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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 North East Derbyshire District 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 Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme guidance notes


Applications should be returned to Derbyshire Voluntary Action by 4.30pm on Friday 24 August 2018 

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 application form

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

Applications should be returned to Derbyshire Voluntary Action by 4.30pm on Friday 24 August 2018

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:55

Eckington Together

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: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CCG_merger_consultation 

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.

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:46

DORA 2017

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:43

Are you a carer?

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; https://healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk/2018/07/carers-engagement/

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/social-prescribing-schemes-across-england-to-receive-45-million

Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:06

vSPA Referrers Questionnaire 2018

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 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DVAannualsurvey.

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