The delivery of health care in Staffordshire is set to change with the introduction of integrated care hubs – including one in Leek. Each of these hubs is set to provide services for specific long-term conditions which will include rehabilitation, dementia services and mental health care. They will also cater for care home support, therapies and palliative care.
The delivery of health care in Staffordshire is set to change with the introduction of integrated care hubs – including one in Leek.
Each of these hubs is set to provide services for specific long-term conditions which will include rehabilitation, dementia services and mental health care. They will also cater for care home support, therapies and palliative care.
Specialist nursing for respiratory, heart and diabetes conditions will be available as well as pulmonary rehabilitation, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
The Leek Care Hub is set to be in the current Leek & Moorlands Hospital site off Ashbourne Road.
Each one of these hubs will have ‘spokes’ – a smaller base from which services will be delivered.
The Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have modelled estimates on the number of medical issues those over 65 will suffer within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent by 2030.
It predicts a 33 per cent increase will be seen on hospital admissions following a fall, with a 15 per cent rise by 2025. The 2030 estimate equates to just under 10,000 people.
Around 31 per cent more people are expected to be experiencing dementia by the end of the decade – around 21,000 people.
Cardiovascular disease may rise by 20 per cent, meaning that more than 91,000 people would suffer from the condition.
Numbers of those with depression are predicted to rise by 19 per cent to over 24,000 people in the area by 2030.
The final phase of the transition to integrated hubs is expected to be completed by 2027/28.
By the end of March, a baseline definition and design of the care model will be established with further refinement being made to this further down the line ahead of the implementation of these hubs between December 2022 and March 2024.
Building of the integrated care hubs is forecast to start in 2024/25 and finish by 2027/28.
The Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust held a Staffordshire Moorlands roundtable meeting in November to gain feedback from the 12 in attendance.
Suggestions put forward included the requirement for non-digital services to be excellent and that Moorlands patients should be able to access a hub in another patch if that is geographically nearer.
A call for consistency in the model was made, with concerns over changing methods and structures over recent years confusing patients.
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Head of Transformation for Planned Care at the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Kurt Moxley gave a presentation of the information at a Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) Health Overview & Scrutiny Panel meeting earlier this month.
During the meeting, he explained: “We are limited by the buildings and space that we have got, so we will be using the hospital site in Leek.
“But that’s not what it’s all about, it’s not just about building a whole new shiny building to run the same old services from.
“It’s a real opportunity to deliver things in a different way, in a way that makes sense across a number of organisations within the NHS and social care and other voluntary sector organisations.
“Also for us to listen to our service users and the people who don’t use our services but would benefit from them.”
Several SMDC councillors at the meeting asked specifically about how the new integrated care system differs from the one already currently in place.
Mr Moxley responded: “The notion that you tell one professional your story then you get your assessments then your service – that will move on.
“What we should start seeing is that patients don’t have to keep telling their story over and over again. We also need to be including the voluntarily and social care more clearly.”
A stakeholders meeting is set for March with another Moorlands roundtable consultation set to be scheduled for early next month.
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