Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

FLEUR Blake­man, direc­tor of strat­egy and trans­for­ma­tion at NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG and Car­ing To­gether pro­gramme direc­tor REG­U­LAR read­ers of this col­umn will have heard of the Car­ing To­gether pro­gramme that’s join­ing up health and so­cial care ser­vices across East­ern Cheshire. Its aim is to pro­vide com­mu­ni­ty­based care that helps peo­ple to stay well and sup­ports peo­ple with long-term con­di­tions to live in­de­pen­dently at home – where they want to be.

In turn, the Car­ing To­gether ap­proach will pro­vide more ser­vices to be pro­vided in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, re­duc­ing un­nec­es­sary hos­pi­tal vis­its.

This ap­proach is in line with NHS Eng­land’s vi­sion for health­care as de­scribed in its Five-Year For­ward View and Gen­eral Prac­tice For­ward View.

One of the things that Car­ing To­gether is sup­port­ing is the devel­op­ment of com­mu­nity hubs that will op­er­ate out of GP surg­eries. Two pro­to­types are be­ing es­tab­lished to test this new ap­proach - one in Knutsford and the other in Bolling­ton, Dis­ley and Poyn­ton.

The ap­proach in Bolling­ton, Dis­ley and Poyn­ton will take the form of a “pri­mary care home” of­fer­ing all the ser­vices that peo­ple might need out­side hos­pi­tal.

The pri­mary care home will serve around 33,000 peo­ple and be made up of a wide range of posts in­clud­ing GPs, nurses and ther­a­pists plus phar­ma­cists, men­tal health teams, care co-or­di­na­tors, so­cial work­ers and vol­un­tary sec­tor staff.

The idea is that these roles would be sup­ported by other spe­cial­i­ties (e.g. rheuma­tol­ogy teams) that are brought in as re­quired.

The first meet­ing of the pri­mary care home com­mu­nity hub model took place last month (April) when more than 100 peo­ple from a wide range of health and so­cial care or­gan­i­sa­tions dis­cussed how they will work to­gether to im­prove health and so­cial care – es­pe­cially to sup­port frail, older peo­ple liv­ing alone.

Work­ing groups will now start to shape these mod­els.

The pri­mary care home is a vi­tal part of Car­ing To­gether be­cause it will help peo­ple live healthy life­styles, join up health and so­cial care and re­duce un­nec­es­sary hos­pi­tal ac­tiv­ity.

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