Leeds Takes a Major Step Towards Health and Social Care Integration
GPs and other health and adult social care staff are working more closely together to support older people and those with long-term health conditions, to improve outcomes and reduce the need for people to go into hospital or residential care.
The city’s NHS and Adult Social Care services have taken an important step towards integrated working, with the first demonstration site now up and running in Kippax/Garforth.
At the site, teams made up of GP practice staff, social workers, district nurses and community matrons will look beyond just treating someone’s specific health conditions, instead taking a more proactive and holistic approach. They’ll work closely with families and voluntary/community organisations to support those at risk of deteriorating in the future, looking at what lifestyle and other changes might improve their health and quality of life.
Linking in with the multi-disciplinary teams will be a wide range of specialist and other services, including those provided by the voluntary sector.
The Kippax/Garforth demonstrator site went live on 23rd February, with a launch event involving local people, staff from health and social care and the voluntary sector. Sites in Meanwood and Pudsey will follow suit soon.
International expert on health and social care system change visits Leeds
Professionals from across the health and social care sectors gathered at Leeds United FC, Elland Road recently to hear one of the world’s leading experts in quality improvement and large system change, Sir John Oldham, speak about the benefits of health and social care working more closely together.
Sir John visited Leeds on 29th February to discuss the importance of improving services for older people and people with long-term conditions.
Sir John is the Department of Health’s National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity and is committed to making healthcare safer, more reliable and efficient. The day also included talks from local leaders and experts about risk profiling and integrated working.
Feedback from the day was positive, with most who attended saying that they felt they understood more about this huge agenda. Questions and answers from the day have been captured and will be used to inform future communications.
Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/transform or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about health and adult social care working together.
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