Public Engagement Event Information

You are invited to the NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCGs) public engagement event to be held on Thursday 17th October 2019 from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Brian Jackson House, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield HD1 5JP

The CCGs hold regular events to give the public an opportunity to hear about the work that the CCGs have been doing, our priorities and plans for the future.

This event will be focusing on the wide range of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) that are available in Kirklees. It will be an opportunity to hear from the providers of CAMHS services such as South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust and Northorpe Hall. As well as hearing from the providers of the services, you will be able to take part in discussions, share your views and ask questions.

To attend the event, please book your place here as seating will be limited.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Do you know your numbers?

NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging local residents to get their blood pressure checked as part of Know Your Numbers! Week – the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country from 9th to the 15th of September 2019.

This comes as charity, Blood Pressure UK cautions that ignoring health warnings, particularly about poor diet and excess salt intake, is leading more young people to develop hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) – putting them at risk of having an early stroke, especially when they don’t know their blood pressure numbers.

With unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet contributing to more young people in their 30s, 40s and 50s being diagnosed with hypertension, around 1 in 3 people in the UK are now living with high blood pressure (the single biggest cause of death) – with 6.5 million[1] people still remaining undiagnosed.

Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not enough exercise.

Blood pressure testing is also available in a variety of settings such as:

  • at a pharmacy
  • as part of your NHS Health Check
  • at your GP surgery by a GP, practice nurse, healthcare assistant or self-service machine
  • in some workplaces
  • at some health events
  • at home – you can buy a variety of low-cost monitors so you can test your blood pressure at home or while you’re out and about. It’s important to make sure you use equipment that has been properly tested. The British Hypertension Society (BHS) has information about validated blood pressure monitors that are available to buy.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG said: “High blood pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but if untreated, increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. As an individual, having your blood pressure checked is the most important step that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.”

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Chair, NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG added:  “It’s important that people have their blood pressure checked and if it is high, speak to a healthcare professional to make the necessary lifestyle changes to help manage it.  All adults over 40 are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every five years.”

Katharine Jenner, CEO of Blood Pressure UK comments:

“Diseases caused by high blood pressure (such as stroke, vascular dementia, coronary heart disease and chronic kidney disease) cost the NHS over £2.1bn ever year, yet over 80% of premature cardiovascular deaths could be prevented by better public health.

“The majority of the UK population would benefit by improvements in diet and lifestyle such as eating less salt, more fruit and vegetables and doing more exercise, and once you know you are at risk, you are much more likely to take action.  So if you are one of the missing 6 million with high blood pressure, simply having a 5 minute check could add an extra healthy month to your life, helping you to live well for longer.”

[1] Using the 16 million figure from PHE for England this has been extrapolated to give a figure of 19 million for the UK.

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Dr David Kelly set to retire as CCG Chair

Dr David Kelly has announced his intention to retire from the role of chair of the governing body of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in April 2020.

David has chaired the Governing Body since NHS North Kirklees CCG was first established back in April 2013. During that time, he has been responsible for the clinical leadership of the CCG and has helped shape the future direction of health and social care in North Kirklees.  In particular, David played a key role in supporting significant changes to local hospital services and has been instrumental in improving GP services in North Kirklees.  He has also championed our successful public engagement approach and hosts our quarterly public events.

Dr Kelly said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chair over the past few years but feel the time is now right both within the organisation and also from a personal perspective for a successor to now come forward.”

Carol McKenna, CCG Chief Officer said: “As one of the founding members of the CCG, David has made a huge contribution to its success.  This has been a very interesting and often challenging time for the NHS and throughout David has worked with us to deliver our ambitions of high quality care and sustainable local services.  I would like to thank him for his significant contribution and on behalf of all our staff and Governing Body, wish him well for the future.”

While David will be stepping down from his role with the CCG next year, he will continue to work as a GP at Brookroyd Surgery in Heckmondwike.

NHS North Kirklees CCG is currently in the process of recruiting to the role from amongst the GPs in the member practices and the CCG expects this process to conclude in November.


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CCGs welcome shared lay member

NHS North Kirklees CCG and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG have welcomed a new member to their Governing Bodies.

Martin Wright has been appointed as the shared Lay Member for Audit and Governance. He replaces David Longstaff whose term in office came to an end in July.

Martin is a qualified accountant and has worked for a number of NHS commissioning organisations across West Yorkshire over the last 29 years. Most recently, he was Chief Finance Officer for NHS Leeds North CCG before taking early retirement in March 2019. In his role as lay member Martin will act as the Conflict of Interest Guardian and Freedom to Speak Up Guardian for the organisations.

Martin Wright

Carol McKenna, Chief Officer for Greater Huddersfield CCG and North Kirklees CCG said: “I’d like to welcome Martin to our Governing Bodies. Martin brings with him a wealth of NHS knowledge and experience which will complement the expertise of our Governing Body members. We look forward to working with him.”

The appointment follows the recent announcement by the two CCGs of shared Patient and Public Involvement and Finance and Remuneration lay members. All three roles support increased closer working of the two organisations and are three year terms.

Members of the Governing Bodies are responsible for ensuring that the CCGs run effectively, efficiently and economically, that decisions are made in an open and transparent way, and that the interests of patients and the public remain central to the goals of the organisations.

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Our Annual Report Launch at AGM

NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation that plans and pays for local healthcare services on behalf of patients registered in the area, will be formally presenting their Annual Report and Accounts for 2018-19 at their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18 September 2019, 4.30pm – 5.30pm, Council Chamber, Dewsbury Town Hall, WF12 8DJ.

The annual report sets out the CCG’s challenges and priorities, the engagement and partnership work that has taken place, a focus on the activity that the CCG has carried out and its performance over the last 12 months.  This document also includes an operating and financial review of the year.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG, said: “Our annual report provides a review of our activities over the past year and highlights our achievements.

It is also an opportunity for us to share the progress we have made in delivering our key aims and objectives and demonstrates our commitment to the vision for our residents in North Kirklees to live ‘longer, healthier, happier lives’.

I would encourage people to attend our AGM to learn about the work we do and it’s also an opportunity to ask questions about our commissioning work and plans.”

The annual report is designed to provide information on the work which has been carried out during the past year and is available on the NHS North Kirklees CCG website at

There will be an opportunity at the meeting for the public to ask a question.  If you wish to submit your question in advance of the meeting, please email

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Digital tool helping to speed up hospital discharge for older people

Finding an older peoples’ care home in Kirklees with availability is now easier thanks to an online tracking tool.

The Care Home Capacity Tracker was introduced in Kirklees in July 2018 by Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees CCGs and Kirklees Council, supported by NHS England. It is a web based system which enables care homes to share their available capacity in real time and allows registered health and care professionals to search for care home availability.

The introduction of the tool has meant that social services no longer have to ring care homes on a daily basis to log where beds are available. The hours saved have helped older people to leave hospital sooner. The system helps users to identify suitable care homes which meet patient need. Beds can be searched for by location, by type such as general nursing, and by need such as end of life care.

The tool is used by social workers, hospital discharge teams, and community nurses and trusted assessors at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Pinderfields and Dewsbury Hospitals.  These teams aim to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital, and support timely and effective discharges from hospital to a suitable care home.

Helen Severns, Service Director for Integrated Commissioning, Kirklees Council, Greater Huddersfield CCG and North Kirklees CCG said: “It’s really important that people receive the care they need in the right place. The Care Home Capacity Tracker is essential in helping health and care professionals to do this effectively. The real-time system was particularly useful during winter when there was a higher demand for care home places.”

The system can also be accessed via a hand held device. This supports health professionals to have conversations with patients and their carer or relatives on a hospital ward, using accurate, up to date information to support them with their decision.

The online tool is available across England. Kirklees is one of the first areas in West Yorkshire to have all 72 older people’s care homes, including privately owned, registered and updating the online tool. Care homes across Calderdale and Wakefield are also using the same system.

Debra Whitehead, Manager of Meadow Court care home, Slaithwaite said: “We know that choosing a care home can be a stressful time for people and their families. We have given information about the rooms and our facilities at Meadow Court on the tracker to help people decide. It also helps those who don’t have time to visit us as part of their decision making to have a better idea about where they are coming to. We review our information weekly and update every time a place becomes available.”

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August Bank Holiday 2019 – pharmacy opening

Pharmacy opening information for the August Bank Holiday can be found at the following link – August 2019.

Where to go for the right medical care

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Back to School Asthma campaign launched

The local NHS and Kirklees Council have launched a campaign to encourage parents and guardians of children with asthma to ensure their children keep using their asthma medication throughout the summer holidays – and all year round.

There is a peak in children going to hospital Accident and emergency departments for asthma in September each year.  This may be because some children experience fewer symptoms in the summer holidays and therefore stop taking their asthma medication regularly.  This causes anxiety for those involved, disruption to school attendance and increased pressure and cost to all parts of the NHS.

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “There’s currently no cure for asthma, but there are simple treatments that can help keep the symptoms manageable so it doesn’t have a big impact on your life.”

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG said: “With treatment, most people with asthma can live normal lives.  There are also some ways you can help keep your symptoms under control.”

Top tips for managing your child’s asthma include:

  • Making sure that they always use their preventer inhalers as explained by their doctor or asthma nurse, even if they have no symptoms. These inhalers are usually brown, orange, red or purple, and need to be taken every day.
  • Having a reliever (blue) inhaler and spacer, to leave at school or nursery. Take the inhaler home at the end of each term to check the expiry date and check how much is left. Remember to take it or a new one back at the start of next term.
  • Making sure your child has enough medicine in their inhaler to last through the holiday.
  • Taking your child to their GP surgery if their asthma is stopping them doing exercise, when playing sports or keeping them awake at night.
  • Ensuring that your child has an annual asthma review with their GP or practice nurse.
  • Making sure children with asthma have the flu jab and pneumonia jab when offered. This will protect them against serious illness. If you are unsure which injections your child should have, please speak to your GP or practice nurse.

Cllr Musarrat Khan, Cabinet member for Health and Social Care, Kirklees Council said: “We are committed to ensuring our children and young people enjoy the best health as we continue to work in partnership to promote, protect and improve the physical and mental health of our young people across Kirklees.”

If your child suffers from asthma you may have received a text message from your GP as a reminder for them to take their asthma medication as prescribed.  Look out for campaign posters and flyers located in local GP practices and pharmacies.

Further information and advice about asthma can also be found on the NHS website and on the Asthma UK website

Thanks to our colleagues at NHS Leeds CCG for permission to use the following films.


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Musculoskeletal and pain services are joining up

From 1 October 2019, Musculoskeletal (MSK) and pain services in North Kirklees will be joined up and provided by Connect Health.

This joint service will cover:

  • Orthopaedics (the area of medicine dealing with conditions affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves)
  • MSK Rheumatology
  • MSK Physiotherapy
  • MSK Pain Management

This new model of care was developed based on evaluation of the current provision, feedback from patients, engagement with clinicians and the national NHS England MSK Mandated Framework.

A procurement process took place in 2018 to find a provider to for this service, the existing contract ending on 30 September 2019.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “This new combined service will ensure that local people receive the best personalised MSK and pain management services for  their needs, in a timely manner, receiving the right care in the right place at the right time – first time.”

The core service will be located in locations across North Kirklees. Patients who are already being treated for pain management will continue to be seen by the current provider, In Health Pain Management Solutions.

Sadie Booker, Service Manager for Connect Health said: “Connect Health is delighted to be working together with North Kirklees CCG to help deliver an exemplary service for the people of West Yorkshire. Our aim is to support the provision of musculoskeletal and persistent pain conditions providing increased choice of how and when patients access our services, bringing care into the community and closer to home.

We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to it benefitting both patients and clinicians.” 


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New provider of wheelchair services for Calderdale and Kirklees announced

Ross Care, specialist providers of wheelchair services and mobility equipment across the UK, will provide NHS posture and mobility (wheelchair) services across Kirklees and Calderdale from 1 October 2019.

This follows a procurement process by NHS Greater Huddersfield, NHS North Kirklees and  NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs): the NHS organisations in charge of planning and buying wheelchair services for Calderdale and Kirklees.

The CCGs are working closely with the current service provider, Opcare, to make sure the change goes smoothly, and that all patient records are carefully and confidentially handed over to Ross Care so they deliver a service that continues to support the independence of people using wheelchairs from October 2019.

Dr Farrukh Javid, Clinical lead for wheelchair services for Greater Huddersfield, North Kirklees and Calderdale CCGs said:

“I’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved in the process of appointing a new wheelchair service provider for Kirklees and Calderdale.

“The CCGs have worked in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including the voluntary and community sector, to hear from and involve people who use wheelchair services, carers and families in Calderdale and Kirklees, over the course of this process.

“Their advice, views and suggestions on how we can improve this service to meet their needs, has helped us develop a new service specification, which Ross Care will deliver from 1 October and the CCGs are very keen for their ongoing involvement in the process to ensure our wheelchair service continually meets the expectations of service users and carers.

“My thanks also to Opcare for their support in working with the CCGs to reduce waiting lists and improve service provision over the past few years. Thanks to this hard work we will be in a position to launch a new service that will support people who use wheelchairs to maximise their independence.

“Finally, I’d like to thank all of the organisations that applied to provide the wheelchair service across Kirklees and Calderdale during the procurement process.”

James Parramore, Managing Director of Rosscare, said:

“Ross Care is delighted to have been given the opportunity to work in combination with the Commissioning Groups and community representatives to see the service go from strength to strength through continuing innovation to best meet local requirements.

“We believe that a partnership approach, alongside the experience Ross Care has developed in other areas, will help ensure an excellent service for all in Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees.


For more information about the work done with people who use wheelchair services to co-design the new service to launch from October 2019, visit our You Said, We Did page.

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