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The team – which is split between working from home and at Chesterfield Depot – was set up to help get people out of hospital as soon as they are medically fit.

They work with colleagues in adult social care to identify whether capacity exists to provide packages of care to support patients after they leave.

Two of the team have never worked for the council before – both were due to start new roles as ‘lockdown’ began.

One of them Tom Mumford said:

“Coming into the council on my first week and being redeployed directly into a new role and completely new service was a little daunting.

“But the support from my colleagues combined with a really good teamwork ethic has enabled me to hit the ground running in this difficult and unusual situation”

Amanda Nadin, Service Manager Adult Social Care Service Transformation, added:

“I’d like to say thank you to the staff who have come to support our home care services but also their managers who have made it possible without questioning or delaying.

“Behind the scenes we have staff like the capacity team and in services like IT where people have understood the urgency of getting these new staff access to systems at a moment’s notice. 

“I really have seen examples of our Derbyshire Spirit over the last three weeks.”

Members of the team are:

  • Barry Aldridge (Corporate Property)
  • Ray Foley (Adult Social Care and Health)
  • Roger Elphick (Resources@Derbyshire)
  • Sharon Arrowsmith (Adult Social Care and Health)
  • Barbara Fisher (Corporate Property)
  • Tom Mumford (Corporate Property)
  • James Pollard (Better Lives initiative)
  • Laura Morson (Adult Social Care and Health)