Health chiefs have announced plans to bring health and social care services closer to patients’ homes.
The initiative - dubbed “improving access to care in the community programme” - features a number of separate projects which collectively aim to support patients closer to home and ultimately avoid the need to send them to hospital.
It is focusing on elderly patients and those with a long term health condition, such as respiratory disease, diabetes and heart problems.
The project has been put together by NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), North Yorkshire County Council and other local NHS organisations.
A range of tools and approaches will be used to identify, support and educate patients with an emphasis on how the different health services can work together.
Among the different projects are “Risk stratification,” which will be used to identify patients at a high risk of being admitted to hospital; the creation of multi-disciplinary Neighbourhood care teams which will work together to develop a care plan for the patient; and the creation of an evening response system, running daily between 6.30pm and 10pm, that responds to urgent care needs and looks at alternative care provision to avoid hospital admissions.
Dr Phil Garnett, Chair of NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, said: “This programme of work is a really positive step forward for patient care in the area.
“It’s important, now more than ever, that we look at how we can better support patients in the community and avoid the risk of them needing hospital treatment - particularly as the number of elderly people living in the area is on the rise and in light of the pressures on our A&E departments.
County Councillor Clare Wood, Executive Member for Health and Adult Services at North Yorkshire County Council, added: “It is the goal of both organisations to improve how care is delivered to people through better integration of health and social care services. These programmes aim to reduce duplication and provide more streamlined and coordinated health and social care which is designed around people’s needs.”