Chairman’s Blog

World Mental Health Day 10 October 

Next week marks World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2018 and this year the theme is focusing on young people’s mental health. Mental Health First Aid England have developed a really useful Hands Up 4 Healthy Minds toolkit which contains information on Understanding Young Peoples Mental Health as well as tips helpful resources for talking with young Read more


Organ donation can save lives!

We have a guest columnist this week, Rachel our work experience student from Middlesbrough College! Read her thoughts below… Organ donation week: Did you know…? Organ donation is giving an organ to someone else who needs a transplant. Organ donation is an amazingly generous act and saves thousands of lives in the UK every year 31% of black, Read more


Flu season is upon us!

Amazingly we see September approaching which brings the start of autumn including darker nights and cooler weather.  For clinicians working across the NHS this means the start of the annual flu immunisation campaign. We have been reasonably lucky in the last few winters in that we have not had a significant outbreak in our local area. However, the Read more


Looking after yourself in the heat

It is good to be able to look outside the office window and see the Riverside Stadium sparkling against a clear blue sky but during this  hot weather I do need to just remind people to take some sensible health precautions and ensure that they are using a high factor sun cream, wearing a hat, avoiding the midday Read more


Be proud of the NHS

I suspect many of you already know that this year the NHS turns 70. Some of what is in the media this week does not paint the NHS in a very good light with areas identified where we need to improve around supporting staff to report any areas of concern with services delivered. However, over the last 70 Read more


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