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Pilots chosen for community care

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Twelve trusts and a social enterprise scheme have been chosen to start developing a set of tools to increase productivity in community care services, NT can exclusively reveal.

The new programme, coordinated by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, will be based on the successful productive ward initiative for acute settings, which was launched in January.

Strategic health authorities were asked to nominate one PCT each to work with the institute to develop the new programme, which it hopes will free up time to care within the community workforce.

An additional PCT from London, another from the West Midlands and a social enterprise have been added to the group.

Frontline staff from three of the 13 organisations will be asked to develop tools to take forward the programme in three key service areas – wound care, stroke care and continence.

The three organisations will report back to the entire group, which will test the ideas to see how they work then give feedback to the institute, which hopes to launch productive community services after next April.

South Downs NHS Health Trust is one of the 13 chosen organisations. Rita Garner, the trust’s interim director of community care, said: ‘It’s really exciting to be involved from the beginning. I hope we can come up with something robust that other people can use to really improve community services.’

Productive community services forms part of the Transforming Community Services Programme, which is taking forward work from the NHS Next Stage Review (NT News, 8 July p3).

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