Clinical Services Review – what happens next – this para piece is from the CCG

NHS Dorset CCG would like to thank everyone who took part in the public consultation on proposals developed under the Clinical Services Review, which took place between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017.

During the consultation thousands of people had their say on proposals for specific roles for hospitals in Poole and Bournemouth, as well as community services and the redistribution of beds in the county. Under the proposals Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester would be largely the same as it is now.

As of midnight on 28 February, over 12,000 questionnaires had been submitted, however this number is expected to rise as the total number of responses is counted and confirmed over the coming days.

In addition, over 1000 people took part in telephone surveys and focus groups held by Opinion Research Services (ORS).

Around 1800 people attended 16 drop-in events, with hundreds more taking the opportunity to speak to the team at 25 pop-up events across the county.

The team also answered over 560 queries and concerns from members of the public and organisations.

What happens next?

Over the coming months Opinion Research Services (ORS) will analyse the views and information gathered during the public consultation to produce a report, which we expect to publish by summer 2017.

This report will inform the final business case, which will be presented to the CCG’s Governing Body in late 2017 to assist them in the decision making process. The information in the report will be fully and thoroughly deliberated by the Governing Body before it makes its decisions, which will then be widely publicised.

During this time updates will be given via, the local media and other networks, for example the Health Involvement Network and Patient Participation Groups.



For your information

Dorset County Council Cabinet will be discussing a paper this Wednesday 8 March – there are concerns expressed within this which helpfully outlines where the CCG and social services care and public health can work together to greater effect particularly within local communities.

Rebecca Knox







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A few words on the County Council property issue

Here is the text of the response to some media coverage about why the County Council is investing in some sites, disbursing of others and importantly looking to provide better working conditions for staff with flexibilty, more space for others to use the Dorchester premises as a hub, better use of technology and upgrading the work place which as we all know is key to help staff serving front line service delivery.  Work conditions are so important for us all.

Following Saturday’s headline about the refurbishment of County Hall Cllr Robin Cook, Cabinet member for organisational development and transformation , would like the right to reply on the subject. Please find his letter below:

 Letter to the Dorset Echo from the County Council:

There is no roof garden planned at County hall, and there never was.


Four years ago when options were being looked at for reducing our property numbers, an architect’s sketch featured a balcony on level 4 planted up with greenery. It was attractive but the plan has only ever been to reduce buildings numbers, make better use of council buildings and provide decent workspace.


In 2010 we owned over 750 properties across the county. Having buildings costs money, so in order to reduce our overheads the Way We Work programme was agreed and implemented to cut building and associated costs, invest in the remaining buildings and increase the use of these significantly.


We have planned the extra use of some buildings and have increased the rate of identifying and disposing of surplus properties. Our target is to reduce the running cost of our estate over a five year period by £3.2m per annum.


To date we have disposed of or ‘let go’ of 162 properties, amounting to about 24% of the estate’s footprint. This has generated capital receipts of £10.5m over the past two years and has already led to £3m coming out of previous maintenance budgets for next year. Other savings on property have been attributed to help savings in directorates including Children’s services. This is us doing things differently to make savings rather than cutting services, ‘back office’ savings so often referred to.


The work to adapt and improve County Hall and indeed other office accommodation across the county is part of that programme. In County Hall we will accommodate at least 300 additional staff within the building, giving the authority savings of £560,000 per annum by disposing of surplus office buildings in and around Dorchester. In addition, these works will also reduce the maintenance costs on the building and will improve its sustainability, which will also generate cost savings.


The business case that we are working on and which shows the return on investment has been included in Cabinet reports and has been the subject of scrutiny committee discussions and has seen cross party support.



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Dorset will be one of four new council areas to take up the government’s 30 hours free childcare offer early, before it rolls out nationally in September.

This is great news and just adds to the success Dorset has in accessing alternative sources of funding for proven plans, those which are really going to make a difference

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Child abuse and neglect, we all have a role to play when it comes to reporting, tackling abuse together

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News from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue

Please find attached the link to the monthly news from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue.  There are some fantastic initiatives with many partners across the area, keeping people safe and importantly, putting in prevention to help people as early as possible.

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Clinical Commissioning Group Consultation on Clinical Services, have your say

Here is the link to the CCG’s Clinical Services Review – have your say, by the end of February 2017.  Make your view count.

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Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue launches Help you Home with Dorchester Hospital


Fantastic joint working,

Fire Service and Dorset County Hospital launch Help You Home



Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) is joining forces with Dorset County Hospital (DCH) and Dorset Adult & Community Social Care on a trial Safe and Well campaign called ‘Help You Home’.




Working closely with the British Red Cross, ‘Help You Home’ builds upon their ‘Support at Home’ campaign by using DWFRS volunteers to help deliver the swift and safe discharge of patients from DCH to get them home, then providing support to allow them to return to independence.




The pilot scheme will work with three wards in the hospital and will include the patients being offered free Safe and Well checks from DWFRS. If successful, the scheme is expected to be expanded across the hospital.




The level of support on offer ranges from helping patients home, to collecting prescriptions and daily visits to check they are able to cope at home and that they have a suitable amount of food in the house.




With a broad network of dedicated volunteers in and around Dorchester, DWFRS are perfectly placed to work alongside DCH and the British Red Cross by delivering this interim service, which includes patients being offered free Safe and Well checks by the Service.




Head of Prevention, Lorraine Hunt said: “We are very fortunate to have exceptional volunteers who dedicate their time to help DWFRS make a positive difference in our communities. This is one area where we know we can help to make a real difference at a personal level and within the wider health care system.”




The service is free, flexible, strictly confidential, and is provided by skilled and trained volunteers all of whom have had an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


If you’re interesting in becoming a dedicated ‘Help You Home’ volunteer, or fulfilling a more traditional volunteer role for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, please email or call us on 01722 691000.




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