View the 3D Representative Feedback from the last Derbyshire County Council Adult Care Board meeting held on Tuesday 8th December 2015, attended by Jacqui Willis, NDVA Chief Executive and 3D Representative.





I can report that two Local Area Co-ordinators have been recruited. They are Paula DeGirolamo (Creswell) and Hazel Freebourne (South Normanton and Pinxton), subject to references.

The interviews were conducted, separately for each area and in in two stages. The first stage was community interviews conducted by twelve local people in each locality. The second stage was an interview panel consisting of three community members along with Marie Billyeald (DCC Adult Care) and Ralph Broad (Inclusive Neighbourhoods. The community members have given very positive feedback about the process and are extremely happy with the choices made.

It is planned that the two Co-ordinators will start on January 11th. They will undergo a four week induction process. Some of this will be based on the usual DCC Adult Care induction, but most of it will be specific to their role.

Future Development

There is a proposal, currently at a very early stage, that there will be Local Area Co-ordinators in Ripley and Belper, funded by South Derbyshire CCG. There is also a possibility that Local area co-ordination will feature in the Erewash vanguard project.

Attended by Roger Kerry, NDVA Mental Health Liaison Worker on 16/12/15.


The new service will be called Primary Care Psychological Therapies (PCPT). It will be procured jointly with Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, a total of 10 CCG areas.

The service will be available to anybody over the age of 16. In the old service there were three steps (1, 2 and 3) based on severity of peoples’ conditions. In the new service there is to be in addition a Step 3 + tariff. This is for people with long-term conditions and for those who need treatment at home. Providers will be encouraged to form links with the Wellbeing Service and the voluntary and community sector.

There have been 24 expressions of interest from providers. This will probably not be the final number of organisations formally applying. Some of the smaller organisations are likely to be considering partnership arrangements with other providers.

All formal applications will be submitted by the end of December. They will be assessed by a panel consisting of: commissioners, quality leads, finance leads, service receivers and GPS from across the 10 CCG areas. There will be a final decision made on January 28th. The new services will start on April 1st.

The current providers have met national and local targets in all the Derbyshire CCG areas except Hardwick, which has suffered from the withdrawal of the Steps to Change service in September. DCC are engaged in research as to why there are a high number of Did Not Attends (DNA) recorded by the current providers.

Attended by Roger Kerry, NDVA Mental Health Liaison Worker on 03/12/15.


The Mental Health Strategy Action Plan, will, in future be up-dated and circulated for Commissioning Board meetings. This plan is designed to show progress against the targets of the Joint Vision and strategic Direction for Adult Mental Health 2014-19.

The Suicide Prevention Framework document has been prepared (attached to this bulletin). The actions that were identified at the stakeholder meeting in October will be implemented by the steering group, of which Roger is a member.

An urgent care mental health street triage hub is to be set up at the police station in Chesterfield starting in January or February. This will not be public facing, but will be a partnership between: the police, the 111 service, DHCFT and EMAS.

David Gardner told the meeting that there were problems with adult autism diagnosis and treatment in Derbyshire. There is currently a waiting list of up to four years for diagnosis. The commissioners will be investing £300,000, using the Better Care Fund, with DHCFT to increase their capacity from 78 diagnoses annually to 185, with an incentive to do more. DHCFT will have permission to sub-contract to other organisations (voluntary, private or statutory), the aim is that in two years waiting times should be down to 12 weeks.

A care pathway is being designed, which will concentrate particularly on the transition from child to adult. The point was made that there needs to be a strengthening of the position of the voluntary sector organisations providing care in the field, if there was to be more people diagnosed.

There is a plan to move rehabilitation services away from hospitals into the community and integrated locally. The point was made that the current cuts to services such as supported housing went against this idea.

Kate Burley is shortly to leave Hardwick CCG, where she is responsible for voluntary sector mental health contracts, to take up a role in Erewash. There is no news as to who is replacing her.

Kate Majid will be the new mental health lead for North Derbyshire CCG as from January. She will be invited to the meeting of the VSMHN, scheduled for February 3rd.

Attended by Roger Kerry, NDVA Mental Health Liaison Worker on 07/12/15.


This paper sets out the proposed arrangements to improve the way the Carers Commissioning Board and the Carers Reference Group are organised, comments are invited from current members of these groups, as well as other carer groups and health and wellbeing partners.

Your comments are invited so that these proposals can be developed in more detail. Please comment by Friday 8 January 2016, details of ways to submit comments are on the paper.

The final recommendation will go to the Carers Commissioning Board in February 2016 and new arrangements will come into effect from April.

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