A survey to determine how health and social care services in Blackburn with Darwen can be improved is being carried out by local health commissioners.
Health and social care services in Blackburn with Darwen are being joined up – this is called ‘Integrated Care’. This will help provide high quality, safe and effective care for people. Teams of GPs and practice nurses, social workers, mental health workers, community nursing teams and other health professionals like pharmacists will plan people’s care together to make it easier for people to get the help they need, closer to home and all in one place.
Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer at NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “With people living longer and more people with long term conditions it is important that our services meet our people’s needs.
“We aim to reduce unnecessary hospital and residential care admissions and prevent delays to people being transferred from health services into social care by making sure the right support is in place in the community where they live. As part of the work, there will be more emphasis on supporting people to better manage their own conditions, with the assistance of family and friends.”
Intensive Home Support, or hospital at home, is also part of Integrated Care. This an intensive care programme that offers an alternative to long term residential and nursing care. A medically-led multidisciplinary team will focus on patients most at risk of hospital admission, initially the frail and the elderly.
The survey can be completed on-line at http://tinyurl.com/bwdccg-pat-intcare-survey. If anybody would like assistance with this, or they would prefer a paper copy, please contact Jeanette Pearson at Blackburn with Darwen CCG by either telephoning 07810413402 or emailing Jeanette.firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date of the survey is Friday 31 July.