Mayor of Greater Manchester opens new £5m intermediate care unit for North Manchester
A new purpose-built £5m intermediate care unit has officially opened today by the Mayor of Greater Manchester located on the grounds of North Manchester General Hospital to provide support and rehabilitation to patients needing additional support between a stay in hospital and returning home.
Andy Burnham, Mayor for Greater Manchester, officially opened the new unit unveiling a plaque and said: “Crumpsall Vale is what the 21st-century NHS should look like: a social model of care, built around the individual and breaking down barriers between health and social care. We want more of this in Greater Manchester.”
Crumpsall Vale, the new 24-bed unit constructed by Carefoot Plc, has a two-storey low-rise design and a welcoming homely feel for patients, featuring a sunken communal garden, a patient gym and a mock apartment to help patients adjust to home life again.
The unit has two floors, separated into three pods of 8 beds, 8 residential beds (green bay) on the ground floor and 16 nursing beds, (yellow and orange bays) on the lower ground floor. Supporting that homely feel, the unit has an open visiting policy for family and friends.
The majority of patients who access intermediate care services are over 75 years of age and Crumpsall Vale provides an enhanced service for community patients who require a period of rehabilitation. It also supports patients who no longer need specialist acute hospital care and treatment, but who still need support within a community setting. Crumpsall Vale offers patients support in the transition period between illness and recovery.
The service at Crumpsall Vale, which opened its doors to patients in November 2017, is designed to offer rehabilitation and support people with input from a multi-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals, including nurses, physios, occupational therapists, assistant practitioners, GPs, trainee nurse associates, podiatrists and social workers.
Tom Fletcher, 91, from Crumpsall, has been staying in the unit and receiving support for 10 days since being discharged from an inpatient ward at North Manchester General Hospital. Before a one-to-one physio session, Tom said: “It’s a brilliant place to be; I was quite poorly and feeling down in hospital but now I’m here I’m feeling much better and happier.”
Senior Physiotherapist, Daisy Lord said: “While Tom’s with us, he’s working hard on improving his balance and getting strong enough to return home. He’s used to living independently before he was admitted to hospital and now he just needs a bit of support to get his strength back. While he’s with us he can join in with exercise classes, and make his own tea at our breakfast club.”
Intermediate care supports the transition between illness and recovery in North Manchester. It is primarily, although not exclusively, used by older people and especially those in advanced older age. The aim of the social model of rehabilitation is to focus on services that are designed around the individual, promoting their independence and facilitating appropriate safe and timely discharge from hospital.
Carol Kavangh, Service Manager Community Assessment and Support Service, added: “We are very proud of our new unit and the team is committed and dedicated to truly make a difference to our patients” =
Professor Matt Makin, Medical Director at North Manchester General Hospital, said:
“This investment shows our commitment to providing state of the art facilities to the people of North Manchester and beyond. By building this Unit, the Northern Care Alliance, our commissioners and our partners have fully embraced the modern healthcare philosophy, and I am certain that Crumpsall Vale will provide a much needed service to the local population for many years to come. This is an excellent example of joint working, vision and investment across local health and social care organisations.”
A period of staff and public engagement was undertaken last year to choose a name for the new unit. This involved an online survey and voting form made available on the Trust website and social media.
Crumpsall Vale is a joint partnership between The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which currently runs North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester Health & Care Commissioning, and Manchester City Council.
Pictured: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester & Patient Mary Molloy