Community workshops shape future health and care services in Saltash

Later this month, the third in a series of workshops with local people and their representatives will be held at the Guildhall in Saltash.

The meetings are focused on identifying what health and social care services local people believe their 16,000 strong community need both now and in the longer-term; in order to help people live healthy, independent lives for as long as possible.

The work is part of a series of community engagement events which are being led by NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group in Saltash, Fowey and St Ives.

Kate Mitchell, Programme Lead at NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group said,

“At the third Saltash and district workshop we’ll be checking back that we’ve clearly heard and understood what people said in the first two workshops. We’ll also be looking at how we evaluate the working ideas and options that we have discussed in the previous workshops. Once the options have been evaluated and prioritised, we’ll be able to develop a clearer plan and timeframe around how we take forward and action the priorities identified by the local community.

People have discussed the issues and opportunities specific to their local area which included lack of transport links, people wanting to receive care and support in, or close to their own homes and the challenges of recruiting and retaining sufficient health and care staff.

Conversations were also had about whether the current community hospitals are fit for purpose now and into the future, services being as close to home as possible and community beds which GPs can admit patients to for short stay assessment and support

Kate continued: “In response to what people have told us so far, we are currently exploring how we can spot purchase care home beds, introduce more social prescribing, provide more day case provision in the local area and consider what the local population needs are for providing accommodation with care such as extra care housing.”

The work with the community in Saltash and neighbouring areas came about after the minor injury unit and inpatient beds at St Barnabas Community Hospital were consolidated into Liskeard Community Hospital. The decision was taken by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT), who provides services from the hospital, in order to concentrate staffing into the larger hospital in South East Cornwall in February 2017.

Since then, a minor injury service has been provided from both GP surgeries (within their normal opening hours). Anyone who is unsure on which NHS service they need is encouraged to call NHS111 which is available all day every day and is free to call.

During the past 20 months the NHS and Cornwall Council have been working with people who live and work locally to understand what health and care services are needed in the community, as part of the work to create a health and care system that’s fit for the 21st century and to put people and their needs at the heart of these plans.

Currently, over 70 clinicians who work with people in their own homes or at clinics provided from St Barnabas, have moved into the hospital to ensure it continues to play an active role and support the health needs of local people. This co-location of staff from across different adult and children’s teams has led to improvements in staff communication and co-ordination of care.

The teams who are using St Barnabas include speech and language therapy, podiatry, district and community nurses and the Acute Care at Home service. This last team provide advanced nursing support and care to people who are often elderly, confused or frail in the familiar surroundings of their own home; with support from friends and family. There are over 2,500 clinic attendances at St Barnabas per year including nurse and therapy led clinics and Consultant clinics.

The service provides a range of treatments that would normally be provided in a large acute hospital like the University Hospital Plymouth (Derriford). This approach allows people to return home more quickly after a stay in hospital, provide outpatient appointments closer to home or even to prevent an admission.

The third workshop will be held on the morning of 15 August 2019.

Please contact Louise Moore if you would like further information: email: louisemoore1@nhs.net or telephone: 01726 627897.

Added on 02/08/2019, in News - News