Appletree Medical Practice

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Live Waiting Times at A&E

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PPG Survey

The Patient Participation Group (PPG) meet on the last Wednesday of every other month (next meeting 27th November 2019).

The PPG at Appletree:

  • provides the patient perspective on the services that are provided by the Practice
  • works with the Practice to improve patient communication
  • encourages patients to take more responsibility for their health
  • provides practical support for others in the community

The PPG would like feedback from patients on how services are currently being used, including digital services. They have created a survey, please go to:

Please note surveys are anonymous.

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Vacancy – Business Manager

We are looking for a person with the skills, experience and personal attributes to lead us in sustaining and improving the delivery of primary healthcare to our patient population. A strategic thinker you will have an excellent track record, not necessarily limited to General Practice or the NHS, in working collaboratively with other stakeholders, internal and external, in the management of change and development of new processes. You will also have a good grounding in the financial management of an SME business with a substantial turnover. There is already a strong management team in place and you will oversee the efficient and effective running of the Practice.

Appletree is a well-performing practice with a strong set of values centred on its staff and patients, committed to providing a high quality, professional service within a friendly, enjoyable workplace. The successful applicant will be able to balance the strategic management of our business with the inter-personal skills to work within our practice ethos.

This is a new role for us, and for the right person it is an opportunity to work closely with the Appletree GP partners in its design and development.

We envisage that the role will entail a 3-5 day working week – negotiable for the right candidate – providing a flexible work/life balance, personal and professional development, an excellent remuneration package including a pro rata salary on commencement of £40,000+, the NHS pension scheme and generous holiday entitlement.

Given that this is not a day to day operational role, experience of leading a GP practice team is not a pre-requisite for this position. We welcome candidates from a range of career backgrounds.

Do you fit this description? Do you have the skills and experience, energy and expertise, to lead us in optimising the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for GP practices? Is the role of Business Manager in the NHS-commissioned Healthcare sector one that interests you? If so we would love to hear from you.

Prospective candidates are welcome to contact Stephen Leather, Practice Manager at [email protected] or by calling 01332 843280 to discuss the role in more detail and arrange an informal visit to the practice.

The closing date for applications is 27th November 2019 with the first round of interviews to be held on Monday 9th December 2019.

To find out more or to apply, please go to: job reference J180-A-19-342392.

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Newsletters Summer 2019

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Duffield Good Neighbours’ Wheel

A Duffield group working to improve the lives of the over-50s in the village has produced a very helpful source of information aimed specifically at this age group called the Good Neighbours’ Wheel.

The leaflet draws together contact details for all the various service providers including the Weston Centre, Amber Valley CVS and church-run groups, and includes contacts for groups that can help with health and wellbeing, getting out and about, emergency contacts, financial assistance, leisure activities and household advice.

Paper copies can be found at the Weston Centre, in Duffield Library or from Duffield news; the full version of the Wheel can also be downloaded below as a PDF file at

If you have a neighbour or family member who might benefit from this information, why not pass them a copy?


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Carers’ Meeting – 3 Dec 2019


carersWhy not come to the Carers’ Forum

In November 2011, with the help from two Appletree receptionist ‘Care Champions’, a coffee morning was initiated to bring together some of the 70 ‘carers ’ registered with the practice (those with full time responsibility, usually a relative, who needs looking after at home or in residential care) for friendship, support and information.

Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA), with the help of members of the Patient Participation Group (PPG) ‘Friends of Carers’ run a bi-monthly session at The Weston Centre, where coffee/tea and biscuits are served. The aim is to befriend the carers, listen to their concerns and wherever possible to find speakers to answer their queries and for them to haveinput into the system. So far we have had speakers from Derbyshire Carers’ Association and Social Services, one speaking about ‘Care Allowances’ and one about ‘Assessment Criteria’. Other speakers are planned for the future.

If you are a registered ‘carer’ you will be made very welcome at our bi-monthly forums, which are held on a Tuesday at The Weston Centre, Duffield. (If you have not yet registered as a carer with the surgery, please complete the online form). Come on your own or bring the ‘cared for’ person with you. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served.  The next forum is on:

Tuesday 3rd December 2019

The Weston Centre, Tamworth Street, Duffield, Belper  DE56 4ER

If you have any queries, please telephone Sarah Lakin on (01332) 843282 or email her at [email protected]

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PPG Meeting – 27 Nov 2019

We are particularly fortunate to have a very active Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Appletree. It is becoming increasingly important that the patients’ collective voice is heard when it comes to the design and delivery of healthcare.
The PPG:

  • Works with the Practice to offer the patient perspective on the services it provides.
  • Helps to improve communication between the Practice and the patient population.
  • Encourages patients to take more responsibility for their health.
  • Provides practical support for others in the community.

A PPG is NOT the Practice’s complaint system (there is a robust complaints procedure in place); nor is it a forum to air personal issues. But neither is it a Doctors fan club. To be valuable the PPG must have the confidence to challenge the Practice in line with any issue brought forward. It should be self organising and patient led.

The benefits of an effective PPG are felt by the patients, the Practice and the wider community in which it operates.

If you are interested in learning more about the PPG please ask for a leaflet at reception. Alternatively you are very welcome to attend a meeting. The Group meets bi-monthly and the dates are published on the Practice web site.

Next Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 7.00pm

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