Date of release: 21 September 2016
Health and social care experts in Wolverhampton are working together to bring care closer to home with better outcomes for the people of the city.
Wolverhampton City Council, Wolverhampton CCG, and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust are working together to achieve accountable care for the city and population of Wolverhampton.
This will see providers across the city work together to deliver care as close to home as possible in such a way that people receiving care will feel they are dealing with one organisation.
The idea is to break down many of the boundaries between service providers that can prevent patients from getting a seamless service.
The NHS needs to change to meet the growing healthcare needs of the population. Greater numbers of older people have increasingly complex health needs which means their needs to be greater integration and co-ordination of effort between GP, community, hospital and social services together with the support of mental health, public health and community and voluntary groups.
The aims of an Accountable Care model are as follows:
- Continually improve patient outcomes and experience
- Keep local decision making and accountability in Wolverhampton
- Provide local, easy access to top quality health care
- Modernised and fit for purpose Primary Care
- Rapid access to specialist opinion using a shared IT record
- Enhanced co-ordination between health, social services and public health
- Reduced bureaucracy and transactional costs
- Flexible use of collective resources
- Continual innovation
The leader of the City Council Roger Lawrence, said: “We want people’s experience of the way our services in the City of Wolverhampton work together to be even better. Our model needs to reflect a more joined-up approach which is right for people living in the City. We know that an integrated approach in other countries has shown improvements in health outcomes and in certain cases improved life expectancy by 1-2 years. This joint working approach will take careful work and strong partnership links with all parts of the NHS but we are excited by some of the innovative ideas that have come forward.”
Dr Dan DeRosa the chair of Wolverhampton CCG said: “This is a bold move which I believe will deliver better and more personalised services for our patients. In the face of reduced resources and increasing demand, it will protect and enhance the fantastic services we have developed over many years.”
Jeremy Vanes, Chair of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust said: “The creation of an ACO type model is a real opportunity to provide first class expertise and responsive services for the ever changing needs of the population.
“As Simon Stevens (Chief Executive of NHS England) said: ‘We need to tear up the design flaw in the 1948 NHS model where family doctors were organised entirely separately from hospital specialists and where patients with chronic health conditions are increasingly passed from pillar to post between different bits of health and social services.'
“All of the organisations involved in the planning and delivery of care, know that about 5-10% of the population consume up to 50% of health and social care resource. These are largely elderly patients with complex health needs who need more joined up care.
“This integrated approach has potential to give them a better service. We are already seeing the benefits of closer working between clinicians as a result of GPs integrating with the local hospitals, and the platform is now there for a unique new way of providing integrated health services where care is designed from start to finish around the needs of the patient.”
Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: ”The University of Wolverhampton welcomes the development of the health, education, social work and social care workforce in Wolverhampton, the Black Country and beyond. The University will work in strong partnership, providing innovative course and learning opportunities, with the organisations that are developing accountable care to support integrated healthcare provision.”
Alison Tonge, Director of Commissioning Operations, NHS England (West Midlands) said: “The NHS needs to be thinking differently and smartly about how care is delivered. It’s encouraging to see new models of working between health and local authority being developed to help benefit Wolverhampton patients. NHS England will continue to support, provide advice, guidance and assurance on this. And as these models mature and deliver a range of benefits we will share with others as best practice.”
For further information contact Richard Radcliffe on 01902 307999.