Improved access to MSK services for North Lincolnshire residents

Published on Sep 03, 2019

The way Musculoskeletal (MSK) and pain services are provided in North Lincolnshire is set to change after North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NLCCG) tendered for a new service to provide a single point of referral for the triage, assessment, diagnosis and management of MSK and chronic pain conditions.

The Kirton Lindsey & Scotter Surgery, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG), In-Health and St Hugh’s Hospital teamed up to submit a bid for the Integrated MSK and Chronic Pain Service and were successfully appointed.

It’s estimated that over 19,000 adults in North Lincolnshire live with an MSK condition. The new service will aim to improve patient outcomes and promote self-management strategies including lifestyle improvement programmes.

Patients will be referred directly into the new service, meaning they are seen by the most appropriate healthcare professional to meet their needs more quickly. The service is designed to support patients to be more involved in the management of their own condition supported by a range of professionals and resources to meet their needs.

Alex Seale, Chief Operating Officer at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “We know from understanding our local population needs that we are experiencing an increasing need for MSK services, so this service will mean that people are able to get the holistic support that they need at an earlier stage in their pathway of care.

Dr Satpal Shekhawat, GP partner at the Kirton Lindsey & Scotter Surgery, added: “Not only will the new service improve access to MSK services for local people but it should also free up some GP appointments to enable better access so the benefits will be felt by the wider community.”

Paula Broomhead, MSK Service Lead at NLaG said: “The new service will provide a seamless pathway of care for patients with patients able to access support at a range of venues across North Lincolnshire.

Vicky Maskill from InHealth said: “We are proud to be a part of this new, innovative service bringing together the experience and resources of local specialist providers to deliver improved patient care.”

Ashley Brown from St Hugh’s added: “I am delighted that our four local healthcare providers are working together to significantly improve access to care and reduce waiting times for the population of North Lincolnshire. I believe this marks a significant milestone for the future delivery of healthcare in the local area.”

The new service is due to start in January 2020.


Local record-sharing initiative shortlisted for HSJ award

Published on Aug 29, 2019

A local initiative to improve information-sharing between healthcare providers has been shortlisted for the Connecting Services and Information Award at this year’s HSJ Awards.

The judging panel, made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, shortlisted the four Humber CCGs despite the tough competition from hundreds of excellent applicants.

HSJ editor Alistair Mclellan, comments: “We would like to congratulate the four Humber CCGs on being nominated ahead of this year’s 2019 HSJ awards. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in November, to join us in recognising the very best achievements and innovations in the healthcare sector.

“The entrants this year have been of incredible calibre, and each of the finalists in this category have been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare.”

The full list of nominees for the 2019 HSJ awards (partnered by GRI) can be found on: 

Winners will be selected ahead of the 2019 HSJ awards ceremony, which is due to be held at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on November 6th.

Learn more about the project that has been nominated by watching this short video.

Healthy Hearts website launched to help people in North Lincolnshire

Published on Aug 22, 2019

A new website has been launched to help improve heart health among people living in North Lincolnshire.

The Healthy Hearts website is designed to help people reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack, and help to lower the number of people dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease – a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels.

The website has been created to help people living in Humber, Coast and Vale – a region including Hull and East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, Vale of York and Scarborough and Ryedale.

More than 220,000 people in this region are affected by high blood pressure, while around three in 10 people (more than 72,000) have undiagnosed high blood pressure, which if untreated increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks or stroke. More than 32,000 people living in the area have an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and almost 30,000 people have experienced a stroke or mini-stroke.

The Humber, Coast and Vale Healthy Hearts website contains a wealth of information about how people can reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including the latest trusted advice about healthy eating and exercise. It also features interactive tools, with users able to use the website to determine their high blood pressure risk.

The website forms part of joint efforts by healthcare organisations in the Humber, Coast and Vale area to reduce the number of people suffering from cardiovascular disease. They are committed to improving the health of people who have cardiovascular disease, or are at risk of developing it, as it remains one of the most significant health challenges in the area.

More than a quarter (26%) of all deaths in England in 2017 were caused by cardiovascular diseases, with coronary heart disease and stroke accounting for the majority of those deaths. Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK, but the good news is it can often be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.

Alex Seale, Senior Responsible Officer for Planned Care at the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “The Humber, Coast and Vale Healthy Hearts website will become a key asset to healthcare professionals and patients to help reduce instances of cardiovascular disease in our communities.

“Heart disease remains a significant challenge for health organisations within the Humber, Coast and Vale area but one we are determined to overcome by working with healthcare professionals and members of the public alike to enhance cardiovascular disease education and improve cardiovascular disease detection.

“Heart health should be everybody’s concern so visit for information on how you can improve your heart health and take steps to protect against cardiovascular disease.”

For more information, visit

Prescribing of over-the-counter medicines in changing in North Lincolnshire

Published on Aug 01, 2019

GPs in North Lincolnshire will no longer usually prescribe medicines that patients can buy over-the-counter for a range of minor health concerns, including hay fever, coughs and colds, aches and pains and sunburn.

Patients are instead encouraged to visit their local pharmacy for advice and treatments. There’s no need to make an appointment to see a pharmacist, making it quicker and easier for patients, and helping to free up GP appointments for those who need them most.

Some of the products to treat minor, short-term illnesses can be purchased over-the-counter at a lower cost than that which would be incurred by the NHS.

Some medicines are also available from other retail outlets such as supermarkets, convenience stores and health food stores. These are usually general sales list items and can be purchased without advice from a pharmacist.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Humber, Coast and Vale have adopted new guidance issued by NHS England last year following the results of a public consultation on the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor, short-term health concerns.

The guidance does not affect the prescribing of over-the-counter treatments for long-term conditions or more complex conditions, or where minor illnesses are a symptom or side effect of a more serious condition.

The NHS spends around £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines which could otherwise have been bought over-the-counter. By reducing the amount of money the NHS spends on over-the-counter medicines, the NHS can give priority to treatments for people with more serious conditions such as cancer, diabetes and mental illness.

Alex Seale, Senior Responsible Officer for Planned Care at the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “CCGs in Humber, Coast and Vale are working in partnership to ensure their populations are aware of the prescription changes happening nationally within the NHS. Empowering the public to self-manage minor conditions or injuries by buying products over-the-counter is a positive behavioural change we need to embed into our communities to ensure NHS resources are used effectively.”

Visit for more information about the prescribing changes and for a full list of conditions for which over-the-counter medicines will no longer be routinely prescribed.


Notes to editors

The NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in the Humber, Coast and Vale area that are working in partnership are:

  • Vale of York CCG
  • Scarborough and Ryedale CCG
  • East Riding of Yorkshire CCG
  • North Lincolnshire CCG
  • North East Lincolnshire CCG



Local medics give hospice a £1,705 boost

Published on Jul 25, 2019

Two teams of North Lincolnshire medics who took on a charity cricket challenge have given Lindsey Lodge Hospice a £1,705 boost.

A team of doctors from Scunthorpe Hospital, which is run by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG), met a rival team of North Lincolnshire GPs at a Cricket Family Fun Day, in aid of Lindsey Lodge, at Heslam Park on Sunday 21 July.

Consultant Acute Care Physician Dr Vijaykumar Singh, who helped organise the event with colleagues Dr Anwer Qureshi, Dr Khawar Naeem and Dr Satpal Shekhawat, said: “In the spirit of working more closely with our health partners, we organised this event, which truly was a fun day out for all of the family, with some entertaining cricket.”

He added: “It was a closely fought game, but in the end the GPs were the winners, so congratulations to them. It was great to see so many colleagues from the hospital and general practice, along with their families and friends and the local community getting together to raise funds for Lindsey Lodge Hospice, which is such an important local charity and touches the lives of so many of our friends, families and patients.”

Lindsey Lodge Hospice Chief Executive Karen Griffiths said: “This is a fantastic amount of money raised, and we’ve had great feedback from the event, so on behalf of the Hospice I would express our sincere thanks to everyone involved for choosing to support Lindsey Lodge!”

Dr Kate Wood, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust Medical Director, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon of cricket and camaraderie between some of our hospital doctors and GP colleagues. It was a great way of building relationships, as well as raising money for a worthy cause.”

Dr Singh said: “All of the organisers would like to say thank you to the staff at Heslam Park and the Lindsey Lodge team for helping us to organise the event, as well as everyone who came along to support us and contributed to making it such a successful day!”

For more photos from the event please visit:

Ten tips for coping in hot weather

Published on Jul 23, 2019

England’s most senior nurse has today set out ways to stay safe during the hot weather, as millions of families kick off their long summer break.

North Lincolnshire is set for a heatwave this week, with hot weather from France and Spain helping push temperatures to as high as 34 degrees celsius.

With thousands of people ending up in hospital each year as a result of heat and allergies, England’s chief nurse has called on the public to help prevent children and older people falling victim to the extreme heat. She advises people to use the NHS website and free 111 phoneline for fast advice on how to get the right help if things do go wrong.

Ten tips for coping in hot weather:

  1. Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  2. If you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat, avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day (11am to 3pm).
  3. Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  4. Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  5. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol – water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options.
  6. Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  7. Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  8. Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  9. Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  10. Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.


Learn more on the NHS website. 

Scunthorpe GP surgery doubles in size following £1m investment

Published on Jul 01, 2019

A Scunthorpe GP practice has doubled the size of its branch surgery as part of a £1million redevelopment.

Its new facilities include three new consultation rooms, a minor operations unit, waiting room and reception and a service to support opioid-dependent patients.

The extension was funded through investment from the practice’s GP partners and grants from both NHS England and the local authority.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the practice on Wednesday, July 10 at 1.30pm by the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Cllr Jonathan Evison, alongside a patient who has recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Patients who are addicted to pain-killers are given specific support within the redevelopment, including access to specially-trained counsellors on-site.

Work began at Ancora Medical Practice on Detuyll Street, which is a branch of the practice on Ashby Road in Scunthorpe, on Monday, September 3 2018.

The 10-partner practice cares for more than 20,000 patients across the town and has 13 doctors, six nurses and nine health care assistants, as well as being a training centre for GPs.

Ancora Practice Director, Christine Buckley, said: “Our doctors were so determined to provide better services for their patients that they invested significantly into the project out of their own, personal incomes.

“This commitment, alongside additional funding from NHS England and North Lincolnshire Council meant that we were able to double the size of our surgery.

“We have always been restricted by lack of space. But the new rooms will allow us to hold extra clinics and offer better services to our patients, closer to home.”

Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe, said: “This is excellent news for local people.  The new facilities at Ancora Medical Practice in Detuyll Street will make a big difference to patients.”

Dr Faisel Baig, Chair of NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “We are thrilled that this much-anticipated development is now complete. The team at Ancora worked exceptionally hard to secure funding and see the project through to completion and I thank them for their dedication to improving services for their patients.”

Adrian Morley, Contracts Manager for Hobson & Porter, the building contractor for the new Ancora Medical Practice, said: “We’re delighted to have delivered this upgraded facility which will provide huge benefits to both staff and users of the Ancora Medical Practice.

“Hobson & Porter is committed to providing building projects that demonstrate social value and lasting legacy and the new Ancora Medical Practice is a prime example of this. We have an enviable track record of delivering first class healthcare facilities and are proud to add this latest GP surgery to our portfolio.”

For more information, please contact Communications Manager Amy Campbell at or call  01652 251 047.

Box Clever Bus brings healthy messages to young people in Northern Lincolnshire 

Published on Jun 20, 2019

This month champion boxer Tommy Coyle launched a new initiative to engage with young people across Northern Lincolnshire as he rolls out his Box Clever Bus in Scunthorpe as part of a year-long tour.

The double-decker bus brings healthy and positive activities to communities all around the Humber. It has been purchased thanks to funding from the Home Office, secured by the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, and is kitted out with a gym and dedicated youth space.

Tommy and his team will be working alongside partners from young peoples’ services to deliver sports activities, arts, craft, music, as well as offering advice on life choices.

Over a 6 week period on Wednesdays and Fridays the Bus will be at Burringham Playing Field in Scunthorpe (behind the police station) for anyone to visit and get involved on the following dates at 6.30pm:

  • 19/6/19 and 21/6/19
  • 26/6/19 and 28/6/19
  • 3/7/19 and 5/7/19
  • 10/7/19 and 12/7/19
  • 17/7/19 and 19/7/19
  • 24/7/19 and 26/7/19

Read our 2018-19 Annual Report

Published on Jun 13, 2019

Our 2018-19 Annual Report provides a local overview of our achievements during the year the National Health Service celebrated its 70th birthday. It highlights our achievements and some of the challenges we continue to face as an organisation.

The report also provides an insight into our future plans for commissioning high quality, safe and sustainable health and care services for the people of North Lincolnshire.

You can read the 2019 Annual Report here.

Every Mum Matters: New mental health awareness campaign for new and expectant mums

Published on Apr 29, 2019

A newly-launched campaign is encouraging new and expectant mums in parts of Yorkshire and the Humber region to look after their mental health.

The Every Mum Matters campaign launched across Hull and East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire today (Monday, 29th April), which also marks the start of Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week (29th April–3rd May 2019).

The campaign aims to support new and expectant mums and their families to be able to recognise symptoms of perinatal mental health problems early and encourage them to seek help promptly.

It is estimated that perinatal mental health issues, which are those that occur during pregnancy or during the first year following the birth of a child, affect one in five women and can have long-lasting effects on the woman and her family if left untreated.

But many perinatal mental health issues are treatable and recognising the signs early and seeking support promptly improves recovery and outcomes for mums and their babies.

Women’s mental health symptoms can fluctuate during this period, from mild to moderate, to moderate to severe, and some of the conditions might include:

  • Antenatal or postnatal depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Post-partum psychosis
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Eating disorders

The website contains information to help new and expectant mums and their families who may be experiencing perinatal mental health issues, including details of the specialist perinatal mental health services available in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Having secured a share of a £23million nationwide investment announced by NHS England, the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership – a collaboration of 28 health and social care organisations – has delivered specialist community perinatal mental health services in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Scarborough and Ryedale, and the Vale of York.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has strengthened its specialist perinatal mental health services in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. The Trust is also working with NAViGO and Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust to introduce a new service in North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust has introduced new specialist perinatal mental health services across the Vale of York and Scarborough and Ryedale.

Michele Moran, Chair of the Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership Board and Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, said: “These specialist community perinatal mental health services will help to ensure that women in our communities receive the support they need at this important time in their lives.

“Perinatal mental health issues are common and most are treatable, but women often feel reluctant to ask for help for a number of reasons.”

Katy Morley, Team Leader and Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Liaison Nurse at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have introduced the Every Mum Matters campaign to help combat the stigma that surrounds perinatal mental health conditions – and encourage women to ask for help if they feel they need some support.

“If you are concerned that you are experiencing perinatal mental health problems please speak to a friend, relative or health professional so you can get help and support. The Every Mum Matters website has plenty of information to help support you, while health professionals involved in your care, such as your GP, midwife or health visitor, will be able to offer support and refer you to an appropriate service.”

Hayley Williamson-Escreet, a 32-year-old mother of four from Leven in East Yorkshire, was referred to the perinatal mental health team in Hull after her daughter Grace was born in 2018, although she first experienced perinatal mental health problems when she was 21 and had just had her first child.

She said: “The perinatal mental health team never questioned my ability to care for my children which was what had stopped me from getting help in the past. The nurse was so caring and kind – it felt like such a weight was lifted when she understood what I was experiencing. She helped me to make sense of everything at a time when I couldn’t. The perinatal mental health service was a life saver.

“Please don’t suffer in silence if you’re pregnant or have recently had your baby and are struggling with your mental health. Also don’t wait until you’re at crisis point to get help; if you feel something’s not right – speak to your GP or midwife, who can help by referring you to an appropriate service so you can get the support you need.”