Chairman’s Blog

Let’s talk about diabetes

  Every June Diabetes UK run a Diabetes Week and this year its running from 11 to 17 June 2018 with a theme of enabling conversations. Diabetes UK want to make it easier for people to have conversations, with their doctor, their friends and family and anyone they may meet about diabetes. There are two major types of diabetes affecting Read more

It’s Patient Participation Awareness Week – why not take part?

Patient Participation Group Awareness week is 4-9th June 2018 and the CCG want to shout about this . We are very keen to do what we can to raise the profile of patient participation  groups recognising the really valuable role they have with helping surgeries to gain feedback on the services they provide as well as helping the Read more

Mental Health Awareness Week – it’s good to talk

Staff at the CCG are promoting mental health awareness week 14-20th May this week and I’d like to encourage all of us to consider doing the same. Traditionally we are just not that great at talking about how we are feeling. The mental health foundation have lots of interesting information on their website about how we can all Read more

Allergy Awareness Week – Can you buy the medication you need?

This week is Allergy Awareness Week.  The week raises awareness of all allergic conditions including food, respiratory, skin and children’s allergies, food intolerance and the plight of allergy sufferers. I can personally admit to really feeling the effect of the high pollen count over the past few days with itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose and suspect Read more

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Don’t Die Of Embarrassment!

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, did you know that Bowel Cancer is the UK’s second biggest killer cancer. This shouldn’t be the case since it is treatable and curable, especially when diagnosed at an early stage. Early diagnosis for Bowel Cancer and any other types of cancer saves lives. This is the reason why April has been set Read more

Parkinson’s Rightly in the Spotlight

World Parkinson’s Day took place this week on April 11th. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The symptoms generally come on slowly over time. Early in the disease, the most obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking and these progress over Read more

View from our work experience student

I am currently in my first year at Nunthorpe Sixth Form with the hope of studying medicine at university to become a doctor. I was fortunate enough to spend a week’s work experience at both a local GP surgery and the CCG offices.   Whilst at the surgery, I was able to gain an insight into some of Read more

Growing our own

At  a time when the media is full of headlines about how tough things are in the NHS, I was heartened to hear on Radio Tees of local talent still wanting to plan a  profession in the health service. It was great to hear that parents of a Grangetown girl were wishing her well with her A level Read more

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