As many as two in every three people who go to Broomfield Hospital A&E do not need to be there – leading to longer waits for patients needing urgent care.
Before the start of this year, about 220 patients went through A&E every 24 hours – but by spring 2016 numbers were frequently far higher. On one day in April, an unprecedented 314 people came to A&E – and last month (September), daily figures often exceeded that. On 26 September 2016, for example, there were 334 patients in A&E.
The higher numbers are largely made up of people who would get the right care from a GP, pharmacist or even through self-care. Up to two thirds of Broomfield’s current A&E patients do not have a serious or life-threatening condition – but the long waits in A&E are not putting them off walking in with minor ailments.
This is making it harder for our doctors and nurses to cope. The situation has become so serious that immediate action is needed.
From next week, patients going to A&E with conditions that are not serious or life-threatening may be redirected to other services.
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (MEHT) and other healthcare partners to direct patients to more appropriate care.
Dr Bob Ghosh, Medical Director at MEHT, said: “Patient safety remains the priority – no one will be ‘turned away’ until a senior nurse has seen them and advised on what they need to do. But people with a minor condition should not expect to be seen in A&E. We want the public to help us ease this pressure and really think first about what care they need – help us keep A&E for those who need it.”
Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG, said: “This new initiative is being supported by health and care professionals across our patch. To help people get the right care, we are working with our GP practices to make sure appointments are available.
“People often say it’s too difficult to get a GP appointment – but when the CCG last audited them, more than 700 appointments at GP practices across mid Essex went unused on one day alone.”
“On top of this, we know that some of our practices have between 20 and 30 appointments a day that get wasted because people don’t turn up and they don’t cancel.
“We really need people to think wisely about how they use our health and care services so that we can provide the best and most appropriate care.”
There are lots of different MacMillan Coffee Mornings happening across Chelmsford City today, we have pulled together a list of ones you could visit.
M&S Coffee Morning @ M&S Chelmsford High Street from 10am. Find out more here.
Nationwide Building Society’s Community coffee morning @ Nationwide Chelmsford High Street from 10:00am. Find out more here.
Coffee Morning and Table Top Sale @ Central Baptist Church from 10:30am. Find out more here.
Fisher Jones Greenwood @ Fisher Jones Greenwood 16 Baddow Road from 10am. Find out more here.
A ‘cup of tea and a slice of cake!’ @ The Salvation Army Chelmsford from 10am. Find out more here.
To find more MacMillan Coffee mornings happening across Chelmsford, look here.
The Meadows Shopping Centre is offering an exciting opportunity for charities at this December. They are currently seeking a charity partner to work with them over the Christmas period with exclusive access to fundraising opportunities.
Commenting on the search, Sue Patel Centre Manager at The Meadows said;
“We receive many requests to support charities throughout the year and try and assist as many as we can. Christmas is a special time of year and we thought it would be a great idea to partner with a single charity to allow them to really make the most of the busiest time of the year. The charity will support us with some special events we have planned but also be allowed to use the centre for their own fundraising ideas as well. We’re looking forward to seeing who comes forward and hoping to raise a lot of money for a good cause.”
For their chance to become The Meadows official charity for the Christmas period charities need to email your completed application form (please find below) to Ian@themeadows.co.uk
Don’t forget our 3rd Annual Health Event is taking place next Thursday 15 September at Broomfield Hospital from 11am. There will be stands located throughout the main atrium showcasing over 40 voluntary healthcare organisations.
The event will be followed by Mid Essex Hospital Services Annual General Meeting which will be held in the Medical Academic Unit (MAU) from 6:30pm until 8pm (6pm for refreshments).
All members of the community are warmly welcomed to attend any events on the day.
Please be aware that parking is limited on the day, we strongly recommend the use of the Chelmer Valley Park & Ride bus service which now stops outside the Hospital entrance.
“One of my key duties as Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex is to put together the strategic plan for the policing of our county in the interests of the public.For me, safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and well being for all.
The new Police and Crime Plan is relevant to all our lives. During my election campaign and since becoming PCC, I have listened to the people of our county. They are clear that more local, visible and accessible policing, and being tough on Anti-Social Behaviour are vitally important. This was reinforced at my first public meeting as PCC, held in Grays, where two Thurrock mothers made powerful and courageous comments about the impact of ASB on their families. These are the first two priorities in the new Plan, and mark a commitment to refocus some police resources in these important areas.
Some priorities build on the existing Police and Crime Plan, such as being tough on domestic abuse and improving the safety of our roads. Two further priorities highlight crucial work on increasingly important challenges: reversing the trend in serious violence, and tackling gangs and organised crime.
Finally, protecting children and vulnerable people will be a core priority. This will involve the police bringing criminals to justice and a drive to prevent crime and abuse from happening in the first place.
I want to hear your views. During September and early October 2016, I will be seeking your thoughts on the draft Police and Crime Plan through meetings, online engagement, and a dedicated address for correspondence.
Your insights will be taken into consideration as the Police and Crime Plan is developed further, so please take part in the online survey, attend one of our public meetings, or contact me with your thoughts at the dedicated email address.
You can also write to:
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
3 Hoffmanns Way
Essex CM1 1GU”
The engagement process for the new Police and Crime Plan will end on October 7, 2016. An updated Police and Crime Plan will be taken to the Police and Crime Panel for their final comments at the end of October. It is anticipated that the new Police and Crime Plan for Essex will come into effect in early November 2016.
The full schedule of PCC public meetings can be seen here:
The Limbless Association are a small national charity based in Chelmsford with a history spanning over 30 years. As a user led organisation they are passionate about delivering their services to support all amputees whatever their stage of limb-loss and with approximately 130 new amputees per week, and unfortunately numbers growing, there is an increasing demand for our services. They are seeking an energetic and highly motivated Funding and Communications Officer who can make a tangible contribution to the growth and reach of this long standing charity. The LA is in the process of an exciting transformation which presents multiple opportunities and potential for the right applicant.
Please take a look at the Job Description/Person Spec and our website: www.limbless-association.org. The deadline for receipt of applications is the 9th September 2016 at 12pm.
Candidates for interview will be notified by 16th September and the interview date is set for 26th September 2016.
The Mid and South Essex Success Regime is supporting one of the largest ever transformation programmes in local health and care. This includes proposals to rearrange hospital services across sites at Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend.
This is your chance to be involved at an early stage, before proposals are developed for public consultation later in 2016/17.
Meet health and care leaders and tell us how you see things. We will be talking about:
To book your place, please RSVP to email@example.com or call 01245 351888
For more information about this service, please click here.
EWAG will be publishing later this year the Awful Animals Alphabet for Adults, The poems have been written by George Courtauld and the artist is John Holder. This may be a useful stocking filler for Christmas!
The Fundraising Regulator, the independent self-regulator for charitable fundraising in the United Kingdom, was launched formally on 7 July 2016.
Established following the Etherington review of fundraising self-regulation (2015), the Fundraising Regulator’s purpose is to strengthen the system of charity regulation, improve practice and restore public trust in fundraising.
The role of the Regulator is to:
The Fundraising Regulator is governed by a 10-member non-executive Board of Directors, with a broad range of relevant experience, including of working in the charitable sector. The Board is chaired by Lord Grade of Yarmouth. More details are available at –www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk
New guidance for charities trustees about fundraising from the public – The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, released (June 2016) new guidance for charities trustees about fundraising from the public. Trustees have a key role in overseeing their charity’s fundraising and ensuring it reflects their charity’s values.
The Public Sector Reform Unit issued out application forms for the above programme on behalf of the Essex Partnership Board. I attach a Briefing which explains how the Collaborative Opportunity has developed. The application forms and further information can be found below.
As a Sector, we now have a great opportunity – to put forward potential applicants for the programme. They are looking for future exceptional leaders so if you have someone within your organisation that you think could make the grade please consider putting them forward.
Note the deadline is quite tight and please read the attached VCS Briefing prior to making the application as it describes fully the type of individual that the Collaborative are looking for.
The new 2016 – 2017 FREE and Chargeable Working Together Training programme and E-Learning Opportunities is now available. From July 2016 there is a new self-serve system called ‘LEARN’ which allows you to book and record your own Learning and Development.
The Training Programme which contains details of all the courses with dates and locations and the LEARN Users guide can be found at the bottom of this post.
The Learn Users guide is a step by step guide on how to register on the site, search and book yourself on courses etc.
Once you have identified which course / e-learning you would like to undertake from the training programme, please click on the word ‘Learn’ on the guides front page as this will take you directly to the registration page or go to the Working Together Website https://ecclms.co.uk/goecclma.asp click on ‘Learning and Development’ where you will find the Training Programme, Learn Guidance and link to the Learn Site.
If you have any issues please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Essex Energy Switch is a community energy switching scheme, which aims to help as many residents as possible to switch providers and secure a better deal on their gas and electricity bills.
Community energy switching works by bringing together large groups of residents who want to switch energy providers into one ‘auction’. The major energy providers then ‘bid’ in auction by offering the best possible price to the collective. The provider offering the best price wins the auction, and everyone who signed up is given the opportunity to switch to the new tariff (although there is no obligation to do so).
The primary communications objectives for this campaign were based around the number of people who registered for the scheme, and web traffic to the Energy Switch page on the Essex County Council (ECC) website (www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch). Paul Hinsley, ECC’s lead on the scheme will be happy to discuss; Paul.email@example.com
The Essex Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership brings together representatives from the different agencies in our County who work with children, young people and their families. The Partnership discusses what are the most important issues and problems for children, young people and families in Essex and decides what we are going to do about them.
The latest version of the Children and Young People’s (CYP) Plan sets out the ambitions for the coming few years and provides a strategic framework that affirms partners’ commitment to work together on six “system objectives” that will deliver better outcomes for children, young people and their parents and carers.
You can read the full CYP Plan here.
People who have made a major contribution to community safety and crime prevention in Essex were recognised and thanked at the High Sheriffs’ Awards ceremony held at Hylands House in Chelmsford. More than 40 voluntary and community organisations were represented this year and trophies, certificates and grants totalling £23,541, were presented by the outgoing High Sheriff, Vincent Thompson.
Many congratulations go to Chelmsford based groups who received an Award:
Staffed solely by volunteers, The Stroke Club for Mid Essex helps stroke survivors to build skills and gain coping strategies to give them as much independence as possible. They provide a 24/7 Helpline and a Stroke Café which is open on Saturday mornings as a Drop-In Centre for stroke survivors and their families and carers. Glenda Daines has been a volunteer at the club for four years and says the organisation fully recognises the importance of its volunteer force, which is never taken for granted
Essex Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs £1000: To help deliver the Respect personal development project for vulnerable young pupils of secondary schools in the east Thurrock area. WINNER OF THE ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL BOWL
Essex Search & Rescue receives a High Sheriffs’ Certificate to recognise the exceptional contribution of its volunteers to overall community safety by responding to calls from Essex Police to supplement and assist in the search for missing persons.
Crimestoppers Trust £1000: To help raise the profile of the Crimestoppers scheme in Essex which offers a secure and anonymous 24/7 service for anyone to give information about any crimes or criminal activity.
Keep Safe Scheme £964: To buy items for Keep Safe Packs which are used across the county to help vulnerable people with their personal security.
Helping Hands Essex £1000: To support a rehabilitation service for people recovering from alcohol addiction in the Chelmsford area.
Melbourne Project £1000: Helping continue community work and support for residents living on the deprived Melbourne and Boarded Barns Estates in Chelmsford. WINNER OF THE HIGH SHERIFFS’ CUP
Ormiston Families £1000: To help run the “Breaking Barriers” programme, supporting children who have a parent in prison in HMP Chelmsford.
For more information about Essex Community Foundation and the High Sheriffs’ Fund, the Awards presented this year and to view photographs of the event visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk
The 2016 High Sheriffs’ Fund is now open for applications: www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk/ grants/our-grantmaking/high-sheriffs-fund/
Following the tremendous success of last year’s Mid Essex Showcasing Healthcare event at Broomfield Hospital, we are pleased to announce that this year’s event will be held on Thursday 15 September.
For further details and booking, please download and complete this form (click here).
Deadline for booking is Friday 17 July 2016.