We’ve recruited five new members of staff to work alongside other health and social care colleagues, to provide improved, joined up care for residents in Harrogate, Ripon and Knaresborough. These registered mental health nurses are working as wellbeing practitioners in teams with social workers, pharmacists, physiotherapists, care support workers, voluntary services and GPs.
Our practitioners will see people in their own homes or residential care homes, to help reduce referrals into secondary care or hospital for people with mental ill health including dementia, delirium and depression.
As well as providing mental health care, they’ll also carry out some standard wound care and physical health care checks, and support people with long term conditions. The practitioners will also help to educate other health staff in the community care teams, such as district nurses and healthcare support workers, about mental health issues.
This new style community care team was piloted in Boroughbridge, Knaresborough and Green Hammerton last year, and has now been rolled out across Ripon, Nidderdale and Harrogate. Called ‘What Matters to Us; Improving health and wellbeing across Harrogate District’, the programme is one of 50 national Vanguard schemes, set up by the NHS to develop new care models and act as blueprints for the NHS moving forward.
Amanda Jameson-Allen, clinical lead for the team said: “We want to keep people well in their own homes and make sure that the care they need, for whatever ill health they’re experiencing, is as joined up as possible. We’re providing care and treatment for residents in their 20s to those in their 90s. By working closely with GPs and our other health and social care colleagues we can make sure that everyone gets the health and care services they deserve.”
More about Harrogate vanguard
‘What Matters to Us; Improving health and wellbeing across Harrogate District’ is led by NHS Harrogate and Rural District Commissioning Group, along with Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Health Network and Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service.
In January 2015, the NHS invited individual organisations and partnerships to apply to become ‘vanguard’ sites for the New Care Models programme, one of the first steps towards delivering the national NHS Five Year Forward View and supporting improvement and integration of health and social care services. Each vanguard site will take a lead on the development of New Care Models which will act as the blueprints for the NHS moving forward and the inspiration to the rest of the health and care system.
In March 2015 What Matters to Us was awarded national Vanguard status by NHS England.