How to get involved: Derbyshire Dialogue future sessions

The next session will take place on Wednesday 16 December.  

This conversation puts the spotlight on the impact of Covid-19 on cancer services. The specialist joining us at the meeting is Dr Louise Merriman, GP and Cancer Clinical Lead for Derby and Derbyshire CCG. Dr Merriman said: “I am looking forward to presenting this session and letting people know how we are maintaining our cancer services in Derbyshire".

Please click on this Survey Monkey link to register your interest for the Derbyshire Dialogue virtual session taking place via Microsoft Teams, on Wednesday 16 December, 11am-12 noon.

Responding to the Covid-19 pandemic

The ‘Derbyshire Dialogue’ project has been set up to start a conversation with our population and those delivering and commissioning services. It was launched on 10 September 2020 to update people on our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our local residents can tell us about their experience of services, what’s been helpful, what else they may have found useful, any particular highlights or problems and what matters most to them about health and care services. We feed all this information back to our commissioners and providers to build on strengths and work on any areas that require further development. 

The slides for the first session on 10 September 2020 can be found by clicking here.

The launch session consisted of 30 members of the general public and the session was led by: 

  • Dr Chris Clayton - Executive Officer and Chief Executive, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (DDCCG)
  • Dr Avi Bhatia - Clinical Chair and Clinical Lead (DDCCG)
  • Brigid Stacey - Chief Nurse and Quality Officer (DDCCG)

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Second conversation: mental health services

The second conversation was held on 7 October and centred around mental health services across Derby and Derbyshire, the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of the population generally and also specific areas, for example, learning disabilities. We discussed what has happened to the workforce who care for these people and how services have adapted to the enormous challenges we all currently face.

Further information on the Derby and Derbyshire CCG website.

Third conversation: Primary care services

Our third conversation was held on 14 October 2020 and the topic was primary care (our GP practices). We discussed how appointments were/are being delivered and that GP surgeries are open and remained open but are not always able to see everyone face-to-face. 

The facilitators for this session were:

  • Clive Newman - Director of GP Commissioning and Development, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dr Duncan Gooch - GP Principal, Executive GP Partner, Golden Brook Practice, part of Erewash Health

View the meeting video and slides. View the meeting notes

If you have any questions regarding the Derbyshire Dialogue or would like to make suggestions for future sessions, please get in touch with us at:

Fourth conversation: Urgent and emergency services

Our fourth conversation took place on Thursday 5 November and put the spotlight on urgent and emergency services in Derby and Derbyshire. The specialists were:

  • Dr Paul Wood, Clinical Lead for Urgent Care, JUCD, GP - Park Farm Medical Centre 
  • Mike Hammond, Urgent Care Programme Manager, JUCD, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton 

The session started with a presentation which explained the services which come under the umbrella of emergency care, for example, NHS 111, accident and emergency departments and urgent treatment centres. Our specialist speakers gave updates on how services responded to the pandemic in terms of maintaining patient safety, mobilising the workforce and continuing to see patients needing urgent and emergency care. They shared an overview of what has changed as a result of Covid-19 and the current challenges and opportunities for the service as a whole.

You can review the slides for this week by clicking here.

Unfortunately this session doesn’t have a video recording; this is due to technical difficulties. We did however manage to upload an audio onto our YouTube channel here and provide subtitles, this is as a substitute for the interpreter who was present but unfortunately can’t be seen in the audio only recording. 

Please do let us know if you have any questions or feedback by emailing:

Help us drive the future sessions

We hope that updating this page will help to stimulate discussion ideas as these are your meetings and we really want to hear what matters most to you about healthcare services, so do please come to us with your suggestions for future discussions. We are finding the virtual approach is working really well and while we cannot replicate face-to-face meetings in every way, you can join in with questions throughout via the chat box and this is proving a great way to share questions and answers. We will explain how this works at the beginning but people are finding it straightforward and we have seen some lively debate taking place. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions regarding the Derbyshire Dialogue or would like to make suggestions for future sessions, please get in touch with us at:

Please note our Derbyshire Dialogue sessions currently take place on Microsoft Teams which is an online video calling service, this is free to use and free download, please see our user guide.

It is important you attempt to download the free software prior to the event to iron out any technical difficulties, thank you.