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.

The clinical strategy to support the development of the priorities set out for the future of health and social care in Derbyshire was a key update at this month’s board.

Avi Bhati, chair of Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group, gave an overview of the outline for the strategy following the discussion at Clinical Partnership Reference Group (CPRG*).

The strategy, currently being worked up in draft, will set out simply and concisely the clinical principles underpinning our transformation ambition, and provide a framework against which we can judge ourselves and our plans. In order to bring the strategy to life it will include examples of patient case studies to demonstrate what happens now and what could happen if we work differently.

As the strategy develops we will keep you involved in the development and updated on progress.

Engagement Forum

The Board heard that the first Engagement Forum has taken place which will ensure that the voice of the public and wider stakeholders is heard in the development of Joined Up Care Derbyshire programmes of work.

Work is now underway to finalise its purpose and develop the membership so it can achieve the aim to be the critical friend on engagement and make sure best practice is being used where possible.

Karen Ritchie, chief executive of Healthwatch Derbyshire, and James Thompson, chief executive of Healthwatch Derby, will take on the role of chair and deputy chair for the first six months to support the development of the forum.  As chair of the group Karen Ritchie will represent the forum on the Joined Up Care Derbyshire Board and will ensure the forum’s comments are voiced at the monthly meetings.


This month it was noted that there remains a significant financial problem this year. System leaders have been working to understand the likely end of year financial position for the whole system.

By having this clear understanding of where the system will be by the end of March we will be able to plan more effectively for next year. All members of the Board were in agreement for a system wide plan to ensure we move away from individual organisational financial plans to a system wide financial plan for 2018/19..

Working together gives us all the best opportunity to offer the citizens of Derbyshire the best possible health and care services and make the best use of the resources we have across the system.


Last month Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive from Derby Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (DTHFT), highlighted that the Derbyshire plans will support making sure each part of a patients pathway to working seamlessly and free up beds for the people who really need them.

More capacity has been identified which will be able to support the acute, medical and elderly patients over the winter months to ensure the county is prepared for additional pressure which may occur.

Once again, there was also a reminder to make sure everybody has the flu jab including all the STP Board members. Please check your own organisations website to find out how you can get your flu jab or visit www.nhs.uk

And finally …Joined Up Care Derbyshire now has its own website www.joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk which has all the latest news on the work taking place, thanks to the Derby City Council communications team developing the site on behalf of the system.  A newsletter is also available and is on the news section of the site which simply explains the work of Joined Up Care –   https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/news/


*CPRG Clinical representatives from all organisations involved in Joined Up Care Derbyshire came together for Clinical and Professional Reference Group (CPRG) and Providers of services meet for the Provider Alliance Group (PAG).

CPRG and PAG form a key part of the Joined Up Care Derbyshire governance which will support the change and new ways of working across Derbyshire.

CPRG will drive change from a clinical perspective and support the delivery of clinical quality standards. PAG brings together the Senior Responsible Officers (SROs) for each work stream and  is vital in supporting the work streams to make things happen.