Pilot aiming to keep people out of hospital

Members of the Pocklington Integrated Care team.
Members of the Pocklington Integrated Care team.

Pocklington-based patients will be the first to access an innovative new health and social care ‘one-stop shop’, which aims to keep local people out of hospital.

The Integrated Care pilot, which is being hosted by Pocklington Group Practice, focuses on delivering the right care by the most appropriate person at the best time and place for patients that have a health and social care need.

Delivered by a joint team of doctors, nurses, social workers, care assistants and therapists, the service will run between 8am–6pm, along with the current Out of Hours services that support patients who require care or treatment in the evening and throughout the night.

The team will try to give patients a better understanding of their condition, help them learn how to stay healthy and ensure the patient’s condition remains as stable as possible.

Dr Tim Maycock, GP at Pocklington Group Practice and governing body member of NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Working together as an integrated team will really benefit patients as their individual needs can be met in the most efficient way possible.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity to work more closely with our colleagues in community and social care”.

“The pilot is a unique way to promote everyone working closer together. We’ll share our skills and knowledge to support people living locally to improve their quality of life and promote their independence.”

East Riding Council is supporting the pilot project by providing three beds in a residential home which will help to avoid emergency admissions to hospital, reduce hospital stays and where appropriate, enable people to return home earlier and live independently.

Rosy Pope, head of adult services at East Riding Council said: “East Riding Council is pleased to be playing a part in what is an innovative multi-agency pilot project to promote independent living. We will continue to support our partner agencies in the delivery of the integrated care pilot which aims to benefit patients by ensuring they receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place.”

When admission to hospital cannot be avoided, the team of integrated care specialists will put plans in place for a prompt discharge as soon as is practically possible.

David Hill, Chief Executive of Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “No one likes to see duplicated or inefficient services and no one wants to worry about gaps in support either. If local health and social care services work more closely together, we can deliver caring, high quality services in a joined-up way that is fair and consistent.

“We also want to enable people to access everything to help them stay fit, healthy and live as independently as possible without going around the houses looking for the support they need.”