National spotlight for NHS in Eastern Cheshire

An NHS organisation that plans and buys healthcare for more than 200,000 people has been showcased in a prestigious national publication. NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was recommended by NHS England to publisher St. James’ House, which has just unveiled Vote 100 – a landmark book celebrating the 100th anniversary of women being awarded the vote in Britain. And last week’s official launch at Westminster was attended by CCG representatives Karen Burton, clinical project manager for urgent and emergency care; and Penny Hughes, designated clinical officer for special educational needs and disability. Boasting the highest production values, the book focuses on pioneering work in public life to promote equality and ensure people can access the vital public services they need. The CCG’s article includes a case study about an able student whose anxiety was causing challenging behaviour and disrupting his learning. The CCG worked with the school to assemble a multi-disciplinary team of mental health, social care and education professionals who developed an Education, Health and Care Plan that allowed him to access one-to-one teaching assistant support. As a result, his attendance and attainment improved while his anxiety levels fell. Said Penny: “The case study showed how the CCG is working as a team around the child, with parents a vital part of the jigsaw. By doing this, we’re able to make a difference early on in a child’s life. “This reduces the risk of young people developing more serious mental health needs. It also ensures they have access to education, improving their overall life chances.” The feature also describes how the CCG partnered with NHS South Cheshire CCG and Cheshire East Council to develop the Emotionally Healthy Schools programme, which places emotional wellbeing at the centre of the school day. This innovative approach was highly commended at the Local Government Chronicle Awards last year. Other best practice celebrated in Vote 100 includes the CCG investing £1million in a Frailty Approach led by East Cheshire NHS Trust, which provides community health services and runs the Macclesfield, Congleton and Knutsford hospitals. The approach includes a GP-led multi-disciplinary team working in A&E and in the community to support people at home; and a GP-led acute visiting service that meets urgent needs in a person’s own home. The article describes a psychiatric liaison service commissioned by the CCG and provided in A&E for people with mental health problems, and a Community Falls Responder Service provided by the voluntary sector and North West Ambulance Service. Speaking after the book launch, Karen said she was delighted to have been invited and thrilled to learn that Vote 100 was being distributed to key figures in public life, international heads of state and leading politicians from all parties. Dr Paul Bowen, the CCG’s clinical chair and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton said: “Vote 100 highlighted our work to shift the balance from hospital-based services to home-based health, social and community support to achieve improved quality of care and person-centred outcomes.”