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CCG pledges to work with third sector


30 October 2013

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Links with voluntary and community groups have been reinforced by one clinical commissioning group (CCG). 
Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the East Durham, Dales and Sedgefield Health Networks. 
The groups have agreed to: 
 – Work together to involve the voluntary sector and other community organisations in the planning and developing of both new and existing health care services

Links with voluntary and community groups have been reinforced by one clinical commissioning group (CCG). 
Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the East Durham, Dales and Sedgefield Health Networks. 
The groups have agreed to: 
 – Work together to involve the voluntary sector and other community organisations in the planning and developing of both new and existing health care services
 – Develop and build stronger and clearer relationships between the voluntary and community sectors and local NHS commissioners
 – Identify a range of opportunities where they can work collaboratively to involve and engage with the voluntary sector and other community organisations
 – Build links with other key organisations and bodies such as Durham County Council and Area Action Partnerships
 – Support the community and voluntary sector to take control of health issues
 – Build a sustainable voluntary and community-based network with a clear remit for health improvement.
Annie Dolphin, lay chair of DDES CCG said: “This is really exciting news and we are very much looking forward to working with our three Health Networks.  By harnessing their expertise on the ground working in our local communities, they can help shape how we commission services and work with us to improve the health and well being of people across the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield areas.”
Michele Armstrong, chair of the Durham Dales Health Network said: “The Dales Health Network is delighted to have signed a MOU with DDES.  We are keen that voluntary and community organisations are very much part of the development of the new CCG.”

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