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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

LOROS Lottery Collectors
Posted: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 3:03pm
LOROS Lottery Collectors

LOROS LOTTERY

URGENT – CAN YOU HELP?

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) and Stokes Drive (Groby Road area).

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

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
Learn today for a better tomorrow!

Why not sign up NOW for a GoLearn! adult learning course?

Our New Year courses are booking up fast so don't miss out by leaving it too late.

There's something for everyone, with classes to gain skills and qualifications to help with work, as well as leisure and interest subjects running in local centres and libraries. Our English and Maths classes are FREE and are at a range of levels from beginners up to Level 2. Why not try out a new language, learn the basics or gain a qualification in computing, learn to paint or make jewellery in one of the range of arts courses, or maybe improve your fitness by joining a yoga or pilates class? More »

We also offer courses for adults who do not yet feel confident or ready to come to a more general course to learn in supportive, safe groups in other locations.

Many courses are FREE for learners in receipt of certain benefits and there's even extra support for learners who are on low incomes, so please ask at enrolment.

The Skills for Jobs programme will assist those over 19 with FREE courses to help with skills, qualifications and practical help to get back into work and then progress onto additional learning when the time is right.

There's no better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity!

Download our New Year course brochure

Enrol online www.leics.gov.uk/golearn

Call 0116 3050820 or FREEphone 0800 988 0308 » Less

Use the Park & Ride this Christmas - more services, more shopping, less hassle
Posted: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 2:19pm
Use the Park & Ride this Christmas - more services, more shopping, less hassle

Make the most of the extended Park & Ride services throughout December.

Offering a fast, frequent and hassle-free service, the Leicestershire Park & Ride gets you from Meynell's Gorse, Enderby or Birstall to the city centre every 12 - 15 minutes.

As well as Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm, the Park & Ride service will also be running every Sunday in December*, giving passengers more time for Christmas shopping whilst avoiding the trauma of traffic and the perils of parking.

It doesn't stop there, wanting to grab a bargain in the sales? The Park & Ride will also be running on Boxing Day. More »

All three Park & Ride services will be running every day over the festive period* except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when all sites are closed.

For more information, please visit the website.

*The full timetable for the festive period can be viewed on the website. » Less

Miller Homes Puts Leicestershire In The Picture
Posted: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 3:23pm
Miller Homes Puts Leicestershire In The Picture

The countryside of East Leicestershire is looking pretty as a picture as part of the Miller Homes photography competition in the Midlands.

A rural shot of Billesdon taken on a frosty morning by Janine Lee from Thurnby has been named as the regional winner as part of the competition.

For the past few months, the award winning housebuilder has been asking people in the Midlands to submit photographs that encapsulate everything that is great about the area that they live in.

Professional photographer Marcus Holdsworth judged all of the entries. Commenting on Janine's picture, he said: More »

"Out of all the entries, Janine's really stood out.

"I love the strong vibrant colours, the frost on the grass, and I think the aerial haze gives a real sense of depth, scale and perspective."

Janine will now receive a £50 Amazon voucher for her efforts and her winning picture will be professionally framed and displayed in the sales centre at the Stretton Glen development in Great Glen.

Paul Walters, associate director at Miller Homes Midlands, said:

"With this competition we wanted to start conversations about place and to really tap into what makes a location appealing, exploring how vital this is to how people feel about where they live.

"We were overwhelmed by both the volume and the high standard of entries received and would like to thank everyone who took the time to send us a photograph.

"Congratulations to Janine. Her fantastic photo will make a great addition to the sales centre at Stretton Glen."

Janine's winning entry can be viewed at the Stretton Glen sales centre in Great Glen, open Thursday – Monday, 10am-5pm. For details on Miller Homes' developments across the Midlands, visit www.millerhomes.co.uk.

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Community Energy Survey - have your say!!!
Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:32am
Community Energy Survey - have your say!!!

Leicestershire County Council has adopted a Carbon Reduction Strategy for Leicestershire; the intention of this strategy is for Leicestershire to contribute its share of meeting the Government's legally binding target of a 34% reduction from 1990 levels by 2020

One of the four priorities of this strategy is to support and develop small-scale community-owned renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Community energy projects have a number of benefits including being able to generate income for communities and community groups. More »

To develop our approach to providing appropriate support we would like to identify the level of interest Leicestershire communities have in participating in community energy projects.

For more information on community energy and to read some practical case studies click here.

To complete the Community Energy Survey which should take no longer than 10 minutes click here.

Please note the survey closes on 20th December 2014. » Less

Superfast Leicestershire - FREE workshops for businesses
Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:32am
Superfast Leicestershire - FREE workshops for businesses

Superfast Leicestershire and the Chamber of Commerce are providing a range of business support services for Leicestershire as part of our broadband project.

Free events and demonstrations are currently being held throughout the county to help local businesses understand the benefits of using new and exciting digital technologies. Through the workshops and events that Superfast Leicestershire and the Chamber of Commerce ebusiness club are hosting, businesses across Leicestershire will be able to understand the fundamental changes that are necessary to keep on top of technological advances. The Superfast Leicestershire business support service pages are full of information on how to get the most from your business click here More »

The specialist advisors leading on the workshops will demonstrate how increased internet upload and download speed can lead to commercial innovation, increased business growth and better productivity. The programme of events includes 12 two-hour events and demonstrations, 24 full-day action planning e-business workshops enabling you to put knowledge into practise and finally the prestigious one day expo that is expected to be held next year. There are a number of topics that the events cover including Search Engine Optimisation basics, online marketing for local businesses, blogging for business and much more.

For information on the events and workshops taking place throughout Leicestershire click here » Less

NHS finance team shortlisted for national award
Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 1:29pm

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group's finance team has been shortlisted for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Accounts Team of the Year Award for 2014.

The HFMA awards celebrate excellence in finance departments across the four home nations, showcasing best practice and achievement in financial management and governance.

Karen English, Chief Finance Officer for East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, said: "We are delighted to be shortlisted for this national award. It is fantastic the hard work of the team has been acknowledged and that the work of healthcare finance teams across the country is recognised by these awards." More »

The commissioning group is shortlisted along with NHS England's Final Accounts Team, NHS Portsmouth CCG and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony during HFMA's Annual Conference in December. » Less

NHS finance team shortlisted for national award
Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 1:29pm

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group's finance team has been shortlisted for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Accounts Team of the Year Award for 2014.

The HFMA awards celebrate excellence in finance departments across the four home nations, showcasing best practice and achievement in financial management and governance.

Karen English, Chief Finance Officer for East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, said: "We are delighted to be shortlisted for this national award. It is fantastic the hard work of the team has been acknowledged and that the work of healthcare finance teams across the country is recognised by these awards." More »

The commissioning group is shortlisted along with NHS England's Final Accounts Team, NHS Portsmouth CCG and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony during HFMA's Annual Conference in December. » Less

NHS finance team shortlisted for national award
Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 1:28pm

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group's finance team has been shortlisted for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Accounts Team of the Year Award for 2014.

The HFMA awards celebrate excellence in finance departments across the four home nations, showcasing best practice and achievement in financial management and governance.

Karen English, Chief Finance Officer for East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, said: "We are delighted to be shortlisted for this national award. It is fantastic the hard work of the team has been acknowledged and that the work of healthcare finance teams across the country is recognised by these awards." More »

The commissioning group is shortlisted along with NHS England's Final Accounts Team, NHS Portsmouth CCG and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony during HFMA's Annual Conference in December. » Less

Apply online for first time school admission places and infant to junior school transfers
Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 1:28pm
Apply online for first time school admission places and infant to junior school transfers

Parents of children who will be four years old before 1st September 2015 and starting school for the first time or transferring from an infant to junior school need to apply for a place before the 15th January 2015.

If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place at their local school if all available places have been filled.

You can apply for your child's place online at: www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684 or email: admissions@leics.gov.uk. More »

Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision online on 16th April 2015. » Less

Posted: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 5:29pm

GPs in East Leicestershire and Rutland are making a stand in the battle against the increasing resistance of diseases to antibiotics and the implications to health.

Dr Richard Hurwood, a local GP and board member of East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has taken a pledge to become an 'Antibiotic Guardian'.

He will be encouraging all GPs in the CCG to join him in only prescribing antibiotics where they are really needed. GP surgeries will also be displaying posters stating they will only prescribe antibiotics to patients if they have an illness that can be treated by them. GPs and patients will be encouraged to also sign up to become 'Antibiotics Guardians' at http://antibioticguardian.com/. More »

He said: "Antibiotics are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections in both humans and animals, but they are increasingly losing their effectiveness. .

"Bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic so that the antibiotic no longer works. The more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it."

Dr Hurwood's pledge comes in the countdown to European Antibiotic Awareness Day on Tuesday 18 November, a national campaign by Public Health England.

He adds: "European Antibiotic Awareness day coincides with our GP training day and I will be reinforcing the message to all the GPs that attend about the importance of prescribing antibiotics only when necessary. I will also be asking them to display the posters in their surgeries. We have found that when patients are aware of our stance they more readily accept the GP's advice when antibiotics are not indicated.

"We are asking everyone across the area to support this as one of the greatest threats to the health of our nation is antibiotic resistance."

There are very few new antibiotics in development, which is why it is important existing antibiotics are used wisely and these life-saving medicines continue to stay effective for ourselves and future generations.

Many antibiotics are prescribed and used for mild infections when they do not need to be, say campaigners. All colds and most coughs, sinusitis, earache and sore throats often get better without antibiotics.

Public Health England established the Antibiotic Guardian pledge campaign for the first time this year. It calls on the public and medical community to become antibiotics guardians by choosing one simple pledge about how they will make better use of these vital medicines. Health professionals and patients can all sign up online at http://antibioticguardian.com/ .

Dr Hurwood also asks patients to remember: "Antibiotics should only be taken as prescribed, and never save for later or shared with others.

"It is also important to use antibiotics in the right way - the right dose, at the right time for the right duration. Appropriate use of antibiotics will slow down the development of antibiotic resistance." » Less

Leicester's Red Hot poppy appeal bake-off
Posted: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:49pm

Red Hot World Buffet is supporting this year's Poppy Appeal by baking up a charity storm.

Chefs at the all-you-can-choose buffet venue in Leicester have created 1,000 cookies decorated with poppies to mark this year's Remembrance Day.

The cookies will be sold in and around the venue in High Cross Shopping Centre, with all proceeds being donated to the British Legion.

Red Hot World Buffet will also be offering a special 10% discount on the food bill for anyone wearing a poppy on Tuesday 11th November. More »

"The British Legion poppy appeal is a great cause that raises much needed funds every single year," commented Mellissa Bignell, general manager of Red Hot World Buffet Leicester.

"We have a talented team of pastry chefs working in our kitchen, and anything that we can do to raise awareness and money is really important to the team.

"The cookies will be on sale to both customers and non-customers for £1, with every penny being donated to the British Legion."

The city centre-based venue is the largest restaurant in Leicester, where talented chefs work across a range of cooking stations providing fresh food cooked to order from a range of world dishes, including sushi, Punjabi, south Indian, pizza and a world meats grill. Red Hot World Buffet is the latest venue to receive a five-star food hygiene rating in Leicester.

For more information on Red Hot World Buffet, visit www.redhotworldbuffet.com, like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter @RedHotWldBuffet. » Less

Join us to improve quality and plan future healthcare
Posted: Sat, 08 Nov 2014 2:03pm

West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who are the people that buy health services, is inviting everyone interested in health care services in Hinckley and surrounding area to work with them to design future healthcare services.

The CCG wants anyone interested in improving community services in Hinckley to help them plan a vision of great care, so that better, more person-centred care can be delivered to local people.

Dr Nick Willmott, a Hinckley GP and member of the CCG Board, said: "We have already started what is effectively a conversation with local people about what needs to happen to community health services, both to help people keep well and to recover as soon as possible when they are unwell. More »

"By listening and understanding people's experiences of care, whether they are patients, carers, family members or frontline members of staff, we can co-design better and more improved care.

"The next step is to hold co-design events where we will share with everyone what we have learnt so far around people's experiences and what matters most to them. Our main focus at these events is to work together to develop a shared vision of what community health services in Hinckley could look like and the journey we will make to achieve that change."

The CCG will be holding two events, one in the daytime and one in the evening to ensure everyone can attend.

The first event will be at Hinckley Golf Club on Tuesday 2 December from 1.30pm until 5.30pm, and the next will be at the same location on Monday 8 December from 7pm until 9pm. Light refreshments will be available.

Everyone is welcome to attend either one of the two events and improve quality and design great services for the population of Hinckley.

The events are expected to be popular so please register by calling 0116 295 4183, email: communications@westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk or visit www.westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk and sign up on line. » Less

Halloween: Are you in or are you out?
Posted: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:17pm
Halloween: Are you in or are you out?

There is always an increase in calls relating to anti-social behaviour on Halloween and we want to encourage trick or treaters to respect people's wishes and not to knock on doors where they are not welcome.

A campaign to reduce the number of complaints about Halloween related anti-social behaviour has been launched by the Leicestershire Anti-social Behaviour Delivery Group

Double sided posters are being distributed with two messages:

  • Residents who want trick or treaters can display the message: 'Trick or Treaters Welcome Here,'
  • Those who don't, can display the other side that says: 'No Thanks Trick or Treaters.'

Posters are available from police stations, in libraries, council offices and community centres for collection. Or you can download it from www.leics.gov.uk/halloween or from the police website. More »

Many young people in Leicestershire will be knocking on doors in the spirit of Halloween and, if done in the right manner, this isn't anti-social behaviour but can be fun.

We'd encourage parents to accompany young children and take time to talk to their older children about responsible trick or treating and to find out what their plans are for Halloween and where they are going to be."

We are asking residents to be tolerant of young people who are trick or treating but we are here to support residents who experience genuine problems. If you are affected by anti-social behaviour please call Leicestershire Police on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free** and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

  • Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines.
  • Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for this call.
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