The Matilda Challenge

A dancing GP is one of the breakout stars of a new ‘Matilda Challenge’ inspired video, launched to support this year’s Greater Manchester winter health campaign.

Dr Danny Hedwat is joined by pharmacy manager Vanessa Tam and Manchester City Council’s Rolin Johnson in the short film, based on an iconic and much-mimicked scene from the 1996 movie Matilda where the young character discovers her magical abilities.

And with Matilda the stage show still packing out the Palace Theatre in Manchester, Danny, Vanessa and Rolin are seen performing some pretty nifty Matilda-esque tricks to demonstrate how everyone can do their bit to look after themselves and help winter run smoother.

Set to the sound of Thurston Harris’ iconic tune Little Bitty Pretty One, a whole host of ‘magic’ happens in the video, like glasses refilling themselves so people can keep hydrated, medicines jumping in a shopping basket to show that people should stock up on essentials to keep well and a skeleton suddenly coming alive after receiving a nasal flu vaccination.

And in the GP surgery scene, clock hands magically roll forward to demonstrate that you can now get an appointment evenings and weekends, whichever part of Greater Manchester you live in.

Jon Rouse, chief officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the body responsible for health and care devolution, which commissioned the video, said: “We assembled a top team of special effects experts to put together this film, with cutting-edge techniques like using pieces of string to lift things. For some reason they didn’t want me dancing in it! But I am told that it was fun to make, and the serious message in there is that in Greater Manchester we are ready for whatever winter brings.

“With cold weather and all sorts of bugs and viruses around we do expect a fair bit of additional pressure on our health and social care system. But we’ve made our preparations, and we are urging people to make theirs too with the Help Us Help You message.”

Dr Danny Hedwat said: “As a busy GP I don’t get too many chances to bust my moves, so to find myself boogying around my surgery after hours for the Matilda Challenge video was a bit unexpected to say the least.

“But I wanted to get behind this, to get the message out that people can do their bit to help us. It can be as simple as getting your flu jab, keeping the house warm and making sure you’re all stocked up on medicines.

“Or it can be about considering how to access the medical help you need, by thinking of pharmacy, seeing a GP, or ringing 111 before you go to A&E. We are here to help people when and where they need it.”

Ways you can ‘Help Us Help You’

  • Try your local pharmacy first if you’re feeling under the weather; they’re your fastest route to help and advice.
  • Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, and take all medicines that are prescribed to you.
  • Keep warm and eat well to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems – cold weather can be harmful, so heat your home to at least 18°C.
  • Look out for family, friends and neighbours who may be more at risk over winter.
  • Book a free flu jab if you’re a carer, over the age of 65, pregnant, have a long-term health condition like asthma or diabetes, or have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40:

– Toddlers aged 2 or 3 can get a free nasal flu vaccination at their GP surgery
– Children (from reception up to year five) can get a nasal vaccination at school, with the consent of a parent

  • Need urgent medical help? Unless it’s a 999 emergency, call the NHS helpline on 111 or go to 111.nhs.uk 

Focused Care team featured on ITV’s Tonight Programme

Mental health, homelessness and alcoholism are just some of the problems being tackled by a pioneering GP service here in Oldham. The Focused Care team at Hilltop and Hollinwood surgeries, both members of the Hope Citadel Group of GP practices, are working with some of our most vulnerable patients to help turn their lives around. Can their ‘focused care’ help save the NHS?

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Locality Devolution Difference event

More than 350 delegates attended Oldham’s Locality Devolution Difference event on Monday 22 October – an event which marked the formal launch of Oldham Cares.

The session set out what health and social care devolution means for Greater Manchester and provided the audience with details on how we are making it work in Oldham through speakers, case studies and videos.

A marketplace was also held before and after the formal presentations, which gave our suppliers, partners and teams the opportunity to showcase the work that has taken place so far and a platform to discuss future plans – all focussed on the impact the transformation is having on the lives of real people.

Special guests at the event included Jon Rouse, Chief Officer for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

This is the first of a number of public events focusing on how services are changing and the role of the public in caring for themselves and those around them.

Oldham Cares brings together Oldham Council, NHS Oldham CCG and other health and social care providers in an Alliance to share skills, experience, talent and resources to deliver a better care experience for all.

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Locality Devolution Difference

Join us at this exciting event where you will have the opportunity to find out what health and social care devolution means for Greater Manchester and how we are making it work here in Oldham.

Through a series of speakers, case studies and videos we will share the vision for Oldham Cares.

A marketplace will also be available for you to visit both before and after the formal presentations, where the local authority, CCG and our partner agencies will showcase work to date and future plans with a focus on the impact we are having on the lives of real people by bringing together health and social care in the borough.

The event will be split into three elements:

  • Marketplace, Chadderton Suite, 11am–12.30pm
  • Speakers and presentations in the QE Hall, 12.45–2.45pm
  • Marketplace, Chadderton Suite, 3–4pm

Speakers at the session will include Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s Chief Officer Jon Rouse as well as key figures in the Oldham health and social care economy.

The event will end with a question and answer session where guests will have the chance to ask the panel their questions about the future of health and social care in the borough.

Register

The Big Conversation

Want to win £30 vouchers to spend at Stocco restaurant? Take the Oldham Cares Big Conversation Survey and help us shape healthcare in Oldham. Just visit: www.oldhamcares.com/bigconversation

Quit smoking with the right support for you

England’s 6 million smokers are being encouraged to take part in Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England, which begins on 1 October 2018.

Quitting smoking is easier with the right support. The most successful quit attempts are made with a combination of quit methods, so this year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them – with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.

To date, Stoptober has driven 1.7 million quit attempts and quitting success rates are at an all-time high. Stoptober also offers a range of extra free quitting support including a Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.

If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. Become part of the movement and join thousands this Stoptober who are determined to become smokefree.

Oldham Stop Smoking Service is also on hand to provide free, expert face-to-face support and guidance. People who quit with the support of a stop smoking service adviser are four times more likely to successfully stop for good. You can contact them on 0800 288 9008. The service, commissioned by Oldham Council, is delivered by Positive Steps.

As part of our Stoptober activities, the team will be in Oldham Town Centre on Wednesday 3 October providing support and advice with partners from Positive Steps and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “We are working hard to improve the health of our residents. Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers across Oldham to quit together alongside friends, family and thousands of other people in our area.

“There has never been a better time to stop smoking, with lots of help and support available. It doesn’t matter how many times you have tried before, call our specialist stop smoking advisers and take on the challenge this year.

“Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health and with the help of Oldham Stop Smoking Service the campaign’s support and motivation I am sure we will have another successful Stoptober.”

Search ‘Stoptober’ to get your free Personal Quit Plan and find the support that’s right for you.

Link Centre opens with new purpose

Oldham Council has re-opened the doors of its newly refurbished Link Centre.

The renovated venue provides accommodation for a range of groups and services that support those most in need with ground floor, accessible meeting spaces.

It also provides office space for a number of health and social care services including a therapy hub and will support Oldham Cares on its journey to align Oldham’s health and social care services providing accommodation for staff from both Oldham Council and Pennine Care Foundation Trust.

Cllr Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said “After six months of hard work and investment we are pleased to re-open The Link Centre to the public.

“The future of the building has been the subject of much debate with consultations throughout 2017. This resulted in the implementation of a new model to keep the building open. The Link Centre has always been key to providing support to our most vulnerable residents and that is why it was so important to preserve it in this way.

“I’m pleased that we’ve found a balance between operating accessible meeting spaces for community groups and providing accommodation for Adult Social Care and therapy teams.

“Bringing staff together to work as Oldham Cares will deliver a better health care experience for our residents through a sharing of knowledge, resources and skills.”

Oldham Cares sees local health and social care systems being brought closer together as organisations including Oldham Council, NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group and a number of their partners and providers – including Bridgewater NHS, MioCare, Northern Care Alliance and Pennine Care Foundation Trust – strengthen how they work together as an alliance.

With the support and co-operation of other partners – including housing providers, employers, local businesses and Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) – Oldham Cares is focusing on delivering the greatest and fastest possible improvement in the health and wellbeing of the borough’s residents by 2020.

This isn’t another organisation – it’s a whole system approach to improving the health and quality of life of our patients and residents, and delivering high quality, joined-up health and care services now and in the future.

Cllr Zahid Chauhan added “The local social care system belongs to all of us and that is why we are asking the people of Oldham to take part in The Big Conversation where they can have their say on the way health and social care services are delivered now and in the future.”

The Big Conversation is a predominantly digital campaign, which will give people the opportunity to air their views on a variety of topics, including receiving care closer to home; the case for integrating health and social care; people’s experience of care homes and care packages; the provision of services for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and dementia; our work around safeguarding and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities plus how teams of professionals from different parts of the public sector could work in different ways to join up care.

It also asks the public what their own health and wellbeing priorities are, and how they plan to look after themselves both now and in the future.

Fast grants available to improve local communities

We‘re inviting residents and community groups with a great idea to improve their local area, to apply for a Fast Grant.

Amounts available range from £50 – £500 and can be spent on –

  • Improving a local area
  • Running activities such as stay and play groups and arts and craft group
  • Developing local talent and skills
  • Or encouraging the community to be fit and healthy

These grants are designed to bring communities together ­- and anyone with an idea which will have a benefit for Oldham can apply.

The Fast Grants have been made available through the Thriving Communities programme which focuses on building on the strengths that already exist within our communities.

Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said “Often the best medicine is to enjoy community facilities and activities such as walking, gardening and support groups.

“Helping everyone to enjoy all the community has to offer also reduces isolation and loneliness by connecting people.“

Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council added “I’d encourage anyone with a great idea or who wants to make a difference to their community to apply for a grant. It’s a really simple process and only takes five minutes.”

You can apply for a Fast Grant by visiting www.oldhamcares.com/fast-grants  or by emailing thriving.communities@oldhamcares.com

Thanks a million to a wonderful service

An Oldham grandma has praised health and social care professionals for improving her husband’s quality of life.

Dorothy Barcroft and her husband, Brian, live in Shaw.

Following a fall at home, Brian needed a period of care and support to help him get back to his usual self. Thanks to the Oldham Rapid Community Assessment Team (ORCAT), Brian could receive this care and support in his own home, rather than having to stay in hospital.

ORCAT is made up of health professionals from our Trust, social care professionals from Oldham Council and a support worker from Age UK Oldham.

The team works closely with hospital colleagues to identify people who can be appropriately cared for at home. This helps to prevent people from being admitted to hospital unnecessarily, or to be discharged more quickly.

Within a matter of days of Brian being discharged from hospital, the team had supported improvements to his home to allow him to move around more freely and independently. This included hand rails on their stairs and in the bathroom and a special chair.

Dorothy was also pleased with the team’s efficient and friendly manner, which meant she was confident to just pick up the phone if she had any worries or questions.

She said: “It was like having friends dropping in to help – you could phone the team whenever and they would put your mind at rest.

“Nothing was too much bother for them. I called them one day and they were there in less than an hour. They thought of so many little things which have made a big difference to our independence.

“The service is so helpful that I passed on their number to a friend. They helped her in the same way. I’m lost for words; I’d like to say thanks a million to them.”

LGA Adult Social Care and Wellbeing Consultation

Health and social care services are changing, not just in Oldham but nationally. Years of significant underfunding alongside rising demand and costs for care and support has pushed adult social care services to breaking point. That is why the Local Government Association is running a major national consultation to look at how to pay for adult social care and support for older people, working age adults with mental or physical disabilities and unpaid carers.

The LGA estimates that adult social care services face an annual funding gap of £3.5 billion by 2025.

More and more people are unable to receive good, reliable care, such as help with getting washed and dressed, and funding is increasingly having to be diverted from other vital council services, such as parks, leisure centres and libraries, to plug growing adult social care funding gaps.

The LGA’s eight-week consultation is open to all members of the public – regardless of whether they are directly affected by or receive adult social care and support – and community groups. The findings will be used to help influence the Government’s own green paper and its spending plans. To take part visit The LGA green paper for adult social care and wellbeing | The lives we want to lead

Cllr Chauhan – Oldham Cares

Cllr Chauhan – Oldham Cares from Oldham Council on Vimeo.