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South Lakeland GPs pilot new way of caring for residential home patients

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South Lakeland GPs pilot new way of caring for residential home patients

Posted on Tuesday 17th September 2013

South Lakeland GPs pilot new way of caring for residential home patients

The average age in Cumbria is higher than the national average and by 2035, those aged over 65 is set to increase by 60.5 per cent. To meet the changing health needs of an older population GPs in South Lakes are piloting a new way of caring for patients in residential nursing homes.

The Kendal Care Home Pilot has been approved by NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the major commissioner of health services in the county.

The three Kendal GP Practices, working with the CGG, have created a system to better manage their nursing and care home residents, improving services and reducing the number of unnecessary hospital admissions.

The pilot also includes supporting the new 120 bed care home in Kendal, which has increased the overall number of such beds in the town by more than a third.

A multi-disciplinary team - made up of nurse practitioners, a pharmacist and pharmacy technician - will now be formed to work with the three practices for the 15 months the pilot project is set to run. Following evaluation, it is intended that the scheme will become a permanent service in Kendal and will then be rolled out across South Lakes.

The pilot has been led by Dr Paul Atkinson of The James Cochrane Practice who said: “The plan has an ambitious target of reducing unscheduled hospital admissions from care homes in Kendal by 20 per cent.

“The key to the project is proactive care of those in nursing and residential homes, improving the proportion of older people with a care plan which anticipates health issues and can act to prevent many health concerns developing.”

NHS Cumbria CCG Clinical Chair, Dr Hugh Reeve said: "This pilot project is a great example of how we are working toward improving care to respond to the challenges of an ageing population.”

 

Posted on Tuesday 17th September 2013

 

 
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