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Health organisations on the Fylde Coast are joining forces to ensure that older people are receiving the best care

Posted on the 14th February 2017

Older adults living with severe and unstable long term conditions on the Fylde Coast, can now access extensive care and support from newly developed teams.

The Fylde Coast Older Adult Community Mental Health Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is busy making sure the healthcare needs of older people are met with their partners in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The new extensive care teams are part of the Fylde Coast Vanguard and include Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, Blackpool CCG and Fylde and Wyre CCG. The teams offer care and support to people with severe and unstable long term conditions which are impacting on quality of life and health care services, with an increase in relapse, hospital admission or emergency visits to A&E.

Health professionals at Lancashire Care have been supporting the Vanguard Teams by offering consultation and advice to the Extensive Care Clinical Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings. They have also completed case studies which have found that the effectiveness of collaborative working with extensive care patients has had a direct impact on stabilising the patients existing mental health conditions as well as helping the extensive care team to understand and recognise emerging mental ill health.

Dr Andrew Weatherburn, Consultant Physician for the Extensive Care Team said:

 “The collaborative working at multi-disciplinary team meetings between the Extensive Care Service and Older Adult Mental Health Community Services has greatly benefited the care of older patients on various different levels.  Examples of this; advice on the management of specific mental health issues, advice on the most appropriate service for a patient to be signposted to, sharing  information regarding previous contacts and future contacts, support for staff  on appropriate approaches to take regarding patient support and  advice on assessment tools and their interpretation. The fact that patients journey can be monitored is of real importance and means that updates can be shared between both teams following interventions.”

The initiative recently formed part of a nomination for all Older Adults Mental Health at the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards, which won the category of Mental Health Innovation in 5 year forward view.

Jayne Marshall, Locality Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We were very proud to be included in the nomination and share the recognition with our partner colleagues. The partnership working on the Fylde coast doesn’t stop there though, we are also working closely with the CCGs and Vanguard Team’s in developing improved services to people who live in care homes too.  This is a great opportunity to really offer care which focuses on the needs of the people living in our care homes on the Fylde Coast, it’s an exciting time of change and with it there is a chance to collaboratively build services that really works for our local people.”

The CQC conducted a full re-inspection of the service in September 2016 noting the teams had effective multidisciplinary working in the delivery of care and treatment, and assigned the service an overall rating of ‘good’. The full report can be found here