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The Care Quality Commission.

This  the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. The Care Quality Commission monitors, inspects and regulates hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries, dental practices and other care services  ratings to help people choose care.
It lists latest reports about a particular service eg this surgery, (Remember the grades were applicable when the report was published, and will not be be adjusted until the report of the next inspection, so there is likely to be improvement – as is the case with Sutherland Lodge Surgery. ) comments and complaints can be made about a surgery
Useful If you are looking for a dentist, maternity care or a care home, or any  health or social care service It is a very  large site and a source of a lot of information if your explore

Essex County Council.

Comprehensive A-Z of all ECC services.

If you are concerned that a child or young person is being harmed or neglected, or is at risk of this you should go to the Essex Effective Support website.

If the child is at immediate risk of significant harm, then call the Children and Families Hub on 0345 603 7627 and ask for the Priority Line.

Out of hours (Monday – Thursday 5.30pm – 9am. Friday and Bank Holidays 4.30pm – 9am) 0345 606 1212

Healthwatch Essex.

An independent voice for the people of Essex, focusing on health and social care in the county.  It gathers and represents your views about health and care: Search  for services by name or location where you can leave feedback.

  •     Help navigating the services.
  •     Carries out research.
  •    Large section about what Healthwatch does.
  •    Health news.

NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group. 

NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) buys healthcare services on behalf of people in Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon.

  • Finding the right service  Lists of services eg pharmacists
  • Live well,
  • Self care
  • Board meeting dates and papers
  • Health Campaigns  Continuing Care 
  • Continuing Care for Children
  • Personal Health Budgets
  • Finding a Care Home
  • Patient Transport
  • Medicines Optimisation
  • Waste medicines

Useful links:

Self Care Forum.

The actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.

DISS – Dementia Intensive  Support Service – This service is a one-stop mental and physical care for people across Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District who live with dementia offering both early intervention that can help people to stay in their own homes and crisis care if their condition deteriorates rapidly. It is organised by EPUT

The DISS can support people who don’t have a dementia diagnosis – and while early signs of the condition can be mild, there are some you can watch out for if you’re concerned about a family member or friend.  Also phone: 01245 515313

Connect Well

Do you want to feel more involved in your community, meet new people or make some changes to improve your health and wellbeing?

Connect Well is an easy way to access a wide variety of support and services in the districts of Braintree, Maldon and Chelmsford including:

• Volunteering
• Befriending and social activities
• Support and self help groups
• Physical activities
• Managing your money
• Community transport

For more information about how Connect Well can support and help you:
T: 01245 351888


Livewell is a campaign shared across all 13 local authorities in Essex.  We are committed to working together and with local agencies to help improve the health and wellbeing of all our residents.

NHS Live Well

Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.