Integrated care pilot for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) in North Tyneside

Posted on July 17, 2009. Filed under: Integrated care, Press/News Releases |

NHS North of Tyne | News | 17 July 2009

Doctors in North Tyneside are preparing to test a new way of working with patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as part of a national project.

The 15 GP practices in North Tyneside are trialling a new approach which is developing ways of joining up the care patients receive in hospitals and the community to improve their experience and enable them to stay as well as possible.

Social and health care services in North Tyneside have chosen to support developments in COPD as this is a very common problem with high numbers of local people with the condition, many of whose lives are greatly affected.

The project is a joint venture between local practices in North Tyneside, the British Lung Foundation, North Tyneside Primary Care Trust (PCT), NHS Newcastle and North Tyneside Community Health, commissioners at NHS North of Tyne, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Tyneside Local Authority and out-of-hours GP care providers Northern Doctors Urgent Care.

Local GP Dr Caroline Sprake, lead for the project, said: “I am very excited about what this new pilot can deliver. We think this approach can ensure much more joined-up services for patients living with COPD, who as a result will be able to feel much more in control of their own health.”

Participating practices will be inviting individual patients with moderately severe COPD to take part. Each patient will be given a named ‘key worker’, a practice or district nurse, who will work with them to develop a personal care plan. This will include information and support to help them understand how COPD affects their own and their families’ lives, what can be done to help, and in particular how to best manage their own health care, including any flare-ups.

Patients will carry copies of their COPD records so that they can share them with other health professionals across a range of services who may need to know their history. It is different from the care that patients currently receive as each patient will have a named key worker who will be able to support each patient planning a programme which is individually tailored to their needs. The key worker will also contact patients regularly to see how their plan is working.

The pilot will continue for approximately two years and information gathered will be used both locally and by the Department of Health to compare patients’ experiences. We will also be interested in whether the project has streamlined the patient pathway and reduced the number of times patients use services including A&E, GP out-of-hours and hospitals to see if the approach is a better way of providing local health services.


Photo caption: Dr Caroline Sprake

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