This opportuniuty to engage in this project expired in March 2021


We would like to share some exciting news with you regarding the national NHS programme ‘Ageing Well’ and the progress being made in Derby and Derbyshire.

The programme looks at how we care for our population in the community to help to stay well and healthy at home. There are three main strands to the programme:

  1. How we respond and help people when their needs change and they need more urgent care and support - we call this the community urgent response. The aim is to reduce unnecessary stays in hospital
  2. Improving the health of people who live in a care home. This includes extra support to care homes and their residents to help them age well
  3. Extra support to people who are at risk of increasing frailty so we can provide early support and help them to stay in the place they call home longer. This works by working with patients and their carers to plan for their needs - we call this anticipatory care.

Being able to stay healthy in later life is a crucial issue for all of us. We know that sometimes, people do not feel supported to look after their own health, particularly people with multiple long term conditions, including frailty. This has a detrimental impact on quality of life and health outcomes.

With this in mind, within Derby and Derbyshire, we are aiming to: 

  • Develop patient-centered services that enable people to age well
  • Understand how we support people when they might need that extra help as they grow older or their circumstances change
  • Further understand how we support carers to support themselves to age well. Nationally, there are 5.4 million carers (1.2 million aged over 65), who make a critical and often under-appreciated contribution not only to loved ones, neighbors and friends but to the very sustainability of the NHS itself.

Ageing Well survey and engagement events

Patient and carer involvement is essential in the development of outcomes for the Ageing Well programme - we would very much appreciate your involvement and experience.

The survey was conducted online from 4 November to 2 December 2020 and received 105 responses.

The feedback received was extremely helpful and our patient experience team is in the process of creating a highlight report which we will share here on our website.

There were two virtual events held on Microsoft Teams, on Wednesday 9 December and Thursday 10 December. 

These events had a total of 22 members of the public or representatives from community organisations present on the call who contributed to the discussion. We were very grateful to everyone who attended and asked questions to our facilitator Dr Ian Lawrence, Clinical Director for integration, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust (DCHS), Clinical Lead – Ageing Well and Community Urgent Response.

The slides that Ian presented can be viewed here.

We would like to thank you for your interest and support in the Ageing Well programme and look forward to working with you, if you have any questions or feedback please do contact us on: ddccg.patientexperience@nhs.net and make reference to the Ageing Well programme engagement opportunities. 

If you would like to take part in our engagement but you or the person you represent have access issues with the registration forms, emails and surveys you are welcome to call us and we will have a member of the engagement or patient experience team call you back and get you involved over the phone. Telephone: 01332 868730