Thanks for visiting the County Durham CCGs Current conversations page. This new CCG was a lunched on 1 April 2020 and will be providing details of the opportunities for local people to contribute to the work it does in the near future. Please be aware, that due to the current national pandemic we have temporarily suspended any planned engagement and consultation activities so that all of the CCG staff can provide support and assistance to Primary care Community services and the wider healthcare system during this time.
Shotley Bridge Community Hospital services
Project Update July
Capital Funding update and Engagement report – September 2019
Following a number of national announcements on NHS capital funding the CCG has been seeking clarity on the availability of funding which was earmarked for North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in relation to a building solution for services currently delivered from Shotley Bridge Community Hospital. The CCG must ensure that it has funding in place before consulting with the public on the development of future health services in North West Durham.
We can now confirm that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have told us that following a further discussion with DHSC finance and NHS England/Improvement colleagues that the Shotley Bridge scheme can now be progressed with an identified funding source. The CCG will now continue to work with NHS Property Services in developing a Pre-Consultation Business Case by the end of the calendar year. This will then be subject to the usual assurance processes by NHS England and we anticipate following this to formally consult with the public.
We also can now share the summary Shotley Bridge Community Hospital Services Engagement report following the extensive conversations that took place between March – May 2019
Update following Patient and Public Engagement – June 2019
The video below provides a brief recap on the rationale behind the patient and public engagement and what was undertaken as part of this between 27 March – 22 May 2019.
The full engagement report will be published on the this website once all of the feedback received through the public events, online questionnaire responses and wider ‘outreach sessions’ has been analysed. NHS North Durham CCG is currently bringing all of this feedback together with financial and service requirements to help inform preparations for the full formal consultation to further involve patients and the public in this work.
What was discussed as part of engagement – phase 1
There are a range of services that we are looking at as part of this piece of engagement. A summary of these areas can be seen in the ‘one page summary’‘ included. You can find more detailed information about each service, current levels of activity and the scenarios being discussed in the ‘Engagement Document’. We will provide regular updates on this work as it develops which will be added to this page, you can also review the information available in the following documents;
Gathering views about using digital technology to speak to a GP
The NHS in County Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside are working together to understand your thoughts of the different ways people can consult with a healthcare professional at their GP practice.
Covid-19 also known as coronavirus, has meant that NHS healthcare staff have needed to use different ways of providing a clinical consultation to ensure that patients still get the healthcare they need. As well as the traditional methods such as face-to-face appointments, GPs, nurses and hospital staff have been using other, safer ways to consult such as telephone, online or video consultations.
Please find the time to let us know your thoughts about these different ways you can consult with your GP practice.