GPs take charge of Dales healthcare

Doctors have unveiled plans for the provision of healthcare in the Dales following an NHS shake–up.

GPs have been working together as part of the NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to take charge of healthcare in Matlock and the surrounds.

Ian Hutchinson, GP and chair of North Derbyshire CCG’s Dales locality group, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing the launch of our first ever locality plans, which will act as a cornerstone for the development and delivery of health reforms in the area.

“This is the first time that health plans have been put into place at a local level by GPs and clinicians who know their patients better than anyone.”

Under Government health reforms, the CCG is set to take control of the local NHS from April next year, which means that in six months’ time they will be responsible for health budgets and making decisions about patients’ care.

The plans have been agreed and developed by groups of GP practices working with CCG on behalf of the 50,000 patients living between Matlock and Hope.

Key commitments which have been laid out for the Dales include –

n Improving care for the frail and elderly and patients with complex health and social care needs by working more closely with partner organisations to reduce unnecessary emergency hospital admissions, unnecessary time spent in hospital and delayed transfers of care for patients aged 65 and over.

n Ensuring GP practices continue to deliver high quality care and meet increasing levels of demand

n Improving the quality of medical care in nursing homes by improving relationships with homes and making sure all patients in care homes have individual care plans.

Dr Hutchinson continued: “A key part of the development of these plans will be an ongoing review of local patients’ health needs, led by GPs.

“This will enable us to identify patient priorities and areas where care can be improved, so that healthcare is much more locally focused than ever before.”

NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group represents 38 GP practices and will take on responsibility for healthcare budgets at the start of the next financial year..