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CCGs are seeking views on five clinical policies - Difficult Decisions, share your experiences

The six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent want the views of the patients across the area as they plan services for the future.

Altogether the six CCGs commission over 800 different services and treatments, but availability of these varies across the area.

Together they have been spending around £2 million more per week than they receive, and that means some difficult decisions now need to be made.

Proposal to prescribe gluten-free staple foods to children and adolescents under the age of 18

In the past year (June 2018 to July 2019), Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula and Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) prescribed 16,023 prescriptions for gluten-free foods at a cost of more than a quarter of a million pounds.  The prescription of gluten-free (GF) products is not a cure for coeliac disease, nor does it treat the symptoms.  Medical advice given to patients who are gluten intolerant would be to avoid food products containing gluten.

Call for Citizen Scientists

Transforming the Trent Valley scheme is launching our ‘Big Washlands Watch’ project in 2020. This project aims to learn more about the number and types of species living in the Trent Valley area by encouraging local people to get involved in some citizen science activities. We would like to hear from people and groups within the TTTV scheme area who want to learn more about the wildlife on their doorstep and would like to help us to record it.

Festive warning: Don’t get involved with a loan shark – yule regret it!

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are warning people not to turn to loan sharks to cover the cost of Christmas.

These unlicensed lenders charge extortionate amounts of interest and have been known to use threatening language, intimidation and even violence when demanding payments from their desperate victims.

Using the hashtag #StopLoanSharksXMAS this year’s online campaign is providing the public with useful information and advice to ensure they stay safe and don’t fall victim to unscrupulous lenders.

Innovating Minds Support for Adults with Mental Health Difficulties

Innovating Minds offer specialist psychological support as part of the Evolve programme for adults who are experiencing mental health, emotional or wellbeing difficulties such as (but not limited to), anxiety, stress, depression or low-self esteem, difficulties in relationships, sleeping or organising your time.

We have a team of qualified and experienced professionals who can offer flexible support that is tailored to you. Therapy can be offered one to one or in a group setting.

Have you got time to spare?

Raise funds and put the spotlight on research

Bring your shining smile and join our weekendlong fundraising blockbuster in Tesco stores across the country.

We need cash collecting, bucket brandishing stars like you to make this very special weekend a smash-hit!

Sign up to give 2 hours of time as a volunteer collector HERE

YMCA Burton Sleepout Reveal raises much needed funds for the future

On Friday 8th November; 227 people spent the night in a cardboard box so that others don’t have to in a bid to raise much needed funds for YMCA Burton.

The mix of adults and children ranging from the ages of 4 to 76 years old gave up their beds for one night over two venues; the home of Burton Albion Football team, Pirelli Stadium, and St Modwens graveyard in the town centre.