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Gateshead Care Partnership

The Gateshead Care Partnership (GCP) is a highly innovative project created to integrate health and care services and improve outcomes for patients.  Since its formation in 2015 the GCP has grown to include Mental Health Services.

The members of the GCP are;

  •  Community Based Care (CBC), Gateshead which includes the Gateshead GP Federation
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

  • Gateshead Council

  • Northumbria, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust

  • Newcastle – upon – Tyne Hospitals Trust

The GCP Board is chaired by Dr Bill Westwood, CBC and our debates and discussions are supported by a Memorandum of Understanding and Terms of Reference.

Community Services Contract

In 2016 the GCP secured the Community Services Contract for Gateshead.  Since then the GCP has overseen a major Transformation Programme to deliver ‘Care Closer to Home’.  Newcastle/Gateshead CCG commissioned the Contract with a strong emphasis on integration and locality working.

 

Transformation Programme

The Transformation Programme was launched on 1 April 2017.  Overall the programme has changed the roles, locations and clinical practice for some 500 staff, caring for 3,500 plus patients.  A summary of the Programmes Workstreams is given below;

  • Locality Working:  we have created 5 Locality Teams serving populations of 40,000 people.  We work in multi-disciplinary teams with GPs, acute services and social care.  We focus on ‘planned care’ and have extended the hours of the service.

  • Care Homes: we have built upon the achievements of the Gateshead Care Home Vanguard.  We have created a new post – Community Nurse Practitioner – to work with GPs and care homes to care for frail patients and avoid hospital admissions.

  • Rapid Response: we have merged out urgent care, intermediate care and therapy teams working with social care to care for patients with ‘unplanned’ needs.  The hours of the service have also been extended.

  • Palliative and End of Life: we have changed our clinical practice and extended our service hours.  We are currently developing a ‘hospice at home’ with the CCG and partners.  A Rapid Process Improvement Workshop in November 2018 streamlined our referral and multi-disciplinary team work with acute colleagues.

  • Falls: we have created a system wide Falls Group to maximise the benefits of our investment in falls prevention.  We have a ‘Falls car’ with a paramedic and a therapist who respond to falls to avoid hospital admissions.

  • IT: we have introduced a new IT system – EMIS – to Community Services and 30 GP Practices.  We are currently working on mobile IT solutions.

  • Performance: our work with the CCG is characterised by high levels of trust.  We have developed a set of shared performance indicators and use them  to improve patient care.

 

Inspections and Assurance

The quality of our services has been examined by;

  • CQC/OFSTED Special Educational Needs Inspection 2017
  • CCG Assurance Visits Eastwood (2017), Childrens Services (2018), Rapid Response (2018).

 

Awards

The GCP won the HSJ Award 2018 for ‘Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government’.  The judges described the GCP as “A highly innovative pilot that has the ability to be shared across all organisations, strong interesting application, quantified benefits”.

 

For more information please contact:

Michael Laing, Associate Director, E: michael.laing2@nhs.net, T: (0191) 4977711

Nicola Allen, Clinical Lead, E: nicolawharton@nhs.net T: (0191) 4977711

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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