Monday Motivation

We've launched a local version of the popular #MondayMotivation, helping us to showcase all the great work going on in the NHS in south east Essex. We want to show the people delivering services, the positive impact on patients and benefits for staff. 

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get your #MondayMotivation! 

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June 2018   

SWIFT service

A community respiratory nurse told us how the new service gives her the peace of mind that her patients can stay at home safely, rather than being admitted to hospital. Find out more about the service here.


Ways to Wellness

Martin, who lives on Canvey Island, told us about how Ways to Wellness, a service which helps to link people up with local groups and activities, has helped him lead a fuller life. Find out more about Ways to Wellness here.

Ways to Wellness

Dr Krishnan's Surgery, Leigh-on-Sea

Practice manager Tricia Hart tells us the secret of Dr Krishnan's Surgery's success after they were featured in a CQC report about driving improvement in GP practices. Read the report here.

Dr Krishnan practice 
July 2018  

Stacey and Lucy, patients at Audley Mills Surgery, Rayleigh

Since introducing telephone GP consultations, the practice has been able to deal with 33% more patients, helping to manage the increasing demand for GP services. Patients have the added reassurance of knowing that if a health professional needs to see you then it can be arranged.

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Red Bag scheme

The Red Bag scheme has shown to reduce hospital delays, help stop patients losing personal items and improve communication between care home and hospital staff. It was launched in south east #Essex following collaboration between the CCG, Southend Hospital, East of England Ambulance Service and local care homes. Find out more here.

MondayMotivation Langley Lodge red bag

New roles in primary care

Christopher, husband and dad from Benfleet has multiple long term health conditions including (but not limited to) rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, diabetes, mechanical failure of the spine and fibromyalgia. His wife is his carer and mother to two sons and a daughter. 
In 2017, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner was introduced in Benfleet, a role that is shared among the five GP practices to support patients, particularly those with long term conditions. 

MM ANP Benfleet

New roles in primary care

Kamal is part of the team at Queensway GP Surgery in Southend. Kamal gives patients the benefit of his expertise around medication, holding clinics for certain long term conditions. This part of a wider strategy to expand the variety of health and care professionals working in GP practices making it quicker to see the right professional at the right time and place.

Kamal MM

Primary care working together

After sudden, unexpected illness led to a gap in staff at Hawkesbury Road GP practice in Canvey, neighbouring GP surgery, Third Avenue were able to step in and support the running of Hawkesbury Road practice, meaning that services to patients were unaffected.

Dr Ghauri MM 

August 2018   

Using new technology in primary care

All GP practices across Southend, Castle Point and Rochford are being offered free technology that gives healthcare professionals a quick and simple way to identify people with irregular heart rhythms quickly and easily.

ECG for MondayMotivation 
Helping patients with COPD stay well

Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) living in Castle Point, Rochford and Southend can now benefit from the roll out of a new health app called myCOPD.  Find out more about myCOPD here.

Sharon Hadley MondayMotivation

Just Ride Southend 

With over 100 bikes of all shapes and sizes including specially adapted cycles to cater for all disabilities or health conditions (even if you want to remain in your own wheelchair), Just Ride Southend is a volunteer-led initiative, funded through donations, providing safe traffic-free fun for everyone.

Just Ride Monday Motivation

Dr Zaidi

After being asked to join a local practice in 1972, Dr Zaidi remains a GP in Southend, having raised four children - three doctors and one dentist - while continuing his surgical career offering minor surgical procedures in the community.

Dr Zaidi Monday Motivation

September 2018   

Quality Awards

Following the success of last year’s Quality Awards, we are once again looking to recognise good work and good people in our GP surgeries. Last year's People's Choice winner, Dr Ana Linacero-Gracia, tells us what it means to be nominated.

Dr Ana Linacero Gracia


Ian, a volunteer at the NetPark Wellbeing Project at Metal Southend in Chalkwell Park, supports people with mental health, dementia or learning disabilities learn new skills, build self-esteem and confidence.

NetPark MondayMotivation

Care Co-ordination service medicine management team

Our Medicine Management team plays a key role in the care co-ordination service across south east Essex, and in the last year has reviewed more than 800 patients to enable them to get the most out of their medication.

Med Management CareCo team


Since learning about a number of new dementia services, Kath has taken it upon herself to make sure the services are embedded into existing community services and organisations. Since the new services went live, the local dementia diagnosis rates have gone through the roof which means people affected by dementia are able to get the support they need. 

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October 2018   

Palliative Care team

When diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, support with treating symptoms, managing emotional and social needs, and addressing spiritual and practical concerns is so important.

This is exactly what the local palliative care support team do in our local community. Providing support for carers and loved ones is another important goal of palliative care.

Thank you to palliative care team

Online services

A new service is available to all GP practices across Southend, Castle Point and Rochford to send out appointment reminders. If the person no longer needs the appointment they can simply text back CANCEL, automatically freeing up the slot for someone else.

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Allied Health Professionals Day

Working across eight GP practices in the East Central locality in Southend, Kevin uses his skills as a paramedic to carry out home visits. He sees patients who are experiencing an episode of ill-health, often with complex health issues and, with support from the duty doctor, assesses their needs and works out a care plan. The role, as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team, is one of the ways GP practices are working together to look after their local population. 

Paramedic MondayMotivation

Care home GP service

Providing effective, high-quality care in local care homes is essential. Aligning single GP practices to care homes across Castle Point and Rochford, providing better preventative care, will help reduce avoidable emergency admissions and A&E attendances.

Melanie Tucknott MondayMotivation 

Weekend and Evening GP appointments

Local residents can now access appointments with a GP, nurse or healthcare assistant in the evenings and at weekends. Call your GP practice in the usual way to make an appointment.

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November 2018

Primary Care team

Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team to resolve day-to-day medicine issues and consult with and treat patients directly.

Richard works across all the GP practices in Canvey, providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advising patients on medications and running clinics.

Richard MondayMotivation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a programme of progressive exercise and education for people with COPD and other chronic lung conditions.

The programme, delivered in south east Essex by Southend Hospital, has recently become even better – offering more options on how people receive their treatment tailoring the care to suit the needs of individual, whether that’s at one of our four centres across the south east Essex region, at home using telephone support or a combination of the two.

Referrals can be made by any healthcare professional you see, including your GP, practice nurse or community nurse.

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Dementia Navigators

Tina and Diane are part of the wonderful Dementia Community Support Team. The team works across all eight localities in south east Essex as a single point of contact for everyone affected by dementia, and has recently been shortlisted for Team of the Year at the LGC Awards.

Support ranges from signposting to relevant services to home visits to ensuring that each individual in their service has the support and guidance they need throughout their dementia journey. Every member of the team is passionate about their work & driven to make the area, people and organisations as dementia-friendly as possible.

Dementia Navigators Monday Motivation


Without the right peer support networks in place, employees can become at risk of their mental health affecting their ability to work, and employers risk losing valuable, experienced staff.

WellbeingMatters offers a support group that addresses this need. The meetings are open to anyone who is over 18 and lives or works in Southend, Castle Point or the Rochford districts, currently in or looking to return to paid work. It provides an informal, supportive and non-judgmental place to share, listen and learn from each other’s experiences amongst like-minded people.

Visit to see their mental health short film, ‘Circle of Support’.

WellBeingMatters Monday Motivation

December 2018

Flu jab

The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. The flu jab is free if you’re aged 65 or over, or if you have a long-term health condition. Contact your GP practice or pharmacist about getting your flu jab.

Flu jab Monday Motivation

January 2019

Home visiting social worker

Tomasz is part of the new Healthcare Professionals Team at Queensway Surgery in Southend. He and his team are piloting new support services in a community setting, to help people live well and longer in their own homes.

Tomasz Queensway MondayMotivation

First Contact Practitioner 

The First Contact Practitioner (Physiotherapy) service, provided by Southend Hospital, is designed to allow patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) problems to see a specialist at their own GP practice without the need to see a GP first. The aim of this service is to treat patients with an MSK condition more quickly and reduce pressure on GPs.

They are assessed and given advice on how to manage their problem, or referred for further investigation and treatment if required. This pilot scheme has been introduced at Pall Mall Surgery in Leigh, with plans to extend across more GP practices in the area.

First contact physio Monday Motivation 


Last year, almost 30% of women in Southend invited for cervical screening did not attend. Please take some #MondayMotivation from Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust's #SmearforSmear campaign and book an appointment or encourage others to take up their invite

Surgery Pod

The SurgeryPod has been introduced in two practices in Southend - Valkyrie Surgery and Pall Mall Surgery - to help patients monitor their health without having to wait for a GP or nurse appointment. The equipment aims to give patients greater control and flexibility over their health.

Surgery Pod Monday Motivation

February 2019

Learning Disability Annual Health Checks

Annual health checks for people with learning disabilities are vitally important, as they can help highlight health problems that might otherwise have been missed. As an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Sharon is able to complete a full LD health check – sometimes in the patient’s own home, which can help if they find the GP surgery environment too stressful.

Sharon Dines ANP MondayMotivation

Online services

A service introduced across south east Essex last year has made a real difference to GP practices in the area. Patients can cancel GP appointments they no longer need by text message, immediately releasing the appointment back into the practice’s system for other patients to book. This free service is available to all GP practices, for more information speak to your practice manager. 

iPlato appointments


Care homes in #Southend are benefitting from new technology to monitor the health of residents, in order to improve health outcomes and reduce avoidable and distressing trips to hospital.

As part of the pilot scheme, 18 residential care homes have been provided with a portable handheld device which connects to Bluetooth medical appliances, such as weighing scales, blood pressure monitors, oximeters and thermometers.

Find out more about the scheme here.

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STOMP stands for stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both with psychotropic medicines. It is a national project involving many different organisations which are helping to stop the over use of these medicines. STOMP is about helping people to stay well and have a good quality of life.

STOMP nurses Monday Motivation

March 2019


A couple of weeks ago, The Echo  printed a lovely letter from a patient about the Swift service. This week's #MondayMotivation comes from another patient who has benefited from the great work of the team - Robert from Thorpe Bay was able to stay in his own home and receive treatment for his COPD from the team rather than be admitted to hospital.

SWIFT patient MondayMotivation

Productive General Practice 

Demand for appointments in GP practices has grown significantly and so has the need to work smarter. The Productive General Practice programme gives practices the training and tools to manage their workload better.

In Southend, 12 practices have signed up to the programme and have so far identified around two and a half hours per day that can be freed up for other tasks. Dr Kumar's practice in Shoebury has been looking at a 'right person, right job, right time' approach to use the skills of its admin staff effectively

PGP Shoebury MondayMotivation

GP trainees

Last week, we met some GP trainees who are looking for opportunities to work in primary care in south east #Essex. One of them, Natasha, told us about her experience of working at a practice in Southend - maybe her experience will give you #MondayMotivation to see what's on offer in Essex Primary Care Careers? has a range of opportunities, clinical and administrative, across mid and south Essex.

GP trainee MondayMotivation

April 2019

Diabetes Prevention Programme

The older you are, the higher your risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Let John from Leigh-on-Sea be your #MondayMotivation - he's exceeded his weight loss target by eating healthier and becoming more active, with support from the Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme:

DPP Monday Motivation

Mental Health Employment Navigators

Building resilience and confidence, boosting self-esteem and feeling engaged with the world around you can lead to bigger things. Working as part of the Southend Social Care Transformation team, Unity and Jo are Mental Health Employment Navigators - supporting residents of Southend to take the first steps on their journey to paid employment. 

Mental health navigators MM


Peter’s mother recently had a funny turn at home. After calling 111, a paramedic arrived and contacted ‘Swift,’ a nurse-led community team, who carried out blood tests, urine tests and tested her blood pressure in his mums own home. After a prescription of antibiotics and a referral to occupational health, Peter’s mum is feeling much better and has since received some equipment to help her to live independently at home. 

SWIFT Monday Motivation

May 2019

Parent Champions

As part of the celebrations for National Children’s Day on Sunday, we’re getting #MondayMotivation from the newest group of parents in Southend to complete their Parent Champion training. Parent Champions are parent volunteers who give a few hours a week co-producing local services and talking to other parents about the local services available to them, helping them get the support they need within their local community. 

New Parent Champions Monday Motivation

International Nurses Day

As part of the celebrations for #InternationalNursesDay we’re taking #MondayMotivation from nurses Catherine and Jo. As well as being a practice nurse in the Southend East locality, Catherine also works as a parish nurse for the Shoeburyness and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church. Her sister Jo works at Shoebury Health Centre, acting as a care navigator, to ensure patients see the person most appropriate for their needs, and running COPD clinics. Calling themselves ‘Batman and Robin’, these two superheroes are playing an important role in the wider general practice team, as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Shoebury Nurses Monday Motivation

Dementia Action Week

This Dementia Action Week we're getting #MondayMotivationfrom the husband of someone living with Dementia, who took part in the Dementia Carers Wellbeing Programme. Find out more about the south east Essex Dementia Community Support Team:

Dementia programme Monday Motivation 

Extended Access GP appointments

If you need to see a GP or nurse but are worried that your own practice is closed for the bank holiday, take some& #MondayMotivation from Matthew's story. Needing a prescription for his son's inhaler, he called for an appointment at one of the local hubs. He was able to see a GP straight away and get the much-needed prescription. Local hubs are open 9am to 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays as well as between 6.30pm-8pm Monday to Friday.

Weekend GP appointments Monday Motivation


June 2019  

GP Parkrun

The NHS Long Term Plan focus this week is on prevention, so we're taking#MondayMotivation from Dawn, a nurse practitioner in Shoebury, who took part in her 150th parkrun on Saturday. Dawn's milestone coincided with practices across the country taking the #GP Parkrun Pledge. 

Parkrun Monday Motivation

General Practice Nurse event

We recently held an event to celebrate the role of the General Practice Nurse in mid and south Essex. Nurses from across the Mid and South Essex Sustainability Transformation Partnership came together for a day of inspirational talks from speakers including mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE and& The Fabulous Finder.

It was an uplifting day, aimed at giving nurses time and space to reflect on the important role they play in helping us #LiveWell the wonderful feedback is giving us #MondayMotivation for the next event! If you're looking for a new role in primary care visit

GPN event Monday Motivation


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