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Update on wheelchair services

Over the summer we’ve been listening to the views of people who use, and the staff that provide, Calderdale and Kirklees’ wheelchair services to see how these should be delivered in the future, and how things can be improved now. At our latest planning meeting on 24 October in Brighouse, service users, their families and… Continue Reading

Virtual support makes a real difference to young people’s wellbeing

Children and young people in Calderdale are able to access help and support with mental health and wellbeing issues, such as anxiety, depression and low self-esteem using a free online counselling service. Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people aged 11-25, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and… Continue Reading

Doctors urge people to get flu jab

GPs in Calderdale are urging those most vulnerable to flu to get their free vaccination ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common. Flu is easy to catch and pass to others, and can lead to serious complications in people with long-term health conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, diabetes,… Continue Reading

Blog Post: Arts, Health and Care in Calderdale

We are at an important moment in the story of Calderdale. There is a sense of vitality and possibility in the air. The leadership of the key organisations acting to improve health and care within Calderdale are responding to this, and have established new partnership arrangements based upon humanity, trust and a commitment to collaboration.… Continue Reading

Winter preparedness

As part of Calderdale Council’s #resilience takeover week, organisations around Calderdale, including the CCG, are taking to social media tell people what it is that makes them resilient for the future. On Friday 28 September representatives from organisations including Calderdale and Kirklees Councils, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning… Continue Reading

Glowing report for local GP surgeries

GP surgeries in Calderdale have received positive ratings across the board in this year’s national GP Patient Survey. The annual GP Patient Survey is and England-wide poll, providing data of patient experience for every GP practice in the country. It is carried out by market research company Ipsos Mori on behalf of NHS England. Between… Continue Reading

What to have in your medicine cabinet

As part of Calderdale Council’s #resilience takeover week, organisations around Calderdale, including the CCG, are taking to social media tell people what it is that makes them resilient for the future. We’re building resilience in frontline NHS services, including by improving access to GP services, but there are many things you can do to boost your own… Continue Reading

Wheelchair Services Workshop: 24 October 2018

Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees CCGs would like your continued help to design a posture and mobility (wheelchair) service for Calderdale and Kirklees. We would like to invite service users, families and carers  to a workshop on Wednesday 24 October 2018 Continue Reading

Volunteering

As part of Calderdale Council’s #resilience takeover week, organisations around Calderdale, including the CCG, are taking to social media tell people what it is that makes them resilient for the future. The CCG works with partners in Calderdale’s voluntary and charity sector to provide a range of volunteering opportunities for its staff. Volunteering helps our people… Continue Reading

What to have in your first aid kit

As part of Calderdale Council’s #resilience takeover week, organisations around Calderdale, including the CCG, are taking to social media tell people what it is that makes them resilient for the future. We’re building resilience in frontline NHS services, including by improving access to GP services, but there are many things you can do to boost… Continue Reading

Report on wheelchair services in Calderdale and Kirklees published

Calderdale CCG has published an independent report on wheelchair (posture and mobility) services in Calderdale and Kirklees. Produced by PCAN, a Kirklees-based charity supporting parents and carers of children with additional needs, and commissioned by Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees CCGs, the report gathers the views of over 450 wheelchair users and their families,… Continue Reading

Be self-care aware

The NHS in Calderdale is urging people to buy their own treatments for a number of minor, short-term conditions so that the £1million spent prescribing these treatments can be used to treat patients with more serious health needs. A further £10 million worth of treatment time by GPs and Practice Nurses is also devoted to… Continue Reading

Staying well over the bank holiday

Most GP practices in Calderdale will close for the August Bank Holiday period from 6.30pm on Friday 24 August to 8.00am on Tuesday 28 August. The NHS in Calderdale is asking people who may need access to medical services over the Bank Holiday weekend to consider carefully and choose the right care for their needs.… Continue Reading

Patients feel the benefit of extra General Practice appointments

Patients registered with GP practices in Calderdale can now access evening and weekend appointments, seven days a week, including Bank Holidays, thanks to the Improved Access Service. As part of the service, people registered with a GP Practice in Calderdale can access pre-bookable appointments from 6.30am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday, weekend appointments from 10:00am-2:00pm… Continue Reading

Medicines for minor conditions no longer generally available on prescription

Medicines for minor, short term conditions will no longer be generally available on prescription from GP practices in Calderdale, given that these are widely available for patients to buy from pharmacies, shops and supermarkets.. At its August Governing Body meeting Calderdale CCG endorsed the NHSE guidance on ‘Conditions for which over the counter items should… Continue Reading

Update on proposed reconfiguration of hospital and community services

On May 10 2018, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care wrote to NHS England, NHS Improvement, Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield CCGs and the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee in relation to the proposed reconfiguration of hospital and community services for Calderdale and Huddersfield.  In that letter he requested a progress report on the… Continue Reading

Beat the Heat

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks.We’re in the middle of a heatwave and it doesn’t seem to be cooling down anytime soon. Make sure the hot weather doesn’t harm you or anyone you know. Why is a heatwave a problem? The main risks… Continue Reading

CCG Decision on Gluten Free Prescribing

At it’s June Governing Body Meeting Calderdale CCG  endorsed the Department of Health recommendations on gluten free prescribing. The CCG recommends that only bread loaves and mixes are prescribed to patients who have been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. Further work is taking place nationally to cease the prescription of all other products by the end… Continue Reading

Ramadan and Diabetes

Diabetes UK suggest that if you do choose to fast during Ramadan, then you should consult your doctor beforehand. If after consulting with your doctor, you decide to fast during Ramadan: If you are taking insulin, you will require less insulin before the start of the fast The type of insulin may also need changing… Continue Reading

New partnership to support Calderdale’s voluntary groups

Voluntary and community sector organisations in Calderdale can now access a range of support services from a single place. Six organisations have come together to form Calderdale’s Voluntary Sector Alliance, which will offer advice, training and a range of other support services through a single point of contact. The partnership is designed to give voluntary… Continue Reading

Health Services in Calderdale over Easter

Most GP practices in Calderdale will close for the Easter period from 6.00pm on Thursday 29 March April until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 April. People who need medical help  and / or advice outside these hours are asked to think carefully and choose the right care for their needs. Continue Reading

Help us to review adult psychological services in Calderdale

What is this engagement about? We want to review our adult psychological services including talking therapies, such as counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and specialist assessments and treatments. We know that we can do better; sometimes people have to wait too long for psychological services and that not everybody gets the right service that… Continue Reading

Changes to products available on prescription in Calderdale

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has recommended that GPs stop routinely prescribing a number of lower value products and branded medicines. The NHS in Calderdale could save around £300,000 each year by stopping prescribing these self-care treatments, which are widely available to buy, without a prescription, from pharmacies and supermarkets. These include: Baby milks… Continue Reading

Dr Alan Brook set to retire as CCG Chair

Dr Alan Brook has announced his intention to retire from the role of Governing Body Chair of NHS Calderdale CCG on 30 April 2018. Alan has chaired the Governing Body since the Calderdale CCG was first established back in 2013. During that time, he has been responsible for the clinical leadership of the CCG and… Continue Reading

Weather update: Keighley Road Surgery

All pre-booked GP appointments at Keighley Road Surgery have been suspended for Wednesday 28 February, Thursday 1 March and and Friday 2 March due to adverse weather conditions and road closures. Patients should contact the practice with any queries in regards to appointments For the rest of this week the surgery will be operating a… Continue Reading

Publication of the Travel & Transport Review

Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield CCGs have today warmly welcomed the publication of the report from the Travel and Transport Group. The Group was established in May 2017 following our consultation on the proposed future arrangements for hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield, after analysis identified travel and transport as key areas… Continue Reading

It’s Time to Talk about mental health on 1 February

This year, Time to Change want to show that anywhere can be the right place to talk about mental health – whether you’re in the workplace, at home or even on top of a mountain. This means Time to Talk Day, Thursday 1 January, is the perfect opportunity to get your workplace talking about mental… Continue Reading

Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A consultation on guidance for CCGs

NHS England is launching a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.   These prescriptions include… Continue Reading

Where to get help

Please use your NHS wisely If you become ill with a non-urgent condition and need advice, please visit the NHS Choices website for information and advice or go to your local pharmacist (Click here to find pharmacies in your area). For more urgent conditions that you believe you can’t take care of yourself, you should contact your… Continue Reading

Choose services wisely: only go to A&E in an emergency

The Accident and Emergency departments at Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal infirmary are extremely busy at the moment, and clinicians are urging those without serious, emergency conditions to speak to their GP, a pharmacist or stay home and treat themselves with self-care medication available in many shops and supermarkets. Dr Mark Davies, Clinical lead… Continue Reading

Changing the way repeat prescriptions are ordered

From 1 February 2018 pharmacies, online pharmacies and suppliers of medical appliances will no-longer be able to order repeat prescriptions on your behalf. You will need to order your repeat prescription directly from your GP surgery every time. Prescription medication can be ordered from your GP by: your GP’s online ordering service (if available through… Continue Reading

Commissioing Primary Medical Services Committee Meeting – December 2017

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body holds a number of its meetings in public, and all members of the public are welcome. Date: Thursday 7 December 2017, 4:00pm – 5:30pm Venue: Bay Area Conference Room, Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax Associated documents: Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee Meeting agenda – 7 December 2017… Continue Reading

Improving access to GP services over winter

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has invested over £700,000 to help GPs offer more appointments ahead of the winter months. Being able to see a GP quickly is very important to people; delays can cause stress, frustration and sometimes even cause problems to worsen. The CCG is supporting GPs and patients in Calderdale through:… Continue Reading

Take care, not antibiotics

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding us all that we should use antibiotics only when they’re needed if we are to keep them effective. The vital health message is being promoted as part of European Antibiotics Awareness Day (18 November). Coughs and colds are circulating and many of us may be tempted to visit… Continue Reading

Self Care Week 2017: Embracing Self Care for Life

Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations. This year’s theme is engaging and empowering people and the strapline is Embracing Self Care for Life. We are supporting Self Care Week 2017, which runs from 13 – 19 November. Self Care… Continue Reading

Changing the way we prescribe

We want to know what you think about plans to change the way we prescribe some medicines and products. Our aim is to ensure you have a long, healthy life and be active and independent for as long as possible. But we also have a limited budget – like all households and families we are all… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale CCG Governing Body supports CHFT’s FBC

The Governing Body of NHS Calderdale CCG met today to consider the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust Full Business Case’s (FBC) in relation to proposed changes to its hospital service. The Governing Body considered the FBC in regard to three ‘tests’; whether: the FBC is in line with the model that was consulted on… Continue Reading

Public Engagement: Improved Access to GP Services

NHS England are making extra funding available to CCGs for use in order to improve access to GP services, by offering more appointments with GPs and Nurse Practitioners. To help us to offer more appointments at times and locations that would be suitable for service users, we’d like to know your views on services as… Continue Reading

Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care: a consultation on guidance for CCGs

NHS England, in conjunction with NHS Clinical Commissioners, are running a consultation on medicines which can be considered to be of low priority for NHS funding. For more information, to download the consultation document and complete the consultation survey go to: www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/items-routinely-prescribed The findings of this consultation will be used to produce guidance to support Clinical Commissioning Groups… Continue Reading

The role of NHS Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield CCGs in the reconfiguration of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust hospital services

  On Thursday 3 August 2017 the board of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) approved the organisation’s Full Business Case (FBC) in relation to proposed changes to its hospital services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. This decision enabled CHFT to submit the FBC to its regulator, NHS Improvement, for assessment. It is not… Continue Reading

Update on West Yorkshire & Harrogate STP

West Yorkshire & Harrogate STP has changed its name to West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (HCP). Second Joint Committee to be held 5th Sept The Joint Committee for the 11 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in West Yorkshire and Harrogate (WY&H) will meet for the second time in public on the 5 September.  The Committee… Continue Reading

Calderdale CCG Sign up to Safety

Sign up to Safety is a national patient safety campaign with the mission to strengthen patient safety in the NHS and make it the safest healthcare system in the world. The campaign aims to help member organisations listen to patients, carers and staff, learn from what they say when things go wrong and take action… Continue Reading

Calderdale CCG named as Disability Confident Employer

Calderdale CCG has been named as a Disability Confident Employer. The scheme helps employers to think differently about disability, and improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers. Being awarded The Disability Confident standard demonstrates that Calderdale CCG  has a positive attitude towards employing disabled people, and play a leading role in changing attitudes towards… Continue Reading

Come to our Annual General Meeting

The Calderdale CCG Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place: Thursday 10 August 2017 Function Room 2, The MBi Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YT 6.00pm – 7.30 pm The AGM is the CCG’s opportunity to formally present its Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17, to look back on the CCG’s operations throughout the year and look to the future and what… Continue Reading

Update on Right Care, Right Time, Right Place

The CCGs and CHFT have formally responded to the 19 recommendations made by Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee in relation to changes to hospital and community services. The full response is now available on Kirklees council website . The joint scrutiny committee is due to meet in public on 21 July when it will… Continue Reading

West Yorkshire & Harrogate STP publishes report on Stroke Engagement

West Yorkshire & Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (WY&H STP) has published a report on the engagement work on stroke services across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The engagement activities which took place in February and March 2017 involved asking people how WY&H stroke services could be further improved to make sure they are ‘fit for… Continue Reading

It’s everyone’s NHS – and we’re not going to waste it

NHS Calderdale CCG invites you to be part of our engagement looking at how we spend our budget to maximum benefit for everyone. Deadline for getting involved is Monday 7th August 2017. Calderdale CCG has an overall budget allocation of £312million to “commission” or buy, health and care services such as: Planned hospital and urgent and… Continue Reading

Campaign launched to reduce prescribing of over-the-counter medicines

Each year in Calderdale the NHS spends nearly £1.1million on medicines which are easily, and cheaply, available elsewhere; money that could be used to elsewhere in Calderdale’s health and social care system. These are things that are readily available over-the-counter from pharmacies, shops and supermarkets, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. Over a single year, that £1.1million could… Continue Reading

It’s Volunteers’ Week

Volunteering is a great way to help you make a real difference in your community. It’s challenging and rewarding and a great way to meet new people and gain new skills as well as helping local people across Calderdale. Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the… Continue Reading

NHS cyber-attack: advice for patients

  GP Services are open as usual GP practices across Calderdale are open as usual following last week’s cyber-attack on NHS systems, which affected many organisations around the world. If you already have a GP appointment booked for this week this will still go ahead;   please turn up as normal unless contacted directly and told… Continue Reading

Independent chair appointed for travel and transport group

Dr Mike Grady has been appointed as independent chair of a new travel and transport group following a recruitment and selection process which included advertising the role nationally. The group is being set up following the recent consultation on proposed future arrangements for hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield after analysis… Continue Reading

CCGs begin the search for an independent chair

The Governing Bodies of NHS Calderdale CCG and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG met in parallel, in public on 20 October 2016 and agreed to proceed to explore implementation of the full business case, in line with the proposals within the consultation on proposed future arrangements for hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater… Continue Reading

Public engagement on stroke services

We want you to give us your views on how stroke services across West Yorkshire and Harrogate could be improved to ensure they are fit for the future. West Yorkshire and Harrogate stroke services engagement work closed on the 15 March. The findings from our engagement work will be published in May. In 2015/16 there… Continue Reading

Future funding of voluntary and community groups

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has taken the difficult decision to not renew funding to 14 local community groups. Several million pounds of CCG funding has been invested in voluntary and community organisations over the last few years, in a bid to develop capacity and services in partnership with NHS service providers, offering sustainable… Continue Reading

Don’t let norovirus ruin your Christmas

At this time of year, viruses like the ‘winter vomiting bug’ (also called norovirus) can take hold. Calderdale Council is reminding people of the symptoms and what to do to reduce the spread of this very contagious virus. Norovirus is a stomach bug that can affect anyone and causes diarrhoea and/or vomiting. It spreads easily… Continue Reading

GP and primary care services over the festive period

GP practices and primary care services All GP practices in Calderdale will close at 6.30pm on Friday 23 December until 8am on Wednesday 28 December, and again Friday 30 December at 6.30pm until Tuesday 3 January at 8am. GP practices will hand over to Out of Hours services provided by to West Yorkshire Urgent Care. Patients… Continue Reading

Festive pharmacy opening times 2016

People across Calderdale are being urged to make sure they order any repeat prescriptions they need ahead of their GP practice closing for the festive period, and to make a note of the opening times of local pharmacies and walk-in services. Most pharmacies will be closed from the evening of Saturday 24 December until Wednesday… Continue Reading

A helping hand for a healthy start

Parents and carers in Calderdale now have a new resource with advice and guidance to support with their child’s journey into healthy early years. www.healthyearlyyears.co.uk is a brand new website packed with top tips to offer a helping hand to parents and carers of children aged from birth to five years old. This colourful site… Continue Reading

Right Care proposals backed for further development

The Governing Bodies of NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group have agreed to proceed to explore implementation in the Full Business Case, in line with the proposals within the consultation on proposed future arrangements for hospital and community services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield.   This will be considered… Continue Reading

Governing Bodies to meet in public on 20 October

The Governing Bodies of NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG will meet in parallel in public on Thursday, 20 October 2016 to reach a decision on the outcome of the consultation and next steps on proposed changes to hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. The CCG… Continue Reading

Stakeholder event will support deliberation process

A stakeholder event was held at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, today to support the deliberation process of the Right Care, Right Time, Right Place consultation on proposed changes to hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. Representatives from local stakeholder, patient representative, voluntary and campaign groups attended the event. The… Continue Reading

Calderdale CCG Annual General Meeting 2016

Health and care providers are coming together at the Shay Stadium in Halifax to show how they’re working together to improve health and care services in Calderdale. Members of the public and health professionals are invited to attend NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s AGM and Healthcare Marketplace event on Thursday 8 September, from 6:30pm. The… Continue Reading

Right Care Right Time Right Place Consultation Report of Findings Published

The Right Care Right Time Right Place (RCRTRP) fourteen week period of formal public consultation on proposed future arrangements for hospital and community health services ended at midnight on Tuesday 21 June. Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit have now completed the independent analysis and evaluation of the consultation and the Consultation Report of Findings… Continue Reading

Health and fitness levels set to soar thanks to pilot scheme

A pilot scheme to improve people’s physical health and mental wellbeing started in Halifax’s People’s Park this week. The Healthy Living Park project will see local community and voluntary organisations holding a range of fun activities for children, young people and adults over the summer, including football, rugby, mini-tennis, athletics and cycling events. There will… Continue Reading

More time to have your say online

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG have extended the timescale for people to complete the Have your Say survey online,to 5pm on Friday 24 June. A technical issue occurred between 11pm and midnight on Tuesday, 21st June, which meant that some people were unable to submit their survey online during… Continue Reading

New animation launched on urgent and emergency care

NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Calderdale CCG are asking people to give their views on proposed changes to hospital and community health services as part of a public consultation.  An animation has been published helping to explain the proposed arrangements for Emergency, Acute and Urgent Care, should the proposals go ahead.… Continue Reading

Right Care, Right Time, Right Place public consultation events

Hundreds of people have attended information sessions across Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield to find out about the proposed changes to hospital and community health services. The sessions are an opportunity for people to have a direct conversation with hospital consultants, General Practitioners, nurses and NHS staff, and ask their individual questions. More events are planned… Continue Reading

Be Clear on Cancer

Did you know that blood in your pee could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer? The current NHS Be Clear on Cancer campaign encourages people to go to their doctor if they notice blood in their pee, even if they only see it once. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but if it is… Continue Reading

31 March 2016 – News Release – Dates of public meetings and information sessions to discuss proposed changes to hospital and health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield

DATES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS AND INFORMATION SESSIONS TO DISCUSS PROPOSED CHANGES TO HOSPITAL SERVICES Click here to download as a PDF document NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG are inviting local residents to attend a public meeting to learn about proposed changes to hospital and community health services, ask questions… Continue Reading

Consultation on proposed changes to hospital services – events announced

NEWS RELEASE Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – Downloadable version: Media statement – consultation events announcement CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO HOSPITAL SERVICES – EVENTS ANNOUNCED A public consultation will be launched on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 on proposed changes to hospital services and further improvements to community services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. A series of drop-in… Continue Reading

Hospital services consultation to launch on 15 March 2016

Friday 26 February 2016   PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO HOSPITAL SERVICES A major consultation will be launched on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 on proposed changes to hospital services and further improvements to community services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. The Right Care, Right Time, Right Place consultation is being led by NHS Calderdale… Continue Reading

Questions from the public: Calderdale CCG and Greater Huddersfield CCG Governing Bodies Meeting – 20 January 2016

The Governing Bodies of both Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups met in parallel on the 20 January 2016 to discuss their overall readiness for a public consultation on the future of hospitals services in their respective areas. The CCG received a number of questions relating to this meeting, which we have made… Continue Reading

24% of women not attending smear test in Calderdale

New research reveals that young women aged 25-49 in Calderdale are less likely to attend a smear test in comparison to women aged 50-64. This year in Calderdale only 76% of eligible young women had a smear test compared to 80% of women aged 50-64. Every year in the UK, over 3,000 women will be… Continue Reading

Commissioners to make decision on public consultation

NEWS RELEASE  January 13, 2016  Commissioners to make decision on public consultation   The Governing Bodies of NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Groups will meet next Wednesday to decide whether public consultation on the future of hospital services can get underway. At a meeting in parallel, the two Clinical Commissioning Groups will… Continue Reading

Patients in Calderdale can breathe more easily thanks to new care pathway

15 December 2015 A recently launched programme of care supporting people with respiratory health conditions in Calderdale is already proving to be beneficial for patients. The Integrated Respiratory Service, which was launched by NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust on 1 September, is reducing the number of hospital… Continue Reading

Calderdale GP pledges to be Antibiotic Guardian

MEDIA RELEASE A Calderdale GP is making a stand in the battle against diseases’ increasing resistance to antibiotics. Dr Nigel Taylor, a governing body member of NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has taken a pledge to become an Antibiotic Guardian as part of a new national campaign. As a result the Hebden Bridge Group… Continue Reading

X-pert Health to host World Diabetes Day event

It’s World Diabetes Day on Saturday 14 November and to mark the occasion X-Pert Health, Calderdale’s local diabetes charity, are running a coffee morning to get people together for a chat and to learn more about living with diabetes. Coffee and cake will be available, and all attendees will be given a free Diabetes Prevention… Continue Reading

Saturday stop smoking clinic at Sainsbury’s in Halifax

It’s Stoptober, and if you’re looking to kick the habit why not drop into the stop smoking clinic that’s being held every Saturday at the Sainsbury’s superstore on Wade Street, Halifax, from 12.00pm – 2.30pm? The clinic is run by The Brunswick Centre and is open to all, but there is a particular focus on cutting high… Continue Reading

Calderdale women urged to take up breast screening appointments

Women in Calderdale are being urged to take up their breast screening appointments when two of the hospital services’ mobile units set up base in the area over the next few months. Health specialists from the Pennine Breast Screening programme will take up residence at the B&Q store, Shroggs Lane, Halifax, from October 13, while… Continue Reading

Will you pledge to be an Antibiotic Guardian?

In the run-up to European Antibiotics Awareness Day on November 18, Calderdale CCG are running a campaign encouraging the wise prescription, use and disposal of antibiotics. The correct use of antibiotics is vital in order for them to continue to work effectively. Routine operations, setting broken bones and even chemotherapy is dependent of antibiotics that… Continue Reading

Looking back on our achievements: Annual General Meeting 2014/15

  Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2014/15 took place on Thursday 10 September 2015, and gave members of the public a chance to hear about some of the progress made in improving the health and wellbeing of people in Calderdale in 2014/15. Over 70 people including CCG staff, members of the public, Calderdale… Continue Reading

Have an eggs-tra healthy Easter, doctors urge

Doctors are urging patients to stay healthy over the Easter holidays – and that means being prepared. Easter preparations are probably already underway with holidays booked, chocolate goodies bought and family celebrations arranged but have the repeat prescriptions been ordered? Being ill at holiday times is never fun so patients across Calderdale are being urged… Continue Reading

Calderdale announced as national “vanguard” site

We are delighted to announce that Calderdale has become one of 29 “vanguard” sites in England to take a national lead in transforming health and social care as part of NHS England’s New Models of Care programme. The Calderdale health and social care partnership has been chosen from amongst 269 groups of nurses, doctors and… Continue Reading

Safeguarding Week – March 9 to 15 2015

Calderdale Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children Boards are pleased to announce Calderdale’s first Safeguarding Week. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the role everyone has in safeguarding vulnerable children and adults at risk and highlight support and intervention available for vulnerable people in Calderdale, in all localities, voluntary and statutory sectors,… Continue Reading

Free support to help stressed smokers stub it out

Smokers in Calderdale who have experienced stress, anxiety and panic while trying to quit smoking can now sign up to a free course run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which aims to teach them new ways to cope in order to quit for good. ‘Go smoke free! The stress less way’ is… Continue Reading

Be a Calderdale ‘super patient’ in the fight against medicine waste

Calderdale residents are invited to become ‘super patients’ by getting involved in an NHS initiative to tackle medicine waste. Wasted medicines cost the NHS in Calderdale an estimated £1.3 million each year and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants patients and carers to be aware of how they can help to reduce that amount.… Continue Reading

More than a Cold?

Bronchiolitis is a common lung infection affecting babies and young children – one in three will have the condition before their first birthday. For most children bronchiolitis is no more serious than a cold but for some, symptoms can be very severe and may need hospital treatment. You can find out more about bronchiolitis here. Continue Reading

Thinking of going to A&E? Think again, say Calderdale GPs

Feeling a bit ropey?  Thinking of going to A&E?  Why not think again and be confident when choosing the right NHS service for you, advise Calderdale doctors, who have issued guidelines for 15 to 24-year-olds.   There’s more to the NHS than just GPs and A&E.  There’s a whole range of services that can treat… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group – Annual General Meeting (AGM)

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, the organisation responsible for planning and buying local health services, will present its Annual Report and Accounts at its first Annual General Meeting on Thursday 11 September at the Threeways Conference Centre in Halifax. The Annual Report describes NHS Calderdale CCG’s work during its first year and shows how GPs… Continue Reading

Be a Champion and tell it how it is

Staff and volunteers from Calderdale community groups are being asked to sign up as “Champions” to “tell it how it is” when it comes to health issues. NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC) is looking to recruit a new batch of Engagement Champions as part of the Health… Continue Reading

Falls Awareness Week 2014 – 16 to 22 June

You’d be forgiven for thinking that falls are a part of ageing – something that ‘just happens’ as you get older, but there are lots of simple things that you can do to help you stay steady on your feet. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to maintain independence and make sure we… Continue Reading

Bank Holiday pharmacy opening hours for May 2014

  Stay well over the Bank Holiday weekends Click here here to view the Bank Holiday pharmacy opening hours for May 2014. We’ve all been into our local pharmacy to stock up on shampoo and tissues but did you realise that they can also be a great one-stop place for health advice and support? Pharmacies can help with a… Continue Reading

Be prepared for Le Tour

The Tour de France will be putting Calderdale on the map shortly when it comes to the area. On Sunday 6 July, Calderdale will host Stage two of the race, and preparations are well under way. The route in Calderdale will start at Cock Hill, passing through Peckett Well village, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale,… Continue Reading

Le Tour de France comes to Calderdale

The Tour de France comes to Calderdale on 6 July. Thousands of people expected to come to Calderdale in the weeks leading up to the race, which enters Calderdale at Cock Hill, passing through Peckett Well village, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale, Ripponden, Greetland, West Vale and the Ainley Top roundabout before heading on to Kirklees.… Continue Reading

Dementia Awareness Week will take place from 18 – 24 May 2014

Don’t bottle up your fears about dementia – talk to Alzheimer’s Society NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people not to bottle up their fears about dementia but to talk to the Alzheimer’s Society. If you’re worried that you, or someone close to you, may have dementia, it can be difficult to talk… Continue Reading

Mental Health Awareness Week 2014

Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 will take place from 12-18 May. This year’s theme is Anxiety. NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are supporting the Mental Health Foundation to encourage people to get involved in an effort to raise awareness of anxiety and promote positive mental health. 1 in 6 of us in the UK struggle with… Continue Reading

Patients told ‘get your medicines before Le Tour’

People in Calderdale who need repeat prescriptions of medicines have been told to think ahead and stock up early to avoid the rush before the Tour de France comes to Calderdale on 6 July. Thousands of people expected to come to Calderdale in the weeks leading up to the race, which enters Calderdale at Cock… Continue Reading

Breast Cancer in women over 70, are you clear on it?

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Be Clear on Cancer’s new national campaign, ‘Breast Cancer in women over 70’.  The campaign will run until 16 March across England. NHS Calderdale CCG is wanting to raise awareness of breast cancer in women over 70, highlighting the fact that 1 in 3 women who get… Continue Reading

care.data awareness campaign rolls-out in the north of England

During January, 22 million households in England – starting in the north of England – will have received a leaflet from NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) about the introduction of care.data – a programme that will use information to improve the safety and care of patients.  The leaflet will… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale CCG Commissions Interim Walk-In Services

Interim walk-in services have been agreed at two GP practices in Calderdale. NHS Calderdale CCG has commissioned the service, which will be available weekends and bank holidays from 8am to 8pm at Calder Community Practice, Todmorden, and Park Community Practice, Halifax, from December 7. This provides Calderdale with an opportunity to keep walk-in services for… Continue Reading

“It’s not too late” to get help for COPD

A Calderdale GP is urging local people to look out for the symptoms of a lung disease as part of a global awareness day – as many people in the area have yet to be diagnosed. The illness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a lung disease that progressively robs sufferers of breath. COPD is… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale CCG to develop new, locality-based unplanned care services

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is to develop unplanned care services based on the needs of individual localities within the district, it was decided at the CCG’s recent governing body meeting. Unplanned care refers to the range of NHS services available to people who need advice, care, treatment or diagnosis quickly and unexpectedly. Over… Continue Reading

World Diabetes Day 2014 – know the signs of diabetes

A Calderdale GP and diabetes lead is urging people to check whether they are at risk of the condition as part of World Diabetes Day (November 14). The theme of the worldwide event is education and prevention and Dr Steven Cleasby, diabetes lead at NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, says it is important that people… Continue Reading

Be aware of the signs – Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2013

  November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and local clinical leaders from NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are raising awareness of lung cancer symptoms to encourage people with a persistent cough to contact their GP early. Lung cancer is a major cause of death across the district – it claims around 130 lives in… Continue Reading

Health chiefs in Calderdale support World Breastfeeding Week

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are pleased to support World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2013) with Calderdale Council and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. The theme for the week is ‘Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers’ and Calderdale Council, supported by the local NHS, is highlighting Breastfeeding Peer Support and the benefits that this… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale CCG launches “Quest for Quality in Care Homes” initiative

NHS Calderdale CCG and Calderdale Council invest in telehealth and telecare solutions from Tunstall, benefitting up to 1,000 people in care homes NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) are working in partnership with leading telehealthcare provider Tunstall Healthcare, to provide advanced telehealth and telecare solutions that will help to support… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group launches telehealth initiative

NHS Calderdale CCG and Calderdale & Huddersfield Foundation Trust invest in telehealth solutions from Tunstall to support patients with COPD NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) are working in partnership with leading telehealthcare provider Tunstall Healthcare, to provide advanced telehealth solutions that will help to support people with… Continue Reading

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