Former health adviser to Barak Obama Professor Donald Berwick has praised a healthcare integration scheme during a visit to Carleton Court Care Home in Pontefract.
Professor Berwick came to hear about Carleton Court’s participation in Connecting Care, a group of organisations set up to improve the health of the district’s population, reduce hospital admissions and tackle long-term conditions.
“The passion that these people feel for that mission is truly extraordinary and they are getting results,” Professor Berwick told the Wakefield Express.
“Today we have seen some results in reduction of A&E use, reduction of hospital bed day use.
“They prove that compassionate, team- based, patient centred care in the care home setting can enrich lives and preserve health.”
Connecting Care is one of six enhanced health in care home vanguards set up by NHS England with the aim of offering older people better joined up health, care and rehabilitation services.
Under the scheme, teams of health and care professionals are allocated to help look after the wellbeing and health of care home residents.
The partnership links care homes with a GP practice which works with mixed teams including community nurses, therapists, voluntary carers and other professionals with the aim of providing a flexible, efficient and responsive service that reacts to the needs of residents.
The Wakefield Connecting Care partners include GP practices, Age UK, NHS Wakefield CCG, Wakefield Council, Wakefield and District Housing, NHS Trusts and Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
Five other vanguard schemes are focused in Gateshead, East and North Hertfordshire, Nottingham, Sutton and Airedale.
To learn more about the vanguard programme, click here.