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14th December 2018

Really great news today relating to the beds on Whitworth's Oker Ward.

You will remember that the NHS Commissioners (CCG) had decided to close all existing rehabilitation beds in North Derbyshire with the exception of 8 in Buxton. A new 24 bed ward was to be provided at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

It has proved very difficult to implement the ward at Chesterfield and the CCG has been looking at other options for some time.

At the CCG Board Meeting on 13th December 2018 they finally agreed to amend their plan to:

  • 12 beds - Whitworth Hospital (Oker Ward) 😃
  • 12 beds - Clay Cross
  • 08 beds - Buxton (as originally planned)

It seems a long time since the march through Matlock in September 2016, but we kept our belief that rehabilitation wards should be in the community and not at an Acute Hospital site.

Although the total number of beds is reduced, we are very pleased indeed that the the gold-standard Oker Ward is to be retained for the foreseeable future. Thank you to all! 👍

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WHAT IS a Clinical
Commissiong Group  (CCG)  ?

They were created following the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, and replaced Primary Care Trusts on 1 April 2013. They are clinically-led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area.

In layman's terms they decide what to spend the available money on.  They order ("commission") services from NHS Trusts such as Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust which actually operate Whitworth Hospital and Orchard Cottage.  

The CCG hold the purse strings.

under threat

Recent focus has been on Oker Ward at The Whitworth Hospital but our local Clinical Commissioning Group has now issued a review of the Learning Disability Short Break service. 

The CCG clearly feel the service is not good value for money or fair in that other areas in Derbyshire do not have NHS operated respite centres.

It is possible that there will be a full Public Consultation in early 2019.
NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
The most recent Annual Sssessment of CCGs was published in July 2018, and, as in 2017:
  • NHS North Derbyshire CCG rated Inadequate
  • Since  14th August 2017  NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group 
    has been under special  "Legal Directions" by NHS England
Also, the four CCGs in Derbyshire have a plan to merge into one organisation.  They alreay have a single Chief Executive Officer in place so this appears to be no more than a formality.  The consultation period was very short, from 25th July to 14th August 2018.

Our response to the Better Care Closer to Home Consultation

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New legislation May 2018

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The Derbyshire Sustainability and Transformation plan

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