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Derbyshire Places Map, showing High Peak, Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield, Bolsover & North East Derbyshire, Amber Valley, Derby City, Erewash and South Derbyshire

The importance and power of place

‘Place’ involves commissioners, community services providers, local authorities, primary care, the voluntary and community sector, and the public working together to meet the needs of local people.

There are eight ‘Place Alliances’ across Derbyshire:

‘Place’ is all about empowering people to live a healthy life for as long as possible through joining up health, care and community support for citizens and individual communities.

To deliver this vision we are working out what people and local communities need to stay well and what already works.

We then focus on making sure we use the resources we have to support people’s wellbeing, which stretches far beyond the ability to access a hospital, see a GP or receive care in a bed.

Derbyshire is a big county with a vibrant, busy city which altogether has a population of more than one million – a big place to understand. So we have broken the whole county into eight areas and called them ‘Place Alliances’. This helps make sure care and support best meets the needs of local people.

How do Place Alliances work?

The eight Place Alliances each have a group of key decision-makers, from health, care and local organisations, the public and patients. This ensures the plans reflect the views of local people.

A ‘Integrated Place Board’ sets the framework for the Place Alliances. The Board is responsible for using the available resources to make sure there are equitable services for people living and working in the city and county.

What are the priorities?

  • All Place Alliances are focusing on supporting people to stay well for longer through a consistent set of work areas which include frailty, falls, care homes and supporting people to die well

  • In addition each Place Alliance is focusing on what local people need in that area as regards their health and wellbeing.

Place-based care

To support place-based care we are accelerating the pace and scale of the work we have started through previous transformation programmes in the north and south of the county to ‘join up’ primary care, mental health, community services, social care and the third sector.

In this way these teams operate as a single team to wrap care around a person and their family, tailoring services to different community requirements.

Place Alliances Diagram, showing, inside the circle, social and community networks and resilience; living and working conditions; and individual lifestyle and behaviours. Outside the circle is general practice, community pharmacy, workplaces, voluntary and community sector, public health, hospital, and community health and care

Amber Valley

Amber Valley is one of the eight Place Alliances in Derbyshire, taking its name from the River Amber, and includes the market towns of Heanor, Ripley, Heanor and Belper. 

Bolsover and NE Derbyshire

Bolsover and NE Derbyshire is one of Derbyshire’s eight Place Alliances, completely encircling Chesterfield and bordering Nottinghamshire to the east and South Yorkshire to the north. 


Chesterfield is famous for its crooked spire and many other historic sites, and the Place Alliance in this charming Derbyshire town is working hard to improve health and social care for the whole population.

Derby City

Derby City Place Alliance covers the greatest and most densely concentrated population of all eight places in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Dales

The most westerly of the county’s Place Alliances, where half the population is aged over 75, the Dales has many health challenges.  


Erewash sits in the south-east of Derbyshire, between Derby and Nottingham, focused around the market towns of Ilkeston and Long Eaton, and it benefits from an established, mature Place Alliance.

High Peak

High Peak Place Alliance includes the famous Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park, as well as the important market towns of Buxton and Glossop.   

South Derbyshire

South Derbyshire’s vibrant, lively and inclusive Place Alliance encompasses the interests of a large, diverse population by building and expanding upon strong existing local strategic partnerships.

Last Updated: Wednesday 20th December 2023 - 12:41:pm

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