New Rochdale “Provider Partnership” welcomes over 200 community care staff as part of new multi-disciplinary neighbourhood teams

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New Rochdale “Provider Partnership” welcomes over 200 community care staff as part of new multi-disciplinary neighbourhood teams
18 May 2016

OVER 200 community based care staff from a variety of backgrounds have this week transferred to work for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (Rochdale Infirmary) as part of a brand new integrated health and social care service for Rochdale borough.

A new £9m contract to deliver a range of community health and care services through integrated teams across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale came into force on 16 May 2016.

The new services have been commissioned by the local NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The Pennine Acute Trust has been awarded the contract as the lead provider to work in collaboration with local partner agencies. In total 224 local community based staff from a variety of backgrounds have transferred employment to the Trust as part of the new partnership including district and community nursing teams.

The new community health and care teams will provide community nursing and therapy services for adults, treatment room services, expert patient (health promotion) services, neurological-rehabilitation, amputee services, epilepsy services, stroke early supported discharge services and pulmonary rehabilitation.

The teams will also provide the out-of-hours adult community nursing service. Staff within our division of integrated and community services will work as part of a unique partnership with local organisations including Age UK Rochdale, BARDOC (Bury and Rochdale Doctors on Call), GP Care Services Ltd, Greater Manchester Carers Trust, Link4life, Rochdale Borough Council, Rochdale Housing Initiative, and VIC (Veterans in Communities).

Each of the multidisciplinary integrated neighbourhood teams will be made up of a range of health and care professionals but will also include a number of new and innovative roles and all will be bespoke to the neighbourhoods they provide for.  They will work closely with GP practices across the borough.

The contract and service is planned to go live in the next few months.

Steve Taylor, Divisional Director for Integrated and Community Services at Rochdale Infirmary, said:

“We would like to welcome those staff who are joining us and our integrated and community teams as part of our new community health and care services. These are extremely exciting times for all of us involved in health and social care integration. We are particular thrilled to be working in partnership with such a diverse range of local organisations. This is a unique partnership to deliver our shared ambition of truly joined up health and care services for the people and families of Rochdale borough. Each of the multidisciplinary integrated neighbourhood teams will bring health and care professionals together. I believe that such partnerships are essential in delivering the highest quality of care to the population that we serve and to ensuring that service user’s expectations are exceeded.”

Dr Shona McCallum, Clinical Director at Rochdale Infirmary and for the HMR provider partnership, said:

“Our staff and senior management team here at Rochdale, our partners, our directorate manager and lead nurse, are particularly keen to begin working directly with staff and to begin the transformation programme which will ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to the Rochdale borough community. This is such as positive step towards greater joined-up working between the local NHS and local care and community organisations to successfully integrate services and provide community based services that will benefit local people and the communities we serve.”

Ian Mello, Director of Commissioning at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG said; “These community and neighbourhood contacts will be used to provide a greater depth of knowledge and understanding of the clients thus making their healthcare more bespoke.”

Pictured: Carol Pilling District Nurse Sister Healey Surgery; student nurse Nicky Tarney; Ruth Giddins Community Staff Nurse Healey Surgery; Steve Taylor Divisional Director I&C Services at Pennine Acute Trust; Shelley Harrison Assistant Practitioner Community Nursing Woodside Medical Centre; and Bernadette Stringfellow District Nurse Sister Yorkshire Street Surgery.