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

North Durham CCG

Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG


Shotley Bridge Community Hospital - Update August 2019

Please find attached to this email an update from NHS North Durham CCG in relation to the on-going work regarding Shotley Bridge Community Hospital Services. Please do share the information with colleagues and your contacts where relevant.

The report from the patient and public engagement which took place between March – May 2019 will be published on the CCG website shortly for you to see. This report, along with additional information is due to be presented at the Durham health Overview and Scrutiny Committee in October. 

The CCG will provide further updates regarding plans for future engagement and consultation opportunities at the earliest opportunity.

Kind regards, 

Daniel Blagdon

Engagement Lead NHS North Durham CCG

Have your say on proposals for new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the Tees Valley and Durham areas

The local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) would like to know what you think about proposals to replace the five existing CCGs covering Teeside, Durham and Darlington (see below) with a smaller number of larger CCGs. 

CCGs have responsibility for planning, buying and monitoring (commissioning) local health services. They work to ensure local people can get the services they need when they are unwell and to improve population health by tackling health inequalities. The types of services commissioned by CCGs include mental health services, learning disability services and planned hospital care

Four options for CCG mergers have been proposed for consideration as possible ways to enhance current ways of working. The options are:

A single CCG across the integrated care system, i.e. Cumbria and the North East.

A single CCG across the five CCGs currently working together in our area, i.e. NHS Darlington CCG; NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG; NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG; NHS North Durham CCG and NHS South Tees CCG.

A single Tees Valley CCG and a single Durham CCG with a continued shared management structure.

A single CCG across each Integrated Care Partnership (ICP), i.e. the Southern ICP and the central ICP.

Which option do you think would provide the best balance of strategic direction and local focus? Do you have any concerns about mergers taking place?

Complete the survey now 

Further information on the different options is available here. The deadline for completing the survey is 31 July 2019. 

Changes: Repeat Prescription Ordering Systems

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across County Durham and Tees Valley have made the decision to revise Repeat Prescription Ordering Systems (RPOS).

Please find attached a bullet point summary and a leaflet detailing the changes that are being made. Below is a link to an animated video that you may also find useful.

NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group

Council of Members Annual General Meeting Thursday 18 July 2019

Members of NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group Council of Members would like to invite the public to attend their Annual General Meeting (AGM) to observe the Council of Members at work.  The Council of Members comprises of a representative from each of the member practices.  The meeting would provide an opportunity for members of the public to hear about what the CCG has achieved in 2018/19 and to find out more about its plans for 2019 /20. 

The meeting will be held on Thursday 18 July 2019, 12 noon to 12.30pm, in the Riverside Lounge (first floor, Tower 3) at Durham County Cricket Club, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QR.

The following items will be on the agenda for discussion:

  • • Annual Report 2018/19
  • • Final Accounts 2018/19
  • • Director of Public Health Cabinet Report

If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact Susan Parr on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 0191 3898621 by Monday 15 July 2019 to ensure appropriate seating arrangements.  The papers for the meeting will be available on our website prior to the meeting.



Meeting to be held in Public 

Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG and North Durham CCG are working increasingly closely together.  The two CCGs work in partnership with the same main providers of health services and together cover the same geographical area as Durham County Council.   A meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committees has been convened and members of the public can observe their work on:

Tuesday 16 July 2019 at: The Durham Indoor Bowling Club, off Rylands Way, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GE From 1.00pm to 2.30pm 

In order to ensure that appropriate seating is provided, please register your attendance (informing of any special requirements) with Susan Parr on 0191 389 8621 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Questions for the Primary Care Commissioning Committees in Common should be submitted to Susan Parr no later than 12 noon on Friday 12 July 2019.  The meeting agenda and papers will be available prior to the meeting online at both:  and

Improving 7 day access briefing May 2019

NHS announces decision about changes to GP ‘hubs’

The final decision about proposed changes to GP ‘hubs’ which provide additional appontments during weekdays, evening and weekends across Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield will be made on Tuesday 28th May 2019, 9.30am – 12.30pm at Lanchester Community Centre, Newbiggen Lane, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0NT.

This follows a twelve week formal public consultation held by NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held between 7 November 2018 and 30 January 2019.

The consultation was carried out following a review by the CCG which found that the service, currently provided at nine ‘hubs’ across the CCG area, was significantly underused.

The current nine ‘hubs’ are in; Stanhope, Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe, Sedgefield, Peterlee, Seaham and Easington. The CCG has consulted with people about recommendations to deliver the service from a reduced number of ‘hubs’.

The Consultation was extended from six to twelve weeks to allow more people to have their say. An independent consultation report has been produced and the CCG is urging local people to attend the Governing Body meeting on the 28th May where they will discuss the recommendations of the report and make a final decision about the future of the service.

In order to ensure that appropriate seating is provided, please register your attendance (informing of any special requirements) with Margaret Coyle on 0191 371 3220 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meeting agendas and papers will be available prior to the meeting online at both: and

CCG meetings and Integration update

Please find below some information regarding upcoming meetings for the two Clinical Commissioning Groups in County Durham. Please note that these are CCG meetings that are held in public, NOT public meetings.

Primary Care Commissioning Committee

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Lanchester Community Centre, Newbiggin Lane, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0NT

From 1.15pm to 2.30pm

Governing Bodies in Common

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Lanchester Community Centre, Newbiggin Lane, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0NT

From 9.30am-12.30pm

You may also be interested to read the attached newsletter with information about what is happening across County Durham regarding the integration of care across the community and the range of services involved.

Daniel Blagdon

Engagement Lead

CCG Single Accountable Officer appointment

Following agreement in July, the Governing Bodies of the five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) approved a recommendation to have a joint leadership and management team with a Single Accountable Officer. On 6th September 2018, Dr Neil O’Brien (currently Chief Clinical Officer for North Durham CCG) was appointed Accountable Officer Designate for the following CCGs:

• Darlington • Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield • Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees • North Durham • South Tees

In line with national legislation and policy, the Chief Executive of NHS England has confirmed this appointment. The model for the joint leadership and management team that will support the single Accountable Officer will be developed over the next few weeks, and it is expected the transition to this model will be complete by April 2019.

The Single Accountable Officer role will continue to be supported by a number of very senior executives and clinicians currently working within local systems. Nicola Bailey the current Chief Operating Officer working with Neil will remain in that role working across a broader geographical area. Dr Stewart Findlay will continue to work within the Southern Collaborative aligned to County Durham to continue to lead the NHS implementation of the Durham Plan and primary care. Dr Andrea Jones will continue in a senior clinical leadership role and supporting Neil in the Darlington and Hartlepool and Stockton-On-Tees area during the transition. Amanda Hume of South Tees CCG has been appointed to an Executive Lead role for System Transformation and Strategic Commissioning within the newly forming Integrated Care System.

The CCGs recognise that the local dynamic is very important and remain rooted in local populations, with commissioning based upon their needs. The CCGs will remain as separate statutory organisations and will retain outward-facing place-based teams and local decision making. Current local working arrangements and relationships will continue, including shared arrangements and joint posts with local authorities where agreed.

NHS North Durham CCG Newsletter - August 2018 

Please find attached the latest version of the NHS North Durham CCG newsletter. In this you will find some of the latest updates about the work of the CCG and the conversations we have been having with patients and the public in relation to a wide range of local services.

Patients Urged: ‘Talk Before You Walk’

When your GP practice is closed Patients across Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield have been reminded to ‘Talk before you Walk’ when in need of care when their GP practice is closed. By phoning 111, patients who need to be seen urgently on the same day will be offered an appointment with a healthcare professional either at their own GP surgery or at another clinical surgery nearby called a Primary Care Service or a hub.

Primary Care Services are available across the CCG area, based in: • Stanhope • Barnard Castle • Spennymoor • Newton Aycliffe • Sedgefield • Peterlee • Seaham • Easington • Bishop Auckland People must book an appointment first: it is not a walk in service. Patients will be directed to the most appropriate service for their particular health care need and to a hub that ensures that they see the most appropriate healthcare professional. Patients could be seen by a GP, nurse/ practitioner, or another health care professional within the service. This means that, depending on the nature of their healthcare need, they may not be seen at the PCS site closest to their home but every effort will be made to arrange an appointment that is convenient to them.

Appointments are available until 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 1pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. At all other times when their GP practice is closed, people should continue to call 111 for help, or 999 only when it is a life threatening emergency. Sarah Burns, Director of Commissioning from NHS DDES CCG, said: “It is vitally important to use the NHS wisely so everyone can access the most appropriate care. “Patients should always contact their own GP practice as their first port of call, but when their practice is closed if they call 111 for free they will be seen by the right healthcare professional, as close to their home as possible.

“Please remember to ‘Talk before you Walk’ – dial 111 first as you must have an appointment to be seen in one of the primary care service/ hubs across the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield area.” NHS 111 is the free NHS non-emergency number and is available to call 24 hours a day.

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Community Health Services in County Durham **New**

Local NHS health commissioners have awarded the contract to deliver community services across County Durham and Darlington for the next five years to one provider County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. Community Services across the county are numerous and include community matrons, nurses, physiotherapy, speech and language therapies. Patients won’t really see anything different but what they will see is health professionals, social care and the voluntary sector talking more so that they can give the best care to patients and keep them out of hospital.

The aims of the new models of care are: · Delivering the right care to patients by teams of health professionals working together · Helping people in communities lead a healthy life and involving them more in their care · Build on existing teams already working together to help patients stay well and remain independent · Provide improved services closer to patients homes · Offer a range of services working alongside GP practices which meet patients’ needs

For more information on this check the following links: Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield North Durham

Clinical Commissioning Groups announce appointed provider of New Community Services 

In the last bulletin we explained that the existing contracts for community services was due to expire and we were working with potential providers to procure new community services. Following a comprehensive tender and evaluation process, the 3 CCGs would like to announce that they have chosen County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust ( CDDFT) as the preferred provider of new community services which will start in October 2018 as per the agreed timeline. cid:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We want to grow and improve local community services across County Durham and Darlington and have a legal duty to carry out re-procurement exercises for contracts for healthcare in the community to ensure that healthcare constantly meets expected levels of quality and that it continues to represent best value. This approach is in line with our vision of developing an Integrated Community Service as part of our Five Year Forward View plans to improve access, continuity and coordination of community based health and care services for the local population.

We are very much looking forward to building on the strong foundations that are already in place with CDDFT. We will be looking at what’s working well and strengthening that so that our team of healthcare professionals are focused around providing excellent care for everyone in the community. We will be working in a new way with CDDFT to develop the existing community services, to prevent unnecessary acute hospital attendance and support people to stay well in their own homes. This new way of working will include bringing health and social care organisations closer together and moving from reactive care to prevention models that look at early intervention. We want to improve the quality of services for local people by supporting multidisciplinary teams for those with complex needs and ensuring all services in place are financially sustainable in the long term. Sue Jacques, Chief Executive of CDDFT said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the contract for community services. We truly believe this is a great opportunity to work differently with our health and social care partners across County Durham and Darlington which will bring real improvements to both patient care and also the overall health and wellbeing of our local communities. “Our experience of providing community services over previous years gives us a fantastic foundation on which to build and we know we have a dedicated and highly skilled workforce ready to take on this new challenge. “We will be working closely with GPs, local authority and voluntary sector colleagues as well as our patients and local communities to deliver services fit for the future.”

So what will be different? Patients don’t need to do anything differently, but we hope that they will notice an improvement in coordination with one provider overseeing care and joint working between professionals responsible for their care. We want to avoid duplication and improve services by helping clinical staff in different organisations to work even more closely together to support patients to achieve outcomes which matter to them. We want to see care being delivered closer to home as that’s what patients have told us that they want. We will be involving local partners to support various joint projects to ensure local quality and safe treatment and care continues to be delivered for patients. Existing patients will receive information about the new community service ahead of its launch in October 2018 outlining any changes and improvements. Commissioning community health services in a partnership approach is key to ensuring we achieve a robust, safe, value for money services for communities across Durham and Darlington.
Visit the CCG’s websites Darlington Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield North Durham for more information about the community services re-procurement, including a list of frequently asked questions and previous briefings.

Commissioning Priorities reports and feedback

Please see the reports with the feedback we gathered from you at the events on all four areas we discussed with the response of what we can do with what you told us.


Meetings to be held in Public Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG and North Durham CCG are working increasingly closely together. The two CCGs work in partnership with the same main providers of health services and together cover the same geographical area as Durham County Council. With that in mind the two Governing Bodies have agreed to meet 'in common' wherever possible and will continue to rotate and alternate venues across both CCGs.

Two meetings will be held in public on: Tuesday 20th March 2018 at: Teesdale Community Resources, The Hub, Shaw Bank, Staindrop Road, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) Committees in Common 12.45 - 2.15pm Governing Bodies in Common 2.30pm - 4.45pm Each Clinical Commissioning Group wishes to invite the public to observe their PCC Committee and Governing Body at work. In order to ensure that appropriate seating is provided, please register your attendance (informing of any special requirements) with Mags Wells on 0191 371 3224 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Questions for the Governing Bodies in Common should be submitted to Mags Wells no later than 12 noon on Monday 12th March 2018. Meeting agendas and papers will be available prior to the meeting online at both: and

My NHS membership 

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 etc. These 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.