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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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Fireworks Spectacular at Snibston
Posted: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:51pm
Fireworks Spectacular at Snibston

Journey through the ages

(In conjunction with LOROS and The Fleet Auction Group)

Live music from Jersey Budd and Rihanna Tribute Act.

Choreographed fireworks, bonfire, fairground rides and food, Free museum entry including the Battle Dress Exhibition.

Saturday 1st November 5pm*

Tickets: Advance £5, Gate £7, Under 3s free
Family of 4 (2+2) £18 Pre-booking only

*The only vehicles allowed on site will be vehicles with disabled parking permits (which must be prebooked over the phone when purchasing tickets) and their last entrance is at 6.15pm. More »

Tickets available from;

Snibston reception desk
By calling 01530 278444
email snibston@leics.gov.uk
LOROS shops - click here to find your nearest one www.loros.co.uk/support-us/shops/
See website for additional stockists. » Less

Unique opportunity to shape our care system into the best it can be
Posted: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:50pm

Patients, carers and members of the public are invited to hear more about the findings of a review which looked at patient experiences of NHS services and the quality of care provided, and to share their experiences of the care system in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Three meetings, scheduled to be held during October and November, are the next steps in the process of improving care for patients since the publication of the Learning lessons to improve care quality review on 31 July 2014. They are an opportunity for patients, carers and families to hear about the findings of the review in more detail and ask questions. Patients, carers and family members can tell us about their lived experiences of care and their journey through the health and care system. These insights will help local partners to plan and design better quality health services. More »

The Learning lessons to improve care review was published by the three clinical commissioning groups representing Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Leicester's Hospitals and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. The review looked at the healthcare patients had received throughout the patient journey who had died between March 2012 and June 2013.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, Chair of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and speaking on behalf of the local health partners said: "Quality of patient care is our number one priority. We know that people do not always get joined up care so we arranged for the review to undertaken to identify where improvements need to be made. I would urge patients and carers to come and tell us their experiences through these three public meetings. We are determined to make our care system the best it can be and need to know what matter to you."

Members of the public can register for the events listed below by calling 0116 295 4183 or by emailing communications@eastleicestershireandrutlandccg.nhs.uk or communications@westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk.

Wednesday 29 October:

Victoria Room, Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough LE11

Registration from 5.30pm

Event: 6pm - 8pm

Thursday 6 November:

The Orange Rooms, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, 9 Newarke Street, Leicester LE1 5SN

Registration from 1pm

Event: 1.30pm - 4pm

Thursday 13 November:

Market Harborough District Council Chambers, Adam and Eve St, Market Harborough LE16 7AG

Registration from 5.30pm

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Posted: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 5:59pm

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) is on schedule to launch its new urgent care service in April 2015.

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

Following an invitation to healthcare service providers to bid for the contract to run the service, the CCG has confirmed it received a number of bids by its deadline at the end of last week.

Tim Sacks, Chief Operating Officer of ELR CCG, said: "We have now received bids from healthcare providers to run this new service and started the evaluation process to ensure we chose the best provider. We aim to announce the preferred bidder – the organisation we believe will offer patients the best service – at the beginning of December." More »

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.

The service will see all 34 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.

The next step will be to review the submissions and the preferred bidder will be informed next month. They will be announced following a successful 10-day 'stand-still' period.

The CCG will also be talking to local people about the best ways to communicate the new service to ensure as many people as possible are aware of this when it launches in April 2015.

Dr Briggs, Managing Director of the Commissioning Group adds: "This is an exciting new service which 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 dealt with – something that we know is important to people." » Less

Posted: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:22pm

A free to attend seminar is being held at Leicester's Space Centre on 9 October, that's been designed to show ambitious Leicestershire businesses how they can take the faster route to growth.

Hosted by Pera Consulting, the event will focus on the government's GrowthAccelerator service and its benefits to fast growing businesses. It will also show interested parties how they can get involved in the service that's already helping over 300 successful Leicestershire businesses.

On the night Nik Hewitt, digital strategist at PR and social media agency Tank PR will talk about social marketing for fast growth businesses, and Sue McGrath of local GrowthAccelerator business Naturally Good Food, will share the secrets of her own success story. More »

Melanie Spencer, marketing and events manager at Pera Consulting, one of four leading private sector business growth experts that have partnered to deliver GrowthAccelerator in the UK, says of the event:

"This seminar will be the first of three in the Midlands, designed to show businesses first hand why organisations that have used GrowthAccelerator have collectively generated £1.5 billion of growth, and created 36,752 new jobs.

"Businesses involved in the £200 million, government-backed GrowthAccelerator service have generated a 30 per cent increase in growth and a 36 per cent increase in jobs in the past year – over four times the nationwide SME average."

The Faster Route to Business Growth event starts at 17:15 and is free to attend for any Leicestershire business owners or managers with 5-249 employees and potential for growth of 20% or more in the next year.

Anyone wishing to register for the event should speak to Melanie Spencer on 01664 501 405 or email gaenquiries@peraconsulting.com » Less

Don’t forget - 31 October is the deadline for secondary school applications
Posted: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:21pm
Don’t forget - 31 October is the deadline for secondary school applications

Parents of children who transfer schools next year are reminded that 31 October 2014 is the closing date to apply for secondary school places.

Remember that moving to the next school is not automatic and parents need to apply for a place before the 31 October 2014 closing date.

The transfer process is the same for all community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, academy, foundation, trust, faith, free or studio schools.

If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place. More »

You can apply online at www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684.

Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision on 2nd March 2015. » Less

Paying for your healthcare the NHS ‘personal budget’ way
Posted: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:21pm

The opportunity for people to choose their own healthcare provision is coming to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. From 1 October patients with long-term healthcare needs will have the option to spend their own personal health budget (PHB) on the care which they feel best supports their individual requirements.

Patients will be able to select services that are more convenient, supplied by the organisations or people that they have chosen, and are closer to home. It will also allow health care budgets to be spent in new and creative ways that are helpful to individual patients. This is a whole new approach and puts the patient firmly in control of managing their own health care. More »

Dr Dave Briggs, of East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "This is about widening patients' rights to choose how they receive their care. Personal health budgets give people more independence over how their healthcare money is spent, which could be on carers to provide intensive help at home, equipment to improve quality of life or approved therapies."

Barbara Howard, Director of Mosaic, a charitable organisation dedicated to shaping disability services, said; "I believe this will make such a difference to people's quality of life, their sense of wellbeing and independence, and help them stay out of hospital."

The first group of patients who will be eligible for a PHB are those with long-term health needs due to serious illness or injury who have been assessed as qualifying for 100% NHS-funded Continuing Healthcare. Some people have already started applying for their budgets.

Individual patients will meet with their PHB support team to create a detailed support plan together. A personal health budget can be managed in any one of three ways. It can be given to a patient or individual responsible for the patient as a direct payment - social care recipients already have these. Alternatively, the money can be held by an approved third party. These are organisations which will help to agree the care that is needed for the patient, arrange it and hold the budget. Finally it can be held as a notional sum which a patient's NHS team will spend in line with the patient's agreed wishes.

It's important to note that the patient will know how much money their care costs, and how it will be spent even if it is a notional budget. The scheme is being rolled out across the country after the budgets were trialled in a national pilot programme. Personal health budgets are not new money – they are a way of using NHS money differently, where people want to and where it is clinically safe to put them in control of their care. Taking up a personal health budget is optional, and anyone who does not want to manage their healthcare needs in this way can leave their care arrangements as they are now. » Less

Posted: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:19pm

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) has announced that two local GPs have joined its governing body.

They have successful track records in healthcare improvement and preparing student GPs for the future.

The new members have been chosen as CCG leads to represent the localities within East Leicestershire and Rutland where they have their GP practices.

Together with their fellow governing body members they will oversee the work of the CCG, which annually plans and pays for more than £360m of healthcare across East Leicestershire and Rutland. More »

Dr Girish Purohit is now the locality lead for Melton, Rutland and Harborough. He is currently a GP Principal at the Jubilee Medical Practice in Syston where he has been since July 2012. He previously held the posts of Clinical Lead for Service Innovation and Improvement and a Teaching Lead in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Dr Vivek Varakantam has been elected as the GP locality lead in Oadby and Wigston. He has been a partner at the Croft Medical Centre in Oadby since 2009. He also works as a GP Appraiser and GP Registrar Associate Trainer, provides foundation year-two training to those on the way to becoming GPs, and he tutors University of Leicester medical students at his practice.

Dr Varakantam and Dr Purohit issued a joint statement in which they said: "We're excited to join the governing body at ELR CCG. We intend to use our roles to improve patient care, and ensure that the needs of patients from our localities are fully represented."

Dr Dave Briggs, Managing Director of ELR CCG, said: "We are delighted to welcome Dr Purohit and Dr Varakantam to the governing body of the CCG. Both are experienced GPs with special expertise in key areas of healthcare who will be valuable additions to the Clinical Commissioning Group and the people we serve in East Leicestershire and Rutland." » Less

Top 5 tips to make your home more secure during the winter months
Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:28am

1. Burglars are less likely to target a home that looks occupied. Use a timer to switch lights on when you're away.

2. Close your curtains and blinds so burglars can't see your valuables through your windows.

3. Lock your sheds and outbuildings – and an outside light can blow the cover of darkness for a would-be thief.

4. Install a burglar alarm – the box on the front of your house will act as a visible deterrent, but you should also set the alarm for when you're away.

5. Carry out a general security check. It takes no more than two minutes to lock your windows and doors.

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:27am

Did you know that by simply entering your postcode on the Neighbourhood Watch website, www.ourwatch.org.uk you can find out what crimes have been reported and the outcome?

You can also find out if there is a Neighbourhood watch scheme near you, and how to set one up if there isn't!



Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:20am
Neighbourhood Watch and comparethemarket.com reveal special edition logo

The iconic Neighbourhood Watch window sticker has been given a new 'meerkat' twist as the famous characters use their cheeky charm to help attract a wider audience.

Members both new and old are able to obtain a special edition Neighbourhood Watch window sticker by emailing Marion Lewis OBE at nhwn.1@btinternet.com providing your name, address and required number of stickers.

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:19am

BT has helped to launch a child internet safety portal – with the backing of the Prime Minister.

David Cameron hailed the new Internet Matters.org portal, which was founded by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media and helps parents safely surf the web with their children.

Working with online safety experts, InternetMatters are there to guide you through the many issues children can experience when using the internet

Leicester Does Vintage
Posted: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 4:56pm

The vintage stallholders are hand-picked and offer a wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience with each one bringing their quality, affordable vintage clothing, jewellery and kitchenalia.


Vintage lovers can while away the hours browsing through rail after rail of fabulous one-off vintage finds. Students looking for affordable, stylish bargains won't be disappointed either!

As well as the fabulous vintage stalls, you can also expect a mini vintage day out - with a vintage tearoom, serving afternoon tea on dainty china, vintage inspired workshops, a pop up beauty parlour, armed with rouge and heated rollers, ready to transform you into a vintage starlet, live music and much, much more! There really is something for everyone! All for £2! More »

The wonderful Lizzy Rushby will be entertaining us with vintage tunes.

Sarah Russell will be styling you vintage with her fab pop up hair salon. Pop an e-mail to info@sarahrussell.co.uk to book an advance appointment! » Less

Become a Waste Action Volunteer and make a difference to your community
Posted: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 4:53pm
Become a Waste Action Volunteer and make a difference to your community

We're currently recruiting Waste Action Volunteers (WAV's), who are experts in helping others to reduce the amount of rubbish that they send to landfill.

In Leicestershire, every two weeks we throw away enough waste to fill the Albert Hall; we need your help to reduce this.

Why get involved?

  • you can help residents in your community to reduce their waste and save money
  • gain work experience in waste and environmental topics
  • learn new skills and gain experience to add to your CV
  • meet new people, make new friends and get involved with your local community

After initial training, Waste Action Volunteers are expected to volunteer just 30 hours a year. You can use your skills and experience to choose how you do this. More »

Debbie Wilbur, a Waste Action Volunteer from Hinckley, said: "I wanted to become a WAV because I've always had an interest in the environment and was brought up not to waste things. I did an environmental degree but work as a supply teacher, so volunteering as a WAV fulfils my desire to work in an environmental capacity."

She uses her skills and experience as a teacher and brownie leader to volunteer to educate children about reducing waste and making our surrounding environment a much nicer place to live.

To find out more or to apply visit: www.lesswaste.org.uk/become_a_volunteer » Less

Posted: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 4:53pm

NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been shortlisted for a national award – just a few days after being named as one of the country's top NHS workplaces.

The CCG is in line for one of the awards from the Health Service Journal (HSJ), the UK's leading healthcare professionals' magazine – a possible prize in the Primary Care Innovation category for their practice appraisal programme.

The award judges examined the way the CCG helps its 50 GP practices maintain high standards of care and cope with the many challenges of increasing patient demand. More »

Last week HSJ revealed West Leicestershire was one of the top ten best NHS places to work in England. A CCG plans and pays for many local NHS services for its area, and there are 211 CCGs in England.

West Leicestershire CCG's Board members and staff are delighted by this latest recognition for its NHS work, particularly in the countdown to their first annual general meeting, taking place next Tuesday, 23 September, at Loughborough Town Hall.

Prof Mayur Lakhani, CCG chair, said: "It's heartening to receive such good news so soon after learning we are in the ten best NHS workplaces. Just being shortlisted for an HSJ award is an accolade in itself because the competition is always strong each year.

"Our entry showed that we place a great deal of importance on working with our GPs and undertake regular visits to see if they need any support and to provide help where we can, as their role is vital to the success of the entire health system for West Leicestershire.

"At a time when GPs are facing enormous challenges, we have developed a successful and unique practice appraisal process, based on yearly visits to create a genuinely effective two-way conversation with our GPs and practice staff. It enables us to maintain an informed and well-rounded understanding of each of our area's 50 practices, to share best practice from surgery to surgery, and to help them improve the quality of their service. In a recent survey 99% of practices found the appraisal either excellent, very good or good. We would be happy to share our proven approach with CCGs across the rest of the country."

Also jointly shortlisted for another HSJ award are East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, Leicester CCG and West Leicestershire CCG. They are in line for a prize in the category about improving care for patients with 'Long-term Conditions', such as diabetes, dementia and severe breathlessness.

They will know the results on 19 November when the winners are announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. » Less

Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:50pm

The organisation which annually pays for more than £360m of NHS services in West Leicestershire is this month staging its first annual general meeting.

And the public will have a chance to meet senior members of staff such as our Chief Nurse, Chief Executive, and some of our doctors face to face and ask them about their running of local healthcare.

West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group's job is to plan and purchase NHS services for the local population of 366,000 in the boroughs of North West Leicestershire, Charnwood, and Hinckley & Bosworth. More »

The event will take place at Loughborough Town Hall in the evening of Tuesday 23 September.

Before the AGM and conference there will be a health 'market place', where people can find information and advice on wellbeing matters and problems, including stalls staffed by local health charities. The 'market place' opens at 5pm.

The AGM and conference begins at 6pm and will include an explanation of the CCG's role, the health of the area and the work which the CCG has undertaken since its launch to tackle local care issues and improve the population's health. There will also be a look at the future and the challenges facing the NHS, and a chance to ask questions.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, CCG Chair, said: "We are really looking forward to seeing as many of the people we serve as can attend, and sharing with them the big picture of healthcare in West Leicestershire. We also want listen to their questions and to discuss what's happening in the NHS and what needs to happen to tackle the challenges of the future.

"The future of the NHS is as much about preventing ill health as it is in dealing with it, so our approach, which we call 'pro-active care' is a vital element. People have told us that they want their care closer to home, near their doctor's surgeries and even at home when possible, and this is a great opportunity for them to come along and find out about our ambitions to create a strong out-of-hospital care system."

After the formal part of the AGM, there will be the opportunity to join small 'workshop groups' where senior members of the team will be happy to discuss some of the key initiatives currently in place such as the Older People's Unit at Loughborough and Acute Visiting Service with members of the public.

To register for this event please click here. » Less

Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:45pm
Care4Paws Sunday Sessions

There is an RSPCA charity event happening on 21/09/14. Great music and great food will be waiting for you at the Care4Paws Sunday sessions. Tickets are £10 and if you buy before 15/09/14, you will get a drink for free. All money will go towards caring for the animals we love.

Get yours quick!


Macildowie Increases Team Following Jobs Boost
Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:45pm
Macildowie Increases Team Following Jobs Boost

The job market across the East Midlands is continuing to impress, with Leicester-based recruitment agency Macildowie reporting a 797 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of new sales and marketing jobs it has filled.

Macildowie has reacted to the improving market with the appointment of four new members of staff, including a new associate director.

Kelvin Locke will head up the sales and marketing division at Macildowie, and as associate director will sit on the company's nine strong leadership team. A graduate of Loughborough University, Kelvin has ten year's experience recruiting sales and marketing professionals, covering all areas of the country. More »

As the result of such a successful start to 2014, Susie Barnes, Alicia Buchanan and Max Dosad have also joined Macildowie as talent pipeline specialists, all three will be based at the Leicester office. The new starters will all be joining the Macildowie Talent Pool, an in-house training scheme that takes new starters with no recruitment experience, and trains them in specialist areas of the business.

"It's been a great year for the sales and marketing division", commented James Calder, chief executive of Macildowie.

"To see such an impressive increase in the number of candidates we are placing is a sign of the regional economy continuing to find its feet. Following years of protecting budgets, business owners are again feeling confident and looking to invest in staff that can grow their company. Sales and marketing positions are the obvious starting place, with digital marketing skills being in particularly high demand.

"I am looking forward to working with the new team members and am very pleased to welcome Kelvin to join our leadership team as an associate director."

For more information on Macildowie, visit www.macildowie.com. » Less

Horticultural show
Posted: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 8:40pm

Eyres Monsell Horticultural Show

Saturday September 13th 2014

exhibitors can stage between 9 and 11 am

Open to the public to 1.30pm approx.

Raffle, Refreshments and Auction of produce after show.

This is an open show so come along and bring your homegrown and homemade produce; who knows you may win a prize

Posted: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 8:40pm

Get your children active and having fun this Autumn with Popdance Kids!

We are coming to Aylestone Leisure Centre, Leicester on Friday 12th September 2014.

Sessions will be every Friday, 4.15-5.00pm

Popdance teach boys and girls aged 5-11 years, fab dance routines to pop music that they love. From One Direction to Jessie J, we've got it covered.

First session is free!

for more info or to secure your place email: info@popdance.co.uk


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