A national report published last week agrees with healthcare changes to older people’s services at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP).
‘Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers’ from national health watchdog The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recommends local health and social care partners work together so that older people can enjoy person-centred, joined-up care from the right professional at the right time.
The CQC’s latest proposals match that of CWP, as we have been working alongside local hospitals, community teams and commissioners to develop various models for ‘integrated care’.
The CQC report states: “There are many examples of local leaders improving the quality and efficiency of care for people through integration…The new care models vanguard programme and other national initiatives, provides a significant opportunity to make this ambition a reality.”
CWP Medical Director Dr Anushta Sivananthan said: “At CWP we recognise that everyone deserves seamless, high-quality care, regardless of how complex their needs are, or how many different services they need to access.
“This is particularly important when caring for our older patients and service users. We make sure our older patients are involved in the care that they receive so that we can deliver the best possible outcome for each individual.”
CQC rated Cheshire and Wirral Partnership as ‘Good’ following an inspection of our Trust last year, and described the caring nature of our staff as ‘Outstanding’.
A number of CWP’s services for older people impressed CQC inspectors, including the Trust’s ‘What next?’ clinic at Upton Lea resource centre in Chester, which provides support for people recently diagnosed with dementia.
The ‘Care Home Liaison Service’ at Vale House in Winsford was also praised for developing good links between organisations.
CQC Inspectors said: “Care pathways at CWP were clear and in line with national guidance to support a patient’s journey throughout all services within the Trust.”
To find out more about how we are working together with our local healthcare partners to create better healthcare in Cheshire and Wirral, visit our web pages on integrated care.