey URL:
http://www.vanmonstersurveys.com/ » Less

Posted: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 1:27pm
Get nominating now for a Green Plaque Award

A call has gone out to honour Leicestershire people and places in the second round of Leicestershire County Council's Green Plaque Awards scheme.

Nominations are now open for the scheme at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques with a closing date of Friday 23rd January when a dozen of the county's most famous people and buildings will be shortlisted by a panel of judges, before votes are sought for the top six from the general public.

The scheme has had a successful first year with the public nominating and voting for the local people and places they wanted to see honoured with an Award. More »

The first six recipients included writer and comedian Graham Chapman from Melton, Burbage's Dambuster pilot Geoffrey Rice, social reformer Charles Booth from Thringstone, teacher/missionary Alice Young from Enderby, Kibworth Harcourt's First World War hero James Lochhead Jack and The John Taylor Bellfoundry in Loughborough.

You can nominate online at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques, fill in and drop off a form at your local library or complete the form attached and send to greenplaques@leics.gov.uk.

Details of the scheme so far, photos of the events in honour of the six finalists from 2014 and the criteria we use to evaluate nominations are all available at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques. » Less

Waters Homes Makes A Splash With Wateraid
Posted: Thu, 08 Jan 2015 6:43pm
Waters Homes Makes A Splash With Wateraid

Award-winning Leicestershire-based housing developer Waters Homes has given a donation to the WaterAid charity that will help train a team of village pump mechanics.

The trained mechanics will help maintain a fresh water system and give families access to safe drinking water in areas of need overseas.

Dominic Waters, development director at Waters Homes explains:

"We wanted to have a positive impact on the people who need our charity the most and thought that helping provide clean, safe water was fitting. Our gift will enable the WaterAid charity to provide instant access to clean water for a number of people or help put the infrastructure in place that ensures regular access to water for a larger community." More »

WaterAid works with local partners around the world to help communities access safe water and sanitation, using its experience and research to influence decision-makers to do more to provide these vital services.

The charity only uses practical technologies to ensure the right skills exist in communities so they can keep them working long into the future. By working with local partners it is able to invest in the future of local communities so that they can continue the good work. This is an essential part of WaterAid's work, as it believes it is the most progressive and sustainable approach.

Waters Homes is a family run housing development business based in Glenfield, Leicester, which possesses a fantastic portfolio of individual, modern, comfortable and affordable homes across the East Midlands.

For more on Waters Homes and its developments, visit www.watershomes.co.uk.

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Posted: Thu, 08 Jan 2015 6:40pm

The Vaughan Archaeological & Historical Society opens the New Year with a talk on the Medieval Earls of Leicester by Guy Raynor at 7.15pm on Friday 9 January. The event begins the second half of its winter season of meetings in its new home - Saint Christopher's Church at the Samworth Enterprise Academy, 50 Trenant Road, Leicester LE2 6UA.

Later talks include An Introduction to the Archaeology of Roman Leicester by Laura Hadland of Leicester Museums (6 Feb) and The Battle of Agincourt 1415 is discussed by Professor Norman Housley of Leicester University (13 March). The Society's annual lecture celebrating its connection with the noted historian W. G. Hoskins is given by the county's leading archaeologist Peter Liddle on Friday 17 April 2015. The subject will be The Vikings in Leicestershire. More »

Meetings start at 7.15pm. Visitors are welcome (fee £3). » Less

Posted: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 3:03pm
Learn today for a better tomorrow with Leicestershire Adult Learning Service!

January 2015 - what better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity?

If your New Year's resolution is to boost your job prospects, pursue a new interest, learn IT skills, improve your health and wellbeing or to brush up on English and Maths for FREE, now's the time to get back into learning!

The GoLearn spring 2015 course programme offers you an inspiring range of learning opportunities. Choose from part-time day, evening and weekend courses at venues across Leicestershire with huge discounts available for learners on certain benefits, or courses may even be FREE! More »

There are a variety of enjoyable courses where you can learn useful new skills that will positively impact on your life. With 100s of inspirational part-time courses to choose from - some leading to a recognised qualification - discover the many ways you can improve your health and wellbeing during 2015!

• Over spent at Christmas? Learn how to get to grip with your finances

• Low self-esteem? Discover how to improve your confidence

• Need a creative outlet? Express yourself on a cookery, art, writing or pottery class

• Over indulged during the festive season? Improve your health and fitness with Pilates, ballet or yoga

• Is music the soundtrack of your life? Sing for your wellbeing or learn to play the guitar

• Inspired by fabric and textiles? Need to update your wardrobe? Master the art of sewing and stitch crafts

• Lacking confidence with computers or your new Tablet? Learn the basics and more!

Find your ideal course and enrol now! Download a course brochure or search and enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn, call 0800 988 0308 or pick up a copy from any Leicestershire Libraries or Adult Learning Enrolment centre. » Less

Do you know an inspiring young person?
Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:16pm
Do you know an inspiring young person?

Help celebrate young people's achievements in your community by sending in your nomination for the Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015. The Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015 aims to identify, celebrate and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people in Leicester and Leicestershire.

The award is open to 13 to 19 year olds, and individuals can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent / carer, or any other agency or individual.

The categories for 2015 are: More »

  • Young Braveheart
  • Young Volunteer
  • Young Sportsperson
  • Young Artist

Plus over the coming four years there will be a special category dedicated to commemorating the centenary of the First World War. This year we are looking for a Young Poet to help commemorate the Centenary of the First World War through poetry.

The closing date for entries for the 2015 awards is 31 January 2015.

To find out more about the awards or to nominate a young person using the online nomination form visit www.leics.gov.uk/llawards or call the Lieutenancy Office on 0116 305 6053. » Less

‘Preferred bidder’ announced for urgent care services in East Leicestershire and Rutland
Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:15pm

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELRCCG) has confirmed Northern Doctors Urgent Care has been provisionally awarded the contract to run the new urgent care service that will cover the East of the County and Rutland from April 2015. The announcement follows extensive evaluation of all the bids submitted by the CCG.

The urgent care service is for minor injuries or illnesses that need treatment that day but are not life-threatening.

The service will allow minor injuries and illness to be treated locally – either in GP surgeries during the day or at urgent care centres in the evenings and weekends. It aims to reduce the time it takes for patients to be seen and treated. More »

The urgent care service will see all 33 GP practices providing minor injury and illness services plus:

  • The Urgent Care Centre in Oadby open on weekdays from 8am-9pm and on weekends and Bank olHolHfdjkdshfHolidays from 9am-7pm.
  • Urgent care centres in Oakham, Market Harborough and Melton Mowbray open on weekdays from 5pm-9pm and on weekends and Bank Holidays from 9am-7pm.

Tim Sacks, Chief Operating Officer of ELRCCG, said: "This was a very competitive process and we received some very strong bids for this contract. We have now completed a thorough evaluation of them all. We are confident we have selected the best organisation to supply the urgent care service to our region.

"Northern Doctors Urgent Care demonstrated a number of ideas that were both innovative and practical that they had implemented in other areas where the organisation provides urgent care services. They also demonstrated a sound knowledge of healthcare provision in our region and experience of working with health and social care partners to offer a joined up service.

"Our next step is to work with Northern Doctors Urgent Care to ensure the service is up and running for April 2015. We will also be working hard to make sure people are aware of the service, what they can use it for and how to access it."

Northern Doctors Urgent Care, part of the Vocare Group, is a GP-led urgent care provider, delivering health services to over 1.5 million patients in North East England. The Vocare Group also delivers services, including GP out-of-hours, GP practices, walk-in centres, urgent care centres and the clinical component of NHS 111, in Staffordshire and Bath and North East Somerset.

John Harrison, Chief Executive of Northern Doctors Urgent Care said: "We are delighted that we have been chosen as the preferred bidder for East Leicestershire and Rutland's new urgent care service. Our focus is to improve access to urgent healthcare for minor injuries and illnesses and to ensure that patients of all ages get the right treatment, at the right time and in the right place for their needs. We look forward to working with other local healthcare providers to deliver high quality patient care in East Leicestershire and Rutland."

The CCG is responsible for buying in healthcare services in the area and following a public consultation earlier this year, the CCG invited providers of urgent care services to submit bids to run the service. » Less

Managing Director of East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG to return to his role as a GP
Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:15pm

The managing director of the GP-led group which plans and buys health care services for people in East Leicestershire and Rutland, has today announced his plans to resume his role as a GP.

Dr Dave Briggs will leave his role as managing director of East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) at the end of January 2015. Formerly a GP in Melton, Dave has led ELR CCG since it formed in 2011. He will be returning to a role within primary care in 2015 after completion of a period of re-training. More »

Dave said: "I have missed my days as a GP and am very keen to work directly with patients again. It's also clear to me from my time with the CCG that many of the fundamental changes that need to happen in our local health system cannot happen without changes to the way GP practices work together. I want to be there with my sleeves rolled-up, making change happen from the ground up and supporting the work of the CCG in the process.

"I am so proud of the achievements we've made as a CCG and I know that we are improving health and making care better for our patients. Clinical involvement and leadership in planning healthcare has dramatically improved the way in which services are commissioned for local people and I look forward to seeing the impact of the more of the changes we've made as they come into fruition over the coming years.

"I will miss my team greatly and want to thank them for their support and for their commitment to making improvements for local people. I wish them, and the CCG, continued success for the future."

Mr Graham Martin, chair of ELR CCG, said: "Dave has made an outstanding contribution to the formation and operation of the CCG over the last three years and is a key figure in the development and improvement of health services in our area. He is an able and influential leader, who effectively combines his clinical training and experience with his ability to motivate others and his passion for improving services for patients. We wish him continued success in his move back to primary care."

The CCG will work with NHS England to appoint a new managing director. The recruitment process will begin immediately. In the meantime, Karen English, ELR CCG's deputy managing director and chief finance officer, will lead the organisation as interim managing director.

Mr Martin added: "East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG is a great organisation with a talented leadership team, strong Governing Body and exceptionally committed staff. We have good relationships with our constituent practices and our partners across health and social care and have achieved a lot in the short life span of our organisation. The organisation is in Karen's capable hands on an interim basis and I have every confidence we will achieve continued success." » Less

Improving urgent and emergency care
Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:14pm

The findings of an independent six-month review of local urgent and emergency care have been welcomed by NHS and social care organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) and actions are already underway to make improvements.

Providing consistently high quality emergency and urgent care services has been a challenge for a number of years. As a result people often wait longer than the national 4-hour wait standard in the Leicester Royal Infirmary's Emergency Department, stay in local acute and community hospitals longer than needed and aren't always given care in the place best suited to their needs. More »

Several reviews over recent years have looked at how to address these issues in various parts of the system resulting in improvements in some areas. To build on this and to support major transformation work across health and social care over the next five years, East Leicestershire and Rutland, Leicester City and West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust commissioned a world renowned expert to look at the problems across the whole system.

Dr Ian Sturgess, a former senior consultant geriatrician who has helped improve more than 135 emergency care systems across the UK and overseas, spent time with clinicians and staff in primary care (GPs), acute and community hospitals, mental health services, NHS 111 and out of hours care, urgent care centres and social care teams between mid-May2014 and mid-November 2014.

His report found that the local system has the potential to be 'high-performing' but is 'relatively fragmented with barriers to effective integrated working'. It makes a number of recommendations for transformation including:

* calling for health and social care leaders and clinicians to develop a clearer vision of a high-quality responsive and integrated system;

* to ensure greater focus on anticipating care needs for the frail and those with long term conditions;

* to provide increased care in the community to avoid admissions to hospital in all but emergency cases, and

* to have plans in place to discharge people back to their homes or community care quickly wherever possible.

Professor Azhar Farooqi, Chair of Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on behalf of the three CCGs representing Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland said: "Patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland deserve the best possible care. We welcome Dr Sturgess' report and his support in working with the local health organisations to improve the care we provide for our patients. The report identifies areas where we can improve and it is reassuring that we are already working on many of them, alongside our colleagues at Leicester's Hospitals and the organisations that provide health and social care.

"The four-hour target for patients waiting in A&E is a barometer for how the whole health and social care system is working together. It is important that we recognise the role that each health and social care provider plays in this. As CCGs, it is our role to help everyone to work together better. We have already started to demonstrate that this is possible in the work we have been doing to develop services in the community so that older people in particular can be treated at home and any time spent in hospital is kept to a minimum."

Dr Sturgess' report was finalised in mid-November but local NHS organisations and councils have not waited to take action, working closely with Dr Sturgess throughout the review period to tackle urgent issues.

Dr Kevin Harris, Medical Director at Leicester's Hospitals said: "This is a very useful document and we all appreciate Dr Sturgess' work over the past six months.

"Dr Sturgess started his review in Leicester's Hospitals when he arrived in May. This has enabled us to already implement some changes to our internal process. It's encouraging to see that in the opening of his report he recognises that there has been some early improvement seen within Leicester's Hospitals. Nevertheless, we recognise that, along with colleagues in the rest of the system, we have much more to do.

"We have identified nine key improvement themes which we believe will have the biggest impact and are working on ways to implement the other recommendations identified by Dr Sturgess."

The key improvement themes for Leicester's Hospitals are:

* Improving the interface between the Urgent Care Centre and Emergency Department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary

* Improving ambulance turnaround

* Making greater use of ambulatory care alternatives to admission

* Improving the capacity of the Emergency Department to cope with pressure

* Avoiding GP admissions going via the Emergency Department

* Speeding up senior clinical assessment on our admissions units

* Getting greater consistency in medical processes on our main wards

* Focussing on substantially reducing delays of all kinds in the patient's journey

* Speeding up discharges by targeting things that delay them.

Many improvements designed to ensure people are treated in the places best suited to their needs such as via GPs, in their own homes or in community settings, have already been put in place by organisations across health and social care. Initiatives include:

* A multi-disciplinary team set up at the Leicester Royal Infirmary to avoid admissions wherever possible for patients who are frail and who have complex needs. Evidence shows that this approach, particularly when supported by a geriatrician, helps people to receive care better suited to their needs and in turn relieves pressure on the Emergency Department.

* GPs are stepping up use of combined health and social care solutions in the community so people are supported and treated by integrated health and social care services. Examples include night services extended across the county and GPs referring older patients and those with long term conditions to community health and social care teams who treat the patient at home so that they retain their independence in familiar surroundings.

A number of other improvements in response to Dr Sturgess' recommendations are due to be in place within six months to help tackle the increased challenges over the winter months and to address the key themes highlighted in Dr Sturgess' report. These include strengthening the existing winter resilience plan by increasing capacity in both primary and community care settings to avoid admission to hospital and to aid discharge, along with a focus on improving internal processes within the hospitals.

Improvements which relate to longer term transformation are being implemented via the area's major 5-year transformation programme across health and social care, Better Care Together, which is ideally placed to drive the integration of services, partnership working and cross-system changes recommended in Dr Sturgess' report.

Professor Farooqi added: "The review has confirmed a lot of what we already know about what's not working in our system and the barriers to achieving the care we want to provide. While many of these things are already being tackled or were planned, the report has helped us to re-focus our efforts. In particular the findings have highlighted areas where we can improve our efforts to integrate and collaborate.

"Already the review is sparking discussion and a deeper recognition of the scale of behaviour and culture change needed to deliver the improvements in care and patient and experience we aspire to. Our challenge now is to take that debate and drive for change to the thousands of staff and clinicians across the health and care system and to work together to make change happen. While we recognise this will take time, we have every confidence we can achieve better care for our patients."

Dr Harris added: "We have a lot of work to do and there is a great desire in our organisation to sustainably change the health care system. We want to provide a service that is more responsive to the needs of our patients. Providing a better emergency pathway is the number one priority for Leicester's Hospitals."

David Sharp, area director for NHS England in Leicestershire, said: "Our main aim is to improve the health outcomes for people in England. This report's recommendations reflect what we want the NHS to be: open, evidence-based and inclusive, engaging with health professionals, patients and the general public in how the local health community operates and the decisions it makes."

The findings of the review are being discussed in public session at the Governing Body meetings of all three local CCGs on Tuesday 9 December, at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust Board on Monday 22 December and at the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust Board on Thursday 29 January, 2015. » Less

Festive Surprises On The Christmas Day Menu
Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:13pm
Festive Surprises On The Christmas Day Menu

Hundreds of people in Leicester will be ignoring the turkey and stuffing served up on Christmas Day at Red Hot World Buffet, as they tuck into the less traditional dishes on the menu.

Chefs at Red Hot World Buffet have been raising a few eyebrows as they reveal the most popular dishes served up on Christmas Day in 2013, and it may surprise a people.

Over 4,500 people enjoyed Christmas Day at a Red Hot World Buffet in 2013 and treble the number of pizza slices and chicken korma curries, and over twice as many steaks were eaten over traditional turkey and trimmings. More »

The all you can choose buffet chain has a venue in Leicester's High Cross Shopping Centre, and is open throughout the festive period, including Christmas Day.

"We are always busy at Red Hot World Buffet on Christmas Day, as we offer something a little different, alongside the traditional turkey with all the trimmings," commented Mellissa Bignell, general manager of Red Hot World Buffet Leicester.

"Having opened earlier in the year, this will be our first Christmas in Leicester. There are options here for everyone to enjoy, but it does surprise me that dishes such as the chicken korma prove so popular on Christmas Day. I did notice last year though, that especially with the kids, there is always the odd brussel sprout or sausage wrapped in bacon alongside their pizza!

"Dining out on Christmas Day is proving more and more popular, and families all over the city will be going out to eat on December 25th, avoiding the headache of cooking a traditional Christmas dinner."

Red Hot World Buffet Leicester features eight live cooking stations, serving a range of international cuisine including sushi, Punjabi, south Indian, pizza and a world meats grill, and is the latest venue to receive a five-star food hygiene rating in Leicester.

Bookings are still available on Christmas Day priced at £24.99 per person. In addition to the existing menu and live cooking stations, an additional 22 items will be on the Christmas dinner menu, including traditional turkey with all the trimmings. Christmas parties can also be booked throughout December, with prices starting at £9.99 per person.

For more information on Red Hot World Buffet, including details on how to book, please visit www.redhotworldbuffet.com. » Less

Posted: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:14pm
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