Health care organisations want to hear from people across the county to share information and views about how services have been delivered during the pandemic. 

The ‘Derbyshire Dialogue’ project has been set up to start a conversation between service users and those delivering and commissioning the services.

Organisations want to hear first-hand from local residents – especially those from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, and younger people – how health care impacts on them and their communities and how they would like to play a part in future planning of services.

Dr Chris Clayton, Chief Executive Officer of NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Joined Up Care Derbyshire is the group of NHS and local authority partners whose responsibility it is to look after people in the county.

“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve been working together more closely than ever to protect and take care of residents and to keep people informed about latest developments.

“The way we’ve been able to share service updates and hear from people has obviously had to change to keep everyone safe, so we’ve used our individual organisation’s websites as well as the Joined Up Care Derbyshire website.

“We also sent a postcard to every household in the county to explain where everyone can go to get the latest information and updates. 

“Social distancing means staff cannot able to visit community groups, or host open events, as we would have done in ordinary circumstances.

“So we hope everyone will take this chance to use our digital platforms to be part of the conversation and get involved in shaping the services they receive.”

The first virtual “meeting” will take place at 11am on Thursday 10 September. There will be the opportunity to hear about Derby and Derbyshire’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, how services are going to be offered as we find a new “normal” while continuing to respond to coronavirus, and the chance to ask questions.

Further meetings will take place in October to discuss in more detail plans for primary care (GP practices, community pharmacies, dental and optometry services), mental health and urgent / emergency care. 

To sign up to be part of the Derbyshire Dialogue please visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DerbyshireDialogue