Fond farewell to leading Cannock GP

Dr Stephen Gibbins, from the Moss Street Surgery in Chadsmoor, is hanging up his stethoscope to retire after 30 years’ service.

Dr Gibbins, started work as a GP in Chadsmoor in 1987 and then set up Moss Street Surgery in purpose-built premises in 1990. By 1995 Moss Street was a three-doctor practice and under Dr Gibbins' guidance the list size has risen from 2000 to 5000 registered patients. 

Nurses gather to improve dementia services in Staffordshire communities

Around 80 community based nurses are coming together next month for a special event to discuss better ways to diagnose and support people with dementia and their families.

The event is being jointly organised by two of Staffordshire’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who together serve over 275,000 patients (see Notes to Editors), with South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT), the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies and The Alzheimer’s Society.

The nurses all work in community settings, either within GP practices or as district nurses.

Clinical Commissioning Groups assume responsibility for commissioning General Practice

Cannock Chase CCG have assumed responsibility for commissioning General Practice in Cannock Chase. We assumed responsibility for “delegated commissioning” from 1 April 2017.

Delegated commissioning refers to the process whereby CCGs are granted greater powers to directly commission primary medical services. This includes contractual GP performance management and budget management. However, it excludes all functions relating to individual GP performance management. It also excludes the commissioning of dental community pharmacy and eye health services. These services will be retained by NHS England.

New film helps explain 111 service

NHS 111 is the non-emergency service staffed by highly trained advisers, supported by healthcare professionals and available 24/7, 365 days a year with free calls from mobiles and landlines. NHS England has worked with self-advocacy groups to produce a film helping people with a learning disability, autism or both, to understand more about NHS 111. The film is also being used during training for the services’ advisers to help them better understand the needs of people with a learning disability, autism, or both.

Visit your Pharmacist first if you’re unwell this spring

Pharmacists offer the best help when it comes to common ailments like coughs, colds, sore throats, hay fever and insect bites.

Dr Mo Huda, Chair of Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group and a Rugeley GP says: "Pharmacists are fully trained to give you professional medical advice, with a wide range of over-the-counter medications available.You don't need to book an appointment and many pharmacies now have private consultation rooms so you can talk privately."

Taking a few steps could mean that if you are under the weather during the spring, you can look after yourself at home.

Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme Briefing – April 2017

Cannock Chase, Stafford and Surrounds, North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups are working with NHS England, Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Macmillan Cancer Support to improve cancer and end of life care through the Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme which launched in April 2013.

  pdf Read here for the latest update to the programme. (296 KB)

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