NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made a decision on the way we deliver and improve access to Intermediate Care following extensive consultation.
At a meeting on Tuesday (30 January), the Strategic Commissioning Board (SCB) agreed to approve Option 2 that will result in the centralisation of Intermediate Care beds into the Stamford Unit, adjacent to Tameside Hospital.
The decision follows an open and transparent 12-week consultation process, which resulted in modifications made after listening to residents’ concerns. These include up to eight Intermediate Care beds to be provided in Glossop to facilitate local access for residents when this is clinically appropriate and agreed with the patient.
A commitment was also made that implementation of the relocation of beds will not progress until commissioners receive assurance on the maturity of neighbourhood service provision in Glossop.
Intermediate Care is for patients, usually older people, after leaving hospital or when they are at risk of being sent to hospital.
The decision will improve Intermediate Care across Tameside and Glossop by ensuring effective clinical support can be provided to all Intermediate Care beds. The relocation will improve the quality of care for patients, maintain job security and deliver financial savings.
To address concerns from Glossopdale residents regarding not having family and friends close by to support care and recuperation, the Glossop Integrated Neighbourhood Team will examine further opportunities to deliver enhanced rehabilitation and recuperation at home.
And across Tameside and Glossop, we are continuing to grow and develop our Home First services which will reduce the need for Intermediate Care beds and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital, supporting more people to stay at or return to their home.
Alan Dow, Chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG and SCB, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the committee and engagement work to inform this decision. We believe we have made the right decision to improve Intermediate Care for the people of Tameside and Glossop while addressing Glossop residents’ concerns.”
The purpose-built Stamford Unit offers single room en-suite accommodation, communal space for social interaction and is close to wider services at Tameside Hospital with quicker access to emergency vehicles should patients need to be readmitted to the hospital. The Stamford Unit has been designed to be dementia friendly enabling us to support our most vulnerable patients appropriately.
The Intermediate Care beds are already, and will continue to be, run by Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, which is rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The decision follows almost three years of discussion involving patients, the public and NHS professionals.
Intermediate Care includes two elements: ‘Home First’ services, which supports people in their own home or at a location in their local community, and ‘Intermediate Care beds’ for people coming out of hospital requiring a package of care which cannot be provided at home or who need a short stay away from home for support to prevent them needing admission to hospital.
We have invested heavily in recent years in ‘Home First’ services such as our digital health service which enables residents in our care homes to be treated at home through the use of SKYPE, a community IV therapy team delivering care at home or a community setting avoiding hospital admissions and additional doctors called Extensivists to work with individuals living with complex ongoing health and care needs. We are also developing neighbourhood based services, with health and social care staff working closely together to support the populations of the five neighbourhoods in Tameside and Glossop.
Papers relating to the board’s decision can be accessed at www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/corporate/strategic-commissioning-board.