SWF H&SCG held a further task force meeting to discuss the success regime.
- 25th April 2017
The Changing Face of Primary and Community Care in South Woodham Ferrers
The South Woodham Ferrers Health and Social Care Group has rescheduled the task force meeting, at the request of the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and Success Regime, having originally to have been held on 8 February, to discuss the rapidly changing world of primary and community care provision in the Town.
You may be aware of the Mid & South Essex Success Regime. This is a national initiative that is taking place in three areas of the country where major changes have been deemed to be necessary to improve care. Essex is one of those areas and SWF is part of the Mid & South Essex Success Regime. The Health and Social Care Group has organised one presentation and facilitated another in the last six months about the Regime. These have been mainly about care in the Acute Sector and you will have seen publicity about the closer liaison and the change in functions of the three hospitals at Basildon, Broomfield and Southend. Indeed recently it was announced that the three hospitals are now to have one Chief Executive. There are also plans being made to change the work of primary care, again involving closer collaborations, particularly involving community care. There is also some emphasis on the use of other health professionals to relieve pressure on the GPs and to allow wider patient access to services.
In parallel the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) which is responsible for commissioning services for South Woodham Ferrers has been promoting some major changes in the way the NHS might work. The MECCG is under much pressure to facilitate service provision to the community. In order to help this it has recently been given joint commissioning powers with NHS England. One of the key people taking forward these initiatives is Melanie Crass, Director of Primary Care & Resilience. She will be at the meeting to tell us about all the latest developments from the MECCG viewpoint. Melanie has already made a presentation to the SWF Combined Patient Participation Group which they found very informative.
In the past these type of events have discussed long term strategies and although there are some of these involved in the Success Regime work, a lot of the things we hope to hear about are happening now or in the near future. South Woodham Ferrers sub locality has been selected as one of the two sub localities in Mid and South Essex to be “Lighthouse” areas. This effectively means leading the way on implementing the comprehensive programme of change in primary and social care, which may have a major impact on how health care is delivered in the Town.