South East Cancer Help Centre - Vice Chairman 16/06/2017 16:00:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I was extremely pleased to be appointed Vice Chairman of the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley at its recent board meeting. I chose the centre as one of my charities when I was Mayor of Croydon and now I can have the opportunity to help support this important charity in its work which is supporting many residents of Croydon who rely on the centre for counselling and support.
SECHC aims to give any person affected by cancer an opportunity to explore ways which may help them to cope with their situation. Confidentiality is always maintained. The Centre aims to respect and support them in the choices they make and to provide individual and group support, complementary therapies and information within a friendly, caring environment. These services have local NHS recognition.
Our policy is to provide time and support in addition to that available from healthcare professionals at a notional cost to the Member. We give information but not advice about cancer and its treatment.
Our strategy is to remain a well managed independent charity, staffed predominantly by trained Volunteers, with professional guidance and support. We aim to be well known and respected in our community. We seek to retain sufficient financial reserves to cope with fluctuations in fundraising and grant aid.
Croydon Dementia Action Alliance 13/02/2019 14:43:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
In 2016 Hakeem Anjorin, of Right at Home, contacted me with a view to starting up Croydon Dementia Action Alliance. Together with Bhavin Patel from Homeinstead and the late Cllr Maggie Mansell we started the work which has grown and led to a special recognition award from Alzheimer's Society, the UK's leading dementia charity, for the borough's efforts to support people living with dementia, which was presented by the Mayor of Croydon.
The awards ceremony in January followed the announcement in the autumn that the charity granted Croydon its highest accolade – Working towards dementia-friendly status.
Thousands of people have attended Dementia Friends Information Sessions organised by the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance (CDAA). At each session, people learn more about dementia and the small ways they can help someone living with the condition.
Local police and fire officers, nurses and staff at Croydon University Hospital, care home staff, secondary school pupils and relatives of people living with dementia are among those who have already attended the sessions.
Croydon Council has also introduced a mandatory policy for all staff to attend a Dementia Friends Information Session.
The CDAA’s work has significantly contributed to Alzheimer’s Society’s reaching 2.5 million Dementia Friends in the UK, with 150,000 in London. A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported, and confident they can contribute to community life.
All CDAA organisations were presented with a certificate at the ceremony for their efforts.
There are more than 3,600 people living with dementia in Croydon. It is a progressive condition that can lead to memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or communication. It is estimated that one person develops dementia every three minutes.
I know that Cllr Maggie Mansell would be extremely proud of what has been achieved and all the hard work we all put in to help those living with dementia in our borough. I am extremely sad that she was not able to be with us on this special day.
Assisted Living 08/02/2019 16:38:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I thught you might be interested in what I said at the recent appeal for a McCarthy & Stone development in Purley. Such is my concern that enough properties are not being provided in Croydon I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak. This is what I said: "I am here today in my capacity as Shadow Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health and as a member of Croydon’s Health and Wellbeing Board.
As a resident in the ward with the highest longevity I know the importance of housing that suits the needs of the elderly and most vulnerable in the borough. With every year that passes we are living longer and hopefully healthier lives. Most residents want to live in the same place, in their family home, but it is often the case that they have to move because they need assistance with everyday life because they have become either frail, disabled or confused in later years.
Housing such as that provided by McCarthy and Stone and other such providers gives them that choice and there is certainly a lack of supply in the borough, particularly for assisted living. It also keeps the residents safe and secure whilst being able to maintain independence with that support. All the residents I know in the McCarthy & Stone development in Sanderstead are very happy and pleased with what is 5 start accommodation.
I am only aware of two maybe three types of this accommodation under construction in Croydon, the one on the Addington Road by McCarthy & Stone, The Churchill site opposite Sainsbury’s in Selsdon and the one in Upper Norwood. All good quality schemes which would be occupied probably before built because of the great need. It is vital that older persons’ accommodation is provided to cope with the growing demand. I am not aware that the council provided any accommodation for older people last year which is a worry. Whilst hundreds of flats seem to be provided they are not sufficient to support residents and keep them out of care homes which is obviously quite expensive.
And if you look at the speech I made at Full Council last week you will see the problems that arise when poor quality accommodation and care leaves elderly and vulnerable residents in a poor state of affairs.
I know that the local councillors in Purley are very supportive of the scheme and were happy with the design and character in keeping with Purley.
With 290 affordable houses completed in the borough last year it is time to turn our efforts to those who will happily leave their homes for smaller supported accommodation thus relinquishing properties to younger families who are often starting their lives.
I would urge you to support applications for supported living in the borough. It is what the local communities need and want"
CROYDON MENCAP 17/01/2019 19:49:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Croydon Mencap are launching a new Down Syndrome Support Group. All are welcome, including little ones on 30 January at 12pm at 678 London Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7HU. Hot drinks and nibbles will be available.
Croydon Hospital Blue Badge Parking 14/01/2019 14:49:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
A number of residents are concerned about the change in policy for blue badge holders at Purley and CUH Hospital. I contacted the CEO Matthew Kershaw and have received the following response:
Further to our earlier emails, I have now received a response regarding your constituent’s concerns about the parking arrangements at Purley War Memorial Hospital.
I acknowledge that charging staff, patients and visitors to park on site is a contentious issue and we try hard to make our parking fair for all.
We do not charge Blue Badge holders who park in the reserved disabled bays at our hospitals. Hourly charges do though apply if they park elsewhere on site. We do this in part to avoid losing bays to members of the public wanting the convenience of parking close to the High Street shops.
A recent change to our car park management policy means that all visitor spaces now have a 10 minute grace period allowing drivers to drop off and collect friends and family. This means that the two bays currently set aside for this purpose will be converted to disabled spaces along with one other making a total of five at PWMH. We aim to complete this work in early February.
We are proud to hold the Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA). Managed by the British Parking Association, the DPA asks organisations to 'demonstrate to their customers that they are committed to creating high quality parking facilities for disabled people’.
I hope this is useful.
With best wishes.
Interim Chief Executive
Agnelo Fernandes - Chairman of NHS Clinical Commissioning & The Team 03/12/2018 10:46:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Many Congratulations to Agnelo Fernandes, Head of the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and his team in winning awards:
1. General Practice Awards 30th Nov 2018 – Parchmore Medical Centre “Managing Workload & Improving Access Award” (NHS England) “Successful GP Practice Transformation – “Revolution for sustainability” WINNER
2. General Practice Awards 30th Nov 2018 - Teresa Chapman “Practice Manager of the Year Award” “Leading Successful GP Practice Transformation” WINNER
3. HSJ Awards 21st Nov 2018 – Parchmore Medical Centre “Primary Care Innovation Award” HIGHLY COMMENDED “Transformation to Reduce Emergency Admissions and Hospital Outpatient referrals appropriately, and rapid Social Prescribing implementation”
4. NHS70 Parliamentary Award-London Region, 4th July 2018 Excellence in Primary Care - Brian Dickens WINNER
5. Thornton Heath GP Network Award, Croydon 26th June 2018, - Brian Dickens WINNER
Cllr Margaret Bird and I work closely with Agnelo and the team and are currently working with the Purley new Social Prescribing Board. This work has been a great success in the North of the Borough which we hope will have the same results in the south
South East Cancer Help Centre - Paint Purley Purple Campaign 19/10/2018 15:32:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
It was great to launch Paint Purley Purple today with Chris Philp MP and local councillors Helen Redfern and Margaret Bird. Many residents and local businesses are helping with fund raising for those affected by cancer. We are grateful to everyone supporting our campaign. Donatons can be made at bit.ly/DonateSECHC or by texting HPPP to 70070.
What is a Vegetarian? - Some Helpful Notes 07/09/2018 19:44:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
A good friend of mine, Ajay Jobanputra Chairman of the Lohana Community Centre has very kindly written these few notes, which demystifies the question - What is a Vegetarian? I hope you find it helpful. As a person who is often preparing dishes for a number of friends from different religions I am particularly appreciative of his notes.
Vegetarian – Definition & Types
A vegetarian is someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, fungi, algae, yeast and/or some other non-animal-based foods with, or without, dairy products, honey and/or eggs. A vegetarian does not eat foods that consist of, or have been produced with the aid of products consisting of or created from, any part of the body of a living or dead animal. This includes meat, poultry, all sea food like fish, shellfish, etc. Using alcohol in any food preparation is also prohibited.
All by-products of slaughter are excluded from a certain vegetarian diets. By-products of slaughter include gelatine (flavourless food ingredient that is derived from collagen obtained from various animal body parts), isinglass (a kind of gelatine obtained from fish, especially sturgeon, and used in making jellies) and animal rennet (curdled milk from the stomach of an un-weaned calf, containing rennin and used in curdling milk for cheese).
Types of vegetarian:
· Lacto-ovo-vegetarians eat both dairy products and eggs; this is the most common type of vegetarian diet.
· Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy products and no eggs.
· Ovo-vegetarian. Eats eggs but not dairy products.
· Vegans do not eat any dairy products, eggs, or any other products which are derived from animals. These include food like honey from bees or yogurt produced from cow’s milk.
Variations on above based on Hindu Religious groups
Various Hindu sects have variations on the definitions above, based on their religion.
Jain’s have a dietsimilar to lacto vegetarian, but in addition to not eating meat and eggs, Jain’s do not eat anything that grows underground. This includes vegetables like potatoes, carrots, onions, and garlic. Bread contains yeast which is a living organism; hence bread is not eaten by a Jain. Many young Jain’s do eat vegetarian bread if available.
Swaminarayan’s have a diet similar to lacto vegetarian, however, consumption and usage of onion, garlic or asafoetida is not allowed in any form.
Restrictions on food preparation / serving
Utensils used for cooking or serving vegetarian food should have never been touched by meat or alcohol in any form. Items like chips should not be fried in the same oil used for frying fish or any other non-vegetarian items. Vegetable oils (corn, peanut, olive, etc) must be used for all vegetarian food cooking.
People preparing / serving non vegetarian food alongside vegetarian food, like fresh sandwiches, must wear separate gloves as currently practiced at various restaurants or takeaways like Subway.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK. It works with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations. All caterers of vegetarian food must work in line with the FSA requirements and bearing in mind the above restrictions.
Carers Week - My Visit to the Centre in Croydon 15/06/2018 15:16:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
No one should have to care alone. That’s the view of the Carers Information Service which runs the Centre in Croydon. I am pleased that the centre want to see an end to carer loneliness and their recently launched report highlights a number of key findings. Some of the comments from carers show just how difficult the task can be. Comments like: “the world’s going on around me and I’m not able to tap into it”, “you adapt, you get used to it”, “work keeps you sane”. All quite worrying and detrimental to health.
The centre has meant that those it supports make comments such as: “the centre and its staff has given me a valuable information and advice on the help that’s available which I never knew existed”, “it’s reassuring to know that there are people who understand and have answers to my questions”.
The Carers Support Centre is located at 24 George Street, tel: 020 8649 9339 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s such a valuable organisation serving all of the borough
Do apply for tickets for the tea dance on 23rd May 2018 1pm – 4pm, Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street Croydon CR9 1ET
Admission Free, Donations to Alzheimer’s Society welcome. Come along for: music and dancing,decorating zimmer frames, free hand massages, free refreshments. Ticket Admits Two. Apply to: Chris Jeffree,Carers Commissioning Support Apprentice,Croydon Council, Phone: 020 8726 7000 ext: 62491 to advise of your attendance.
Changes to the Delivery of Adult Social Care and Health 06/02/2018 07:53:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Many residents will know that Adult Social Care and Health services are undergoing a significant change. The total population registered across Croydon’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) is currently 377,570. The over 65’s represent 13% of this population, some 47,390 people, and is expected to grow by a fifth in the next ten years. In 2014, it was noted that there was a strong case for paying special attention to people who are aged 65 and over as the ageing population place an increased pressure on the health and care system. This was acknowledged in the work undertaken by the Conservative administration which approved the progression to Outcomes Based Commissioning for the over 65s.
Over the past few years the CCG, the council and its partners have been working to achieve integration between health and social care both in commissioning and at the point of service delivery. Recently this has been exemplified in the Better Care Fund (BCF) programme and through the establishment of multi-disciplinary health and social care teams.
Commissioning for outcomes rather than activity allows services to be delivered in a personalised way and is designed to focus on wellbeing. It enables providers to truly transform care: I and my colleagues are entirely supportive of this model of care, not least because we were the pioneers.
The most recent cabinet paper has taken this work a further step forward under the heading of the One Croydon Alliance, which includes an integrated Health and Social Care system consisting of the following partners: Croydon Council, the CCG, Age UK, GPs, The NHS and South London and Maudsley Mental Health Foundation Trust. It extends the original one year contract for a further nine years.
Part of this integrated model of care includes the LIFE services – Living Independently For Everyone and the Integrated Community Networks (ICN). As a result of the implementation of this service in the north of the borough the results have shown that 80% of regaining independence packages ceased within six weeks compared to 18% prior to the changes. This allowed the closure of 56 beds at Croydon University Hospital (CUH) – thus easing pressure on hospital beds. Intervention at an early stage with 180 people through multi-disciplinary working has prevented further pressure at CUH but more importantly allowed people to stay in the comfort of their own home. This work needs to take place in the south of the borough as not all residents access CUH. Many go to East Surrey, St Helier, Kings and St Georges Hospitals.
Whilst I am fully supportive of the model of care, my concern is that this system is not yet operational in the south of the borough. I have put forward a strong case for the residents of Sanderstead and those in neighbouring wards where the demographics are quite different. I am assured that the multi-disciplinary teams and huddles (proactive weekly case management teams working from GP practices) will be in place in the south soon. Currently only 30 out of the 57 practices have been implemented. The Personal Independence Co-ordinators are also not operational in our area. They will be employed by the voluntary sector independent of social services and the NHS. They will work intensively with people with long term conditions, if necessary on a one to one basis, and hopefully will reduce the number of people in hospital and facilitate discharge from hospital thus enabling more residents to remain independent in their own home.
I will continue to lobby the case for a model of care that is fit for purpose in the south, a place where I serve residents in a ward that has the highest percentage of elderly with the most complex health needs. I believe it would have been sensible to implement this model of care in the south first given the high percentage of residents that fall into the bracket of “over 65’s”.
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