On 1st April 2014 South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group completed its first year. One major part of our work has been to evaluate the best way to transform community services in order to meet the health needs and wishes of our population in the future. We have sought the views of the public through a series of Public Engagement meetings and have been having regular meetings with our colleagues in general practice, hospital, our two Local Authorities and the voluntary sector.
The Public Consultation explaining our proposals was launched on 30th April and closed on the 31st July 2014.
Our Consultation Report with appendices can be found below:
At the heart of our proposal is a plan to increase the amount of care and support that patients can receive in their own homes. To enable this we want to further increase our emphasis on prevention and supporting people to remain independent for longer. When patients do fall ill, however, there will be a much improved assessment process and where appropriate, there will be the capacity to manage more patients in their own homes with a greater range of services and improved co-ordination of care.
In addition we are proposing to introduce a community stroke team which will enable some patients to receive their rehabilitation at home where they often achieve better outcomes. For those stroke patients who do need to receive rehabilitation in hospital, we plan to concentrate stroke rehabilitation on one site as this has been shown to be highly effective in improving recovery for stroke patients. We are suggesting that Redcar Primary Care Hospital is the most suitable community NHS facility for this rehabilitation as it offers excellent modern rehabilitation facilities. We also want to deliver more out-patient clinics in the community as well as some day treatments such as cancer therapies. We know that by improving our community services and delivering more care at home, there will be less need for community beds.
Last year nearly two million pounds was spent on empty space across our four community hospitals and we continue to pay high maintenance and repair costs for some of our older buildings. We want to use this resource in a better way, improving the range and quality of the services we provide rather than continue to pay for empty space and maintain Estate which is not sustainable into the future. In plain terms we are proposing to re-provide the services currently delivered at Carter Bequest Hospital and part of Guisborough General Hospital.
These changes will take time to implement which is why we are proposing a phased approach. This will enable careful monitoring of progress.
At South Tees CCG we think that the proposal represents a fantastic opportunity to transform community services for all residents of Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland. We have had a great deal of support from people we have spoken to about our vision, with some saying that we should try and move more swiftly than planned. We are confident therefore that this is the right direction of travel and commend the proposal to you.
A copy of the consultation document is now available on our website. We are also holding a number of public meetings and would like as many members of the Public to attend one of these; they will be advertised in the press and will be posted on the South Tees CCG website.