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Wyre Forest CCG works on joined-up care
AN INITIATIVE to help support patients with complex health needs has been launched by the NHS group set up to commission healthcare services in Wyre Forest.
Health service staff across the district are taking part in integrated care meetings (ICMs), which bring together patients and their healthcare providers. Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) bosses say it is part of a plans to join up healthcare.
The meetings gather together professionals involved in a person’s care to discuss both the primary and secondary needs of the patient and how they can work to stabilise the patient’s condition and support selfcare.
Dr Simon Gates, chairman and clinical leader of Wyre Forest CCG, said: “This is a really exciting new service, which significantly improves the care of patients.
“In this new service the specialists, GPs and community teams are all brought to one place for the benefit of the patient. Nothing like this has ever existed for our patients before and, hopefully, this is a new way of working we will see more of in the future.”
The meetings are targeted at patients whose care needs are complex and, at times, unstable and often find negotiating and agreeing their care with different professionals at different times can be difficult for the patient.
Joanna Jones, Wyre Forest admission prevention team leader, said: “Patients who have attended the ICMs have found them to be extremely beneficial, as it gives them the opportunity to have a discussion with doctors, nurses and social workers from both the hospital and the community, around one table at one time.”
The first “tester” meeting took place in November and the first full meeting was held in January.