Macmillan Expert Patient Volunteer Manager

15 hours per week, based in Chesterfield

Do you want the opportunity to work for a successful and dynamic organisation that champions the work and changing needs of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire? 

Derbyshire Voluntary Action is working in partnership with the North Derbyshire Living With and Beyond Cancer Group to develop and manage a community and workplace-based network of “expert patient” volunteers, whose role is to support cancer patients, cancer survivors and those caring for cancer patients in North Derbyshire.

We are seeking an exceptional person to drive forward this non-clinical service. 

Do you have what it takes to?

- develop, co-ordinate and manage a high quality service;

- recruit and lead a team of volunteers;

- implement a peer support mechanism for volunteers;

- be the first point of contact for the service;

- co-ordinate emotional and practical support on a case-by case basis;

- be responsible for service growth, marketing and promotion, and

- produce verbal and written reports about the service for a range of audiences.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 11 October 2018 (noon)
Interview date: Friday 19 October 2018

Click on the links below to open the:
Application Form
Guidance Notes on completing the application form
Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form
Person Specification
Job Description

Mental Health at Work - new digital gateway launched

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:35 Written by

A major study into workplace wellbeing by the mental health charity Mind has revealed that poor mental health at work is widespread, with half (48 per cent) of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.

The survey of more than 44,000 employees also revealed that only half of those who had experienced poor mental health had talked to their employer about it, suggesting that as many as one in four UK workers is struggling in silence.

These findings are revealed as a new online Mental Health at Work ‘gateway’ is launched today by HRH the Duke of Cambridge. Mind, with support from The Royal Foundation, Heads Together and 11 other organisations, has created the UK-wide portal as a free resource for both employers and employees.

The gateway brings together information, advice, resources and training that workplaces can use to improve wellbeing and give employees the mental health support they need.

In-depth analysis of the survey has revealed that offering managers proper support can make a huge difference. Managers who felt their employer supported their mental health, or actively built their skills in supporting team members with mental health problems, were far more likely to feel confident in promoting staff wellbeing.

Manager confidence, in turn, is closely linked with whether employees feel able to disclose. Those staff who felt their manager supported their mental health or could spot the signs that someone might be struggling were far more likely to say they would be able to talk about their mental health at work.

Mental Health at Work can be found at

The 11 partners are Heads Together, CIPD, the Federation of Small Businesses, the City Mental Health Alliance, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, the Work and Health Unit, Public Health England,

DHCFT Annual Members' Meeting

Thursday, 23 August 2018 13:19 Written by


Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding its Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) on Thursday 20 September 2018, from 5pm – 7pm at the Post Mill Centre, Market Close, South Normanton DE55 2EJ. The theme of the event will focus on the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Attendees are invited to arrive from 4.45pm for refreshments and to view an NHS 70 display. 

The formal meeting, which will begin at 5pm, will include a summary from directors and governors of the Trust’s performance throughout 2017/18. We will also look forwards to the Trust’s plans and ambitions for 2018/19 and attendees will be able to pick up a copy of the Trust’s Quality Report and the Annual Report for 2017/18.

In the interests of answering as many questions as possible, those who would like to submit a question to the Board of Directors should do so prior to the event by calling 01332 623723 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To book your place please complete the online form at or search the Eventbrite website ( for ‘DHCFT’ or telephone 01332 623723.

Dementia Support Service - New Provider

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 14:01 Written by

Message from Phil Wall, Commissioning Manager – Dementia and Sensory Services,Adult Care Commissioning Team

We would like to inform you that Alzheimer’s Society have been successful in winning the new contract to deliver the Derbyshire Dementia Support Service.  This means that from 1st December 2018 Alzheimer’s Society will take over responsibility for delivering this service from Making Space.

This decision is the result of a competitive procurement process led by Derbyshire County Council in conjunction with the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups. The procurement of this service has been undertaken in line withthe Public Contract Regulations (2015) and involving a carer as part of this process.

There will now be a transition period until 1st December 2018,when new referrals to the Derbyshire Dementia Support service will be directed to the new provider. During this time please continue to access support and groups in the same way you do now and be assured that the service will continue to be delivered.

Referrals for the service should continue to be made to Making Space:

Telephone: 01246 592010

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please support us by making other colleagues and staff aware.


Health leaders are seeking the views of local patients and organisations on proposals to merge Derbyshire’s four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) into a single organisation. The aim is to strengthen how CCG staff work efficiently together, to commission services which are equally available to all residents across the county, and to make the best use of the money available to the local NHS.

The four Derbyshire CCGs - Erewash, Hardwick, North Derbyshire and Southern Derbyshire - have been working closely together for the last two years, having in-common or joint meetings where this has helped to speed up and unify decision making processes, and have appointed a single Chief Executive Officer and Chief Finance Officer as the first steps towards joint management. The CCG Governing Bodies feel the time is now right to bring the organisations together formally in a merger as a final step in the development of a single commissioning approach across Derbyshire and Derby City.  

Members of the public are advised to read the Consultation Document, invited to have their say at one of the following meetings: 

Thursday, 9 August
5.30pm – 6.30pm
St. Peter’s in the City - Function Room
St. Peter’s Street
Derby DE1 1SN 

Monday, 13 August
5.30pm – 6.30pm
Whitworth Centre - Ballroom
Dale Road North
Darley Dale
Matlock DE4 2EQ 

Please register your attendance by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members of the public can have their say via an online questionnaire at: 

Please take the opportunity to read through some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The consultation period is from: Wednesday, 25 July - Tuesday, 14 August 2018.

The CCG Governing Bodies are also seeking a mandate from its 116 Derbyshire GP member practices to work more formally together. If the member practices vote in favour, and public support is gained, a formal application to merge will be reviewed by NHS England during the early autumn.

DORA 2017

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:46 Written by

Are you a carer?

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:43 Written by

Healthwatch Derbyshire want to hear from carers in Derbyshire about how you could be better supported in your role as a family carer in relation to health and social care services. A family carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member or friend who couldn’t manage without that help.
Carers play a vital role in supporting people who are frail, ill or disabled, but, in doing so, they often become vulnerable themselves.
In the next 20 years, it’s anticipated that over nine million people will become an unpaid carer and offer support for a loved one or friend. It’s vital that these carers get the help they need to look after themselves and others.

Please take the time to answer a few questions about your caring role;

LATEST NEWS – Social Prescribing

Published 23 July 2018

From: Department of Health and Social Care

Social prescribing schemes across England to receive £4.5 million

The funding will allow GPs to refer more patients to social activities and other types of support to improve health and wellbeing and reduce demand on NHS services.

The government will invest nearly £4.5 million in programmes to refer patients to local voluntary and community services such as walking clubs, gardening or arts activities.

The practice, known as ‘social prescribing’, aims to improve patients’ quality of life, health and wellbeing by recognising that health is affected by a range of social, economic and environmental factors.

Evidence shows that this approach can reduce demand on NHS services: a UK study found that after 3 to 4 months, 80% of patients referred to a social prescribing scheme had reduced their use of A&E, outpatient appointments and inpatient admissions.

A total of 23 social prescribing projects in England will receive a share of the funding to extend existing social prescribing schemes or establish new ones.

The schemes include a focus on:

- reaching out to people who may be socially isolated, for example because of mental health problems or learning difficulties

- providing support for those impacted by health inequalities, such as transgender people or people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds

- helping people with particularly complex needs who regularly access health services

Examples of the schemes receiving funding include:

- a new street games scheme across Sheffield, Southampton, Luton, and Brighton and Hove, focusing on socially excluded young people aged 5 to 25

- a Dudley Council project to expand support for people with a very high dependency on A&E

- a new Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire scheme to support those who are lonely or socially isolated in deprived rural areas

The funding will come from the Health and Wellbeing Fund, part of a programme of government investment in the voluntary sector. The projects will be fully funded through the scheme in their first year. Additional joint funding from local commissioners will be agreed for the subsequent 2 years.

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage said:

The voluntary and community sector has such a vital role to play in working with our health system to provide the kind of support that you can’t receive at your local GP surgery or hospital.

This new funding will mean that many more people receive support that looks at their needs holistically, enabling them to live happier, more independent lives. I look forward to seeing these projects put their plans into action and provide support to hundreds of thousands more people.

vSPA Referrers Questionnaire 2018

Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:06 Written by

Please click on the link below to read the vSPA Referrers Survey 2018 responses.

vSPA North and Erewash Referrers Survey July 2018


Please click on the link below to read our Annual Survey 2017 - 18 responses.

Derbyshire Voluntary Action Annual Survey 2017 - 18


Chief Executive of the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Dr Chris Clayton, was in Chesterfield last Thursday to present latest NHS plans to remedy the £80m hole in the county’s health budget. And what he had to say did not go down well with Derbyshire’s charities and voluntary groups who support the most vulnerable in our communities.  They find themselves facing potentially devastating cuts to funding and support which will result from a proposed £38m first round of NHS savings.
Chesterfield’s Derbyshire Voluntary Action is one of the 40 organisations affected by the proposals.  It provides vital help and support to over 300 local small charities and volunteer-led groups, many of whom depend on its small grants programme for their survival.  Jacqui Willis, Chief Executive was at the Engagement meeting and spoke up for her members.  She said, “I left the meeting feeling frustrated and disappointed.  The voluntary sector is not responsible for the mess the Derbyshire CCG’s have created and yet we are in the first line of fire when it comes to cost savings.  On the evidence of today, the CCG’s plans seem to be half-baked and simply not thought through.  The ripple effect from this will be catastrophic.”
Currently, CCG grants of £205,000 per year pay for Derbyshire Voluntary Action’s three main services: providing representation, information services, and grants schemes for small groups, such as social groups and lunch clubs; support and advice for the mental health voluntary sector; and its flagship award-winning social prescribing service, vSPA, which links vulnerable people such as the elderly and those with long term conditions to services and community-based help and support, to enable them to live better in their own homes and be less reliant on NHS services.
Continued Jacqui, “We’ve got a very short time to respond to the proposals. I’ll be working hard over the next couple of weeks to report back on the many impacts these cuts will have, not just for Derbyshire Voluntary Action but for the hundreds of groups we support.  We urge anyone who knows the very valuable work we do to support us by telling us how they will be affected should our services disappear.”
You can let Derbyshire Voluntary Action know your views by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or better still complete a short online survey at

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An Independent Review set up to ensure people across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield continue to receive excellent hospital services now and into the future has made a series of recommendations in a report that has recently been released.

The Hospital Services Review (HSR) Report strongly recommends that to continue to provide high quality services across the region, hospitals must work together even more closely and in ways that connect teams across all sites.

The central theme is for local people to continue to get as much hospital care as possible in their local District General Hospital. This includes a recommendation to keep all seven emergency departments (EDs) in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham, the Major Trauma Centre and ED at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield and the ED at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Among the proposals are the establishment of new networks of care; two new regional centres of excellence to support the networks - a Health and Care Institute and an Innovation Hub. The report also recommends further work is undertaken with regards to children’s and maternity services; and that overnight and weekend services for emergency gastrointestinal bleeds are consolidated.
For more information and to view a copy of the report:
A simple summary of the key points made in the Report can be viewed HERE.
The report will be received by the Collaborative Partnership Board of Health and Care Working Together (which is also known as a shadow Integrated Care System) and then subsequently by the boards and governing bodies of the organisations within the partnership.  Comments are invited from everyone and you can send yours in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 13th July 2018.

The next stage will be for the independent review team to gather all comments and share these with the Joint Clinical Commissioning Group and the Collaborative Partnership Board.
If you would like someone to come out to visit your group to provide further information and take feedback on your views, then please telephone the Patient Experience Team at North Derbyshire CCG on 01246 514328 to arrange a convenient time.

Your recipes wanted!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:27 Written by


Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team are putting together a healthy eating cookbook - and we need your recipes! We are collecting dishes that fit into the following categories - Breakfast, Snack, Light Meal, Drinks and Dessert. This must be a personal or old family recipe - we will get into trouble if anyone copies from a cookery book!

If you want to submit something, then send in your list of ingredients and the cooking method. We'd also be keen to hear any interesting snippets of information about this dish -such as how you got the idea or why you like it. A high resolution digital photo would also be good but this isn't compulsory.

When we have enough recipes, our Co-op Community Dividend payment will meet the printing costs. We will then give the books away free of charge to anyone accessing cancer support services.

Send in your recipes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A new initiative is being launched this month to increase cancer awareness across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire.

Be Cancer Safe is a community approach to improving cancer survival in South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire.
The aim is to make everyone aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, know what screening is available to them and ultimately increase the number of people diagnosed at an earlier stage. This will be achieved through a range of community based activities and initiatives.

The movement is being coordinated by South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance, part of Health and Care Working Together in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, and delivered in partnership with voluntary sector and health organisations.

Julia Jessop, South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance Programme Director, said: “In South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire we have more people diagnosed with cancer than the England average. We want to change this and work together with our communities to make South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire cancer safe.

“We know that historically, some groups in our community are less likely to attend screening than others, and through Be Cancer Safe activities and initiatives, we aim to make sure everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer and the screening available. Detecting cancers earlier greatly increases the chance of survival.”

The following organisations will be working in conjunction with local health and social care, charitable and voluntary organisations to deliver activities across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire. Voluntary Action Rotherham in Rotherham and Barnsley; Aurora Wellbeing Centres in Bassetlaw; Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust in Doncaster; Sheffield Local Authority in Sheffield and Derbyshire Voluntary Action in North Derbyshire and Hardwick.

Ordinary members of the community can get involved and be supported to raise awareness with their family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. They will do this by word of mouth, distribution of information and signposting people to the range of services available to them. They will assist in giving information which is beneficial to others, motivate people to be more aware and alert to cancer symptoms and seek early medical assistance.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Be Cancer Safe social movement email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, the area you live in and your contact details or visit

You can listen to Jacqui Willis, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Voluntary Action, being interviewed about the Be Cancer Safe social movement on Peak FM radio

Derbyshire Voluntary Action

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 21:00 Written by


Happy New Year from all of us at what is now officially Derbyshire Voluntary Action (Formerly NDVA). We will, of course, continue to work hard to support and represent the health and social care voluntary sector and to maintain our good relationships with all our members and partners.
Please note - The main office email address is now: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Staff emails are their first name followed by
Our telephone number and postal address will remain the same.
The web-site is currently the same but is in the process of being thoroughly up-dated.


NDVA have been informed that the paper that went to Derbyshire County Council Cabinet, recommending the extension of grants to a range of community and voluntary organisations across Derbyshire for a further twelve months from 1st April 2018 has been approved. 

The Cabinet Report can be viewed HERE.

Happy Days disco events

Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:02 Written by


Happy Days disco events are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Harley’s Bar in Staveley.  Find out more by reading the leaflet HERE.

First Steps Derbyshire Wins National Recognition

Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:00 Written by

First Steps Derbyshire has won a major national healthcare award in recognition of its work to support young people and adults with eating disorders and its relationship with health professionals across the east midlands.

First Steps in Agard Street was founded in 2004 by CEO, Cathy Cleary who as a teenager suffered with an eating disorder and recognised that through her own experiences and recovery, that other sufferers and their families needed support that was not always available from NHS and community services. 

The charity has won the Supported Self Care category sponsored by NHS England Integrated Personalised Care a joint national programme with the Local Government Association at this year’s HSJ Awards which are regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the health care service in England.

The award was in recognition of First Steps Eating Disorders online befriending service which the judges said: ‘is a wonderful example of a truly person centred service that compliments local NHS services and that demonstrably transforms people’s lives. An example we can all learn from’.
The online befriending service typically involves 40 trained volunteers – many of whom have personal experience of eating disorders and a positive recovery – who provide online practical support for around 50 local people at any one time.

Click here to read the full press release.

Joined-up Care Derbyshire newsletter

Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:58 Written by


Joined-Up Care Derbyshire is the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for our area. It is made up of the ten largest NHS organisations that operate in Derbyshire and the City and County Councils.

Read the plans, and find out how you can get involved, in the first edition of the Joined up Care Derbyshire newsletter ‘Together We Are Better’, which can be opened by clicking here.


Derbyshire County Council Public Health Department has set up a small grants scheme in each of its locality areas to help support local groups and communities improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Who can apply?

You could be a voluntary / community group or even a group of local people within the Chesterfield Borough Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Grant funding of up to £1,000 per applicant is available.

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme flyer

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme guidance notes

Applications should be returned to NDVA by 5pm on Thursday 11th January 2018

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