A new approach to joining up NHS health services across the Borough
NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group are commissioning Integrated Neighbourhood Teams to slow down progression of disease for people with long term health conditions and reduce the number of unscheduled hospital admissions including emergency visits to A&E.
An Integrated Neighbourhood team consists of a GP or senior clinician, a Community Matron and a District Nurse. They can draw on a range of other specialist NHS services when required and by ensuring that NHS and social care services are working closely together a more integrated approach to the delivery of care for each individual patient can be achieved.
The teams better understand the needs of the local population and can more readily identify patients who need regular healthcare. A care plan is agreed with a patient and shared with the patients GP practice, the neighbourhood team, the patient and out-of-hours care services where appropriate so all are aware that they have a person who needs this care living locally and help prevent their condition getting worse.
Dr Tim Dalton, local GP and Chair of NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“In Wigan Borough there are around 96,000 people living with one or more long term health condition (for example asthma, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and stroke) and more people will develop these conditions as they get older. The Department of health estimate that there will be a 30% increase in the number of people living with long term conditions by 2020, so we have to develop new ways of caring for more people with complex health problems now. The development of Integrated Neighbourhood Teams with our health and social care partners are an important part of helping more people with long term health issues have lives that are as full as possible going forward”.
Trish Anderson, Chief Officer of NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“We estimated that it will take between 3 and 5 years to fully embed Integrated Neighbourhood Teams across the Borough and this will see a shift away from care always being provided in hospital towards more care at home. More than 1,000 case management plans for the highest risk patients at Wigan practices have been developed through the Neighbourhood Teams which is helping to reduce A&E visits and emergency admissions to hospital by people with long term health conditions. We hope that this will also help patients gain in confidence to better manage their health conditions themselves, to regain more independence and have more control of their health in their day-to-day live. Integrated Neighbourhood Teams are commissioned by NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group and are a delivered in partnership between NHS Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and local GP surgeries”.
Notes for Editors
- Integrated Neighbourhood Teams are commissioned by NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group and are a partnership between NHS Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and local GP surgeries.