Working to keep you well this winter

Local partners are reassuring people living in and around Dorset that they will be working hard to deliver the best possible care over winter, at the same time reminding them that they can help both themselves and local services by being prepared and using the most appropriate service when they need help or advice.
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Stepping into nature

At the CCG we regularly use our social media channels to put out information about upcoming events, health issues or promotions and also help distribute messages from our partner organisations i.e. local hospitals or the local Ambulance Trust.

Activities helping to improve the health and wellbeing of those in later life, including people with dementia and their carers through nature are now being delivered in Dorset.

The project, Stepping into Nature (Si2N), is a three-year £320K Big Lottery funded project, led by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team and hosted by Dorset County Council. Si2N aims to improve health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation by helping attendees experience and enjoy Dorset’s outstanding coast and countryside in a fully supported and friendly setting. All activity leaders are fully trained and experienced in working with a range of audiences.

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Help improve dermatology, diabetes or ophthalmology services

This is an invitation to be part of one of three teams made up of people with wide-ranging experience of elective care who will be joining forces over 100 days – between December 2017 and April 2018 – to design and experiment with ideas and innovations to help improve quality of care in Dermatology, Diabetes and Ophthalmology in Dorset.
If you are interested in taking part or would like more information please contact us via Please note the closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 15 December.

Making the most of GP Patient Participation Groups Conference – 5 February 2018

Wessex Voices and Healthwatch Dorset are hosting a conference to bring together people with an interest in GP Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). The event will be open to anyone who would like to learn more about how the groups work, their importance, and how they fit into the bigger NHS picture.
Places at the event will be limited. If you would like to register an early interest in this conference please provide us with your contact details here.

Trust Change Champions scoop prestigious national award

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals’ Change Champions have won the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) award for Staff Engagement for their work on culture change in the Trust.
The Change Champions first got together in 2015 to improve the working environment for staff and empower them to provide the best care for patients. Their work has included listening to staff about how they want to be recognised, which led to the first #ThankYou! Day, attended by more than 1100 members of staff; introducing a simplified and inclusive approach to trust objectives and bringing in a new training programme on customer care.
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Have you heard of the Bournemouth Local Offer?

Do you look after a child with special educational needs or disabilities (aged 0-25)?
Have you heard of the Bournemouth Local Offer?
The Local Offer is a wide range of information, support and facilities that you can expect to find in your local area. Why not take a look and tell us what you think?

Be responsible with antibiotics

As part of a series of events at Poole Hospital, consultant microbiologist Dr Liz Sheridan helped to raise awareness of the importance of using antibiotics appropriately during World Antibiotics Awareness Week from 13-17 November.
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Hundreds enjoy open day

Hundreds of visitors had the chance to see behind the scenes of their local hospital at Dorset County Hospital’s annual open day.
This year’s tour programme included theatres, the cardiology department and the equipment library. There was also the opportunity to take part in the popular CPR challenge, and the Practice Educators demonstrated their training aids.
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The NHS Constitution

Assurance has to be provided on how as an organisation, we are meeting the values, rights and pledges made within the NHS Constitution.  The NHS Constitution’s aim is to safeguard the enduring principles and values of the NHS, setting out responsibilities of the public and staff and enabling public, patients and staff to know and exercise their legal rights.
The Constitution contains:

The principles of the NHS

NHS values

Rights, pledges and responsibilities for patients, the public and staff

Further information is available here

An easy read guide together with a full handbook are both available.