Board of Directors
Dr Diane Robinson (Skerne Medical Group) took up post as Chair of South Durham Health in July 2017. We also welcomed Dr Mirza Hassan (Ferryhill and Chilton Medical Practice) as a new director on the Board in July. As the agenda for primary care in South Durham becomes more complex and demanding we have recognised the need to ensure that we have the sufficient capacity and the right mix of skills on the Board. In addition to our existing Directors, Dr Sanna Moss (Silverdale Family Practice) has joined the Board as a co-opted member to help with our engagement programme and strategic development.
New Primary Care Service for Easington and Sedgefield
From 1st April 2017, South Durham Health has operated a new 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). We have recruited experienced Advanced Nurse Practitioners plus reception staff to work in the service which is managed on behalf of South Durham Health by GP practices who are members of the federation. Local GPs also work in the service. The service has had positive patient feedback in the first month of operation. Of 56 responses to the Friends and Family Test in the Easington locality, 42 respondents were extremely likely to recommend the service and 4 likely. Patient survey results in Sedgefield in August commended the ease of making appointments (31 of 39 respondents gave the service 10 out of 10) and 28 out of 39 gave the highest rating for satisfaction with the outcome of their visits.
Primary Mental Health Service
This service has been operating since 1st April 2016 and there is high demand for access to the nurse employed by Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust who deliver this service into all the practices in South Durham. With our partners the Intrahealth federation we agreed earlier this year to convert three part time posts to full time to increase the clinical capacity available and to make posts more attractive. There is now full recruitment to all 9 posts within the service.
South Durham Health is part of the Local Accident and Emergency Delivery Board in which Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield CCG Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group and North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group work with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. As a result of their priorities, Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield CCG has commissioned South Durham Health to provide additional to further support GPs in improving the quality of care for vulnerable older people and enhance nursing care at or closer to home. The aims is to help reduce episodes of unplanned health care and also focus on timely and appropriate discharge from hospital. From October 2017 this funding will allow our Advanced Nurse Practitioners to provide support to care homes and deliver home visits agreed with the accountable GP from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, and to provide an extended advice service 6pm to 8pm each weekday.
Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice
We are pleased to welcome Jill Green who has taken up post as a clinical pharmacist as part of the Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice programme. Jill will be working with Blackhall and Peterlee Practice, Murton Medical Group and Deneside Medical Centre as part of a team of three clinical pharmacists working for South Durham Health.
Primary Care Home
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. These Primary Care Home groups 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, Silverdale Family Practice
Easington 2: Station Rd Surgery, Carodoc Surgery, 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.
South Durham Health is 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.