We are currently working on the following areas:
- Improving 7-Day Access to Primary Care Services
- Review of Stroke Rehabilitation Services
Changing 7-Day Access to Primary Care (GP) Services – formal Public Consultation (Wednesday 7th November 2018 – Wednesday 19th December 2018) extended until Wednesday 30th January 2019
Have your say – Consultation between Wednesday 7th November to Wednesday 19th December 2018 (extended until Wednesday 30th January 2019)
NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has taken the decision to extend its formal public consultation ‘Changing 7-Day Access to Primary Care Services’ for an additional six weeks. During this time we will be linking into existing community groups to gain further feedback on our proposals. The survey will also be available to complete at https://www.haveasay.org.uk/
Rather than finishing on the 19th December 2018, the consultation will now run until Wednesday 30th January 2019. All information gathered during this extended time period will be fed into the overall consultation.
In Spring 2016, we undertook a public consultation about urgent care services. During that consultation, we also asked the public and clinicians to tell us where we should locate primary care services that provide additional evening and weekend appointments. Nine hubs (practices working together) across the DDES area were chosen as the preferred option by the public.
It was agreed to implement and then review these changes after six and then 12 months of operation. This was to ensure the service covered the full winter period to truly understand the impact. In this review, we looked at who used primary care services, when and why.
The need to change was established after we reviewed public and clinician feedback, including patient views, activity, capacity, impact on other services, practice requirements, value for money, transport and pharmacy provision.
The review highlighted that the hubs were valued but some were significantly underused. This consultation is about our proposals to address these issues and to improve 7-day access to primary care services in the DDES area.
How you can get involved
Come along to one of our public engagement events
The times and dates of our public consultation events are shown in the table below. If you wish to attend one of the public events, please register via the Eventbrite links under Booking Details or by telephoning 0191 371 3222. Please let us know at the time of registering if you have any special requirements.
Complete the survey
Review of Stroke Rehabilitation Services
The review looked at the current pathway which includes the specialist stroke rehabilitation provision at Bishop Auckland Hospital, as well as rehabilitation provision outside the hospital in the community.
The engagement activity ran from Thursday 4 October 2018 until Friday 30 November 2018.
The CCGs heard from patients who have experienced a stroke and / or their families/carers who gave views of their experiences of the rehabilitation services.
More information on Review of Stroke Rehabilitation Services
Rheumatology services improvement project
Clinicians and Commissioners across County Durham, Darlington and Tees are working together to help improve Rheumatology services for patients.
The aim of the improvement project is to offer a more consistent service to patients no matter where they live across the County Durham, Darlington, Tees and North Yorkshire areas, and ensure patients are seen in the right place, by the right clinician, first time. To help us achieve this, clinicians from across the area will be working together to look at how the current model for accessing services can be improved.
Patient feedback will also be key, and those currently accessing services will have the chance to have their say on their experiences, positive aspects and areas where they think the services could be improved. The work will also focus on improving the time from first referral to treatment, and ensure patients are able to access services as close to their home as possible.
What does Rheumatology services include?
Rheumatology deals with the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. This a range of disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues (this includes inflammatory arthritis, autoimmune disorders, vasculitis, soft tissue conditions and metabolic bone diseases).
How patients can contribute
To help inform the clinical workshops we are asking Rheumatology patients for their comments and suggestions. We are working with the providers of local Rheumatology services to help reach those individuals attending appointments.
Patients can also contribute through our online survey which will help the Clinical Commissioning Groups to understand the experience of living with these conditions and the services that currently support patients. The feedback will also provide insights into gaps patients might see or improvements we could make to future services that might be more responsive to patients needs and provide consistency across the Durham, Darlington, Tees and North Yorkshire areas.
The closing date for completed surveys is Friday 14 September 2018.
If you have any questions, queries or would like help completing the survey, please contact the Engagement team on 0191 389 8617 or at firstname.lastname@example.org