Integrated health services launched

AN innovative new team to provide integrated health and social care services for adults in North East Doncaster was launched at the Winning Post Centre in Moorends last week.

The event marked the launch of the ‘Pathfinder North East’ integrated community team, which is a joint approach between Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), Doncaster Council and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust (DBH) called ‘One Team Working’.

The One Team Working (OTW) pathfinder is a result of the transfer of a number of Doncaster’s community services from NHS Doncaster to RDaSH, in partnership with the council, from April 1 this year.

The services were transferred as part of the Government’s change programme, Transforming Community Services (TCS), which required the transfer of all community services from primary care trusts by March 2011.

The OTW pathfinder aims to build on the work within the existing services and further develop areas of best practice by providing integrated health and social care teams across Doncaster for both adult and children’s services over the next two years.

Debbie Smith, joint Doncaster Council and RDaSH project director for OTW, said: “People want services that are joined up and easy to access. This pathfinder will benefit patients by offering them choice and reduce the number of duplicate arrangements as well as giving them more opportunity to be cared for in their home.”

She added: “By refocusing our services in this way, we aim to be more efficient in our use of resources by providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time, which we hope will lead to increased satisfaction with our services from patients and carers.”

Councillor Patricia Schofield, cabinet member for adult services and health, said: “This exciting new way of working should not only enhance the experience of patients within Doncaster but ultimately lead to significant improvements in social care and health across the borough.”