Chairman’s Blog

Cervical screening saves lives – don’t be the one missing out!

Next week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (22 – 28 January) so this is a great opportunity to promote the key messages of cervical screening and reinforce the local campaign.   The ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign is a joint initiative between NHS England, Middlesbrough Council and other partners.  It has been developed based on what real women Read more


Getting 2018 off to a good start

Happy New Year! For many of us the new year brings thoughts of making resolutions for things you want to do better. It can be hard to achieve those lifestyle changes, be it stopping smoking, getting to a healthy weight, drinking that little bit less, taking more care to keep yourself healthy, getting fit, eating more healthily, taking  time to Read more


Keep well through the holiday period

As things are winding down at the CCG and many are preparing to spend time with families and friends, it is good to pause and think about those who are unwell or will become unwell  over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. When your GP surgery is closed, please ring 111 (free from landlines and mobiles), where Read more


Be prepared for winter

With snow and ice outside it is a good time to think about being prepared for winter. Winter tummy upset viruses (norovirus) are around in the North East, as are other nasty flu like viruses. Protect yourselves by keeping warm, and keep a well-stocked medicines cabinet with paracetamol, or ibuprofen , rehydration salts to ease your symptoms if Read more


Right place, first time!

A new process aimed at getting patients seen in the right place, first time is being introduced across the CCG area from 1 November 2017. The Rapid Specialist Opinion (RSO) process will support GPs to access a specialist opinion to determine the most appropriate next steps in the patients care. Consultants and GPs with a specialist interest are Read more


Mental health in the workplace

It was World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2017 and the theme was ‘mental health in the workplace’. Did you know, 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems this year?  Having someone you can talk with can make a huge difference. So, if someone you know is acting differently, step in. You don’t have Read more


AGM and LD respite consultation

We had our Annual General Meeting this week and the first of what will be a series of community health fairs. Thank you to all of you that came along to join us. Taking time to reflect on the year is a good reminder of the successes of the previous year amidst the bussle of the ongoing day Read more


Patient and Public Advisory Group – PPAG

I am really excited about our newly relaunched PPAG. We have increased the number of local people with an interest in improving health services, who have volunteered to work with the CCG, to ensure we have meaningful patient involvement and enabling the CCG to seek views and experiences that help us to make the best decisions in commissioning Read more


Back from holiday

Firstly, thank you to my colleagues who provided guest blogs whilst I was away. As a change from the usual  trip to Scotland, I am lucky enough to be just back from a trip to Canada and America. Much to my daughter’s embarrassment, I did  take several snaps of a variety of health messages.  On the  wall of Read more


Living longer

Guest Blog by Dr Raj Khapra Thanks to the NHS and modern medicine we all are living longer. There are consequences for individuals, families NHS and social services. Ageing comes with increased risk of heart attack, stroke osteoporosis and dementia on one hand, and has led to changes in retirement age on the other. Health is a  result Read more