Mid Essex CCG

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The area covered by NHS Mid Essex CCG encompasses the neighbouring Districts of Maldon and Braintree and the City of Chelmsford. The total population is 390,000, served by 44 GP practices across mid Essex ranging from large urban multi-site dispensing practices to small village single-handers.

The CCG regularly engages with all the practices to support new ways of working and the area is served by a large acute hospital to the north of Chelmsford, which is run by the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust. The towns of Maldon, Braintree and Halstead each have a smaller community hospital and patients in the north of the Braintree District tend to travel to Colchester Hospital.

Mid Essex is a short distance (50-60km) from London and train journeys from the area’s western edge in Chelmsford are faster to the centre of the capital than from some London suburbs. One of London’s major airports, Stansted, is also nearby.

Chelmsford itself is the UK’s newest city. It and the picturesque villages in the countryside around it between them have a population of 175,000. Chelmsford is ranked seventh-highest in the country for quality of life and features some of the best-performing schools in the country, as well as a rapidly expanding university with a “MedTech campus” focused on healthcare and a new School of Medicine that began training students in September 2018.

There are more than 700 hectares of parkland through the city, many accredited with the national parks standard, the Green Flag. A growing high-end retail offer in the city centre features includes premier department store John Lewis opening a branch in autumn 2016 as part of a brand new shopping development. In total, there are more than 111,000 m2 of retail space.

The city also has a busy nightlife, including three theatres, live music venues, bars and a large number of restaurants catering for a variety of tastes. Through the year, Chelmsford has street festivals, events for young families and two major music and cultural festivals, including the V Festival every August that attracts some of the world’s biggest music stars.

Leisure activities include use of two rivers, Essex’s only ice rink and a number of gymnasia, golf courses and swimming pools. The city’s heritage, celebrated in local museums, extends back to Roman times, and it was the birthplace of radio, Guglielmo Marconi establishing the Marconi Company in the heart of the Chelmsford. There are 12,000 businesses in the city today.

East of Chelmsford lies the quiet and rural Maldon district, holding two traditional market towns and a number of picturesque villages. Maldon is an ancient market town full of beauty and charm, nestling on a 75-mile stretch of saltmarsh coast. One of its key products, Maldon Sea Salt, is used by the finest restaurants around the world.

A well-known coastal spot, Maldon is home to the Blackwater estuary, the largest estuary in Essex and a haven for wildlife, especially wintering birds. There is a local wildlife preserve where they can be observed in peace.  Maldon also has a thriving water sports and sailing community, which extends south to the second market town in the district, Burnham-on-Crouch. A calendar of traditional barge matches, regattas, races and festivals has put the area on the map as a destination for maritime leisure and water recreation.

The district has a number of highly rated schools and two leisure centres, one of which has a swimming pool with a number of family-friendly features. Night life in the district is focused on local pubs and restaurants, and Maldon also has a bowling alley and arcade. Along with the district’s road links to Chelmsford and the A12 trunk route that runs through the centre of mid Essex, Burnham-on-Crouch also has the area’s second railway link to London.

There is an extensive network of footpaths through the district and the scenic environment provides a rich backcloth for a round of golf, horse riding or angling, all of which are well catered for locally. More than 60,000 people live in Maldon and surrounding area, known as the Dengie, which is very rural and has the lowest population density in Essex. Villages and hamlets full of character are scattered throughout.

North of Maldon and Chelmsford lies the Braintree district, home to about 155,000 people in two sizeable towns, Braintree and Witham, and a number of smaller but bustling towns and villages. The district has its own significant shopping development in a relaxed “village” environment, offering 85 stores alongside a leisure centre, swimming pool, cinema and restaurants. Braintree and Witham also have shopping centres in the centre of each town.

There are significant industrial developments that provide Braintree a mixed and stable economy. A number of schools in the area are highly rated. Culturally, there are two theatres in Braintree and leisure centres there and in Witham. Halstead, a market town north of Braintree, has its own theatre and museum. A number of amateur and semi-professional sports teams compete in the area, in common with the rest of mid Essex, and wooded walks through a local arboretum and country parks are also available.

Like its neighbouring districts, Braintree has a rich heritage and a vintage steam train railway, medieval moated farmstead and 900-year-old Norman keep are all open to visitors. Braintree hosts a nationally important textile archive reflecting the history of the woollen cloth trade that brought prosperity to the area in the 14th century. And the oldest timber-framed barn in the world can be found there.

Mid Essex has a number of countryside attractions, including formal gardens and one of the largest butterfly houses in the UK.

You can find out more about each of the three mid Essex areas at:

https://www.braintree.gov.uk/homepage/143/visitors
http://www.visitmaldondistrict.co.uk/
http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/visiting-chelmsford

Staff say...

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Stuart Woolley
"My workplace is local to home, and working in semi-rural Essex delivers a different set of clinical challenges compared to inner city medicine."
Emergency Care Practitioner | Specialist Paramedic
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Tim Jarvis
I have lived in Essex all my life but I worked for most of my career in London. It has been a positive move coming to work here now in Essex.
Paramedic
Sandra Pearson - Rushbottom Lane
Sandra Pearson
“I’m passionate about ensuring that patients get the best care that is needed. I love to make sure that the patients go out of my room happy”
ANP | Castle Point & Rochford CCG

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