An initiative to support some of Southend’s most vulnerable residents, spearheaded by a group of GP practices in Southend, has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious HSJ Awards 2021 to be held later this week (November 18th).

The Southend West Central Primary Care Network (PCN) stood out amongst tough competition from hundreds of other exemplary applicants, the ‘Southend Integrated Healthcare for Homeless’ initiative was selected based on ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that the initiative has had on both patient and staff experiences.

The initiative is in the finals for ‘Primary Care Innovation of the Year,’ providing better joined-up care for those affected by homelessness in Southend. The awards recognise the outstanding contribution to healthcare in what has been an exceptional and challenging period across the sector.

Southend GP, Dr Haroon Siddique, who works within the Southend West Central Primary Care Network, led the development of the initiative, supported by Edel Spruce an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, to better support the health and care needs of some of Southend’s most vulnerable people.

250 Heart Attacks & 375 Strokes prevented across Essex*

Local residents first in line to benefit from blood pressure monitoring kits

It is estimated* that approximately 250 heart attacks and 375 strokes will be prevented over a course of five years as nearly 20,000 residents in Essex are now benefitting from free blood pressure monitoring kits to help support self-care and prevent the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.

Essex residents were first in line thanks to a successful bid from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership who were selected to be a trailblazer as part of a national pilot to test out how residents can improve their health outcomes through self-monitoring their blood pressure. 

South East Essex CCGs Annual General Meeting 2021

The five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) across mid and south Essex will be hosting their Annual General Meetings (AGM) throughout September.

Details of dates and times are listed below:
NHS Thurrock CCG - 22 September 10am to 10.45am
NHS Mid Essex CCG - 30 September 3pm to 4pm
NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG - 30 September 4pm to 5pm
NHS Castle Point & Rochford CCG / NHS Southend CCG – 30 September 5pm-6pm.