Monthly Archives: September 2016

Engaging with young people

Apologies for the delay in blogging.

Great to see some of you join us at our AGM at Middlesbrough College. The format was very different to a traditional AGM with a health fair and an NHS careers workshop for the young people of the college. We struggle to engage with the younger end of the population and it was the right thing to think differently, make links and form relationships that we need to build upon. I have just read the Redcar and Cleveland Healthwatch young people’s survey and it clearly tells us that we need to be doing more in primary care to make health services known about and more accessible to those people lucky enough to be 25 or younger.  Clearly there is lots for us as an organisation commissioning health care to listen to about experiences and opinions.  For us to change services especially with prevention and early intervention that allow young people to reach their full potential is the direction I hope you all agree we need to be going in.

NHS AGM & Careers Workshop

NHS annual general meeting to host careers workshop and health fair at Middlesbrough College  

Are you interested in a career within health care?

Then come along to the local NHS health fair and annual general meeting at Middlesbrough College on Wednesday 14 September from 11am-2pm.

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for planning and buying many of the health services across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland, will hold its Annual General Meeting from 12.30-1.30pm during the event.

As part of the meeting, people are encouraged to come along and find out about the range of health career options in a career workshop taking place between 12.30 and 13.30 alongside the formal presentation of the CCGs annual accounts.

There will be information available about the following professions:

  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Pharmacy
  • Paramedics
  • Communications and Marketing roles
  • Doctors
  • Sexual health services

Dr Janet Walker, Chair of the CCG said: “I hope that people will pop along on the day and learn more about the wide range of careers possible within health care.

“You’ll have the opportunity to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to know the answer to and get a feel for the real life experiences these people have had.

“There’ll also be a number of health and wellbeing market stalls giving advice and information about local health and wellbeing services, as well as information about the CCG, what we do and how we spend our budget on behalf of our local population.  The CCG will also formally share our annual accounts and Annual Report.  I look forward to meeting people on the day!”

The South Tees CCG AGM and Health Fair will take place on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at  Middlesbrough College, Dock St, Middlesbrough TS2 1AD from 11am-2pm.  For further information, contact the CCG offices on 01642 263030 or email



Equality Strategy- Your thoughts needed

South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group would like to know your thoughts on the draft Equality Strategy.

The aim of this Equality Strategy is to ensure the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) promotes equality of opportunity to all our patients, their families and carers and our staff and to proactively address discrimination of any kind.

We are keen to involve local people in the continuing development and monitoring of its equality objectives to ensure that we commission the right health care services, provide well trained staff and ensure our providers meet the equality duties as set out in the Equality Act 2010.

We are fully committed to meeting the diverse needs of our local population and workforce, ensuring that none are placed at a disadvantage over others.

We know that experiences of health services can be affected by various factors including age, ethnicity, gender, whether or not someone is disabled and sexual orientation. There are also factors that will influence how individuals interact with health services; these can include religion and belief, and social and economic factors.

These combined factors are often described as determinants of health and can lead to individuals experiencing health inequalities i.e. poorer health experiences. Our challenge is to tackle and reduce health inequalities for local people.

Please help us gather feedback by reading the draft equality strategy   and let us know your thoughts.


Dates for your diary

I have been getting quite excited to have been finalising planning details for two public events that we have coming up over the next couple of weeks.

The first is our engagement event next Friday when we want to hear from you what are your health priorities , ask you to participate in an activity where you decide how you would spend our budget , and ask your opinion about what we could do differently in the way we prescribe medicines.  The event is to be held at the CCG offices at North Ormesby Health Village (First Floor, 14 Trinity Mews) on Friday 9 September from 10am-12pm.  What we learn at the event will help us to prioritise our plans for new commissioning intent  in the next year and beyond.

The second event is a health and  social care careers workshop that is being held at Middlesbrough College on Wednesday 14 September from 11am-2pm.  This is a great opportunity to mingle with the younger end of the South Tees population and help promote the job opportunities in health and social  care on Teesside.  Our AGM is sandwiched into the event so we hope that other people as well as the students will come along to listen, learn  and share experiences. I hope you are able to come along to one or both of the events.

Further details are in the news section of the website.

We’re planning for YOUR health – tell us what’s important to YOU!

Name 3 things that are important to you and your family when it comes to health – that’s the challenge from the local NHS in South Tees ahead of an innovative engagement event next week.

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for planning and buying the majority of health services on behalf of local people, is holding a ‘Planning for your health – what’s important to you?’ engagement event at its offices in North Ormesby Health Village on Friday 9 September from 10am-12pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Whether you’re able to attend the event or not, the CCG would like local people to think of 3 things that are important to you and your family when it comes to health care and services.

It could be things you don’t like, ideas that could future proof services, things that are priorities for you, or things you would change.

Once you’ve thought of your 3 priorities or issues, let the CCG know so they can form part of the discussion at the event on 9 September. You can email your ideas to, tweet the CCG using the @SouthTeesCCG handle, post on the CCG’s Facebook wall by searching ‘NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group’, or telephoning 01642 263030.

The CCG will then collate all of your feedback and divide it into themes that will form part of the discussion at the engagement event. It will then be used to help the CCG shape its commissioning intentions and priorities. Commissioning intentions are what the CCG plans to do to improve NHS services in coming years to ensure it achieves what it has set out to do.

Dr Janet Walker, CCG Chair said: “One of the major roles of the CCG is to plan and commission the best health services for the population of South Tees.  We need local people to share with the CCG what they feel is a priority to them regarding health care services so we can ensure we are meeting local people’s needs whilst also ensuring NHS services are sustainable and offer value for money.”

The event will also include an update on the CCG, their plans for the future, table top exercises and a summary of their draft commissioning intentions.

If you require additional support at these events please let the CCG know at the time of booking. The event will take place in the CCG’s offices at First Floor, 14 Trinity Mews, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6AL.