Monthly Archives: July 2014

Chairman’s Blog

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) covers the Local Authority areas of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland. We are made up of local GP practices working together to plan and purchase healthcare services to meet the needs of our population.

Our role includes assessing the needs of the local population. This informs the way we plan and purchase services to meet local health needs, taking into account the opinions of local people.   We also monitor the performance and quality of these services.

Our mission to “Improve Health Together” emphasises working together with the public as well as other partners. We are seeking to listen to and act upon people’s views about the design of new services. I would like to encourage you to come along and have your say about our plans for the coming year. The details of the Public Meeting are as follows:

Friday 8th August 2014, 9.30am-11.30am

Community Hall, Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind,

The Mind Centre,

90-92 Lothian Road,

Middlesbrough TS24 2QX.


The key areas that will be discussed are:

  • Urgent care e.g. A&E, walk in centres
  • Quality in Primary Care e.g. GP Services
  • Care closer to home
  • The effective use of medicines
  • Planned care e.g. hospital and community services
  • The health and wellbeing of local people.

Please book your place today by calling 01642 745318 or email

To stay involved and informed about the work of the CCG why not sign up to MY NHS to receive regular updates about the work of NHS South Tees CCG. By joining you will be able to participate as much or as little as you like, receive invitations to events, hear about opportunities to give your views about areas of healthcare that interest you. Please visit our website for more details


The Big Latch On

We are promoting two events taking place across Teesside on 1st and 2nd of August to support the Big Latch On – a global campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.


South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are inviting breastfeeding mums to join them at the Stray Café, Redcar, on Friday 1 August and at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, on Saturday 2 August to take part in the global Big Latch On.


Thousands of women and their babies across the world will gather in their own communities to join in the synchronised breastfeeding event at 10.30am on the 1st and 2nd of August as part of World Breastfeeding Week.


The first Big Latch On took place in New Zealand in 2005 and the event has now taken off globally. This year the organisers are aiming to break the current global Big Latch On record of 14,536.


Infant feeding co-ordinator Victoria Head said: “We are supporting the Big Latch On to celebrate all mums who have chosen to give their babies the best start in life.


“Breastfeeding reduces the risk of major illness for the baby including gastrointestinal infections, upper respiratory tract infections and obesity and has also been shown to reduce infant mortality.”


The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life to optimise these benefits, continuing to breastfeed for two years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.


For more details on the local events or for advice and support on breastfeeding contact infant feeding coordinator Victoria Head on 01287 284441.



Thank you for getting involved in commissioning health services

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like to thank patients and the public for contributing to the development of commissioning intentions for local health services.

The CCG is responsible for commissioning healthcare for people living within the boundaries of Middlesbrough Council and Redcar and Cleveland Council – a population of 273,910.


The CCG commissions a specific set of healthcare services that include;

–       General non‐specialised planned inpatient and day-case hospital services

–       General non‐specialised urgent care services from hospitals and walk‐in centres, NHS 111 and local ‘out of hours’ services when GP practices are closed

–       General non‐specialised maternity and children’s services

–       Community services

–       Non‐specialised mental health services

–       Continuing health care and free nursing care services

–       Medicines prescribed by the GP Practices within the CCG boundary

–       Other non‐specialised diagnostic and treatment services such as x‐ray or hearing aid services


Members of the public were invited to an engagement event on Friday 8th August to give their views and find out more about the CCG’s commissioning intentions and priorities. The event took place from 9.30am – 11.30am (registration from 9.15am) at the Community Hall, Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, The Mind Centre, 90-92 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough TS4 2QX


Topics of discussion included CCG commissioning plans, IMProVE programme (integrated management and proactive care for the vulnerable and elderly), carers, health and wellbeing, mental health and learning disabilities, urgent care and planned care.