PLANS to improve access to Intermediate Care are progressing after pledges made to address concerns were fulfilled.
NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is centralising Intermediate Care beds into the Stamford Unit, adjacent to the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (the hospital).
At a meeting on Wednesday 23 May, the Strategic Commissioning Board (SCB) agreed to implement the plans after being satisfied that commitments made to address residents’ concerns have been met.
Intermediate Care is for patients, usually older people, after leaving hospital or when they are at risk of being sent to hospital.
The decision was taken to move bed-based care from Shire Hill to the Stamford Unit to improve Intermediate Care across Tameside and Glossop by ensuring effective clinical support can be provided to all our Intermediate Care beds. The relocation will improve the quality of care for patients, maintain job security and deliver financial savings.
Following an extensive 12-week consultation process, SCB in January 2018 approved ‘Option 2’ to centralise the beds with the following mitigations:
Following Wednesdays meeting, The SCB agreed to progress with the move as they were satisfied that:
The SCB had also requested progress towards an 80 per cent occupancy rate and increased service provision from GPCC and was assured that utilisation is already at around 80 per cent.
Home First services that reduce the need for Intermediate Care beds and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital by supporting more people to stay at or return to their home are continuing to be developed across Tameside and Glossop.
Dr Alan Dow, Chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG and SCB, said: “Following the consultation we made a series of commitments to address concerns that had been raised. I’m pleased that these have been met so that we can now progress with the plans to improve access to Intermediate Care while ensuring that a high-quality service is available for all who need it.”
The purpose-built Stamford Unit offers single room en-suite accommodation, communal space for social interaction and is close to wider services at Tameside Hospital with quicker access to emergency vehicles should patients need to be readmitted to the hospital. It’s been designed to be dementia friendly enabling appropriate support to the most vulnerable patients.
The Intermediate Care beds are run by Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, which is rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Papers relating to the board’s decision can be accessed at www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/corporate/strategic-commissioning-board
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