Health services in Belper to get a check up

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HEALTH care in Belper and the surrounding area is getting a check-up as part of a review of services.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – which plans and buys services for more than 540,000 patients in the south of the county – is making sure the healthcare offered meets people’s needs and is fit for the future.  

Building on the work the CCG has already led in developing community services, the CCG is now looking at what is on offer across all NHS services and public sector organisations to help plan ahead so residents get the best care in the right place, at the right time.  

Local people will be asked for their views in the autumn as part of the review process.   

The CCG has already agreed to invest an additional £500,000 annually in GP and community services across Belper and the surrounding area to support people to stay at home or as close as possible, to maintain their independence and quality of life.

In place already are Community Support Teams that provide health care for people with complicated needs as near to their home as possible.

Each team has a care coordinator who brings together all the relevant services that are needed to care for a patient including district nursing, social services, mental health and voluntary organisations.

Dr Ian Lawrence, GP and Governing Body member of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Health services are under review nationally to help professionals understand how latest improvements in knowledge and technology can improve care for patients.

“We’re seeing medical practice improve with new drugs and therapy techniques so more people can be treated in the comfort and convenience of their own home, rather than having to stay in hospital.  

“We’re proud of southern Derbyshire’s healthcare and want to continue providing high quality, safe and effective services.

“At this early stage we’re mapping what’s on offer before we go on to ask people in the Belper area to talk to us about their thoughts and views.”

The review will look closely at:

·         changing health needs of the local population in Belper and the surrounding areas and what they may look like in five, ten or fifteen years’ time.

·         what services are available now?

·         how can we improve the services?

·         how can we make sure we can afford this now and into the future?

The CCG is made up of 56 GP practices to lead on the commissioning of services across hospitals, councils and other healthcare organisations.

Andy Layzell, chief officer of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re aware changes need to be made to make sure our health services are fit for the future needs of residents of Belper and the surrounding area.

“This needs to be balanced against the tough financial climate facing all public services and the fact that people are living longer with complex health conditions.

“We have already introduced service improvements in the area which support people staying at home or as close as possible to maintain their independence and quality of life.

“We now want to work with our residents and patients to shape the services we provide to match future needs and take advantage of the work different partners do so we can make the most of the budgets we have available.”

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Published: 06/08/2015