Connecting Care – Wakefield District

The vanguard and the people it serves

Wakefield’s vanguard is aimed at improving the health and experience of people living in care homes and supported housing by bringing together primary (GP) care, a mixed team of health and social care professionals, and specialist voluntary workers along with care home managers.

The vanguard partners include:

  • NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Wakefield Council
  • GP practices and members of Wakefield’s Provider Alliance, which includes Nova-Wakefield
  • Age UK Wakefield District
  • Wakefield and District Housing
  • South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service

There are more than 361,000 people registered with GP practices in Wakefield.

What is changing?

Dedicated teams of health and care professionals are being allocated to support care homes and supported living schemes in looking after the health and wellbeing of their residents.

Each of the 15 care homes and two supported living facilities in Wakefield that are taking part in the vanguard are being linked to a dedicated GP practice which works with mixed teams including community nurses, therapists, voluntary carers and other professionals to provide a flexible, efficient and responsive service that reacts to the needs of residents.

The team aims to avoid ill health among residents by taking action before people become unwell reducing the need for reactive care and unplanned hospital admissions. They do this by proactively monitoring residents to make sure care for potential health problems is offered as early as possible and by building the skills and confidence of care home staff through training and education.

GPs, health workers and specialist voluntary workers are all involved in making sure residents in care homes and supported living schemes have their health and social care needs met and are helped to make use of activities in their local community.

The organisations believe that as a vanguard they will be able to make further and faster progress than otherwise, and achieve a sustainable system for the future.

Key benefits

  • An improved general life experience for residents in care homes and tenants in supported living facilities, as well as better health
  • A reduction in the need for urgent health care and hospital admissions for people in care homes
  • More efficient and effective partnership working.

Contact details for more information

Twitter: @NHSVanguardWake