Derbyshire Community Health Services


At Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (DCHS) our vision is to be the best provider of local healthcare and a great place to work. We care for patients across a wide range of services, delivered from 133 sites including 13 community hospitals and 28 health centres across Derbyshire, touching the lives of more than 4,000 patients every day. We employ approximately 4,400 staff, making us one of the largest providers of specialist community health services in the country, serving a patient population of more than one million.

In an average day:

  • We see 150 people in our minor injury units
  • We care for 300 people in our community hospital beds
  • More than 1,400 patients are cared for by our community nursing teams
  • We treat 530 patients in our community podiatry service
  • Our health visitors see 387 children aged 0-5.

    We have an annual income of more than £180 million, with the main purchasers of our services being the four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) acting on behalf of patients in Derbyshire:

    • NHS Hardwick CCG represents 16 GP practices, acting on behalf of over 100,000 patients living in North Eastern Derbyshire • NHS North Derbyshire CCG represents 38 GP practices, acting on behalf of over 288,000 patients covering North Derbyshire • NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG represents 57 GP practices and is responsible for the healthcare of 525,000 people • NHS Erewash CCG represents 12 GP practices, acting on behalf of 96,000 patients in Ilkeston, Long Eaton and surrounding villages.

    The DCHS story began in April 2011 when we became a standalone NHS organisation. The next stage in our journey is to achieve NHS Foundation Trust (FT) status in 2014. FTs are not-for-profit organisations and remain part of the NHS providing over half of all hospital and mental health services, while promoting greater decision-making for – and accountability to – local people. Becoming a FT brings with it changes to how we are governed. Our 30-strong council of governors will have the responsibility of holding the board of directors to account, sharing opinions and providing appropriate challenge on any major decisions.

    Working the ‘DCHS Way’

    The DCHS Way is a fundamental ‘pledge’ to our staff and patients which promises – in simple terms – how we will govern and  manage our organisation. It has three elements; Quality Service, Quality People and Quality Business; each reflecting our major organisational objectives and highlighting that quality is at the heart of everything we do.


    Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust was recognised nationally in the Royal Society for Public Health Awards 2013 for looking after the wellbeing of its staff.

    The Trust was one of only 12 organisations across the country to be honoured by the Royal Society for Public Health and was granted the Health and Wellbeing Award for the longest possible period of three year.

    The award is in recognition of Derbyshire Community Health Services’ health and wellbeing programmes, its commitment to promoting health among its workforce and the impact this has upon staff wellbeing and attitudes to health.

    HR Director of the year, Amanda Rawlings, said: “we’re delighted and proud to be named among the best places to work in the NHS. Happy staff will always lead to better quality care. Today’s news reinforces our recent CQC inspection findings which highlighted our ‘positive working culture’; our staff ‘talking with pride about working for DCHS’ and being a well-led NHS Trust’. A great achievement.

    Vision, Values and Objectives

    We hire and keep the best people as we know this means better care for our patients. We go the extra mile to give support to our people and once in DCHS, our people want to stay.

    Our vision:

    To be the best provider of local healthcare and to be a great place to work

    Our values:

    • To get the basics right
    • To act with compassion and respect
    • To make a difference
    • To value and develop teamwork
    • To value everyone’s contribution because everyone matters.

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