Stakeholder newsletter – January 2017
Your latest news from encompass MCP.
Building future models of integrated health and social care, for better patient outcomes
Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of NICE visited encompass on Friday 11 November to hear about the progress of the MCP, understand what services it is working on and how they are developing. Sir Dillon is the MCP’s ‘sponsor’ – a national figure taking a personal interest in the development of the new models of care. Each vanguard has been paired with a sponsor to oversee and give national support as these organisations innovate at pace. We are delighted to have been paired with Sir Andrew Dillon and he was very interested in the work that encompass is undertaking and the results already being delivered.
Integrated Case Management – A successful pilot
A ten week proof of concept trial of integrated case management has now finished and we have seen fantastic results. Three pilot CHOC (Community Hub Operating Centres) sites were identified, as were around 50 patients who would benefit from an integrated approach to enhance their lives at home and avoid hospital admission.
The pilot saw an integrated team of health, social care and voluntary services meet regularly to discuss one patient care plan, to which they all contributed and the patient owned. Meeting in this way identified many gaps that previously may have gone undetected such as social isolation, bereavement etc.
Now that the proof of concept has come to an end we are looking at scaling this approach more widely. We have recently created a film to show the impact of the pilot on one of the patients involved and will be able share this soon.
Wound & catheter clinics
Encompass have been working in partnership with Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, developing specialist wound medicine centres of excellence and integrated wound care processes and procedures between community and GP practices. Using advanced computer software they are able to scan wounds and track progress on healing rates and on the use of the most appropriate dressings to apply to the wound. The hand held devices mean that an image can be taken of the wound and in the presence of the patient, which can be sent to a specialist Tissue Viability Nurse, for a second opinion if necessary. The results to date have been extremely positive with healing rates reducing dramatically and quality of life much improved.
Community Hub Operating Centre (CHOC) development sessions for GPs
The CHOC development managers have been engaging with GP practices individually and in early 2017 will be hosting CHOC workshops, bringing practices together in each locality, to develop their future plans.
The dates for the sessions are:
17 Jan Canterbury
31 Jan Ash/Sandwich
9 Feb Faversham
14 Feb Canterbury
28 Feb Whitstable
All sessions from from 2 -5pm. To find out more about the development of CHOCs visit our website.
Social prescribing update
Encompass have continued to work with Red Zebra to identify community and voluntary groups and services which patients may benefit from. Two social prescribers have now been employed, with a third being recruited, to signpost patients to the most relevant services. A directory of available services is available at www.connectwellkent.org.uk.
We have joined twitter
We have recently joined twitter to share the work we are doing with local patients as well as NHS England and others. Please give us a follow @encompassmcp to keep up to date.