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Clinical Commissioning Groups 
Here will include information specific to our Clinical Commissioning Groups within Co Durham 

We have two CCG;s and their websites can be found below 


CCG Patient Engagement **Current**

Durham Community Action (DCA) has worked with NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to deliver part of the CCGs patient engagement activity on local health service issues since 2013 but as part of the ongoing development of both organisations, this relationship is now changing.

From 1 April 2017 DCA will be working to facilitate the ongoing discussion between the CCG and the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) regarding the integration of health and social care.

NHS North Durham CCG Engagement in the future

NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be delivering its engagement activities slightly differently.

NHS North Durham CCG will still be looking to continue its engagement of local groups and individuals but by doing this directly itself, rather than through DCA. The CCG will still be looking to have regular conversations with those local groups, organisations and individuals who can help to shape their plans and highlight the experiences of patients and carers.

NHS North Durham CCG hopes that this new approach will bring the staff working within the organisation much closer to local people and will be able to build on the existing strong networks and links the engagement activity has had 

DCA would like to encourage all those who have participated in engagement activities to register as a member of North Durham MyNHS if they have not already done so. 

To become a member of North Durham MyNHS, follow this link for further information and access the online membership registration form

What happens next? 

DCA intends to hand over the CCG Engagement Contact List to Daniel Blagdon (NHS North Durham CCG, Engagement Lead) in the last week of April.  Please email Julie.Bailey@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk by Friday 28th April 2017 if you would like to be taken off the CCG Engagement Contact List before it is transferred.

If you have any questions or would like to just make contact with the CCG you can speak to Daniel Blagdon, Engagement Lead, NHS North Durham CCG at d.blagdon@nhs.net or on 0191 389 8617.

NHS North Durham Patient Congress **Current**

I am pleased to be able to confirm that the next NHS North Durham CCG patient congress event will be taking place on Tuesday 30 May, 1-4pm at Cornerstones Centre in Chester-Le-Street.

You can register your interest and a place at the event by contacting Daniel Blagdon in any the following ways;

Phone   0191 389 8617

E-mail    d.blagdon@nhs.net

Online  click here

More details of the event and topics that will be discussed on the day will be made available soon

CCG newsletter - Edition 5 - January 2017 **Current**

Please find included the link to the latest public newsletter from NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group. NHS North Durham CCG January 2017 Please feel free to share this out to your contacts and members directly or through any social media profiles you may have.
Thank you for your interest and support.
If you have any comments for future editions about the type of information that you would like to see included please get in touch with Daniel Blagdon, 0191 389 8617 or d.blagdon@nhs.net

Draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan - Your comments **Current**

As you may already be aware, NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been working with other partners in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear to produce what is called a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This draft plan has been developed in response to NHS England’s Five Year Forward View (5YFV).
The draft version of the plan is now available on our website for you to see. On the website you will find a copy of the full technical version of the plan, a summary of the plan and some frequently asked questions. 
What is the STP?
The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham describes an approach to how the vision of the 5YFV could be delivered locally by 2021.It sets out proposals to:

Improve health inequalities
Ensure safe and sustainable local health and care services
Fill a funding gap that could be as large as £641m by 2021
What is happening now?
This is very much the start of a conversation regarding the future of local services. The publication of the draft STP starts an initial programme of engagement that runs until 20 January 2017 in order to raise awareness of the proposals and listen to any ideas or concerns about the detail of the draft plan.
The outcomes from this phase of engagement will help to shape the next version of the STP.Any subsequent proposals regarding major changes to NHS services will be subject to a programme of formal public engagement and consultation in the future.
Details of opportunities to participate in discussions with the CCG about this directly will be published in the next couple of weeks. If you would like to discuss the possibility of us coming to you and your members at an existing forum then please do get in touch with me on the details below.
We look forward to hearing from you and having you involved.
Daniel Blagdon
Engagement Lead
NHS North Durham CCG
0191 389 8617
07775 508 260
DDES Newsletter 8 **Current**

Welcome to the Autumn edition of our e-bulletin. It is designed to keep you up to date with the work of the NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Our contact details are:
NHS Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group
Sedgefield Community Hospital Salters Lane Sedgefield TS21 3EE
Tel: 0191-371 3222 Email: ddesccg.enquiries@nhs.net
I hope you enjoy reading about your Clinical Commissioning Group


My NHS newsletter - September 2016 **Current**

Please find attached the latest edition of the MyNHS newsletter from NHS North Durham CCG. Please kindly circulate to colleagues, patients and users of your service where possible and appropriate.
The document can also be found on the CCG website using the link here

My NHS membership **Current**
Dear Colleague
We would like to ask if you are already signed up to the North Durham CCG membership and if you aren’t if you would be interested in doing so. You can sign up as an individual or you can sign up as a representative from your organisation.
I have attached information regarding what the membership scheme is and also the short form to enable you to receive the latest newsletters, information and articles:
North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group Patient, Public and Carer Engagement Membership Scheme

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Membership Scheme?
A. The membership scheme is a way for people of North Durham to stay up to date with what is happening in their area regarding local health service decision making through the contracting, re-directing and decommissioning of health provision. The starting point for most members of the North Durham public and local voluntary organisations is to join the free Membership Scheme which has three types of membership.
·         Type 1- Members receive regular information about health services, issues and decisions in their geographical area through an electronic bulletin. Members will receive information about health and social care needs and aspirations that have been identified as well as issues that have been presented and solutions to these issues.
·         Type 2- Members also receive regular information about health services, issues and decisions in their geographical area through an electronic bulletin but have the additional opportunity to shape and influence what services are needed and brought into their area for the public, patients and carers by attending focus groups, meetings etcThese members are engaged and consulted about public decisions, priorities and strategies.
·         Type 3 – Members will be an advocate for type 1 and 2 members, feeding their views to the Public, Patient and Carer Engagement (PPCE) Committee and ensuring that the voices of all communities of North Durham are represented to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). They also hold the NDCCG to account to ensure the CCG deliver on their legal and statutory duties with regards to engagement.
Q. Who is the Membership Scheme for?
A. The Membership Scheme is open to all residents, patients and carers of North Durham as well as voluntary organisations who reside within and/ or serve the population of North Durham. It is aimed at North Durham patients, residents, carers and voluntary sector members who are interested in knowing more about how the Clinical Commissioning Group assess needs and review current service provision, decide priorities and design services, manage demand to ensure appropriate access to care, review the success of the contracts and meeting the needs of service users.
Q. Why should I join the Membership Scheme?
A. Clinical commissioning is about acting upon the needs of the patient, understanding individual experiences and using these to design services for the future. Clinical Commissioning Groups buy services for their local communities; Health and Wellbeing Boards oversee the local delivery of services, and NHS England oversees the commissioning (buying).  The commissioning system is complex and the Membership Scheme enables North Durham people to receive regular information to help people to understand their rights and have a voice. By listening to the viewpoints, issues and ideas from the local population the Clinical Commissioning Group are more able to meet these needs and provide more effective and efficient services. You should join the membership scheme to ensure you are kept up to date about what is happening regarding health services in your area, enable you to enhance what is being delivered and improve how well it is being delivered.
Q. How often will I receive information?
A. The electronic bulletin will be distributed 4 times per year for all members with limited paper copies available for people unable to access the electronic information. Supplementary electronic updates will be sent out to inform members of any recent news or documents between quarterly bulletin dates.  Additionally for people who sign up to type 2 of the Membership Scheme, they will have regular opportunities to be part of discussions, forums and debates both physically and electronically based around the Commissioning Intentions. Type 3 members will receive training to enable them to be effective advocates.
Q. Where and how will my contact details be stored?
A. By becoming a North Durham My NHS member then you will join a pool of local representatives who will be regularly asked for their opinions on local health services. Your contact details will be stored in a secure database which will not be shared with anyone apart from Durham Community Action administrator, North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group and North England Commissioning Support.
Q. Will I be listened to?
A.  Patients, carers and the general public are central to everything the CCG do as an organisation. Listening to what patients say will help to deliver a better standard of care and improve the healthcare of the North Durham population. Involving patients and the public in the planning, monitoring and development of health services is not only good practice but also a legal duty for all NHS organisations.
Patient participation allows patients to be involved in shaping the services the CCG commission. They need to ensure that they engage with the wider North Durham population including taxpayers, actual service users, potential service users, relatives, carers, advocates, patient representative groups, health interest groups etc. The information you share will be presented to the Patient Public and Carer Engagement Committee who will amalgamate the information from many sources and prioritise the needs for the CCG Governing Body to consider for North Durham.
Q. What will happen with the information and comments I share?
A. All information you share regarding issues, ideas and comments relating to health services within North Durham will be gathered and presented to the Patient Public & Carer Engagement (PPCE) Committee and this information will then be put into a format which will be given the North Durham CCG Governing Body who will listen to this information when making decisions about health services. Once decisions have been made then this information will be fed from the Governing Body to the PPCE  Committee and the various representatives on this group will then circulate the information back to you the North Durham CCG  membership.