Making NHS better in Peak

DOCTORS who care for High Peak patients have set out plans to make better health care in the area a reality.

Groups of local GPs from NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - who will take control over NHS budgets from April 2013 - developed the plan to show how they will work together to improve the health of the local population.

The progress of the plans will be monitored by GPs and clinicians on the North Derbyshire CCG Governing Body.

There are currently 141,700 people who live in Derbyshire who are over 65, 19,100 of whom are over 85.

Hospitals are not the best place to care for frail and elderly people. Once they are admitted they can end up staying longer in hospital and lose their independence increasing their chance of being admitted back into hospital once they have been discharged.

Presently people over 85 are ten times more likely to be admitted to a hospital in an emergency than people who are aged between 20 and 40 years old.

Dr David Riddell, High Peak Locality Clinical Reference Group Chair and GP at Goyt Valley Medical and Dental Practice, said:

“These plans are key to the delivery of local priorities, and their development will involve local GPs undertaking a review of local patients’ health needs to identify priority areas where care can be improved.

“This will ensure that improvements to health care continue to be more locally focused for the patients of High Peak.”

NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group represents 38 GP practices and will take on responsibility for healthcare budgets in April 2013.