Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Online GP Consultations

Your thoughts on ‘online consultations’ – an alternative way to have a consultation from your GP.

NHS England

Opens 8 May 2018
Closes 15 June 2018

NHS England is supporting local NHS GP practices to offer their patients alternative ways to have a consultation with a GP or other practice-based health professional online via the internet, rather than waiting for the next available appointment to attend in person – we are referring to this as ‘online consultations’.

Online consultations are a way for patients to contact their GP practice without having to wait on the phone or take time out to come into the practice. Using a smartphone, tablet or computer, you can contact your practice about a new problem or an ongoing issue. You can ask questions or tell your GP about your symptoms. The practice will ensure your contact is dealt with by the right person in the team, helping ensure you are served as quickly and appropriately as possible. Sometimes this will mean you will need a phone call with the GP or nurse, or an appointment at the practice, and this will be arranged as usual.

NOTE: Online consultations are an alternative service – it is still possible to do other things on the practice website such as seeing test results and your medical record, ordering a repeat prescription or booking an appointment.

Places that are using online consultations already have found a number of benefits:

  • Patients were able to get a quicker response, rather than waiting for an appointment in person
  • It is more convenient as patients they do not have to travel to their GP practice or wait for the next available appointment.
  • GPs were able to provide more appointments for patients, offering the same level of consultation, diagnosis and necessary actions (such as referral or a prescription) as patients would get in a face to face appointment;

It doesn’t matter if you have not used online consultations yourself – your views are still of interest to the NHS. THIS IS NOT ABOUT HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS.

Your views are valuable to us and we would appreciate it if you could find the time to complete this survey by Friday 15 June 2018. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Insight collected from this survey, along with other forms of engagement, will be analysed by NECS (North of England Commissioning Support) on behalf of NHS England. This insight will help determine the most appropriate support and resources needed for both practices and patients to adopt online consultations as an enhancement to currently available online services.

You can find out much more about the programme on the NHS England website.

Give Your Views

Online Survey

Personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets consultation

A consultation on extending legal rights to have for personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets

Department of Health and Social Care

Opens: 6 April 2018
Closes: 8 June 2018

Within the NHS, there is an ever-growing shift towards personalisation of health and care. It is clear that choice and personalisation matter to people; uptake of personalised health and care plans within the NHS has increased annually since implementation, and evidence suggests that by providing individuals with more choice and control over how their individual needs are met, outcomes often improve, satisfaction often increases, and the package of care can often be delivered in a more cost-effective manner.

Personal health budgets are the current mechanism to deliver this. Currently however, only certain groups have a right to personal health budgets. This consultation therefore exlplores extending this right to other groups who we believe could benefit from a more personalised approach to their health and care.

There is also ongoing work across the country, looking into how personal health budgets and personal budgets in social care, can be aligned into a single, integrated, personal budget, wrapped around the individuals holistic health and social care needs. This consultation also therefore seeks your views on extending specific groups rights to an integrated personal budget, and also explores the potential to incorporate additional funding streams into that budget, if the individual so wishes.

Give Your Views

Online Survey

At Risk of Going Missing

Helping emergency services find missing vulnerable people FAST

A potentially life-saving form could help police and search teams find vulnerable missing people quicker.

The ‘At Risk of Going Missing’ form provides quick, detailed information about a person’s background and history to help police to identify priority areas to search, often speeding up the time taken to find them, particularly if the person is living with dementia.

In support of Dementia Action Week which runs from 21 to 27 May, Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR), in collaboration with Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service (KFRS), and the National Police Air Service, have produced a video that shows how a completed form can help partners work together to quickly find a missing person when they have detailed information about a person’s habits and interests.

Every year, Kent Police receives approximately 10,000 missing person reports and an increasing number of these are for people living with dementia.

The form, which is handed out by all agencies, allows police, Kent Search and Rescue and Kent Fire and Rescue Service to gather as much useful information as possible. It gives an indication of someone’s mobility, preferred mode of travelling, routes frequented, general health issues and significant places they are likely to gravitate towards. This form enables all this information to be documented in advance.

Completed forms are kept in a safe place by families or carers so they can be found quickly if the person is reported missing. They are also stored on police systems, meaning officers have easy access to the information when needed most.

Phil Morris, Community officer at Kent Search and Rescue said: “We have produced this video message in support of Dementia Action Week in the hope that it will help people understand how important a completed “At Risk” form can be and, in doing do so, encourage more families to fill in the form if they are caring for someone who is living with dementia, or who may go missing for another reason.

Please don’t wait until the person goes missing. Download the form from the Kent Police, KSAR or KFRS website(s) and fill it in today! The information that you record in the form may give us the one important clue that we need to help find your missing loved-one…when every second counts.”

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “Our aim is to make sure that if people living with dementia become lost or go missing that we can do our best to return them home as quickly as possible so they don’t come to any harm.

“By filling in this form officers can gather as much information as possible, as quickly as possible so would encourage anyone who lives with someone with dementia to fill in the form.  It could save a life.”

Chris Colgan, Assistant Director Response & Training at Kent Fire and Rescue Service, and a member of the KSAR board of trustees, said: “Keeping safe is important for us all, however it can become difficult to maintain safety if you or someone you know is living with dementia, particularly if living alone. This form is a really useful tool, and can help us and partner agencies to find a missing person with dementia more quickly, reducing the chance of someone getting into harm’s way, and even saving a life.”

Watch the ‘At Risk of Going Missing Video’ https://vimeo.com/268997659

Kent Fire and Rescue Service   21 May 2018
(Issued jointly with Kent Police, Kent Search and Rescue and National Police Air Service)
www.kent.fire-uk.org/news/news-releases/may-2018/helping-emergency-services-find-missing-vulnerable-people-fast/

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road

Discharge of conditions 51 & 77

17/01759/CONC/AS

 

Original Application

Case Ref Description Posted on
17/01759/AS Proposed minor material amendments to planning permission 16/01157/AS involving design changes to Phase A2 (X3 commercial uses (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) &; Phase A3 (216 residential units) with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works relating to land south of Victoria Road ONLY with no design changes to the approved development of land north of Victoria Road for the purposes of a brewery with shop, bar and restaurant (use classes B2/A1/A3/A4).Full planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works. 12 Dec 2017
16/01157/AS Full planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works. 10 Aug 2016

Conditions

LAND FORMING PHASE A2 TO SOUTH OF VICTORIA ROAD (RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL – C3/B1/A1/A2/A3)
Acoustic design measures for apartments
    1. No development of land forming Phase A2 shall commence until a scheme of noise mitigation measures to be installed in the apartments (taking forward the noise related recommendations in the applicant’s acoustic report, energy strategy report and ventilation
      strategy necessary to achieve BS8233:2014 ‘Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings’ or any successor standard) has been submitted to, and approved by, the Local Planning Authority in writing. Thereafter, the development shall only be carried out in accordance with such approved measures which shall be permanently retained unless the Local Planning Authority has agreed in writing to any variation.
    2. Unless agreed otherwise no development of land forming Phase A2 shall commence until a scheme for protecting balconies and terraces from noise exceeding 50dB LAeq. 16 hour through the use of including imperforate balustrade screens and Class A absorption to balcony undersides /soffits has been submitted to, and approved by, the Local Planning Authority in writing. Thereafter, the development shall only be carried out in accordance with such approved measures which shall be permanently retained unless the Local Planning Authority has agreed in writing to any variation.
LAND FORMING PHASE A3 TO SOUTH OF VICTORIA ROAD (RESIDENTIAL BUILDING)
Acoustic design measures for apartments
    1. No development of land forming Phase A3 shall commence until a scheme of noise mitigation measures to be installed in the apartments (taking forward the noise related recommendations in the applicant’s acoustic report, energy strategy report and ventilation
      strategy necessary to achieve BS8233:2014 ‘Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings’ or any successor standard) has been submitted to, and approved by, the Local Planning Authority in writing. Thereafter, the development shall only be carried out in accordance with such approved measures which shall be permanently retained unless the Local Planning Authority has agreed in writing to any variation.
    2. Unless agreed otherwise no development of land forming Phase A3 shall commence until a scheme for protecting balconies and terraces from noise exceeding 50dB LAeq. 16 hour through the use of including imperforate balustrade screens and Class A absorption to balcony undersides /soffits has been submitted to, and approved by, the Local Planning Authority in writing. Thereafter, the development shall only be carried out in accordance with such approved measures which shall be permanently retained unless the Local Planning Authority has agreed in writing to any variation.

Former South Kent College Site, Jemmett Road

Alterations to house types 3C and 5 and proposed car barns, relocated of one parking space on planning permission 17/00354/AS for the Reserved Matters application for the development of 160 dwellings together with access roads, footpaths, drainage, associated car/bicycle parking provision, groundworks, landscaping, open space and infrastructure (pursuant to outline approval 11/00405/AS)

17/00354/AM02/AS

Original applications

17/00354/AS Reserved Matters application for the development of 160 dwellings together with access roads, footpaths, drainage, associated car/bicycle parking provision, groundworks, landscaping, open space and infrastructure (pursuant to outline approval 11/00405/AS);  posted on  14 Mar 2017
Published on:

11/00405/AS Demolition of existing buildings and construction of up to 241 dwellings and associated access and landscaping; posted on 10 December 2016

Land south of junction of Beaver Road and, Victoria Road

Proposed minor material amendments to planning permission 16/01164/AS for a 120-bedroom hotel involving minor changes to layout, the provision of an additional storey and related elevation changes with associated parking, landscaping and access works.

18/00724/AS

Original Application

Case Ref Site Description of Works Posted on
16/01164/AS Land south of junction of Beaver Road and, Victoria Road, Ashford, Kent Full planning application for a 120 bedroom hotel and associated parking, landscaping, substation and access works. 10 August 2016