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Statement on discrimination, inequality and racism from NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and Accountable Officer

Our CCG, as an NHS organisation, commissioner of care and as an employer, has an unwavering commitment to tackling racism and inequality – ensuring equity and fairness for all.  It is unacceptable that our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities continue to experience significantly poorer outcomes.  We must respond faster and do more to eliminate this inequality through our commissioning. The protests in the US and right here in central London in recent weeks demand an end to racism.  The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has rightly ignited anger around the world.  NHS South East London CCG’s position…

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‘Free Your Mind’ campaign will support mental wellbeing in south east London

A new campaign to support people living in south east London experiencing mental ill-health during the Covid-19 pandemic launches today (Monday 22 June). The ‘Free Your Mind’ campaign will run until 22 August 2020, using an array of digital resources to support south east Londoners better take care of their mental health. It has been initiated by NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It will reach out to more than 2 million people living in the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. The CCG’s clinical lead for mental health, and Southwark GP, Dr Nancy Kuchemann,…

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Keeping our Governing Body open and transparent

NHS South East London CCG values public views on health care across its six boroughs ​and is committed to transparency in all areas of our Governance.  At this challenging time, due to Government advice, we are not currently able to hold our Governing Body meetings in public. However, people from across south east London can watch our meetings live through the internet and ask questions. The next meeting is at 1-4pm on Thursday 21 May 2020 and you can find out more, including how to join, here: www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/our-governing-body/governing-body-papers/ Although we cannot meet in the usual way, we are committed to ensuring…

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We’re supporting Mental Health Awareness Week in south east London

This week (18-24 May) is the Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Mental Health Awareness Week 2020’, with the theme of ‘kindness’, which is particularly relevant during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Nancy Kuchemann, clinical lead for mental health for NHS South East London CCG said: “Emotional wellbeing – or lack of it – is something that is important to each and every one of us. And over the past few weeks, it’s become more relevant than ever. “That’s why we’re very happy to give our support to Mental Health Awareness Week in 2020, with its emphasis on kindness, and how important it is…

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South east London GP practices: “your GP surgery is open for you”

Doctors across south east London have made a short film asking patients not to put off contacting their GP surgery if they need to consult a doctor or nurse during the Covid 19 pandemic.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1jefywezAw Despite these challenging times, your GP surgery is open for you. GP surgeries are working differently, doing more appointments by video and telephone If you think you need treatment or just some advice, you should contact your surgery. If you think you may be unwell, please do not ignore your symptoms, particularly – if you have chest pains – if your mental health gets worse –…

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Campaign launched to help tackle domestic abuse

Recent measures announced by the Government to tackle COVID-19, such as ordering people to stay at home, can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses anyone is under. Public Health England has been working with the charity sector and the police to ensure that these support services remain open to anyone affected by domestic abuse during this challenging time. A campaign At home shouldn’t mean at risk of domestic abuse has been launched to highlight the help and support available including how…

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GPs are still open for business

Doctors across south east London are asking patients not to put off contacting their GP surgery if they need to consult a doctor or nurse during the Covid 19 pandemic.  Fewer patients have been consulting their doctor or nurse for their usual health issues or new physical or mental health problems during this pandemic and this is concerning doctors as there may be people out there who need medical advice and whose conditions may worsen if they don’t get it.  Contact your surgery if you feel unwell – please do not ignore your symptoms particularly if you have a long term…

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Covid-19: Managing your health at home

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means you should only leave your home if it’s essential, unless you feel very unwell or you are told to attend an existing appointment for ongoing treatment. While you are at home it’s still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer. The Health at Home webpage has information letting you know how to: contact your GP order repeat prescriptions manage long-term conditions maintain your mental and physical wellbeing If you need an NHS service, try to do it online first. If you cannot get what you need this way try asking a…

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South east London CCG appoints new Southwark borough director

Sam Hepplewhite has been appointed as Southwark’s new Director for NHS south east London Clinical Commissioning Group (SEL CCG). Previously director of integrated commissioning for the borough, Sam was responsible for providing leadership across Southwark. In her new role, Sam will lead Southwark’s team and will be part of SEL CCG’s executive team where she will be a voting member of the Governing Body. She is due to take to take up her post with immediate effect replacing Southwark borough’s previous director, Ross Graves.

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COVID-19 advice now available in different languages

Public Health England have published two COVID-19 related leaflets in different languages. ‘Shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable’ and ‘Stay at home advice for households with possible Coronavirus infection’ are both available to download and print.

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Our PCCC Meeting in April

Our Primary Care Commissioning Committee (PCCC) will take place at 2.30pm on 16 April 2020.  In line with current national requirements, this will be a virtual meeting.  For more information on how to ask questions at the meeting and to read the papers, please visit our PCCC page on the website.   

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