Monthly Archives: December 2015

Inspired by carers

I’ve been on holiday from work this week however, I’ve spent so much time tidying up and washing I’ll be glad to get back to work!

But that gets me thinking that whilst I feel like I work quite hard when I’m at the surgery or the CCG, I get to leave the challenges and struggles behind me when I go home.

This week I had the great pleasure and honour to attend the Gazette’s Community Champions Awards evening. South Tees CCG jointly with Hartlepool and Stockton CCG were very proud to be able to sponsor the Champion Carer Award.

I have read some very inspiring stories about carers who have been simply fantastic and shown such selfless dedication in their caring role. All the entrants were worthy winners and I was humbled by their ‘just getting on with it’ approach.

I know many of the applicants, as well as many of the carers of my patients, have a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week caring responsibility and they don’t get to go home at the end of the day like I do.

At the CCG we recognise the vital role that young and adult carers play and we continue to raise awareness of their important contribution, not just to their loved one, but to health and social care as a whole – quite simply doctors and nurses just would not be able to manage without them.

The CCG and local General Practices need to continue to increase our support to carers for their physical and mental wellbeing – we need to look after our carers.

Groups linked to both Middlesbrough and Redcar local authorities have been working alongside the CCG and voluntary sector to develop longer term plans to develop carer recognition, understanding, support, and importantly enable carers to exercise choice and control over their own lives, drawing in support as needed but also thinking about their own life and aspirations, such as education or employment.

At the CCG’s Governing Body we adopted Middlesbrough’s plan in July, and Redcar’s plan in January. Governing Body papers are available on the CCG website   and you can read more about what is happening now and planned for the future. The website also features my weekly blog that I’ll be doing to keep folks more up to date with what’s happening in the CCG and across our 46 general practices.

Just a final word again to acknowledge the fantastic carers we have across Teesside.

Community Innovations Fund

Local CCG Announces £200,000 Community Innovations Fund to tackle health inequalities

GP commissioners are inviting community and voluntary organisations to bid for a portion of £200,000 to promote better health in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced the launch of a £200k Community Innovations Fund (CIF). The aim is to support and develop health related proposals into practical and inspiring initiatives which make a positive difference to the lives of local people.

This year, the CCG is inviting bids that support its commitment to reducing the preventable differences in health which exist within the South Tees community, known as health inequalities. Health inequalities are differences between people or groups due to social, geographical, biological or other factors. These differences have a huge impact, because they result in people who are worst off experiencing poorer health and shorter lives.  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.

Organisations can submit an application for up to £40,000. For bids under £10,000 there will be an opportunity for local groups to pitch their ideas directly to the CCG. For further details and to find the two application forms click here.  Closing date for application submissions is Sunday 3rd January 2016.

For further information please contact or call 01642 263030.

Getting prepared for winter

I can’t believe that it is December! Whilst people are busying themselves with preparations for the festive period I would urge you  to remember to look after yourselves.  Please remember to order your repeat prescriptions to ensure you have what you need , especially when surgeries will be closed over the holiday period at the end of December. Get yourselves prepared with simple medications to treat winter minor ailments, those tricky coughs and colds. If you are in doubt what to get ask your pharmacist. Keep warm,  keep your fluids up, ( water is good but warm drinks are good too) and please think about those older friends and neighbours around you.  If you need medical help or advice, if your GP surgery is shut phone 111 who will direct you to where you need to go.