Southend Hospital to pilot new way of providing healthcare and bring down A&E admissions (From Echo)
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Southend Hospital to pilot new way of providing healthcare and bring down A&E admissions
6:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
SOUTHEND has been chosen to help spearhead a new way of providing healthcare in the community to cut costly emergency hospital admissions.
The hospital is one of 14 across the country chosen to pioneer a new approach.
Southend Council and the Southend GP-led clinical commissioning group joined forces with Southend Hospital and South Essex Partnership Trust for the bid to become one of the first areas to try out the scheme, announced by Norman Lamb Care and Support Minister, on Friday.
It will focus on improving care and support for the frail and elderly, to help them to stay in their own homes.
Patients with long-term conditions, like diabetes, will be helped to manage them better to prevent emergency hospital admissions.
The hospital will also focus on how to discharge patients, assessing them to make sure they have the right support, rehabilitation and follow-up care when returning home, or going into a care home.
Jacqueline Totterdell, hospital chief executive, said: “Between us, the commissioning group and council, we are working together to reduce costs and solve problems rather than solving it for the hospital but shifting it elsewhere.
“If we keep admitting more patients as an emergency the Clinical Commissioning Group will get into financial trouble. We only get 30 per cent tariff for patients, so it costs us more to look after them than we are paid.
“It is in both our interests to try to keep patients at home with access to services earlier.
“A&E is often seen as a last resort, because people haven’t been able to get somewhere earlier.
"We need to manage pathways better and this is part of that.”
In areas where the scheme has been trialed there have been 2,000 fewer patient admissions over a two-and-a-half year period.
Waiting times for physiotherapy services have also been reducing from eight weeks to 48 hours.
The aim is, by 2016, to have better- integrated services which are simpler to access and systems that share information and knowledge more effectively.
Dr Paul Husselbee, clinical chief officer for Southend commissioning group said: “Our ultimate goal is to improve the common frustrations many Southend residents have around a disjointed health and care system.
“There is a real opportunity for improved, better-coordinated care that will improve the patient experience and make a better use of public money in the long term.
“We know the population of our borough is growing and people are living longer, resulting in more demand than ever on NHS services.
“At the same time, we know the funds available to spend on health services will not be able to keep pace with this rise in demand.
“Better integration between health and social care will be crucial.”
Lesley Salter, chairman of the Southend Health and Wellbeing Board, said; “This accolade recognises the great progress we have been making in joining up and improving our services.
We’ll be able to work with, and learn from, other high performing areas.”
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