Councillor C MacGregor
A contract has now been received for Essex County Council administrative services to undertake the Basic screening checks for staff recruited to or employed by the Town council.
Local Health Services
I attended the North East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board meeting (public part) on September 24th 2019 Particular points of interest where that all CCG’s are required to report on how they will be reducing running costs and for North East Essex that is proposed to be achieved by amalgamation with West Suffolk and East Suffolk to facilitate one single leadership team. The consultation has been launched and the aim is for new arrangements to be in place by December 2019. It is hoped that this will not result in a loss of local understanding and focus.
Good news was announced regarding the award of £2 million pounds for the local Integrated Care System to support the Mental health of children in our schools. The proposed model will see three Mental health support teams in each of the three allied areas – one for North East Essex -comprising of a range of practitioners. This will also include giving teachers and schools advice and interventions to support pupils in need.
The CCG report that they have actively risk assessed and taken steps to be Brexit ready should it go ahead imminently.
Copy of meeting papers in hard copy at Brightlingsea Council offices.
There has been a Local announcement that The Local Minor injuries services will change in name and in some cases function from 1st October 2019 to become “Urgent Treatment Centres” (UTC). Accessing the UTC will then enable a triage to the appropriate service depending on severity or the nature of your illness or injury. Some people will be treated by themselves, some directed to GP care and others escalated to A&E. It is anticipated to create efficient service use with the “right people at the right place” according to need.
The UTC can be accessed at Colchester, Clacton and Harwich.
Freedom of information Request.
North Essex CCG did not respond favourably with information requested regarding waiting times for children to see Community Paediatricians; caseload sizes and details regarding the safeguarding children support. The CCG claim they do not collate this data although they are the legal commissioners of the services. This request will now be made to the service provider East Suffolk and North East Essex Foundation Trust. (ESNEEFT) as advised by the CCG.
The Colne Medical centre is to be congratulated on being very efficient in running a range of dates for Flu jabs to meet the needs of the Local population. The flu jabs are also available via the Local Pharmacy Boots the Chemist.
Australia is currently reporting one of its worse seasons for flu which is often a predictor for the USA and Europe to follow in the pattern.
CHAPS takes place shortly and will have been completed by the Council meeting. Deputy Mayor Jayne Chapman is engaged in this charity. This is an event where by screening is offered to males within a certain age group for detection of significant health issues .