Monthly Archives: September 2014

IMProVE – Report on outcome of consultation report

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) embarked on a public consultation about services for the vulnerable and elderly and those living with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

This consultation has now closed and the report from the consultation can be found below:

IMProVE Consultation Report

Appendix 2 IMProVE Consultation document

Appendix 4. IMProVE public consultation survey analysis

Appendix 5 Carers Together Vulnerable Groups Survey

The Governing Body will agree a decision on the future of the IMProVE programme at an Extraordinary meeting on the 15th October 2014

Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind receive £6m

More than 10,000 of Middlesbrough’s most socially isolated older people are to benefit from a £6 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund which will also help pave the way for support for future older generations.


More people are at risk of becoming isolated as the population of older people grows, lacking contact with family or friends, community involvement or access to services. The consequences of social isolation are poor physical and mental health for individuals, less active citizens and a need for more costly services. With its Ageing Better investment, the Big Lottery Fund wants older people to be happier, healthier and more active, contributing even more to their communities.


Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind receives £5,998,248 to lead a partnership of voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations to help up to 10,500 older people in the town. The partnership will target their work in 11 of the town’s 21 wards: Gresham, University, Park, Clairville, Beechwood, Ladgate, Kader, Hemlington, Coulby Newham, Pallister and Beckfield.


There are 10,160 people aged 65 and over in the 11 wards of whom 3,977 are widowed and 2,799 people over 65 with sight loss. There are 2,240 unpaid carers according to census data which Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind believes is an underestimate.


Seven of these wards are in the five percent most socially deprived wards in England. Life expectancy is below regional and national averages, and there is a low uptake of prevention and early diagnosis services.


The Middlesbrough partnership will use outreach workers who will work with local organisations, businesses and clubs, such as community police and libraries to identify socially and contact isolated people to agree plans to improve their wellbeing. Work will focus on older people with health issues, who live alone or who are carers. Psychological support will be offered in people’s homes.


Older people will be engaged in activities to support others who are more isolated to build their confidence. Volunteers will learn to use digital technology and social media to share their skills, focussing on people who have been made redundant, retired and finding it difficult to adjust, or unemployed for a long time. Other older people with skills they have gained during their lives will be encouraged to set up clubs for other older people, such as woodwork clubs for men.


Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind estimates there are nearly 300 groups involving older people in the area but they do not cover an equal geographical spread and some groups are not actively seeking new members. The organisation wants to encourage a more diverse range of activities for older people with plans including target shooting, walking football and ukulele playing.


Emma Howitt, Chief Executive of Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, said: “This is the kind of opportunity and investment we rarely dare to dream about. It will give Mind and our partners the opportunity to work alongside more than 10,000 people aged over 50 in Middlesbrough to tackle the causes of loneliness and isolation. We won’t be providing services in the traditional sense – we will be working alongside older people to give them the opportunity to organise their own networks providing friendship and mutual support. We will be providing older people who are already isolated with additional help to get involved.

“In Middlesbrough many people experience very poor health and difficult social circumstances. Levels of cardiovascular disease, cancer, liver disease and respiratory disease are all significantly higher than the national average. The poorest and most vulnerable in the town have the worst health and wellbeing. We are targeting people in some of our poorest areas, but we have also identified other areas of the town where people are isolated. We are also prioritising people with health conditions, including mental health, physical health and sensory impairment, people who live alone and older people who are carers.


“There is much activity in Middlesbrough that this programme will be built around. It will generate new evidence about how social contact through community activity can improve health; working with our partners, we hope to use this to change the way society addresses health and social issues in the future. Everyone in the town will be able to get involved in some way.”


Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund England Chair, said:“Just under 4 million older people told Age UK this year that television is their main company. Social isolation is bad for health with links to chronic conditions and increased mortality. With more people living well into their eighties, pressures on local services and budgets will continue to rise.

“There are concerns about a ticking timebomb facing adult social care, but older people have a wealth of experience and skills to offer their communities. We need to tap into this – to help them help themselves and others living alone. Our Ageing Better investment will put them at the heart of the way the projects are designed and delivered to ensure that future generations of older people not only live longer but also live well.”

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind will be developing more detailed plans to tackle social isolation amongst older people, with projects starting from summer 2015. Over the six years of the Ageing Better investment, the Middlesbrough partnership will test what methods work and what don’t, so that evidence is available to influence services that help reduce isolation for older people in the future.

Middlesbrough is one of 15 partnerships in England sharing £82 million in the Ageing Better investment.



Chairman’s Blog

When I talk to patients about their health, people often do not realise what a significant impact they can make on their physical and mental wellbeing by making changes to their daily routine.

A variety of lifestyle social factors can have a great impact on a person’s health. It is important to take enough exercise, eat healthily, avoid smoking, and drink responsibly. These behaviours would have a marked effect on improving mortality rates in our local area.

In an ideal world we would all get enough exercise, eat the right foods and enjoy ourselves in a safe and healthy way. Unfortunately, many things about modern life make it difficult for people to make sensible decisions regarding their health but we need to enable people to do this.

Our CCG vision is “Improving Health Together” – we are working closely with partners in the community including local authorities, hospitals, health and wellbeing boards and local voluntary and community groups to ensure services to improve people’s health are accessible and appropriate.

There have been some fantastic examples locally of campaigns and projects that have impacted positively on people and there are far more preventative services than ever before, for example cervical, breast and bowel screening, diabetic eye checks, vaccinations against flu and immunisations against HPV.

As GPs we have seen more people coming into our surgeries requesting help to stop smoking or to access weight management services and we are committed to do more to ensure we achieve our vision.

We should be proud of the work that has been completed across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland but we must not be complacent, there is still room for improvement to increase awareness of the benefits of leading healthy lives and accessing preventative services.

Dr Henry Waters, Chair of NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group






Annual Report published

CCG’s Annual Report for 2013/14 has been published and can be accessed here.

Community Innovation Fund and Mental Health Innovation Fund

NHS South Tees CCG is delighted to invite our partners in the voluntary and community sector to apply for a proportion of the Community Innovations Fund and the Mental Health Innovations Fund.

The CCG has identified a sum of money (£400,000) to be made available to for innovations and schemes that will support the CCG in delivering its primary purpose of improving the health and wellbeing of the population of Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

The money could be used to fund start-up costs and some continuing costs for services or activities, which contribute, at a local level, to the objectives of the CCG.

Dr Henry Waters, Chair of NHS South Tees CCG said, “Last year we had a great response with over 60 applications.  We hope that once again local community organisations will embrace what we are trying to achieve and come up with more fantastic innovative ideas which will have a positive impact on the health of local people.”

Organisations can submit an application for either up to £20,000 or up to £40,000.

The applications can be downloaded from 3 September 2014 when the fund will be officially launched at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Health Fair at Eston City & Learning Centre, Normanby Road, South Bank, Middlesbrough, TS6 9AE

If you are interested in attending please register your attendance  in advance by e-mailing us or call on 01642 745318.

The health fair will start at 4.00pm and the formal AGM will begin at 5.30pm- 6.30pm

For further information please contact or call 01642 511868.

Fund application and guidance can be found here