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Leicestershire County and Rutland NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland membership

Healthy Times Spring 11 Issue 8

Members’ newsletter

Inside this issue:

Are you sun safe? - protect your skin, even on cooler days

Get walking! - with walk to school week

More than 9500 members

Meet our cover star

Leading Leicestershire and Rutland to become the healthiest place in the UK


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Contents

Dear Members,

Welcome to the Spring issue

Welcome to the spring edition of Healthy Times.

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Meet our cover star

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A healthy recipe to try

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Let's talk about health

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News in brief

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Are you sun safe?

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Walk to school week

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Wordsearch competition

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Be healthy, your feedback

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LINks update

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Access for all

Welcome to the Spring edition of Healthy Times. As we put the cold, grey days of winter behind us and look forward to light mornings and evenings, it is a time to feel reenergised and think about how we can get the best out of the opportunities this season brings to get outside and exercise more. A great example of how to do this is seen in our cover star, member Julia Kowal, who tells us how cycling helps to keep her fit and healthy. Turn to page three to find out more. Although it may seem early to think about protecting your skin from the sun, as the weather improves and we start to be more active outdoors, it’s important to remember to stay sun-safe, even on days that do not seem particularly sunny. Take a look at the article on sun safety on page eight to find out more.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win £25 of Asda vouchers by completing the wordsearch on page ten. Try the healthy recipe on page four. And, don’t forget to let us know if you think you could be the member cover star for the summer edition of Healthy Times – we’d love to hear from you. Wishing you good health and happiness Andrea Clark Head of engagement and involvement

As always, our members have been incredibly responsive and supportive when we have asked for feedback. Turn to the regular feature ‘Be heard, your feedback’ to find out how members are continuing to make a difference.

Produced by NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland’s communication and engagement team, email behealthybeheardmembership@leics.nhs.uk or telephone 0116 295 5866

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Meet our cover star 51 year old Julia Kowal is a real inspiration to anyone who wants to get fit and lead a more active lifestyle. She cycles a 7 mile round trip each day to work, and has seen real improvements in her health and wellbeing as a result. Julia tells us more. In the summer of 2008 I took a summer holiday in Cornwall with my husband. We hired bikes and tried cycling some of the many Cornish cycle trails such as the Camel Trail, Tin Trail and Clay Trail. I enjoyed the experience so much that on our return home, I felt inspired and decided to purchase a cheap bicycle so that I could start cycling to work. I live in Ratby, and to get to Glenfield Hospital where I work, I use a designated cycle trail that runs via Ratby to Glenfield, called the Ivanhoe Trail, which is actually an old railway line. My journey is approximately three and half miles each way or seven miles return. It takes me 20 minutes to get to work which is the same length of time as when I used to drive in to work, but without the stress of traffic problems! I call my route to work the ‘green corridor’. The trail is adjacent to a stream and is very rural; I often see squirrels, rabbits and other wildlife. Initially, I had planned to just cycle for the summer months, but because I enjoyed it so much, I continued into the Autumn and Winter and before I knew it two and a half years had gone by! I have had some challenges along the way to keep me on my toes though – not only have I had many punctures to deal with, I also was unfortunate enough to have my bike stolen. Also, last November I fell off my bike and broke my two front teeth – but it hasn’t put me off!

I am absolutely hooked on cycling now – I would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their fitness levels. I work full time, so my spare time is limited, but cycling to work incorporates exercise and fresh air into my daily routine. I always arrive at work feeling refreshed and energised and I’ve seen a real improvement in my general health and haven’t suffered from as many winter colds since I started cycling. In addition to this I am saving a huge amount of money on fuel costs, and also helping the environment by not using the car.

Want to be our next cover star? We want to lead Leicestershire and Rutland to become the healthiest place in the UK and we know that our members, like Julia, will have some truly inspiring stories to share. If you’d like to inspire others, and have the chance to be on the cover of a magazine, simply write and tell us what you have done. Write to: NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland Membership, Freepost Admail ADM4149, Loughborough, LE11 1YW or email info@nhslcrmembership.org Don’t forget to include a contact telephone number so that we can get in touch with you easily.

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A tasty recipe to try If you fancy something a little bit different, why not try making this delicious carrot cake? Ingredients

Method

8 oz wholemeal self raising flour

(200g)

3 oz sugar

(75g)

2 teaspoons mixed spice

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3 medium carrots (grated)

(About 170g)

2 oz sultanas

(50g)

5 tablespoons sunflower oil

(75ml)

8 tablespoons milk

(120ml)

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2 eggs 8 oz soft cheese 1 teaspoon vanilla essence / extract

(200g)

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Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Mix flour, spice, sugar, grated carrot and sultanas thoroughly in a bowl. Mix oil and milk together, add to the dry ingredients. Beat eggs together and add to the carrot mixture. Place the mixture into a non stick loaf tin and bake for 45 – 50 minutes, checking regularly. Once cooked, remove the loaf from the oven and leave to cool. Mix together the soft cheese, vanilla and sugar and spread carefully over the loaf. If you like you can decorate the loaf with some dried fruit such as raisins, apricots or cranberries. Individual slices of this cake can be frozen.

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To make carrot cake cup cakes, spoon the mixture into paper cakes and bake for 10-15 mins. Watching your weight? Substitute the caster sugar for a tablespoon of sweetener and use reduced fat soft cheese.


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Community medicine for members events – Let’s talk about health Following your feedback, this year’s community medicine for members events have been relaunched to introduce you to a whole host of different health topics. You told us in the recent membership questionnaire that you wanted to learn more about key topics such as mental health, using NHS services, drugs, alcohol and more. As a result of this feedback we’ve teamed up with NHS Leicester City, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the East Midlands Ambulance Service to bring out a series of health talks to educate you on the topics which you have identified as most important to you. This new stream of health talks is called ‘let’s talk about health’ and will give you the opportunity to talk to the experts out of a clinical environment. The talks will feature lectures from key speakers, the opportunity to ask your questions to the experts, and the chance to meet other people and take away additional information.

Dates for your diary Event details

Date

Venue

Introducing the new NHS Speaker: Andrea Clark Head of Engagement and Registered General Nurse

26 April 2011

Voluntary Action Leicester 6pm to 8pm

Helping you choose the right NHS 26 May 2011 services for your health needs Speaker: Andrea Clark Head of Engagement and Registered General Nurse

Time

9 Newarke Street, Leicester, LE1 5SN Tel: 0116 257 5038 Parklands Leisure Centre

6pm to 8pm

Wigston Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5QG Tel: 0116 272 0789

Further events will run throughout the year, and a full timetable is available on our website at www.nhslcrmembership.org. In the mean time if you'd like any further information, please call the membership helpline on 0300 555 5345 or email info@nhslcrmembership.org

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News in brief Asda joins our corporate members The Asda supermarket at Fosse Park shopping centre is now a corporate member. Asda have worked with our membership team to organise a recruitment event so staff could sign up individually. They are publicising the membership scheme on their customer services stand. We are also working with Asda to place material about health issues such as healthy eating, stopping smoking, and stress/depression on their internal staff TV. There are plans for a Medicine for Members event exclusively for Asda staff. In addition, later in the year, we’ll be taking health information along to a staff health day at the store.

If you are a corporate member, and would like to investigate these kinds of opportunities, please contact us at 0116 295 5866

Changes to the NHS Since the last edition of Healthy Times there have been further developments in the changes to the NHS first announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in July last year. It has been agreed that there will be three GP consortia in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – one in Leicester city, and two covering Leicestershire and Rutland – broadly one in the east, and one in the west. To start with GPs will form ‘shadow’ consortia who will work with NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland and NHS Leicester City from April this year, understanding what is involved in commissioning services. The aim is that the consortia will be fully operational by April 2013, and at that time the PCTs will be abolished. Leicestershire County Council is in the process of forming a Health and Wellbeing Board, which will put together strategies for health and social care in the county, working with health and county council colleagues.

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The work to transfer management of community health services from PCTs to other providers continues. Community health services cover, for example, community hospitals, including day cases, outpatients and diagnostic tests, health visitors, GP out of hours services, school nursing, and the walk-in centre in Loughborough and urgent care centre at Leicester Royal Infirmary. The aim is for services to be transferred by 1 April. This is really an invisible change which will not affect patient care – the main change will be for staff who will be managed by different organisations, such as Leicestershire Partnership Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Derbyshire Community Health Services. A small number of services (such as community dental services) are going out to tender and will be managed by providers who could be from the public, private or voluntary sector.


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Loughborough university staff become members Staff at Loughborough University attended a health fair on campus where they were able to have their cholesterol tested and then find out about a variety of different health issues.

Stopping smoking, stroke services and mental health were just a few of the services that were on hand to give their expert advice. Staff also had the opportunity to sign up to become a member of the ‘be healthy, be heard’ scheme and also take away information on healthy eating and exercise. Welcome to all our new members!

Look after your eyes! Vista is a local charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Here are some top tips from Vista for looking after your eyes.

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Regular eye examinations once every two years or more often if advised by a Health Care Professional. Nutrition, diet and exercise all contribute to healthy eyesight. Protect your eyes in the sun. If you are unable to wear sunglasses try to wear a hat with a wider brim to protect your eyes. If you’re doing some DIY at home, make sure you wear safety goggles or adequate eye protection. Smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight! If you do not smoke, don’t start. If you do, try to stop!

For more information, you can call the Vista helpline: 0116 2498839 or visit www.vistablind.org.uk

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National Sun Awareness Week

3-10 May 2011

Now that the weather is warming up and the days are growing longer, many of us will be looking forward to spending more time outside in the sun. National Sun Awareness week runs from 3 to 10 May 2011, and aims to help people have fun in the sun without causing damage to their skin or their health.

Some limited exposure to the sun is good for you, as it helps your body to absorb vitamin D – essential for healthy bone growth. However, too much sun can be dangerous, as this can lead to serious conditions such as dehydration, sunburn, and in extreme cases, skin cancer (malignant melanoma). Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and can be caused by too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Getting sunburnt as a child can increase your risk of developing skin cancer later in life. From 2006 to 2008, 59 people died from skin cancer, and 416 people were diagnosed with it across Leicestershire and Rutland. It’s important to protect your skin when out and about. Even if the sun doesn’t feel particularly hot, its rays can still cause damage.

Are you sun aware? Test your knowledge in our sun safety wordsearch on page ten, and you could win £25 of Asda vouchers, donated by Asda at Fosse Park.

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Top tips for sun safety: l Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm, as this is the time of the day where the sun’s rays are strongest l Cover up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses l Apply sunscreen liberally half an hour before exposure to the sun and re-apply every two hours or immediately after being in water l Use a sunscreen of at least factor 15, and make sure you don’t burn l Take extra care with babies and children. Keep them out of direct sunlight, apply sunscreen regularly and have drinking water readily available People with fair skin, red or fair hair, lots of moles or freckles or a family history of skin cancer should take extra care. If you notice changes in any moles or freckles you have, visit your GP. These changes can be an early sign of skin cancer, so it’s best to have them checked out as early as possible. Find out more about skin cancer at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer-of-the-skin

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Put your best foot forward NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland are encouraging parents, carers and children to leave the car at home and start their day by walking to school. ‘Walk to School Week’ runs from 16 to 20 May, and is a national campaign to get more children walking to school instead of travelling by car. In 2009-10, only 57 per cent of pupils aged 5 to 10 and 44 per cent of those aged 11 to 15 in Leicestershire walked to school.* Walking to school is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into your child’s daily routine – and what’s more, it’s free! Whilst not everyone can walk to school, if you are able it can be an excellent opportunity for parents, carers and children to enjoy quality time together. Why not catch up on the latest classroom news or enjoy a game of ‘I Spy’ on the way? There are other benefits to walking to school too.

Did you know: l Walking for just 10 to 15 minutes improves your heart and circulation, helps with maintaining a healthy weight and boosts your immune system – for both you and your child l Walking can also help mental concentration, so children arrive at school ready to learn l It’s better for the environment, and cuts down on the traffic and congestion outside the school gates l It’s a great chance to teach your child all about road safety, and helps them be more aware of their neighbourhood So, what are you waiting for? Put your best foot forward, and start your day with a fun, healthy, brisk walk to school! Further details about the ‘Walk to School’ campaign, including free resources can be found on the Walk to School website: http://www.walktoschool.org.uk/what-wedo/walk-to-school-week/

*Department for Transport National indicator 198, 2009-10: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/schoolt/

members’ helpline: 0300 555 5345

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Competition Are you sun aware? As we reported in our sun health article on page eight, Sun Awareness week runs from 3 to 10 May 2011, and aims to help people have fun in the sun without causing damage to their skin or their health. To test your knowledge, have a go at our sun awareness themed wordsearch and you could be the lucky winner of a ÂŁ25 voucher*, donated by Asda at Fosse Park.

Words: Cancer Dehydration Melanoma Mole Shade Sunburn Sunscreen Ultraviolet Water

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Send your completed entry with your name, address and a contact telephone number (so that we can get in touch with you easily) to: NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland Membership, Freepost Admail ADM4149, Loughborough, LE11 1YW Closing date for entries is 30 June 2011. The first correct entry randomly drawn on 30 June will receive the prize. *No cash alternative will be offered

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Be heard‌your feedback

Spending NHS Budgets More than 75 people from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland attended a public workshop at Parklands Leisure Centre, Oadby, in February to discuss the city and county’s NHS spending priorities. Presentations were given by Sue Bishop Director of Finance who gave a snap shot of NHS finances, followed by Dr Tim Daniel Public Health Consultant who discussed how we make our spending choices. Both presentations highlighted the tough decisions our local health economy needs to consider for 2011/12. Members of the public were invited to take part in a quiz on how much various health services cost. During the workshop activity, using information given during the presentations, members discussed how they would prioritise health services. All information gathered will be collated and used to inform the decision making process on how NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland with spend NHS budgets for 2011/12.

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment A big thank you to all members who took part in the consultation on the pharmaceutical needs assessment. NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland, in line with national requirements, has produced an assessment of pharmaceutical need, referred to as the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). The PNA describes the health profile and needs of Leicestershire County and Rutland residents, together with mapping and describing the current type and quantity of provision delivered by community pharmacy contractors in Leicestershire County and Rutland.

Whilst putting the PNA together we asked people's views during a period of engagement, and a public consultation. The PNA will be used to examine the future commissioning decisions for NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland in relation to community pharmacy services and will replace the current tool for market entry called Control of Entry when the new regulations are published later this year it will then be used to determine new pharmacy applications.

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Update on our review of maternity and neonatal care Some members may remember that we asked your views on maternity and newborn baby services, back in November 2009. The review of maternity and newborn care has now been completed. Altogether more than 800 people told us their views. It has been agreed to increase midwife numbers, reorganise the provision of caesarean sections to reduce the impact that emergency care has on planned care, and increase the number of neonatal cots provided in Leicester’s new £9 million neonatal unit. Plans also propose an increase in neonatal consultant cover, and moving maternity assessment units away from delivery suites (maternity assessment units are a drop-in service for assessing women with pregnancy related problems). The current service was designed for 8,500 births a year. That has increased and we are expecting almost 11,000 births before the end of March 2011 – that’s around 28 babies every day.

Pete Rabey, Leicester Hospitals’ Director of Women’s and Children’s Services and co-author of the report to the boards, said: “Initially, the review team proposed more far-reaching changes, detailed in the board paper, including a possible new build maternity unit, with birth centres in up to two community sites. However, at a cost of more than £80 million it is far too expensive and unachievable in the current financial climate. We need to find an interim solution to put our maternity and neonatal services on a sound footing for the next few years, and this solution underlines our commitment to improving quality in the most affordable, sustainable way.” The plans also include proposals for the reorganisation of gynaecology services in the future, involving consolidating some gynaecology services at the Royal Infirmary and some at the General Hospital.

Your feedback on the subject of bowel cancer We recently sent a targeted communication to around half our members, asking for your responses to a questionnaire about bowel cancer. We wanted to understand whether people knew the symptoms of bowel cancer, and also to find out what people knew about the bowel cancer screening programme.

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Around 2,000 people responded – thank you for your feedback. We have looked at what people said, and we are now planning some publicity and other activities to educate people about bowel cancer and the screening programme. Look out for these later in the year, particularly if you live in the Coalville or Loughborough areas.


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An update from Leicestershire LINk As you will be aware The Health and Social Care Bill was published in January, which will bring into effect the Government’s major reforms of the NHS. One of the changes will be that Local Involvement Networks (LINks) will evolve into a Local HealthWatch by April 2012. Although more details are awaited, Local HealthWatch will become a focus and champion for people’s views, supported by HealthWatch England. HealthWatch will provide advice and information to help people make choices about services, and they may also be involved in providing advocacy. HealthWatch will continue LINks’ role in promoting and supporting public involvement in the commissioning, provision and scrutiny of local health and care services. Leicestershire LINk has already set-up a Task Group to start the work to become a Local HealthWatch, and will be involving as many people as possible in shaping this important resource for Leicestershire. In the meantime, the LINk continues to be very proactive

in responding to the many important issues you have raised with us. These are just three examples of what we are working on: l Neurological long term conditions – working with the County Council, PCT and local hospitals to improve services for long term conditions l Ambulance services – earlier in the year we undertook a joint survey with Derby LINk on the experience of patients using EMAS (East Midlands Ambulance Service) – the results are being used to improve services. l Students’ Mental Health – we’re building on the work with our 3 Universities and organisations that provide mental health services, to make sure that communication between all service providers, such as GPs, NHS Trusts properly supports students. If you would like to be involved or have experience of any of these issues, please contact Leicestershire LINk Tel: 0116 229 3103 or Email: info@leicestershirelink.org.uk or visit www.leicestershirelink.org.uk


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The Spring 2011 edition of NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland's membership newsletter

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