NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Liverpool City Council have welcomed a major development in plans for the city’s local health and care services.
NHS Improvement announced today that Bridgewater NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Liverpool City Council and Liverpool General Practice Provider Organisation, are the preferred providers of Liverpool Community Health (LCH) NHS Trust services in Liverpool from April 2017.
The services, which are commissioned by NHS Liverpool CCG, Liverpool City Council, and NHS England, include community matrons, district nursing, podiatry, school nursing and sexual health.
This new provider partnership will enable greater joined up health and social care, in line with Healthy Liverpool’s plans to transform community services, centred around the needs of patients. Over the last 12 months this vision for integrated services has started to take shape across the city, with new Community Care Teams bringing together GPs, district nurses, mental health workers and social workers, up and running in three areas already. The new provider will help embed this new model of care and accelerate the integration of services in all the city’s 12 neighbourhoods.
Katherine Sheerin, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chief Officer, said: “Making more care available in communities, closer to people’s homes, rather than in hospital, is a key part of our Healthy Liverpool programme. This is already starting to take shape across the city and today’s decision will help us accelerate these plans.
“In Liverpool we will have a unique partnership between Bridgewater NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool City Council, and Liverpool General Practice Provider Organisation. By bringing together health and care services in this way we have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of local people.”
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “This is a major step forward in the transformation of health and social care in Liverpool.
“Integrating services will enable us to deliver better care focused around the needs of individuals, and delivered in their own community, helping keep them healthy and out of hospital.
“Our approach will cut through organisational bureaucracy to enable staff to focus their efforts on improving the health of our residents.”
Community Care Teams are at the heart of plans for local services. Made up of teams of GPs, community matrons, district nurses, social workers, dieticians, podiatrists, pharmacists and other health professionals, the teams come together to identify ways of improving care for individuals. GPs identify patients with a strong chance of being admitted to hospital as an emergency, and refer these people to a Community Care Team so that their care needs can be identified and support put in place to keep them well and avoid unnecessary admissions; this is better for patients and for the NHS. Often these patients will have multiple long-term conditions and are more vulnerable to illness; they might also have social care needs, be socially isolated and need additional support in their homes.
Initial indications suggest that for every four patients who receive an intervention by a Community Care Team, one hospital admission can be avoided. This helps keep patients in their own homes, and more in control of their own health, while at the same time reducing pressure on NHS hospital services.