We regularly join forces with health professionals and charities across Essex to host roadshows to raise awareness and educate our residents about health conditions, health campaigns and the activities of the CCG. Patient group members support these events and organise displays in their own GP practices.
Examples include our work for Diabetes Prevention Week and World Diabetes Day which aims to make people aware of the causes, risks and complications of Type 2 Diabetes and how, in many cases, it can be preventable.
Events took place in Eastgate Shopping Centre at Basildon and Sainsbury's supermarket in Brentwood where we were joined by colleagues from partner organisations.
Residents, shoppers and passers-by were able to pop along to find out if they are running the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by speaking to healthcare professionals. Those identified, who were elligible, were given the details of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) which looks at changing people's behaviours to help reduce their risks of developing the condition.
We hold Living Well with Diabetes Days which give peope with Type 2 diabetes the chance to attend workshops with a diabetes specialist nurse, podiatrist, dietician and eye care specialist, ask questions and give their feedback on services.
The events are led by leading charity Diabetes UK in partnership with the CCG and/or the local Diabetes UK support group.
The aim is to equip people with diabetes with the information they need to eat a healthy diet, care for their feet, monitor their eyesight and maintain their overall health and wellbeing. They also create the opportunity to meet other people with diabetes and join support groups.
A Living Well with Diabetes Day took place at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon on 29 March 2019.
The event was attended by around 50 people and opened by the CCG's clinical lead for diabetes Dr Femi Salako who is a GP in Langdon Hills.
Deputy Chief Nurse Geraldine Rodgers joined us at a World Sepsis Day information event in Basildon, talking to shoppers about their experience of Sepsis and handing out symptom cards to help early detection.
Olubusola Daramola, Implementation in Primary Care Pharmacist for our Medicines Management Team, joined the communications team to spread the word about the safe use of antibiotics
There were roadshows at a Heart of Pitsea Community Health Market, GP surgeries, Brentwood Community Hospital and at Eastgate in Basildon. Patient group members staged their own events at GP surgeries timed for World Antibiotics Awareness Week.
The CCG organised a Memory Walk for the Alzheimer's Society. This took place at Wat Tyler Park in Pitsea.
We've been asking patients to walk, volunteer or run with us at our local Parkruns.
Parkruns are free weekly 5k events for all ages from 4-plus. They take place every Saturday morning at 9am at locations including:
Brentwood - Weald Country Park
Basildon - Northlands Park
Billericay - Lake Meadows Park
We're asking GP practices to partner with their local Parkrun and encourage their patients and staff to take part. Parkrun benefits health and wellbeing through increased physical activity, skill development, mutual support and personal empowerment. We invited GPs, practice managers and patients to try out the Billericay Park run in Lake Meadows Park. CCG colleagues are pictured with Billericay GP Dr John Cockcroft and Billericay Parkrun Director David Hayday.
Taking part is easy: register once on the parkrun website, print off your barcode and head down to your local event. For details see parkrun.org.uk