To help people to live longer, be healthier and lead happier, more fulfilled lives.


Bishop Auckland & Shildon Area Action Partnership

The Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership covers the following towns and villages:

Auckland Park; Binchester; Bishop Auckland; Brusselton; Canney Hill; Close House; Coronation; Coundon; Coundon Grange; Coundongate; Eldon; Eldon Bank; Eldon Lane; Escomb; Etherley Dene; Etherley Grange; Etherley Moor; Leasingthorne; Leeholme; Middlestone Drift; New Coundon; Newfield – Bishop Auckland; North Leazes; Old Eldon; Shildon; South Church; St Helen Auckland; Tindale Crescent; Toronto; West Auckland; Westerton; Witton Park; Woodhouse Close; Woodhouses

Durham Dales, Easington & Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group

Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG was established in October 2011 and authorised as a statutory body in February 2013.

The CCG is made up of 40 member GP practices. It covers a total population of around 289,670 over a large and diverse geographical area.Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are groups of GPs responsible for designing hospital and community based health services in the local areas for which they are responsible.

Commissioning involves deciding what services are needed and ensuring that they are provided. CCGs are overseen by NHS England, which holds responsibility for commissioning primary care services such as GP and dental services, as well as some specialised hospital services.

Durham University

Durham University is distinctive - a residential collegiate university with long traditions and modern values. We seek the highest distinction in research and scholarship and are committed to excellence in all aspects of education and transmission of knowledge. 


Going above and beyond the traditional duties of a landlord we work closely with our communities to improve employment and training opportunities, health and financial confidence and to bridge the digital divide that exists within our communities. 

We take an innovative, inspired approach to our work, ensuring that we deliver positive outcomes. We’ve ambitious plans to grow which includes broadening our income streams, investing further in our homes, diversifying our tenure offer and growing the business geographically.
Pioneering Care Partnership

The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) is a leading third sector organisation working in the North East, primarily in the County Durham and Tees Valley area, with a focus on health improvement and reducing health inequalities through building capacity and life chances with disadvantaged communities. 

The organisation’s purpose is “to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life for people disadvantaged by disability, age, ill health and/or caring responsibilities, and reduce inequalities in health”.

Public Health

As a council we have many responsibilities for improving the health and wellbeing of the people of County Durham. The Durham County Council public health team led by the interim Director of Public Health, Gill O’Neill, works with colleagues across the council to maximise and enhance opportunities to improve health and wellbeing locally. 

Public Health is concerned with the health of the entire population, rather than the health of individuals. We have a number of responsibilities which include:

  • Ensuring plans are in place to protect the health of the population and promote health and wellbeing.:
  • Commissioning a range of quality public health services to improve the health needs of our population:
  • Ensuring NHS commissioners receive the public health advice they need.
  • Supporting and engaging local communities and third sector in delivering public health services.

We work in partnership with Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health and many other partners to deliver national objectives and protect the health of the population. We also work with a range of partner organisations both locally and regionally to improve the health and wellbeing of County Durham residents. 

Life expectancy and the general health of the people in County Durham is improving but there are a number of challenges to overcome, including significant differences in life expectancy between residents from different areas with County Durham. We believe that everyone has a role to play – health and wellbeing is everybody’s business, including individuals and communities as well as the private and voluntary sectors. 

If you would like to know more about the role of public health within Durham County Council please contact the team on 03000 267 660 or email