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Media Issues


The Principal Overview and Scrutiny Officer provided the Committee with a presentation of the following press articles which related to the remit of the Adults, Wellbeing and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee;


·         Suicide biggest killer of men under 45 – Northern Echo 10 September 2018

Experts in male psychology from a North-East university have stressed the importance of addressing the suicide risk to men. On World Suicide Prevention Day, today, lecturers at the University of Sunderland point to the fact that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45. They say this proves that simply urging men to “talk more” about how they are feeling is not a stand-alone resolution.


·         Almost half of UK workers have experienced mental health problem at work – Northern Echo 11 September 2018

Almost half of UK workers have experienced mental health problem at work

ALMOST half of UK workers have experienced a mental health problem at their current job, a study by the charity Mind has revealed. A survey of more than 44,000 employees showed that only half of the 48 per cent who had experienced poor mental health had talked to their employer about it.


·         Doctor takes up new role with CCGs – Northern Echo 15 September 2018

A NEW Accountable Officer has been appointed for NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Durham and Tees Valley. Dr Neil O’Brien has been chosen to head a joint leadership and management team to oversee NHS North Durham CCG, NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, NHS South Tees CCG, NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG and NHS Darlington CCG.


The Director of Primary Care, Partnerships and Engagement, DDES CCG said that  the CCGs had made the change to be able to tackle the health economy as one and have meaningful discussions.  He confirmed that with DR O’Brien appointed the leadership would be strong and clinically led.  He added that Sir Ian Carruthers had been appointed to assist the three trusts in the area to develop a collaboration by the end of November.


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