Welcome to the latest Joined Up Care Derbyshire Update. Joined Up Care Derbyshire brings together twelve partner organisations and sets out ambitions and priorities for the future of the county’s health and care.

The updates follow each Joined Up Care Derbyshire Board to provide you with details on all the latest developments.

Future plans for JUCD

The JUCD board discussed that in line with the national direction of travel it is expected it will move into becoming an Integrated Care System (ICS).  In neighbouring parts of the country integrated care systems have already begun to progress. NHS organisations, in partnership with local councils and others, take collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering national standards, and improving the health of the population they serve.

Local services can provide better and more joined-up care for patients when different organisations work together in this way. For staff, improved collaboration can help to make it easier to work with colleagues from other organisations. And systems can better understand data about local people’s health, allowing them to provide care that is tailored to individual needs.

By working alongside councils, and drawing on the expertise of others such as local charities and community groups, the NHS can help people to live healthier lives for longer, and to stay out of hospital when they do not need to be there. In return, integrated care system leaders gain greater freedoms to manage the operational and financial performance of services in their area.

In Derbyshire it is planned that we will work with national guidance to understand when we will be an integrated care system – at least in shadow form. This will see organisations act together as a strategic commissioner - overseeing services, standards and how resources are allocated. Commissioning for local communities will take place through the Place Alliances. This should help ensure that services are equitable across Derby and Derbyshire but are able to be tailored to meet the needs of individual communities.


JUCD partner organisations reflected on the current financial position across the system and considered the current financial challenge facing the health and care community in Derby and Derbyshire.

The Board heard that good progress was being made against the £51 million gap faced by the local clinical commissioning groups between the cost of services and the allocated budget for the year.

An engagement programme will start with key stakeholders over the next few weeks during July to explain the financial challenge. Further work with the public, patients and staff will continue. The presentation used at the sessions can be read here. 

Future Board meetings 

The Board agreed to publish future board minutes and agendas from the July meeting to support sharing information widely on the JUCD developments and discussions about the future of health and social care in Derbyshire. 

To read the minutes and agenda on the website visit: https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/news/board-updates

Further information

See: https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/about/our-plans

If you are interested in getting involved in Joined Up Care Derbyshire or have a question please contact joinedupcarederbyshire@nhs.net