Changes to the Board of Directors

We are sad that Dr Diane Robinson who has been a Director of South Durham Health since 2014 and Chair since July 2017 will be stepping down from the Board as of February 2019 as a result of her decision to leave Skerne Medical Group, Sedgefield. We are delighted however that Dr Kamal Sidhu (Blackhall and Peterlee Practice) currently Vice Chair will take up the role of Chair after Diane's departure. Diane will continue to work with us in a new role as GP Clinical Lead to develop our Clinical Governance arrangements. 

As a result of Diane's depature and the impending retirement of Dr Edward Staines (Bishops Close Medical Practice, Spennymoor) there will be two vacancies for Board Directors and we are seeking expressions of interest in taking up these roles from members in the Sedgefield practices.

Many thanks to both Diane and Edward for all they have done for South Duram Health and our best wishes for the future. 

 Primary Care Service for Easington and Sedgefield 

From 1st April 2017, South Durham Health has operated a 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).  Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG) are conducting a public consultation on the future arrangements for this service.  The options under consideration are:

For the Sedgefield site to close during the week (it currently opens 6pm to 8pm as do the  Newton Aycliffe and Spennymoor sites) and remain open at weekends.

For the Peterlee Site hours of opening to reduce from 8am to 8pm to 12pm to 8pm weekdays and remain open on Saturday and Sundays.

For the Seaham site to close during the week and open on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays only;

For the Easington (Intrahealth) site to close.

There are also an option for the weekend hours at all  remaining sites to reduce from the current 8am to 1pm to 10pm to 2pm.

People living in DDES CCG will still be able to access the service through NHS 111 who will direct them to the NHS service and site most appropriate for their needs.

The full details of the consultation are available on the DDES CCG Website, you can find this under the Involve me tab. https://www.durhamdaleseasingtonsedgefieldccg.nhs.uk/public-consultation...

The consultation closes on 30th January 2019.

The operation of services will not change until the consultation has closed and a decision on the future has been reached by the CCG working with the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Durham County Council. We will working with DDES CCG on the implementation of any change agreed through the consultation process.

Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice

We have made several successful bids for funding as part of the NHS England Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice and currently have 5 pharmacists working in 8 practices.  In January 2019 we learned that our bid for an additional clinical pharmacist to work in Skerne Medical Group had been accepted and we will be recruiting to the post very shortly.

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. There have been recent changes to the membership of Primary Care Home groups to reflect practice mergers and better reflect on the ground working relationships.  The current arrangements 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,

Easington 2: Station Rd Surgery, East Durham Medical Group, 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, Silverdale Family Practice

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.

GP Clinical Fellow

The NHS Five Year Forward View (FYFV) gave a target of 250 GP Fellowships by 2020. As part of this Health Education England (HEE) agreed a national programme framework and investment model, which will be managed by HEE across the North. The North East and North Cumbria has approval for 15 posts and South Durham Health has secured funding as part of this programme to offer one of these posts for candidates who want to work in our practices.

The post will provide:

A 1 year programme designed to promote career progression

Fully funded educational options to post graduate certificate level

Full or part time supportive employment in a South Durham GP Practice

A fellowship role which consists of a paid clinical placement and education and development

1 year contract, salary based on £75,249 pro rata for the fellowship element and by agreement with the employing practice for the remaining sessions.

The posts is aimed primarily at those GPs who are within their first 2 years of qualification. However, any qualified GP will be eligible to apply. Less than full time applications can be supported.