Mid Nottinghamshire Better Together

The vanguard and the people it serves

Mid Nottinghamshire Better Together’s aim is to ensure that people across mid-Nottinghamshire receive the best possible care in the community and in hospital, with high quality, sustainable services.

The vanguard has set out a bold vision for the way health and care services will look over the next five years, based on population needs and public, stakeholder and staff feedback about current services.

Mid Nottinghamshire Better Together vanguard partners are:

  • Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services
  • Circle Health Limited
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (including County Health Partnerships)
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM)

Together they serve a population of around 310,000.

What is changing?

The vanguard is receiving support from the national new care models team to support its work to empower patients and communities to better support their own health, and in its work towards greater integration of health and care services.

This means getting doctors, nurses, other health professionals and social care staff to work more closely together to support the needs of patients, their families and carers.

The vanguard is focusing on several important areas, including:

  • Urgent and proactive care (e.g. long term conditions and frail older people)
  • Early and planned care (e.g. surgery for hips, knees or cataracts)

The benefits of working more closely together include better, more co-ordinated care for patients, better working relationships and clearer processes for staff.

An example of the changes being made is the creation of new integrated care teams. The integrated care team includes GPs, specialist nurses (e.g. diabetes, cardiac), social workers and a voluntary sector worker. They work closely with other community teams to provide better, joined-up care for patients who are at high risk of being admitted to hospital.

A new process called ‘transfer of care’ now allows patients to be discharged from hospital as soon as they are medically fit, with wide-ranging health and social care support already put in place.

Key benefits include

  • Reduce pressure on hospitals by helping patients leave hospital sooner
  • Patients receive more and better care closer to home

Contact Mid Nottinghamshire Better Together

Email: nshccg.bettertogether@nhs.net

Website: www.bettertogethermidnotts.org.uk

Twitter: @bettermidnotts