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Kendal Care Home Project shortlisted for national award

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Kendal Care Home Project shortlisted for national award

Posted on Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Kendal Care Home Project Team

Three general practices in Kendal have been shortlisted for the honour of Primary Care Team of the Year at the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) awards this week.

The Kendal Care Home Project has received widespread praise for its joined-up response to the pressures on primary care services in Kendal.

A large part of Kendal’s population is made up of retired people - many with declining health, and this places huge demand on the three general practices in the area, which now provide support for 473 care home beds.

The project has linked the practices together so that improved care can be provided to nursing and residential homes.

Dr Paul Atkinson, a GP at The James Cochrane Practice in Kendal, said: “Kendal’s Care Home Project has demonstrated joint working of the town’s three GP practices, to deliver real improvement to care home patients. Over the past two years our dedicated team has been passionate about improving quality of life and listened intently to what is important to patients.”

Alison Nicholson, a Nurse Practitioner from The James Cochrane Practice, said: “We’ve got three big nursing homes, and we do a day a week in each, and five residential homes, and they get half a day every other week.”

Alongside improved care for patients, the scheme has resulted in a reduction in emergency department attendances and unplanned hospital admissions, as well as savings of £60,000 in medication in 2015. There has also been a decrease in the number of patients needing to be transferred to hospital for end of life care.

The BMJ award ceremony takes place on Thursday 5th May in London.

Posted on Tuesday 3rd May 2016


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