We welcome you to the latest edition of Feedback – your Health Involvement Network bulletin.
Feedback has been developed so that we can keep you updated on how your views are helping us to shape, plan and develop the NHS services that the hospitals and other NHS organisations provide. We also aim to keep you informed about upcoming engagement opportunities.
We know from you that some people want a brief update while others want further details. Each section of Feedback therefore provides a brief overview together with links or contacts for further information.
Future Feedback Emails
Handling and storing your personal data – new General Data Protection Bill 2017
NHS Dorset CCG needs to ensure we are compliant with new data protection legislation for handing personal data. Whilst we already carefully process personal information in line with data protection laws, the changes to the legislation mean we need to re-confirm your contact details and regain your consent to send you communications.
If you would like to continue to receive the FEEDBACK bulletin we will invite you to opt into our mailing list again in our next edition. We will provide an online form to enable you to do this.
Watch this space!
Get involved with your local Patient Participation Group
You will have heard that the way GP services are currently organised is unsustainable. Practices are under extreme pressure with an increasing workload and diminishing workforce so things need to change. The General Practice Forward View (GPFV) national guidance give us a fantastic opportunity to work with practices to address these difficult challenges.
To find out more about what’s happening at your local GP practice join your Practice Patient Group (PPG). You can opt to join meetings or to be added to their patient mailing list.
Find out more today
Lay Representative Opportunity Re-procurement of Community Pain Service
We are seeking lay-representatives to participate in a market engagement exercise with providers who may be interested in bidding to provide a community pain service for Dorset.
The contract with the current service provider expires in March 2019. The ideal candidates will be current or past users of pain services or be a carer of someone who is or has used the service (in or outside of Dorset). It will be of additional benefit if candidates have experience of listening to presentations, evaluating information, and providing feedback.
The market engagement meeting will take place at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester, on the morning of Thursday 22 March 2018. Successful candidates may also be invited to sit on future re-procurement panels.
Travel costs and out of pocket expenses will be paid.
If you are interested in this post please see our website for additional information and complete the expression of interest form. Closing date for applications is Friday 16 March 2018.
Stay Well over the upcoming bank holidays
Stop the loan sharks
LOAN SHARKS lend money illegally, operating without the correct permission granted by the Financial Conduct Authority to “fit and proper” money lenders. Loan sharks are as dangerous and predatory as their name suggests. Borrowers may pay huge rates of interest and often face violence if they cannot pay.
The Illegal Money Lending Team, England, working in partnership with Dorset Citizen’s Advice are raising awareness of the dangers locally.
For more information visit their website.
The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.
If you worked for the NHS and have a story to share we want to hear from you. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about NHS70.
Dorset Care Record going live
The first phase of the Dorset Care Record (DCR), which is bringing together health and social care records into one system, is due to go live in the early spring.
The DCR is a confidential electronic record that will create a more complete and up-to-date health record for every person in Dorset. It will contain information about allergies, medication, medical history, care plans and surgery.
Having this information in one record will help professionals work together more effectively to ensure everyone receives the best quality care possible, reducing duplication and paperwork.
Every person over 16 will have their own record in the DCR containing information about their personal health and care needs. Only basic data such as name, NHS number, gender and date of birth will be visible to professionals dealing with people’s care will be available prior to giving consent.
Once the first phase of the DCR has been launched, the next time you see a health and social care professional you – and carers acting on behalf of an individual – will be asked to choose who can see your record and for how long.
Leaflets, flyers and posters on consent options are available in libraries, GP surgeries, hospitals and local authority buildings.
Information around consent, along with details about access, benefits, case studies, videos and a Q and A, is available on the DCR website at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/dorset-care-record or call the Helpline number on 0345 200 0026.