Bid to designate MIUs as UTCs
You will be aware that we had put forward a bid to designate our four minor injury units (MIUs) as ‘Urgent Treatment Centres’ (UTCs). This was part of NHS England’s plan to create 150 new UTCs nationally over the next two years in a bid to ease pressure on emergency departments.
In Derbyshire there is no clear and up-to-date strategy for urgent care services across all the CCGs and providers, and given the pressures being experienced across the local health system, our commissioners have decided to prioritise this strategy before making changes to any of our urgent care services. For this reason we will remain designated as MIUs and we should consider it ‘business as usual’ for our outstanding service. We recently invested in diagnostic equipment to extend our MIU offer and it is very important that we progress with clinical training and development for staff in this service.
The whole health community needs to work more closely together across acute, community and primary care to improve appropriate access to urgent care services. The word ‘appropriate’ is very important here; we need to ensure people are seen in the right setting at the right time. We will all have a key role to play in the development of the strategy that helps us to achieve this aim.
Many thanks to all of my MIU colleagues who make such an important contribution for the people of Derbyshire.
Chief Operating Officer