First phase of Carlisle Care Home pilot launch

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First phase of Carlisle Care Home pilot launch

Posted on Thursday 4th December 2014

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

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

All 12 GP Practices in the Carlisle Locality, 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 has been launched with the first phase of residents benefiting from the scheme and will eventually cover all 24 nursing and residential homes caring for 927 older people in Carlisle.  

A multi-disciplinary team of nurses, including two senior nurses, a pharmacist, medicines management specialist and staff will be supported by GPs dedicated to the care home residents.

The aim of the Carlisle Care Home Team is to improve the quality and safety of health care for residents in nursing and residential homes and the pilot is led by Brunswick House Medical Group on behalf of all the Carlisle GP practices.

Dr Chris Corrigan from Brunswick House Medical Group said: "We aim to proactively identify any potential health issues residents may have to create care plans to help keep people as healthy and safe as possible. We will be working with the care home teams, the resdients and their family or carers to develop personalised care plans.

"The steps we can take will help reduce unneccessary hospital admissions and accident and emergency attendances for residents."

NHS Cumbria CCG lead GP for Carlisle, Dr Colin Patterson said: “The plan has an ambitious target of reducing unscheduled hospital admissions from care homes in Carlisle by helping residents stay healthy and safe, manage their long term conditions and reduce unhelpful prescribing.

“Key to the project is proactive care planning for 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.”

Posted on Thursday 4th December 2014


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