Monthly Archives: July 2018

Tell Us YOUR Views on Mental Health Services

Patients across Teesside are being asked for their views on mental health services in the area.

In Teesside there are four main Mental Health Crisis services. These are Crisis team, Street Triage, Crisis Assessment Suite (CAS) and Liaison Psychiatry.

In order to ensure that the design and delivery of Tees Crisis services in Teesside are informed by public opinion, a survey has launched to ask about your general understanding of mental health illnesses and the services available.

The survey will take approximately five minutes to fill out and is open for completion until Thursday September 20.

If you have any queries or would like help to complete the survey please contact South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group enquiries on 01642  263030 or email

 You can fill the survey in HERE 

If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’, tell your doctor.

If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’, tell your doctor.

Around 19,100 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year. Both cancers affect men and women, although they are more common in men. Bladder and kidney cancers can affect people of all ages but are most common in people over 50.

Things that increase the risk of bladder and/or kidney cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Some jobs, because of exposure to certain chemicals
  • Other medical conditions, such as kidney failure
  • A family history of cancer

In England, around 8,000 people die from bladder or kidney cancer each year, but this needn’t be the case. Knowing what to look out for saves lives. If you notice any blood in your pee, even if it is just once, tell your doctor straight away. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but these cancers are more treatable if they are found early.

Briefing on the CCG’s annual assessment for 2017/18

The NHS is, at a national level, facing unprecedented levels of financial challenge.

The South Tees health and care system is, like many other systems, experiencing significant financial pressures.

For our CCG this means that for the first time since its inception in 2013 we reported an overspend (deficit) for the financial year 2017-18 and we also expect to report a deficit for 2018-19.

The overspend is in the main due to three areas of significant pressure:

  • Increases in the numbers of patients requiring, and the costs associated with, Continuing Health Care needs – our expenditure has grown over the life of the CCG from c£18 million to around c£36 million;
  • High levels of spend associated with prescribing. South Tees CCG prescribes over 7 million items per year and spends c£4 million more than the North East and Cumbria CCGs average;
  • Increased costs associated with the provision of planned and unplanned (emergency) care taking place in a hospital based setting – we have spent c£2 million more on planned and urgent care at South Tees Hospital over what we spent in previous years.

NHS England have this week published CCG annual ratings in relation to 2017/18.

A significant factor in the production of these ratings is CCG Financial performance, i.e. delivery of financial control totals.

As a direct consequence of our financial overspends we have been rated as Inadequate against the Quality of Leadership domain, resulting in the CCG being placed in special measures.

We have already taken significant action to address our financial pressures and are working closely with our partners in the NHS and both Local Authorities to make the necessary improvements in our financial position whilst continuing to deliver the best possible care for our population.

Food for thought: regional approach easier to digest for patients and clinicians in the North East and Cumbria

A regional approach aims to improve how the NHS locally uses endoscopy (telescope test) to diagnose cancer of the stomach and oesophagus (gullet).

These cancers predominantly occur in people over the age of 50, with 50% occurring after the age of 70. Despite this, a quarter of all endoscopies are being done in people under-50 and relatively few in older people. So, despite having one of the highest rates of endoscopy in the country, we find that many of these cancer patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage.

Now clinicians across the region have joined forces in an effort to ensure more appropriate use of endoscopy – people who need one have it at the right time but people at low risk of cancer can try treatment before having an invasive procedure.

Dr Mark Welfare, Gastroenterologist at Northumbria Healthcare Trust said: “No one wants uncomfortable investigations like an endoscopy unless they really need one.

“In the North East and Cumbria, GPs, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the Northern Cancer Alliance, hospitals and the Sustainability Transformation Partnerships (STPs) have partnered together to launch an initiative that helps to better identify patients who will benefit from endoscopy whilst also helping GPs to offer other patients a wider range of choices to help their symptoms such as heartburn or indigestion.

“We found that there was room to change practice safely because some GPs were referring eight times fewer young people than other GPs.

“A comprehensive plan aims to turn this around – offering a more standardised and consistent approach across the North East and Cumbria with the aims of improving cancer diagnosis, helping people avoid unnecessary endoscopy and offering better treatment options for patients – including looking at how they eat and lifestyles factors such as excess alcohol consumption and maintain a good body weight as well as medication.”


NHS 70 – what makes you proud of the NHS?

Staff and patients from across South Tees CCG have shared details about what makes them proud of the NHS in the short video below.  So tell us what makes you proud of the NHS? Share your stories with the CCG via email-, twitter- @SouthTeesCCG , or search for NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group on Facebook.  Alternatively pop along to the community fun day at North Ormesby this afternoon (Thursday 5th July 2018) from 2pm.



70 years of the NHS

As the NHS turns 70, we’d like to share some fascinating facts about the service that has helped to transform the health and wellbeing of the nation.

  • In 1948 the NHS had a budget of £437m. In 2017/18, around £110 billion will be spent on the day to day running of the NHS in England
  • The NHS treats more than 1.4 million patients every 24 hours
  • It is the UK’s largest employer, with more than 1.5 million staff from all over the world
  • In 1948 there were 16,864 GPs. Today there are 41,817 GPs across the NHS
  • In 1962 the first hip replacement was carried out. We now perform approximately 77,000 hip operations each year in the UK

The NHS in numbers video