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Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG) have commissioned this service to support delivery of the local and national strategy for frail elderly people. By supporting older people to understand and manage their long-term conditions, they are less likely to require urgent care and experience harm. Our service particularly focuses on providing additional resource for elderly people in care homes and residential homes and we also see patients in their own homes to deliver a service which addresses social as well as medical needs.

An Advanced Practice Nurse (ANP) is a registered nurse who has the expert knowledge and clinical competencies needed for complex decision making. Our ANPs work with the patient's GP and practice to improve care and to ensure that admission to hospital is made only where it is the best option for the patient. This also reduces pressure on GPs freeing them for complex work in the practice. These services (also known as “Vulnerable Adult Wrap Around Services”) are now provided 7 days a week and complement other services commissioned both locally and nationally to ensure the best possible care and care planning for this group of patients.


An anticoagulation therapy management service for patients receiving  warfarin therapy is delivered in a GP practices and, when needed, at home for patients registered to GP practices in Easington, giving people choice of the type and location of treatment. South Durham Health holds the contract for this service on behalf of thirteen practices, Bewick Crescent Surgery also provide this service.

The South Durham practices providing this service are:

Blackhall and Peterlee Practice
Silverdale Family Practice
Bevan Medical Group 
Murton Medical Group
Byron Medical Practice
Horden Group Practice
Marlborough Surgery
Peaseway Medical Centre
Skerne Medical Group
Bishop’s Close Medical Practice
St Andrews Medical Practice
Bewick Crescent Surgery


Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned us to work with Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust and the Intrahealth Federation to provide a practice based Primary Care Mental Health Service. This is delivered by Community Psychiatric nurses with Nurse Practitioner status within all South Durham Health GP practices and 4 Intrahealth practices. This service offers support to adults in the Sedgefield and Easington localities. The service aims to provide excellent local access to patients and to increase the range of support, knowledge and advice available to general practices to care for patients with mental health needs.


We are working with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust to implement a new way of delivering diabetes services which means that more patients will receive their care via their GP surgery. Specialists from the Trusts are working with General Practitioners and nurses in each Practice. Groups of doctors and nurses working together in Easington and Sedgefield to identify training and education needs and assess what support individual practices need to take on more specialist roles using funding made available through Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG. 


 From 1stApril 2017 South Durham Health has provided same day appointments with a health professional for residents of DDES CCG who need to be seen urgently. Appointments must be booked through NHS 111 who will direct patients to the appropriate service.  South Durham Health (working with local GP practices) offers the Primary Care Service in Newton Aycliffe and Spennymoor 6pm to 8pm weekdays and 9am to 2pm at weekends and bank holidays. The service in Sedgefield is available at weekends 9am to 2pm. The services in Peterlee and Seaham operate 6pm to 8pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm weekends and bank holidays. 


South Durham Health works as part of an alliance of GP federations across County Durham to deliver a contract on behalf of the County Council of Durham for NHS Health Checks.

NHS Health Checks is a national risk assessment and management programme for those aged 40 to 74, who do not have an existing cardiovascular disease (CVD), and who are not currently being treated for CVD risk factors. It is a rolling programme offering everyone in the target group an NHS Health Check every 5 years.

The programme aims to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, and raise awareness of dementia both across the population and within high risk and vulnerable groups. Every year, the national NHS Health Check programme is expected to help save 650 lives; prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes; prevent 4,000 people from developing type 2 diabetes; detect at least 20,000 cases of Type 2 diabetes or kidney disease earlier.

All 22 practices in South Durham invite eligible patients to attend their practice for the check and offer information about the level of risk of CVD and the benefits and harms of an intervention. Practices  offer lifestyle information and advice to support individuals to manage their levels of CVD and Diabetes risk, for example taking regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, reducing their calorie and alcohol intake as a way of managing their weight and stopping smoking and where necessary direct individual to appropriate services.


South Durham Health is one of 93 sites nationally which secured funding in 2015 to support the employment of Clinical Pharmacists working in General Practice.  We were successful in securing further funding in 2017 and 2019. With support from this programme we have recruited Clinical Pharmacists to work as part of practice teams. This programme supported the practical needs of practices and local and national objectives to make the most effective and efficient use of medicines. The Clinical Pharmacists in general practice scheme has closed and pharmacists are now being recruited through a new scheme for Primary Care Networks. The five networks South Durham Health supports are all actively engaged in recruiting additional pharmacists.  As with the previous NHS England programme, network pharmacists are strongly focused on improving patient experience and freeing up GPs to deal with those elements of Practice workload which only they are equipped to undertake.


SDH also plays a role in the training and education for General Practice staff. We provide regular training events attended by all practices which include two clinical streams one for General Practitioners and one for senior nurses plus general training for nurses and Health Care Assistants and non-clinical education. 


You can read more about the work of South Durham Health CIC by reading our Annual Report- Please click the link here.

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