Tameside and Glossop Intermediate Care consultation launched
Tuesday 29th August 2017 @ 07:00 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a consultation to enable residents to have their say on the way care is delivered to patients after leaving hospital. 

Known as Intermediate Care, it is focused on how patients are cared for, usually older people, once discharged from hospital or when they are at risk of being sent to hospital.

It includes two main elements: ‘Home First’ – the overarching principle of a range of services which support people in their own home or at a location in their local community, and Intermediate Care beds – beds for people coming out of hospital requiring a package of care which cannot be provided at home, or for people who need a short stay away from home for support to prevent them needing admission to hospital.

NHS CCG are consulting on three options – to maintain current arrangements, for all bed based care to be provided in a single location or to develop a scheme of bed based intermediate care within local private care homes.

Their preferred option is to provide all bed-based Intermediate Care at a single location at the Stamford Unit, within the Tameside Hospital site, which NHS CCG say “offers single room en-suite accommodation with good public transport links, parking facilities and is easily accessible for patients and relatives.”

In a statement, it added: “In doing this, we would improve the quality and accessibility of intermediate care for residents across Tameside and Glossop as a whole, while focusing on and investing in providing care at home wherever possible. It follows almost three years of discussion involving patients, the public and NHS professionals.

“It also means that patients can have closer access to the range of specialist services provided at the hospital should they be needed. One floor of the Stamford Unit has been designed to be dementia friendly with access to outside space and wandering routes, which will also enable us to provide care in a unit which is better equipped to support patients with dementia.”

Alan Dow, Chair of NHS CCG, said: “After long and careful consideration and having listened to what our patients tell us about wanting to be cared for at home wherever possible, the Clinical Commissioning Group are now consulting with the public about how we can best deliver Intermediate Care Services in a way which better suits their needs. I would encourage all residents to feed their views into the consultation.”

Karen James, chief executive of Tameside and Glossop IC NHS FT, said: “As the major provider of health and care services locally, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust fully support this consultation on how we can improve local NHS services to meet the needs of patients in 2017 and in the future. This consultation provides local people with an opportunity to have their say on how this is done and I would encourage people to take part.”

Doctor Alison Lea, NHS CCG Governing body GP member and clinical lead for planned care, added: “Our approach to Intermediate Care has always been and will remain based around patient needs. With a focus on a robust offer of care that can be provided in the home or community, we now need your views on how we can best deliver our offer of bed-based intermediate care so that it remains high quality and affordable.”

Residents of Tameside and Glossop can have their say by visiting www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/intermediatecare or picking up a paper copy at GP practices.

The consultation is open until November 15.