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Bloods. Further to the update yesterday Chesterfield Royal Hospital have confirmed that their pathology service will run as normal tomorrow Friday 8th May including collections for those practices in the north of the county. It is only UHDB that are not doing the pick-up runs from practices. Apologies for any confusion caused.

Weekly Mindfulness for Derbyshire General Practice
Following a successful trial of Zoom Mindfulness with First 5 GPs we are happy to officially open this to all GPs and Allied Health Professionals in General Practice.

End your week every Friday at 8.30pm with 30mins of guided mindfulness and relaxation. No audience participation required.

Zoom ID - 751-164-922


"It’s an amazing head emptying refocus and reset"


In addition to the focused sessions above, I am very conscious that you have been bombarded with information over the last few weeks and included within the daily updates there have been a number of different offers to help with everyone’s personal wellbeing. As we approach the Bank Holiday weekend, when hopefully practices and PCNs will have tailored their service to meet the expected reduced demand, we thought it would be useful to provide a summary of the offers that there are out there and also provide an update on some of the more bespoke options that we have been working on. Apologies that the first part may seem like just a list of links (in true NHS comms fashion) but by also providing a short summary of each offer you may be able to signpost people to the most suitable option. I have grouped them in line with the update provided by Dr Gail Walton and Claire Leggett.

Targeted Psychological Intervention. IAPT providers in Derby and Derbyshire are open to new referrals as usual, with the exception of Talking Mental Health Derbyshire. Contact details are as follows:

  • Trent PTS - 01332 265 659 - Click to view
  • Insight Healthcare - 0300 555 5582 - Click to view
  • DRCS - 0800 047 6861 or 01773 833 716 - Click to view
  • Relate Derby (Counselling Couples and Counselling only) - 01332 349177 - Click to view
  • Relate Chesterfield (Counselling Couples and Counselling only) - 07401 343817 or 01246 231010 - Click to view

Supporting Emotional Distress

  • An Employee Assistance Programme Well Online (Username: DTlogin Password: wellbeing or by emailing assist@cic-eap.co.uk ). One to one telephone counselling for up to 6 sessions, plus a raft of other support such as carer support, debt and finance counselling, legal advice (similar to Citizens Advice Bureau).
  • Family /personal bereavement counselling in cases of personal loss:
  • Derby Chaplaincy Service. Via chaplains already in practices, ring 07877 883390 or e mail paul@stpetersderby.org.uk
  • GP-S is a long standing local mentoring service for GPs and Nurses that can be accessed through Rapid Access Support Sessions and Nurse Peer Support Group – Via Zoom.
  • Samaritans. Call 116123.

Mental Health

  • Derbyshire.Gov.UK resources. See their webpage
  • Derbyshire mental health and wellbeing support line is here .

Specific Wellbeing Offer, Integrated Webpage and Other Apps

  • Derbyshire have provided all GP staff with free access to “ Thrive ” (Use code NHSDERBY20 a clinically effective app for the prevention, screening and management of anxiety, depression and stress.
  • Access to online Covid Calm Clinics offering short daily drop in stress management clinics for healthcare professionals. Derbyshire have provided all
  • Free Beyond Coaching Resilience Toolkit . offers great coach-approach tools to support you in gaining clarity of thinking and self-managing wellbeing
  • #LookingAfterYouToo: Coaching support for primary care staff helping you to process experiences, develop coping skills, deal with difficult conversations, and develop strategies for self-management in difficult circumstances.
  • Every Mind Matters. Every Mind Matters COVID-19 resources to manage mental wellbeing in light of the government’s stay at home advice.
  • The BMJ have produced a fantastic database of various wellbeing resources .

The Future. Gail and Claire are working on a suite of more personalized offers including a specific Wednesday webinar which we will publicise as the details emerge. If you have any specific ideas please feed them in.


CRH Dermatology Referral Assessment Service (RAS) The CRH Dermatology Referral Assessment Service (RAS) will launch Monday 4th May 2020 and be available during Covid 19. This service allows GPs to refer patients via e-RS for triage by the Dermatologists. Please see flowchart attached for details of the pathway.


In the spirit of is it or isn’t it a bank holiday and normal opening, Susie Bayley and I are available to answer any queries and support practices. The office will not be open but you have our emails and phone numbers if you need to speak to us.

In the spirit of wellbeing, I do hope that everyone manages to get some time away from work this weekend and enjoy some time doing other things, whatever that may be. I’m planning to eat the pork pies I made last night (a new-found skill – the making not the eating), fit a new detachable steering wheel to my Land Rover and having looked at the weather forecast have a snow ball fight with the family.

Thanks to Dr Gail Walton for returning to the tree theme. What is a pine tree’s favourite radio station? Anything that plays the poplar hits.

Many of you may have watched His Dark Materials on BBC last year and were introduced to the concept of a demon which is an animal incarnation of yourself that never leaves your side. My family have decided that our dog Tilly the Trail hound is my demon. She is very typical of the breed which trail hound welfare describe as follows:


Trail hounds have wonderful temperaments and are very affectionate and loyal. They are friendly, playful, lots of fun and are big, active dogs that benefit from having regular exercise. Trail hounds are very adaptable and soon discover the warmest, cosiest spot in the house. They may be insecure about being left alone at first and when first re-homed they are not normally house-trained meaning for the first few days big dog can equal big puddles! However, they are very quick to learn, have an independent streak, and may try to go off following their noses, given the opportunity. They have little or no road sense. They will have had little formal training but are exuberant rather than naughty. Trail Hounds, in general, are strong willed and stubborn but are very trainable. The words ‘selectively deaf’ were probably thought up by someone with a trail hound.

I’ll leave it for you to decide how apt that is and it’s quite a fun game to work out what your nearest and dearest’s demon might be. Hope you all have a good weekend.

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