Following on from August 2013’s news that we secured £10 million in funding from the Department of Health for a further five years, we are delighted to begin building on many of our current programmes of work, as well as to start the process of developing our three new themes of work: patient-centred care, primary care and community services.
Patients tell us they prefer to be looked after as a person with problems, rather than with a collection of different conditions. The projects in this theme are all about helping providers of services look after the whole person to avoid fragmented, uncoordinated care episodes that deal with one problem at a time. Our projects will include:
- Helping people with severe mental illness achieve better physical health, working with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust
- Helping people with long-term physical conditions to cope with associated symptoms such as depression and anxiety, working with Mental Health Matters and Inclusion Matters
- Improving longer term care for people following a stroke, continuing to work with The Stroke Association.
In partnership with local primary care practitioners and commissioners we will ensure that the provision of primary care services in Greater Manchester is based upon the best available evidence (about ‘what works’) and will put into practice proven service innovations, improving health for people with cardiovascular disease and learning about how to do more of this. Our projects will include:
- Improving access to primary care services, working with the Healthier Together programme
- Improvement in care for people with cardiovascular disease, evaluating improvements that may include IMPAKT™, a tool to identify and support the management of patients with early stage Chronic Kidney Disease in primary care
- Partnerships with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups including Central Manchester, Bury, Salford and Eastern Cheshire, to work in areas we identify together as being priorities for research and putting research into practice.
We will build relationships and create new networks of community service providers, by putting into practice locally relevant research evidence in the areas of wound care, end-of-life services and the community assessment of patients with long-term conditions. This will lead to the development of new opportunities and partnerships for research. Our projects will include:
- Mapping current wound care provision and practice
- Building networks for community provision of wound care and implementing proven treatments
- Evaluating current end-of-life care provision and making improvements for patient benefit
- Enhancing carers’ skills, knowledge and confidence in end-of-life care.
We will work with community commissioners and providers across Greater Manchester, including Salford Royal, Central Manchester University Hospitals, University Hospital of South Manchester and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trusts.