Chairman’s Blog

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


Developing our Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG)

My name is Caroline Gitsham and I recently became a Lay Member for Public and Patient Involvement for the CCG.I had the pleasure this week of hosting a guest blog for the CCG and I wanted to share with you details of our Patient and Public Advisory Group and encourage local people to sign up to MY NHS. Read more


Let’s talk about breastfeeding

Breastfeeding – it’s the in thing to talk about. The 25th World breastfeeding celebrations will be held right at the beginning of August and in England we have just had our national breastfeeding celebration week with a focus around breastfeeding support. To breastfeed successfully mums need support from pregnancy right to the early weeks and months; it’s so valuable to Read more


Learning Disability Awareness Week

This week is Learning disability awareness week from 19th -25th June and this is an opportunity that we could not miss to support the week and raise awareness. The focus of the campaign this year is around employment . Did you know that around 8 in 10 working age people with a learning disability have one that’s mild Read more


A few moments of discomfort could save lives

Next week it is cervical cancer screening awareness week and I must not miss an opportunity to remind all those girls who have received an invite to go for their smear test to make an appointment to get it sorted. The test is not looking for cancer, it is looking for  any changes in the cells that might Read more


Summer Helping Hand

Summer is now with us and we have had plenty of sun this week. So of course I need to remind you all to take care to enjoy the hotter weather by being sun aware, using a high factor sunscreen, keeping your head covered, avoiding the midday sun and also keeping yourselves well hydrated. If you are a Read more