Local GPs are endorsed by DoH

A GROUP of GPs and clinicians, including ones from surgeries in Belper, Duffield and Crich, have been endorsed by the Department of Health following a two-month listening exercise on NHS reform.

The Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been awarded ‘pathfinder’ status so they can effectively pilot the reforms contained in the Health and Social Care Bill, which is currently progressing through parliament.

The group will begin testing the new commissioning arrangements to ensure they are working well before more formal arrangements come into place by April 2013, and will be shadowing the NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County Cluster throughout 2011/12.

They bring together the combined expertise of 59 GP surgeries across Southern Derbyshire, including Appletree Medical Practice in Duffield, Riversdale Surgery and Whitemoor Medical Centre in Belper, and Crich Medical Centre.

The new reforms mean that new GP-led commissioning groups will be opened up to hospital doctors and nurses.