Consultation Launched on proposed changes to 7 day access to primary care services in Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield
On Wednesday 7th November 2018, NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG will launch a six week formal public consultation on proposals to change 7-day access to primary care services.
Commissioners want to talk to the public about proposed changes to the GP ‘hubs’, which are GP Practices or groups of practices working together offering additional appointments after 6pm on weekdays and additional appointments on a weekend.
Following public consultation about urgent care services, the CCG introduced nine new ‘extended primary care hubs’ across the area on 1st April 2017.
It was agreed at the time to review the service after six and 12 months which involved engaging with members of the public and local GPs. The review highlighted that the ‘hubs’ were valued but were significantly underused, with the appointments being made available being double the national requirement.
The CCG wants to hear people’s views about their recommendation to deliver the extended primary care service from a reduced number of hubs located in;
A number of public consultation events have been arranged, where people can find out more about the plans and have their say. The times and dates of events In East Durham are shown in the table below. If you wish to attend please register by calling 0191 371 3222 or click on the appropriate ‘Register’ link in the table. Other venues outside East Durham are also available.
DateTimeLocalityLocationBooking LinkSat 17th NovWeekend
10am-12noonEasingtonEasington Colliery Club & Institute Ltd
Thu 29th Nov
EasingtonEast Durham College
Thu 6th Dec
EasingtonSeaham Town Hall
People can complete an online survey at www.haveasay.org.uk or if they require a hard copy can collect one from a number of local community venues such as GP practices, libraries and also from NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG who are based at Sedgefield Community Hospital.
Further information is also available on the CCG website www.durhamdaleseasingtonsedgefieldccg.nhs.uk
The three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) covering County Durham and Darlington are looking to gather the views from patients who have experienced a stroke and / or their families/carers, to help us to provide a service that delivers care closer to home where possible and more continuity of care.
The review is looking at the current pathway which includes the specialist stroke rehabilitation provision at Bishop Auckland Hospital, as well as rehabilitation provision outside the hospital in the community.
The engagement activity will begin on Thursday 4th October until Friday 9th November and will include speaking to patients who are currently on the stroke wards at Bishop Auckland Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham and those who have recently been discharged.
We will also be attending established stroke groups within the community to talk to stroke survivors to gather feedback on their experiences. We will be discussing options around new ways of providing care to stroke patients which would enhance their experience.
If you have recently experienced a stroke or are a family member/carer for someone who has, and would like give your views on your experience of the rehabilitation services, please click the link to take part in a survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CDDstrokerehabONLINE
If you need assistance in completing the survey, would like a paper copy or require the survey in an alternative format, please contact Tina Balbach on 0191 371 3245 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthwatch County Durham has just launched a survey on the transition of care for young people from children’s to adult services. The survey is for young people aged 13 – 25yrs with extra care needs, or a family member or carer who supports them. It’s suitable for those who are just starting to think about moving or have already been transferred into adult services. The survey will run through to the end of October. If you’d like to have your voice heard follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/V6GRGYW
We’d love to hear from you!
P/T Operations Assistant Required
Durham Deafened Support is seeking a person with a creative approach, excellent communication and organizational skills and the ability to work unsupervised.
This post is to support the Manager/Coordinator of DDS in the delivery of services supporting Deaf, deafened, hearing-impaired and deaf/blind people. The successful applicant will work as a member of a small team.
This post is part-time, 21 hours per week, fixed term until 31/10/19 in first instance subject to annual review. The rate of pay is £9.27 per hour. The post is subject to a 3 month Probationary Period.
The person appointed will be based at the DDS office in Horden, but the role will involve travel throughout the County Durham and Darlington area. Access to own transport is therefore essential.
For an application pack please contact: Tel: 0191 5183358 or e-mail: email@example.com
All applications must be received on the official DDS Application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted.
Closing date for receipt of applications 29/10/18.
Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 19/11/18.
British Heart Foundation Retail are now recruiting volunteers across East Durham for their Furniture and Electrical store on Broadclose, Peterlee raising funds for valuable research.
There are lots of benefits to volunteering, such as developing your existing skills, gaining new skills and supporting a cause you care about. Whatever your reason for joining, you can expect to have lots of fun and meet some great people.
However you choose to volunteer your time helps them to save lives. Volunteers help the fight for every heartbeat and make a big difference in their local communities. As one of their volunteers you will receive a full induction and further training in specific roles.
Your support powers their research. Every pound raised and every minute of your time will help make a massive difference to people's lives.
For more information contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07584 376983
Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG and North Durham CCG are working increasingly closely together. The two CCGs work in partnership with the same main providers of health services and together cover the same geographical area as Durham County Council. With that in mind the two Governing Bodies have agreed to meet ‘in common’ wherever possible and will continue to rotate and alternate venues across both CCGs.
Two meetings will be held in public on:
Tuesday 17 July 2018 at:
Main Hall, Spennymoor Town Hall, High Street, Spennymoor DL16 6DG
Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) Committees in Common
12.40 – 2.10pm
Governing Bodies in Common
2.15pm – 4.15pm
Each Clinical Commissioning Group wishes to invite the public to observe their PCC Committee and Governing Body at work.
In order to ensure that appropriate seating is provided, please register your attendance (informing of any special requirements) with Mags Wells on 0191 371 3224 or email: Margaret.email@example.com.
Questions for the Governing Bodies in Common should be submitted to Mags Wells no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 10 July 2018. Meeting agendas and papers will be available prior to the meeting online at both: www.durhamdaleseasingtonsedgefieldccg.nhs.uk and www.northdurhamccg.nhs.uk
Healthwatch #ItStartsWithYou campaign launches in County Durham – what health or social care change do YOU want to spark?
Healthwatch County Durham is launching a campaign to encourage people across the region to help make health and social care better by sharing their experiences of services. The #ItStartsWithYou campaign encourages people to have their say and help spark improvements and changes to services that will benefit their communities in the future. Now in its second year, every Healthwatch organisation across the country is involved, generating a massive energy for change.
Tony Bentley is one of those who shared their experiences with the Healthwatch County Durham team last year and, as a result, people across the area are now benefiting from clearer information about local care homes online. Tony had struggled to find the information he needed when searching for a care home for his mother. Several websites exist that list services, including providers own sites, but details of CQC ratings, fees, and even of what services homes provided were not always accessible.
Tony’s experience sparked more research. Now, thanks to Tony and other research volunteers, all care homes with a contract with the county council have to provide key information on the Durham County Council “Locate” website. The public now have more information about the homes available, which helps them make more informed decisions. Tony also helped to develop a best practice website for providers, so they can learn how to improve their own websites. Following this success, Tony has been nominated for a national Healthwatch award – and it all snowballed from sharing his personal experience.
You could make a difference too. Share your experiences with Healthwatch County Durham at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0800 304 7039. Remember – it starts with you!
Many East Durham Trust partners will have responded to the recent survey on Psychology Services - Please see the link for the Final Report.
As the 25th May draws near the Information Commission Office (ICO) have a number of useful resources on their website to help preparations including:
The final, detailed guidance for using consent as a lawful basis has also now been published.
Please see details of the Sunderland Urgent Care consultation for your information: http://www.sunderlandccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/urgent-care-services/
There is an event in Murton around this consultation on Monday 2 July, 5 - 7pm, at The Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Murton, SR7 9BX for anyone interested.
East Durham Trust
T: 0191 5693511