New film – Dudley patients benefitting from improved access to GPs

New film – Dudley patients benefitting from improved access to GPs

A new animated film has been produced to help raise awareness of how thousands of patients in Dudley are benefitting from improved access to family doctor services across the borough. The film has been produced for NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), as part of a wider piece of work the CCG is doing with the national Primary Care Foundation. The film reflects how the CCG is working with GPs, patient groups and health care partners, including NHS England, to make it easier for people to get appointments and also get the best from the wide range of services on offer from their local GP practice. read...

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Big bang event for autism 5 April 2014 celebrating World Autism Day (2 April)

Big bang event for autism 5 April 2014  celebrating World Autism Day (2 April)

An event organised by Dudley Council’s autism outreach service to celebrate the strengths and talents of children and young people with autism will be held this next week (April 5). From 11am to 4pm people are invited to go along to the autism Big Bang event at Dudley College at The Broadway, Dudley to see a diverse display of art, science, writing and music. This will be the fourth year that the event has taken place to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. All of the work is from children and young people diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum attending either mainstream or special schools in Dudley and are supported by the Autism Outreach Service. The event is free although there are fund-raising activities for the Dudley Autism Support group. Everyone is welcome to drop in at any time from 11am to 4pm. read more...

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Keeping older people safe and well – Living Well Feeling Safe partnership in Quarry Bank

A service aimed at keeping older and vulnerable people safe and well in their homes, will be out and about in Quarry Bank in April. The living well, feeling safe service provides practical safety, security and wellbeing advice for older and vulnerable people; aiming to make sure they keep safe, secure and happy at home. Living well, feeling safe is a partnership made up of Dudley Council, Age UK, West Midlands Police, Victim Support, West Midlands Fire Service and other agencies. Staff from the service will be out and about visiting properties in Quarry Bank on 9, 10, 11 April. Free home assessments will be on offer where advice, tips and practical help will be provided on home safety and security, as well as on keeping comfortable, happy, independent and well. read...

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Focus on: Social Care for Older People- Nuffield Trust and Health Report

This new report details the impact of reducing budgets and having to manage demand with an aging population. The research, which is part of the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation’s QualityWatch programme, reveals that most local authorities are tightly rationing social care for the over-65s in response to cuts, resulting in significant drops in the number of people receiving services. Key findings include: Between 2009/10 and 2012/13 spending on social care for older people fell by 15 per cent in real terms from £10.6 billion to £9.8 billion; Almost a quarter of a million fewer older people received publicly funded community services in financial years 2012/13 compared to 2009/10, a 26 per cent drop; Home and day care spending by councils fell by 23 per cent (or £538 million) over the same period; The number of older people receiving home-delivered meals has more than halved since 2009/10; Transfers of money from the NHS to adult social care have more than doubled since 2009/10. Without these, service cuts in social care could have been even more drastic. The study seeks to assess the impact of social care cuts on the health and well being of older people and their carers, but finds that, due to a lack of available data, it is not possible to quantify this. Read...

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Do you employ your own Personal Assistant? Are you a Personal Assistant? event 26 April

The IMPACT group , (who is made up of  Black Country Partnership for Care, user led organisation, Disability in Action, A4e, Idea for all,  Local Support Team , Skills for Care, Dudley CIL and local personal assistants) are giving personal assistants and people who  employ personal assistants an opportunity to discuss all things social care. The event is taking place on Saturday 26 April 2014  10 am – 2 pm at Queens Cross Network, Wellington Road, Dudley, DY1 1RB Attendees will be able : Pit your wits in a light-hearted quiz (If you are an employer), hear about the legal side of employment from David Ashley (Fish Insurance) (If you are a PA),  to chat with other PAs and share ideas Learn about possible training for employers and PAs Find out how to effectively manage stress Refreshments : Light lunch included. The event is also supported by Dudley Council. If you want to come along, please: Call Jeni on 01902 551083 or email jennifer.kingston@dudley.gov.uk...

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