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Nursing the person, not just their illness

Back in February, we brought the news that Hemsworth Park in Pontefract was selected or the Wakefield Vanguard initiative launched by NHS England.

There are two projects in the initiative which both aim to resolve different issues – the first to tackle loneliness and fragmented care by joining up services for older people. The second to develop ‘multi-speciality community provider’ – a new type of organisation that is registered to provide a wide range of health and social care services to people in the local community.

Hemsworth Park Care Home will be involved in tackling the fragmentation of care. There can be a high number of GPs used for just one home; the vanguard project will help reduce this number to minimise the fragmentation, save confusion and other issues that arise. The focus will be completely on the needs of residents and also the home as a whole but will in turn make life easier for employees at the home as they will know exactly who to contact and who is going to be able to assist much more efficiently.

Joy Allen, Home Manager, has written a blog about her time so far in the project. Take a look at her blog on the NHS website.

More information about the Vanguard Projects is available on the Connecting Care Wakefield website.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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