September 2014

Proposals announced today for the future of community health services in Devon

17 September 2014

The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) today published its proposals for the future of community health services in Devon.

The proposals have been designed by NEW Devon CCG in partnership with local GPs, patients, the public and local organisations, including the voluntary sector.

A copy of the proposals document can be found on the NEW Devon CCG website: It will also be available at local libraries.

A 12 week involvement and consultation exercise begins today over community services and urgent care. GPs and healthcare managers will host a series of public meetings and drop-in sessions and will visit other groups such as town council meetings to discuss the proposals.

Dr David Jenner, a GP and chair of Eastern Locality of NEW Devon CCG, said the proposals marked an important step in making sure community health services are sustainable now and in the future.

“The passion and interest shown in community services from our local communities over the past year has been fantastic,” he said.

“We have listened to what people have said and believe our commissioning intentions, our proposals for the future, meet this shared vision.

“We know people prefer to be at home with the right support, and we know that we need to rethink the way care is designed to ensure this support is provided.

“We have to act now. We know that in seven years’ time there will be 22,000 more people aged over 75 living in our area, which is a huge increase of over 25 per cent. The way community services are run at the moment simply won’t cope with this demand.

“If not addressed quickly, we know that the number of over 65s admitted to hospital will rise by two per cent each year. The document we are launching today aims to address this.”

Dr Jenner continued: “Please take the time to read the documents online via our website or pick up a copy at your local library in the next couple of weeks.”

People can give their feedback in a number of ways:

In person, at the events being held across Devon (see the CCG’s website for details):

By letter or email to your locality:

Northern Locality
Crown Yealm House
Path Fields Business Park
South Molton
EX36 3LH

Eastern Locality
Newcourt House,
Old Rydon Lane

Western Locality
Windsor House
Tavistock Road

You can also get involved in the discussion on social media through our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter. We will be using #NEWdevonTCS

MP hears from local community about developments at Moretonhampstead Hospital

10 September 2014
At a planning meeting last week, Central Devon MP, Mel Stride heard all about how the local community in Moretonhampstead and surrounding parishes have been working hard to developing a health and social care hub.
A health and social care hub is a physical space in which providers and organisers of health care, social care and voluntary services are co-located.
The community and NHS have met regularly since early 2014 to discuss how the hospital could be of most benefit to Moretonhampstead and the surrounding areas in the future.
The planning group is made up of local members of the community including local councillors, representatives from the Hospital League of Friends, Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) from local GP practices, social care managers, and local GPs.
It also includes clinical leads and managers from Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG), the organisation in charge of buying services at the hospital, and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, the provider of services at the hospital.
Dr Alex Degan, a family doctor from Mid Devon and board member of the Eastern Locality of NEW Devon CCG, said:
“It was great to welcome Mel Stride, our local MP, to the planning meeting and we were pleased to hear his feedback and ideas as to how he would like to see the hub develop.
“Several clinics are already running from the hub including dermatology, physiotherapy, chiropody and rheumatology clinics and intravenous therapies clinics and falls and balance classes are due to start shortly.
“Further clinics are being developed and it is intended that there will be a wider range of outpatient clinics and voluntary services available at Moretonhampstead Hospital. We also hope that more clinics such as audiology, elderly care clinics and falls assessment clinic will be available in the near future. 
“We would also like to explore the option of private sector organisations renting space at the hospital, for example a dentist. We are open minded about other health, voluntary and social care providers using space on the site, as long as their services fit into the overall vision of how healthcare services will be provided locally in the future.
“We will continue to review the design of the building and planning what services could potentially be housed at the hospital.”
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Stride said:
“I welcomed the opportunity to attend the planning meeting and to discuss the issue with the team involved in developing Moretonhampstead Hospital as a Health and Social Care Hub.
“I was pleased to hear about the action to communicate and involve the local community in the selection of current and future services and look forward to see further progress on this.”
The NHS and local community has planned a series of drop-in sessions and public meetings in the Moretonhampstead area and surrounding villages, where local people will have the opportunity to be part of the discussions about the future development of local health services.
Public Meeting
  • Moretonhampstead—Monday 3 November 2014 6.00pm-8.00pm
    Moretonhampstead Sports Hall, North Bovey Road, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NZ
Drop-In Sessions
·         Cheriton Bishop—Wednesday 15 October 2014 2.00pm-4.00pm
·         Cheriton Bishop Village Hall, Yeoford Road, Cheriton Bishop EX6 6JA
Chagford—Tuesday 28 October 2014 2.00pm-4.00pm
·         Jubilee Hall, Chagford TQ13 8DP
For more information about attending these events or booking a place, please contact Nicola Webber on 01392 356129 or email

NEW Devon CCG Annual General Meeting

The inaugural annual General Meeting (AGM) of the organisation responsible for commissioning, or buying, most healthcare services for Devon and Plymouth takes place on Wednesday 17 September 2014, from 2:30pm.
Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) is hosting the meeting at Exeter Racecourse and it is open to the public.
At the event NEW Devon CCG will present its annual report and accounts, as well as a number of presentations on the previous year’s achievements and its future plans.
GP members of the CCG will be at the event, along with representatives of local healthcare providers and voluntary sector organisations, who will be hosting information stands.
Dr Tim Burke, the CCG’s chair, has asked Anne Gunther, a non-executive director of the CCG, to chair the meeting. Anne has a wealth of experience in the financial sector and brings her experience to the CCG as an independent lay member.
Dr Burke said he hoped as many people as possible come along to the AGM.
“Our CCG is all about involving people and listening to them when it comes to decisions about their healthcare and at our AGM we want to show people how we are doing this,” he said.
“In the past 12 months alone we have organised about 200 public engagement events and through these, reached more than 4,000 people in Devon.
“We want the AGM to not only provide people with a degree of accountability, but also to make a connection between our work in the CCG and you the patient or member of public.
“If you aren’t able to make the AGM and want to know more about the CCG and its work, visit our newly launched website on”
People are welcome to attend the event but as space is limited they are asked to register their attendance with Nikki Coombes on or 01392 267 670 by Friday 5 September.

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