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NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and its local authority partners are reviewing Children’s Speech and Language Communication Needs Services in Dorset.

The objective of the project is to deliver a whole system approach to improving speech, language and communication services for children and young people under 25 years old living in Dorset, to ensure services are sustainable in the future.

The project is in its first year and is currently focused on carrying out an initial review of existing services. At the same time as collecting this data, we recognise the importance of gathering views and experience from service users and to ensure patients, carers and the public have their say about the service. The survey feedback will be anonymous and will be analysed alongside the service review data and will inform future speech and language commissioning for Dorset.

The survey closing date is 31st October.

Complete survey

Patient Groups

Patient Group web page and toolkit

Jim and Gill, our PPG support officers, are pulling together information to help PPGs develop – to include advice, ideas for projects, promotional materials, templates, good news stories and PPG successes. If you have anything you’d like us to feature, do get in touch communication@dorsetccg.nhs.uk. We’ll update when we launch. Watch this space.

Brexit information for patient groups

In response to some concerns from patient groups about important supplies following a no-deal Brexit, the government has provided guidance on medicines and food if there is a no-deal Brexit. 

There is also information on preparing for Brexit available.

News

EU Settlement Scheme

Do you know of any colleagues, clients, friends or families who may need assistance to get the immigration status needed to continue to live, work or study in the UK, and be eligible for public services and public funding? A team of Citizens Advice and Dorset Race Equality Council officer are here to help.

The Home Office is working with local organisations to make sure the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is accessible to all and capable of handling vulnerable applicants with flexibility and sensitivity.

A small team of engagement and case officers, based within Citizens Advice BCP, Citizens Advice in Dorset and Dorset Race Equality Council are here to help, inform and more importantly provide support to anyone who is finding any aspect of the application challenging.

If you know of any European nationals within your networks and communities who may need advice and help in their application, do not hesitate to raise awareness of the scheme and of the free help available.

Citizens Advice are happy to hold drop in sessions locally, or to come and give a presentation on the scheme to yourself or your colleagues.

Alternatively, anyone can refer themselves into our service using the below details:

For FREE help or advice with an EUSS application, please contact Citizens Advice BCP.

Text or telephone Maggie: 07761 092704 / General Adviceline: 03444 111 444

Email: euss.advice@citizensadvicebcp.org.uk

Further information

Guidance

Age UK

Did you know that Age UK Dorchester (01305 269444) and Bournemouth (01202 530530) which between them cover most of the Dorset area, are now offering an even wider range of services for their clients. Do have a look to see if you, a family member, friend or neighbour might benefit. Both branches are happy to talk through the services they offer which include: information and advice, foot care, carers support, getting online with computers, social and lunch clubs, dementia support and better balance classes.

Flu virus

The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think.

Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly, that’s why the flu jab is free if you’re aged 65 or over, of if you have a long-term health condition.

More information.