Great Lever health pilot 'will help satisfy rising demand for services'
BOLTON’S ageing population and increasing demands for services amid dwindling resources has prompted health bosses to launch a pilot into overhauling health care.
A pilot scheme has been launched in Great Lever to test the proposed model for integrated health and social care.
But health and social care bosses say the system is still a “work in progress”.
The new model has been designed around the needs of a population of 20,000 to 30, 000 people built from “clusters” of GP practices. There will be 10 clusters and these will be “risk stratified” using a tool currently being piloted in Great Lever.
This is a way of categorising GP practice populations by identifying patients with the greatest health needs who are therefore most likely to be admitted to hospital in the future.
As part of integrated care, each patient will be assigned a single key worker, who will co-ordinate all health and care needs for those identified as ‘at risk.’ The type of key worker, such as a nurse or carer, is yet to be specified by health chiefs.
Su Long said: “We are in the early stages of developing Bolton’s integration plan — and Bolton CCG has been talking to the public over the summer to get their ideas.
“People are telling us they want to be cared for at home, not in hospitals, and want one person to help coordinate their care.”
Andy Morgan, who sits on Bolton Council’s health, overview and scrutiny committee, says the new plan needs to come into force sooner rather than later. Cllr Morgan added: “I think Bolton is leading the way with health and social care compared to other parts of Greater Manchester. Patients just want a joined-up and seamless service. What we have to do now is start putting into this action.”
The aim of integrated services is to centralise services across all health and social care providers in Bolton. This includes Bolton Council, Public Health, Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust.
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