New patient partnership will help thousands across county

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PATIENTS in the High Peak are set to benefit from a new partnership between GPs and clinicians from the area and those in North Derbyshire, as part of ongoing NHS reforms.

The eight GP practices which currently make up High Peak Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will become one of five Derbyshire localities represented by the North Derbyshire CCG. The group will act on behalf of nearly 290,000 people, including those in the High Peak, Hope Valley, Matlock and Chesterfield.

The High Peak CCG has now decided that they can best serve their patients by joining a larger CCG rather than standing alone.

This will mean that they can focus on patient care and the patient experience in the High Peak, and gain from the economies of scale and shared learning possible from a larger commissioning group.

The decision to join forces with North Derbyshire CCG was approved by High Peak practices in December, and agreed by North Derbyshire CCG this week.

Sean King, chair of High Peak CCG, said: “Patients are at the heart of everything we do, and we recognise the best outcome for our patients and the local population is wider co-operation across north Derbyshire to achieve our aims, rather than wasting resources on additional bureaucracy.”

Ben Milton, chair of North Derbyshire CCG, added: “We’re delighted to be working with GPs and clinicians from the High Peak.

“This not only strengthens the group, but will ensure that High Peak patients benefit from our combined skills, enthusiasm and excellent clinical quality to drive forward the health services local people need.”

North Derbyshire CCG is set to take control of local NHS budgets from April 2013 under plans set out in the Health and Social Care Bill which are currently progressing through Parliament.

They are already shadowing the work of NHS Derbyshire County in readiness for this change.