Organisation: Amber Valley Borough Council

Partners: Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Derbyshire County Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK, Derbyshire Community Health Services

Timescale: Current from June 2012

Catalyst for initiative/activity:

Amber Valley Borough Council proactive approach to try and provide services to ‘beyond the worried well’ and therefore make more of a difference to residents that need support the most.

Brief summary:

Amber Valley Borough Council have developed the relationship with Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and have been represented on the Amber Valley and South Dales Locality Board since June 2012. From a housing perspective this has increased the access to affordable warmth for residents with long term conditions. As a result a sustained, positive and supportive relationship has developed.


1. Recognition and understanding within health that housing is relevant in the life of patients.

2. The existence of relationships that mean that we are now part of the integration agenda.

3. Regular flow of referrals from partners and health agencies that mean better outcomes for our residents.

4. Helped to stimulate Public health investment in a countywide scheme to systematically identify patients with long term conditions on low incomes living in cold homes.

5. Support the delivery of a county wide Anti-Poverty Strategy in which fuel poverty is one of the key strands.

6. Historical spend of circa £210,000 on boilers funded by DECC (helping 70 residents), many of which were referrals from Adult Care and Health.

7. Benefit to the CCG in terms of greater understanding of Local Development Framework and the potential impact on surgery capacity from housing growth.

8. Match funding direct from the CCG to support AVBC capital pot for heating measures that then allowed AVBC to be awarded £75,000 from DECC in the Heating Booster Fund, thus turning £12,500 into £175,000 to support up to 90 households.

9. CCG commissioners, GPs and other health professionals have more awareness of our role in prevention.