Involve Me - February 2018

What we're doing at the moment

Sheffield Patient Participation Group Network


Are you a member of your GP Practice's Patient Participation Group?

We would like to invite you to the Sheffield Patient Particpation Group Network, where you can meet with PPG members from across Sheffield to talk about some of the pressing issues and developments of health care in Sheffield.

Previous PPG networks have provided opportunities to find out more, discuss and help shape:

  • Making Urgent Care work better in Sheffield
  • Neighbourhoods
  • Elective Care - Care Closer to Home
  • South Yorkshire Sustainability and Tranformation Plan
  • Primary Care
  • Musculoskeletal Outcomes

Participants have also benefitted from networking with other PPG members from across the City, as well as co-producing resources to help them develop and run their own PPGs.

So come and join us on:

Thursday 22 March 2018
6 - 8pm
at The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield. S1 4FW

Book your place online here 
or call us on 0114 305 4609

News from our local partners

How well does Health & Social Care work for older people?

Are you 65+ or do you care for someone 65+ who has had recent experiences of how well health and social care services work together?

The Care Quality Commission wants to hear a wide range of views on how well services work together in Sheffield to:

  • Support people so they can stay well at home
  • Respond when people are in a crisis or their needs change
  • Help people to leave hospital safely and well
  • Help people to regain their independence after a hospital admission

A Focus Group will take place on:

Tuesday 13th February 2018
1:30 - 3pm
at Moorfoot Building, Sheffield, S1 4PL

If you’re interested in being part of the focus group or you want to share your story in a different way,

Please call us on 0114 253 66 88
Text 0741 524 9657
or Email

Reading is good for you

Sheffield Libraries are teaming up with the Reading Agency to deliver the Reading Ahead scheme (previously the Six Book Challenge) across Sheffield. New research supports what regular readers have always known; reading is good for you. Reading calms you down, takes you on a journey, and helps make sense of a frantic and often confusing world. In short, reading makes you happier.

Reading Ahead is about helping reluctant readers, or those that have lost the reading habit, to build the confidence and well-being that comes from reading for pleasure. 

How does it work?
From the beginning of January until the end of April 2018, they’re inviting participants to pick six reads and record, rate and briefly review them in a diary that they supply.  Everyone that completes the challenge will be invited to a celebration event at Sheffield Central Library where they will be presented with a certificate and entered into both local and national prize draws.

They need help to ensure that the scheme reaches the adults and young people who could most benefit. Are you or your friends aware of any individuals or groups that might benefit from taking part?

Please contact your local librarian who will be delighted to hear from you.

Radiotherapy open evenings


An opportunity for Radiotherapy patients and their families to have a tour of the Radiotherapy Department at Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield.

Radiographers will explain to you radiotherapy planning and treatment

  • 13th February 2018
  • 13th March 2018
  • 10th April 2018

Usually every second Tuesday of the month for the rest of the year.

Tours start at 6pm

For more details contact Information and Support Radiographers on 0114 226 5282.

Research on the arts and well-being


Ignite Imaginations has teamed up with psychologists at the University of Sheffield to carry out some exciting and important research on the arts and well-being. 

Many people recognise the value of the arts for well-being and this study aims to provide scientific evidence for the positive impact that the arts can have on lives. They are looking for volunteers to help achieve this by taking part in research studies. 

They are running 2 studies over the next few months and are particularly interested in recruiting people from Darnall, Firth Park and Manor but can include anybody interested.
  • Study 1 involves tracking arts experiences in an online diary and is open to anyone aged 18+ who has a smartphone with internet access.
  • Study 2 is for people aged 50+ and involves listening to an audiobook and answering some questionnaires.
Both studies require meeting with the research team at a time/place convenient to volunteers. People who take part in either study will be given a £10 voucher as a thank you and will be contributing to important scientific research. 

Please get in touch with Giulia (pronounced 'Julia') on email or on 0114 222 6544 for more details or to express interest. 

Other local consultations

National News

Over the counter items prescribed in primary care:
A consultation


NHS England has launched a public consultation on proposals to rein in prescriptions for some ‘over the counter’ products such as dandruff shampoo and drops for tired eyes, freeing-up up to £136 million to expand other treatments for major conditions such as cancer and mental health problems.

Ending routine prescribing for minor, short-term conditions, many of which will cure themselves or cause no long term effect on health, would free up NHS funds for frontline care.

The consultation does not affect prescribing of items for longer term or more complex conditions or where minor illnesses are symptomatic or a side effect of something more serious.

The over the counter medicines proposals for consultation include stopping the routine prescribing of products that:

  • Have low clinical value and where there is a lack of robust evidence for clinical effectiveness, such as probiotics, vitamins and minerals.
  • Treat a condition that is considered to be self-limiting, so does not need treatment as it will heal/be cured of its own accord, such as sore throat or coughs and colds.
  • Treat a condition which could be managed by self-care, i.e. that the person does not need to seek medical care or could visit a pharmacist, such as indigestion, mouth ulcers and pain relief.
The consultation and guidance document is available here.

Who are NHS Sheffield CCG?

We are made up of 82 GP practices and are the organisation responsible for planning and buying many of the healthcare services for our local population of approximately 580,000 people.

We work with healthcare professionals, patients and the public, to deliver high quality, efficient and cost effective healthcare services for people across the whole of Sheffield.


What is Involve Me?

'Involve me' has been set up as a way of involving people who care about their local NHS and who would like to be kept up to date, or get involved and have their say, on commissioning decisions for the benefit of Sheffield people.

Thank you for your continued interest in NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and health and social care services across the City. We hope that you find this information interesting and would like to contribute to our work. We'd love to hear your thoughts about our newsletter.
Thank you once again for getting involved with healthcare services locally and don’t forget to pass the message on so we can reach as many people as possible!

Engagement team
NHS Sheffield CCG

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