Great Lever to be 'guinea pig' for new health scheme test
GREAT Lever is being used as a testing ground for a new health scheme which will see social workers and nurses working together.
The area, which has a population of 13,000, was chosen because of its high rates of deprivation and high A&E attendances and admissions.
As part of the scheme, social workers and community nurses worked together as part of an integrated health and social care system.
Su Long, chief officer of NHS Bolton CCG, said: “The pilot showed benefits to the patients and the idea behind the integration plan is to roll out this service across the borough.”
The “Bolton Model” will be based on populations of 20,000 to 30,000 people — falling into 10 clusters across the town.
Each group will then be risk assessed — a method of categorising GP practice populations by identifying patients with the greatest health needs and therefore most likely to be admitted to hospital in the future.
NHS Bolton CCG, Bolton NHS FT, Bolton Council and Greater Manchester West NHS FT are working together.
Dr Jackie Bene, acting chief executive at the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Integration across the range of services is the way forward for local people and for this Trust. We are working closely with everyone involved and we aim to bring many benefits to people, especially for patients with long-term conditions.
“We recognise that we have an important part to play, especially as a provider of community as well as hospital services, in supporting people with chronic conditions to live as independently as possible.”Cllr Martin Donaghy, vice chairman of the Health Overview Scrutiny Committee, said the pilot was a positive step.
He added: “I think it seems to be in its very early stages and we still don’t know when boots will be on the ground with this Bolton model.
“It is exciting but there is still a lot of work to be done.”
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