Over 100 people take part in 2019-20 Annual General Meeting

Over 100 local people, including patients, members of the public, staff and partner organisations joined the first online Annual General Meeting to celebrate and recognise a number of achievements and challenges faced during 2019-20.

Due to the Coronavirus situation, the NHS Doncaster CCG has moved its AGM to an online format, in order to keep people safe and socially distanced.

Local GP and NHS Doncaster CCG Clinical Chair, Dr David Crichton opened the meeting and welcomed participants and thanked staff for their contribution throughout the year.

NHS Doncaster CCG’s Chief Officer, Jackie Pedersen gave an update on the Starting Well Delivery Plan, outlining the CCG’s wrap-around mental health support available in schools for children and young people, as part of a national pilot programme.

Jackie went on to acknowledge the positive partnerships in the Living Well work of the CCG and Fit Testing in Doncaster to pick up bowel cancer earlier. Activity has grown month on month and this means people will be picked up sooner with potential cancer.

Last year brought significant changed in primary care, with five Primary Care Networks being established. This has brought practices together to work collectively and this is a very new way of working which is already demonstrating positive results. Social prescribing link workers and pharmacists are coming together to provide better services for patients. This update is available in the new, short version Annual Report.

Ageing well supports healthy ageing in Doncaster to reduce loneliness and social isolation and a model has been developed which supports the individual to promote strengths. Services are better able to talk to each other to support the patient and deliver a comprehensive plan of action. The models have been developed by front line staff as well as patients themselves. Care homes are key partners in this and we are working well with them.

Jackie continued: “We deliver care as close to home and the patient as possible, but some of our work is delivered regionally across the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS) area and we continue to be a key player in the ICS. We lead within the ICS and respond effectively to national policy developments.”

“Last year we refreshed the Doncaster Place Plan and looked at how we can work together collaboratively to support our communities to thrive, working in partnership with our local authorities to deliver front end prevention work and working closely with our Voluntary, Community and Faith partners.

“We want to join up care and support at home and have been working with our community services to enable patients to stay at home and be at the centre of a comprehensive plan of support, able to access services at home.”

Jackie continued: ‘We have done lots of engagement, surveys, mental health, system perfect, Doncaster Talks programme with local authority, supported the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System five year plan, health campaigns, GP bulletins, Healthwatch Doncaster, PPG Network…all of this culminated in achieving a Green Star last year and is a great achievement for our Communications and Engagement Team.”

Andrew Russell, Chief Nurse, gave an update on Quality and Patient Safety highlights from 2019-20, looking at safe, effective care and how data is used to support quality improvements for patients.

Patient experience is vital and helps the CCG learn from patient’s feedback and continually improve services, from community services, providers and the acute trust. The CCG is responsive to patient needs and looks at working with providers to deliver the very best possible services.

Andrew highlighted the work of the Medicines Management Team and their input in ensuring patients are safe. This year there has been a focus on self-care and providing information to patients to enable them to take a proactive approach to health and well-being. Safeguarding children and adults was also highlighted as a key role of the CCG, making sure vulnerable patients are safe.

The AGM then looked at the work of the NHS organisation over the last financial year, from 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020, just a couple of weeks after lock-down began.

Anthony Fitzgerald, Director of Strategy and Delivery  introduced Marianne, a Young Advisor working on the ‘With Me in Mind’ project, who spoke about her work with NHS Doncaster CCG and partner organisations, supporting young people and designing the website for ‘With Me in Mind’ and materials aimed at primary school pupils about promoting health and well-being in a video clip.

John Davis from Doncaster Rovers spoke about the work of Fit Rovers and the well established partnership between both organisations to improve the fitness, health and wellbeing of thousands of people in Doncaster, empowering them to take control over their lives, as well as saving lives. A short video clip was shown to people that joined the AGM and is available below.

Glyn Butcher from the People Focused Group gave a heartfelt message on how he and tens of other peer support ambassadors are helping people address mental health issues.

Glyn spoke about getting the right support for people with mental health issues, through the Safe Space Project – please see the short clip below.

Jo Forestall and Cheryl Watkinson gave an update on the frailty project in Thorne as part of the Ageing Well work of the CCG, as well as an insight into how neighbourhood working was developing at pace to bring people together in localities across Doncaster to enable local people to have their voice in how Primary Care Networks are established, delivered and evaluated.

This was followed by an update from Hayley Tingle, Chief Finance Officer, who outlined how the CCG spent £555.1 million pounds and saved £9.6 million in 2019-20.

Working in partnership is absolutely central to our ethos and culture at NHS Doncaster CCG and we are very proud of the work we commission from our providers to support the health and well-being of all Doncaster residents.

In addition to the videos above, you can access a number of other resources below:

A summary of the questions asked and responses will be available shortly, along with a recording of the 2019-20 AGM itself.

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