2019: A reflection of key events, announcements and activities

2019 has been a great year for health and care services in Doncaster.

Below is just a snapshot of some of the key events, announcements and activities that have taken place…


Colleagues from Complex Lives

On 23 January, NHS England’s Chairman, Lord David Prior visited Doncaster to explore how health and care services are working together to improve the wellbeing of people in the borough. Lord Prior spent the morning learning about the ground-breaking Doncaster Complex Lives Alliance which supports people with a variety of complex issues such as homelessness, rough sleeping, addiction and offending behaviour.


2019 Primary Care Nursing Award winners

Primary care nurses were recognised for their outstanding care and commitment at the first ever primary care nursing awards event in Doncaster. Nominations were made from GPs, health and social care staff and patients across Doncaster to showcase and celebrate the work of all nurses working in primary care and beyond.


Health and care organisations across Doncaster and Bassetlaw went mental health system perfect in a week-long exercise which looked at how health and social care pathways function when all hands are on deck and everything is working exactly as it should. More than 740 people shared their views on current mental health services and how they could be improved.


Doncaster’s first ever joint health and social care commissioning strategy was published, setting local priories for health and care services for the next two years. Almost 800 patients and members of the public shared their views on a vision that was published on 7 January.



A full report was published following a period of extensive engagement with our Gypsy and Traveller communities in Doncaster, providing a number of recommendations to help improve access and experience to health and care services for these communities


As part of 2019 national Learning Disability Awareness Week, a new innovative scheme was been launched in Doncaster, set to make it much easier for people with a learning disability and/or autism to access and receive care and treatment they need across primary care.



Staff, partner organisations, community and voluntary groups, along with patients and members of the public attended the 2018-19 Annual General Meeting (AGM). Held at the National High Speed Rail College in Doncaster, almost 140 delegates attended, marking this as the most attended AGM to date.


Staff from three local NHS organisations came together to celebrate the thirteenth Doncaster Pride event on Saturday 17 August. Collectively, we engaged with our LGBT communities in Doncaster to find out what they thought about existing health services and what, if anything they would like to change.


It was confirmed that every local practice and NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has pledged to support Doncaster Council’s suicide prevention strategy as part of the ‘working together’ theme of World Suicide Prevention Day.


A new campaign launched in Doncaster to bust myths and address misconceptions about primary care services. The 18 month long campaign aims to raise awareness of choice and access, helping patients choose the right service, put a spotlight on the vast range of health and care professionals that exist in primary care, focus on the importance of self-care, help improve access and use of digital tools in primary care and show how we are working to ensure best use of primary buildings and facilities.


Our very own Anthony Fitzgerald joined other senior officers in Doncaster and slept under the stars for a night to raise awareness of homelessness and how this is a very real issue in Doncaster. He raised more than £1,500 for a very real and worthy cause.


Image courtesy of Doncaster Free Press

A couple of weeks ago, a mental health ‘Safe Space’ was officially launched in Doncaster. Located in Intake, the innovative service ran by NHS Doncaster CCG, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), People Focused Group (PFG), Mind and Open Minds, was been given the green light for two years funding following a successful pilot last year. The idea has been developed to create a new service which will provide out of hours support for people experiencing mental health crisis and avoid them having to attend the local emergency department.

It’s impossible to capture everything in one post – but here’s a recap of other news stories this year.

Happy New Year and warm wishes for 2020 from all at NHS Doncaster CCG.

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