Integrated Care Schemes Celebrate Wins in Cornwall

Posted on April 13, 2009. Filed under: Integrated care, Press/News Releases |

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly NHS | News | 13 April 2009

Two innovative projects based in Cornwall are celebrating being awarded pilot status following announcements from Health Minister Ben Bradshaw and Care Services Minister Phil Hope this week.

The projects, designed to improve services for people with dementia and mental health problems, are two of only sixteen Integrated Care Pilots from across the country, and they will be showing how health and social care services can join together to improve the quality of care people receive.

The pilots will allow both health and social care services in Cornwall to take a fresh look at how to deliver care, based solely around the needs of the local population. Both projects were chosen because of their ability to look beyond traditional models of care to explore whether new, integrated models can improve health and care services.

The pilots

Newquay

The Newquay Pilot is designed to simplify access to all types of dementia services in Newquay.  The pilot includes establishing a GP-led memory clinic and ensuring that every patient diagnosed is assigned a practice-based key worker to provide continuity of care from diagnosis until end of life. 

The project will increase the number of people receiving an early diagnosis, reduce admissions to hospitals and care homes and see people living independently for longer.

North Cornwall Pilot

This pilot involves ten GP practices in North Cornwall working together to integrate Mental Health community teams, based in a rural location, with a single point of access from GP practices. It will integrate Mental Health acute and social services.

John Ingle GP Dementia specialist at Narrowcliff Surgery said, “We are delighted to have had our initiative in this area recognised. Dementia is a condition that we believe has been traditionally under-diagnosed and consequently some patients and their carers have missed out on appropriate care and support. We have focussed significant efforts around Dementia and this recognition gives us the encouragement to continue our work in this important area.”

“The pilots will be running for two years and will be evaluated against national and local measures, including impact on health outcomes, improved quality of care, and service user satisfaction. We will learn everything we can from these pilots to ensure that the care we’re offering those using our services is the best it can be.”

Kim Carey, Director of Adult Care and Support at Cornwall Council said, “We are delighted that both of these bids have been successful as they model the approaches we would want to be building across all of our service provision. We look forward to taking the learning from these two projects to improve the way in which we provide joined up services across the county.”

Care Services Minister Phil Hope said: “I’m particularly interested to see how these pilots can benefit older people, particularly those with dementia. I know from talking to people with dementia and their carers that they get frustrated when trying to get the right health and care services for their loved ones.

“The pilot sites in Bournemouth and Poole, Church View Medical Practice and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are among those that will benefit older people and I want to see what lessons can be learnt from them in improving care for older people around the country.”

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