We are soon to be seeing a revolution in community health care provision – the Health Hub is on its way and an 18 month pilot project in Budleigh Salterton will hopefully provide a template for the rest of the country.
There has been a lot of publicity recently regarding East Devon community hospitals and the probable closure of some hospital beds. What hasn’t been so widely reported are the plans being set in place to provide better local health provision for all, both young and old. In future there will be a combined health and social care budget which will utilise services from NHS, DCC, private and voluntary sectors. It is hoped that this will not only make better use of strained budgets but also help prevent duplication of services and bring them all together in one place under one roof.
The Hub has been described as ‘a website in physical form’ and it’s hoped that the NHS will provide 60% of the services. The Budleigh Salterton Hub website: www.budleighhospitalhub.org lists all the services that will, hopefully, be on offer and if it works and the shared budget responsibility works (a crucial part of the process) then our NHS future is looking much brighter than the doom and gloom media would have us believe.
To give the public an idea of the kind of comprehensive service the Hub is hoping to offer it is proposed that NHS led services will include general outpatient clinics, community nursing, audiology, podiatry, family planning, mental health services, dermatology, specialist consultant, GP drop-in and many other services. Non NHS led services could include welfare advice, age concern, carers groups, Hospiscare, advocacy, drugs & alcohol support, holistic therapies, social care & advice etc. There are also plans to incorporate a range of social and activity based events such as dance classes, a café, art groups, talks, videos, cook & chat, support for parents and young people, in other words ‘a website in physical form’.
We’re often hearing from the media about the ‘A&E in crisis’. The Budleigh website includes 50 short but informative videos on a variety of health issues including a 6’00” film on the myths and confusions over A&E. There is a video on Live Chat, a free and confidential online support service for patients and public in the NEWCCG area (that’s North, East & West Devon). www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk click on the Live Chat button (Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm). There’s a video on the Barnstaple Leg Club which enables older people to visit their health care workers and nurses in a social setting rather than the surgery; another first for NEWCCG.
The Clinical Commissioning Group for North, East & West Devon has just published its ‘Transforming Community Services’ document. The six priorities are (1) Helping people to stay well (2) Integrated care (3) Personalised Support (4) Co-ordinate pathways (‘pathways’ mean areas of health care) (5) Think carer and (6) Think family and home as the first choice. The document is very clear and accessible and looks at the five East Devon hospitals that have been under the ‘closing beds’ spotlight recently (Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St. Mary, Seaton and Sidmouth). The document runs to 15 pages but it spells out very clearly the proposals for ‘linked-up’ health service provision and I would urge you to read it and respond. The 12 week consultation period ends on 12th December 2014. The document can be found on:
As there are so many health provision changes afoot in the future, the monthly ‘Views from The Valley’ will be concentrating all on health issues, as from January 2015.
For more information on health and social care organisations go to:
www.adviceeastdevon.org.uk a recently launched advice website which includes information on CAB, Age Concern, Living Options Devon (People with Disabilities), Olive Tree & Devon Grapevine (People from different cultures)
www.devoncarers.org.uk The Care Act 2014 regulations and guidance will be published in October 2014 ready for implementation in April 2015
www.theprojectYP.org.uk Based in Axminster ‘The Project’ provides fortnightly support sessions for young people aged 12-24