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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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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
www.snibston.com
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
3EB

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

Event: 6pm - 8pm » Less

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!

REMEMBER:

THERE IS NO CHARGE AT ALL TO JOIN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH IN LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND

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.

SUNDAY 21st SEPTEMBER

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

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