A major study into workplace wellbeing by the mental health charity Mind has revealed that poor mental health at work is widespread, with half (48 per cent) of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.

The survey of more than 44,000 employees also revealed that only half of those who had experienced poor mental health had talked to their employer about it, suggesting that as many as one in four UK workers is struggling in silence.

These findings are revealed as a new online Mental Health at Work ‘gateway’ is launched today by HRH the Duke of Cambridge. Mind, with support from The Royal Foundation, Heads Together and 11 other organisations, has created the UK-wide portal as a free resource for both employers and employees.

The gateway brings together information, advice, resources and training that workplaces can use to improve wellbeing and give employees the mental health support they need.

In-depth analysis of the survey has revealed that offering managers proper support can make a huge difference. Managers who felt their employer supported their mental health, or actively built their skills in supporting team members with mental health problems, were far more likely to feel confident in promoting staff wellbeing.

Manager confidence, in turn, is closely linked with whether employees feel able to disclose. Those staff who felt their manager supported their mental health or could spot the signs that someone might be struggling were far more likely to say they would be able to talk about their mental health at work.

Mental Health at Work can be found at

The 11 partners are Heads Together, CIPD, the Federation of Small Businesses, the City Mental Health Alliance, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, the Work and Health Unit, Public Health England,

Thursday, 23 August 2018 13:19

DHCFT Annual Members' Meeting


Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding its Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) on Thursday 20 September 2018, from 5pm – 7pm at the Post Mill Centre, Market Close, South Normanton DE55 2EJ. The theme of the event will focus on the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Attendees are invited to arrive from 4.45pm for refreshments and to view an NHS 70 display. 

The formal meeting, which will begin at 5pm, will include a summary from directors and governors of the Trust’s performance throughout 2017/18. We will also look forwards to the Trust’s plans and ambitions for 2018/19 and attendees will be able to pick up a copy of the Trust’s Quality Report and the Annual Report for 2017/18.

In the interests of answering as many questions as possible, those who would like to submit a question to the Board of Directors should do so prior to the event by calling 01332 623723 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To book your place please complete the online form at or search the Eventbrite website ( for ‘DHCFT’ or telephone 01332 623723.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 14:01

Dementia Support Service - New Provider

Message from Phil Wall, Commissioning Manager – Dementia and Sensory Services,Adult Care Commissioning Team

We would like to inform you that Alzheimer’s Society have been successful in winning the new contract to deliver the Derbyshire Dementia Support Service.  This means that from 1st December 2018 Alzheimer’s Society will take over responsibility for delivering this service from Making Space.

This decision is the result of a competitive procurement process led by Derbyshire County Council in conjunction with the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups. The procurement of this service has been undertaken in line withthe Public Contract Regulations (2015) and involving a carer as part of this process.

There will now be a transition period until 1st December 2018,when new referrals to the Derbyshire Dementia Support service will be directed to the new provider. During this time please continue to access support and groups in the same way you do now and be assured that the service will continue to be delivered.

Referrals for the service should continue to be made to Making Space:

Telephone: 01246 592010

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please support us by making other colleagues and staff aware.


Monday, 06 August 2018 12:55

Eckington Together

Health leaders are seeking the views of local patients and organisations on proposals to merge Derbyshire’s four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) into a single organisation. The aim is to strengthen how CCG staff work efficiently together, to commission services which are equally available to all residents across the county, and to make the best use of the money available to the local NHS.

The four Derbyshire CCGs - Erewash, Hardwick, North Derbyshire and Southern Derbyshire - have been working closely together for the last two years, having in-common or joint meetings where this has helped to speed up and unify decision making processes, and have appointed a single Chief Executive Officer and Chief Finance Officer as the first steps towards joint management. The CCG Governing Bodies feel the time is now right to bring the organisations together formally in a merger as a final step in the development of a single commissioning approach across Derbyshire and Derby City.  

Members of the public are advised to read the Consultation Document, invited to have their say at one of the following meetings: 

Thursday, 9 August
5.30pm – 6.30pm
St. Peter’s in the City - Function Room
St. Peter’s Street
Derby DE1 1SN 

Monday, 13 August
5.30pm – 6.30pm
Whitworth Centre - Ballroom
Dale Road North
Darley Dale
Matlock DE4 2EQ 

Please register your attendance by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members of the public can have their say via an online questionnaire at: 

Please take the opportunity to read through some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The consultation period is from: Wednesday, 25 July - Tuesday, 14 August 2018.

The CCG Governing Bodies are also seeking a mandate from its 116 Derbyshire GP member practices to work more formally together. If the member practices vote in favour, and public support is gained, a formal application to merge will be reviewed by NHS England during the early autumn.

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:46

DORA 2017

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:43

Are you a carer?

Healthwatch Derbyshire want to hear from carers in Derbyshire about how you could be better supported in your role as a family carer in relation to health and social care services. A family carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member or friend who couldn’t manage without that help.
Carers play a vital role in supporting people who are frail, ill or disabled, but, in doing so, they often become vulnerable themselves.
In the next 20 years, it’s anticipated that over nine million people will become an unpaid carer and offer support for a loved one or friend. It’s vital that these carers get the help they need to look after themselves and others.

Please take the time to answer a few questions about your caring role;

LATEST NEWS – Social Prescribing

Published 23 July 2018

From: Department of Health and Social Care

Social prescribing schemes across England to receive £4.5 million

The funding will allow GPs to refer more patients to social activities and other types of support to improve health and wellbeing and reduce demand on NHS services.

The government will invest nearly £4.5 million in programmes to refer patients to local voluntary and community services such as walking clubs, gardening or arts activities.

The practice, known as ‘social prescribing’, aims to improve patients’ quality of life, health and wellbeing by recognising that health is affected by a range of social, economic and environmental factors.

Evidence shows that this approach can reduce demand on NHS services: a UK study found that after 3 to 4 months, 80% of patients referred to a social prescribing scheme had reduced their use of A&E, outpatient appointments and inpatient admissions.

A total of 23 social prescribing projects in England will receive a share of the funding to extend existing social prescribing schemes or establish new ones.

The schemes include a focus on:

- reaching out to people who may be socially isolated, for example because of mental health problems or learning difficulties

- providing support for those impacted by health inequalities, such as transgender people or people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds

- helping people with particularly complex needs who regularly access health services

Examples of the schemes receiving funding include:

- a new street games scheme across Sheffield, Southampton, Luton, and Brighton and Hove, focusing on socially excluded young people aged 5 to 25

- a Dudley Council project to expand support for people with a very high dependency on A&E

- a new Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire scheme to support those who are lonely or socially isolated in deprived rural areas

The funding will come from the Health and Wellbeing Fund, part of a programme of government investment in the voluntary sector. The projects will be fully funded through the scheme in their first year. Additional joint funding from local commissioners will be agreed for the subsequent 2 years.

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage said:

The voluntary and community sector has such a vital role to play in working with our health system to provide the kind of support that you can’t receive at your local GP surgery or hospital.

This new funding will mean that many more people receive support that looks at their needs holistically, enabling them to live happier, more independent lives. I look forward to seeing these projects put their plans into action and provide support to hundreds of thousands more people.

Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:06

vSPA Referrers Questionnaire 2018

Please click on the link below to read the vSPA Referrers Survey 2018 responses.

vSPA North and Erewash Referrers Survey July 2018


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