Changes to the Board of Directors
Dr Kamal Sidhu (Blackhall and Peterlee Practice) has now taken up the role of Chair and Dr Diane Robinson has taken on a new role as GP Clinical Lead to develop our Clinical Governance arrangements.
We are in the process of appointing a new Director for the Sedgefield Constituency.
Primary Care Service for Easington and Sedgefield
From 1st April 2017, South Durham Health has operated a Primary Care Service which provides access to a minor ailment service accessed through 111 in five locations – Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe, Spennymoor, Peterlee and Seaham (a sixth location in Easington is operated by Intrahealth with whom we work closely). Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG) have conducted a public consultation on the future arrangements for this service.
The operation of services will not change until a decision on the future has been reached by the CCG working with the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Durham County Council. We will work with DDES CCG on the implementation of any change agreed through the consultation process.
Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice
We have made several successful bids for funding as part of the NHS England Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice and currently have 5 pharmacists working in 8 practices. In January 2019 we learned that our bid for an additional clinical pharmacist to work in Skerne Medical Group had been accepted and the Pratice has now successfully recruited to this post.
Primary Care Home/Primary Care Networks
All practices across South Durham are working together better to meet the needs of their local population, with teams of staff employed by other organisations and agencies also now grouped around practices and their patients. There have been recent changes to the membership of Primary Care Home groups to reflect practice mergers and better reflect on the ground working relationships. The current arrangements are:
Sedgefield 1: Hallgarth Surgery, Bewick Crescent Surgery, Peaseway Medical Centre, Jubilee Medical Group
Sedgefield 2: St Andrews Medical Practice, Bishops Close Medical Practice, Oxford Rd Medical Centre, Ferryhill & Chilton Medical Practice, Skerne Medical Group, West Cornforth Medical Practice
Easington 1: Blackhall & Peterlee Practice, William Brown Centre, Horden Group Practice, Shinwell Medical Group,
Easington 2: Station Rd Surgery, East Durham Medical Group, intrahealth @ Wingate, Shotton Medical Practice, Southdene Medical Centre, Phoenix Medical Group
Easington 3: Murton Medical Group, Avenue Family Practice, Marlborough Practice, New Seaham Medical Centre, Deneside Medical Centre, Silverdale Family Practice
South Durham Health has been engaged with each Primary Care Home Group and with the leads in each PCH area individually and collectively to develop this integrated way of working for over a year and is now working with them as they move into new arrangements as Primary Care Networks.