Joined Up Care Derbyshire – the local partnership of health and care organisations – will hold its first Board meeting in public since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday 17 September 2020.  The meeting will be held virtually.

Having only moved its meetings to public in January, the partnership has had to postpone meetings in public since March in response to the COVID-19 and social distancing rules.  In addition, the focus of Board members was weighted heavily towards the pandemic response, meaning that Board meetings were not feasible.

The Board meeting will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams, with the added ability for members of the public to dial in to the meeting as though it were a teleconference.  Meetings in public do not permit contributions ‘from the floor’, but time permitting there will be the opportunity for members of the public ‘in attendance’ to ask questions.

Agenda items for the meetings include a review of the Derbyshire health and care services’ plans for managing demand during the coming winter, where it is expected that the impact of COVID-19 will continue to change the way in which services are able to deliver care, as well as the way in which patients are able to access care.

The meeting in public takes place on Thursday 17th September 2020, 9.15-11.15am, and can be accessed using the following details:

  • Click this link to join by Microsoft Teams video conference: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

  • Use this phone number to join by teleconference: 020 3321 5208.  The conference ID number required is 728 811 168#

Joined Up Care Derbyshire is one of 44 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) across England.  STPs bring together health and social care organisations with the ambition of providing the best care and services for people and make them as efficient and effective as possible.

John MacDonald, Chair of Joined Up Care Derbyshire, said:

“The main aim of the Board moving to a meeting in public was to increase transparency of the planning and decision-making around health and care services in the Derbyshire STP.  We were really pleased to welcome members of the public and media to our first meetings in January and February, but have had to put meetings on hold since then to deal with the pandemic. I’m delighted that we’re meeting again and our item on winter planning feels like the next major consideration for the health and care system on the back of handling COVID-19.”

Members of the public are invited to join for all or part of the meeting and any questions on agenda topics can be submitted 48 hours in advance of the meeting.  Verbal answers will be provided where possible at the meeting and all questions will receive a written response.  Further questions may be taken on the day following the conclusion of the main business, but this will be at the discretion of the Board Chair.

The full agenda and papers for the board meeting are available here.

For more information about the meeting, please email joinedupcarederbyshire@nhs.net