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CCG decision on bringing care closer to home

Two clinical commissioning groups have made an important decision about how they will create better healthcare services across North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield.

The Governing Bodies of NHS North Kirklees CCG and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, which are the organisations responsible for planning and buying health services, have today (24 September) decided how community services in their respective areas will be procured (bought).

The decision will support the development of better healthcare services within the community with an emphasis on care being closer to people’s homes or within their homes.  It will also help the CCGs to focus on services that help patients’ recovery and promote independence.

Carol McKenna, Chief Officer of Greater Huddersfield CCG said: ‘This decision means that we can move forward with our plans to improve local services for people who live in North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield and ensure that they have access to the very best care’.

Dr David Kelly, Chair of North Kirklees CCG said: ‘Both CCGs are strongly committed to delivering healthcare which is closer to people’s homes and better integrated with social care services. We know this is what local people want, and now we are in a position to begin the process of procuring services’.

A model of care has been developed following extensive engagement with the public and colleagues from primary, community, secondary and social care sectors, and the voluntary sector.

The CCGs will begin the procurement process in October 2014, with services being in place by October 2015.

Care provided in the community includes community matrons, district nurses and a range of therapy and rehabilitation services.

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New community diabetes service means treatment closer to home

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Patients with diabetes in North Kirklees are now being treated closer to home thanks to a new and innovative service.

The Community Diabetes Nursing Service, provided by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has been rolled out by NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of its Diabetes Redesign.

It will benefit all adult diabetes patients throughout North Kirklees with the main aim of preventing them from going to hospital for treatment.

Instead, they will be able to access a range of services in their own communities including their local GP practices and health centres. Patients who are housebound will also be able to receive support and reviews in the comfort of their own homes.

There are almost 10,000 patients with diabetes aged 17 and over in North Kirklees with an estimated 3,000 patients still undiagnosed. It is expected the new service will reduce the need for hospital referrals by a minimum of 25 per cent.

The new service, which patients will be able to access through their GPs, will be delivered by two newly-appointed community diabetes nurses – Kathryn Jolly and Jo Bissel.

It is aimed at those using insulin but who need help to gain better control, patients who have type 2 diabetes and are considering treatment with injectable therapies, and patients who use insulin but require specialist advice about dose adjustment.

The nurses will work closely with Dewsbury and District Hospital and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as well as with primary care to support practices, community staff and care homes to enhance the overall healthcare experience of patients living with diabetes.

Kathryn said: “The focus of the service is to provide education and support to practice nurses and other community healthcare professionals, including care home staff. Having access to this specialist knowledge will result in improved diabetes patient care.

“It also means that we will be able to see the more complex diabetes cases closer to patients’ homes such as local health centres and not in hospital, making it easier for patients to get appointments and resulting in improved care. We also hope our input will result in fewer hospital admissions.”

Jo added: “Our aim is to build stronger links between primary and secondary care to provide excellent care for patients at the right time and in the right place.

“Our service will be proactive with the focus being patient-centred, evidence-based and dynamic to meet the needs of patients with diabetes.”

Dr David Kelly, chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG said: “One of the CCG’s aims is to deliver as much care as possible closer to people’s homes so that services are more accessible and convenient.

“I am really pleased and proud that the new Community Diabetes Nursing Service can now be added to a growing list of healthcare services being offered in community settings rather than at hospitals. I am sure patients will benefit from having treatment closer to their homes and having the benefit of a service that promotes self-management and wellbeing.”

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New renal clinics deliver care closer to home

Renal (kidney) patients across North Kirklees are now getting their care closer to home at three new consultant-led clinics across the patch – the first stage of a major overhaul of services.

NHS Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group has worked with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the service provider, to move outpatient services away from hospital and into the community. The new clinics will provide ongoing checks and care for the area’s 236 renal patients except those needing dialysis or living with a transplanted kidney who will continue to attend Dewsbury and District Hospital.

The consultant-led clinics will run on Thursday mornings at:

  • Batley Health Centre
  • Brookroyd Surgery, Heckmondwike
  • Healds Road Practice, Dewsbury

A second phase of the service transformation will include the  appointment of a renal nurse practitioner to support patients and training for GPs and practice nurses which should lead to better identification and early treatment of people who have undiagnosed renal disease. Clinicians will also be able to seek specialist advice more quickly and therefore avoid unnecessary referrals.

All patients affected by the change have been sent a leaflet telling them about the new community clinics.

The CCG’s Chair, Dr David Kelly, said:

“One of the CCG’s key aims is to deliver as much care as possible at, or closer to, people’s homes, ensuring that services are more accessible and convenient,

“I am really pleased and proud that we can now add renal clinics to a growing list of healthcare services being offered in community settings rather than at hospitals.  I am sure patients will benefit from having appointments at clinics closer to their home as well as from the overall service improvements that will be in place later in the year,” he added.

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Better information means better care

You might have had a leaflet drop through your letterbox recently about how the NHS uses patient data and information. To go alongside it, NHS England has created an animated video to help explain how collecting data can help improve care for all.

The video, called ‘Better Information Means Better Care’ tells patients how their data is used and the choices available.

To watch the short video, click here.

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