'Acid attack' guidance for victims

The NHS and leading burns surgeons have issued new first aid guidance to help ensure victims of acid attacks get the right help fast.

The assistance for victims comes as new data from NHS England show the number of people requiring specialist medical help for this type of assault is on the rise. In 2014, 16 people required specialist medical advice, rising to 25 in 2015 and increasing further to 32 last year. The level of demand for specialist burns help so far in 2017 suggests there will be another rise in patient numbers this year.

Staff member recognised for their honesty and accessibility

We introduced a staff Achievement of the Month Award aligned to the CCG values. The monthly award, which has been ongoing since last year, gives staff the opportunity to recognise and/or thank individual colleagues or teams for something they have done over the previous month.

We are pleased to announce that the latest winner is Vanessa Ridout, Executive Assistant to Lynn Millar, Director of Primary Care. Vanessa was nominated by her colleagues in the Primary Care Team for transforming the administrative support to the team and constantly providing advice, support and reassurance. Her nomination, and subsequent winning of the award, reflects the CCGs value of “we are honest, accessible and we listen”.

Be prepared for August Bank Holiday and order your repeat prescriptions now

As the August Bank Holiday approaches we want to remind patients to be prepared and to check what medications they need.  We encourage patients to collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time as GP practices will be closed on Monday 28 August and many pharmacies will have limited opening hours that day.

If for some reason patients do run out of medication, they should speak to a community pharmacist or to contact NHS 111 for advice. Information on which community pharmacies are open during this period can be found online.

Health awareness: Maternity support

This month we are focussing on maternity. If you are an expected mother or have a young child you may find some of these resources helpful.

World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August

World Breastfeeding Week aims to increase the rate of breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Currently a national average of 73% mothers breastfeed at the time the baby is born and locally it is 63%.

A hub of help for carers

The Carers Hub exists to improve the life of carers in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent through tailored advice, training and information.​

Services are designed with you and your needs as a carer in mind and cover a whole range of support for carers of all ages:​

  • Carers Assessments

  • ​Support planning

  • Social & health services

  • Money

Health awareness: Blood pressure & obesity

Throughout this month we are highlighting the importance of blood pressure checking and obesity:

Blood pressure

Good blood pressure control is key to reducing cardiovascular morbidity, especially in patients with other risk factors and co-morbidities. Chief amongst these is diabetes. Patients and, to some extent clinicians, still think of diabetes in terms of blood sugar control but cardiovascular risk reduction is more important.

AGM success in Hednesford

On Thursday 6 July, we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2016/17 at the Aquarius Ballroom in Hednesford. Patients, staff and colleagues from providers and the voluntary sector were invited to attend to hear about the CCG's achievements and future plans. You can downoad the full presentation from the evenings event:  pdf CC AGM Presentation 06 07 17 (1.52 MB)

The key topics that were discussed included:

  • various achievements in the last year such as patient safety, quality and performance targets
  • developed an improved method of face to face engagement - find out how you can get involved
  • the Annual Report and Governance Statement for 2016/17 were formally presented, of which you can download the full version Cannock Chase Annual Report and Accounts 2016 17.

NHS commissioning staff honoured for year of dedication

Staff have been honoured for their hard work and dedication when local NHS commissioners held their annual awards.

The staff awards were held jointly by Cannock Chase, South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula and Stafford & Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) at County Buildings, Stafford.

They were held on the theme of the CCGs values; we are honest, accessible and we listen, care and respect for all, quality is our day job and we innovate and deliver.

Cancer awareness: Don’t be scared of the diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis was the last thing Stafford resident Paul Giles expected at 57 years old. After a long career with the RAF, Paul was a keen sportsman who kept himself fit and healthy.  Even after leaving the Forces would think nothing of cycling 30 miles at a time.

“I’d never seen the inside of a hospital before.  I never smoked, drank only moderately and exercised five or six times a week – I was in the gym right up until the night before I was diagnosed – but all that is never going to prevent you from getting something like cancer.  Cancer takes no prisoners,” said Paul.

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