South Dales

There are four practices in the South Dales place which have a combined population of approximately 30,000 people. 

The four practices in the South Dales place are: 

CCG Link for South Dales place: 

Jane Hopkins
Primary & Community Services Directorate
NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Email: j.hopkins2@nhs.net




Clinical leadership
To support the development of Place-based Care in South Dales, Dr Penny Blackwell and Dr Helen Maxwell-Jones have been identified as joint Clinical Lead for the initial six months.  

Working in partnership across practices, organisations that impact on health and wellbeing, and with local patients and community groups, the aim of the role is to provide leadership and agree a joint vision and purpose for the ‘Place’. In recognition of the evolution of the role as the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) and needs of the ‘Place’ develop, we will look to review this in six months with full involvement of the stakeholder group.   

What we are working on
Since October 2016 we have established a stakeholder group across South Dales including representation from the Local Authority, Public Health, Adult Social Care, Community Services, the Mental Health Trust, and Third Sector organisations, who have been meeting monthly.  

We have started to build a shared understanding of what exactly our ‘Place’ is and learn from each other about the wide variety of assets and opportunities we have to work with to benefit the lives of people in the community. We are looking at our population data and linking it with data from other providers and local knowledge. 

Initial priorities being looked at are:

  • Mental health and wellbeing for all ages including children and young people

  • Mapping our assets, greater understanding of the resources and the use of them including waiting times

  • CVD and Stroke, understanding the data and early identification  of those at  increased risk

  • Development of information technology for a variety of different uses, including developing a place discussion forum, increasing the uptake of on-line access for patients in  practices, the use of self-management tools for patients, consideration of virtual befriending to address loneliness and isolation

  • The use of St Oswald’s, both inpatients and outpatient appointments,  and the notion of developing a community hub as a resource 

The place leads will put this together, to create a place development plan, with timescales and an idea of who will lead these individual projects.

Ashbourne area residents invited to a community celebration at St Oswald’s Hospital 

St Oswald’s Hospital in Ashbourne is hosting a community celebration morning on Friday, 6 October for local residents to discuss ideas for bringing a greater range of activities into the hospital’s main reception area. 

At the same time a Macmillan coffee morning, live music, information stalls, cake sale, best decorated cake competition and free Tai Chi taster sessions will also be taking place in the hospital’s reception area as part of the celebration morning, between 10am and 12pm (midday). Everyone is welcome. 

Seeking views and feedback from residents and hospital attenders on how to make best use of the hospital’s large reception area as a focal point for more community-focused activity in future will be a key part of the morning.  

Jane Hopkins, Commissioning Manager for South Dales and South Derbyshire Places with NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will be in attendance to canvass people’s views and talk about some ideas currently under discussion for a social hub in the reception area. 

Jane said: “We are very keen to talk to people who visit or use the hospital to ask what they’d like included as part of a proposed social hub, and share potential ideas, in the reception area.”  

Pat Arnold, site manager for St Oswald’s Hospital, which is run by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are combining our annual Macmillan coffee morning with a wider celebration of the hospital in the community, to coincide with our trust’s first ever Community week.           

“We have KSax joining us to provide an array of saxophone music, there will be information stands, and one of our very own staff providing Tai Chi taster sessions. It will be great to see everyone getting involved and inviting family, friends and patients to come along.”  

All the activities for St Oswald’s Hospital community celebration take place from 10am until 12pm (midday) on Friday, 6 October in the hospital’s main reception area. Updates about this and all the other events organised by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust for its first ever Community Week are posted on Twitter #DCHSCommunityWeek.