Derbyshire Dialogue


How to get involved: Derbyshire Dialogue future sessions

The next session will take place Wednesday 16 December 2020

This conversation puts the spotlight on the impact of Covid-19 on Cancer Services. The specialist joining us at the meeting is Dr Louise Merriman, GP and Cancer Clinical Lead for Derby and Derbyshire CCG. Dr Merriman has said “I am looking forward to presenting this session and letting people know how we are maintaining our cancer services in Derbyshire".

Please use the link below to register your interest for the Derbyshire Dialogue virtual session taking place via Microsoft Teams Wednesday 16 December 11am - 12:00: 


Help us drive the future sessions

We hope that updating this page will help to stimulate discussion ideas as these are your meetings and we really want to hear what matters most to you about healthcare services, so do please come to us with your suggestions for future discussions. We are finding the virtual approach is working really well and whilst we can’t replicate face to face meetings in every way, you can join in with questions throughout via the chat box and this is proving a great way to share questions and answers. We will explain how this works at the beginning but people are finding it straightforward and we’ve seen some lively debate taking place. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions regarding the Derbyshire Dialogue or would like to make suggestions for future sessions do please get in touch with us at:

Please note our Derbyshire Dialogue sessions currently take place on Microsoft Teams which is an online video calling service, this is free to use and free download, please see our user guide below and contact us if you have any questions:

Microsoft Teams User Guide

It is important you attempt to download the free software prior to the event to iron out any technical difficulties, thank you.

The Launch of Derbyshire Dialogue

The ‘Derbyshire Dialogue’ project has been set up to start a conversation with our population and those delivering and commissioning the services and we launched it on 10 September when our Chair, Chief Executive and senior clinicians (listed below) updated people on our response to the pandemic. Our local residents can tell us about their experience of services, what’s been helpful, what else they may have found useful, any particular highlights or problems and what matters most to them about  health and care services. We feed all this information back to our commissioners and providers to build on strengths and work on any areas that require further development.  

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The launch session consisted of 30 members of the general public and the following members of Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group:

The session was led by:

Dr Chris Clayton 

Executive Officer for Joined Up Care Derbyshire & Chief Executive, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Avi Bhatia

Clinical Chair & Clinical Lead, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Brigid Stacey

Chief Nurse and Quality Officer, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

The session was facilitated by Communications and Engagement Team:

Sean Thornton

Assistant Director Communications and Engagement, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Katy Hyde 

Involvement Manager, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Claire Haynes 

Involvement Manager, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Miriam Doherty 

Communications and Involvement Officer, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

The slides for the first session can be found by clicking here and the recording of the session can be found on our YouTube channel here or click play on the video below. We are also sharing the typed notes here, which include responses to some questions raised during the session, some of these responses are still pending. We apologise for the delay and appreciate your patience whilst we liaise with our partners and providers. If you would like to follow up with us on this please email: thank you.                                                                        

Second conversation: Mental Health Services

The second conversation was held on 7 October and centered around Mental Health services across Derby and Derbyshire, the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of the population generally and also specific areas - for example Learning Disabilities. We discussed, what has happened to the workforce who care for these people and how services have adapted to the enormous challenges we all currently face.

You can view a recording for this session here on our YouTube channel or click play on the below video. We also have both sets of slides that were used during the session available for you here and here. There are no typed notes for this session due to the fact the questions were read out and answered during the discussion by our facilitators, but should anyone wish to have a written outline or ask any questions relating to the session please email us on:

The facilitators of this session were:

David Gardner

Assistant Director Mental Health, Learning Disabilities & Children's Commissioning, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Sohrab Panday

Clinical Lead for Mental Health Services, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Tracy Lee 

Head of Mental Health Commissioning, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Third conversation: Primary Care Services

Our third conversation was held on 14 October and the topic that week was Primary Care (our G.P practices).  We discussed how appointments were/ are being delivered and that GP surgeries are open and remained open but are not always able to see everyone face to face.

The facilitators for this session were:

Clive Newman 

Director of GP Commissioning and Development, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Duncan Gooch 

GP Principal, Exec GP Partner - Golden Brook Practice part of Erewash Health

We have uploaded a recording of the session below this can also be found on our YouTube channel here. We would also like to share the presentation used during this session which you can view here.

There are also some typed notes for this session which can be found here should anyone wish to have a written outline or ask any questions relating to the session please email us on: 

Fourth Conversation: Urgent and Emergency Services

Our fourth conversation took place Thursday 5 November and put the spotlight on urgent and emergency services in Derby and Derbyshire. The specialists who came on to talk to us this week were:

Dr Paul Wood 

Clinical Lead for Urgent Care - Joined Up Care Derbyshire, GP - Park Farm Medical Centre

Mike Hammond

Urgent Care Programme Manager – Joined Up Care Derbyshire, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton

The session started with a presentation which explained the services which come under the umbrella of emergency care, for example; NHS 111, Accident and Emergency Departments and Urgent Treatment Centre’s. Our specialist speakers then went on to give updates on how services responded to the pandemic in terms of maintaining patient safety, mobilising the workforce and continuing to see patients needing urgent and emergency care. They then shared with us an overview of what has changed as a result of COVID 19 and the current challenges and opportunities for the service as a whole.

You can review the slides for this week by clicking here.

Unfortunately this session doesn’t have a video recording; this is due to technical difficulties. We did however manage to upload an audio onto our YouTube channel here and provide subtitles, this is as a substitute for the interpreter who was present but unfortunately can’t be seen in the audio only recording.

We will also be uploading some notes for this session as there were a couple of questions asked that needed further looking into. We have contacted the participants and advised we will be in touch to answer there questions, we aim to have an update and notes available within a fortnight and appreciate your patience.

Please do let us know if you have any questions or feedback as always by emailing:

Last modified: 19/11/2020